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.