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  • Welcome to Hastings, Australia. It's a little different to the Sussex seaside town we know

  • but it is on the coast and there are fish here... We've been promised the chance to

  • hook a gummy shark by a rising hunting star in Australia, Dave Fent. His Aussie Hunting

  • Adventure series is about to hit the networks, so before he's priced out of the market and

  • becomes all lovey on us, his dad Cliff has offered up his boat for us to go shark fishing

  • with Dave.

  • Well basically today we have come out of the front of the western entrance and we have

  • got ... over here and the mainland back over here on the other side of us and we have come

  • out chasing gummy sharks and there are few ... getting around as well at the moment.

  • Can you be savaged by gummy sharks?

  • Well they could certainly tear your finger apart.

  • Oh they will, so they are not that gummy.

  • Not that gummy. We will see if we can get one for you.

  • The best chance of hooking a gummy, which Dave assures us are good eating, is during

  • slack water between tides. There is plenty of prep to be done to get us ready.

  • Just start loading on a few cubes and making a bit of a trial and the gummies and other

  • fish will pick up on this and start to come in.

  • In the meantime it's worth dangling the rod.

  • Our first nibble is a barracuda - one of the fastest fish in the water and I have always

  • wanted to catch one, armed with some serious teeth.

  • They are not great eating fish. Most people use them for bate or pop them back in the

  • water. They are very, very boney. By the time you have picked out a squillion bones it is

  • not worth eating.

  • What size do they go up to?

  • These things get up to a metre or so 1,200, quite a bit longer, quite a bit bigger, will

  • give you a good fight when they get to that sort of size.

  • Then I get a bite and it's my first ever barracuda.

  • First barracuda. I am not going to pick it up because I will get myself spined and scragged

  • ... mackerel off Sussex, barracuda off Melbourne. Brilliant.

  • With he assures me a bit of time left before the gummy fest I ask Dave about his new TV

  • series.

  • We are going to cater for the every day hunter. We are going to cover deer, foxes, rabbits

  • and goats. All the easy stuff and it is easily accessible to the Australian public.

  • That is the Aussie hunter's favourite sort of fayre is it?

  • Yes.

  • Now alright. May be your show is on your shirt there Aussie Hunting Adventures TV series.

  • Yes that is right.

  • Stick that into Google.

  • Put it into Google have a bit of a look. Have a look at our website and our Facebook page.

  • We have got quite a few followers so far. It has been great.

  • Then something serious grabs one of the lines and Dave starts working it

  • Well basically we had a larger bait out for a gummy. A gummy has come up and he has grabbed

  • onto it and now he has taken off and he has taken some line. So what we will do now is

  • we will pick up the rod, we will tighten up the drag and then we will let him go a bit

  • and then we will strike him. What they tend to do sometimes they will turn around and

  • they will start swimming against the current sometimes they will swim around the front

  • of the boat. Click her off. See if we can get a bit of line back and find him and there

  • he is. We are in. He is a good fish I would say.

  • Then another bites. We seems to be bringing in anything but a gumster. This one is a Port

  • Jackson shark which looks a lot bigger in the water than it does on deck.

  • Now I hit a leopard shark which sounds a bit more like it.

  • Leopard shark - very, very fierce. This fish is almost as long as my hand.

  • But it makes a getaway once it spots me.

  • That was the best release ever.

  • Still no Gummy but Dave is still working what we hope is now not the ever present but the

  • elusive gummy.

  • Next up is a cuttlefish - then another leopard shark. This one looks a bit more impressive

  • on deck but we're all hoping Dave's biggun isn't going to disappoint. After an hour a

  • large shovel nose ray appears - it too gets a rush of blood when it gets close to the

  • boat and it's off.

  • There he goes.

  • So we have caught sharks, we've seen plenty of fish but not that der-dum moment. Nevertheless

  • it is a lovely way to relax before heading to the airport - and home to Britain and doesn't

  • a sunset over Hasting look pretty.

  • If you want to see a preview of Dave's programme follow the link on the screen.

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