7th January 2009

Tangled lines are a common problem for all that go fishing with hooks.  Some of them are huge.

This tangle was a beauty with about 500 hooks, 700 meters of 11.5mm backbone (line), all made a little more difficult with 120kg of chain and anchors along with 1,700 meters of downline leading out to the 3 large windy buoys or floats on the end of this line.   It took the boys an extra couple of hours to sort this lot out before we could set another line back.

It’s cold on the hands working in the hauling room, more so if you’re unlucky enough to get wet too early in your shift. The only way to sort a tangle like this one is to whip your gloves off and get stuck in.
Sea temp is -1.5 and air temp -2,…….Roll on the end of that 8-hour shift !

Ren, Matt, Bull and Josh in the hauling room as they man handle the nightmare aboard around the main hauler.

Ren, Matt, Bull and Josh in the hauling room as they man handle the nightmare aboard around the main hauler.

The Hiab (deck crane or winch) is always handy at times like this.

The Hiab (deck crane or winch) is always handy at times like this.

Matt, Josh and Bull hauling a good sized fish aboard, this one was about 60kg.

Matt, Josh and Bull hauling a good sized fish aboard, this one was about 60kg.

Rgds: John B.

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7 Responses to “7th January 2009”

  1. Linda (Shaw) Wikeepa Says:

    Hi Adam, Good blog site and really pleased I can blog you. The Antartic looks brilliant, something very few humans get to see. Hope you had a good birthday on the 2/1/09. We had great fun with Savanna Xmas. Everyone is fine and well and asking after you. Humphrey and I love looking through the photos and seeing what the crew are doing on board the San Aspiring. Good luck with the fishing guys. Love Mum and Humphrey

  2. Paul Andersen Says:

    Sorry to see the tangle but one thing Matt has been good at in the past has been in untangling lines … I trust it all went well over time.

    Nice fish too … lets hope for many. many more.

    And a big thank you has to go to John B. for this blog … it is great and a neat way to keep in touch with ones family so far from home.

    Take care all and especially Matt.

  3. Suzanne Boniface Says:

    Hi Adam, Just thought i’d let you know we are all thinking of you (especially on the 2nd, Happy Birthday) and wondering how you are getting on. I guess you and all the crew are getting fed up looking at icebergs, penguins and the vast sea, but WOW, to all who are taking advantage of this great site we are having our eyes opened to some amazing scenery. It all looks fantastic and certainly something to look back on and appreciate.
    Take care to you and all the crew, Love from suzanne, Paul, Brooke and Kylie

  4. Sandra Andersen Says:

    Hi Matt,

    I am in Gisborne tonight. Just returned from having tea at Gordon Geckos.
    Sitting there looking out at all the fishing boats. Nothing like yours though.
    I had an extra drink just for you.
    And the view, well not icebergs, you are probably sick of seeing them by now.
    Today Gisborne had a high of 29, too hot, but I suppose that sounds great to you guys.
    It would be nice to know Matt is one of the guys giving up smoking. Let me know. It would be a BIG surprise.
    Greetings to Matt and the rest of the crew,
    Take care everyone and be kind to penguins,
    Love Mum.

  5. robynsheehan Says:

    Hi Nick and all the crew,
    We just love being able to stay in touch with what you are doing down there, the blog site is a fantastic way for us to share in your adventures.
    The photos are awesome, thanks for the opportunity to see a small part of what you are seeing.
    Grandma says Hi Nick, she’s looking forward to hearing all about the trip when you get home.
    Life here seems very boring compared to what you guys are doing, but your sisters and I are still on holiday so it’s not all bad!
    Take care everyone,
    Love Mum

  6. SICKBOY Says:

    hi guys man it looks cold doun ther lol hope the fishing gos well

  7. Renee Tamihana Says:

    Hey thea guyz.
    good to finally be able to know the website to youz, and that hua of a knot, stuff dat, but i guess money is money.
    hope all is well out thea, and to pearau, dot make me embarass you. email me, stinker!!!!!!!!

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