Saturday, January 13, 2018

A Big Honeycomb Skate in the Harbour.

A Big Honeycomb Skate in the Harbour.

Fishing Report – Durban – 12.01.2018

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.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Black Marlin Afternoon

Black Marlin Afternoon.

Marlin Report – Durban – 10.01.2018

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.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Wahoo Again

Fishing Report – Durban – 08.01.2018
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.


Dad's Dorado

Dad’s Dorado.

Fishing Report – Durban – 07.01.2018

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.


Sunday, January 7, 2018

Wahoo Account opened for 2018 - Fishing Report – Durban – 06.01.2018

Wahoo Account opened for 2018.

Fishing Report – Durban – 06.01.2018

The conditions have been improving and there is a lot of clean warm water around, especially out in the deep. Inshore has been very quiet and we have had to travel a fair distance to get fish. Early in the trip we hooked up with a nice Dorado and then later on we had a double Wahoo strike landing one and dropping a bigger one at the boat.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

First Dorado for 2018

First Dorado for 2018.

Fishing Report – Durban – 02.01.2018

With a stiff SW wind and unsettled seas from the SW Buster the day before we made our way out for a short morning trip, we eventually found some nice clean warm water and managed to land a small Dorado. Inshore the water was dirty and a strong reverse current.


Monday, January 1, 2018

Last day out in 2017 - Fishing Report – Durban – 31.12.2017

Last day out in 2017.

Fishing Report – Durban – 31.12.2017

Both Fat Girl and Nawty Girl made their way out of port early on the 31st to do their last trips for 2017 after a very busy week. It was a stunning day with great conditions, warm clear water, light winds and flat seas.

Nawty Girl got 3 Yellowfin Tuna and 4 Oceanic Bonitos (Skipjacks) along with some bottom fish and Fat Girl landed a nice Dorado and some nice bottom fish along with a monster Trigger fish in the most beautiful colours which was released. A great day for both boats.