Sunday, October 20, 2013

3 Tuna Species in one day off Durban

We launched at 05h00 yesterday hoping to miss out on the rain, however 1 hour out and we got under a rain cloud and got wet anyway.

Within the 1st 30min we had a good sized Kawa Kawa on board, and then whilst it was rain we had no action, then after we passed the cloud we got a nice Yellowfin Tuna on board.

My original plan was to head North, but I could see heavy rain that side and so we changed course and headed out deep. En Route to the deep we got hit by a very large fish that stripped 300m of line off the reel in no time, unfortunately during the fight the hook came loose and we lost the fish. Possibly a big Tuna.

After that thing were quite for a while and we had several small fish pull our lures off the riggers with no hook ups. Out in the deep we found water up to 21.8deg.C whilst inshore the water temp was around 20.6deg.C. All our fish came in the colder water.

Coming back from the deep running in a following sea we had plenty action, 1st was an Oceanic Bonitio (Skip Jack Tuna) followed by 4 Yellow fin Tuna, and then coming back in shore 3 more Kawa Kawa (Eastern Little Tuna). We also got taxed on 2 more Yellowfin Tuna by Sharks

Our tally for the day was 10 fish (5 x Yellowfin, 4 x Kawa Kawa, 1 Skipjack)

On a lighter note, my deck had was dealing with a Yellowfin Tuna on board that was really going wild and the Rapala in his mouth got hooked on my deckies shorts pulling them all the way down past his knees.

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