Another Monster Cob (Mulloway) caught in South Africa

She weighs 74kg, caught on live bait. The angler kept the fish as she died on the beach, the fight took too much out of her. A catch of a lifetime !!!

(Gamtoos River)

 

Added 2 pic - does not do justice - to get the true size -  as the fish is still bend at the tail..

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Bloody hell

Mon, 2011-06-27 10:28

that thing is rediculous.

Can only imagine how hard that first run would be. Congrats to the Angler

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Whoa!

Mon, 2011-06-27 09:44

Geez that's a tank!

And a fair setup the bloke has.

 

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My god!!What a beast

Mon, 2011-06-27 09:51

My god!!

What a beast

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seen before

Mon, 2011-06-27 10:03

I have seen this photo before, truly awesome LB capture.

My saffa fishing buddies tell me they grow a bit bigger over there

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Hey Rig - this one was caught

Mon, 2011-06-27 10:11

Hey Rig - this one was caught a week ago. There was a 82kg cob caught last year - current LB record. There are a few monsters still lurking up the east coast of South Africa. From Witsand all the way up to Transkei - some big trains up there.

Just imagine hooking a beast like this, the pull, run and weight of it - just insane!!

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Far out that is a monster you

Mon, 2011-06-27 10:58

Far out that is a monster you would need some seriously heavy gear with a heap of line to be able to stop that first run. Wish they got that big over here.

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trolly

Mon, 2011-06-27 11:36

Blou that photo on the trolley I saw about a month ago on another forum, is it maybe another fish in the bottom pic?

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Hey Rig, you're right. I am

Mon, 2011-06-27 15:34

Hey Rig, you're right. I am trying to find out about the 1st pic - the 2nd and 3rd was the cob caught about a week ago. What a cracker run that would have been!

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2 different fish

Mon, 2011-06-27 11:51

noticed they are two different fish and angler!!!

 

Now thats the place to be for a decent size mulla imangine that first run have to be a good 800m of line before you could even attempt to put the brakes on them mullas

 

 

Now that is living

 

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I think its the same fish

Mon, 2011-06-27 14:05

and fisherman. He just needed someone else to help him hold it up.

As far as I remember Cob = Kabeljou or am I wrong Blou Walvis.

I recall paddling out a live bait Mullet in Morgan's Bay when my fathers overhead jammed. I was out of ear shot so the livie flew out of the bucket between my legs, scratched my Left thigh and finally bit in just below the "Frank and Eggs". Luckily the old man and his mates where all Docs, but was pretty traumatic unhooking me!!!

They caught some beauties that way (fish I mean) with the kids paddling out the bait and them sitting on the Beach getting smashed on Black velvet (yuck!!! -- stout and Champers) but nothing half that size.

Neels

PS I still have the scar to prove how lucky I was!!

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Ouch man - close call to the

Mon, 2011-06-27 15:39

Ouch man - close call to the jewels!!!! Jip - kabeljou is the right word we use. Morgans bay / Keimouth - still top at my list for fishing - beautifull rugged landscapes and some big nunu's patrolling the beaches. You always you will get a big run when fishing the Kei's!!

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Impressive

Mon, 2011-06-27 12:26

Awesome fish. Shame it couldn't go back though.

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big piece of fish that day

Mon, 2011-06-27 14:22

big piece of fish that day for dinner.
imagine the jewels size in it.

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yip nice Cob thats one, boys

Mon, 2011-06-27 14:51

yip nice Cob thats one, boys back in SAFFA land use to catch that sized fish well into the 1980's & early 90's till the locals started netting the schools in big numbers off Strandfontien Beach in False bay. The beach is about  four kilometers from Seal Island where most of the Nat Geo air jaws shots are taken, so many a Cob angler got spooled by a bloody big tax-man there.

if you google Cob Hangpens on the SAFFA forums ( "hangpens" means hanging stomach, as many of these fish have pot-belly's in their old age.) then you can see some monsters still be ing caught.

Rig wise, most guys are still using Shimano's and Diawa's these days, with the cheap mans choice being the Saltist 40 & 50.

The coast line where these fish are taken is naturaly the prime area for shark fishing too, with many a 300lb blue-pointer or grey nurse being caught ( and majority released, before you all have a go)

 

 

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LOL - Tony - you're

Mon, 2011-06-27 15:54

LOL - Tony - you're absolutely right - when fishing off Strandfontein you go 40 or higher - nothing less - as you WILL get burned off!! Thats unless you're a seasoned angler with the right gear - then 30's will be fine. This is also the beach area where you wade in for about 30mt - 40mt before casting - water chesthight - and then make your way back to the beach. Many 1st timers has had near drown experiances and in some cases a huge cast with heavy gear has saved a life or 2. Nowadays the guys who are not too sure about their swimming skills, wade in with a rope tied around them. Then they use this to get back 2 shore.

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can remmeber being about

Mon, 2011-06-27 16:07

can remmeber being about 15yrs old and fishing with the old man on the Strand, when I was about hip deep in the water casting out and had a ray come up and past me....

shat-me-daks in one foul go as it was suddenly a dark shape coming towards me and being great white home ground the worst goes through your mind!!!

 

We would often use old Pen Senators on big old 14foot glass rods in those conditions, flying the baits out with kites made from cane and thin crinkle-paper to get the baits out deep. We had an old Malay chap that always fished with us, he supplied the kites, we supplied the bait and coffee ( plus OBS  to keeo warm). You don't get the old kite builders these days

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great capture, anyone have an

Mon, 2011-06-27 19:11

great capture, anyone have an idea of the age of a fish that size?

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 Blou Walis wat n monster,

Mon, 2011-06-27 20:19

 Blou Walis wat n monster, sal laaik om met hom n fight op te sit.

 

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"I would be great to sit and fight this fish"

Mon, 2011-06-27 21:50

Sort off translated back for the non Afrikaans speakers on here. LOL Gerrit.

I do hope you are not my brother. Also a Gerrit but not a fisho, and he was 6yo when we left. I was 12. So I dont think so somehow.

Neels

 

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That is insane

Thu, 2011-07-14 15:29

That is insane