Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Monday, December 9, 2013

Good Yellowfin in rough seas

We left the harbour at 04h00 into a 25 knot North Easterly wind, although the swells were not that big, it was very choppy. The wind picked up to around 30 knots later on; and then back down to 25 knots. Water was clean but cold at 22.7deg.C. The morning started with a S-N current which swung around to a N-S at around 08h00.

For our efforts we were rewarded with 3 good Yellowfin Tuna at 10, 11 & 12Kg

Whilst out in the deep we saw some small Flying Fish and a large Sunfish.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Lost marlin

Today was one of those frustrating days, first we only launched at 07h00 instead of 04h00 because of the heavy rain. In the morning the sea was big but it settled nicely as the day progressed. Unfortunately with a very high barometer, SE winds, SE swell and a reverse SN current the fishing was very slow.
We came across a shoal of feeding Oceanic Bonitos and managed to get one.
Eventually we went 1-0 on a very large Black Marlin and the line parted for no reason. Grrrrrrr

Monday, December 2, 2013

Dorado season starts with a bang

We left the mooring at 05h00 and as we went out of the harbour mouth we started setting our spread, we were busy running out the 3rd line at about 05h30 when the reel of 2nd line we set out went off, this was less than 1km from the harbour mouth and we had our 1st Queen Dorado on board, we reset the spread and carried on out towards deeper waters and we got a bunch of Yellowfin Tuna, by 07h00 we had 5 fish on board.

There was a SE wind blowing and also a SE swell, and early in the morning it was choppy, but as the day went on conditions improved; we had thought there may be rain but we had a dry day. Water temps varied from 21.9deg.C to 22.5deg.C, out deeper the water was clear.

Once we got out to my deeper marks we set a heading North and it was not long before we had another reel go and this time we landed a prize Dorado Bull of 16Kg.

The day seemed to drag out for me, but the fishing remained good and by the time we were back in port we ended up with 12 good fish; 3 Dorado (2 x 10Kg Queens and a 16Kg Bull) and 9 x 9Kg Yellowfin Tuna.

Was great to run back into port flying flags.

Jozini Tiger Fishing Trip, end November 2013

I drove up to Jozini in the rain yet again, met my clients and we started with and afternoon session, the wind picked up by late afternoon and we only managed 2 Tiger Fish for the session.

Thursday was wet and windy and we only found a window of 4 hrs to fish that day, we got our first Tiger on fly and another one.

Friday was an awesome day, the weather played along and the fish were biting, we stayed out the whole day to make up for lost time the day before and by the end of the day we had landed 14 Tiger Fish.

Saturday started out as a hot day, and we fished 2 sessions, the afternoon saw a storm and cut our session short, we only managed 3 fish for the day.

In total we got 21 Tigers, of which 5 were caught on fly and the largest was just under 2Kg.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Another Jozini trip for November

We are off to Jozini again for another week of Tiger Fishing, this time we will also be targeting the Tigers on Fly. Should be our last trip for the year and then we concentrate on Game Fish, Tuna and Marlin for a while. Will post pics and report in my return

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Jozini Tiger Fishing Trip – Mid November 2013

We left Durban in the early hours of the morning in heavy rain to make our way up to Jozini, and when we got there it was still raining, but at least not heavy like the rain we picked up on the road, we started setting up the campsite in the rain and by the time we had completed the rain had gone and the sun was out, from there on we had mostly blue skies and hot weather over 36deg.C with exception for 1 day which was a little cooler and over cast.

Mornings sessions all had light winds and afternoon sessions all had moderate winds, the water was warm and the dam levels at around 80%. The top of the river section was already getting dirty from the rains coming down the river and each day it moved closer to the bay area.


The fishing was good, and even in our first session we had our 1st fish on board in no time and soon everyone was comfortable with the fishing style and tackle.

We had many strikes that were missed in true Tiger Fishing fashion, but we also landed a fair amount of Tiger Fish over the 4 days with the largest fish landed being 3.0Kg.

It was very frustrating on this trip that we lost so many big tigers in the 4-5Kg range; the fish were very aggressive and fought very hard with many biting us off.


The whole area is green now and the wildlife is just so spectacular, I just love fishing Jozini as nowhere else so close to home offers one the opportunity of good fishing, game and bird viewing and off a boat its always best as one can get much closer to the wildlife.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Tiger Fishing

We are off to Jozini again for another week of Tiger Fishing, will post pics and reports on my return

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Yellowfin Tuna Fishing - The Inside Story

Just finished a 7000 word article on Yellowfin Tuna fishing, this will be published in the next addition of Anglers Talk Magazine

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Kosi Bay trip October 2013

The weather did not play along on this trip, we started out fishing in some very heavy rain, and when the rain stopped we had howling North East winds, on the last day we had a howling South West wind. Water temp in the lakes was very cold and the water was crystal clear, with exception of the last day the water got turbid but remained cold.

We spent 1 day at the Mouth and the rest of the time was spent dodging rain and fishing in the lakes. We managed a couple of Sea Pike (Pick Handle Barracuda) at the mouth along with some Gurnards, in the Lakes we worked hard and made 1000’s of casts and ended up resorting to light tackle bait fishing as there was no Game fish to be found.

None the less we were surrounded by the spectacular nature and bird life of the area.