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Thread: Grunter - A success story

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    Default Grunter - A success story

    As many would know that our Grunter is probably one of the most difficult fish to target on fly.
    They are very skittish and scatter at the first sign of movement. Your presentation must be gentle and if the see the leader they are gone.
    I've spent countless hours casting at them, thinking that only a elite group lands these fish from time to time.


    So this morning I set out to a bank I know holds a few and considered it target practice as usual.
    I tied on a pink Crazy Charlie to imitate a sand prawn.


    I was casting for two hours already thinking that this will be another blank day.
    I saw 3 small grunter cruising about 25 meters away and shot the fly out about 3 meters in front of them. I started stripping short quick strips along etc.
    I saw the fish turn and follow the fly as they have done many times before.
    And about 8 meters from me me, a solid pull, I lifted the rod and I was on. I could not believe it at first, at long last I hooked a Grunter.
    My heart was thumping, I let it fight and run, afraid I might now loose it. and after 5 odd minutes I got him in my stripping basket.
    The feeling of success was unbelievable. The fish I hunted for so long has finally in my hands.
    And about an hours late I got my second one.


    Everything paid off. All the write ups I've read, advice I've taken, it all boiled down to these 2 fish.

    Grunter2 sh.jpg
    Grunter 1 sh.jpg
    " Not tonight baby! I gotta fly"

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    Awesome. Congrats!

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    I know how you feel. I am still trying to lose my Yellow Tail Kingfish virginity and have as yet only managed to hook one that showed me not to let the line wrap around the butt. " NEXT TIME!!!!"
    A man is only as big as the things that annoy him.

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    awesome, well done!
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    well done Brian...patience is rewarded
    stephen is wishing he was fishing location x right now.......



    Stephen Smith

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    Congrats, well done, nothing quite as rewarding as accomplishing a goal after investing time, patience and effort into it.
    "Hierdie drol het baie vlieŽ" - Ago 2014.

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    Well done Brian! sedges is by far the most awesome place to target them too!
    "If you dont have almost unlimited patience, forget about becoming an accomplished saltwater fly angler" Jack Samson

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    Well done brian. It was a long time ago when I got my first grunter and let me say you will never forget that feeling. Now that you have a grunter under your belt you will start catching them more often. Remember its not the fly you use but the confidence you fish that fly.

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    Awesome!! I can relate to this on saltwater in general, it was tough to make a breakthrough, especially if you only fish saltwater once or twice a year...

    But the feeling of catching that fish, big, small or ugly is what makes it all worth it!!

    Awesome!!

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    Very cool mate.

    It really is a great feeling when all the planning and research pays off.

    Onwards and upwards

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