Good catch on light tackle in SA

Hi Guys

Recently bumped into one of your fishwrecked members, Cuthbad, on a fishing forum in South Africa. He has requested that I post a pic and story of a good catch I had a while back on light tackle (2010.02.27). 

I am just going to copy the pic and original report into this post if you dont mind:

Personal best Kob caught on light tackle (RELEASED)

I went to Haga Haga (Eastern Cape, South Africa) this past weekend with a few mates. The sea was quite cold and the swell was quite big. No luck in the morning, but at about 12:30pm we were scratching for blue fish and I managed to hook this beauty on light tackle.

I really didn’t think it was an edible. I thought I had fowl hooked a Raggy or something. At one stage the fish was swimming to the right, down the coast towards a huge outcrop of rocks, BUT to my delight it changed direction and swam in the direction of “scattered brick” to the left of where we were fishing. Luckily this beast stayed beyond the rocks/backline in the deeper water for the majority of the fight. This powerful fish peeled at least 250 meters of line on its numerous runs.

The only way I could gain any line on the fish was to use the beach and walk back up towards the bush line. After 40 minutes or so, I managed to get the fish into the shallows. Seeing the large white underbelly from where I was fighting the fish from, I thought it was a huge Raggy swimming belly up. My mate shouted “KOB, KOB, BIG KOB!...” I couldn’t believe my eyes!!!!! I was flabbergasted…

I ran to my bag to get the camera. We took a couple of photos and took its measurement. I had my tagging kit, but in all the confusion and me wanting to release it quickly, I didn’t even think about tagging it... After 45 minutes of reviving the fish in chest deep water, the fish had gained enough strength to swim off.

What an awesome sight, seeing such an awesome specimen swim away.

Tackle used:

Rod: Errol Homes custom made high modulus stroke 4

Line: 0.40mm / 11.5kg Kingfisher Giant Abrasion

Leader: 0.60mm

Hook: 2/o Daiichi

Bait: Pink prawn


Fish Weigh/Measurements:

Total Length: 1.83 meters

ORI calculations: 66 kilograms

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thats some big mulloway is

Mon, 2010-05-17 15:55

thats some big mulloway is it a mulla?


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yea  mate, mulloway is

Mon, 2010-05-17 16:12

yea  mate, mulloway is called cob over there.

Cheers again for posting on here Jono!

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holy s**t thats

Mon, 2010-05-17 16:16

holy s**t thats huge!!!!!!!

wish i could catch one that big or one at all haha.

good fish, they get a few lik that over there dont they??

cheers danno

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awesome mate, even better to

Mon, 2010-05-17 17:00

awesome mate, even better to see it swim away. Congrats!

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Thing that I note the most

Mon, 2010-05-17 17:19

Thing that I note the most is the huge girth compared to our mulloway. never seen one with that deep a body

Great catch

cheers Paul


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Great fish!

Mon, 2010-05-17 17:25

That is a stonker.Well done

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a mighty fish

Mon, 2010-05-17 17:36

can only dream of catching a fish that size.  great to read it swam off strongly too.  Thanks for posting JonoSA.

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Mon, 2010-05-17 17:57

That would have to be one of the best beach captures I've ever heard off.

Top effort!

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Mon, 2010-05-17 18:02

Nice fish jono , i'l be seeing u in 9 months buddy , will have to get together and pull some stonka's  ..... looking forward to getting into a few bags again  !  Good to see u on Fishwrecked .

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Mon, 2010-05-17 18:24

Fantastic landbased capture. Simply Awesome.


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holy mother, thats a fish!

Mon, 2010-05-17 19:28

holy mother, thats a fish! well done champ! same species as our mulloway though yeh? like cousins or.. same same?


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that is one waesome fish.

Mon, 2010-05-17 21:43

that is one waesome fish. would have been an exhausting fight from you and the fish. good to see you were so involved to get it to swim again. fish of a lifetime. well done


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HUGE Kob!!!! i was there

Tue, 2010-05-18 07:28

HUGE Kob!!!!

i was there quite recently and picked a couple saltwater mags like ESA and Tight Lines and their saltwater fishing is crazy! the size of the sharks ARE HUGE!!!!


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Thanks for the comments

Tue, 2010-05-18 22:41

Thanks for the comments guys. Yeah, it was a fish of a lifetime for sure. From the photos I have seen on the site our fish looks very similar to the mulloway. I presume they are related or a similar sub-specie.

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massive mulla (kob)

Wed, 2010-05-19 01:10

im from zimbabwe, and in Lake Kariba you can get Vhundu (over grown catfish) about that size..some even bigger! if i had known you could catch mula in SA i woulda been there fishing al the time! lol

still cant get over that mulla..its a beaut!

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what abeast

Wed, 2010-05-19 00:08

what abeast

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My heart would explode if i

Wed, 2010-05-19 12:35

My heart would explode if i saw that beast come into clear water attatched to my line on the beach, still cant get over how BIG it is and even then BIG doesnt cut it.


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