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.