Sunday, October 28, 2018
Family fun Harbour trip
Harbour Fishing Report – Durban – 27th October 2018
We had a local family book an afternoon 3hr Family Fun harbour fishing trip with a delighted young man who had his first ever fishing trip on a boat. During the 3hrs we managed to hook up 7 shad (All released as it is closed season). Dad managed to have a fantastic tussle with a smaller Hammerhead Shark on light spinning tackle and Mom got herself a nice Bar Tail Flathead. We were hoping to get a grunter for the young man but he caught his first fish ever from a boat, he was so excited.
Tuna Grand Slam on Nawty Girl
Offshore Fishing Report – Durban – 27th October 2018
Our morning trip started out with great conditions and we had just set our spread when the Tyrnos started screaming and the rod had a good bend on it, after a good fight what we thought was a Yellowfin Tuna turned out to be a Beast of an Eastern Little Tuna. After that we managed 2 Oceanic Bonito and on the way back we hooked into 2 Yellowfin Tuna giving us a Grand Slam of 3 species of Tuna on 1 trip.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Bass Fishing, Tiger Fishing and Camping Safari
Bass Fishing Report – Inanda Dam – 9-11 October 2018
I met up with Olivier and Janick from Reunion Island on the afternoon of the 8th of October and we set up camp with 3 days of Bass ahead of us, it was windy that afternoon making setting up the tents a challenge but with everyone working together it went rather fast, we then proceeded to make a fire and had a braai (barbecue) whilst getting to know each other and discussing the events for the next few days.
Awesome weather was presented to us and our morning session went well with 6 largemouth bass landed and released, most of them around keeper size (30cm), nothing took on top water and so we had to fish deeper to get some fish. The afternoon went slower and we went even deeper and we got 4 more bass, Janick was going really slow and this paid off and he landed himself a large bass. Olivier was not going to be left out and very shortly after landed himself a good size bass but not as big. Janick had caught himself the bass of his lifetime we had caught and released a total of 10 bass for the day. We went back to camp and had a good braai and early to bed.
Again we had awesome weather and the morning session delivered us 7 bass all around keeper size, the afternoon session proved to be tough and we only landed 3 bass giving us a total of 10 for the day. Back at camp everyone had their duties and very quickly a braai was on the go.
The weather was fantastic and we went to the bottom of the dam this time, the water was crystal clear and there was 1000s of baby bass swimming around the weed beds, we also saw some monster size carp. Here we were able to get 8 bass on top water for the morning session.
For the afternoon we went up towards the top side again and landed another 7 bass. All our bass for the day were keeper size. We got 15 bass for the day, bringing our final tally to 35 bass over the 3 days including 2 good size fish.
I was awoken at about 01h30 in the morning by what sounded like my tent being ripped open along with some really strange grunting sounds, so after looking around the tent and seeing no holes I proceeded to quietly open up the tent and investigate, I discovered 5 Zebras chewing grass right on the sides of my tent and the grunting noises was the Zebras farting, between the 5 of them it was a continuous string of farts each one producing its own notes, with some harmony they could have made a melody. Later that morning we woke up to overcast conditions with light rain and after breakfast we packed up camp to make our way to Jozini to hunt some Tiger fish.
The almost 400km trip to Jozini was not pleasant, heavy rain with poor visibility, terrible Friday drivers making it a long trip. Olivier and Janick went off ahead of me and stopped in St. Lucia for some sea food, towing took much longer especially in the conditions.
We arrived at the campsite and the rain gave us a break to set up camp, make a fire and have a braai for supper, later on the rain continued.
Tiger Fishing Report – Lake Jozini - 13-15 October 2018
It was raining and cold and we launched the boat and went out fishing anyway, it rained most of the day with a few breaks and we managed to land and release 15 Tiger fish for the day. The rain let up and brunch time so we could make some food. That evening it rained heavy and we had to make our braai under the roof ledge and went to bed very early.
The rain was gone, we saw a beautiful little owl n the tree above our campsite. The overcast conditions made for perfect tiger fishing and we landed and released 26 Tiger fish for the day. The animal and bird life around the dam is phenomenal and we saw a huge variety of bird life including a Marshall Eagle, a Vulture and a Fish Eagle up close. Plenty Giraffe were around, the White Rhino were at the launch site and they had a small calf with them and we even got to see a Jackal. That night at the campsite the little owl reappeared and we saw another larger grey on in the same tree.
Our last day was hot, humid and sunny and later on the wind blew hard and fishing was tough and we only managed 7 Tiger fish for the day bringing our tally to 48 Tiger fish for the 3 days.
The water was clear and we only did spinning for Tiger Fish the whole trip, most our Tigers were caught on top water, although the water level is still slow there is plenty greenery around and it looks awesome. Bringing the boat out the water we where given the task of changing a flat rear tyre on the car which I later discovered to be bits of smashed up wheel bearing that someone has left on the slipway.
We were up early, packed up camp and left by 05h30, Olivier and Janick got to the airport well within time for their flight home and the trip back to Durban was a pleasant one.
For the whole trip our total tally of Bass and Tiger Fish was 83 Fish so a really great trip with some great fishing action and tons of wild life. Other than the rainy night the camping was also superb.
Monday, October 1, 2018
Big Bull Dorado to open the season.
Offshore Fishing Report – Durban – 1st October 2018
After yesterdays NE winds it was a bit choppy today but settled down as the day went on. We had a short morning trip and on our lighter tackle managed to land a really large Dorado Bull to open our Dorado account for the new season. Wow, what a fish to open the season account and congratulations to the young man who fought so hard to land it.
Sunday, September 23, 2018
Marlin Food is here.
Fishing Report – Durban – 23 September 2018
Stunning conditions today but the water was cold, inshore was green water. We made our way out to some reefs and did some bottom fishing getting some Englishmen and Slinger, then we trolled 1.5hrs back making a detour out deeper along the way, swells were rather large but far spaced so comfortable and out deeper the water was warmer than inshore but still cold. We had an on/off with a small Dorado on the Rapala Xtreme and as we went along we picked up 3 Oceanic Bonitos. These Oceanic Bonito are Marlin food, and along with some flying fish that we saw, I am sure we will start getting Marlin early this season.
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Bonito are getting bigger.
Fishing Report – Durban – 22 September 2018
It was stunning conditions early this morning with light winds and flat seas when we launched for a short Inshore/Mini Deep trip on Nawty Girl. The forecast was showing a great day. It was not long before the first line went and we ended up the day with 4 nice Bonnies and 1 really nice Skipjack. Water was around 22deg.C. A strong west wind blew for about an hour during our trip and made for a very choppy sea and then all calmed down and the rain set in making us soaking wet by the time we got back to port. Weather forecasts have been so inaccurate of late we can’t even know the night before what the conditions will be the next morning.
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Tuna, Tuna, Tuna, Fat Girl wins again.
Fishing Report – Durban – 14 September 2018
We launched at 2.30pm in the afternoon for a short fun trip and were back on the dock by 6.00pm.
It was one of those last minute trips and I must say I was not that optimistic about getting any fish in such a short time, none the less we gave it our best shot and I started to work areas that I thought would hold some Bonnies or Tuna. It was not long before we had our first bonnie on the line, then another and then another, the Bonnies are getting bigger now with a really nice one which was followed by a decent Yellowfin Tuna. After the excitement and 2 nice fish in the hatch and a bunch of others being caught I went to target my next spot and BINGO we all 9 lines go off at once with all 9 guests each fighting a fish at the same time and after some chaos and mayhem we managed to put another 9 Bonnies on the deck. Lines were reset and it was off to the next spot, I went over the spot and saw a great showing, turned around to the guys on deck and was about to shout when 4 reels started screaming at the same time and so after some more chaos and mayhem we landed 3 Yellowfin Tuna and dropped one right at the boat. So take 30 minutes out and 30 minutes back for travel time we landed 4 Yellowfin and over 20 Bonnies in 2.5hrs, not bad for an afternoon we were not optimistic about. With the 100s of Bonnies we have been getting and already some good Tuna I think we going to have a bumper game fish season this year, already one Marlin has been spotted in Durban and it is just a matter of time before the 1st Dorado comes out, especially since the water is warming up nicely, I reckon the first Dorado will come out this month. Hope I am right and we get a lot of fish, I am certain of some great Tuna fishing for the next while.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
10 Years of charters. From humble beginnings on the 1st of September 2018, a small boat and 6 fishing rods we have overcome many obstacles to be here today. With well over 1000 charters operated, more than 6000 happy guests aboard our boats and countless fish caught. Today we run 2 boats and are one of the leading charter operators running out of Durban. I would like to thank all those who have supported us over the years, our service providers, those who lent a helping hand in times of need and my team. Most importantly I would like to give thanks to God.
Monday, September 3, 2018
Good Tuna in a big swell.
Fishing Report – Durban – 3 August 2018
We launched late this morning at 08h00 for a short 4 hour charter after the strong SW wind slowed down, the swells were still on the big side but got better as the morning went on. It was a few minutes after we set our lines that we had the first Bonnie on deck and this was to be one of many to come for the morning. Once a bit further out we hooked into a nice fish but 30m from the boat it came off the hook. About 2 hours after we launched we had a good hook up and boated a lovely Yellowfin Tuna and had some more fun with double, triple and quadruple hook ups with Bonito.
The Bonnies have been thick this year and on our trip on Saturday afternoon we had some wild and crazy Bonnie action which broke all our previous records landing 34 Bonito in 30 minutes which was awesome fun on light tackle and the chaos and mayhem of so many fish happening at once just got everyone’s adrenalin pumping, thinking about it gets me excited, we were getting more than 1 fish per minute in that 30 minutes of wild action. The Bonnies are averaging the 2kg mark now.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Tuna Quadruple Hook up.
Fishing Report – Durban – 21 August 2018
Today the weather forecast was wrong yet again, but for a change it was in our favour. Forecast showed a strong SW wind and some rain, but we launched this morning with a very light SW which only picked up as we were heading back to port, there was no rain but sunny skies and we had a stunning 5 hour morning trip. Water temperature is cold averaging at just over 20deg.C with a reverse current. Fishing was good today but the fish would only bite if the boat was going in a specific condition so one would see the showing on the finder, mark it and then make a turn and come back over the mark in the right direction. Bonnies were plentiful with over 20 being caught for the morning and we also released some, the Yellowfin Tuna were also around and going over one showing we had 5 reels screaming and we landed 4 at once making for great excitement, especially the one that took the ultra light rig which gave a really good fight. The fish were not behaving normally today and most were biting the lures very close behind the boat and not the ones further back, they were also jumping out the water at the lures making a great show and one could watch them jump and hit the surface lures and then watch the road bend and the reel zing. We also had a double hook up on the Rapala X Rap Xtreme’s but one came off and we landed the other. Then as we were heading back to port a few Kilometres out, we had another Yellowfin Tuna hooked up from one of the bullets running far back. Great fun all in a 5 hour morning trip.
Sunday, August 19, 2018
Tuna for Fat Girl and Nawty Girl.
Fishing Report – Durban – 19 August 2018
The last few trips on both our boats have seen a large amount of Bonnies, Frigate Tuna and Sarda Sarda coming out along with some nice bottoms and some Yellowfin Tuna. Water temps most days have been just under and over 20deg.C and the Bonnies have been thick. Yesterday I don’t think there was a moment when someone was not fighting a Bonnie or all the lines out on the light tackle these are great fun, the Bonnies have all been in the 1.5-2kg range, the Sarda Sarda have been quite a bit bigger than the Bonnies, so great sport and they do give a good fight. Mornings have been very cold and there has been a strong reverse current.
Today both boats went out and even though the NE was blowing relatively hard the sea was not big but was rather choppy, this however did not deter the fish and the new Rapala X Rap Xtreme 160s produced the goods and both boats got good Yellowfin Tuna hook ups and a lot of Bonnies of which many of the Bonnies have been released to be caught another day.
Friday, August 10, 2018
Fishing Report – Durban – 10 August 2018
Been a quiet and frustrating month and when one books a charter the weather turns bad and it can’t be done and so today was our first trip for August, although the break was nice after a very busy July one needs to work to live. Trying to decipher the forecast for today was not easy as the various weather sites were all saying something different and so we decided to make the choice at launch time which was 06h00. I arrived at the boat at 05h00 and it was raining quite heavy and had been raining all night but by 05h30 the rain had stopped and at 06h00 we launched and made our way out to look for a good Tuna. It started with non-stop Bonnie action and we could not keep all the lines in the water, the wind was constantly shifting from SW to NW and the S-N current was quite strong and got stronger as we got deeper out so I decided to head back shallower. Every few minutes it was another Bonnie and some of them decent sizes too giving great sport on the lighter tackle. In amongst the Bonnies we also got some small Frigate Tuna. At 07h30 the heavens opened and we got drenched for 1.5hrs. After that the rain cleared and we ended up with stunning sunny conditions which at least dried us out. Whilst it was raining it was also freezing cold, wow even though I was dressed warmly I was feeling it and shivering at the helm with water seeping in everywhere. For a while the Bonnies went quiet with only 1 here and 1 there and then we got a bunch more as we started heading back to port and the was hatch looking rather full. Then all the action stopped and we were being entertained by 2 Albatross trying to snatch our Shotgun lure and we were all calling to the Tuna, when all a sudden. BANG the shot gun rigger snapped and ZZZZZZZZZZ as the shot gun rod bent over properly and the reel started to sing and it was not long before we saw the backing on this lighter tackle. After a really great fight we managed to land a really nice Yellowfin Tuna. By the time we had this on deck we had already passed our time and so we did not put anymore lines out and headed home. By the time we were back in port it was nice and hot and we all enjoyed this whilst removing all the wet attire. And so another great day out at sea.
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Tuna are starting to make an appearance.
Fishing Report – Durban – 21 July 2018
Last 2 days have had some really nice mornings out, even though they started out very cold they ended up warm, the Bonito have been thick and there were times where we were not able to get all our lines out with the amount of hook ups we have had and many multiple hook ups with loads of Bonito providing great fun on our light tackle rigs, we have also hooked up a good few Frigate Tuna the last 2 days. Yesterday I saw some showings of larger fish which I thought were Yellowfin Tuna and so today we went out rigged accordingly with a plan and within 30 minutes we had a hook up with a lovely Yellowfin Tuna, after that the Bonito were hitting us again, even on the larger lures and hard as I tried we could not raise another Yellowfin. I think we will start seeing Yellowfin more regularly as we head into next month towards spring and am hoping for a fee biggies to stretch our lines.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Fishing Report – Durban - July 2018
The July holidays saw both Fat Girl and Nawty Girl busy, all kinds of trips and lots of children. I love taking the younger ones fishing and to see the smiles and excitement always makes my day. On the many backline trips we did well with some good Shad and Mackerel being caught and on one trip we got into a school of Sand Steenbras of which all were released. Another trip saw a Guitar Fish being caught in the deep which we also released. Bottom fishing has been good with some nice fish coming out. Bonnies have been present in large numbers with many being caught on all trips and they provide great sport on light tackle. The Yellowfin Tuna have still been missing to my frustration and my guess they are around with the sardines. One on long trip we went down South and found a pocket of sardines with Sharks, Sailfish and Marlin smashing them, we managed to hook up a very large Black Marlin which is exciting for mid winter in July, but sadly the hook snapped and we dropped it which always leaves me frustrated. Early mornings have been very cold, but most days warmed up nicely and for most trips the conditions have been calm, there have as always been those frustrating trips when the fish are scarce or the weather forecast got it wrong but overall July has been productive thus far.