Blue Water Charters - Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Fishing Charter, Marlin Fishing, Tuna Fishing, Big Game Fishing, Game Fishing, Deep Sea Fishing.
Adventure Fishing Safaris - Lake Jozini, Inanda Dam, Goedertrouw Dam, Albert Falls Dam and Kosi Lakes.
Tiger Fishing, Bass Fishing, Estuary Fishing
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
To my team, well done guys and to our guests thank you for your support.