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A Big Lady, the
one that got away, the Tuna and a Shark.
Fishing Report – Durban – 2-4.02.2018
We had 3 long trips from Friday through to Sunday with
various guests from the UK and Austria, our team consisted of Erik, Kurt and
On Friday we launched very early so we could be back well
in time before the big South West wind came through and this worked out well
and were back an hour before it hit Durban. On Saturday we launched very late
to allow the big swells to die down and the sea just got better and better all
day, we did get caught in some rain twice on the day. Sunday was normal hours
and nice seas and the water had cleaned up nice after Friday afternoons big West
but left us with a reverse current.
On Friday water was green cold and dirty up to the 200m and
so we first went deep and found the Agulhas current was screaming well over 8
knots so we came back in closer and fished the colour line that we found on the
200m, we had 2 Marlin strikes and landed 3 Yellowfin Tuna.
Saturday was a cool day and overcast with some patches of
rain and we managed 2 Dorado and a Yellowfin Tuna, the 1 Dorado was a large
Queen and was the biggest fish the angler had ever caught, she put up a good
fight and aerial display for us. It’s so awesome to be part of someone getting
a new personal best and sharing in their excitement.
Sunday was a very frustrating day with 2 lost fish, we
landed a Dorado and then Grand Dad (94 years old) had a go at a really large
Oceanic Bonito (Skipjack Tuna) and for a while I could actually see the young
boy in his face. It gives me great pleasure to see people filled with such
delight. Later on in the day we hooked up into a fairly large Black Marlin
which took a lot of line and did some really good jumps bouncing away like a
bunny being chased by a fox, when it was about 400m away during the fight, the
hook pulled and we lost it. I was really bummed and struggled to compose myself
for a short while after that, so I had my sulk and then got on with the day. I really
hate losing a good fish especially once you have seen it. We got back into
action and then we hooked into a good size Yellowfin Tuna of about 15Kg with a
Rapala X-Rap and it was right there at the boat just out of reach of the gaff
when a very big and greedy Shark took it right before our eyes. At first I was
not sure if I had seen this correctly, but this was confirmed by the angler who
said the same thing.
Long trips are really great as one has time to interact and
get to know each other, the trips are not rushed as it is with shorter trips,
lots of jokes and stories are told and it all makes for a really fun day and an
enjoyable time at sea.
Besides the fishing we got to see Dolphins several times
on all three days and also some Turtles, we also saw a Dorado chase something
as it rushed past the front of the boat and change colour in the process, the
speed of the Dorado in action was impressive, there were loads of little flying
fish and we saw them regularly along with a good variety of sea birds.
This weekend was very frustrating with the weather
reports getting it totally wrong, On Saturday light NE winds were forecast and
we launched early for a 5 hour trip, as we started heading out the wind picked
up and by the time we got out to the 100m we had almost 20 knots of wind from
the NE. The water was green and cold and completely different to what we had
the day before where we hooked up some really nice fish and we were not able to
find any game fish and ended up doing some bottoms which was also difficult in
the cold water with ice cold sinkers.
The forecast showed 30 knot SW winds for Sunday and so we
cancelled the trip for another day, and then the day turned out to be stunning
with no 30 knot winds and very fishable.
Today we had a short 4hr inshore trip and the conditions
were really stunning with smooth flat seas and even though the North was still
green and cold we found some nice clear warm water down South shortly after we
crossed a current line and saw a stunning and very large turtle who gave us a
boost as moments after we saw him we hooked up our first Yellowfin and ended up
with 4 for the day. They were not large with the smallest measuring 60cm but on
light tackle gave us some good sport.
The past week has had some very difficult fishing
conditions with the water very cold and temperatures under 21 deg.C, along with
green water and so we have not been lucky with Game fish which is so
frustrating, we have been getting bottoms with a lot of Slinger being caught, I
am surprised at the amount of Black Tail around. We managed a nice Tropical
Yellow tail on light spinning tackle off the bottom on one trip, and also some
nice copper bream on another.
Today was a vast improvement and the strong SW winds have
brought us some warmer and cleaner water and it looks like things will start
getting better. We had a short 5hour charter today with nice results, 2 x
Dorado (A bull and a Queen), 3 x Yellowfin Tuna and 2 Oceanic Bonito (Skip Jack
Tuna), so 3 game fish species in one trip making it a game fish grand slam and
some very happy customers.
We had two 5 hour harbour trips and had some great fun,
catching a bunch of small Hammer Head Sharks which are such great fun to catch
on light spinning tackle, a variety of other fish species, a large Gurnard and
a good size Rockod. The highlight of the day was a very large Honeycomb Skate
which took 1hr20 min to land on light tackle. We did not boat the Skate, we
kept it in the water and released it. All other fish caught were also released.
We had a 5hr trip and left at noon (12h00), 38 minutes
into the trip we had a massive bonnie on deck. The water was purple, crystal
clear and 27deg.C, we had a light SE wind blowing and a 2.5m swell. Conditions
were perfect. 1 hour into the trip as I had just reached the area I had thought
would be the spot; the inside port rigger elastic popped and the Tiagra began
to sing that wonderful Marlin tune. ZZZZZZZ...ZZZZZZZZZ. The fish took about
600m of line before we managed to turn it and we were well into the backing.
After a 1hr 40 minute fight we had a Black Marlin at the boat. Sadly it went
under the swim platform, between the motors and then around both motors and I
was not able to get it free fast enough and had to cut the motors and it
drowned. I could not revive the fish and so could not release, so we cut the
leader and pulled the fish out onto deck. A nice size Black Marlin estimated at
150Kg (330lbs). On the way back we hooked up a nice little Bull Dorado and dropped
another along with a small Tuna. Just before lines up we also had a Sailfish in
the spread but it did not chew on any of our offerings. I knew when the Wahoo
and Bonnies started coming around we would be getting a Black very soon.
A very happy angler with his first Marlin, and our Marlin
account opened for 2018.
Well done Henk, you fought your Marlin like a pro.
We had a 5hr trip and left early to try get some fishing
in before the west came through, water was warm and over 27deg C. and it was
stunning purple water out in the deep, probably too warm to get any fish, inshore
the water was also a stunning purple but a little cooler and we managed a
really king size Bonnie which reminds me that we have not caught any Bonnies
for quite some time let alone a big one, a little while later the Rapala X Rap 40
running on one of the lighter rods went of and the Tyrnos 30 was singing
landing us a good Wahoo. We also had a strike on the shot gun from something
big, perhaps a Black Marlin or a large Wahoo, not sure never saw what it was.
We got back to the dock well before the west came through.
If Wahoo are around then Black Marlin are around so the
clock is ticking and it will be game on soon, the next 4 months from now until
April is the best time for Marlin in Durban.
With a short morning trip that had to be split between game
fishing and bottoms we shot out early in the morning and by 06h30 we had a nice
Queen Dorado in the hatch, after that we made our way back to shore doing
bottoms at various reefs with some slinger, copper bream, stumpnose and a
rather large blacktail.