Fishing Reports and Updates - Blue Water Charters Durban and Adventure Fishing Safaris
Blue Water Charters - Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
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We had a bunch of guys that wanted to go bottom fishing
today and launched at 05h00 for a 6hour trip. Sea conditions were ideal for
bottom fishing today with a 1-2knot S-N current and a very light SE wind, so
light that one could hear a ship’s engines from 2 miles away. The sea was flat
and glassy with temperatures between 23.5degC and 24.5 deg.C.
We trolled out to the reefs but nothing toughed the lures
but we caught a lot of Bottom fish today of all kinds, even a Yellowfin Tuna
took a bait of the bottom.
We had a father, son and son in law from Hilton out with
us on Fat Girl on an 8hr charter that ended up being 9hrs. We launched at 04h30
this morning and the same as yesterday we headed out in the rain, fortunately it
cleared up before we even got out the port and for a while we even had some
It was not a pleasant sea today with a strong S-N current,
a NE swell and a SW wind making the water very lumpy. In the morning there was
a very light SW wind but by 09h00 it started picking up and as the day went on
it got stronger and was blowing about 25 knots by the time we got back to port
at 13h30 making for a very bumpy ride home.
Inshore the water was cold and well under 23deg.C and so
we headed out to deeper waters and eventually on the 200m Ballito side we found
a warm patch of clear water with 24.5deg.C which was about 5km long in a sort
of oval shape about 3km wide. So a rather strange patch of water that had a lot
of activity and we got fish, at 08h00 we started up with a triple up of some
smaller Yellowfin Tuna and so everyone had now caught a fish. Then we had 3
lines go away again and on one of them was a fish much larger than the others,
unfortunately there was not enough glue on the hooks and all 3 fish came off. I
carried on working the patch and it was not long and we had a line snap off the
riggers and the reel was screaming and the young lad landed a nice little Bull
Dorado. I continued working the patch and again one of the reels started
screaming with seemed a good sized fish and again the fish came off, very
annoying. I did another pass through the patch and a small Marlin came into the
spread, snapped 2 lines off the riggers and hooked up on the 3rd
one, but it was not to be. I was very frustrated as to have 3 on/offs in 1 trip
is more than I can bear.
Eventually it was time to make the 40km journey back to
port in a strong SW wind and against a strong S-N current which made the
journey much longer taking an hour longer than usual, on the way home we managed
to land another 2 Yellowfin Tuna bringing our tally for the day to 5 Yellowfin
Tuna and 1 Dorado and everyone was very satisfied
We had a family from Vryburg booked a 5 hour charter
Nawty Girl for this morning, and even though no rain was forecast there was a
light rain at 05h00 this morning and so as Fat Girl was not out I decided to
take them out on Fat Girl at no extra cost so they could benefit from the
shelter of the cabin.
So it was raining, and as we headed out of port there was
a thunder storm with lightning over Durban North and Umhlanga and I could see
clear skies in the South so I decided we will fish South today. Inshore the
water was colder at 23deg.C and so I tried a bit deeper on the 150m but it was
not much better at 23.4deg.C and so I decided to go shallower and target known pinnacles
and wrecks. The water was not that clean and but over a wreck in about 80m of
water I saw some good fish showing on the sounder, but they were not coming up
even after several passes, so we moved away, I saw no evidence of game fish
anywhere else so decided to persist on the 80m wreck and after the 2nd
pass the reel started screaming and line was peeling off. When I saw the
showings I had thought they were Yellowfin Tuna, but when the line was running
I could see the fish was staying on the surface and so I knew it was not Tuna
and guessed it was a large Wahoo as the fish had peeled off the 300m top shot very
quickly and we were into the backing, once we had gained some line and the fish
was 200m out to my surprise there was a Dorado doing acrobatics and jumping all
over. In the end we landed a decent size Dorado but it was a lot smaller than
the strong fight it gave.
With 2 hours left Dad had his fish and it was time to get
the little guy have his turn so out came some light spinning tackle and bait
and we fished a pinnacle catching various smaller species, some Trigger Fish,
Slinger and a nice Englishman. Father and son were now both happy with their
catch and we headed back to port and docked just after 10h00. By that time I
was wet and cold as we had to pass through some rain to get back.
Nawty Girl has taken mooring 45 at Wilsons Wharf and after 6.5 years of Fat Girl being on mooring 42 she has now moved to mooring 44. This is great as both Fat Girl and Nawty Girl are now next to each other. Moving Fat Girl stirred up many memories of starting up and then taking the plunge to go for a big boat back then, and I remembered all the challenges and the successes which has made Fat Girl one of the most popular charter boats based in Durban.
Stunning weather today with flat seas, which was great
after all the lousy weather we have been having, we were supposed to do the
trip tomorrow but the forecast looked terrible so we moved it to today.
Inshore the water is still green, but deeper out we found
crystal clear blue warm water and there is still a lot of litter floating
around which is annoying as it keeps snagging the lures, none the less there was
less litter than our last trip.
Our trip today was a short 5 hour trip with a family from
Gauteng and we launched from Wilson Wharf at 05h00 and made our way out to sea
to be back by 10h00. It was not long after we set our lines at about 06h00 when
one of the reels started screaming with a serious bend in the rod and a big
fight followed, I thought it was a large Yellowfin Tuna by the way the line
went deep and about 1 hour later we found that we had tail hooked a Hammer Head
Shark with one of the Rapalas, no wonder we had such a big fight on our hands
and the angler was very excited with his catch, we had teased him about taking
so long but he did well with a tail hooked catch.
This was not to be the end of the surprises and when I
got my hands onto the Shark I found that the leader had wrapped around the
lower tail fin with a single wrap so even a brief moment of slack line would
have resulted in the fish coming off. With the Shark safely released and back
in the water we continued out to deeper waters and managed to land a small
Yellowfin Tuna, by then time had run out and we headed back to port.
Offshore Fishing Report - Durban - 21-11-2017 Got a call to do a short charter late this afternoon and so we went out. On the way out the port right at the South Pier we spotted a large GT of about 30Kg dashing through the swells breaking over the sand bank. It was sad to see the amount of litter floating around in the sea, packets, bags, bottles, containers of all kinds by the 1000s, right out as deep as 200m. I am sure this has all washed out from the rivers after all the rains we have been having. The water was warm but very green, and it was a very ugly swell today, very steep and choppy even. The wind started out as a SE but then turned to an East wind and got stronger and the swell got even more ugly. Lots of lures got caught up in all the plastics floating around making fishing very difficult. I the end we were rewarded with one small Yellowfin Tuna. We got back as a strong SW of about 35 knots hit Durban so perfect timing. www.bluewatercharters.co.za