I arrived at 5am the next morning and to my surprise Tom was there with his biopsy kit, so I was now under pressure to produce something.
10 minutes into the fishing session 2 of my mates decided that the water wasn’t correct and ducked off to another spot leaving me alone with my new Aussie mate, so pressure increased.
5 minutes later my rod was nearly ripped from my hands
Tom immediately got very excited and started fiddling with his biopsy kit, but I was watching the line disappearing from my reel at massive speed, so suggested that he should relax as this could take awhile.
5 minutes later I realised that this was a massive fish, so ignored Tom’s frantic conversion and phoned my mates as I knew that there was no chance in landing a fish of this size with Tom and his gang.
Trying to phone and hang onto the rod
I fish with 600m of braided line as a backing, which has a high breaking strain but has a small diameter, so you can put plenty on the reel and then because one can’t fish directly with braided line on a multiplier reel, one puts about 300m of monofilament on top of the braided line.
The reason for this is that “regulation” maximum mono diameters can’t exceed 0.6mm in diameter, which equates to about 21kg line, but one will only fit about 500m of 0.6mm on the standard reels used for rock and surf fishing, but large fish will “take” all that line fairly quickly, hence the braid to bring the total line length to around 900m
One can break “regulation” and fish with larger diameter mono line, but it’s not really practical, because lines thicker than 0.6mm are difficult to cast, so your bait never makes it to the correct depth.
Half an hour later this fish was about 800m out to sea and I had moved off the “point” to the beach. You can see the “point” in the background where I hooked the fish.
An hour later Olivier Symcox arrived on the beach, who was the blonde on the ESA fishing programme when it first aired on TV and now writes for the fever newspaper on the south coast, so pressure to land the fish increased again.
Another hour later I landed a massive Zambezi. Tom took all his biopsy samples and was seriously excited about the fact it was a male zambi (large males aren’t as common as large females
After a few pics we safely released him back into the sea and I was stuffed so went for a beer