Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Dorado Account Opened.
Offshore Fishing Report – 16 October 2019
Better late than never, we finally opened our Dorado (Mahi) account for the season today, water is still cold and under 20deg.C. We had some Bonnie action on our way out and then we had 2 missed strikes, 1 on a Rapala and another on a Bullet and then finally we had a small female Dorado stick to the hook, I can see they not hitting hard as yet and the strikes are soft and gentle, but they are around and I will have a taste of some Dorado for dinner tonight, it’s been a while.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Sunday, October 13, 2019
Friday, October 11, 2019
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
A Sailfish to commence the Season.
Offshore Fishing Report – 2 October 2019
The 2nd day into the Game Fishing season and we were still buzzing from the big Tuna the day before and things were quiet, we had picked up some Shad on the bullets (Yes out of season and they were put back) and also a few smaller Bonnies. There was a light rain and inshore was quiet so I sped up and headed out deeper, it was a short morning trip so time was against us. Once deep I tapped the throttles back a little and started working some previously productive areas and BANG the port corner went and I thought it was a small Striped Marlin as it took off, 30 minutes later we had a good sized Sailfish at the boat which we released and then made our way back into port. A really good start to the season and I hope it is a sign of good things to come. I have been expecting the Dorado to show up anytime along with some Black Marlin.
A Very Good Tuna off Durban for Fat Girl.
Offshore Fishing Report – 1 October 2019
Officially the start of Game Fishing Season and off we went with a strong SW wind and a screaming S-N current with water still cold averaging 20.5 deg.C. Within the 1st 30 minutes we had 3 reels screaming with some very large Bonnies and we landed 2 of them, a few more Bonnies after that and before we could blink we were out deep off Salt Rock with that strong current and made the turn to head back, on the way back we found some smaller Yellowfin Tuna and then for the grand finale we landed a stunning 30Kg Yellowfin Tuna which gave a good account for itself.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
A Good King Fish.
Offshore Fishing Report – 6 August 2019
Winter Fishing has been carrying on and we have done a fair amount of kiddies trips too. Over the weekend I saw the first Yellow Billed Kite and so we are expecting the Tuna to appear soon and before long we will be back into Game Fish season. Water was very cold averaging at 19.3 deg.C and we had some good catches of Bonito and Sarda Sarda, bottom fishing was tough with a very strong S-N current. This was a trip to remember as about 2 hours into our trip we hooked up into a very nice size King Fish on tight tackle which gave a TLD 15 a good run for its money and the line a really good stretch. This is not a fish we often catch here and so a really memorable catch.
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Family Fishing Trip.
Offshore Fishing Report – 30 June 2019
We had 3 families on Fat Girl for a short morning charter. Conditions were stunning with light winds, flat seas and a slow current. No Bonnies or Tuna around yet, guess they are hanging around the sardines at the moment. Bottom fishing was great with a lot of fish caught by some very enthusiastic young men. A wide variety of species too, Slinger, Soldiers, Englishmen, Bronze Bream, Stumpy, Black Tail, Sea Barbel and even some Mackerel. We also got a large Toby that puffed up the size of a soccer ball and a very large Lion Fish which was an extremely interesting catch. Loads of fun with fathers and sons having a blast. The sons definitely out fished the dads on this trip.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Fathers and Sons Fishing.
Offshore Fishing Report – 25 June 2019
We had 2 families on the boat for a short morning charter. Water is very cold and under 20deg.C and we had a screaming reverse current. The cold water is a good sign for those awaiting the arrival of the sardines as usually when it drops under 20deg.C it means they are on their way.
We struggled to get our baits down in the screaming current and we only got one drop on the mark and had to continuously reposition after every drop to stay on point. We managed to get about 20 nice bottom fish that we could keep including a few Slinger but mostly Soldiers were feeding, we got a few nice sized ones and many undersize fish which we put back and to make sure they survived we brought them up slowly so they would go back down and not float. We also managed 1 Bonnie on the troll. A frustrating day indeed, especially after so many great trips in the past 6 weeks.
Fishing trips for Fathers and Sons are great for bonding and connecting.
Sunday, June 23, 2019
Good fishing today
Offshore Fishing Report – 23 June 2019
We had an upcountry couple with us on a short charter today, conditions were really nice with a moderate SW wind and seas were nice and flat. The water has got cold now and sits under 20 deg.C and we had a relatively strong reverse current which made bottom fishing a little difficult. On the way out we hook up into a nice Bonnie and shortly after we hooked up and Albatross, once we sorted him out and got him back flying we stopped and did bottoms. I have to say that the squawk of the Albatross sort of sound like the ratchet of a Tyrnos 30. Bottom fishing was really good even in the stronger current and we got some really nice Slinger, Englishman and Copper Bream, every drop was a good fish. We took a troll back along an inshore route and had a double up with 2 big Bonnies which gave a good account for themselves.
Monday, June 17, 2019
Family Fishing Fun
Offshore Fishing Report – 17 June 2019
Today we took 2 families out today on Fat Girl and Nawty Girl. Water temps are sitting around 21 deg.C. Bottom fishing was good with lots of nice Slinger and Soldiers coming out, also some Rockod and Sea Barbel. The kiddies had so much fun today, every drop was a fish and once we had enough fish we tried trolling for Tuna or Bonito with Nawty Girl getting 3 Bonnies and Fat Girl 1. I love taking families with kiddies out and sharing the ocean with them. A great day today, with awesome conditions.
Sunday, June 16, 2019
Good Slinger Fishing
Offshore Fishing Report – 15 June 2019
The water is getting cold averaging just over 21 deg.C. What a cracker of a day with stunning conditions. We got some nice Slinger today and before we knew it we had our Slinger quota, we then tried for other species and manage a good array with some Englishman, Soldier Bream, False Englisman, Tomato Rockod and a few others, catching these bottoms on our Shimano Saragosa/Trevala rigs is such a pleasure and awesome fun. After we had almost full quota we still had some time left on our charter so we tried trolling for a Tuna or a Bonnie, we got no Tuna but managed 1 x Bonnie of about 3Kg. A great mornings fishing trip.
Thursday, June 6, 2019
Game Fishing - Past Season Report - 2018/2019.
Offshore Fishing Report – Summer 2018/2019
With winter in full swing now, I thought it was time to reflect on the past summer season.
The season started early with our biggest Dorado of 20kg opening the account on the 1st of October, even more special was that this fish was landed by a young boy. From the beginning of the season at the end of 2018 the fish were there even though the water was cold and mostly green right through to mid December, we also encountered an unusual occurrence where all the early season fish came out of the cold green water and the warmer blue water that we found was void of life.
Dorado fishing was spectacular for the season and one of the best seasons we have had in the past few years with many Dorado caught and some days with double digits from all our boats, Wahoo on the other hand made a poor showing this season with very few caught. Tuna fishing was average however we got a lot of bigger ones than normal with an average weight of 17kg and fish up to 30kg which is really good for Durban. No Blue or Striped Marlin were caught but we did manage 6 Black Marlin 3 of them really stand out, 1 was over 600lbs, 1 was hooked up on one of the new Rapala Xtreme’s and a 400lb on light tackle. All our Marlin were successfully released with no casualties. The sailfish this season was a real frustration, even though we got several strikes we never landed one. The Dorado came early but the also left early with very little caught after March, usually we get them through to April, waters also started cooling down earlier which bodes well for a good sardine run in 2019 and as always the game season is better in years that the sardines come. We had great fun this past season along with many of our guests.
For the next few months all our big tackle is in for maintenance and we are preparing for the new season whilst winter fishing takes place, from 1st October our big game trips will commence for the 2019/2020 season. I can’t wait.
To my team, well done guys and to our guests thank you for your support.
Saturday, May 25, 2019
Bottom Fishing is still good.
Offshore Fishing Report – Durban – 24 May 2019
Wow, with seas as flat as a small country pond and not even a swell made for a very comfortable day at sea. The fishing was also really great and we got into some good size Slinger and in less than 2 hours we had full quota on the boat, these Slinger are great sport on spinning tackle. The problem was then what to do with the rest of the time, and so we decided to try look for a Tuna but never got one.
It’s not every day that one can get full quota on a trip, especially in such a short time, in this situation a person must be contentious of regulations and conservation and not take more than the limit that is allowed. My suggestion is to use this time to look for something specific or special, try out new techniques and investigate new areas. We stop when we are 2-3 fish from full quota and then do something different.