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    Tuna Trip off Cape Town.

    I have asked Rols and Pierre for some assistance in organising a yacht trip to go and catch some tuna about 40 to 50 kilometers offshore from Cape Town. The idea is to spend 2 days and 1 night on a 50' catamaran yacht catching some tuna. The yacht is fully appointed with all required navigation, safety and entertainment equipment. She is also fully licensed with all required certifications.

    All information, advice, tips and ideas are most welcome.
    Also use this thread to post updates and progress arranging this trip.


    1. We need to arrange a date for this trip - subject to weather.
    2. Brent Gray (the yachtmaster) will have to keep as updated on the weather patterns.
    3. Information on which flies will be welcome.
    4. Other arrangements we need to make.

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    I need some advise of typical leader setups for tuna.

    Look at the image below;

    1. Which leader setup is more appropriate for tuna.

    2. Then please specify the ideal lengths and breaking strain of the tippet, shock tippet, leader, etc.

    3. Please specify Knot 1, Knot 2, etc.

    Last edited by Wiets; 05-05-08 at 04:33 PM.

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    I'm green with envy ... best of luck ... hopefully this will make for interresting feedback & pictures.
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    My thought on leader setup would be to go straight. On conventional the guys were using 120 lb. Good question as i never gave it much thought on the last trip, just used what i had. 45lb straight, but a piece of shock tippet would so, because the takes are really hard. Would like to hear Jono's comments on this.

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    I have no experience what so ever but I would think Bimini Twist, then keep it straight fluoro/mono all the way to the hook. There is less chance of it going wrong, you'll get a bit of shock absorption from the bimini and your set up will be 100% line strength. Maybe even boil your leader??????
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    what does one have to do to be part of this?


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    40 to 50km offshore may be a bit close in for this time of year .... the fish (blue water) might well be 40 nautical miles out.

    I would suggest 50lb straight leader .... with a shock tippet maybe. A big (8/0 or up) very sharp hook, and LOTS of backing on the reels (would suggest 80lb braid backing). I have had yellowfin take 400 metres of line in their first run!!
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    Would this be TT1???
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    Quote Originally Posted by chris williams View Post
    Would this be TT1???
    HEHEHEHE ... 7/10!

    ... you will also need to take at least 50kg of chum .... to bring the fish up (sick-making activity!)
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    Maybe the stale contents of the broken potjie from OV1???

    Must've been a very strong and intelligent man to break one of those things...
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