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    Having over the years spent quite some time fishing in croc infested waters, the thought again occurred to me on a recent holiday in Zim where I spent a lot of time walking the banks of a river filled with very big crocs casting spoons for tigers:How far should one stand back from the bank to be entirely safe?How far can a croc launch itself from the water? Of course water clarity and depth play a part, but lets say it is a murky river or dam, what are the facts, not hearsay stories shared at the pub

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    Default Re: Fishing Croc infested waters from the bank

    Crocs can launch themselves up to about 4 meters or more out of the water. It depends on the depth.
    Deep water the more speed they pick up.
    Shallow water they can normally be seen. Don't take chances it's the one you don't see that gets you.
    Or fish from a back of a vehicle or boat. Crocs can do some crazy things but are normally predictable.
    I worked with them in Bots for a couple of years and had a few narrow escapes.

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    in the early sixties our family and some friends went fishing on the zambesi in the wankie area.
    The friend had a boat rod and a scarborough real with heavy line and a big hook.
    he tied the rod to a folding chair, put some meat on the hook , cast into the river and sat down on the chair.
    He was warned he was looking for trouble.
    his reply beas he weighed 240 pounds and there was not a fish in the river that was a danger to him.
    A while later something took his bait
    he grabbed the reel to brake the progress of the catch.

    He ended up in the river chair and all with a couple of very mangled fingers
    he never saw his chair, rod and reel again

    fishing croc waters is not to be undertaken by blase fishermen (they are not only in the water , they also like to bask on the banks at midday)

    We always looked for a steep bank, lots of sand around us and didnt venture far from this area. we also sat in the vehicle when the light was low

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    Crocs can jump vertically almost there own length, very quickly.
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    common sense comes to mind, if you are thinking you may be vulnerable you probably are, hippos worry me more

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    Default Re: Fishing Croc infested waters from the bank

    Speaking as a photographer... but the same principles apply...

    I like to get as close to the action as possible... as the years go by my sense of adventure is tempered more and more with sensibility and an appreciation of the risks...

    I would also take into account one's immersion in the task at hand, whatever it may be, and the lack of situational awareness in some of those moments, arguably some of the highlights of the outing.

    I have been so engrossed in my own world, that had it not been for outside interference, I may not have stayed in the same shape. I would add some safety margin to the distance the croc can jump!
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    Default Re: Fishing Croc infested waters from the bank

    Having fished along the banks of the St Lucia Estuary I once had a croc launch itself out of the water as I was casting. Thankfully I was standing 5 or 6m from the water's edge when it happened. The reality is I was not aware of the croc but he certainly had me in his sights.

    I was however aware that there were crocs around, thus my healthy distance from the water when he launched. He immediately realised I was out of range and turned and disappeared back into the water. Also spotted one turn and head towards another fisherman from far out, so they are way more aware of us than we of them.

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    Sneakey bas$)@d things crocs are, no thinking brain, just instinct. If they warm and hungry they'll eat or try eat anything within striking range.

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    when Flatdog wakes up
    he wants to eat you ...
    thats his main ambition
    ... only animal thats like that ...
    with possible exception of mozzy etc
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    As with fishing , standing with sun behind
    its easier to see into the water, less reflection etc
    but fish/croc can see you easier, better
    especially if you silhouetted against the sky.
    Stand well back and wear polaroids etc
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    Older/bigger Crocs definitely wiser etc
    ... we used to wait with a rifle, sometimes playing tape-of barking ...
    to get a shot at a nuisance/killer
    ... he would only rise slowly in reeds
    or under flotsam or waterlilies
    to watch us from a distance ...
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    Default Re: Fishing Croc infested waters from the bank

    Quote Originally Posted by Kariba View Post
    Having over the years spent quite some time fishing in croc infested waters, the thought again occurred to me on a recent holiday in Zim where I spent a lot of time walking the banks of a river filled with very big crocs casting spoons for tigers:How far should one stand back from the bank to be entirely safe?How far can a croc launch itself from the water? Of course water clarity and depth play a part, but lets say it is a murky river or dam, what are the facts, not hearsay stories shared at the pub
    And the scary thing is.... Looking back to when we were kids.
    We all swam in lake Kariba and lake Mcawane.
    Crocs and hippos.
    And not a care nor thought in the world of the danger we put ourselves in.
    I met some crazy people.... They made me their leader.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexP View Post
    And the scary thing is.... Looking back to when we were kids.
    We all swam in lake Kariba and lake Mcawane.
    Crocs and hippos.
    And not a care nor thought in the world of the danger we put ourselves in.
    and skiing, boat driver would take sadistic time
    circling to pick one up after a fall .

    At Kariba fishermen sometimes sit in deckchairs
    with water upto/over waist because of the heat ...
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    Default Re: Fishing Croc infested waters from the bank

    As mentioned before crocs are the only animal that see you as a food source so he will try get you . Well i wont be standing closer than say 5/6 metres from the water that thing is quick out of the water and saw him jump for food his own length easily out of the water and a bit more.
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    I've always felt reasonably safe at 4m, where a river doesn't drop off too steeply, wearing polaroids and always on high alert, standing further away makes it quite difficult to fish artificials effectively. Have not seen footage of a croc launching horizontally more than 4m, vertically out of deep water yes. Not saying its impossible

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pietsweis View Post
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    I can only say what I do myself and say that many days of fishing, I still have fingers to type ! Carry a bucket in the boat for washing hands-do not wash hands in the water. Sit or stand slightly back from the side of the boat. On the shore, I choose areas with a bank of about 1m or more vertical cliff and then fish a metre or two back. I figure that the croc will have trouble going around the 'corner' of the cliff. I dont generally fish along flatter banks but if I do I hang back about 4-5 m from the edge and remain aware.A friend of mine lost a finger washing his hands over the side of a boat and my boys nursery school owner was taken off the bank right where I had fished the day before.

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    I can remember fishing in the Lundi River when I lived in Ft Victoria. We were sort of opposite to the Lundi Hotel which was on the over side. Obviously wary for crocs but did not expect a hippo to suddenly appear out of the water in front of us. We dropped our rods and ran like hell. Hippo then walked all over our gear and got in the water, submerged never to be seen again by us. Rather shaken we went to the pub to calm our nerves!
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