Friday, March 24, 2017

Offshore Fishing Report - Durban - 24/03/2017

Offshore Fishing Report - Durban - 24/03/2017
 Another Game fish Grand Slam on Fat Girl to the delight our mix of guests from Belgium, France and Holland.
 With an early launch for a 5hr charter and were able to get some good fishing in before the big West wind hit Durban.
 Water is warm at 25deg.C and reasonable clear.
 Very early we hooked up a cute baby Dorado which we released to swim another day. It amazes me that even as small as it is, it is already a perfectly formed Dorado, and it always intrigues me the size of lure these little guys tackle.
 Next up was a really nice size Wahoo, which gave a good fight.
 On the way back in we had a double hook up with a Yellowfin Tuna and a Oceanic Bonito

Monday, March 20, 2017

Offshore Fishing Report Durban - 20-03-2017

Offshore Fishing Report Durban - 20-03-2017
It was a stunning weather today with nice calm seas, we took a father and son along with some of his buddies out for a birthday treat with a 5hr inshore/mini deep sea charter. Water was clear and 25 deg.C and it was not long before the first Bonito was on deck. For a short while after that things were quiet when there was a Dorado (Mahi Mahi) double up making for some great excitement for these young men and I am sure for the dads also. I must say that when I see young people full of excitement and outdoors it gives me great pleasure.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Offshore Fishing Report - Durban

Offshore Fishing Report - Durban
After the hectic season in December and January things went back to the normal pace in February. Water temperatures have been very warm with some days recording over 28deg. C and this has been in-spite of the large amount of rain that we have experienced, inshore waters have been dirty but out in the deep the water is clear. I cant complain about the rain as it has seen many of our badly depleted dams restored and a huge relief on the drought situation. The fish have been around and we have been getting catches on every trip even though not as many as we would like. There has been a good variety of fish being caught including Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Prodigal son and as always the bottom fishing keeps the rods bending on the slower game fish days. We have not managed to bring a Marlin to the boat but had a close call the other day with a big Black that came off. April looks set to be another busy month with Easter and the holidays approaching us, cant believe April is already around the corner. Sure hope these big winds either NE or SW take a break at some stage.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Offshore Fishing Report - Durban

Offshore Fishing Report - Durban
Seems like the weather is settling a little bit and we are still getting Dorado on every trip, water has been clean and warm but we are still getting some horrid winds on some days making for big seas.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Offshore Fishing Report 20170110 - Durban

Offshore Fishing Report 20170110 - Durban
Game Fish Grand Slam and our first Billfish for 2017
We had a 6hr trip for today and decided to do it in the afternoon as the wind was blowing strong in the morning and so the boat launched at 11h00. 1hr into the trip the shotgun claimed a Wahoo and about an hour after that the same bullet on the shot gun claimed a Sailfish of around 50Kg which was released. After that 2 Dorado were also hooked up, so 3 species of Game Fish in one short trip.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

2016/2017 Holiday Fishing Report - Durban

2016/2017 Holiday Fishing Report


Greetings to all and I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone for 2017.

We had loads of winds this season, blowing from every direction, currents have been strong and the water never got to the warm temperatures that we usually get this time of year we also had a lot of rain but with the water shortage I suppose I should not complain. We had to cancel several trips due to the weather, but we still had a busy season with many visitors to Durban this year. We had some good fishing days and some bad fishing days.

I don’t ever remember such a cold season as there were some days that were icy like Christmas day morning when I froze. We have not yet had the proper hot Durban weather.

We caught a fair amount of Dorado but we never got any big ones so far, we also did not get those bumper days and most daily catches were in the 1s, 2s and 3s for the day but we got Dorado on almost every trip.

The new Rapala X-Rap 40s running 12m deep did well for us on the Dorado even though we were running them for Tuna they got us Dorado and some decent size Bonnies.

The Tuna and Wahoo have evaded us this season and we have not caught any.

We got a really nice Black Marlin at the end of December which we released and dropped a monster of a Black Marlin.

Bottom fishing for most parts was actually very good and the Slinger were prolific, especially when the currents were stronger with some decent sizes. We caught a beautiful Picasso Trigger Fish off Durban whilst bottom fishing which was a first for Fat Girl ever, this fish was released.

We did some bay fishing and we caught a good amount of GT’s on Drop shot along with some Sea Pike, Salad Fish, Walla Walla and for the first time ever we got a really large mullet on Drop Shot. We had a young man that wanted to use his light tackle Bass set up in the bay and caught himself a nice little Hammer Head Shark, all the fish we caught in the bay were released.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


We got going just after 06h00, it was overcast and a moderate SW wind was blowing, the sea was better than I expected and water temps averaged 21.7deg.C, we decided to stay shallow and head up the coast. Just a short while out the harbour we had 2 lines go with some really decent fish, reels screaming rods bent, I suspect Tuna or Big Bonnies. Sadly both fish got taxed by a Shark, I think the same one, even my Williamson Speed pros got taken. Put some more on and we continued and after about an hour we had another 2 lines go and one got taxed again by a shark costing me another Speed pro and on the other line we landed a really good size Bonnie (Kawa Kawa) with my Speed Pro attached. We had 2 guys that did not feel so well and headed back to port and back on the dock before 10h00. These Williamson speed pros really troll well at high speed, will have to get me some more.