Sunday, April 29, 2018
Some good bottom fishing
Fishing Report – Durban – 28-29.04.2018
This weekend brought some cold water and we found no game fish but did see a Sailfish jump in the same area on both days. Bottom fishing was awesome and the current was mild and we caught a lot of fish both days, the bulk of the catches were Englishman, False Englishman, Slinger and Soldier Bream, but we also got some Stumpnose, Zebra, Rockod, Snapper and a few other species. We also caught several Remoras so there was probably a Shark or two around but we lost no fish to sharks.
Friday, April 27, 2018
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Last trips of 40 something
Fishing Report – Durban – 25.04.2018
So today marks my last fishing charter in my 40s, time flies by so fast that the roaring 40s becomes the flying 50s before one can say Bob’s your Uncle. Our last 2 trips were half-day trips starting early morning and both days had a screaming reverse current making fishing very difficult even with nice flat seas. Mornings are getting chilly now and there is dew on the cars parked outside early every morning of late and so the signs are that we are well into autumn now and that winter is coming. Water is now under 24 deg.C.
On the 1 trip we hooked up a very large Wahoo that I guess was just under 20kg but when close to the boat he did some heavy head shakes and we lost him about 10m from the boat, we also got some skipjack tuna. Today the current was also strong and we managed 4 x Yellowfin Tuna and some bottom fish.
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Tuna on the bite today - Great fun on light tackle
Fishing Report – Durban – 15.04.2018
We launched this morning at 06h00 for a short 5hr charter and hoped it would not rain, we had to dodge one rain cloud and so had a stunning day today, water was clean and warm. The plan was to try for a short while for some Game fish on the light Shimano Tyrnos tackle and if nothing took a lure then we would go do some bottom fishing. The Tuna had their own plans for us and we had non-stop Tuna action for most of the trip with 14 hook ups and landing 9 Yellowfin Tuna for the day. The one Tuna screamed off and took us into the backing, we thought it was a big fish; then it rushed the boat, perhaps a shark was after it and it was not as big as the fight it gave. Another one we thought came off but to our surprise it was there well hooked on the Rapala X Rap 40 which got many of the Tuna today. The sea was awesome and the fishing was really fun today.
Friday, April 13, 2018
Good Tuna and Wahoo
Fishing Report – Durban – 13.04.2018
We launched this morning into a strong NE wind that the forecast said would die out early and the day was supposed to be stunning, but it did not happen and the NE got stronger and only died out late afternoon, water was green and water temperature is coming down. None the less we got some good fish with a decent Wahoo and 1 smaller and 1 larger Yellowfin Tuna.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Fun Family Fishing Trip
Fishing Report – Durban – 11.04.2018
We launched later to try avoid the rain and the wind but the forecast was out and so we had a wet and windy day fishing with some showers that passed by 3 times during the trip. Before we even launched my Costa Sunglasses fell off my head into the Marina and I had to dive down to get them as I was not going to accept losing them, and so my day started out wet, then the sun peaked out and the wind died and we thought what a glorious day this will be, we were wrong. We got out and set a spread and then the wind started blowing, fortunately it was a long period swell and so even in a strong wind the sea was comfortable with a big boat like Fat Girl. We trolled for about 2.5-3hrs but there was no sign of any game fish and so we came in to fish shallow in the 40m as the current was screaming. 1st down and 4 rods got bent and we got some Slinger and so the day went on with Slinger, Snapper, Soldier Bream, Trigger Fish and Rockod being caught. These boys out fished their parents by a long way and got a fair amount of fish with some good sizes and had a blast really enjoying the fishing. The highlight of the day was when the 2 youngest simultaneously had a good hook up, each landing nice sized Remora’s which made them work hard for their prize, it was a treat to watch them struggle and fight these fish up with all their might. In the end the whole family had a great day out with a lot of fun even though there was a little rain from time to time.
Monday, April 9, 2018
Black Marlin 3-2-1 - Released
Fishing Report – Durban – 09.04.2018
What a day we had today, we launched this morning to look for a Marlin into a 12knot NE wind which just got stronger as the day went on until it peaked at about 28knots. Water was warm and light green. We headed about 70km out to our selected grounds and then turned and headed back. On the way out we hooked up a Dorado early but it came off on the jump after a short fight, then it was quiet for some time until we turned and just after we turned we had a small Marlin hook up and after 15 minutes it came off on the jump, we reset our spread and we had a Dorado take the line and again it came off on the jump much to all of our frustration, 3 fish off. Again we set the spread and continued in a following sea that was getting bigger as the wind was picking up and the Shimano Tiagra went off zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz and this time after the jumps it stayed and after about a 20 minute fight we landed a small Black Marlin, as it was small we took the fish out for a pic and afterwards released it safely back into the water. We reset the spread and it was not long before we had a third small Marlin strike but it did not get the hook leaving us with a 3-2-1 tally. 3 Marlin Strikes, 2 Hook Ups, 1 Landed and Released. Frustrating to lose so many fish in one day but ecstatic we got the Marlin we set out for. Well done Bob on your first Marlin ever and your new personal best big fish.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Sharks on Light Spinning Tackle.
Fishing Report – Durban – 04.04.2018
We had 2 Light Tackle Backline/Harbour Family trips on Nawty Girl today, a 3hr and a 4hr. These are fun trips for a family outing just to enjoy each other outdoors and have a blast, not serious fishing. We usually target Shad, Mackerel, Salmon and other small species on these trips with light spinning tackle. Today we had some really great fun with some Sharks on the light tackle making for real sport. All Sharks and fish were released.
Dorado on the bite today
Fishing Report – Durban – 04.04.2018
We had a trip with a family from New Zealand today on Fat Girl, we started out with the whole family on a cruise out the harbour along the beachfront and then dropped of those that did not want to go fishing and headed out for a late launch and fished for 6hrs (Supposed to be 5hrs) with our Shimano Tyrnos 30 rigs on the light Tiagra rods as per the customer choice of heavy or light tackle. The sea was calm and flat, like glass, it was too nice, it is the conditions we always dream about and when we actually get to fish these days which happen so seldom one has to change ones tactics to get more action on the lures and so we set the whole spread further back and ran at 9-10 knots to get the lures working very aggressively and in the end this paid off. We found nothing in the shallows but with our speed were out deep in no time and went as far as 400m depth; on the way out after we passed the ledge we had a Dorado hook up on the Rapala X Rap and it was the little girls turn and she fought her Dorado like a champion, we also had another hook up on the same X Rap but this came off right at the boat shot out the water and the Rapala hit my head. After this the deep produced no further action and we stated heading back with a course set for one of my favourite deeper pinnacles, before we reached the spot I was heading to we had a double Dorado hook up on a Williamson Sailfish Catcher and a Stripey Tickler and they 2 fish did and aerial acrobatics display jumping all over the show and tangling many lines. The one fish was much bigger than the other and took us well into the backing and after knitting the lines and sorting out the tangles we got them both on board with the bigger one giving an extremely hard fight. I went over my track again and we stayed out a bit longer to try get more fish after we had reset the spread and we managed to get another Dorado hook up on the same Stripey Tickler and with no tangles this time we got it to the boat. Shortly after that we brought our lines in and ran back docking an hour later than we should have.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
The Taxman cometh and taketh away.
Fishing Report – Durban – 03.04.2018
We had a short 4hr mini deep sea trip today with a Family from Jhb, was supposed to be yesterday afternoon by the NE was howling so we changed it to this morning. Typically on a mini deep sea trip we make our way out of port and troll over a few bottom spot and scan the bottom to see for fish and then we stop trolling and do bottom fishing where we found fish. Today had other plans for us, on our way out we first saw 2 pods of Bottle Nose Dolphins and then a little further out I saw schools of bait fish, I had just gone over a known pinnacle when I saw bait fish flying on my right and some big swirls and I swung the boat towards this and it was not long before the shot gun went of at a pace and in no time almost 400m of line was off the reel with a Blue and White Williamson Sailfish Catcher being taken. We were fishing light with the Shimano Tyrnos 30s paired with the light Tiagra rods and this made this all the more fun. 40 minutes later and we had a good size Yellowfin Tuna at the boat, the bird was out the water and I was leaning over to grab the leader with gaffs ready when I saw a big swirl and the water turned red with blood and we ended up with half the Yellowfin. So a big Shark had taken half our Tuna in one bite and we paid our taxes. The sea was calm and flat today but there was a double swell from 2 directions and this made all the children and ladies sick whilst we were fighting the Tuna and so they wanted to go back and we arrived back at the dock 2hrs after we left, I weighed what was left of the Tuna and it was 15Kg. I have been expecting the bigger Yellowfin Tuna to arrive in Durban at anytime. They are here.