Fishing Reports and Updates - Blue Water Charters Durban and Adventure Fishing Safaris
Blue Water Charters - Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
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Adventure Fishing Safaris - Lake Jozini, Inanda Dam, Goedertrouw Dam, Albert Falls Dam and Kosi Lakes.
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weather forecast was wrong yet again, but for a change it was in our favour.
Forecast showed a strong SW wind and some rain, but we launched this morning
with a very light SW which only picked up as we were heading back to port,
there was no rain but sunny skies and we had a stunning 5 hour morning trip.
Water temperature is cold averaging at just over 20deg.C with a reverse
current. Fishing was good today but the fish would only bite if the boat was
going in a specific condition so one would see the showing on the finder, mark
it and then make a turn and come back over the mark in the right direction.
Bonnies were plentiful with over 20 being caught for the morning and we also
released some, the Yellowfin Tuna were also around and going over one showing we
had 5 reels screaming and we landed 4 at once making for great excitement,
especially the one that took the ultra light rig which gave a really good
fight. The fish were not behaving normally today and most were biting the lures
very close behind the boat and not the ones further back, they were also
jumping out the water at the lures making a great show and one could watch them
jump and hit the surface lures and then watch the road bend and the reel zing.
We also had a double hook up on the Rapala X Rap Xtreme’s but one came off and
we landed the other. Then as we were heading back to port a few Kilometres out,
we had another Yellowfin Tuna hooked up from one of the bullets running far
back. Great fun all in a 5 hour morning trip.
The last few
trips on both our boats have seen a large amount of Bonnies, Frigate Tuna and
Sarda Sarda coming out along with some nice bottoms and some Yellowfin Tuna.
Water temps most days have been just under and over 20deg.C and the Bonnies
have been thick. Yesterday I don’t think there was a moment when someone was
not fighting a Bonnie or all the lines out on the light tackle these are great
fun, the Bonnies have all been in the 1.5-2kg range, the Sarda Sarda have been quite
a bit bigger than the Bonnies, so great sport and they do give a good fight.
Mornings have been very cold and there has been a strong reverse current.
Today both boats
went out and even though the NE was blowing relatively hard the sea was not big
but was rather choppy, this however did not deter the fish and the new Rapala X
Rap Xtreme 160s produced the goods and both boats got good Yellowfin Tuna hook
ups and a lot of Bonnies of which many of the Bonnies have been released to be
caught another day.
Been a quiet and
frustrating month and when one books a charter the weather turns bad and it can’t
be done and so today was our first trip for August, although the break was nice
after a very busy July one needs to work to live. Trying to decipher the
forecast for today was not easy as the various weather sites were all saying
something different and so we decided to make the choice at launch time which
was 06h00. I arrived at the boat at 05h00 and it was raining quite heavy and
had been raining all night but by 05h30 the rain had stopped and at 06h00 we
launched and made our way out to look for a good Tuna. It started with non-stop
Bonnie action and we could not keep all the lines in the water, the wind was
constantly shifting from SW to NW and the S-N current was quite strong and got
stronger as we got deeper out so I decided to head back shallower. Every few
minutes it was another Bonnie and some of them decent sizes too giving great
sport on the lighter tackle. In amongst the Bonnies we also got some small
Frigate Tuna. At 07h30 the heavens opened and we got drenched for 1.5hrs. After
that the rain cleared and we ended up with stunning sunny conditions which at
least dried us out. Whilst it was raining it was also freezing cold, wow even
though I was dressed warmly I was feeling it and shivering at the helm with
water seeping in everywhere. For a while the Bonnies went quiet with only 1
here and 1 there and then we got a bunch more as we started heading back to
port and the was hatch looking rather full. Then all the action stopped and we
were being entertained by 2 Albatross trying to snatch our Shotgun lure and we
were all calling to the Tuna, when all a sudden. BANG the shot gun rigger
snapped and ZZZZZZZZZZ as the shot gun rod bent over properly and the reel
started to sing and it was not long before we saw the backing on this lighter
tackle. After a really great fight we managed to land a really nice Yellowfin
Tuna. By the time we had this on deck we had already passed our time and so we
did not put anymore lines out and headed home. By the time we were back in port
it was nice and hot and we all enjoyed this whilst removing all the wet attire.
And so another great day out at sea.
Last 2 days have
had some really nice mornings out, even though they started out very cold they
ended up warm, the Bonito have been thick and there were times where we were
not able to get all our lines out with the amount of hook ups we have had and
many multiple hook ups with loads of Bonito providing great fun on our light
tackle rigs, we have also hooked up a good few Frigate Tuna the last 2 days.
Yesterday I saw some showings of larger fish which I thought were Yellowfin
Tuna and so today we went out rigged accordingly with a plan and within 30
minutes we had a hook up with a lovely Yellowfin Tuna, after that the Bonito
were hitting us again, even on the larger lures and hard as I tried we could
not raise another Yellowfin. I think we will start seeing Yellowfin more
regularly as we head into next month towards spring and am hoping for a fee
biggies to stretch our lines.
holidays saw both Fat Girl and Nawty Girl busy, all kinds of trips and lots of
children. I love taking the younger ones fishing and to see the smiles and
excitement always makes my day. On the many backline trips we did well with
some good Shad and Mackerel being caught and on one trip we got into a school
of Sand Steenbras of which all were released. Another trip saw a Guitar Fish
being caught in the deep which we also released. Bottom fishing has been good
with some nice fish coming out. Bonnies have been present in large numbers with
many being caught on all trips and they provide great sport on light tackle.
The Yellowfin Tuna have still been missing to my frustration and my guess they
are around with the sardines. One on long trip we went down South and found a
pocket of sardines with Sharks, Sailfish and Marlin smashing them, we managed
to hook up a very large Black Marlin which is exciting for mid winter in July,
but sadly the hook snapped and we dropped it which always leaves me frustrated.
Early mornings have been very cold, but most days warmed up nicely and for most
trips the conditions have been calm, there have as always been those
frustrating trips when the fish are scarce or the weather forecast got it wrong
but overall July has been productive thus far.