Sunday, May 21, 2017

Offshore Fishing Report – Durban – 19/20 May 2017

Offshore Fishing Report – Durban – 19/20 May 2017

Offshore waters are still nice and warm at 23.8deg.C and the weather has been superb, we had some short morning charters on both days and after some early Tuna and Bonnies light tackle bottom fishing got some nice results with some interesting species along with some slinger.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Offshore Fishing Report – Durban – 17 May 2017

Offshore Fishing Report – Durban – 17 May 2017

After all these heavy rains it was great to have sunshine again, we were expecting the water to be filthy but deeper out it was clean and the temperature was a surprising 23.8 deg.C.

Conditions were also great with flat seas and a gentle current.

It was only a short morning charter and we had 2 very unusual catches with 2 Bludger King Fish caught out deep trolling Rapalas, never seen this before. Perhaps they were lost.

In addition to the 2 King Fish, 4 Yellowfin Tuna also succumbed to the Rapalas making a good fish count for the day.

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Fishing Report – Durban – 5 May 2017

Stunning conditions, but the water was green and water temps averaging 23.6deg.C, before heading out to the deep there was a stop for live bait and then these were deployed inshore and some nice Couta (King Mackerel) were landed. After that the deep was quiet with the exception of a sailfish that made itself known but showed very little interest after that.

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Fishing Report – Durban – 25-30 April 2017

A busy long weekend and lots of trips. We had great weather on most days. On average the water temps were around 23.6deg.C, green inshore but nice and blue out in the deep. A fair amount of Yellowfin Tuna and Oceanic Bonito (Skipjack Tuna) on the smaller side were caught and what I would guess was probably our last Dorado for the season came out on Friday. We also saw some big Tuna on the sounder out in the deep on the thermocline. I think we can expect some nice Tuna catches if the conditions are right over the next 2 months and usually among these once can get a Sailfish as the water starts cooling down.

The worst thing happened on Tuesday with a Tuna estimated at around 25Kg was lost near the boat on light tackle when the hooks pulled after a 1.5hr fight. It is frustrating and disappointing when that happens after all the work has been done and no reward.

The highlight of the long weekend was a magnificent Sailfish caught on Saturday out in the deep and after a good fight it was released back into the ocean.

Some 6yr old girls had great fun on the backline with Mackerel and Sand Soldiers and a few nice Slinger were caught on other trips.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Fishing Report – Durban – 22-04-2017

Fishing Report – Durban – 22-04-2017

The guys from Nissan in PMB booked an afternoon backline trip with us on Saturday, along with Mackerel and Shad some nice bottoms were also caught along with a nice Rockod. The water was warm and over 24deg.C and so one of the mackerel was sacrificed to be used as a live bait to see if anything big was lurking around. I must make note that this was done on very light tackle and it was not long before the reel was screaming and an hour later with an epic light tackle fight a superb Yellowfin Tuna of 16Kg was landed making this the highlight of the afternoon.

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Jozini Tiger Fishing Report - 22 April 2017

We had guests from the UK and were really blessed with some stunning weather. We started out at 06h00 in the morning and were greeted by a large group of hippos on the water about 100m after we launched. Besides the hippos we saw a lot of other animals around and the real treat was a family of giraffes drinking on the water’s edge and we managed to get a really close look.

We eventually started fishing after enjoying the nature around us and after about 45 minutes we had not had a single strike and decided 5 more minutes and we will move to a new spot, this never happened as shortly after the bites kept coming and coming and by 10h00 we had landed 16 fish including some nice sizes. We then headed back to the lodge for a great brunch.

Later on we headed out again for an afternoon session and the conditions were still great and we found a fish eagle sitting on an old stump really close to us. This time the fish started biting immediately and first cast got us a good fish and we ended the day with a total of 23 fish. I got a really big hit during this session but to my frustration my rod snapped and the fish was lost. In the last 30 minutes as the sun was setting down low we tried for a last fish to try get to 24 but the bite went quiet. All the fish we caught were safely released.

The sunsets at Jozini are always truly amazing. That evening the skies were so clear we could see the milky-way, Jupiter and all the star formations.

Next day we headed back to Durban and took a detour through the Umfolozi Game Reserve, a truly magnificent place. We saw 4 different herds of Elephant, one group was rolling around in the mud along the river bank having a whale of a time, we also Rhino, Buffalo, Baboons, Water Buck, Nyala, Impala, a Blue Duiker, Leopard Tortoise an Osprey Eagle and some Vultures amongst a host of other bird species. At one view site I was sitting at a wooden bench and it was just so amazing to be in such a wide open space, so silent with just the sound of nature.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Offshore Fishing Report – Durban – 16-04-2017

Easter weekend brought us a cold front and some strong SW winds and so we were only able to do one of our trips. Inshore waters are now at 22 deg.C and deeper out just over 23 deg.C so the temperature is steadily dropping as we get into Autumn. There was a strong S-N current but heading out in the deeper water we managed this magnificent Yellowfin Tuna making an 11yr old young man very happy.

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