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Old 22 May 2017, 18:41   #1
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Something big on the line

Ok I must admit I wasn't going to post this but the fact I know a few other anglers who've had similar happen to them must mean its not just a one off.

Headed out alone on the weekend (kids were driving me nuts) with just a light 10 lb outfit in the hope of a couple of snapper. Not having the kids onboard I decided not to take a camera, after all I was just after a few for dinner, not chasing the trophy fish.

After a 35 min run I was at my favourite snapper spot in just 56m of water, the sounder looked promising with plenty of fish showing. First bait down was grabbed by a fish instantly, this wasn't the species I was after so was instantly returned.

As I stared at the tip of my rod as my second bait just hit bottom I was suddenly shocked to see the water turn white under the boat . It took a few moments to realise what it was, but as soon as I saw the shape of two humpback whale tales skim across the bottom of the boat I new exactly what they were.

My 10 lb braid instantly started pulling away as entangled the whales tale, not the best feeling knowing how easily thin braid cuts into things. I kept the tension quite low but by this time the whale had noticed (I believe) and turned back at the boat. Incredibly it just came to the side of the boat where it allowed me to unwrap my line from its tail.

I did have a mobile phone that I thought I had on video mode, which turned out not to be (polarisers make viewing screens very difficult) but I did manage just one photo that I didn't realise Id taken just before it got to the boat. Not a bad sized catch and release on 10 lb must admit it took some time for my legs to stop trembling after that.

I would hate to think what might happen if one was to get tangled in a anchor line.

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Old 22 May 2017, 18:53   #2
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Now that is the one that got away story to end them all.
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Old 22 May 2017, 18:55   #3
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I've often wondered in dreamy moments while fishing if this would ever happen to me!
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Old 22 May 2017, 19:16   #4
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I've often wondered in dreamy moments while fishing if this would ever happen to me!
This time of the year the humpbacks migrate north for breeding and having their calfs, each year the number increases with around 30,000 passing us last season. Makes boating a little tricky at times, especially at night.
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Your photo isn't loading. We have a group of humpbacks that are now pretty much spending the summer off our coast in California. We had some fantastic close calls with the whales diving under the boat. I keep telling myself that they know were are there and won't hit us (fingers crossed). We are drifting usually so it's pretty much up to them

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This time of the year the humpbacks migrate north for breeding and having their calfs, each year the number increases with around 30,000 passing us last season. Makes boating a little tricky at times, especially at night.


It's good to know that the numbers are on the up I hope that's down to a true increase in numbers & not just better observation & recording.
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It's good to know that the numbers are on the up I hope that's down to a true increase in numbers & not just better observation & recording.
Surely 30k whales works no matter which way you look at them?

I was actually thinking about this figure earlier and found myself (as a qualified marine biologist) thinking the odd thought: "How many whales is enough/too many?"
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Surely 30k whales works no matter which way you look at them?

True but, I was trying to determine if the numbers were truly increasing= good
As opposed to the statistics being wrong= not good
The actual figures weren't important, it was the trend I was interested in.
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Surely 30k whales works no matter which way you look at them?

I was actually thinking about this figure earlier and found myself (as a qualified marine biologist) thinking the odd thought: "How many whales is enough/too many?"


Depends how spread out they are! If that is the global population it's only 1 in every 17000 sq kms of sea... that's about the area of Northern Ireland...
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Depends how spread out they are! If that is the global population it's only 1 in every 17000 sq kms of sea... that's about the area of Northern Ireland...
Statistically, looking at the Universe, there is less than one human per planet...
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