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.