Wednesday, December 12, 2018

One Wave, then Another

One Wave, then Another.

Offshore Fishing Report – Durban – 12th December 2018

Finally the warmer water has arrived and we found 23.5deg.C water. We launched into what the forecast said will be a 15 knot NE, but in reality it was around 30 knots and as the morning went on the sea picked up and we ended up punching wave after wave. The water was good and we found nice blue water with lots of life and plenty flying fish, turtles and we even saw Dorado swimming by.

1st up was a Dorado that hit the shot gun, which was followed by good size Bull Dorado. Then we had a Sailfish come into the spread as I was tuning the boat and the tag lines were slack as he hit our bullet and we did not get a hook up, things where quiet for a while and then we got two decent sized Yellowfin Tuna and were back at the dock before lunch. Hello Summer.




Friday, December 7, 2018

Nawty Dorado Queen.

Nawty Dorado Queen.

Offshore Fishing Report – Durban – 7th December 2018

With a short early morning trip on Nawty Girl we headed out in search of a Dorado that was requested in some difficult conditions, the sea was very unsettled and the water is still cold and green but a bit deeper out it does have a better colour but it took some time to get to this better water. Heading out to the location we were heading into a stiff NE wind which them switched to a strong SW wind which came through 4 hours earlier than expected and so the way back was again heading into the wind. The bumpy trip and getting splashed from time to time was rewarded with a really good sized Queen Dorado.


Good Bottoms and hungry Dorado.

Good Bottoms and hungry Dorado.

Offshore Fishing Report – Durban – 7th December 2018

Fat Girl headed out for a short morning of bottom fishing and I must say I am really impressed with our new Shimano spinning gear that we use for this type of fishing. Many species caught, good size Copper Bream, Englishman, Soldiers, Sarda Sarda, nice Rockcod and even some Dorado came up chasing the baits a few times but evaded getting landed and we ended up with a fair amount of fish for the morning.


Monday, December 3, 2018

Little Guy gets his Dorado

Little Guy get his Dorado
Offshore Fishing Report – Durban – 2nd December 2018
Dad wanted his boy to get a good fish, water is still freezing cold and under 21 degC. 1st up was a nice Bonito, followed by a small Dorado which he fought hard on light tackle. Of all the things we were not expecting in that cold green water was a Marlin hook up with a Black of about 110kg but the little guy even with help could not hold it and it threw the hooks to the crews dismay.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Tough Fishing in Cold Water

Tough Fishing in Cold Water
Offshore Fishing Report – Durban – 27th November 2018
We had an 8 hour charter booked for tomorrow which we moved forward to today due to the big SW wind forecast for tomorrow, we launched very early to avoid the big NE wind forecast for this afternoon. Inshore waters are still green and cold under 21deg.C so we decided to head out deep where the SST charts showed warmer water and once we got past 500m depth about 40km from shore we found warm blue water around 23.5degC but the current was screaming S-N from the deep to the shallows. We found lots of bird life and even small bait fish jumping but no fish. I was really disappointed as the water looked so good. Eventually we decided to head back shallow and put some light tackle squids on the corners. We got back into shallower cold green water and it was not long before the light tackle gave us some consolation prizes in the form of 1 small Dorado and after that the Bonnies kept us busy with us catching 1 after the other all the way back to port and ended up with quite a lot of them with only the last 2 hours producing us fish. Not ideal fishing but at least some action.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Number 30.

Number 30.

Harbour Fishing Report – Durban – 25th November 2018

With a rather unusual request for a school project where they had a list of 30 things they had to do for the year we had a young lady who had to do her last item which was to catch a fish and so we suggested a 3 hour harbour charter. 10 minutes after we dropped baits we had a nice Salmon on the line and her list is complete and she wanted to end the trip, we convinced her to try for 1 more and she hooked up into a shad. Both fish were released and less than 1 hour from launch we were back on the dock and trip completed along with a completed list of things to do.



Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Big Sea, Xtreme Fishing

Big Sea, Xtreme Fishing.

Offshore Fishing Report – Durban – 20th November 2018

We had a short trip this morning. NE was blowing around 20 knots making for a large swell especially after last night’s strong winds. The water is still cold and green and the best we found was 19.3deg.C. We had not even finished putting out our spread when the one Tyrnos with the Rapala Xtreme running went off and we got a Sarda Sarda, shortly after the same Xtreme produced another Sarda Sarda, both were big Sarda Sarda’s. We then had some medium sized Kawa Kawa take the same Xtreme. Deeper out the Xtreme got hit again, a really good sized fish and before we knew it the line was out about 300m into the backing and a 45 minute fight ensued. I was convinced that this was a large Wahoo as the line stayed and the top and the fight was really strong, in the end it turned out to be a super sized Kawa Kawa. On the way back running with the swell we picked up a Dorado on the Xtreme again followed by a few more medium sized Kawa Kawa.

I am surprised that we are getting Dorado in 19deg.C water and the only lure all the fish are hitting are the Rapala Xtreme’s, they are not touching the bullets and kona’s. When that warm blue water finally hits Durban I think we will have some really explosive fishing.