Monday, December 29, 2014

2014 – A YEAR OF GOOD FISHING IN REVIEW

2014 – A YEAR OF GOOD FISHING IN REVIEW
It was a great year for Blue Water Charters on Fat Girl with some catches to remember, I would like to extend my thanks to all those who supported us during this year, and wish all a prosperous 2015 filled with peace, love and joy.
Some catches of note for 2014
• Our first charter in January got us a Dorado Bull of 20Kg although the Dorado were slow in the beginning of the year we have had a great December with a lot of good size Dorado.
• We had a superb Wahoo season with our highest Wahoo catch on record and April saw us land a 25.4Kg fish.
• The big Yellowfin Tuna were running this year and in April our largest Yellowfin for the year came in at 60Kg, we also got 4 fish over 40Kg and another 9 over 30Kg.
• In July we had a double Sailfish hook up and successfully released both fish, the smaller one was landed by an 11yr old boy.
• We also got an unofficial South African and All Africa Record fish with a Short Bill Spearfish of 38.3Kg well above the existing record of 18.6Kg
• Blue Marlin fishing was slow for us but the Black Marlin were around in good numbers this year with a great Christmas present on the 24th of December.
• We did not do much Inshore fishing but one trip got us a Natal Snoek of 12Kg, we also had some great kiddies trips with loads of Bonnies and smaller Yellowfin Tuna.

2014 set a high standard for 2015
See you all on the water next year

IMPORTANT NOTICE

IMPORTANT NOTICE:
There is a guy called Devon from Tongaat that is using my business name and my LOGO and posing as me for a little boat he runs out of Rocky Bay he also uses the name Hook line & sinker fishing tackle and bait. Please note that this is not my operation and I have nothing to do with this, he is an imposter and is not authorised to do so. Currently he is being dealt with. If you have not dealt with me Mike in person and booked my boat Fat Girl in the Durban harbour or called me on my number 07629994450762999445 then please be aware this is not my operation but a fake.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

FISHING REPORT - 26-27/12/14 - Durban - Lots of Dorado

FISHING REPORT - 26-27/12/14 - Durban
On Friday we went out to the continental shelf, to a place I like to call the Canyons. Water was deep purple and 25 deg.C. We were looking for a Blue Marlin. We got 3 Strikes but nothing stayed. On the way back we hooked up 2 decent size Dorado including a good Bull.
On Saturday we found ourselves dodging a big ugly rain cloud and in essence we basically fish all the way around it. NE was blowing hard but once we eventually managed to pass the cloud and get out deep we had a bumper Dorado session, landing 3 good size Bull Dorado and 3 Queens of which 2 were really good sizes.


Thursday, December 25, 2014

FISHING REPORT - 24/12/2014 - Durban - Marlin.


FISHING REPORT - 24/12/2014 - Durban - Marlin.
Firstly I would like to wish everyone a fantastic Christmas. We got going just before 04h00 and made our way out to 130m where we found a good thermocline and warm water current line of 25.5deg.C and ran with it, before 07h00 we had a reel screaming and about 30-40min later we released a Black Marlin for around 100-110Kg. As the day progressed the water seemed to get somewhat turbid and we landed 1 Dorado. The SW was blowing for most of the day and later turned to a SE, sea condition started off a bit bumpy but improved as the day went on and turned into a stunning afternoon. We saw lots of life in the water, many big Sharks about and small Hammer heads, Manta Rays we saw at least 4 very large ones. we also saw a Humpback Whale with her calf, Pygmy and Bottlenose Dolphins.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

FISHING REPORT - 20&21/12/2014 - DURBAN - South Africa and All Africa - All Tackle Record (Unofficial)

FISHING REPORT - 20&21/12/2014 - DURBAN
South Africa and All Africa - All Tackle Record (Unofficial)
I was very hesitant to make this post with all the "critics" out there with big mouths and nasty words, but have decided to go ahead with this post anyway.
The last 2 days have been interesting fishing, in the last few weeks the warm water has been out deep and inshore has been cold, then on Friday night we had a storm and as we left the harbour we ran straight into 24deg.C water, the SW wind was howling and the S-N current was screaming, fortunately the waves were small. At around 90m I saw a huge fish on the finder 20m below the boat and turned around to tell the crew as the RH inside rigger band snapped and we had a small Black Marlin on, as he jumped I saw the lure swing off and he was gone and only had his Bill wrapped with the leader. After that we managed 1 Dorado. Today we made our way North in stunning conditions and once past Ballito we found some really good clean Blue water on the 110m line, when the RH corner reel screamed. After a good fight we had a large Short Bill Spearfish on board, after a quick photo we released the fish and it swam away. A little later on, after we had started heading back home we found the fish dead and floating and so brought it on board. We also managed 2 Dorado of which 1 was a nice Bull. Once back at the docks we weighed the Spearfish in at 38,3Kg and after some internet research found that this has exceeded the South African and All Africa records substantially but not the IGFA World Record, although we are not claiming any official record its nice to know. This was my first-ever Short Bill Spearfish off Durban, and although I am very pleased with this result I am saddened that the fish did not survive, we did what we could and could have just left it at that when we saw it floating and called it a successful release, but I believe that if you kill something you must eat it and so we brought it back with us.
 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

FISHING VIDEO - Early Season Dorado on Fat Girl.


FISHING VIDEO - Early Season Dorado on Fat Girl.

FISHING REPORT - Durban - 18/12/2014

FISHING REPORT - Durban - 18/12/2014
We launched at around 03h45 this morning, the weather forecast again deceived us and the East wind was a lot stronger than it should have been, conditions were reasonably nice with a little chop and a small swell. Early this morning the current was S-N and later on it became a strong N-S and I actually watched all the ships swinging around as it changed on our way back from the deep. Inshore the water is green and cold sitting on around 21 deg. C, a little deeper the water cleared up quite nicely but was only around 22deg. C. We went out to the 450m and found nice blue water of 23.5deg.C. look like this warm water may come in shore soon, anyways I hope so. We saw a whale early this morning which is rather unusual for this time of year, but then again so is the cold water. Deeper out we saw a fair amount of birds and even some flying fish which is always a good sign. First up this morning was 5 reels going and we ended up landing only 2 of these Oceanic Bonito's, a little later we hooked up a little Queen Dorado, and about an hour later we hooked up a nice Bull Dorado. Inshore was dead, and on our back at around the 40m depth we had the reel screaming with a good fish and then suddenly it was off, I think it was a decent Yellowfin Tuna as we hooked up right on the colour line. getting these Oceanic Bonito's is a good sign as they are a favourite food of many of the larger Game fish and also Bill Fish. Well done Ben on your 2 great Dorado.
 

Monday, December 15, 2014

FISHING REPORT - DURBAN - 13-14/12/2014


FISHING REPORT - DURBAN - 13-14/12/2014
On Friday night I got the best catch of my lifetime when I proposed to Theresa and she said yes. On Saturday we were out from 04h00 to 18h00 so it was a long day, the sea started out ugly in the morning but ended up being a stunning day. We had a Sailfish jumping around in our spread in the late afternoon, we got a nice Dorado, 2 Yellowfin Tuna, 2 Oceanic Bonito's and a Kawa Kawa. The water was cold and green so a good day's fishing for lousy conditions. Sunday saw us going out at 04h00 in what turned into a horrible East wind, although the conditions were ok until about 08h30 it then turned nasty, and I made a judgement call to shorten our trip and return to shore and so our 12hrs trip became 7hrs. We saw Sunfish on both Saturday and Sunday, the Whales have left our shores until next winter. On Sunday we got a Dorado, a Yellowfin Tuna and then we hooked into a massive Bonnie that got taken by a big Zambezi (Bull) shark in view of all of us on board to our horror. Must say it was impressive to see that beast take out the Bonnie in one swift bite.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

FISHING REPORT - Durban - 6/12/2014

FISHING REPORT - Durban - 6/12/2014
Saturdays trip was not a charter, took my family for some light tackle fishing off the backline for a few hours, sea was calm. We caught about 50 fish in total and all but 2 Mackerel were released. We got 8 different species, Mozzies, Shad, Mackerel, Sand Soldiers, Rockod, Sand Gurnard, Lizard Fish, Banana Fish. The 2 mackerel became a lesson for the boys on how to clean and gut fish, and later became part of our Dorado, Snoek and Wahoo on the Braai that evening with the whole family. What a fantastic family day with blessings from the Oceans bounty, family and loved ones.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

FISHING VIDEO: Dorado Double Up in Durban

FISHING VIDEO: Dorado Double Up

FISHING REPORT - Durban - 04/12/2014

FISHING REPORT - Durban - 04/12/2014
We launched just after 06h00 this morning for a 5hr charter, the water was green and cold and well under 22deg C, I was not sure which direction to head and the East wind was stiff and so I headed directly into it towards 300m, close to 300m off Umhlanga we got a double Dorado hook up and landed 2 good size Queens. On the way back we went around 4 ships and had one hook up that was off before we even got to the rod, I think it was a Wahoo by the way it ran but cannot say for certain. We saw one Whale and the wind dropped as we got back to port.


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

DECMEBER FISHING NEWSLETTER

DECMEBER FISHING NEWSLETTER - Please find our latest Newsletter, some great pics and videos
http://www.bluewatercharters.co.za/pages/news1214.htm

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

FISHING REPORT - Durban - 26/11/2014

FISHING REPORT - Durban - 26/11/2014
Frustrating day on the water today, water temperature was just under and over 23deg.C, water up North is crystal clear could see the ships props right to the bottom. All we got today was 1 Oceanic Bonito, strangely enough in 30m of water at 05h00 this morning, then nothing after that. We went North past Ballito on the 150m line and then on our way back I made a turn past almost every ship on anchor, some even twice, went over pinnacles, ledges and got nothing, changed speeds, changed lures, tried everything I know but nothing except for some rubbish one Kona hooked into. No Birds, saw 1 whale, no life in the water at all. Sea conditions where stunning. Grrr

Sunday, November 23, 2014

FISHING REPORT - Durban - 22/11/2014 - Dorado


FISHING REPORT - Durban - 22/11/2014
We launched at 04h00 and dropped lines as we left the harbour mouth and before we even had all our lines out we had a reel go and by 04h30 we had a Yellowfin Tuna in the hatch. I thought to myself this is going to be a cracker day, but that was not the case and we had to wait till 07h30 to hear a reel scream again. This time it was a Dorado, a lovely Bull and our first Dorado for this season. The water was clear, we found water up to 23.5deg.C, we saw many flying fish, turtles, birds and in general the water was alive. The highlight of the trip was when a baby Humpback Whale jumped clear out of the water and did a complete twist before entering the water again and this was only 50m from the boat.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Trip Report 14-11-2014

Yesterday I went with Bernard from Isle of Capri to take some ashes to be left in the Agulhas current in a "message in a bottle style" and left the canister some 35Km out to sea on behalf of a broken hearted mother, very sad. We also took the opportunity to see how are the water conditions on the continental shelf. No fish !!!! Water was crystal clear but still remains under 21deg. C the thermocline sits some 30m under, the trip out was pleasant, but on the way back we had a 22 knot SW come up against a NE swell which made of an interesting trip back. We saw 1 Tuna and 3 whales, very little bird life but did find some floatsome lines and blue bottles. We also saw some yellow butterflies out there in the deep.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

FISHING REPORT - Durban - 8th November 2014

FISHING REPORT - Durban - 8th November 2014
Yesterday gave us a strong East wind which only grew stronger, and the last 15kms on our way back was very choppy, lucky the sea was not big as the wave period was around 4 seconds. Water is still cold although I think deeper out there may be some better temperatures, Whales were tail slapping and jumping all over the show, was magnificent to witness. We hooked up a 2 Yellowfin Tuna for the day, a really good on at 35Kg giving the angler a really strong fight, the second Tuna was around 6 or 7Kg. We also had an on/off with a Wahoo

Sunday, November 2, 2014

FISHING REPORT - Durban - 02/11/2014


FISHING REPORT - Durban - 02/11/2014
Seems this last front chased all the warm water away as the water temperature yesterday was just over 20deg.C. The weather forecast was accurate about when the rain would stop, but it got the wind predictions totally wrong. We launched late after the rain stopped, in the morning the sea was very choppy with an East wind, but as the day progresses the wind died ...down and overall the seas conditions were good. We stayed shallow and fished the 50-70m area making our way past Umdloti when we hooked up what I think was a small Marlin on 50lb tackle. After about 45-50 minutes we had the fish running deep maybe 30m from the boat when there was a big swirl and then the line went limp. The line was frayed as if it was rubbed off by sand paper. My thought is that a 2nd Marlin caught our line with its bill. After that we managed 3 Yellowfin Tuna for the day.

Friday, October 31, 2014

FISHING REPORT - Durban - 31-10-2014

FISHING REPORT - Durban - 31-10-2014
I found it very cold on the water yesterday and found myself wearing a few layers to keep warm, there was a strong SW wind and a screaming S-N current, the sea was choppy and the water around 20deg.C. I wanted to go deep but only found big swells and even colder water. On the 50-60m we found the warmest water and I decided to run with that and we headed North. Fishing was successful and we landed 5 Yellowfin Tuna.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Warm current is here, Marlin and Game Fish have arrived - The season has started - 27-10-2014

LET THE GAMES BEGIN. The warm current has reached our shores, Dorado, Tuna, Wahoo, Stripped Marlin, Black Marlin and Blue Marlin will all be in this. Time to get out the water, stretch some lines and make the reels hot.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

FISHING REPORT - DURBAN - 21/10/2014

FISHING REPORT - DURBAN - 21/10/2014
Yesterday we found warm water at 23.5deg. C, it was clear stunning Blue Water, but not much life. Saw a wide variety of birds including some Prions, we also saw whales and some flying fish. Our catch was very interesting, I was watching the spread when a Wahoo came up from the deep and hit our shot gun bird and went for a summersault coming down only to be tail hooked by the lure. Unfortunately he bit through the line.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

FISHING REPORT - DURBAN - 19/10/2014

FISHING REPORT - DURBAN - 19/10/2014
Went out for 5hrs this morning, some really huge swells today especially at the harbour mouth (6m+) where some were breaking and so we had to manouver our way back in, out deeper it was not so bad. Chewed on my panties once or twice coming in. We saw whales and dolphins and even some Tuna jumping but only managed a few bonnies and got 2 of our small feathers bitten off. Water was dirty.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

FISHING REPORT - Durban - 16/10/2014


FISHING REPORT - Durban - 16/10/2014
This morning I took the guys from the SABC 3 Espresso show out for the Deep Heat Adventure challenge. We left Durban around 04h00 and we ran for about 2hrs till about 400m deep and dropped lines at about 06h00. Sea conditions were great and we left earlier to be back in time before the rain hit Durban in the afternoon. We found water out in the deep at 22.7deg.... C and once we were running cross current we got some action. We were looking for a Tuna, and I ran the 50lb rigs as the guest was a small lady. Suddenly as all was getting boring and I was struggling to keep my eyes open, one of the reels began to growl and after taking about 75% of the line on the spool we managed to turn a Striped Marlin. After about 10 minutes after we turned it and had a really good bend in the rod the line just went slack. Once we got the line in it turned out that the 6/0 hook had broken. On the good side, we got our first Marlin Hook up for the new season and I now know they are out there.
Disappointed we dropped our lines back in and continued and it was not long before I saw some fish jumping to my right and I changed course and we had 5 lines running and ended up landing 3 Wahoo. I am very pleased about this as this is my first Wahoo triple up. After that on the way back in we had some Skipjack Tuna action. Our timing was spot on, as after we finished at the docks and as I was walking to my car the heavens opened with some proper heavy Durban rain.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

FISHING REPORT - Durban - Early October 2014

FISHING REPORT - Durban - Early October 2014
The last 2 trips have been disappointing and the inshore Durban waters are still very cold, usually by this time of year they have warmed up, we have not been able to get out to the continental shelf where the warm waters are as the seas have been to big and when we reach the main Agulhas current it is like a wall. And so we have had to satisfy ourselve...s with some small Bonnies and bottom fishing leaving me frustrated. The Whales are still around in good numbers and I have seen a few Calves also, we have also seen a lot of Pygmy Dolphins by the 1st drop off. Bird activity has been dismal. On a lighter note; on our last trip we went looking around the ships and when crossing the bow of one ship someone blew the horn, it is so loud and you don't just hear it, you feel it. I got such a fright, I nearly jumped clean off my boat. All my hairs stood straight up and I think some shot off like porcupine quills. My whole body tingled, my heart was racing. I felt alive.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

FISHING REPORT - Durban - 30th September 2014

FISHING REPORT - Durban - 30th September 2014
Launched at 05h00. Big seas today with swells around 3m, but they were gentle, there was a few 4m plus just outside the harbour. Was interesting conditions with swells coming from various directions, on our way out we had a screaming S-N current and just before Umhlanga it changed to a screaming N-S current, am sure I saw some anchor chains on the ships stretching (LOL). Wind was also all over the show with SE, NW, NE and E. Water temp was very cold just over 19deg for most parts. We got nothing on the troll, and then we did some bottoms and got Englishmen, Stumpy and Soldiers. We also hooked up some Shad and Mackerel at 55m depth by Umhlanga which I found interesting, all were undersized. We put out the Mackerel as a live bait and after a big pull we got half of it back. We saw several Whales around and a pod of Bottenose Dolphins. There was a few birds around but nothing to write home about. 2 of the guys started feeding the fish and so we returned to port early and were docked before 10h30.

Friday, September 26, 2014

FISHING REPORT - Durban - 26th September 2014

FISHING REPORT - Durban - 26th September 2014
We skunked today with only 1 on/off from a small fish. Water was green and cold, I travelled further than we normally do to try find good water, we went 55km offshore in 1100m of water doing about 130km round trip launching at 04h00 and back in port by 12h00. Until 10h00 the weather was fantastic and sea condition awesome and then the NE started blowin...g and got stronger pretty fast and was around 20knots by the time we were back at the docks with the last 10m of our trip getting bumpy. The current was a screaming S-N reverse current. Out in the deep birds were plenty and very active, we also saw a large pod of Pygmy Dolphins out on the 1000m and some whales on the 400m.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

FISHING COLLEGE REPORT

FISHING COLLEGE REPORT: We just finished a successful 2 day Theory and Rigging course on Game Fishing for the Guys on Inkosi. Now we just need wait for an open weather window to do a days on the water practical and then these guys will be 100% ready to get some great game fish on their superb Citation 900 which is really rigged out with some awesome tackle.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Watch Video: 45Kg Yellowfin Tuna caught off Durban

Watch: 45Kg Yellowfin Tuna caught off Durban
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uL1LdD1767Y

FISHING REPORT - Durban - 14 September 2014. 45Kg Yellowfin Tuna today

FISHING REPORT - Durban - 14 September 2014.
45Kg Yellowfin Tuna today. We launched at 05h00, I new that inshore there has been no fish due to the cold water so we spent 3hrs running out to the deep, fished for 2hrs in stunning 22.5deg.C water and hooked up a stunning 45Kg Yellowfin Tuna at 800m depth. Then we spent 3hrs running back to port and we docked at 13h00. We saw many whales out in the deep as deep as 700m, there was not as many birds around as yesterday, we saw 3 pack of Dolphins, the last pack was in the harbour. Conditions were stunning today with flat seas, it was overcast the morning, but cleared up nicely.


Saturday, September 13, 2014

FISHING REPORT - Durban - 13 September 2014 - Yellowfin Tuna Triple up

FISHING REPORT - Durban - 13 September 2014
We launched at 04h00 this morning and ran for about 1.5hrs, near Ballito we dropped lines and made our way out deep. The sea was awesome this morning, inshore was cold. On our way out to the deep we crossed over the Agulhas current, once we passed that the water started cleaning up nicely and warmed up to 22deg.C. We saw lots of bird activity, Prions, Pe...trels, Terns, Albatross, and another small species I am sure what it was. The was lots of whales from about 100m depth all the way out to the deep, we even saw whales at 600m depth. We passed a large school of pygmy dolphins. Near 600m depth I saw a lot of bird action and went to investigate, it was then that I saw the boils, we had 4 lines running and in the end we landed 4 x Yellowfin Tuna of about 40Kg each. By the time we landed these Tuna the wind had started to blow and so we ran with the wind for a several km's before heading back in. On the way back in we had to cross the Agulhas current again, but this time it was screaming making for a very bumpy passage. the 40km run back home was not so comfortable and we got back to the docks at 15h00.

 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

FISHING REPORT - Durban - 6th September 2014

FISHING REPORT - Durban - 6th September 2014
We went out today, water was very cold sitting just over 20deg.C and it was a horrid light green colour. The NE wind was blowing and a N-S current was screaming, the sea was choppy with the occasional big swell. We spent about 3hrs looking for some cleaner warmer water in hope of a Tuna but had no luck and then we settled down for some bottoms, due to t...he current we fished on the shallow reefs. Bottom fishing was Ok and we landed 19 fish. Mostly we got slinger and all were decent sizes, we also landed a copper bream and some soldiers. Interesting to note that we hooked no undersize fish at all today, I could also see on the finder that the fish were hugging the bottom very close. We saw 2 whales blow but no real activity and when on the drift doing bottoms we had a solo dolphin swim around the boat, and we also saw a nice large logger head turtle. On the way back to port we saw a very large Zambezi (Bull Shark) and some more dolphins in the bay. Bird activity was very quiet with very few birds spotted.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

FISHING REPORT - Durban - 26th August 2014.

FISHING REPORT - Durban - 26th August 2014.
What a terrible day for fishing, the sea was green and icy cold, the current was screaming and a stiff NE wind was blowing. Swells were also rather large with some real biggies out deep after the main ledge. We tried for Tuna first and all we got for our efforts was a Bonnie of 2.5Kgish. Bottom fishing was even worse and all we got was 1 decent Soldier. The highlight of the trip was the Whales out deeper, there was a lot everywhere and they were all breaching, anywhere you looked you saw whales breaching. There was a fair amount of bird activity and we passed a few Dolphins on our way back into port. I was really bummed about the fishing, non the less it was still great to be out in my office amidst nature. Love it so much.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Ready for 2014/2015 Season

Fat Girl is now ready for the 2014/2015 Game Fish/Tuna/Marlin season, all surveys done and passed, everything serviced and ready. All tackle serviced and ready.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

FISHING REPORT - Durban - 17 August 2014

FISHING REPORT 17 AUGUST 2014: Went out early this morning on Big Foot for a short fishing session, we left at 5am and started looking for some Tuna with no results, on the way back we stopped for some bottoms and got good Copper Bream. Sea was not so pleasant, not terrible but the NE was starting to blow, we got back just after 9am. Am glad we started so early and got back as the wind got hectic later on and am sure the sea stood on its head. Whales activity was wild, and there were a lot of sea birds around, we saw 3 types of Albatross, Skuas, Petrels, Terns and Gannets. We also came across a large group of small cuttle fish.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Spring

SPRING: Its only mid August and the first signs of spring are showing, yesterday I saw the 1st Yellow Billed Kite which tells me that Game Fish will start entering our estuaries to spawn. Time to get the spinning tackle ready.

Friday, July 25, 2014

FISHING REPORT - Durban - 25th July 2014.

FISHING REPORT - Durban - 25th July 2014.
Sea was not the best to day, but was also not the worst. We went out deep to the 300m depth looking for some Yellowfin Tuna with no luck. The only 2 fish I saw on the finder at about 250m hit our Rapala's, with one coming off almost immediately and we landed an Oceanic Bonito (Skipjack). we then came back inside and did some reef fishing which was frustrating as the finder was giving good showings but the fish were not that interested except for the Trigger fish of which we caught and released well over 20, they give a good fight and are fun to catch. We also landed a lot of Slinger of which about 12-15 were size, and some Soldier Bream. Whales were scarce to day but we did see 3 of them, we also saw a pod of Dolphins inshore on our way out and on our way back. When out at about 200m I saw a very large flying fish, at about 130m I saw a ray doing somersaults and at about 100m I saw what looked like very small Yellowfin Tuna jumping. Not the best of days but at least we got some fish.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

SARDINES IN DURBAN - July 2014

SARDINES IN DURBAN I forgot to mention in my report, when out at 140m we saw a big shoal of what I think was sardines.

FISHING REPORT - DURBAN 19th July 2014.

FISHING REPORT - DURBAN 19th July 2014.
We launched at 06h30 this morning, there was virtually not a breath of wind and the sea was calm, by 08h30 this all changed and an ugly West came through and the day just got worse from there and the current started screaming. The sea did not get big but it got very choppy. We managed 2 Yellowfin Tuna which disappointed me as I really thought today was going to be a good one. We then stopped for some bottoms and managed 10 Slinger and 2 Soldier Breams, at least the fish were decent sizes. With the current moving the boat at 6km/hr the only way to get to the bottom was to engage the motors and idle directly into the current.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Got this email today

GOT THIS EMAIL TODAY
“Dear Mike,

Thanks for an excellent day deep-sea fishing on Blue Water Charters!!!
Me getting a lovely yellowfin tuna, my son 2 yellowfin tuna and my wife also a yellowfin tuna, her first ever game fish. But the catch of the day, both my son and I, a sailfIsh. Can’t believe he, 12 years old, managed to get a 40kg sailfish to the boat whilst I almost gave up on a 50kg sailfis...h.

My son and I went deep-sea fishing the week before, specifically requesting game fishing only, or at least mostly, but were disappointed with an overcrowded boat, 8 fisherman, only an hour’s trolling and no game fish at all. The rest of the day was bottom fishing only. You trolled all the time.

Your boat is also lady-friendly with a huge indoor cabin and an on-board toilet, next time remember the toilet paper though. (Joke) My wife was impressed with a very clean boat and “Kaiya” scrubbing the deck after each landed catch, not that we lost one.

I will definitely go out with you again. Next time my daughter takes the first one, she did manage to get my sailfish in a few meters though.

Best regards

Tony Kruger”

Saturday, July 12, 2014

FISHING REPORT - DURBAN - 11 JULY 2014.

FISHING REPORT - DURBAN - 11 JULY 2014.
We did 2 trips yesterday, on the first trip we went out to do some light tackle fishing on the backline and we caught a lot of Mozzies, Mackerel and Shad, many of the Mackerel were very large and most the Shad were undersize, after that we went back into the harbour as the guys were getting a bit green. The harbour fishing was dismal.
On the 2nd trip we sto...pped at S.Pipe and everybody got their Shad quota, after that we went out to some reefs and we did well with some really large Slinger (50-60cm) and some good sized Copper Bream. The highlight of the day for me was in the morning of the 1st trip when we stopped at backline the Cape Cormorant that we released the morning before came back to our boat and jumped onto the gunnels to say Hi, then he stayed swimming around our boat until we left.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

FISHING REPORT: 10/07/2014 DURBAN - WOW, WOW,WOW. DOUBLE SAILFISH HOOK UP

FISHING REPORT: 10/07/2014 DURBAN - WOW, WOW,WOW. DOUBLE SAILFISH HOOK UP
We had an awesome day out on the water today. Weather was not so great with a SW wind pumping and uncomfortable swells, the water was also very cold. We launched at 06h30 for a 5hr charter and made a stop not to far from the harbour entrance to release a rehabilitated Cape Cormorant, this is always a great experience. Then w...e went out looking for Yellowfin Tuna. The Tuna were on the bite and it was not long before we had for nice Yellowfin Tuna in the hatch. The wind had picked up and the swells were not looking so great and I sat with a decision to go deeper with bigger swells or go close in with smaller swells, I new deeper would be more uncomfortable but I also new the fish were more active deeper out than inshore. I set the GPS for some deeper marks and we made our way out to deeper waters. We were almost on the marks when 2 reels started screaming and I though we had 2 large Tuna on, after a while we realised that we had a DOUBLE SAILFISH hook up and landed both. The Sailfish had both taken Rapala's. The smaller one was around 40Kg and was landed by a 12yr old boy who gave it everything he had, the larger one was landed by his father and took a while longer and was around 50Kg. Both Sailfish were released.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

FISHING REPORT - Durban 4-5 July 2014

FISHING REPORT 4-5 July 2014: The whales are thick around Durban and they can be seen where ever ones goes. We launched at 06h30 on Saturday morning and were back by 09h00 due to sea sickness, in that short time we managed some good Yellowfin Tuna on a Double up We did a 2nd trip on Saturday launching at 12h00 by this time there was a moderate NE wind blowing which steadily got stronger, we managed 1 nice Yellowfin Tuna and then they seemed to vanish.
Sunday morning we launched at 06h30 and early into the trip we got a big hook-up and a Wahoo of 18.2Kg was landed by a 14yr old boy.

 
Watch Wahoo Action in Winter off Durban
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQLJ3pmLfMA

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Fishing Report - The past week off Durban

Fishing Report: Finally got my laptop back and am back online. Last Saturday we went out for a 3hr Nature ECO Cruise/Tuna Fishing trip and although we only saw Dolphins and no Whales we did get 3 x Yellowfin Tuna. On Sunday we were not so lucky and did not find any Tuna, but we did get some good bottom fish including a great Stumpnose.
Today was fantastic and the Tuna were firing on all cylinders..., although the sea was a bit bumpy and uncomfortable, we went out looking for some Tuna with our light tackle bass rods and we managed to hook up 7 Tuna in about 5hrs, 2 we lost to Sharks, 1 came off at the boat and we boated 4 Yellowfin Tuna in the 7Kg range. These fish gave us such a good fight and we took about 20-25minutes to land each on the light tackle. Today we also saw lots of Whale and Dolphin Activity including a Humpback Whale and about 40 Dolphins all swimming together. There was not much bird action today.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Fishing Report - Durban 22/06/2014

FISHING REPORT: We launched at 06h30 this morning and trolled for a few hours and we got 3 Yellowfin Tuna, then we stopped for bottoms and we got a load of fish and a wide variety of species. This trip I also fished and I decided to fish with a light 20lb rig and caught a young Mako Shark of around 8Kg, this shark was really fun to catch and revved me proper on the light tackle and was released. Weather was great, the swells were on the large side conditions were very pleasant. We saw some whales and Dolphins around and quite a lot of turtles. There is a fair amount of birds and a lot of bait fish around.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Rehabilitated Pelagic Bird Release - Duban 18/06/2014


Today we released 2 Cape Gannets and a Prion that were rehabilitated by CROW KZN. Fred, the 2nd Gannet we released was a big boy weighing just under 3Kg. Fran from Australia who volunteer's at CROW joined us on the trip out to sea to witnes...s the release. Fran was the care giver to these birds during their rehabilitation period (Huge respect to you Girl). To watch the Gannets preen themselves in the salt water was an eye watering experience as we could clearly see their delight to be back in the wild again. We had found a nice current line close inshore with plenty bait fish showing on the sounder and there were other Gannets in the area feeding. Thank you CROW for the work that you do, it was an honour to do this release. My family and Hannah (my Macaw) also joined us on this release trip. It is a truly magnificent and overwhelming feeling releasing the creatures back into the wild.
Watch the Video.











Sunday, June 15, 2014

Fishing Report - Durban 15/06/2014

FISHING REPORT: Light Winds, flat seas, blue skies, loads of Gannets and Albatross around, we had a Minky Whale swim right past our boat early this morning, and later in the day when drifting we had a large Humpback Whale jump right out the water making a huge splash about 200m from our boat. When we launched there was a light SW wind blowing and a S-N current. We trolled out to some of the deeper... reefs but all we got was a size Shad as we let out the 1st line, after that nothing. After trolling for about 1.5hrs we stopped and started doing bottom fishing, it was very slow in the morning and we got a few fish. Later the wind changed to a NE and soon after the current turned to a N-S and then the fish came on the bite, by then we were on shallower reefs. We landed about 20 fish that were keepers, some good size Soldier Bream, some nice Snapper, some smaller Slinger, A nice size Rockod and Englishman and a very nice size Black Tail. Beside releasing all the undersized fish, we also released at least 10 Trigger Fish and a beautiful Semicircle Angel Fish. On the way back we trolled some small Rapalas and got 4 Bonnies.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Fishing Report - Durban 14/06/2014

FISHING REPORT: We went out for a short Eco Cruise/Light Tackle trolling trip this morning. we launched just after 08h00 and got back around 11h00 giving us 2hrs fishing time. There was a moderate NE wind blowing and sea conditions were very pleasant. Water is getting very cold now and I hope this continues so we can see some sardines soon. We saw a few whales when out there and even got a close up view of 2 as they came up near the boat, lots of Gannets around. We got 2 smaller bonnies on the way out and on the way back we managed to hook up a really nice size bonnie that gave a really strong and stubborn fight on the light tackle, we were hoping for a Yellowfin Tuna but never even saw any.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Great weather for the next week

DURBAN: Weather forecast shows glorious weather, flat seas and light winds for the next week. IDEAL FOR FISHING. Book a fishing trip with us.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Fishing Report - Durban 07/06/2014

FISHING REPORT: We went out at 07h00 this morning for a 5hr bottom fishing Charter. It was bitterly cold early this morning but warmed up as the day went on and 1 by 1 the layers came off. There was not many fish showing on the finder, but most of the fish we caught were quality fish. We caught a few Trigger Fish including a stunning large one that was dark purple with red fangs, these were all released. We got quite a lot of really good sized Soldier Bream (50cm), a few Slinger, several fair sized Stumpnose. About 30 fish in total. There was 2 ladies and 6 men, the ladies out-fished the men 2-1.
Water was green and cold sitting just on 20deg.C, we saw no Whales or Dolphins to day and other than a large flock of Cape Gannets that flew by us we saw no bird activity.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Fishing last Tuesday - Durban

Sea was dead Tuesday, water cold and green and no life, no birds.
We managed 1 small Frigate Tuna for our efforts. We saw whales again so whale season is definitely here.

This up-coming cold front that is predicted to arrive tomorrow is going to be a very cold one and might just be the catalyst to a good sardine run in Durban. We hope and wait. 

There is a possibility a big storm and heavy rain after the heat and berg winds we just had.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Fishing Report - Durban 31/05/2014

What a day, this morning when we launched the sea was OK but then a horrible East wind picked up very early making for uncomfortable conditions. We still managed to hook up 2 really great Yellowfin Tuna on a double up. We saw the first whale for the season and had a juvenile Cape Gannet take one of our lures. We got him to the boat and sorted him out in no time and then let him go. We came back an hour earlier than planned.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Fishing Report - Durban 29/05/2014

We took 3 clients from the UK out on an ECO cruise from 3-5pm this afternoon, as they were all sitting up on the fly bridge taking in the views I asked if they mind if I let my crew stick 2 rods with Rapala's out the back to try for a Yellowfin Tuna and they agreed, I promised them one if we got anything. We were only out at sea for about 1.5hrs and we got 6 fish, 3 Yellowfin Tuna and 3 Eastern Little Tuna.
My crew had a ball and the clients and I enjoyed the action. There was smiles all round. We also saw loads of shoals of Red Eye Sardines, the Cape Gannets were diving into the shoals, we saw 2 pods of Dolphins and a Logger Head turtle all in a short space of time.


Sunday, May 25, 2014

Fishing Report - Durban 24/05/2014

Went out yesterday afternoon for a short charter, water was green and cold and the current was flying. Weather forecast also got it wrong predicting max. 7knots wind, but it blew over 20knots. The original plan was to fish love live baits, but this was not possible and so we ended up trolling some Rapala's. We went looking for cleaner water with no luck but the colder water pockets were holding the fish, I could see them on the finder 100m below the surface, I worked the area and we managed to raise a few small Yellowfin and Oceanics. We also got one decent pull, then after 10 seconds after taking about 100m of line it came off.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Fishing Report - Durban 17/05/2014

Went out in that ugly west today for a short 5hr trip, was not so bad when we launched, but then she started blowing. We saw a lot of ski boats come rushing out to the bait spots at about 06h30 and as soon as the west picked up they all ran back home and there was not a boat to be seen. We tried to stay in the calmer waters inshore, but could not find fish so we went out deeper into the rough stuff and found 2 Tuna and a Bonnie. Some of those swells that came rolling through were up to 3.5m, luckily they were well spaced. On the way back we came close inshore and by Umgeni river mouth we had a solid hook up but it came off. Today was a full catch and release trip.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Kiddies Fishing

In the last 2 days we did 4 inshore trips, the water has been warm and crystal clear and the sea flat. All our trips were families with little children and so we fished with our famous light tackle Bass rods that we use for inshore. We had a blast catching small Tuna and Bonnies. We hooked up so many fish we were not even able to keep up, sometime all the lines were going and almost all of the tim...e we had fish on, we got well over 100 fish over the 2 days including a decent size Yellowfin that revved the little boy and he had to hand the rod over to daddy, the parents also had their fair share of fun on 4 action packed trips. On the down side there were a lot of sharks around and some of our fish got taxed, and the sharks were even taking our rapalas, I think we lost 7.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wahoo hunting on Fat Girl

See our Wahoo fishing video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaaMcVhdEHc

Easter Weekend 2014 Fishing Report


For most of the Easter weekend we had great weather and good seas, inshore waters were warm and clean, but the deeper waters were green and cold and so we had to stay on the inside. We fished from Thursday right through to Tuesday and had winds from all directions over the 6 days that we fished. Fishing was not easy but we did get 3 good size Wahoo, a Dorado and went 0-2 with two Black Marlin on/offs which was really frustrating. We had a triple Yellowfin Tuna hook up on one trip and then we got some smaller Yellowfin Tuna and Oceanic Bonitos along with some Slinger and Soldier Bream.