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‘Duyfken’, a record setting boat

FISHING: This month’s yarn starts with a trip back in time, back to 1606 when Williem Janszoon (Australia’s Columbus) was the first European to discover Australia on a little “privateer” called Duyfken, “Dutch for Little Dove” making this cute little ship the Aussie equivalent of the Mayflower, Santa Maria or Mary Rose.


Jimmy Stewart

Friday 30 September 2016, 04:39PM


Duyfken has more records than any craft afloat.
Duyfken has more records than any craft afloat.

Now you may ask, “What’s Jimmy prattling on about Australian history for, especially in a fishing column based out of Phuket?”

Well me Jolly Jack Tars, for any of you who know Brian “Mad” Mohally, you were actually witnessing history, through his experiences of another famous boat of the same name Duyfken, a boat that if it wasn’t for her famous predecessor, would be up there with Hemmingway’s Pilar and Noah’s Ark.

Why? Because this boat has caught more IGFA (International Game Fishing Association) world records and Ghanaian (Africa) records than any other sports fisher.

As I write, and having sold Duyfken, Brian is on his way to the Philippines to oversee a 280,000 USD refit of this custom built sports fisher.

Designed by FW Woodnutt, this “40” Riviera has a plane-ing hull similar to that of the torpedo boats of WW2 and can turn on a piece of eight using her two powerful engines for steerage.

Brian can’t remember how many records he has as many have been subsequently broken, but between Brian, and the many professionals who have owned and chartered the boat over the years, including the IGFA “Hall of Fame” angler Peter B Wright, Duyfken has more records than any craft afloat.

A visit to Mad Mohally’s Bar (Irish Bar) in Rawai, Phuket is a must for all Big Game afishinados as the walls are covered in photographs, and trophies of record catches and fishing experiences that most devotees can only aspire to in their wildest dreams, many of which were taken from Duyfken.

After her refit, Duyfken will spend four months on the Australian Great Barrier Reef, four in Sai Pan, (Marianas Trench) and two in the Philippines, with Brian retaining a few weeks every year to work on this already considerable reputation as a fisherman AND storyteller, the latter being an occupational hazard for us old salties.

And this week’s humour, since I am writing about boat’s names, here’s a few crackers:-

Campbell’s Sloop, Sea-Nile, Titan Uranus, Ship-for-Brains, Wasted Seamen, A-Salt Weapon, Settlement & In Solvent Sea.

Turning now to Club News: The Thailand Sports Fishing Club, (TSFC) – the “new” club that now runs Thailand’s premier “Classic” Fishing Competition (March 1-3) sponsored by The Phuket News – has now confirmed it has a five man “tournament committee” team and a growing 50 plus membership all raring to go.

Enquiries for the competition should be directed to Warren Crowe at thailandsportsfishingclub.com.

As usual, tight lines to all,

Jimmy fishinginphuket.com

 

 

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