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 Posted: Mon Feb 11th, 2013 01:34 pm
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 Posted: Thu Feb 14th, 2013 07:21 am
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So my Marlin ended up being a Blue

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Spent over 13hrs in very ugly seas, we launched at 04h30 and by 06h00 the NE was already blowing at 18knts, the wind picked up more and more as the day progressed and was blowing at about 30knts when we got back to port at 18h00.

I eventually found the nice warm purple water far North on the 700m but the current was screaming NS, to give an example at 1000rpm when I normaly do about 12km/hr we did 3km/hr into the current and 27km/hr with it.

For all our efforts we were rewarded with a nice Yellowfin Tuna of 20Kg

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We launched at 05h00 and made our way out of port, it was overcast and there was a light rain. I saw a hole in the clouds and set course, I wanted to go south but decided it was better to change plans and look for blue skies.
It was a long run and took us some time to get out deep past the clouds. Inshore the water was warm averaging at 26.7 deg.C.
As we went deeper the water got colder but there was more life in the water and it looked good, I was in two minds whether to continue out deep or go North and spent some time zig-zagging along looking at the conditions and eventually went with my gut instinct and followed the water full of life.
There were so many flying fish around that for most of the time out in the deep our wake consisted of flying fish.
After 4hrs at sea all we had on board was one Kawa-kawa, and I must add that as we put our lines out in the morning near No. 1 we had a fish on and the whole fish complete with my lure was taxed.
I was just telling Tim that 4km more and I was going to turn to head home, and then we saw birds diving. Water temperature was now 25.1 deg. C and we were in very deep water.
I started following the birds and as we got closer we could see the Tuna smashing, and then some boils as we passed them.
4 lines went tight and reels screaming and the whole boat erupted into chaos and excitement and we lost 3 of the fish and managed to land 1 really good Tuna. No time to sort out lines we put out what we had and went for them again getting another 3 lines going and only landing 1 Tuna, this was Mrs. Stranga’s turn and she fought hard and eventually we boated another good tuna.
By this time we lost the shoal and had to start looking for it again, and as we went through all lines went tight and we landed 5 or 6 Oceanic Bonito’s of various sizes.
The spread was reset and we went looking again and bang, we had 3 lines on with reels screaming and again we only managed to land 1 fish, and again it was a decent tuna.
It was late now and we lost the shoal and we had to turn back, what was supposed to be an 8hr trip turned out to be 12hrs with some really good action packed moments.

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Those are proper Yellow fin, Mike. Well done.

I just want to add that, you made the effort to go look for fish and find the right conditions. I've seen charters who just play around No.1 and venture maybe as far as Glen Ashley and their results are very different.

Again, well done! BTW, was nice seeing you out there in the deep, gives one a sense of safety knowing there's someone else around.

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Day 1 of the Marlin comp had ideal conditions with warm water, good weather and nice seas, even though out deep we encountered some very large swells in the morning we were comfortable.
As far as I know no Marlin were caught today, although about 4 boats dropped a Marlin.
We weighed in a 12.2Kg Yellowfin and a 6Kg Oceanic Bonito and we had a Wahoo on/off
I saw a 13.5Kg Yellowfin and a 22Kg Wahoo at the weigh in and I know of 1 Dorado that was caught.
I also heard that a boat called Daghazzi boated a 77Kg Yellowfin of Durban today

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Will post a full report and pics tomorrow.
Day 2 saw us with 3 Wahoo, 23.2Kg, 18Kg and 12Kg. We won biggest Wahoo for day 2
Day 3 we got 3 x good sized Yellowfin Tuna, a Kawa, a Dorado and a Wahoo. We won biggest Tuna for day 3
Overall we got 10 game fish during the comp of 5 different species and some good sizes also, we fished real hard in purple water and only had 1 Marlin in our spread.

No Marlin caught during the comp, only Billfish caught was 2 Sailfish, 1 by Nauticat who took 2nd prize (One of my Fishing College Students) and 1st Prize was to Vat hom Fluffy (Nic from Natal Power Boats) for their Sailfish

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 Posted: Mon Feb 25th, 2013 04:48 am
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Eish that sucks, Mike. Unlucky...

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 Posted: Mon Feb 25th, 2013 06:22 am
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Well done on the fish Mike, pity there were no Marlin, fishing been very poor off Durban so far this year.

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 Posted: Mon Feb 25th, 2013 06:50 am
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So after many hours of preparation the day finally arrived and the Marlin comp was on. We were amped and ready, reels re-spooled and heading out to the big blue.

DAY 1
We headed out deep, and although the water was warm and blue, there was lots of dead plankton floating around and so we decided to come back inside and target Marlin instead of Blue Marlin and we headed North in some of the best purple water I have seen all season.
Our 7 Kona’s were smoking and spirits were high.
We heard on the radio that 2 marlin were dropped in the area we were fishing.
We managed a nice Yellowfin and an Oceanic Bonito.
That day saw a 22Kg Wahoo and a 77Kg Yellowfin Tuna coming out on other boats but no Marlin or any Billfish.
Weather was awesome all day with some large swells.

DAY 2
We decided to stick with our game plan and target Black Marlin on the inside and headed far North past Ballito.
We had our 7 lures smoking and again the water was purple.
Again just a few Marlin were hooked up and dropped and none landed.
NautiCat one of my Fishing College students hooked the first Billfish of the tournament and released a Sailfish
Vat hom Fluffy hooked a Sailfish late in the day.
We had a Marlin come into our spread and mouth our shot gun and then gone.
We had some good action with Wahoo, landing 3 of which 2 were really good sizes at 23.2Kg and 18Kg. Our 23.2Kg Wahoo won biggest Wahoo for the day and I received a nice Pulsator spreader bar and 2 Kona’s.
Weather was good for the morning and on the way back we had to face a strong west and we were steaming to make the weigh in on time. We made it with 10 seconds to spare. That was very close to close for comfort.

DAY 3
Still sticking to our game plan we headed North staying on the inside, running our 7 kona’s.
Water was still warm like the previous days averaging between 26.5deg.C and 27.2deg. C and it was purple, we just could not believe there was no Marlin around as the water was perfect.
Again we heard of 1 or 2 Marlin hooked up and dropped and that was it.
We managed 3 good Yellowfin Tuna, a Wahoo, a Dorado and a Kawa-Kawa. Our biggest Tuna won the prize for the biggest of the day and I got a nice Jacket and some Kona’s.
Weather was Ok but we did get wet in some rain in the mid morning, the rest of the day was flat conditions.

CONCLUSION
A Marlin Tournament with no Marlin.
We managed 10 fish, 5 species but no bills and took 2 species day prizes. We fished hard and enjoyed ourselves.
In the end there were no Marlin caught and the only Billfish was the 2 Sailfish from day 2.
Vat hom Fluffy took 1st Prize and Nauticat took 2nd Prize
It was a good comp and along with Team Fat Girl I wish to extend our thanks to Ryan and Lande for running a good tournament.

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Last Week we went looking for Couta but water was filthy, we found a good shoal of Tuna in 12m of water and had great fun getting them on small spoons. Was out on Saturday is that heavy North Easter and horrid seas but there was a good N-S current and we got some nice Tuna, Sunday was nice seas but the heavy west from Saturday night turned the current around to a S-N and we got some good Kawa's and some Oceanics, we also got taxed on a nice Tuna and even the lure was eaten, we saw the Tuna, and we saw the Zambezi come for him and then just a big red spot in the water and a limp line.
Overall the water inshore and even up to 300m has been well under 24 deg.C, out deep there is warm water, the water is still oxygen deprived which can be seen by the dead plankton around, also there is a lot of dead jelly's around.

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After a few dismal trip in cold green water I took some kiddies out yesterday for some interesting light tackle offshore, we started out into a NE and headed home in a SW.

Water is still cold and green, under 22deg.C, but there where a few schools of Bonnies around, which gave some reel excitement.

We then stopped for to do some light tackle bottom fishing and we did Ok with the Soldier Bream, we hooked into 4 big fish and all 4 got taxed.

A school of "something with teeth" came past and all the lines went tight, one after another and then bitten off.

I decided to do some jigging for a while and got a small Yellowfin on my first drop.

Also saw a school of "Long Silver Fish" all jumping along as they swam, don't know what they were but have often seen them out in the deep but never been able to ID them.

Lots of Dolphins and Turtles around, and that large Zambezi breached about 50m away from our boat chasing after something and this got the 4 boys over excited and was the highlight for them.

At least there is some life around for a change.

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Winter Tuna have arrived in Durban

We launched at 06h00, and made our way out into a nasty SW wind blowing at around 18knts, and it steadily grew stronger to about 22knts. Water temps inshore was 20.3deg.C and deeper out the best we got was 21.5deg.C. We set a spread of 9 lines and got fishing.

Water was full of life and I found a good current line were we managed 2 good sized Yellowfin Tuna, the 1st one took an Olive Bullet on the Shotgun and the second one took and Blue/White X-Rap .

I wanted to stay out deep, but Fat Girl was slapping down into the large deep swell and I decided to head back inshore to the smaller swells.

The young lady really gave all her strength to fight her Tuna on 30lb. Well done!!!!
I knew we would get Tuna today after the west blew, and this trip shows we are still the top Tuna boat in Durban.

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Our 4 days at Inanda Bass Fishing report

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Tuna will be on the bite from Thursday, weekend weather looks awesome with Friday a pearler
Good warm currents out in the deep

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Lots of small Tuna and a large Shark

Launched at 06h00 this morning for a 5hr trip and it was cold. Brrrrr. Had to put some warm layers on. As the day progressed it got nice an warm.

Warm water well over 24deg.C, crystal clear and cobalt blue. Full of life. Lots of small Tuna and Oceanic bonitos around. Dolphins very active and all over the place.

We managed a whole bunch of Smaller Yellowfin Tuna and Oceanic Bonito’s, and also 1 Kawa-kawa which we used as a Shark bait.

Just as we had taken in our lines, whilst I was preparing our shark bait the KZN Wildlife guys popped around for a friendly visit to inspect our fishing licenses.

Then after they left what an amazing experience as I dropped our Shark bait Kawa over board, a decent size Shark took it right in front of my eyes and the game was on. 30 minutes later we released a Shark of around 70-80Kg.

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