Blue Water Charters - Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
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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.
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.
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.