Thursday, December 28, 2017

Best of the West. Fishing Report – Durban – 28.12.2017

Best of the West.

Fishing Report – Durban – 28.12.2017

With an early launch we made our way out deep and headed south, we found warm, clear purple water just under 26deg.C. Birds diving and hovering, flying fish, bait schools and lots of small tuna jumping everywhere; we were excited and were expecting something big. Before 06h00 we had a nice size Dorado landed and in the hatch. The forecast had shown that in the afternoon a strong SW wind of about 21 knots was coming, but it hit us out in the deep at about 07h00 at close to 30 knots and the sea got big so we decided to turn and run back with it to shallow waters which would be smaller and so we headed towards Umdloti but sadly the waters here were green and void of life by 11h00 we were close in and spent the rest of our trip fishing for mackerel on light tackle.


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Lonely Dorado - Fishing Report – Durban – 26-12-2017

Lonely Dorado.

Fishing Report – Durban – 26-12-2017

After yesterdays wind the water was all green again but it was warm with temperatures from 24.3deg.C to 24.8deg.C. We had a moderate SW wind a SE swell and a very strong S-N current making for difficult fishing conditions today. Fat Girl landed 1 nice Queen Dorado and Nawty Girl got some bottom fish.


Sunday, December 24, 2017

Early Morning Tuna Bite - Fishing Report – Durban – 24-12-2017

Early Morning Tuna Bite.

Fishing Report – Durban – 24-12-2017

Today was one of those great mornings, flat seas and warm water at almost 25deg.C and very clean with a slight current. We had a 5 hour Mini Deep Sea so it was not a trip out to the deep and we stayed inshore. We launched at 06h00 and trolled out to the closer reefs and by 07h30 we had all the lines go twice with Yellowfin Tuna and 1 Skipjack Tuna, so with a whole bunch of Tuna in the hatch we started bottom fishing catching a bunch of Slinger and some Englishman.


Monday, December 18, 2017

Little Guy loves Fishing - Fishing Report – Durban – 18-12-2017

Little Guy loves Fishing

Fishing Report – Durban – 18-12-2017

I always love taking children fishing, especially when they have a passion for it at a young age. This little guy was not comfortable with the swells in deeper water so we brought him into the backline to catch mackerel and he had so much fun on Nawty Girl and caught a whole bunch of mackerel and a few other species.


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Tuna off the bottom - Offshore Fishing Report – Durban – 17-12-2017

Tuna off the bottom

Offshore Fishing Report – Durban – 17-12-2017

We had a bunch of guys that wanted to go bottom fishing today and launched at 05h00 for a 6hour trip. Sea conditions were ideal for bottom fishing today with a 1-2knot S-N current and a very light SE wind, so light that one could hear a ship’s engines from 2 miles away. The sea was flat and glassy with temperatures between 23.5degC and 24.5 deg.C.

We trolled out to the reefs but nothing toughed the lures but we caught a lot of Bottom fish today of all kinds, even a Yellowfin Tuna took a bait of the bottom.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Miles of ocean and one Hot Spot - Offshore Fishing Report – Durban – 12-12-2017

Miles of ocean and one Hot Spot

Offshore Fishing Report – Durban – 12-12-2017

We had a father, son and son in law from Hilton out with us on Fat Girl on an 8hr charter that ended up being 9hrs. We launched at 04h30 this morning and the same as yesterday we headed out in the rain, fortunately it cleared up before we even got out the port and for a while we even had some sun.

It was not a pleasant sea today with a strong S-N current, a NE swell and a SW wind making the water very lumpy. In the morning there was a very light SW wind but by 09h00 it started picking up and as the day went on it got stronger and was blowing about 25 knots by the time we got back to port at 13h30 making for a very bumpy ride home.

Inshore the water was cold and well under 23deg.C and so we headed out to deeper waters and eventually on the 200m Ballito side we found a warm patch of clear water with 24.5deg.C which was about 5km long in a sort of oval shape about 3km wide. So a rather strange patch of water that had a lot of activity and we got fish, at 08h00 we started up with a triple up of some smaller Yellowfin Tuna and so everyone had now caught a fish. Then we had 3 lines go away again and on one of them was a fish much larger than the others, unfortunately there was not enough glue on the hooks and all 3 fish came off. I carried on working the patch and it was not long and we had a line snap off the riggers and the reel was screaming and the young lad landed a nice little Bull Dorado. I continued working the patch and again one of the reels started screaming with seemed a good sized fish and again the fish came off, very annoying. I did another pass through the patch and a small Marlin came into the spread, snapped 2 lines off the riggers and hooked up on the 3rd one, but it was not to be. I was very frustrated as to have 3 on/offs in 1 trip is more than I can bear.

Eventually it was time to make the 40km journey back to port in a strong SW wind and against a strong S-N current which made the journey much longer taking an hour longer than usual, on the way home we managed to land another 2 Yellowfin Tuna bringing our tally for the day to 5 Yellowfin Tuna and 1 Dorado and everyone was very satisfied


Monday, December 11, 2017

A Stormy Dorado into the backing - Offshore Fishing Report – Durban – 11-12-2017

A Stormy Dorado into the backing

Offshore Fishing Report – Durban – 11-12-2017

We had a family from Vryburg booked a 5 hour charter Nawty Girl for this morning, and even though no rain was forecast there was a light rain at 05h00 this morning and so as Fat Girl was not out I decided to take them out on Fat Girl at no extra cost so they could benefit from the shelter of the cabin.

So it was raining, and as we headed out of port there was a thunder storm with lightning over Durban North and Umhlanga and I could see clear skies in the South so I decided we will fish South today. Inshore the water was colder at 23deg.C and so I tried a bit deeper on the 150m but it was not much better at 23.4deg.C and so I decided to go shallower and target known pinnacles and wrecks. The water was not that clean and but over a wreck in about 80m of water I saw some good fish showing on the sounder, but they were not coming up even after several passes, so we moved away, I saw no evidence of game fish anywhere else so decided to persist on the 80m wreck and after the 2nd pass the reel started screaming and line was peeling off. When I saw the showings I had thought they were Yellowfin Tuna, but when the line was running I could see the fish was staying on the surface and so I knew it was not Tuna and guessed it was a large Wahoo as the fish had peeled off the 300m top shot very quickly and we were into the backing, once we had gained some line and the fish was 200m out to my surprise there was a Dorado doing acrobatics and jumping all over. In the end we landed a decent size Dorado but it was a lot smaller than the strong fight it gave.

With 2 hours left Dad had his fish and it was time to get the little guy have his turn so out came some light spinning tackle and bait and we fished a pinnacle catching various smaller species, some Trigger Fish, Slinger and a nice Englishman. Father and son were now both happy with their catch and we headed back to port and docked just after 10h00. By that time I was wet and cold as we had to pass through some rain to get back.