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.