Tuesday, December 22, 2015

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - Durban - 20-22/12/2015

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - Durban - 20-22/12/2015
 The last 3 days has seen the waters of Durban go colder and green with a screaming S-N current, along with some horrid SW winds mad for some choppy days and very difficult fishing. On Sunday we eventually ended up inshore going back to port and landing 2 Dorado on the 20m line. Monday was a surprise as all the clean water was dirty as far as we could go. At 06h00 on Monday morning we had the port inside rigger go and about 20 minutes later we had a small Striped Marlin next to the boat, sorry no pic. A little later that day we got hit by a large black who did one jump and that was the end of the action as he just came loose. After bringing in the line we found that the Marlin had pulled the skirt right off the lure, other than that we had no action for the day except another on/off from something smaller. Tuesday was a simply horrid day, we found no fish at all, I did not even see bottom fish around on the finder, water is green from inshore right out to 400m which is as deep as we went. We ended up catching some shad on the backline before heading in.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - 18&19/12/2015 - Durban



OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - 18&19/12/2015 - Durban
Dorado are out in full force, mostly smaller females, but we managed to land a nice Bull today on lighter tackle and he gave us a fantastic fight along with the customary acrobatics. Yesterday we had great weather and conditions, but today started out with a strong NE wind and ended with a howling SW wind. Water temp is averaging 24.5deg.C.
Yesterday we had 2 big hits, one I am sure was a Wahoo as the lure was severed from the leader with a clean cut, the other which was a very big hit looks like a Marlin because 2m of the leader was very rough as if it had been sand papered. We also got a nice Yellowfin Tuna yesterday on light tackle that gave us a great fight. So the fish and Marlins are definately around and the water is looking good except close to Durban where the rain water coming out the harbour has made the waters turbid.

Friday, December 18, 2015

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT 17/12/2015 - DURBAN

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT 17/12/2015 - DURBAN
We eventually got going with our game fish season after so much lousy weather. We launched in a light rain on Thursday morning and made our way out deep in light SW conditions. The day turned into a stunning day with a light NE wind. Water temperature was averging 24.5deg.C. We opened up our season account with 2 Dorado and an Oceanic Bonito, on the way home had some action with a small Black Marlin that threw the hook after a few minutes.
When cleaning the Dorado back at the docks we found some interesting contents, small fish, squid and a fish with a very long tail.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT DURBAN - 5th December 2015

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT DURBAN - 5th December 2015
In the morning I took my mate Tims son and Craig from Furuno's son out fishing, shame both boys got sick within an hour and we came back in, was awesome to see the Dads comforting thier sons. In the afternoon I took the Hyundai boys out for some bottom fishing for 4hrs and we had a great session landing about 30 fish or so (I did not count) in the mix was slinger, soldier breem, copper bream, englishman, false englishman and cape stumpnose. We fished with light spinning tackle making the fishing really exciting.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Today we installed our New Furuno NavNet TZ2 GPS/Sounder

Today we installed our New Furuno NavNet TZ2 GPS/Sounder complete with a commercial transducer. Best Technology on Fat Girl now. This system is great and not only do we have a fantastic Fish finding ability with this technology we also have complete and up to date weather/SST etc. overlays on the GPS. Time to play and start using it.

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - Durban - 24/11/2015

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - Durban - 24/11/2015
Wow but we have sure had some nasty winds and this weather always gets us shuffeling our trips around. Friday started out great and then the NE started blowing far to strong and we ended up having to turn and go back early and the rest of the weekend was a write off. We did a night trip last night in stunning conditions and even though it was full moon we managed to land some nice bottom fish.

Monday, November 16, 2015

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT 14&15 NOVEMBER 2016

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT 14&15 NOVEMBER 2016
 It was great to be back out on the water again after a long while. Saturday has a very strong SW west, the sea was big and it pretty much rained the entire day. We had 2 x 5hr Charters one in the morning and one in the afternoon. We ran light tackle and kept inshore in teh sheltered area to target Snoek, Tuna and Bonnies. On both trips we got Bonnies with the biggest around 3Kg which was great fun on the light tackle. I really hate being out in the rain getting cold and wet, but its still beats a day in the office.
 Sunday was great conditions in the morning and the seas were flat, we ran out far North looking for some Dorado, Tuna and hoping for that elusive Black Marlin. All the way out we got nothing, and when we turned to come back I came in shallow and worked the ships which yeilded us Yellowfin Tuna and a Tropical Yellowtail, we also got a tiny Dorado of around 1Kg which we released along with the Yellowtail. On one ship we found a big school of Dorado and I tried everything but they refused to bite. As we got closer to Durban the SW started pumping harder and harder and the last 10km we decided to make a run for it as I saw heavy rain on the horizon. It was a good choice as we had just finished cleaning the Tuna for our guest when the heavens opened. Fat Girl is running awesome and it was a great feeling to pass everyone on the way in who used to pass me, those days are over, Fat Girl is a beast now and Rocks.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Fat Girl Refit

After blowing one of my inboard Volvo diesel engines on the 1st of August it was decided that it was time for Fat Girl to have a complete refit.

We chucked out the inboards and with some modifications Fat Girl now sports a pair of Yamaha F250 Out Board Engines.

The whole boat has also been completely rewired and all the plumbing has also been redone, toilet, deck wash, fresh water and live well.

We also spruced her up externally and have redone the deck and the entire interior.

The GPS and Fish Finder is to be replaced with the all new Furuno 12" NavNet TZ2 Touch complete with a commercial class transducer. The system will come with the Max Sea weather overlays.
This will be the first Furuno TZ2 unit in Durban. I am awaiting this unit to arrive next month for fitment and am rather excited.

She went back in the water this weekend after 31 days of hard work and will be fully operational sometime this week.






Tuesday, August 4, 2015

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT 29-30 July + 1st August - Durban

 In between a lot of ugly weather we managed to get a few days out at sea, the water has been very cold and we have seen many whales and dolphins around along with a few turtles. I must say I really enjoy the visitors when I see them, or should I say I am the visitor into their wet world. For these 3 days we did bottom fishing with relatively good results averaging 40-50 fish on each outing. Lots of Slinger, Copper Bream and Englishmen about.

Monday, July 20, 2015

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - 16th July 2015 - Durban

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - 16th July 2015 - Durban
It was a long 12hr day and even though the weather was great the sea was a little lumpy. I struggled to find any kind of thermocline. We hunted from deep to shallow. Water was cold under 21deg.C and crystal clear.
For all that effort and long hours we only hooked up 4 Yellowfin Tuna for the day.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - 14th July 2015 - DURBAN

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - 14th July 2015 - DURBAN
 We launched early and made our way out to the deep in search of some Yellowfin Tuna, I was not optimistic as the Tuna have not been around like they should be at this time of year which has been very depressing for me. None the less I started the hunt looking for all the usual Tuna indicators when I found a narrow thermocline out in the deep waters and decided that it was our best option to work this thermocline. The water was cold, under 21deg.C and crystal clear, I came across a lot of small showings and saw some sprats about and focused in on this area. The strategy paid off and the area yielded us 8 Yellowfin Tuna making for a grand day. Yesterday was bitterly cold and even with layers and layers of clothing on I still felt cold and could not get comfortable, even once back on shore it took me at least an hour to thaw out. Brrrrr.

Monday, July 6, 2015

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - 4th July 2015 - Durban

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - 4th July 2015 - Durban
Saturday had stunning conditions is the morning with a very light NW wind, later in the morning the wind turned to a SW and things got bumpy, I was already safe at home when the SW started pumping. We trolled out to the reefs landing 1 Bonnie and then we bottom fished with good success, we got a lot of nice fish but nothing to write home about.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

LAKE JOZINI TIGER FISHING REPORT - 20-22 June 2015


LAKE JOZINI TIGER FISHING REPORT - 20-22 June 2015
Did a 3 day fishing and camping trip up at Jozini with a guest from New Zealand to hunt some Tiger Fish. Water was cold and crystal clear, the water levels were extremely low and the slipway was about 15-20m out the water making for difficult launching. Early mornings were icy cold, but along with winter conditions the game viewing and bird life was incredible, Buffalo, Elephants, Rhino, Hippo, Crocodiles, Kudu, Wildebeest, Ostrich, Jackals, Warthogs, Giraffe, Zebra and a host of other wildlife and birds. For me the highlight was an Osprey Eagle that took a Tiger fish directly inform of us and a Fish Eagle that we saw perch up close. The fishing was not as good as I had hoped and we only landed 17 Tiger Fish in Total and all were smaller sizes but not rats and probably dropped about another 100 fish at least. We had one monster hooked up but he came off. At the campsite on the last day during brunch the Warthogs came right up to us within an arms length.

Monday, June 29, 2015

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - 27th June 2015 - Durban

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - 27th June 2015 - Durban
The whales are out in full force, also saw many sprats around. Water is cold but not as cold as I expected. This had to be the coldest day I had on the water in a very long time. The weather forecast a strong NE wind for the whole day, but in reality we had a pleasant NW wind and sea conditions were great, the NE only started at about 12h30 and we got back at 14h00. I was already home by the time the wind started blowing hard so was pleased the weatherman got it wrong. At last we found some small Tuna after the last few trips of not even seeing Tuna, and on the way back we got a small bonnie whilst clearing the lines.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - 13-15 June 2015 - Durban

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - 13-15 June 2015 - Durban
These 3 days had some of the most amazing conditions with light winds and flat seas, unfortunately we did not find any Tuna and so we bottom fished. On the first day we did very well with Englishmen and Slinger with some really good sizes, on the 2nd day I had a family with 2 teenagers who each got a good sized Rockod and some slinger and Englishmen. The 3rd day was simply fantastic I had a family with 3 young children and so we did bottom fishing with bass rods and we hooked up several large Englishmen, a lot Good size Slinger, an Amber Jack and a host of other species. The larger fish really revved us on the light tackle and the Dad and myself had to pitch in and help the children land these fish. Lots of Bottom fish around at the moment and the water got warmer each day and was just under 23deg.C on Monday. These last 3 days were certainly the coldest mornings I have encountered this year so far and beanies, jerseys and jackets were required each morning, especially Saturday. Brrrrrrr

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Offshore Fishing Report 28-30 May 2015


Offshore Fishing Report 28-30 May 2015
Not an easy report to make, I had 8 guests with me for the last 3 days, really nice guys. We handled everything for them from transport to accommodation and meals, this was all great.
The first 2 days we were out to look for a Yellowfin Tuna or a Sailfish or any other game fish that was around. Over the 2 days we covered more than 320 km hunting North, Deep and South. On the first days we came across 100's and 100's of birds with a huge variety of species from adults to juveniles, we had an Albatross and 2 Cape Gannets get stuck into our lures, but no injuries and all were released straight away. We also saw Dolphins on both days, a Humpback Whale and a Minky Whale. By the end of the second day I was down and totally demoralised as we got no fish, saw none on the sounder and zero activity, I tried all my best spots but there was nothing.
On the 3rd day we I suggested that we leave the game fishing and do some Shark and Bottom fishing. This turned out great and in the morning before the current turned we landed well over 30 good bottom fish, from Rockod to Slinger to Englishmen to Copper Bream and a few other nice species also. We also managed to land 2 super size Sailfin Rubberlips. We also hooked up 2 Sharks, the first one was a small Black Tip and the second we did not see as it came off the hook after giving the rod a good bend and the line a good stretch

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - Durban - 27th May 2015

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - Durban - 27th May 2015
We launched at 06h00 this morning for a short 5hr trip, shortly after leaving the harbour mouth we saw our first Whale for this Winter season. We trolled North for about an hour with not even a touch. We then stopped for bottoms at 60m but the current was screaming pushing the boat more than 5km/hr and even with 32oz of weight we could not get the lines down and so we came back in shallow and fished 30-40m and managed a good mix of Slinger and Soldier Bream of medium sizes along with several undersized Rockod (All released). Water temp was just under 21.5Deg.C. Maybe, just Maybe we see Sardines this year, it's anyone's guess.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - Durban - 21st May 2015

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - Durban - 21st May 2015
We started out by getting some live bait which has been plentiful at the moment, then we trolled up North without any success. We put out some live baits for a while and again no success and so we stopped for some bottom fishing in about 65m of water for about 2.5hrs. Water was reasonably clean, but is getting colder each time we go out, more and more of the big sea birds are making a presence inshore. The bottom fishing was productive although we did not get a lot of fish we got good sizes with about 25 fish in total, we got some really big slinger. See the attached pic with the big slinger with a cold drink can in the top left corner to show scale.
Winter is coming....

Monday, May 11, 2015

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - Durban - 11th May 2015

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - Durban - 11th May 2015
 We went out yesterday morning for a short charter, seas were green again and water is getting colder the SW wind was blowing much harder than the forecast said. I saw some good showings of some decent size fish on the bottom. We ended up with 2 Yellowfin Tuna. We also had 2 Sailfish come frolicking around the boat for sometime but no takes, very frustrating. Loads of Red Eye Sardines just outside the harbour.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - Durban

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - Durban
I apologise for my delay in my last 2 reports, but was very busy doing some upgrades to Fat Girl's propulsion system taking an opportunity when we had some big seas this past week, I am very pleased with the improved performance.
On the one trip the SW wind picked up and we ended up fishing live baits on anchor at a well known inshore spot, It was very frustrating to say the least as we ended up with 4 Couta heads and 2 Yellowfin Tuna heads because the sharks were wild that day, none the less the all the action was fun on spinning tackle. On the other trip which was just for 5hrs we ended up with 2 Yellowfin Tuna. Winter has come early and quickly this year and water temperatures are dropping fast.

Monday, April 27, 2015

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - Durban - 23rd -27th April 2015

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - Durban - 23rd -27th April 2015
 Been a busy 5 days that started with a howling SW wind and ended with a howling SW Wind
 Thursday we headed North along the coast line till past Umdloti and then headed out deeper, water was green and cold inshore but cleaner deeper out and we landed some smaller Yellowfin Tuna.
 Friday we headed out deep to the canyons to look for a blue Marlin with no luck.
 Saturday and Sunday we fished the Durban Couta Competition and managed to land a Couta (King Mackerel) of 8.7Kg and we hooked up a massive Zambezi (Bull) Shark (Brown Marlin) which we eventually got to the boat after 2 hours. There was around 380 boat fishing the completion with only 22 Couta (King Mackerel) weighed in and ours was 400grams short from the 15th place prize effectively putting us in 16th place.
 On Monday we went far north looking for a Black Marlin and we only managed to land a really good size Yellowfin Tuna. On the way back in we heard on the radio that some poor chap had been blown out to sea on his paddle ski and we assisted in the search, the NSRI had sent out to boats and they eventually found him.

 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Offshore Report 20th April 2015 Durban

We did a short offshore Cruise late yesterday afternoon and stuck some Rapalas off the back, hooked into a nice Yellowfin Tuna that got Taxed by a Shark which even snapped my Rapala in half, the reel screamed and a lot of line was taken as first I thought we were into a big fish, I reckon the Shark had the Tuna before we even took the rod out the gunnel. In the end we got half a head and a broken Rapala.

Monday, April 13, 2015

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - Durban - 13th April 2014

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - Durban - 13th April 2014
We went out looking for a Black Marlin and found two, but neither of them stuck. The first one tried to take a Yellowfin that we were fighting and the other was just an on off. We hooked up a massive Wahoo which made 12Kg's of drag look like butter, I actually thought the drag went of the setting and checked it and it was OK. This Wahoo took off like a Marlin and only because it jumped and I saw it do I know what it was but eventually it broke the wire. We ended the day with 4 Yellowfin Tuna, 1 was a good size.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

FISHING VIDEO - Dorado Mayhem on Fat Girl

FISHING VIDEO - Dorado Mayhem on Fat Girl

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - Durban - 11th April 2015

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - Durban - 11th April 2015
We launched into lovely conditions, but the water was green and colder than it has been for a while, we trolled some Rapala's for about 22km heading North and only found good clean water after 70m in front of Umdhloti where we hooked up into some Yellowfin Tuna. The clients had requested some bottom fishing and even though the current was screaming and we suggested that we carry on looking for Tuna they insisted and we obliged. It was very difficult getting the lines down with the boat drifting at 5-7Km/hr. We still managed some good fish and landed some Englishmen and Rockod along with a some Soldier Bream. Making our way back towards Durban and docked with 2 Yellowfin, 8 good bottom fish and a bunch of smaller ones.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - Durban - 8th April 2015

What a hectic day, we launched at 06h00 for an 8hr Game Fishing Charter and the conditions were great, water clean and warm but cooler than it was on my last 2 trips. I started out using 50lb tackle because I was tired of loosing my X-Raps on the 30lb tackle. In the first 5hrs things were quiet and we landed 1 Yellowfin Tuna and we lost 2 small Dorado. I then decided to change down to 30lb tackle running 4 smaller X-Raps and 3 feathers for the way home. At about the same time the wind changed. This was when things got wild and the next 3hrs was so full of action there was not a dull moment. First up we got a small Bonnie and then the action got hectic and we hooked up another 14 Yellowfin Tuna including a 4 up and a 7 up and 1 really good size Yellowfin. We also hooked up 2 Black Marlin on the little Jet Feathers and had each one on for about 30min on the 30lb tackle and it both cases the small hooks opened up. In the end we got back to the Marina 1.5hrs late with 15 Yellowfin Tuna on deck and a Bonnie. What a crazy day.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - Durban - 3/4 April 2015

After some quiet fishing the past week the last 2 days was a remarkable difference with loads of Wahoo Action, On Friday I went out with my Family and my Mrs got her first Wahoo and her second and her 3rd and so on. At the end of the day we boated 6 Wahoo and lost about 6 if not more. On Saturday it was the same we boated 6 Wahoo and lost about 6, we also landed 2 Yellowfin Tuna, all the Wahoo were estimated 12-15kg range but did not weigh them, Tuna were around 5Kg, every fish we caught the last 2 days came off Rapala X-Rap 20s and 30s trolled at high speed on 30lb class tackle. Lost about 6-8 Rapalas also. Grrrr. Water was warn at 26 deg. C, crystal clear and on the whole both days had great conditions with a N-S current. Memory card went south on my Pentax so only have a Blackberry pic and Mrs. don't want her pics on the net.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - Durban 29th March 2015

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - Durban 29th March 2015
The last week saw us out 4 times, its been extremely frustrating as the fishing has been difficult. I can't blame it on the conditions as the conditions awesome, water has been warm and crystal clear, full of bait fish, sprats and flying fish. On the 3 shorter trips we managed to get a good haul of Sarda Sarda, Small Yellowfin Tuna and Bonnies, but nothing big at all except for a marlin on/off, plenty Dolphins around. Yesterday I had a 12hr trip and we were looking for a Marlin, we decided to go out to the continental shelf and left early, all the way out we had no action. then when 70km offshore past 2000m deep the water colour changed from purple to a lighter blue and we saw a huge group of about 14 Humpback whales which to me is very odd for this time of year in 26 deg.C water. The birds were going mad and we managed to get 3 good sized Dorado out there. Then on the 70km haul home the only action we got was an Oceanic Bonito. I forgot to mention in my previous report when we got the Blue Marlin that we found a tiny little Bat some 55km out, I have no idea how he got there but I managed to catch him and released him when back at shore. Shame the poor little thing was almost at the point of exhaustion when I grabbed him.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

MARLIN REPORT - Durban - 20 March 2015

We went 1-1 with a Blue Marlin and 0-1 with a Black Marlin.
 Frans and Coby from Namibia joined me along with 2 of their friends for 5 days of fishing for Frans to catch the Marlin that he has always dreamed about. The weather did not play ball and fishing was very tough with no life in the water, the water was cold averaging around 22 deg C. We went out in 30kn NE winds, 35knt SW winds, braved rain and rough seas and with the S-N current screaming I started feeling hopeless and down as there was nothing around, not even game fish. On day one we managed to land a Yellowfin Tuna and we came back early as the NE just got too strong. On day 2 we hooked up a Black Marlin and this was exciting as we saw him on the surface and I swung the boat and pulled the spread by him, he hit 3 lures before hooking up on the 4th and after doing some magnificent acrobatics he threw the hook. On the way home we landed a Bonnie. Day 3 and Day 4 got me depressed as we had no fish at all and when we started on Day 5 I felt soul destroyed as I really wanted Frans to fulfil his dream with me, he has done trips around the world to hunt his Marlin and never ever got it. Day 5 was great weather and with the previous weather being too rough for us to get out to the shelf we decided to go deep on the last day. 8.30am in 550m of water at 22 deg.C the right inside rigger line screamed and 30 minutes later we had successfully released a Blue Marlin. Frans was overjoyed and I was so happy for him.




Monday, March 9, 2015

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - Durban - 9th March 2015

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - Durban - 9th March 2015
Not much to report, was a very difficult day, I tried every trick in the book to get some Tuna but did not even see activity on the sounder, many strange current lines and the thermocline was all over the place, temperature changes were erratic and the S-N current was screaming. I went inshore right behind the backline as I saw some bird activity there and we managed some Sarda-Sarda on Halcos. Went out as deep as 300m and all we saw was an unusual amount of Sunfish.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - Durban - 7th March 2015

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - Durban - 7th March 2015
We had a short charter this morning for a few hours, sea conditions were great with flat seas, the water was cold and sitting just above and below 23deg.C. We trolled for about 2.5hrs and had 4 good hook ups and each fish came off leaving me very frustrated. We then stopped and did some bottom fishing for 1 hour and boated 22 fish in that time, all the fish were decent sizes with Bronze Bream, Slinger, Englishman, Soldier Bream in the mix and all the men were out-fished by the lady on board

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Watch my boy Jesse land his first good Yellowfin Tuna

Watch my boy Jesse land his first good Yellowfin Tuna
http://youtu.be/DDmps5B5ATw

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - Durban - 1st March 2015


OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - Durban - 1st March 2015
Wow its already March, this year is flying.
Went out fishing with my family today for a few hours with a late launch. Conditions were gorgeous with flat seas, clear warm blue water. Am proud of my boy Jesse who landed a great Yellowfin Tuna today.

Friday, February 13, 2015

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - Durban - 13th February 2015

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - Durban - 13th February 2015
With a stiff NE wind and a strong N-S current making for choppy seas we made our way out of port just as the sun was popping it's head over the horizon. Within minutes of dropping our lines we had 2 small Bonnies on deck. After that things were quiet until we hit the 100m depth line when we had a Sailfish jump onto on of our lines and after 2 jumps before we could even get the rod out the gunnel it was gone. On our way back going over the same spot we had the exact same thing happen on the same rod and lure, I am sure that it was the same Sailfish. We also managed to land 2 nice Yellowfin and a Wahoo. We lost a 2nd Wahoo at the boat just before lines up when it bit through the leader (No Steel).

Saturday, February 7, 2015

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - 7th February 2015 - Durban



OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - 7th February 2015 - Durban
When I went to bed last night I was thinking that fishing today would be similar to yesterday, and then late last night we had a hectic storm with very heavy rain, the thunder was so hard the windows in my house were humming and when I saw the lightning I knew today would be different. When I woke up at 03h00 it was still raining lightly and there was no wind, the bay was full of rubbish and the water chocolate brown. With all this I had to really change my tactics planned and once out the harbour saw all the bad weather up North and decided to head South. After a while I saw a debris line and a little deeper out I found a current line with cobolt blue 25deg.C water and so we ran some rappies on light tackle very slowly along the line and we landed a Wahoo, 2 Dorado and a Yellowfin Tuna.
Then the fun began when one of the reels screamed off like mad and after about an intense 40minute fight we lost a black plastic bucket about 10m from the boat.
Things were about to get better for us when we got spooled when one of our lines snagged a drum line with what I assume was a very large shark attached to it. I tried to chase but could not keep up and the drum was making a serious bow wave and a wake we wanted to get the drum line and release the poor shark but were not able to do so. I find it sad that people are still drum lining sharks.

Friday, February 6, 2015

PLAGIARISM

PLAGIARISM - (From The Free Dictionary by Farlex)
The act of appropriating the literary composition of another author, or excerpts, ideas, or passages therefrom, and passing the material off as one's own creation.
Plagiarism is theft of another person's writings or ideas. Generally, it occurs when someone steals expressions from another author's composition and makes them appear to be his own work....

I have written many articles and have them published in many places and on my website, if you are using these without my permission and without due credit you are stealing from me and will get a reaction. It is stealing my intellectual property

The following Note can be found on all my websites:
All articles, text, pictures, photographs, diagrams artwork and images on this website are the intellectual property of the author and may not be copied, used, distributed or reproduced without the express permission and consent of the author.

I have always shared readily and been generous with information, I find it very disrespectful that someone has copied my work as his own and I am angered by this.

Mike.

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - 6th February 2015 - Durban

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - 6th February 2015 - Durban
What a fantastic day today, water inshore was crystal clear, just under 24deg.C, bait fish were everywhere and going wild. We launched at 05h00 and were back at 10h00. We could do nothing... wrong today, the Yellowfin Tuna were just hitting our lures, within minutes of setting our spread we had the first Tuna on and after that we could not get all our lines out and our guest could not even get out of the chair because we had 10 hits in a row landing 7 Tuna one after the other after the other. It was even more fun because we were fishing light tackle today and the Tuna were all decent sizes.

Friday, January 30, 2015

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - 30th January 2015 - Durban

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - 30th January 2015 - Durban
We launched at 05h00 today to look for a Marlin, within a few miles we hit some heavy rain and decided to push through and after a getting soaked we got to the other side of the weather with some nice conditions. I really struggled to find good water and the water temp was changing all the time, the thermocline was really strange as it was up and down all the time and not consistent, water clarity was also not consistent with pockets of purple water in between green water. Eventually we did find some good purple water. We got one Marlin strike and he pulled about 300m of line and then came off before we could even get the rod into the chair. By the time we found the good water the East wind was pumping and we managed 2 Yellowfin Tuna for all our efforts. The first one was a strange fight as the fish took hard a peeled a lot of line and then suddenly gave up the fight and was like it was taken by a shark, but it was not. Once at the boat the fish was already dead only to find that the hook had ripped its gills out on the one side. There was a screaming S-N current and no life in the water except a logger head turtle that we saw.

Monday, January 19, 2015

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - 18th January 2015 - Durban - MARLIN

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - 18th January 2015 - Durban - MARLIN
We launched at 04h00 on Saturday and started making our way out deep looking for warm clean water as closer in it was not nice, at about 450m depth I decided to change tactics and direction as the further we went the colder the water got and so I headed the boat towards the 150m area past Ballito. On the way we picked up a Yellowfin Tuna around 10Kg, this was after 4hrs of no fish. I got to Ballito and still was not happy with the water and so decided to come back to port shallow and it was not long before we had a reel screaming and a rod with a very serious bend. 2.5hrs later after a very hard fight we released a massive Black Marlin 35km away from Durban. Our 8hr trip lasted 11hrs.


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

OFF-SHORE FISHING REPORT - 7th January 2015 - Durban

OFF-SHORE FISHING REPORT - 7th January 2015 - Durban
We launched at 06h00 into a stunning sea with flat calm overcast conditions, a light SE wind and warm clear water with lots of life. By 07h15 we already had 2 Dorado on board and our day ended with 5 Dorado 4 of them were good sizes and 2 nice size Yellowfin Tuna

Monday, January 5, 2015

Fishing Report - 1st-4th January 2015 - Durban

Fishing Report - 1st-4th January 2015 - Durban
What a horrible start to 2015 weather wise, we started out on News Years Day with swinging winds changing in all directions and by 06h30 we had a 35knt Easterly so we did some drop shot in the bay, the wind then died down at around 08h00 and so we proceeded out the harbour a second time and halfway out the Easterly started blowing again and so we called it a day. On the 3rd we launched at 06h00 and there was a moderate NE wind blowing but after the rain fro Old Years Eve and the Easterly we found dirty water all over but with a change in Tactics managed 2 Yellowfin Tuna of around 8Kg. On the 4th we launched at 04h00 and the water was chocolate brown the deeper we went the colder it got and the water remained dirty, the weather forecast told us a story of stunning weather but there was a very strong South Wind which just got worse as the day progressed, I employed the same tactics as the previous day for dirty water and again we got 2 Yellowfin Tuna of around 8Kg. I had an afternoon trip booked for the 4th which I cancelled as the wind by then was blowing at almost 30knts. Sigh, this season has been tough so far with mostly strong winds, choppy seas, screaming currents, dirty water and cold water, we have been getting good fish but have had to work very hard for them. My body is taking strain and I hope that we get our great summer conditions soon.