Hall grateful for fewer sharks

To most members of the public Greg
Hall is merely the man who ensures cars are serviced correctly. However the
Vampt Motors Service Manager has a much bigger calling, specifically at sea.

This summer Hall has emerged as a
fisherman on the rise in Cayman’s fishing scene. He was part of Dayne Brady’s
Sweet Bizness crew that won the “hard luck” prize at the 2010 billfish
tournament. Brady’s prize was Guy Harvey’s book on fishing in Panama after he
saw three blue marlins slip in and out of his grasp in one weekend.

With much of the same crew Hall
landed his second blue marlin this summer last weekend in excess of 100lbs.

For Hall, 35, fishing is a passion
that comes from his homeland of South
Africa. A haven for large sharks, the
difference between South African waters and those in Cayman is a pleasant
surprise.

“I grew up in Johannesburg, which is far from the ocean,”
Hall said. “But every time I went out to fish I learned to be quick on the line.
It’s not uncommon to catch something only to have a shark grab it before you
can bring it on deck. Then again most of my experience back home is with bass
fishing in the lakes.

“I’ve been here seven years now and
been doing deep sea fishing for the last five. It’s great stuff and being able
to see something like a marlin turn into different colours like blue and silver
when you fight it is awesome. When you catch a marlin you really see that it’s
an awesome fish. Seeing it on TV just does not compare to being on the boat.”

Interestingly Hall has a number of
sporting interests. He plays squash and used to be involved in golf. However
fishing is far and away his passion. To prove it he already has a notable fish
tale.

“Once I went deep sea fishing I
couldn’t go back to anything else. On 1 August this summer I caught my first
marlin on 12 mile bank. I was with Dayne on his boat with the same crew except
Barry (Bodden) was not with us. I caught him and released him.

“All I can tell you is that I
caught the fish on a Sunday and I was still sore on Wednesday. It took 45
minutes to catch him but trust me it was like hooking a freight train.”

That feeling has driven Hall to
become quite invested in the sport. He has already owned two boats, the first
being a 22ft Covia called Adriana and the current one being a 25.6 foot Covia
which has had “three months and I’m still figuring out a name for it.” In
addition he has a decent amount of rods, bait and other equipment.

For Hall being able to catch a wide
array of fish in clear water keeps him coming back.

“I fish as much as possible, many
times on my boat. I’ve caught wahoo, tuna and dolphin. My biggest fish were a
40lb dolphin, 25lb wahoo and 20lb tuna. I prefer to catch them, take photos of
them and release them.”

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Sharks are a major concern in South Africa.
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