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Old 15 August 2016, 17:12   #11
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Can I ask how the tope managed to slice the rib. We handle all sorts of sharks and billfish offshore and have yet to have any issues.

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Old 15 August 2016, 17:22   #12
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tope mare

Hi Jon,

Would very much like to know that as well, not as if they are jaws type shark, I was trying to release it at as long rage as i could it went under the port quarter and then bubbles and the rest is history. I was never trying to handle such a fish nor was i fishing for them. Was catching loads of bream and every now and then got bream ripped off line. only fishing in 7 meters of water, then i got hold of one where the hook pulled out and into face of the tope. so on 15lbs and size 2 aberdeen hook managed to get the fish too near the boat. I had a lot of fish bitten off, was fun until the disaster.
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Old 15 August 2016, 19:21   #13
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One of my biggest concerns is that braid will slice my tubes if a fish gets out of control and under the boat. I do use quite long mono leaders when chassing game fish, saying that I leave the fish pulling to my daughter while I drive the boat to control the fish.

Must admit I hadn't really considered doing a 50km run home with a deflated tube section but will certainly be extra carefull now.

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Hypalon will be black inside (the neoprene inner layer.) PVC should be the same color inside and out.

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P.S.: What is a tope?
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Those might be get you home tools, but I wouldn't head to sea with a foot long gash in a tube and a temporary plug on it.
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Since when did 30mm become 1'? Or did 6" get smaller?
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Since when did 30mm become 1'? Or did 6" get smaller?
Oops, I read it as 30cm!
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i thought hypalon was grey inside? least the two bits i have are yellow/blue poly marine explain the differences including [nail check].
tope shark family.
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it is only 1.5 inch slice

The hole is only 1.5 inches at most, not a foot long.
Thanks for the picture of a tope I already saw one far to close for comfort

freak accident i have fished many times and never had an issue, boat seemed pretty good it may have been the hook in the side of the fishes face that actually caught the boat, but cannot tell, won't stop me fishing will be more careful though in future.

Will get the professionals to patch it, surprising thing is amount of water the pontoon took on through a small hole, was a very long trip back to the beach.

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Can I ask how the tope managed to slice the rib. We handle all sorts of sharks and billfish offshore and have yet to have any issues.

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I seriously doubt that a Tope was or even could be the culprit myself!
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