Fishing Adventures - Meet Nereus on her Maiden Voyage

Meet Nereus on her Maiden Voyage

So it has been a while since I posted a fishing report… So to Start I would like to introduce you to NEREUS (Meaning -NEREUS was the old  man of the sea, and the god of the sea’s rich bounty of fish) the newest member  of our Fleet… She is a 19ft  Yeld Cat Walk around with 2 x 90 Evinrude etecs to  push her along… So it is after weeks of prep work getting her ready to go for a her Samsa inspection. I Finally managed to pick up my LGSC from samsa last  week which worked out quite well… with some support from Neptune the weather was looking good for the weekend, just in time to take Nereus for her first sea trial and put her through the paces. So after arranging with one of my mates at  the Ski boat club we agreed to take her for a run down to Aliwal and back and  pop a couple of lines in the water while on our way. So we meet up at 5:30 and we're at the Club for 6:00 and started loading the all the Rods and tackle. And after sorting out a couple of small issues like flat battery we were ready to undergo the maiden voyage… so we hitched up the  tractor and headed for the beach. Ballie our Tractor Driver and Duty Officer reversed her up to the water and dropped him just short of the shore break, where I have to say I thought we would battle to turn her but with just myself  and Daniel we managed with very little water and effort to turn her around and  push her in.We dropped the motors and where off. The launch was an  interesting one with a couple of nasty curlers and double stacks coming through  but we managed to make a couple of tight turns and get out safely.. I have to  say I was very surprised at how those 90′s made him hope on to the plain… any  way once on the back line I decided to give her a good run and flattened the  spoons and was flying along at over 60kph with no problems. After a little  testing we turned and headed south to Aliwal, running in the mid RPM we where  comfortably able to maintain a comfortable 40kph speed down to Umgababa where we decided to drop lines and troll the rest of the way… as I have not loaded all  my makes as yet, I just worked the ledges and drop offs and was not long before  we had a couple of bonnies on the line, but sadly that was all we managed to  find… as we worked out way out the the 200m line the weather was getting a little wet so we decided to pull lines and run back to Warners. The run took  up about 20min to the back line, as we awaited our turn to beach, I checked the  fuel and was surprised that we had only used a tank per motor. . In any case we waited our turn lined up and went for the beach…