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 Posted: Wed May 1st, 2013 09:38 am
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Was out Saturday and Sunday.
Saturdays trip was cut short due to sea sickness
Sunday we did bottoms. Sea was nasty with very close sets although not too big closer in and improved as the day went on
Fishing was hard but we got at least 20 good fish (Slinger, Soldier Bream, Copper Bream)
We also got 2 Kingies, and some huge Blacktail

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 Posted: Wed May 1st, 2013 09:39 am
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Left the harbour at 06h00, sea was reasonably pleasant, we headed South and as we went out deeper we found some warm water at 24.3deg.C which was blue blue blue, as we hit 150m off Toti at about 07h30 the wind came up and we had some really nasty swells pic up, headed in shallower by Toti and tried for bottoms and sloley made our way back. SN current was screaming and even at 30m we struggled to get our lines down.
For our efforts we were rewarded with a bucket full of Soldier bream and some Jub-Jubs

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 Posted: Wed May 1st, 2013 09:40 am
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Lost it

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 Posted: Wed May 1st, 2013 12:27 pm
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Is that love in her eyes or is she eyeing out your new Stella!!!!

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 Posted: Thu May 2nd, 2013 09:02 am
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 Posted: Mon Jun 17th, 2013 05:26 am
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Was out on Sunday, SW was blowing but not to strong and conditions were nice. Water temp was around 22deg.C.
With the current screaming, I decided to use light 20lb spinning tackle with braid to get down to the bottom and this prooved to be great fun. We got a lot of Slinger, and some really good size Rubber Lips, we also got broken off by Amber Jacks twice and had a small amount of shark interferance

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 Posted: Wed Jun 19th, 2013 09:12 am
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Was out on Tuesday for a 5hr trip with a family and their 2 sons.


Was a stunning day, conditions ideal and a light S-N current. Fishing was also good with slinger, soldier bream, copper bream, rubber lips and rockod being caught, we also landed a nice little king fish, a ramora and some triggers.


I used a sand soldier as a flapper bait (The only sand soldier we got for the day) and on the way down a large Black tip Shark took it and came flying out the water right behind the boat by the swim platform, doing a full spin and landing on the rear gunnel, luckily he went down water side and not onto the deck. A very exciting addrenalin filled moment for all of us.


Got 2 x 12hr trips out to the deep in search of some good tuna coming up soon.

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 Posted: Sun Jun 23rd, 2013 03:30 am
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Busy day on Friday with 2 trips.
In the morning we went out to do some bottom fishing, conditions were superb, light current and water at 21.5deg.C
Bottom fishing was excellent, and we got about 80 fish including a very large a Sea Barbel, a 5Kg Englisman and 5 Amberjacks.
In the afternoon I had an inshore trip and we quickly had our quota of shad and a large Rockod, NE wind was pumping and the sea was very choppy so we came back into the bay were we got a few Snapper Salmon and 2 Grunter

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 Posted: Wed Jun 26th, 2013 04:30 am
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Monday was a dissapointment, the barometer was falling the whole day and we found no Tuna, and we managed only 2 small skipjacks which we used as Shark bait, sadley no shark either.

At least while waiting for the shark we had some good bottom fishing

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 Posted: Sun Jun 30th, 2013 12:09 pm
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Was out on Saturday, conditions were good, we stopped at backline first to get some Shad and the fish were on the bite and some good sizes also. Some of my guys got so sick we only lasted there about an hour and then the rest of the trip was spend in the bay. We got more shad in the bay also good sizes and a lot of Salmon also. Plenty Mackerel and Mozzies also on the backline

On guy dropped one of my rods and reels over board, and he paid me cash on the spot for it, what do you know, the next drift one of the other guys hooked the rig and I got it back. Am quite pleased as that is one of my special rods that I could not replace

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 Posted: Sun Jun 30th, 2013 05:33 pm
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Lucky. Did you give his cash back? LOL

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 Posted: Sun Jun 30th, 2013 07:16 pm
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benniejordaan wrote:
Lucky. Did you give his cash back? LOL

Yes :fbash

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 Posted: Sat Jul 6th, 2013 01:40 pm
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Had a 12hr Tuna trip on Friday.

We launched at 05h00 and headed 90km north of Durban, we ran about 30km till 06h30 before we dropped lines at Dawns crack. It was overcast with pockets of rain and was a cold day at sea, the NE was already pumping and the sea was not pleasant and worsened as the day continued ending in a 30knot NE with swells almost 4m. Water temp was 21.6deg mostly and crystal clear and blue. I had decided to fish with 30’s as I was not expecting any big fish.

That morning the birds were wild and we must have had at least 200 birds around us at any given time during the day, we had 5 species of Albatross, Skua's, Gannets, Petrels, Terns and a few others, there was also lots and lots of whale activity about.

The finder also was showing plenty activity in the 1st 20m of water and I also noticed some big fish on the bottom.

As we set our spread the 1st line out is always the shotgun, and before we even had a chance to get the second line out we heard the rigger pop and we had our 1st Yellowfin on. By 07h00 we had 3 Yellowfin landed and in the next hour we landed another 9.

Just after 08h00 we had 4 lines go and as we got everyone into fighting their fish and I slowed the boat down we had a whale jump behind the boat and tangle all 4 lines, and if you think that’s bad things got worse.

So there we are trying to untangle these 4 lines all with a Yellowfin attached to them, the boat idling along at 2-3knots, one of the 3 remaining lines still in the water pops of the rigger and the rod gets a serious bend as the reel starts to scream, I see a flash out of the corner of my eye and shout Sailfish, but it was a small Black Marlin of 50-60Kg, this guy was bouncing around behind the boat left, right and towards us without taking much line and I had to accelerate the boat several times. Once the angler had settled into the fight I grabbed all 4 tangled lines and hand-lined the 4 Yellowfin to the boat (not an easy task in anyway).

Once I had the 4 Yellowfin on board I went up to the bridge and it was then that one of the saddest days of my life began to unfold before my eyes. The remaining 2 lures that were still out each had been taken by an Albatross and with all the chaos that had happened I had not noticed and most likely when I accelerated the boat all those time with the Marlin they must have been dragged under the water. I stopped the boat and my deck hand and I each brought in a line.
We then brought the 2 bodies on board and I began to give CPR and mouth to mouth to the 2 birds. I gave my best efforts and managed to revive the one bird, but the one did not make it.
I must say at that specific point I wanted to give up fishing I felt so guilty and I even hated myself (You know how I love birds), I cried like a baby and even prayed for the bird but eventually gave up the CPR and put the saved bird in the cabin. We all had a moments silence for the dead bird before we laid him over board and it was heart breaking to see his lifeless body floating in the water.

The Marlin fight was still on and so I engaged the boat again and we continued fishing, the guys were all excited but for me my day was ruined and we still had 9hrs to go.

As I was not expecting big fish we where fishing light with small lures, and the lure that the Marlin had taken was a small Black/Purple Sailfish catcher rigged with 1mm line and a 6/0 hook.
Whilst I was leadering the fish he took a massive jump past the corner of the boat and the hook broke. I still can’t believe a Marlin in mid July off Durban, crazy stuff.

I am happy to report that the saved Albatross is doing well and I will be releasing him this coming Friday

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 Posted: Sat Jul 6th, 2013 01:52 pm
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Was out this morning on a 5hr trip. Sea was lumpy this morning but got better as the day continued. Water temp was 21.5deg

We trolled out to the reefs and managed 1 Kawakawa of around 6Kg and then we did bttom fishing. We found most our fish in 30-40m of water and got a lot of slinger and Soldier bream, we also got a bus of a rockod and large Englishman and a large Rubber lips.

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 Posted: Sun Jul 14th, 2013 07:23 am
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Friday was a great day, we successfully released the Albatross.
Bottom fishing was great and we got some good fish, we landed some really good sized copper bream, and we even got 2 x 74's (which we released) some big soldiers a bunch of Slinger (pan size) and some Bronze bream along with a wide variety of other species, we got broken up 2 x by large amber jacks (now I know what those big showings on the finder are)

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 Posted: Sun Jul 14th, 2013 07:23 am
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Saturday was such awesome weather and we spent 12hrs out, for our efforts we got 4 nice Yellowfin Tuna around 10Kg and a small Black Tip also hit our feather.
There was not much bird life around at all, but plenty whale action and we even saw a Minky whale take a massive jump near us, we passed 1 poor lonely Dolphin all by himself

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 Posted: Fri Jul 26th, 2013 10:55 am
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Was out today to do bottoms with a late launch at 09h00 for a 5 hour trip

In the morning there was virtually no wind or current and the bottom fishing was good and we managed some good sized Soldiers, Englishmen and Bronze Bream, but we also got smashed by sharks as the day progressed and we lost some really good fish and plenty terminal tackle. We had 3 really serious shark fights.

In the afternoon the NE came up and the fishing slowed down, but the sharks got worse, and in the end our guests managed to take home about 20 decent fish.

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 Posted: Sat Jul 27th, 2013 11:43 am
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Was not a nice sea today, especially this morning, swells were very short and steep but did improve as the day went on.

My guests all bravely fought sea sickness, but in the end we headed back 2 hours early.

For the 6 hours that we fished we started at backline for shad and quickly had quota as they were thick and had to throw many undersize ones back.

We then went out to the reefs and I specifically avoided areas where we had sharks yesterday and we were successful with that, although I heard many guys on the radio complaining about the sharks.

We could have done a lot better today if the boat did not rock my guests out of it but we managed a good assortment of bottoms with some good Soldiers, some Slinger, we got one really nice sized Slinger, we got Rockod, Cave Bass, Lantern Fish, Sea Barbel, Stumpnose, Blacktail and Hog Fish, all in all I think about 30 fish.

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 Posted: Tue Jul 30th, 2013 04:53 am
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Went out on Monday for a morning trip of bottom fishing, early there was a light SW and we made our way to our first waypoint. As I was stopping the boat we saw a small Sailfish chasing some bait fish and jumping clear out the water.
As the day progressed the SW picked up and made for a very uncomfortable sea.
The SN current was screaming and the boat was drifting at 3 knots and sometimes even more and even at 30-40m we had to use 1Kg of sinkers to reach the bottom and at 50m we could not get to the bottom.
We managed some Slinger and Soldiers and we also got taxed by sharks on all decent size fish.

We also got a nice Kingfish which we released
Sharks have been a reel problem of late !!!!!!

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 Posted: Tue Jul 30th, 2013 03:36 pm
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You are becoming a "bottom fishing pro".

Where the hell is your camera, Mike?

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