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MONDAY 03-12-2012

Stopped by the Whaling station early to try get some mackies, but no luck. Water was 18 deg.C

Sea was on its head this morning. with a strong NE, then settled nicely when it turned to a SE, later a strong SW cam through so we had it in our face all day. Best water temo we found was 21.8deg.C with 21.4 being teh average for the day, the deeper I went the colder the water got, with 20 deg.C on the 100m.

Although cold the water looked good and healthy for a change.

We got an assortment of small bottoms, but the current was screamin like a wild river in flood.

We landed a nice Yellow Tail (Amberjack) close to 5kg.

I was grumpy on the water today with the lumpy sea and can feel it in all my muscles, and eventually we got a really good hook up, a YFT in the 20-25Kg class (I saw the fish)

Just imagine what 4 letter word I shouted at the top of my voice when the client dropped the lever on the drag causing a crows nest that took me 30 minutes to cut out the reel this evening. Eventually I tried to hand line the fish, but the hook pulled and then he went jumping like mad.
Kinda feel bad for shouting like that but man after all the effort.......to loose a good fish in that way.

See the mother of all crows nests

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Tropical Yellowtail

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TUESDAY 04-12-2012

We had a late start yesterday and only got going just after 05h00; the sea was flat with the slightest of a SW breeze. I ran about 20km or so out and then dropped lines, the water was greenish and coldish and then eventually when about 30km out I found some crystal clear cobalt blue water with a temperature of 23.5deg.C
We packed away the 50’s and brought out the 80’s and decided to see if we could find a Marlin. No luck with a getting a bill into the spread but we got some nice Dorado.

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Awesome fish there Mike! Again well deserved considering the amount of time and effort put in recently without results!

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Great report. Where is the pic of the Amberjack? Where did you get it?

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benniejordaan wrote:
Great report. Where is the pic of the Amberjack? Where did you get it?

Amber Jack/Tropical Yellowtail, same thing. Got it on the deep side of No. 1 in about 50m

We released the bigger one without bringing it in board, I usually always release these fish, we kept the smaller one casue he took the hook in the eye.

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Same family but different species. Amberjack, Tropical YT and Cape YT. Tropical YT don't get that big at all and are very common here. We use them as bait up in Moz, plentiful on the reefs.

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Woke up at 01h00 this morning to the sound of a massive thunder storm and heavy rain.


I went out today on Nauticat a Tomcat 747 doing a Fishing College practical. Nice boat, but a hard ride.


I used a Garmin with Chirp today, the definition and separation is incredible, even saw bonnies swimming under the boat, at 500m we could see what was happening right to the bottom and the thermocline was as clear as daylight including small pockets of fish. Have never seen anything so clear.


We launched at 05h00 and shot out to the 300m and dropped lines, water was calm but geen and cold at 21.4deg.C

By the time we got to the 500m the water had warmed up nicely to 22.8deg.C, and I had to make a safety call as the swells were huge.


We came back inshore, were the water was calmer, but green and cold avergaing at 21.4deg.C. I tried all my usual places and more with no luck.


Eventually I found a pinnacle that had good showings and we worked it landing 5 huge Bonnies all over 9Kg, I think 2 were well over 10Kg. We also dropped another 4.

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Those are some big Bonnies.

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Launched at 05h00 and were on our way out deep when I spotted some nice water on the 90m, investigated it for an hour and then moved on out deep.

As we got out the harbour water was 22.5deg.C but it cooled off as we went out. Saw Richard out on the 300m where the water temp was 22.7deg.C, but it was dead.

We continued out to the 500m, and the water was colder at 22deg.C, eventually at the 800m we found some water full of life at 23deg.C and we worked this area for some time.
The water was so calm and flat out in the deep was almost like a dam, light SE blowing which eventually became a SW wind

Ended up dropping 2 Dorado and landing 1.

Guys if you on the boat and the reel goes when it’s your turn, don’t finish your sarmie and coke before you grab the rod, you will lose your fish as was the case 2 times today.
It’s frustrating as a skipper when the fishing is hard and then you eventually get a hook up only for the fish to be unnecessarily lost. Plenty time to eat sarmies and drink coke.

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daai is een lelike kraaines.
en nou die lyn ook mike tango,

well, things happen

nice fish though

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Nice reports!

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Launched at 05h00 and headed south.

Was so nice to go out in some flat seaswith warm clean water without having to run deep. We ran along a current line, small bits of life, water temp 23.4deg.C and a light SW wind

Saw 1 whale and a monster Zambezi.

We had several on/offs and in the end we landed 5 very small YFT.

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Launched at 04h00 this morning and started heading South, about 1km from the harbour mouth in the dirty water (around 04h30) we had a Black Marlin come steaming after something around the boat. Sea was flat an virually no wind.


Found the colour line about 12km out, water was 22.7deg.C, we worked the colour line for sometime with no result and then headed out deep to 600m. On our way out we got a nice Dorado of around 8-9Kg.


I worked a pinnacle for a while with no success and then headed back in, running niceley in a following sea, with the NE starting to blow hard. On the 400 we got a hot on the 50lb tackle off the shot gun, but the fish spooled us, we could not stop it. I re- routed and worked the same track again, but nothing.


I had set the heading to a nice pinnicle about 20kms out, but before we got there we cam accross the colour line which had by this time moved out deep, I ran along it in a South direction for some time and the water warmed up to 23.4deg.C, when the temp dropped we crossed the line and started heading N back home. The water was now dirty but was reading in at 23.9 deg.C. I changed all the lures to be suitable for this green/yellow water and as we came over the 250m we got hit again. This fish stripped us before we even got the rod out the gunnel.

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Fishing Adventures wrote: TUESDAY 04-12-2012

We had a late start yesterday and only got going just after 05h00; the sea was flat with the slightest of a SW breeze. I ran about 20km or so out and then dropped lines, the water was greenish and coldish and then eventually when about 30km out I found some crystal clear cobalt blue water with a temperature of 23.5deg.C
We packed away the 50’s and brought out the 80’s and decided to see if we could find a Marlin. No luck with a getting a bill into the spread but we got some nice Dorado.


Believe it or not I bumped into these guys in Victoria falls just before they went to Durban - that camo suit is unmistakable :) From Kazakhstan, surname is "Tox......"?

I reckon they had a great time out though as they battled for tiger and bream on the Zambezi so it's nice to see they got some good Dorado.

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Fishing Adventures wrote: ... we got hit again. This fish stripped us before we even got the rod out the gunnel.
Boy, either you guys are veeeeery slow or you don't have enough line on your reels. :fbash

Thanks for the report though!

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Or they forgot to set the rachet!::teas::::teas::

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roryf wrote: Or they forgot to set the rachet!::teas::::teas::

True. LOL

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jock0 wrote:
Fishing Adventures wrote: TUESDAY 04-12-2012

We had a late start yesterday and only got going just after 05h00; the sea was flat with the slightest of a SW breeze. I ran about 20km or so out and then dropped lines, the water was greenish and coldish and then eventually when about 30km out I found some crystal clear cobalt blue water with a temperature of 23.5deg.C
We packed away the 50’s and brought out the 80’s and decided to see if we could find a Marlin. No luck with a getting a bill into the spread but we got some nice Dorado.


Same guys

Believe it or not I bumped into these guys in Victoria falls just before they went to Durban - that camo suit is unmistakable :) From Kazakhstan, surname is "Tox......"?

I reckon they had a great time out though as they battled for tiger and bream on the Zambezi so it's nice to see they got some good Dorado.

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This weekend saw some very ugly seas, nasty winds and cold water. Persistance however does pay off.

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Had 2 charters today, the first one ended quickly when sea sickness took over the boat and we were back at Wilsons Wharf 2hrs after we launched , the kiddies could not handle it even though the sea was very nice.
The 2nd trip was also kiddies and they lasted a lot longer than the first bunch.
We went out deep and found water of 25.9deg.C. I found a school of Yellowfin Tuna and we landed 25 of them, I tried swimming 5 of them as live bait but all got taxed, even out in the deep.
I probabaly could have landed at least another 100 Yellowfin Tuna if I wanted to, but we decided to head back. Inchore the water was miserable.


The day ended in disaster when we lost propulsion on one engine as we entered the harbour, after inspection it was a shaft that twisted and sheared off, and when I dived under Fat Girl I fould a huge Blue Net twisted around the prop and shaft. Gonna be an expensive repair

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Hey FA, bummer on the shaft!

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Fat Girl is out on the hard, shafts etc. removed and at the engineers. If all goes well should have her back in the water tomorrow night. Was a very hard day.

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At least I get the opportunity to fit the new 19x22xZ4 props. More speed, lower rpm, less fuel

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Big Blue Crane

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Quite a procedure, and not the best time of year! hope she running again soon.

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Fat Girl is back in the water and running smooth like a new Mercedes Benz. New props are awesome, getting 16-17knots at 2000rpm and a really nice rooster in the wash

Special thanks to all my customers for your patience with my down time and accomodating the change in schedules

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We are getting Dorado every trip, the water remains cold and green for most parts

FRIDAY
Was out this morning, sea was flat as can be, water was mosty a greenish colour. Best water we found was 24deg.C and South definately looked cleaner than North
Got a nice Dorado of around 7Kg, found 2 schools of Tuna but the were not interested in anything and their jaws were locked, we went over, through, around, and under, threw stuff at them with zero result. Did some bottoms but nothing special and went back in

SUNDAY
Inshore water is warm and green with no fish, out deeper the water is cooler but cleaner. We found 25.4deg.C just off number one. Went deep today, after the 600m the sea was huge and so we worked the 400m and landed a couple of Dorado.

Fat Girl is running well.

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Today we went out deep today looking for a bill, after running for over 2 hours we found cobalt blue water at 26.3deg.C at about 800m, we fished as deep as 2000m and our round rip was 160kms or so.

Saw lots of flying fish, but got no site of a bill. At 1600m we had a double hook up with a Bull and Queen Dorado, the Bull weighed in a a whopping 20Kg. In total we landed 6 Dorado the rest all Queens around 9Kg.

I am extatic with that massive bull, this 20Kg fish is a new record for my clients, he gave a hard fight, but when I put him on the deck he died almost immediatly, he had also swallowed the kona deep into his belly and we could only remove it when we gutted the fish.

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With regard to the recent repairs I had to do to Fat Girl

Bearing in mind it was at that time of year when most engineering companies and material suppliers are closed or closing.

These guys went the extra mile to help me get Fat Girl back on the water.

HJ Engineering - Devon Road, Pinetown - Richard - 0825217646
These guys made my shafts, are highly compentent with excellent workmanship, the even worked right through the night to get me my parts. There pricing is very fair. They also understand boats and boating very well.

Valley View Engineering - Crestholme - Neville - 0829737052
This guy has a really nice set up and can do all sorts of things including general engineering and stainless work, he offers a 24/7 service, collects and delivers. Even machined a spacer for me at 05h00 in the morning

I highly recomend both these companies.

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nice mike
lekka catches there.
great to see you still get good service.
seems like they had a great time on the boat.

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nice mike
lekka catches there.
great to see you still get good service.
seems like they had a great time on the boat.

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I completely skunked today
Launched at 04h00 into an ugly sea, went to Umhloti when it got somewhat big, and so ran with a following sea almost to Toti, water was green down south, tried to get out deep but by the time I got to the 300 the sea was huge, came back in and ran North along the 200 until Umhloti and then came in just in time at 16h25 to miss the SW buster that came through at 16h30 which was pumping at 65km/hr plus.
Water was green everywhere, no life in the water. A very frustrating day, 12hrs 160km's and niks nada nothing

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You may post your report here, Mike.

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What an awesome day today, nice flat seas, warm blue water with lots of life, plenty sprats and flying fish.

It was 29 deg.C when I got to Fat Girl at 04h00, and its a stinking hot day now.

Had a short 5hr charter to day with a bunch of boys and some parents.

We dropped 2 Dorado and 1 Yellowfin, and we landed 1 Dorado and 9 Yellowfin today.
So 10 fish in total, not bad for a 5hr trip.

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We have added a new and epic trip into our line-up this year

Giant Tuna / Blue Marlin - (March - May)

This is a very long and deep trip with a long travel time to the destination, conditions will play a very important role on this trip, on this trip we specifically target the very large Yellowfin Tuna and Blue Marlin that are around in the deep waters up North. We depart at 02h00 on this trip and can expect to be back in port by 22h00. Travel time to and from the area fish is 4hrs each way.

This is a serious fishing trip, we target very large fish which will test your very soul in the fight, and are out at sea for a very long time and can encounter some rough water. Not recommended for first timers.

This is an 18hr trip, best for 4 persons although the boat can comfortable take 8 anglers.

Visit our website for more details

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Cpt. Hook wrote: We have added a new and epic trip into our line-up this year

Giant Tuna / Blue Marlin - (March - May)

This is a very long and deep trip with a long travel time to the destination, conditions will play a very important role on this trip, on this trip we specifically target the very large Yellowfin Tuna and Blue Marlin that are around in the deep waters up North. We depart at 02h00 on this trip and can expect to be back in port by 22h00. Travel time to and from the area fish is 4hrs each way.

This is a serious fishing trip, we target very large fish which will test your very soul in the fight, and are out at sea for a very long time and can encounter some rough water. Not recommended for first timers.

This is an 18hr trip, best for 4 persons although the boat can comfortable take 8 anglers.

Visit our website for more details

Are you planning on leaving Durban, fishing in Richards Bay and returning to Durban again? Wouldn't it be better to leave Richards Bay harbour?

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Cpt. Hook wrote: We have added a new and epic trip into our line-up this year

Giant Tuna / Blue Marlin - (March - May)

This is a very long and deep trip with a long travel time to the destination, conditions will play a very important role on this trip, on this trip we specifically target the very large Yellowfin Tuna and Blue Marlin that are around in the deep waters up North. We depart at 02h00 on this trip and can expect to be back in port by 22h00. Travel time to and from the area fish is 4hrs each way.

This is a serious fishing trip, we target very large fish which will test your very soul in the fight, and are out at sea for a very long time and can encounter some rough water. Not recommended for first timers.

This is an 18hr trip, best for 4 persons although the boat can comfortable take 8 anglers.

Visit our website for more details

Are you planning on leaving Durban, fishing in Richards Bay and returning to Durban again? Wouldn't it be better to leave Richards Bay harbour?


No, not quite Richards Bay, the distance to these productive grounds is similar distance from Durban or from Richards Bay. And no I am not giving you the marks :fbash

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I don't believe you - LOL

To catch tuna like that, you need to go to Richards Bay.

BTW, I know exactly where you got that tuna... The guy who fished with you is a charter skipper, I know him well! ;)

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Looks like I will be doing a Fishing College course for the whole upcoming week on another boat, and with the weather forecast for next week looks like 5 awesome days on the water

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Today’s trip has been postponed several times due to weather, and finally today we were able to get out there.

We launched at around 04h00 and made our way out to sea, there was a light SW wind blowing. By the time we were 7Nm out the wind had changed to a NE and the sea got a little choppy, as the day progressed the sea flattened out nicely.

First thing in the morning we had a double hook up with some Kawa-Kawa, and not very long after we hooked an Oceanic Bonito, the sea was a gorgeous purple and we found some nice water at 26.6deg.C for a while nothing happened even though the water looked so great, and then we saw some birds and wham bang, we hooked up the biggest Oceanic Bonito I have ever seen, and definitely a new record weighing in at a whopping 10Kg (22lbs), this fish was so fat and round I was truly amazed. It was not long after that when we hooked up a nice Dorado weighing in at 8.5Kg (19lbs).
On the way back to port we had a triple hook up with Yellowfin Tuna, the line broke on one fish, and we landed another 2 at around 4Kg (9lbs) each.

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Going to change your name to Cpt. Crack!

Well done Mike.

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Going to change your name to Cpt. Crack!


LMAO

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Was out today for over 12hrs on Nauticat doing a fishing college course, sea was pretty flat most of the day starting with a SW and some rain, then moving to a SW and finally a NE for the afternoon.

We mangaged to land 3 Dorado and dropped one Yellowfin Tuna, which dropped the lure and then cam back to pick it up. The 3rd Dorado was also interesting as is hit both riggers and the shotgun before finally comitting to the RH corner, and we all saw it happing as its dorsal fin was out the water.

Deeper out the water was 25.4-25.9deg.C but there was a very strong S-N current for most the day and virtually no sparats or flying fish around, I noticed and lot of activity on the sounder at about 300m deep when were running along the 400m contour, and saw fish there down deep, think they were feeding on the prawns and we could not raise them.

On the way back in we hooked up into a Brown Marlin who took our lure on the shot gun. At first I thought we had a Marlin on as after the reel went mad, I turned around and saw a massive splash on the water and very quickly around 400m of line was out and the reel was still spooling, eventually we managed to hold him for a while and slowley began to gain line, and so a the fight continued for about 30min, when the fish went deep and after another 10 min we managed to start raising the fish, when he saw the boat he ran again and after a few times of this happening we started gaining control..
Eventually after about an hour I was able to grab hold of the leader and too my surprise, the was a 200Kg plus Zambezi Shark (Bull Shark) at the end of our Kona. It fought just like a Marlin and took a lot of line fast, and even did a jump which I missed only to see the splash. I was about to hold him by the jaws with the gaff to remove the hook when the 7/0 mustad SS Big game hook snapped.

When I first realised it was a Shark, my first thoughts were Mako or maybe Blacktip, I was astonished once I saw it clearly as this was definately a very very large Zambezi.

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Say no to crack::rofl:

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Fat Girl is entered into the Durban Billfish Tournement 22nd-24th February. The team will consist of 4 anglers, I have 2 spaces available for anyone that wants to participate. Please contact me directly for further information.

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Cpt. Hook wrote: Fat Girl is entered into the Durban Billfish Tournement 22nd-24th February. The team will consist of 4 anglers, I have 2 spaces available for anyone that wants to participate. Please contact me directly for further information.
Please send me some details regarding the tournament.

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Cpt. Hook wrote: Fat Girl is entered into the Durban Billfish Tournement 22nd-24th February. The team will consist of 4 anglers, I have 2 spaces available for anyone that wants to participate. Please contact me directly for further information.
Please send me some details regarding the tournament.


I will have all the docs tomorrow and will mail you Bennie.
Its a good comp, very friendly and well run.

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Cpt. Hook wrote: benniejordaan wrote:
Cpt. Hook wrote: Fat Girl is entered into the Durban Billfish Tournement 22nd-24th February. The team will consist of 4 anglers, I have 2 spaces available for anyone that wants to participate. Please contact me directly for further information.
Please send me some details regarding the tournament.


I will have all the docs tomorrow and will mail you Bennie.
Its a good comp, very friendly and well run.

Cool, I reckon I'll enter it.

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Cpt. Hook wrote: benniejordaan wrote:
Cpt. Hook wrote: Fat Girl is entered into the Durban Billfish Tournement 22nd-24th February. The team will consist of 4 anglers, I have 2 spaces available for anyone that wants to participate. Please contact me directly for further information.
Please send me some details regarding the tournament.


I will have all the docs tomorrow and will mail you Bennie.
Its a good comp, very friendly and well run.

Cool, I reckon I'll enter it.

:::S

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Was out in the horrid west today, headed to the 90m and then to Umhloti, and then came back along the coast line.

I decided to fish light with my 20lb rigs, and we ran 3 small lures and 5 Rapala'a/Halco's

We did well with the Yellowfin Tuna, landing 14 and the angler dropping one along with the rod and reel all over board.

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Cpt. Hook wrote: Was out in the horrid west today, headed to the 90m and then to Umhloti, and then came back along the coast line.

I decided to fish light with my 20lb rigs, and we ran 3 small lures and 5 Rapala'a/Halco's

We did well with the Yellowfin Tuna, landing 14 and the angler dropping one along with the rod and reel all over board.

Where's the pics?

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Cpt. Hook wrote: Was out in the horrid west today, headed to the 90m and then to Umhloti, and then came back along the coast line.

I decided to fish light with my 20lb rigs, and we ran 3 small lures and 5 Rapala'a/Halco's

We did well with the Yellowfin Tuna, landing 14 and the angler dropping one along with the rod and reel all over board.

Where's the pics?


Did not take any.

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Saturday had flat seas, started with a SW and most of the day the dreaded SE blew eventually turinging into a NE, over all nice conditions and even found some stunning warm water.


For me it was a demoralising day which really took a lot to keep my composure. We got a few bonnies and some slinger

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Launched at 05h30 this morning into a moderate NE wind, with a family with 2 children. I was fishing with our light 20lb tackle. By 06h30 the sea was nice and by 08h00 we were back in prot as the little guys got sea sick. for the 1.5hrs we did fish here is what happened.

I think I had our 7 line spread out for less than a minute when we had the 1st Bonnie on which was bravely fought by a 6 year old boy.

After this we set the spread again and with in 5minutes the shotgun went off like a boieng on steroids, and the Torium 30 was screaming with about 400m of line out before we managed to turn the fish, the Trevela ML had a serous bend to it.

After about 30-40minutes we had a nice Saily of 35-40Kg near the boat, and then he taile walked straight at us and the hook came out before I could get him on the leader.


We again set our spread and shortly after I was requested to return to port so we took a slow troll in

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Hows the shark fishing coming on Mike??

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@ CLS - Have not tried for that sharky yet.

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Launched at 05h00 this morning for a 5hr charter, conditions were nice although deeper out the swells were on the large side.

No.1 reef was wild this morning with Kawa action and we had several multiple hook ups landing 26 with most around 3Kg and a few over 5 kg. Awesome fun on light tackle. Also had 2 x Rappies bitten off.

We then headed out deeper and had no further action.

The water closer in was green but over 25 deg. C and seemed to have better life that the blue water deeper which was under 25 deg.C

Dorado seem to have vanished, lets hope they come back.

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After several days of watching the currents and warm water to decide on our destination we woke to an absolutely stunning day, although the forecast predicted a light SW we launched at 04h30 into a light NE and flat seas and made our way towards the area I had selected as being the prime spot.
At about 09h00 we reached the area and were now about 60Km’s from shore and then I changed course and started running with the current which was in an N-S direction.

Within in 30 minutes and about 5Km travelled in the area the shot gun rigger elastic snapped and the Makaira reel started to growl and we saw a Marlin bounding away from the boat taking line rapidly. Shaun jumped into the chair and was strapped onto the rod and all the lines were cleared, it was not long before well over 500m of line was out and we had to start backing up on the fish to gain line, unfortunately she went deep and a hard fight of over 2hrs ensued before we finally got her to the boat. Eventually when I grabbed the leader I could feel she had nothing left and she rolled over DOA. I was very disappointed with this and was sad actually at the same time as all of us being over the moon with excitement.

It took 5 of us all our strength to lift her on to the boat. She was a large Black Marlin estimated at 230Kg (500lbs). Well done to Shaun on his first Marlin and well done to Fat Girl on her first Marlin.

We carried on looking for another fish, because whilst we were handling the Marlin we saw another one jumping 200m away from us. On the way back we saw some Turtles, 2 large Sunfish, a pod of Minky Whales, some Dolphins and a large Shark. We were also rewarded with a nice 15Kg Yellowfin Tuna on the 400m.

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Well done Mike, nice fish.

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I want to add a statement here as I have receieved a lot of "comments" on bringing the Marlin back.

I am very sad that the fish died, and it is my 1st dead Billfish, when we got the fish on the leader she rolled over and died, I did try to revive her and swam her for a while but she was dead and I cannot bring the dead back to life. I saw no point in dumping her and saying she was released, and rather brought her back so at least she could be eaten and not wasted and at least in this way she still gets respected and mantains her dignity.

I strongly stand for Catch Photo Release, responsible and sustainable fishing practices and stand up for conservation, but fish dying is part of our sport.

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You are entitled to the odd fish for consumption any way. I do and will take the odd small one myself without feeling too terrible about it.

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It's going to happen, no worries.
Those that preach 100% release have simply not caught enough.
Besides, it is a very special treat once in a while!
Congrats to angler, skipper and crew.

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Fin-S wrote:
Those that preach 100% release have simply not caught enough.

Very true!

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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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Eish that sucks, Mike. Unlucky...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Yes :fbash

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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You are becoming a "bottom fishing pro".

Where the hell is your camera, Mike?

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You are becoming a "bottom fishing pro".

Where the hell is your camera, Mike?


Tis bottom season, will start serious for Game fish in September again, am not taking pics of any fish under 5Kg

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Was out today again, started with a light SN current and then changed to a screaming NS current, water temp 20.6deg.C

We tried for Tuna for 3hrs with no luck, we then went for bottoms and got a load of slinger, we also got a monster Mackerel on our 1st drop and put him out on the trap stick only to loose him to a shark. Another fish of note was a monster toby, will post pics of him soon.

Again all our big fish got taxed by sharks, I worked out that on our last 4 trips we have lost over 100 traces and sinkers to sharks.

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We did a midnight cruise last night and at 12 a young man proposed to a young lady :)

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Pic of Giant Toby as promised

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The tobie king LOL

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Was out this morning and we landed a nice Yellowfin Tuna of 30Kg before the ugly west set in and seasickness shortened our trip.

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We launched at 06h00 this morning with a light NE breeze, by the time I got out the harbour there was a SW blowing and it got stronger as the day progressed and then switched back to a NE wind.
Current was SN but not to strong, in the morning the sea was not nice but it did improve as the day went on.
Lots of whale activity, and the water temp averaged 20.1deg.C
Fishing was good and we started off looking for some Tuna with no luck and then we switched to bottom and got a fair amount of decent fish, with some good Rockod, Large Slinger, Englismen and Copper Bream along with some Soldier bream to fill the bad. I think 20 good bottom fish in total.
We trolled on our way back to port and managed 4 YFT to make for a superb day.

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Family Fishing Fun

Took my family fishing deep sea for the 1st time ever today, sea was awesome, water temp averaged around 20deg C. We only went out for 4 hours and I was able to show them Whales, Dolphins and Turtles. We also saw a flying fish.
As for the fishing, both Mommy and my Boy managed to land their 1st Yellowfin Tuna ever, my baby girl almost burst into tears when we bled the 1st Yellowfin.
For the 4hrs we managed 2 x Yellowfin Tuna and 2 x Kawa-kawa all in the 4-5Kg range.

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Looks Awesome.
How far offshore were you ?
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Looks Awesome.
How far offshore were you ?
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40-70m depth

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How do you bleed your tuna. Do you kill them straight away?
Is it really necessary if you only planning on tuna steaks and not sushi. ?

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Is it really necessary if you only planning on tuna steaks and not sushi. ?

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I always bleed my Tuna, makes for a much better taste.
As soon as they are on deck we cut the throat and kill the fish humanely and let it bleed.
I do the same with other game fish like Dorado and Wahoo etc.
The only time we don't bleed fish is in a compo as they tend to loose weight which we need

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How do you bleed your tuna. Do you kill them straight away?
Is it really necessary if you only planning on tuna steaks and not sushi. ?

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I always bleed my Tuna, makes for a much better taste.
As soon as they are on deck we cut the throat and kill the fish humanely and let it bleed.
I do the same with other game fish like Dorado and Wahoo etc.
The only time we don't bleed fish is in a compo as they tend to loose weight which we need


I agree. Bleed all fish properly. Even reds.
I also fill my hatches with ice slurry (I have a commercial ice machine).

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Well done Mike nice fish, glad the family enjoyed themselves.

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On Saturday we went out for a 5hr Charter, there was a light SW wind blowing and the sea was pretty flat. Water temperature averaged under 21deg.C. The current was screaming and the barometer was low and falling
We trolled up North for Tuna with no luck, and then stopped to do bottom fishing. We caught a fair amount of Slinger, Soldier Bream and Englishmen. We also managed to land a very large Rockod.
On Sunday we had an 8hr Charters and the NE wind was pumping, and the current still screaming, although early morning conditions were quite nice the day deteriorated rapidly. The barometer started out Ok, but started falling as the day went on. We trolled North for Tuna staying close inshore going over a variety of structures and made our way to Mid Reef by Umhloti where we started bottom fishing. We had no luck in the deeper waters and with the screaming current could not keep our baits down, and so we came and fished shallower at 30m and we caught a lot of pan size Slinger, Englishmen and Soldier Bream.

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We had 2 trips in the last week, water has been cold and under 21 deg.C. The first trip was out with NE conditions and on Sunday we had overcast SW conditions. Seas have not been pleasant.
On the 1st trip we fished for bottom fish and we got Slinger and Soldier bream all size but nothing to right home about.
On Sundays trip we saw some very large Yellowfin Tuna around that I would guess to be in the 50-60Kg range. We had a triple hook up on 15Kg line and got spooled on all 3 lines :( , I think they were large Yellowfin and we were not able to even slow them down. Other than that we did some bottom fishing and caught a fair amount of Shad.

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This is good news, the warm current has passed Richards Bay and is almost in Durban, any day now we will see our summer fish, I wont be surprised if its this weekend :)

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Monster Bonnies off Durban
We went out for a 5hr charter this morning looking for some Yellowfin Tuna, there was a moderate NE wind blowing which later turned into a howling SW wind so the sea was bumpy for the whole trip. Water temperature averaged at 20.7 deg.C.
It was not long before we had a triple hook up and chaos took over, and we managed 2 good sized Bonnies 8Kg and 9.5Kg, the 3rd one spat the hooks when it got near the boat.
We were still hunting for Tuna and headed deeper out but the water did not look so good so we came back inshore with no result.
I then plotted a course back home and one of the rigs that was running a deep running X-Rap 30 started screaming and after a good fight we boated a magnificent 11Kg Bonnie.
I saw no Tuna activity at all during the trip.

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Cpt. Hook wrote: On Saturday we went out for a 5hr Charter, there was a light SW wind blowing and the sea was pretty flat. Water temperature averaged under 21deg.C. The current was screaming and the barometer was low and falling
We trolled up North for Tuna with no luck, and then stopped to do bottom fishing. We caught a fair amount of Slinger, Soldier Bream and Englishmen. We also managed to land a very large Rockod.
On Sunday we had an 8hr Charters and the NE wind was pumping, and the current still screaming, although early morning conditions were quite nice the day deteriorated rapidly. The barometer started out Ok, but started falling as the day went on. We trolled North for Tuna staying close inshore going over a variety of structures and made our way to Mid Reef by Umhloti where we started bottom fishing. We had no luck in the deeper waters and with the screaming current could not keep our baits down, and so we came and fished shallower at 30m and we caught a lot of pan size Slinger, Englishmen and Soldier Bream.

Are they related by any chance?

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Cpt. Hook wrote: On Saturday we went out for a 5hr Charter, there was a light SW wind blowing and the sea was pretty flat. Water temperature averaged under 21deg.C. The current was screaming and the barometer was low and falling
We trolled up North for Tuna with no luck, and then stopped to do bottom fishing. We caught a fair amount of Slinger, Soldier Bream and Englishmen. We also managed to land a very large Rockod.
On Sunday we had an 8hr Charters and the NE wind was pumping, and the current still screaming, although early morning conditions were quite nice the day deteriorated rapidly. The barometer started out Ok, but started falling as the day went on. We trolled North for Tuna staying close inshore going over a variety of structures and made our way to Mid Reef by Umhloti where we started bottom fishing. We had no luck in the deeper waters and with the screaming current could not keep our baits down, and so we came and fished shallower at 30m and we caught a lot of pan size Slinger, Englishmen and Soldier Bream.

Are they related by any chance?


LOL

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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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Dorado season starts with a bang

We left the mooring at 05h00 and as we went out of the harbour mouth we started setting our spread, we were busy running out the 3rd line at about 05h30 when the reel of 2nd line we set out went off, this was less than 1km from the harbour mouth and we had our 1st Queen Dorado on board, we reset the spread and carried on out towards deeper waters and we got a bunch of Yellowfin Tuna, by 07h00 we had 5 fish on board.
There was a SE wind blowing and also a SE swell, and early in the morning it was choppy, but as the day went on conditions improved; we had thought there may be rain but we had a dry day. Water temps varied from 21.9deg.C to 22.5deg.C, out deeper the water was clear.
Once we got out to my deeper marks we set a heading North and it was not long before we had another reel go and this time we landed a prize Dorado Bull of 16Kg.
The day seemed to drag out for me, but the fishing remained good and by the time we were back in port we ended up with 12 good fish; 3 Dorado (2 x 10Kg Queens and a 16Kg Bull) and 9 x 9Kg Yellowfin Tuna.
Was great to run back into port flying flags.

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Today was one of those frustrating days, first we only launched at 07h00 instead of 04h00 because of the heavy rain. In the morning the sea was big but it settled nicely as the day progressed. Unfortunately with a very high barometer, SE winds, SE swell and a reverse SN current the fishing was very slow.
We came across a shoal of feeding Oceanic Bonitos and managed to get one.
Eventually we went 1-0 on a very large Black Marlin and the line parted for no reason. Grrrrrrr

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Good Yellowfin in rough seas

We left the harbour at 04h00 into a 25 knot North Easterly wind, although the swells were not that big, it was very choppy. The wind picked up to around 30 knots later on; and then back down to 25 knots. Water was clean but cold at 22.7deg.C. The morning started with a S-N current which swung around to a N-S at around 08h00.
For our efforts we were rewarded with 3 good Yellowfin Tuna at 10, 11 & 12Kg
Whilst out in the deep we saw some small Flying Fish and a large Sunfish.

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You've clearly found the fish...

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2013 Holidays Fishing Report - Durban

We have been so busy the past season, and I have not even had a chance to put a report together as we have been fishing every day and mostly 2 trips a day, I am very tired and am going to enjoy resting over the next two days with bad weather and then we start next week running again with several bookings and two trips a day.

I would like to wish everyone for 2014, and may you prosper and find peace and joy.

The fishing has been hard, with the early part of the holidays having some choppy seas, then the sea went flat and the water went green and eventually brown, and then the warm blue water started coming in from the deep.

The Wahoo fishing this season has been phenomenal and we have caught more Wahoo than Dorado which is normally not the case, we lost a massive Wahoo estimated at over 25Kg to a Shark, much to the dismay of our clients, we also lost a lot of Tuna to the Sharks which is very frustrating. We also dropped 2 Marlin, one on light tackle that took a feather and we ran out of line on the reel, and another that had its bill wrapped on the leader and never got the hook.
We did well with Dorado even though we got a lot of Wahoo, with a stunning 18Kg Bull being the best Dorado for the season thus far. The Tuna are still around and we virtually get them on every trip.

The water is starting to look awesome now and I think the next 2 months will bring us some good Game Fish and Marlin.

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DURBAN MARLIN TOURNAMENT - 6-9th February 2014
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The tournament is 3 days fishing
Price R11000.00 per person, and this includes the entrance fees, opening and closing dinners
Please let me know soonest

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DURBAN MARLIN TOURNAMENT - 6-9th February 2014
We have 3 places available for anyone who wants to participate.
The tournament is 3 days fishing
Price R11000.00 per person, and this includes the entrance fees, opening and closing dinners
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Can you please post details and entry forms?

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We had 2 trips yesterday, on the morning trip we launched into some large swells almost 5m, but they were far spaced and the sea was comfortable, within 30 minutes the swells subsided and the sea went flat. The warm water has moved right in, but it is green and seems to be void of fish so we headed out deeper and we managed 3 nice sized Yellowfin Tuna, the largest being 15Kg.
We launched in the afternoon for a second trip and as per our 1st trip we headed out deeper, the sea was quiet and I saw no birds or baitfish activity, and then BANG the shot gun rigger went and the rod bent flat and we were on. After a 30 minute battle we were rewarded with a very large Yellowfin Tuna of 37Kg on 50lb tackle.

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Nice fish but I think you need to get some ice on your boat?!! :fbash Have to agree with you, looks a bit dried out , nice fish Mike.:fswim

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dugongboy wrote: Nice fish but I think you need to get some ice on your boat?!! :fbash
It's the next step for a professional operation.

Mike, keep an eye on Junkmail and gumtree. I managed to get an industrial ice machine for R3k. Now I fill my boat with ice when I go out and plenty spare for the rum.::S

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I use frozen 2 litre coke bottles. I just pack about 12 in each fish hatch when I leave home. Sometimes I only take the fish out the next morning and there is still ice in the bottles. There has to eventually end up with some seawater in the hatches for it to be effective and I don't pull my fish hatch plugs till I'm ready to clean the fish.

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DURBAN MARLIN TOURNAMENT - 6-9th February 2014
We have 3 places available for anyone who wants to participate.
The tournament is 3 days fishing
Price R11000.00 per person, and this includes the entrance fees, opening and closing dinners
Please let me know soonest


Can you please post details and entry forms?

?? ^^..

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benniejordaan wrote: benniejordaan wrote: Cpt. Hook wrote:
DURBAN MARLIN TOURNAMENT - 6-9th February 2014
We have 3 places available for anyone who wants to participate.
The tournament is 3 days fishing
Price R11000.00 per person, and this includes the entrance fees, opening and closing dinners
Please let me know soonest


Can you please post details and entry forms?

?? ^^..

Also, what were the stats from last years Billfish?

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Tournament was cancelled due to lack of participants.
Last year report was posted on here last year

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Last year 22 boats and only 2 sailys caught!!

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Last year 22 boats and only 2 sailys caught!!

Shewee.. You burn a lot of fuel for that let down. Now I understand why no interest..

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Bennie, its not like that every year, I have fished it every year for the last eight years and we have only blanked in two, we have caught a few marlin and a handful of sailies..........got a 2nd and a 3rd place but yet to win it. Its no RB but the fish are there, the comp is very well run but I think that economics have also had a say in its declining numbers, I think they used to limit the amount of boats to 30 or so but now battle to get the numbers.

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Bennie, its not like that every year, I have fished it every year for the last eight years and we have only blanked in two, we have caught a few marlin and a handful of sailies..........got a 2nd and a 3rd place but yet to win it. Its no RB but the fish are there, the comp is very well run but I think that economics have also had a say in its declining numbers, I think they used to limit the amount of boats to 30 or so but now battle to get the numbers.
I agree with you DB, its a great comp and very well run

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Understood...

Even in the Billfish 15000, generally at least half the boats will blank. But the fuel bill is a third of whats required for Durban.

I was keen to give it a go.

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Understood...

Even in the Billfish 15000, generally at least half the boats will blank. But the fuel bill is a third of whats required for Durban.

I was keen to give it a go.


What kind of fuel would you use at the Billfish Bennie, at last years Durban comp we used 450 litres for all 3 days

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Understood...

Even in the Billfish 15000, generally at least half the boats will blank. But the fuel bill is a third of whats required for Durban.

I was keen to give it a go.


What kind of fuel would you use at the Billfish Bennie, at last years Durban comp we used 450 litres for all 3 days

I assume you fished all 5 days?

4 Cans if you fish hard. In Sodwana, you can start fishing for bill fish 5 miles offshore. In Durban, we run out for an hour before we even start fishing and it ends up a 12 hour round trip. Yesterday was good we ran for an hour at 20 knots to get home, but because the sea was flat we only used 7 cans (about 150 ltrs). We launched at 5 and returned at 5.

Your Diesels are exceptionally light on fuel using 90 ltrs per day on a Marlin trip...

Maybe half the fuel, not a third... a bit of exaggeration...

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Durban Marlin Tournament is only 3 days.

For Blues you need to run deep, for Blacks you can also start less than 5 miles, this year several Blacks have come from the john Ross area

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Wahoo, Blue Marlin and loads of small Tuna

We had 2 trips this weekend spending a total of 14hrs out at sea, the sea was a flat as a pancake, and we found water up to 26.5deg.C. The water was blue out in the deep but full of particles and fishing was hard. We managed a nice Wahoo, and caught a fair amount of small Yellowfin Tuna and Oceanic Bonito. We also had a small Blue Marlin on but he came off the hook when I was leadering him and he jumped.

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Understood...

Even in the Billfish 15000, generally at least half the boats will blank. But the fuel bill is a third of whats required for Durban.

I was keen to give it a go.


What kind of fuel would you use at the Billfish Bennie, at last years Durban comp we used 450 litres for all 3 days

I assume you fished all 5 days?

4 Cans if you fish hard. In Sodwana, you can start fishing for bill fish 5 miles offshore. In Durban, we run out for an hour before we even start fishing and it ends up a 12 hour round trip. Yesterday was good we ran for an hour at 20 knots to get home, but because the sea was flat we only used 7 cans (about 150 ltrs). We launched at 5 and returned at 5.

Your Diesels are exceptionally light on fuel using 90 ltrs per day on a Marlin trip...

Maybe half the fuel, not a third... a bit of exaggeration...


correction, 150 litres

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Our 2nd Boat Nawty Girl, a 6.8m (22ft) HysuCat, Hydrofoil Cat is almost ready.

She will be used for our Jozini Tiger Fishing trips and also for our new operation in Richards Bay where we will be offering Marlin and Game Fishing Charters.

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Cpt. Hook wrote: Our 2nd Boat Nawty Girl, a 6.8m (22ft) HysuCat, Hydrofoil Cat is almost ready.

She will be used for our Jozini Tiger Fishing trips and also for our new operation in Richards Bay where we will be offering Marlin and Game Fishing Charters.

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Who is going to skipper her, Mike?

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Cpt. Hook wrote: Our 2nd Boat Nawty Girl, a 6.8m (22ft) HysuCat, Hydrofoil Cat is almost ready.

She will be used for our Jozini Tiger Fishing trips and also for our new operation in Richards Bay where we will be offering Marlin and Game Fishing Charters.

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Who is going to skipper her, Mike?

Me

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Today started off with the Bonnies hitting our lures like crazy, we could not even get our spread out as every time we sent the shot gun out we were on before we could get it to the right place.
Deeper out there were loads of smaller Tuna and at one point the rigger band were snapping so fast we could not keep up. At least our guests were kept busy.
With all the smaller fish action we managed a nice Dorado and a good size Yellowfin Tuna which gave the guest a good run and some arm burn.

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We fished Thursday and Friday, Thursday had a stiff NE wind and the water was clean and warm. We managed 4 x Yellowfin Tuna, 4 x Kawakawa, 4 x Skipjacks, 2 x Dorado and a Wahoo. All the fish were small. Friday had flat seas and virtually no wind, water was cold and dirty, we managed 4 x Yellowfin and 6 x Skip Jacks, again all the fish were small

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Went out fishing today, water was still green and cold and the barometer was very, very low am positive we will get some rain and even a storm tonight or tomorrow. NE was blowing.
We trolled a bit and got nothing, then we did bottoms and got a few Slinger.
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Weekends fishing Report. We fished on Saturday and Sunday and for both days the weather man got it completely wrong as we were expecting flat seas but got a stiff SW chop instead. Water is very warm and crystal clear.
07h00 on Saturday morning we hooked up a small Black Marlin and after about 30min the angler gave up on the fight and we lost the fish, man on man did that just drop my spirits low down. We then got a few small Oceanic Bonitos and some very small Yellowfin Tuna. After that we went for bottoms and got some Slinger.
Sunday morning we went out for a 5hr trip and at about 05h30 as we were setting our spread we hooked into a monster Wahoo of at least 30Kg, and it was still dark, he was right there at the boat and we could see him when he managed to bite through the leader and so we lost him, after that all we managed was Oceanic Bonitos and tiny Yellowfin Tuna.
A very disappointing weekend losing 2 great fish.

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Well done.
Did the Marlin Jump? couldn't see in the video.

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Did the Marlin Jump? couldn't see in the video.


Was my first trip with the new camera, and only when he was jumping did I remember to switch it on, but was too late.

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We went out on Sunday with some guests from Holland, and we did some Light Tackle fishing for Tuna with some Bass rods. We had a blast, the fishing was great and fighting these strong tuna on the light tackle was a real rush. We lost a few fish including a Wahoo but we also landed some nice Yellowfin Tuna and Oceanic Bonitos

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Seems the weather forecasts got it all wrong for the weekend, we had a trip on Saturday the morning was Ok but the wind picked up early and the guests started getting sick and so we went into the harbour to fish there, I only had squid on board and thought the catches would not be so good as squid is not the best bait for the harbour, we had a surprise as the grunter loved the squid and we caught quite a few, the largest was 39cm and just did not make size so all were released. I cancelled the Sunday trip as the forecast looked so bad and it looks like Sunday morning was stunning.

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This weekend gave us cold green seas with a stiff NE wind on Saturday and a stiff SW wind on Sunday. When I saw the water was dirty I immediately knew that fishing was going to be tough.
On Saturday we had an incident that I have never experienced before when we ran over a giant Zambezi Shark (Bull Shark) of 500-600Kg. Was a big thud and the boat got knocked and then the shark breached behind the boat hooking into 2 of our rapalas giving the reels a good work out and we eventually lost the lures. The impact knocked one of our shaft seals completely out of alignment and this was easily sorted. Fortunately there was no Damage. For our efforts we were rewarded with a really good Yellowfin Tuna. Sunday was terrible fishing condition and we only had a 5 hr trip and we skunked. We also released a Gannet for Crow.
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Yesterday was a great day on Fat Girl,we had guests from the UK and we ran out 20km early in the morning and dropped lines into a very flat ocean, water was just under and over 24deg and not so clear, we made our way out to 1600m deep when suddenly we got a warm clean patch of water of 24.5deg and bang, we were on with a big fish which turned out to be a 60Kg (132lb) Yellowfin Tuna. For Durban this a magnificent catch
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Yesterday was a great day on Fat Girl,we had guests from the UK and we ran out 20km early in the morning and dropped lines into a very flat ocean, water was just under and over 24deg and not so clear, we made our way out to 1600m deep when suddenly we got a warm clean patch of water of 24.5deg and bang, we were on with a big fish which turned out to be a 60Kg (132lb) Yellowfin Tuna. For Durban this a magnificent catch
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjQ8cBOReY0


Nice tuna!

Did you weigh this fish?

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Yesterday was a great day on Fat Girl,we had guests from the UK and we ran out 20km early in the morning and dropped lines into a very flat ocean, water was just under and over 24deg and not so clear, we made our way out to 1600m deep when suddenly we got a warm clean patch of water of 24.5deg and bang, we were on with a big fish which turned out to be a 60Kg (132lb) Yellowfin Tuna. For Durban this a magnificent catch
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjQ8cBOReY0


Nice tuna!

Did you weigh this fish?

Thanks and yes, was back on shore after we bled it so could have been a little more

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We had guests out from Estonia for 5 long days days fishing in a row, was tiring but all good.
On Wednesday we hooked up a Black Marlin on 50lb tackle and after 1hr15min we lost it about 400m out when the line parted. On Wednesday we hooked up another Black Marlin and after about 15min in rushed the boat and the line went slack and we lost it. We also got some Oceanic Bonitos. Friday we spent at Inanda Dam Bass Fishing and in the 2 x 4hr Sessions we landed over 60 Bass with the largest being 1.5Kg. Saturday the small boat had engine problems in the morning which we could not get sorted so we did the afternoon session offshore again in some very rough Seas. Sunday was a great 4hr trip and we landed a nice Wahoo and some Yellowfin Tuna which the guys turned in Sashimi on the way back before they had to go to the airport.

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Weather forecast looks great for the long weekend, we have a SW wind blowing today so we should expect some nice clean water. Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo and Black Marlin have been around. We still have Friday the 18th April available for the Easter Weekend and good conditions for getting a Black Marlin.

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Easter Weekend 2014 Fishing Report

For most of the Easter weekend we had great weather and good seas, inshore waters were warm and clean, but the deeper waters were green and cold and so we had to stay on the inside. We fished from Thursday right through to Tuesday and had winds from all directions over the 6 days that we fished. Fishing was not easy but we did get 3 good size Wahoo, a Dorado and went 0-2 with two Black Marlin on/offs which was really frustrating. We had a triple Yellowfin Tuna hook up on one trip and then we got some smaller Yellowfin Tuna and Oceanic Bonitos along with some Slinger and Soldier Bream.

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nice Mike.

did you guys go deep.
was a good day Saturday, but the fish were shy to eat....

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did you guys go deep.
was a good day Saturday, but the fish were shy to eat....


Not too deep, never went past 300m, but stayed away from inshore.

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nice one.
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going south.
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the down rigged one got taken and we went in circles for a hour and a bit.
from 25 meters we followed it to 57 meters.
eventually it surfaced, a **** of a big shark!!!!

it was about 25 meters from the boat when it got hold of the leader line and clipped us off.

lucky for him I say!!!!!!

headed back south past the whaling station but had no luck.

beached at 11:00 and took the road back to egoli.

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nice one.
took a early launch today.
going south.
had 3 baits out.
the down rigged one got taken and we went in circles for a hour and a bit.
from 25 meters we followed it to 57 meters.
eventually it surfaced, a **** of a big shark!!!!

it was about 25 meters from the boat when it got hold of the leader line and clipped us off.

lucky for him I say!!!!!!

headed back south past the whaling station but had no luck.

beached at 11:00 and took the road back to egoli.

next time, next time!!!!!


Lots of sharks around, we even have them biting off our Rapalas

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In the last 2 days we did 4 inshore trips, the water has been warm and crystal clear and the sea flat. All our trips were families with little children and so we fished with our famous light tackle Bass rods that we use for inshore. We had a blast catching small Tuna and Bonnies. We hooked up so many fish we were not even able to keep up, sometime all the lines were going and almost all of the time we had fish on, we got well over 100 fish over the 2 days including a decent size Yellowfin that revved the little boy and he had to hand the rod over to daddy, the parents also had their fair share of fun on 4 action packed trips. On the down side there were a lot of sharks around and some of our fish got taxed, and the sharks were even taking our rapalas, I think we lost 7.

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Out of interest..Is there a reason why you don't cut the engines when the fish is hooked? Is it to give the client the advantage..? I remember hooking my first wahoo which wasn't small, that fish beat me up proper even though I landed it..Nearly pulled me overboard once or twice and made me very sore haha. I had never before felt a fish pull me like that and that viskoors break out to a new level that has never and never will recover.

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Out of interest..Is there a reason why you don't cut the engines when the fish is hooked? Is it to give the client the advantage..? I remember hooking my first wahoo which wasn't small, that fish beat me up proper even though I landed it..Nearly pulled me overboard once or twice and made me very sore haha. I had never before felt a fish pull me like that and that viskoors break out to a new level that has never and never will recover.

Ja, think she (Debbie) had a much easier time. I love wahoo, wish I could get to them more often haha. Keep the vids rolling!


We never cut the engines or disengage gear as it gives us control over the fish at all times and we can keep the fish where we want it (behind the boat)for Marlin this is mandatory. Its not really an advantage. Wahoo are also incredibly fast and we want to ensure there is no chance of slack line which usually leads to the hook coming off and in the case of Wahoo no bite off as we have no steel except for the hook rig. We also we want to avoid sharks taking our fish so give them no chance to circle. The speed will depend on the experience of the angler, the way the fish reacts and its size and the class tackle used.
Its all about getting the fish on the deck.

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For sure I get that completely..
That first wahoo just swam towards the boat when hooked and I though this is lame..Then it saw us about 15 meters away and realized it was hooked and the stuff hit the fan!
Also, when you are fishing yourself for pleasure, do you do the same? Thanks Cpt!

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For sure I get that completely..
That first wahoo just swam towards the boat when hooked and I though this is lame..Then it saw us about 15 meters away and realized it was hooked and the stuff hit the fan!
Also, when you are fishing yourself for pleasure, do you do the same? Thanks Cpt!


Yes I do the same for myself, but one cannot troll a spread of 7 lures by ones self, you need to be at least 2 on the boat, but 3 is best.
Even when fishing livies on the drift we also start up and start moving once we have a hook up.

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The procedure is when trolling lures.
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Wait 10-15 seconds for the hook to set nice and deep
then the angler can take the rod and start fighting the fish
When the angler is in control you slow down the boat accordingly
We use that 10-15 seconds to clear certain lines depending on which position was taken by the fish

The biggest mistake guys make is stop the boat and grab the rod immediately, this causes many fish to be lost

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Went out in that ugly west today for a short 5hr trip, was not so bad when we launched, but then she started blowing. We saw a lot of ski boats come rushing out to the bait spots at about 06h30 and as soon as the west picked up they all ran back home and there was not a boat to be seen. We tried to stay in the calmer waters inshore, but could not find fish so we went out deeper into the rough stuff and found 2 Tuna and a Bonnie. Some of those swells that came rolling through were up to 3.5m, luckily they were well spaced. On the way back we came close inshore and by Umgeni river mouth we had a solid hook up but it came off. Today was a full catch and release trip.

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Went out yesterday afternoon for a short charter, water was green and cold and the current was flying. Weather forecast also got it wrong predicting max. 7knots wind, but it blew over 20knots. The original plan was to fish love live baits, but this was not possible and so we ended up trolling some Rapala's. We went looking for cleaner water with no luck but the colder water pockets were holding the fish, I could see them on the finder 100m below the surface, I worked the area and we managed to raise a few small Yellowfin and Oceanics. We also got one decent pull, then after 10 seconds after taking about 100m of line it came off.

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We took 3 clients from the UK out on an ECO cruise from 3-5pm this afternoon, as they were all sitting up on the fly bridge taking in the views I asked if they mind if I let my crew stick 2 rods with Rapala's out the back to try for a Yellowfin Tuna and they agreed, I promised them one if we got anything. We were only out at sea for about 1.5hrs and we got 6 fish, 3 Yellowfin Tuna and 3 Eastern Little Tuna.
My crew had a ball and the clients and I enjoyed the action. There was smiles all round. We also saw loads of shoals of Red Eye Sardines, the Cape Gannets were diving into the shoals, we saw 2 pods of Dolphins and a Logger Head turtle all in a short space of time.

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FISHING REPORT: We went out at 07h00 this morning for a 5hr bottom fishing Charter. It was bitterly cold early this morning but warmed up as the day went on and 1 by 1 the layers came off. There was not many fish showing on the finder, but most of the fish we caught were quality fish. We caught a few Trigger Fish including a stunning large one that was dark purple with red fangs, these were all released. We got quite a lot of really good sized Soldier Bream (50cm), a few Slinger, several fair sized Stumpnose. About 30 fish in total. There was 2 ladies and 6 men, the ladies out-fished the men 2-1.
Water was green and cold sitting just on 20deg.C, we saw no Whales or Dolphins to day and other than a large flock of Cape Gannets that flew by us we saw no bird activity.

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FISHING REPORT: We went out for a short Eco Cruise/Light Tackle trolling trip this morning. we launched just after 08h00 and got back around 11h00 giving us 2hrs fishing time. There was a moderate NE wind blowing and sea conditions were very pleasant. Water is getting very cold now and I hope this continues so we can see some sardines soon. We saw a few whales when out there and even got a close up view of 2 as they came up near the boat, lots of Gannets around. We got 2 smaller bonnies on the way out and on the way back we managed to hook up a really nice size bonnie that gave a really strong and stubborn fight on the light tackle, we were hoping for a Yellowfin Tuna but never even saw any.

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FISHING REPORT: Light Winds, flat seas, blue skies, loads of Gannets and Albatross around, we had a Minky Whale swim right past our boat early this morning, and later in the day when drifting we had a large Humpback Whale jump right out the water making a huge splash about 200m from our boat. When we launched there was a light SW wind blowing and a S-N current. We trolled out to some of the deeper reefs but all we got was a size Shad as we let out the 1st line, after that nothing. After trolling for about 1.5hrs we stopped and started doing bottom fishing, it was very slow in the morning and we got a few fish. Later the wind changed to a NE and soon after the current turned to a N-S and then the fish came on the bite, by then we were on shallower reefs. We landed about 20 fish that were keepers, some good size Soldier Bream, some nice Snapper, some smaller Slinger, A nice size Rockod and Englishman and a very nice size Black Tail. Beside releasing all the undersized fish, we also released at least 10 Trigger Fish and a beautiful Semicircle Angel Fish. On the way back we trolled some small Rapalas and got 4 Bonnies.

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Mike I am waiting for the video of that bonnie Giving me stick on that light tackle!

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Mike I am waiting for the video of that bonnie Giving me stick on that light tackle!

Been busy, will get to it as soon as I get a chance.
Fishing is a patience game my friend

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Today we released 2 Cape Gannets and a Prion that were rehabilitated by CROW KZN. Fred, the 2nd Gannet we released was a big boy weighing just under 3Kg. Fran from Australia who volunteer's at CROW joined us on the trip out to sea to witness the release. Fran was the care giver to these birds during their rehabilitation period (Huge respect to you Girl). To watch the Gannets preen themselves in the salt water was an eye watering experience as we could clearly see their delight to be back in the wild again. We had found a nice current line close inshore with plenty bait fish showing on the sounder and there were other Gannets in the area feeding. Thank you CROW for the work that you do, it was an honour to do this release. My family and Hannah (my Macaw) also joined us on this release trip. It is a truly magnificent and overwhelming feeling releasing the creatures back into the wild.
Watch the Video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4qhaTvhJVM

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LOL Can't they fly? Why would you need to take them off shore? They can fly thousands of km. The probably flew right back to land...

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LOL Can't they fly? Why would you need to take them off shore? They can fly thousands of km. The probably flew right back to land...

Does not work like that Bennie, you need to put them in their correct environment or they don't make it

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Hannes gets into a stubborn Bonnie on Light Tackle off Durban
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Mike that was awesome awesome fun.

A winter fishing trip in Durban is amazing because the weather is so different from Gauteng where we are freezing our butts off and then you can go to Durban and be in shorts and t shirts and have such fun.

Durban obviously does have better seasons for fishing but the contrast in weather makes it worth while.

Mandy was quite green for most of the trip but loved it.

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FISHING REPORT: We launched at 06h30 this morning and trolled for a few hours and we got 3 Yellowfin Tuna, then we stopped for bottoms and we got a load of fish and a wide variety of species. This trip I also fished and I decided to fish with a light 20lb rig and caught a young Mako Shark of around 8Kg, this shark was really fun to catch and revved me proper on the light tackle and was released. Weather was great, the swells were on the large side conditions were very pleasant. We saw some whales and Dolphins around and quite a lot of turtles. There is a fair amount of birds and a lot of bait fish around.

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where is the foto of the Mako

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where is the foto of the Mako
Will post soon

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heard they are good for eating, but needs to be bigger

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Mako is great eating, but that doesn't look like one.

Mako have a much sharper nose and much longer bottom jaw and larger eye. Here is one we got out of R bay at easter.

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Looks more like a black tipped reef shark?
The mako even when juvenile has the sharp nose and big eyes.

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Maybe you right Greg, this one had a rounded dorsal fin which is why I think it was a Mako.
Does not matter what it was, it was great fun to catch

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Blue dog.

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Fishing Report: Finally got my laptop back and am back online. Last Saturday we went out for a 3hr Nature ECO Cruise/Tuna Fishing trip and although we only saw Dolphins and no Whales we did get 3 x Yellowfin Tuna. On Sunday we were not so lucky and did not find any Tuna, but we did get some good bottom fish including a great Stumpnose.
Today was fantastic and the Tuna were firing on all cylinders, although the sea was a bit bumpy and uncomfortable, we went out looking for some Tuna with our light tackle bass rods and we managed to hook up 7 Tuna in about 5hrs, 2 we lost to Sharks, 1 came off at the boat and we boated 4 Yellowfin Tuna in the 7Kg range. These fish gave us such a good fight and we took about 20-25minutes to land each on the light tackle. Today we also saw lots of Whale and Dolphin Activity including a Humpback Whale and about 40 Dolphins all swimming together. There was not much bird action today.

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FISHING REPORT 4-5 July 2014: The whales are thick around Durban and they can be seen where ever ones goes. We launched at 06h30 on Saturday morning and were back by 09h00 due to sea sickness, in that short time we managed some good Yellowfin Tuna on a Double up We did a 2nd trip on Saturday launching at 12h00 by this time there was a moderate NE wind blowing which steadily got stronger, we managed 1 nice Yellowfin Tuna and then they seemed to vanish.
Sunday morning we launched at 06h30 and early into the trip we got a big hook-up and a Wahoo of 18.2Kg was landed by a 14yr old boy.

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Watch Wahoo Action in Winter off Durban
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Watch Tuna Double up Action off Durban.
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Watch - Family Fun Light Tackle Tuna Fishing off Durban
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Read our JULY 2014 NEWSLETTER
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WATCH: Whale and Dolphins swimming together off Durban
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FISHING REPORT: 10/07/2014 DURBAN - WOW, WOW,WOW. DOUBLE SAILFISH HOOK UP
We had an awesome day out on the water today. Weather was not so great with a SW wind pumping and uncomfortable swells, the water was also very cold. We launched at 06h30 for a 5hr charter and made a stop not to far from the harbour entrance to release a rehabilitated Cape Cormorant, this is always a great experience. Then we went out looking for Yellowfin Tuna. The Tuna were on the bite and it was not long before we had for nice Yellowfin Tuna in the hatch. The wind had picked up and the swells were not looking so great and I sat with a decision to go deeper with bigger swells or go close in with smaller swells, I new deeper would be more uncomfortable but I also new the fish were more active deeper out than inshore. I set the GPS for some deeper marks and we made our way out to deeper waters. We were almost on the marks when 2 reels started screaming and I though we had 2 large Tuna on, after a while we realised that we had a DOUBLE SAILFISH hook up and landed both. The Sailfish had both taken Rapala's. The smaller one was around 40Kg and was landed by a 12yr old boy who gave it everything he had, the larger one was landed by his father and took a while longer and was around 50Kg. Both Sailfish were released.

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Now that is what memories are made of for a father and son fishing trip.......(ni(ce(fish)(

Miss the days my father and I went fishing together.

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FISHING REPORT - DURBAN - 11 JULY 2014.
We did 2 trips yesterday, on the first trip we went out to do some light tackle fishing on the backline and we caught a lot of Mozzies, Mackerel and Shad, many of the Mackerel were very large and most the Shad were undersize, after that we went back into the harbour as the guys were getting a bit green. The harbour fishing was dismal.
On the 2nd trip we stopped at S.Pipe and everybody got their Shad quota, after that we went out to some reefs and we did well with some really large Slinger (50-60cm) and some good sized Copper Bream. The highlight of the day for me was in the morning of the 1st trip when we stopped at backline the Cape Cormorant that we released the morning before came back to our boat and jumped onto the gunnels to say Hi, then he stayed swimming around our boat until we left.

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GOT THIS EMAIL TODAY
“Dear Mike,

Thanks for an excellent day deep-sea fishing on Blue Water Charters!!!
Me getting a lovely yellowfin tuna, my son 2 yellowfin tuna and my wife also a yellowfin tuna, her first ever game fish. But the catch of the day, both my son and I, a sailfIsh. Can’t believe he, 12 years old, managed to get a 40kg sailfish to the boat whilst I almost gave up on a 50kg sailfish.

My son and I went deep-sea fishing the week before, specifically requesting game fishing only, or at least mostly, but were disappointed with an overcrowded boat, 8 fisherman, only an hour’s trolling and no game fish at all. The rest of the day was bottom fishing only. You trolled all the time.

Your boat is also lady-friendly with a huge indoor cabin and an on-board toilet, next time remember the toilet paper though. (Joke) My wife was impressed with a very clean boat and “Kaiya” scrubbing the deck after each landed catch, not that we lost one.

I will definitely go out with you again. Next time my daughter takes the first one, she did manage to get my sailfish in a few meters though.

Best regards

Tony Kruger”

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FISHING REPORT - DURBAN 19th July 2014.
We launched at 06h30 this morning, there was virtually not a breath of wind and the sea was calm, by 08h30 this all changed and an ugly West came through and the day just got worse from there and the current started screaming. The sea did not get big but it got very choppy. We managed 2 Yellowfin Tuna which disappointed me as I really thought today was going to be a good one. We then stopped for some bottoms and managed 10 Slinger and 2 Soldier Breams, at least the fish were decent sizes. With the current moving the boat at 6km/hr the only way to get to the bottom was to engage the motors and idle directly into the current.

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SARDINES IN DURBAN: I forgot to mention in my report, when out at 140m we saw a big shoal of what I think was sardines.

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Eish...! haha I hope that its not out of context but sometimes you just have to realize that life is gooood! What you do for a living is my dream, so thanks for the reports as always captain and well done on the happy customers and good fishing.. Even though some of my mates think I live the dream, you do man!

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FISHING REPORT - Durban - 25th July 2014.
Sea was not the best to day, but was also not the worst. We went out deep to the 300m depth looking for some Yellowfin Tuna with no luck. The only 2 fish I saw on the finder at about 250m hit our Rapala's, with one coming off almost immediately and we landed an Oceanic Bonito (Skipjack). we then came back inside and did some reef fishing which was frustrating as the finder was giving good showings but the fish were not that interested except for the Trigger fish of which we caught and released well over 20, they give a good fight and are fun to catch. We also landed a lot of Slinger of which about 12-15 were size, and some Soldier Bream. Whales were scarce to day but we did see 3 of them, we also saw a pod of Dolphins inshore on our way out and on our way back. When out at about 200m I saw a very large flying fish, at about 130m I saw a ray doing somersaults and at about 100m I saw what looked like very small Yellowfin Tuna jumping. Not the best of days but at least we got some fish.

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Hi cpt Hook. Do we need fishing licenses to fish from your boat or is that covered under your commercial? Thanks

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belindau wrote:
Hi cpt Hook. Do we need fishing licenses to fish from your boat or is that covered under your commercial? Thanks

Hi Belinda,
Current legislation does not allow us to have fishing licences for our clients so you have to get them from any SA Post Office.
Our boats are commercial as they are used for business but our fishing is recreational.

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SPRING: Its only mid August and the first signs of spring are showing, yesterday I saw the 1st Yellow Billed Kite which tells me that Game Fish will start entering our estuaries to spawn. Time to get the spinning tackle ready.

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Fat Girl comes out the water later today weather permitting for her annual inspection and anti fouling. Lots of hard work ahead for the next few days

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Hi Captain - good luck with the inspection (BOAT - Bring Out Another Thousand). Hope it all goes well. Any Garrick that was landed off Durban you know off - busy reviewing strategies for Sat.

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Hi Captain - good luck with the inspection (BOAT - Bring Out Another Thousand). Hope it all goes well. Any Garrick that was landed off Durban you know off - busy reviewing strategies for Sat.

I have heard of a lot of Garrick coming out up north

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Thanks for the update - hope they come our way !!!

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FISHING REPORT 17 AUGUST 2014: Went out early this morning on Big Foot for a short fishing session, we left at 5am and started looking for some Tuna with no results, on the way back we stopped for some bottoms and got good Copper Bream. Sea was not so pleasant, not terrible but the NE was starting to blow, we got back just after 9am. Am glad we started so early and got back as the wind got hectic later on and am sure the sea stood on its head. Whales activity was wild, and there were a lot of sea birds around, we saw 3 types of Albatross, Skuas, Petrels, Terns and Gannets. We also came across a large group of small cuttle fish.

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Fat Girl is now ready for the 2014/2015 Game Fish/Tuna/Marlin season, all surveys done and passed, everything serviced and ready. All tackle serviced and ready.

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MR hook what is the arrangement you have with the geusts on your boat with the fish they catch ? surely they cant eat all of it ?

Do they even get to keep some fish ... s I realy want to try this in December when I am down at the coast.

Want to braai my fish that I cought... Dam fish here in JHB is not that Pleasant

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Nevar wrote:
MR hook what is the arrangement you have with the geusts on your boat with the fish they catch ? surely they cant eat all of it ?

Do they even get to keep some fish ... s I realy want to try this in December when I am down at the coast.

Want to braai my fish that I cought... Dam fish here in JHB is not that Pleasant


The fish belong to the guests, for a tip my gilly will even clean, gut and fillet your catch for you.

If you want to book in December you better book soon as we are filling up already

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FISHING REPORT - Durban - 26th August 2014.
What a terrible day for fishing, the sea was green and icy cold, the current was screaming and a stiff NE wind was blowing. Swells were also rather large with some real biggies out deep after the main ledge. We tried for Tuna first and all we got for our efforts was a Bonnie of 2.5Kgish. Bottom fishing was even worse and all we got was 1 decent Soldier. The highlight of the trip was the Whales out deeper, there was a lot everywhere and they were all breaching, anywhere you looked you saw whales breaching. There was a fair amount of bird activity and we passed a few Dolphins on our way back into port. I was really bummed about the fishing, non the less it was still great to be out in my office amidst nature. Love it so much.

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Hi Cpt Hook,

Have you heard of any Garrick coming out between Umgeni - Tongaat River. Want to go look for some this weekend at Tongaat river mouth.

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Hi Cpt Hook,

Have you heard of any Garrick coming out between Umgeni - Tongaat River. Want to go look for some this weekend at Tongaat river mouth.


I have not heard much about Garrick action of late. Also I can't fish for Garrick on Fat Girl as she is too big for fishing right on the backline so I don't target them.

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FISHING REPORT - Durban - 6th September 2014
We went out today, water was very cold sitting just over 20deg.C and it was a horrid light green colour. The NE wind was blowing and a N-S current was screaming, the sea was choppy with the occasional big swell. We spent about 3hrs looking for some cleaner warmer water in hope of a Tuna but had no luck and then we settled down for some bottoms, due to the current we fished on the shallow reefs. Bottom fishing was Ok and we landed 19 fish. Mostly we got slinger and all were decent sizes, we also landed a copper bream and some soldiers. Interesting to note that we hooked no undersize fish at all today, I could also see on the finder that the fish were hugging the bottom very close. We saw 2 whales blow but no real activity and when on the drift doing bottoms we had a solo dolphin swim around the boat, and we also saw a nice large logger head turtle. On the way back to port we saw a very large Zambezi (Bull Shark) and some more dolphins in the bay. Bird activity was very quiet with very few birds spotted.

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Terrible fishing for us too. After you left that spot we got 4 of these. Nothing special but better than a kick in the ass.

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Better than nothing in such bad conditions.

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FISHING REPORT - Durban - 13 September 2014
We launched at 04h00 this morning and ran for about 1.5hrs, near Ballito we dropped lines and made our way out deep. The sea was awesome this morning, inshore was cold. On our way out to the deep we crossed over the Agulhas current, once we passed that the water started cleaning up nicely and warmed up to 22deg.C. We saw lots of bird activity, Prions, Petrels, Terns, Albatross, and another small species I am sure what it was. The was lots of whales from about 100m depth all the way out to the deep, we even saw whales at 600m depth. We passed a large school of pygmy dolphins. Near 600m depth I saw a lot of bird action and went to investigate, it was then that I saw the boils, we had 4 lines running and in the end we landed 3 x Yellowfin Tuna of about 40Kg each. By the time we landed these Tuna the wind had started to blow and so we ran with the wind for a several km's before heading back in. On the way back in we had to cross the Agulhas current again, but this time it was screaming making for a very bumpy passage. the 40km run back home was not so comfortable and we got back to the docks at 15h00.

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Howzit Captain,

You sure you have the right pics of the 40kg Yellowfin Tuna's? :temp:

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You sure you have the right pics of the 40kg Yellowfin Tuna's? :temp:

Yes, there is 2 pics, all the same fish

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FISHING REPORT - Durban - 14 September 2014.
45Kg Yellowfin Tuna today. We launched at 05h00, I new that inshore there has been no fish due to the cold water so we spent 3hrs running out to the deep, fished for 2hrs in stunning 22.5deg.C water and hooked up a stunning 45Kg Yellowfin Tuna at 800m depth. Then we spent 3hrs running back to port and we docked at 13h00. We saw many whales out in the deep as deep as 700m, there was not as many birds around as yesterday, we saw 3 pack of Dolphins, the last pack was in the harbour. Conditions were stunning today with flat seas, it was overcast the morning, but cleared up nicely.

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Watch: 45Kg Yellowfin Tuna caught off Durban
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uL1LdD1767Y

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You should be ashamed of yourself for talking such kuk about the fish weights. Sis man !!!!

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You should be ashamed of yourself for talking such kuk about the fish weights. Sis man !!!!

Now why would you make this comment??

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"  end we landed 4 x Yellowfin Tuna of about 40Kg each "

 

Like never !!! One looks as if it could be close , the rest are in the 25 to 30 kg class IMHO.

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Watch Video: Yellowfin Tuna Triple Up off Durban
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Le5-46ZminI

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Watch Video: Yellowfin Tuna Triple Up off Durban
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Le5-46ZminI


You must get your deckie some gear, make him look professional. He looks like he's there to service the engines..

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FISHING VIDEO: Great Tuna moments on Fat Girl off Durban
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"  end we landed 4 x Yellowfin Tuna of about 40Kg each "

 

Like never !!! One looks as if it could be close , the rest are in the 25 to 30 kg class IMHO.


To my very trained eye, they look like around 39,9kg....don't say it's 40kg if it is not ;)

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FISHING REPORT - Durban - 26th September 2014
We skunked today with only 1 on/off from a small fish. Water was green and cold, I travelled further than we normally do to try find good water, we went 55km offshore in 1100m of water doing about 130km round trip launching at 04h00 and back in port by 12h00. Until 10h00 the weather was fantastic and sea condition awesome and then the NE started blowing and got stronger pretty fast and was around 20knots by the time we were back at the docks with the last 10m of our trip getting bumpy. The current was a screaming S-N reverse current. Out in the deep birds were plenty and very active, we also saw a large pod of Pygmy Dolphins out on the 1000m and some whales on the 400m.

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FISHING REPORT - Durban - 30th September 2014
Launched at 05h00. Big seas today with swells around 3m, but they were gentle, there was a few 4m plus just outside the harbour. Was interesting conditions with swells coming from various directions, on our way out we had a screaming S-N current and just before Umhlanga it changed to a screaming N-S current, am sure I saw some anchor chains on the ships stretching (LOL). Wind was also all over the show with SE, NW, NE and E. Water temp was very cold just over 19deg for most parts. We got nothing on the troll, and then we did some bottoms and got Englishmen, Stumpy and Soldiers. We also hooked up some Shad and Mackerel at 55m depth by Umhlanga which I found interesting, all were undersized. We put out the Mackerel as a live bait and after a big pull we got half of it back. We saw several Whales around and a pod of Bottenose Dolphins. There was a few birds around but nothing to write home about. 2 of the guys started feeding the fish and so we returned to port early and were docked before 10h30.

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FISHING REPORT - Durban - Early October 2014
The last 2 trips have been disappointing and the inshore Durban waters are still very cold, usually by this time of year they have warmed up, we have not been able to get out to the continental shelf where the warm waters are as the seas have been to big and when we reach the main Agulhas current it is like a wall. And so we have had to satisfy ourselve...s with some small Bonnies and bottom fishing leaving me frustrated. The Whales are still around in good numbers and I have seen a few Calves also, we have also seen a lot of Pygmy Dolphins by the 1st drop off. Bird activity has been dismal. On a lighter note; on our last trip we went looking around the ships and when crossing the bow of one ship someone blew the horn, it is so loud and you don't just hear it, you feel it. I got such a fright, I nearly jumped clean off my boat. All my hairs stood straight up and I think some shot off like porcupine quills. My whole body tingled, my heart was racing. I felt alive.

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FISHING REPORT - Durban - 16/10/2014
This morning I took the guys from the SABC 3 Espresso show out for the Deep Heat Adventure challenge. We left Durban around 04h00 and we ran for about 2hrs till about 400m deep and dropped lines at about 06h00. Sea conditions were great and we left earlier to be back in time before the rain hit Durban in the afternoon. We found water out in the deep at 22.7deg.... C and once we were running cross current we got some action. We were looking for a Tuna, and I ran the 50lb rigs as the guest was a small lady. Suddenly as all was getting boring and I was struggling to keep my eyes open, one of the reels began to growl and after taking about 75% of the line on the spool we managed to turn a Striped Marlin. After about 10 minutes after we turned it and had a really good bend in the rod the line just went slack. Once we got the line in it turned out that the 6/0 hook had broken. On the good side, we got our first Marlin Hook up for the new season and I now know they are out there.
Disappointed we dropped our lines back in and continued and it was not long before I saw some fish jumping to my right and I changed course and we had 5 lines running and ended up landing 3 Wahoo. I am very pleased about this as this is my first Wahoo triple up. After that on the way back in we had some Skipjack Tuna action. Our timing was spot on, as after we finished at the docks and as I was walking to my car the heavens opened with some proper heavy Durban rain.

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Fishing Video - Wahoo Triple Up off Durban
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FISHING REPORT - DURBAN - 19/10/2014
Went out for 5hrs this morning, some really huge swells today especially at the harbour mouth (6m+) where some were breaking and so we had to manouver our way back in, out deeper it was not so bad. Chewed on my panties once or twice coming in. We saw whales and dolphins and even some Tuna jumping but only managed a few bonnies and got 2 of our small feathers bitten off. Water was dirty.

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FISHING REPORT - DURBAN - 21/10/2014
Yesterday we found warm water at 23.5deg. C, it was clear stunning Blue Water, but not much life. Saw a wide variety of birds including some Prions, we also saw whales and some flying fish. Our catch was very interesting, I was watching the spread when a Wahoo came up from the deep and hit our shot gun bird and went for a summersault coming down only to be tail hooked by the lure. Unfortunately he bit through the line.

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LET THE GAMES BEGIN. The warm current has reached our shores, Dorado, Tuna, Wahoo, Stripped Marlin, Black Marlin and Blue Marlin will all be in this. Time to get out the water, stretch some lines and make the reels hot.

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Blue Water Charters will be on the SABC 3 Espresso show between 7am and 8am tomorrow morning. Nice Wahoo

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Sick! Pity I don't have a tv anymore but could you or someone can you post on youtube afterwards? Wahooo! They never had that on breakfast TV when I did have one, nice changes..:)

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FISHING REPORT - Durban - 31-10-2014
I found it very cold on the water yesterday and found myself wearing a few layers to keep warm, there was a strong SW wind and a screaming S-N current, the sea was choppy and the water around 20deg.C. I wanted to go deep but only found big swells and even colder water. On the 50-60m we found the warmest water and I decided to run with that and we headed North. Fishing was successful and we landed 5 Yellowfin Tuna.

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NicE mike. All on konas?

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NicE mike. All on konas?
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FISHING REPORT - Durban - 02/11/2014
Seems this last front chased all the warm water away as the water temperature yesterday was just over 20deg.C. The weather forecast was accurate about when the rain would stop, but it got the wind predictions totally wrong. We launched late after the rain stopped, in the morning the sea was very choppy with an East wind, but as the day progresses the wind died down and overall the seas conditions were good. We stayed shallow and fished the 50-70m area making our way past Umdloti when we hooked up what I think was a small Marlin on 50lb tackle. After about 45-50 minutes we had the fish running deep maybe 30m from the boat when there was a big swirl and then the line went limp. The line was frayed as if it was rubbed off by sand paper. My thought is that a 2nd Marlin caught our line with its bill. After that we managed 3 Yellowfin Tuna for the day.

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Cmon warm water Cmon.
Thank you for always updating here.
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FISHING REPORT - Durban - 8th November 2014
Yesterday gave us a strong East wind which only grew stronger, and the last 15kms on our way back was very choppy, lucky the sea was not big as the wave period was around 4 seconds. Water is still cold although I think deeper out there may be some better temperatures, Whales were tail slapping and jumping all over the show, was magnificent to witness. We hooked up a 2 Yellowfin Tuna for the day, a really good on at 35Kg giving the angler a really strong fight, the second Tuna was around 6 or 7Kg. We also had an on/off with a Wahoo

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Fishing Video - 35Kg Tuna on Fat Girl
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We launched at 04h00 this morning, only to get about 500m from the marina when we took on a huge vibration on the starboard side and then the engine cut out. Came back in and had to cancel my trip and refund the guys. This makes me so angry, all because some idiot working for a large corporation did not do his job and was careless and a massive sugar sack that was floating submerged in the water ended up in my starboard prop. Took me well over 2hrs to cut out. Luckily no damage and nothing bent. Did not need this loss with all the bad. weather we having. Litter is a serious problem, from individuals and companies and it affects other people.

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Sad to hear mate, but at least no damage or injury done, you and your boat are fine! I don't know if you guys have also been having hectic wind but that thing could get picked up and blown into the water before anyone blinked so maybe is no ones fault, but $%#& none the less. But ja there is so much junk I see washed up, my dogs have started a bouy collection with all the ones they find when I'm fishing. With all the rope etc..and drums/ IBC flow bins and just even normal flotsam like trees washed up, I'm glad that there are not more incidents, anyway I agree litter is a big, big problem, I see no education about it these days unlike when I was a kid, the only time I see municipalities cleaning up or even residents organising clean-ups it is in the western cape and I haven't seen much else around not to say it doesn't happen.

All that plastic including these bags just become pseudofood for something in the food chain as it breaks down. As it breaks down further it releases its 'plasticisers' which are endocrine disruptors. Making everything go female and hermie and get reproductive tumours...nice. Glad you are ok anyway..

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Yesterday I went with Bernard from Isle of Capri to take some ashes to be left in the Agulhas current in a "message in a bottle style" and left the canister some 35Km out to sea on behalf of a broken hearted mother, very sad. We also took the opportunity to see how are the water conditions on the continental shelf. No fish !!!! Water was crystal clear but still remains under 21deg. C the thermocline sits some 30m under, the trip out was pleasant, but on the way back we had a 22 knot SW come up against a NE swell which made of an interesting trip back. We saw 1 Tuna and 3 whales, very little bird life but did find some floatsome lines and blue bottles. We also saw some yellow butterflies out there in the deep.

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FISHING REPORT - Durban - 22/11/2014
We launched at 04h00 and dropped lines as we left the harbour mouth and before we even had all our lines out we had a reel go and by 04h30 we had a Yellowfin Tuna in the hatch. I thought to myself this is going to be a cracker day, but that was not the case and we had to wait till 07h30 to hear a reel scream again. This time it was a Dorado, a lovely Bull and our first Dorado for this season. The water was clear, we found water up to 23.5deg.C, we saw many flying fish, turtles, birds and in general the water was alive. The highlight of the trip was when a baby Humpback Whale jumped clear out of the water and did a complete twist before entering the water again and this was only 50m from the boat.

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FISHING VIDEO: A Dorado, a Tuna and a Giggle
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FISHING REPORT - Durban - 26/11/2014
Frustrating day on the water today, water temperature was just under and over 23deg.C, water up North is crystal clear could see the ships props right to the bottom. All we got today was 1 Oceanic Bonito, strangely enough in 30m of water at 05h00 this morning, then nothing after that. We went North past Ballito on the 150m line and then on our way back I made a turn past almost every ship on anchor, some even twice, went over pinnacles, ledges and got nothing, changed speeds, changed lures, tried everything I know but nothing except for some rubbish one Kona hooked into. No Birds, saw 1 whale, no life in the water at all. Sea conditions where stunning. Grrr

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DECMEBER FISHING NEWSLETTER - Please find our latest Newsletter, some great pics and videos
http://www.bluewatercharters.co.za/pages/news1214.htm

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FISHING REPORT - Durban - 04/12/2014
We launched just after 06h00 this morning for a 5hr charter, the water was green and cold and well under 22deg C, I was not sure which direction to head and the East wind was stiff and so I headed directly into it towards 300m, close to 300m off Umhlanga we got a double Dorado hook up and landed 2 good size Queens. On the way back we went around 4 ships and had one hook up that was off before we even got to the rod, I think it was a Wahoo by the way it ran but cannot say for certain. We saw one Whale and the wind dropped as we got back to port.

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FISHING REPORT - Durban - 6/12/2014
Saturdays trip was not a charter, took my family for some light tackle fishing off the backline for a few hours, sea was calm. We caught about 50 fish in total and all but 2 Mackerel were released. We got 8 different species, Mozzies, Shad, Mackerel, Sand Soldiers, Rockod, Sand Gurnard, Lizard Fish, Banana Fish. The 2 mackerel became a lesson for the boys on how to clean and gut fish, and later became part of our Dorado, Snoek and Wahoo on the Braai that evening with the whole family. What a fantastic family day with blessings from the Oceans bounty, family and loved ones.

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FISHING REPORT - DURBAN - 13-14/12/2014
On Friday night I got the best catch of my lifetime when I proposed to Theresa and she said yes. On Saturday we were out from 04h00 to 18h00 so it was a long day, the sea started out ugly in the morning but ended up being a stunning day. We had a Sailfish jumping around in our spread in the late afternoon, we got a nice Dorado, 2 Yellowfin Tuna, 2 Oceanic Bonito's and a Kawa Kawa. The water was cold and green so a good day's fishing for lousy conditions. Sunday saw us going out at 04h00 in what turned into a horrible East wind, although the conditions were ok until about 08h30 it then turned nasty, and I made a judgement call to shorten our trip and return to shore and so our 12hrs trip became 7hrs. We saw Sunfish on both Saturday and Sunday, the Whales have left our shores until next winter. On Sunday we got a Dorado, a Yellowfin Tuna and then we hooked into a massive Bonnie that got taken by a big Zambezi (Bull) shark in view of all of us on board to our horror. Must say it was impressive to see that beast take out the Bonnie in one swift bite.

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FISHING REPORT - Durban - 18/12/2014
We launched at around 03h45 this morning, the weather forecast again deceived us and the East wind was a lot stronger than it should have been, conditions were reasonably nice with a little chop and a small swell. Early this morning the current was S-N and later on it became a strong N-S and I actually watched all the ships swinging around as it changed on our way back from the deep. Inshore the water is green and cold sitting on around 21 deg. C, a little deeper the water cleared up quite nicely but was only around 22deg. C. We went out to the 450m and found nice blue water of 23.5deg.C. look like this warm water may come in shore soon, anyways I hope so. We saw a whale early this morning which is rather unusual for this time of year, but then again so is the cold water. Deeper out we saw a fair amount of birds and even some flying fish which is always a good sign. First up this morning was 5 reels going and we ended up landing only 2 of these Oceanic Bonito's, a little later we hooked up a little Queen Dorado, and about an hour later we hooked up a nice Bull Dorado. Inshore was dead, and on our back at around the 40m depth we had the reel screaming with a good fish and then suddenly it was off, I think it was a decent Yellowfin Tuna as we hooked up right on the colour line. getting these Oceanic Bonito's is a good sign as they are a favourite food of many of the larger Game fish and also Bill Fish. Well done Ben on your 2 great Dorado.

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FISHING VIDEO - Early Season Dorado on Fat Girl.
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FISHING REPORT - 20&21/12/2014 - DURBAN
South Africa and All Africa - All Tackle Record (Unofficial)
I was very hesitant to make this post with all the "critics" out there with big mouths and nasty words, but have decided to go ahead with this post anyway.
The last 2 days have been interesting fishing, in the last few weeks the warm water has been out deep and inshore has been cold, then on Friday night we had a storm and as we left the harbour we ran straight into 24deg.C water, the SW wind was howling and the S-N current was screaming, fortunately the waves were small. At around 90m I saw a huge fish on the finder 20m below the boat and turned around to tell the crew as the RH inside rigger band snapped and we had a small Black Marlin on, as he jumped I saw the lure swing off and he was gone and only had his Bill wrapped with the leader. After that we managed 1 Dorado. Today we made our way North in stunning conditions and once past Ballito we found some really good clean Blue water on the 110m line, when the RH corner reel screamed. After a good fight we had a large Short Bill Spearfish on board, after a quick photo we released the fish and it swam away. A little later on, after we had started heading back home we found the fish dead and floating and so brought it on board. We also managed 2 Dorado of which 1 was a nice Bull. Once back at the docks we weighed the Spearfish in at 38,3Kg and after some internet research found that this has exceeded the South African and All Africa records substantially but not the IGFA World Record, although we are not claiming any official record its nice to know. This was my first-ever Short Bill Spearfish off Durban, and although I am very pleased with this result I am saddened that the fish did not survive, we did what we could and could have just left it at that when we saw it floating and called it a successful release, but I believe that if you kill something you must eat it and so we brought it back with us.

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Can't let good steaks like that just float away! Nice catch there..

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Sad that the fish didn't make it. But congrats on an amazing catch Captain

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FISHING REPORT - 24/12/2014 - Durban - Marlin.
Firstly I would like to wish everyone a fantastic Christmas. We got going just before 04h00 and made our way out to 130m where we found a good thermocline and warm water current line of 25.5deg.C and ran with it, before 07h00 we had a reel screaming and about 30-40min later we released a Black Marlin for around 100-110Kg. As the day progressed the water seemed to get somewhat turbid and we landed 1 Dorado. The SW was blowing for most of the day and later turned to a SE, sea condition started off a bit bumpy but improved as the day went on and turned into a stunning afternoon. We saw lots of life in the water, many big Sharks about and small Hammer heads, Manta Rays we saw at least 4 very large ones. we also saw a Humpback Whale with her calf, Pygmy and Bottlenose Dolphins.

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FISHING REPORT - 26-27/12/14 - Durban
On Friday we went out to the continental shelf, to a place I like to call the Canyons. Water was deep purple and 25 deg.C. We were looking for a Blue Marlin. We got 3 Strikes but nothing stayed. On the way back we hooked up 2 decent size Dorado including a good Bull.
On Saturday we found ourselves dodging a big ugly rain cloud and in essence we basically fish all the way around it. NE was blowing hard but once we eventually managed to pass the cloud and get out deep we had a bumper Dorado session, landing 3 good size Bull Dorado and 3 Queens of which 2 were really good sizes.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE:
There is a guy called Devon from Tongaat that is using my business name and my LOGO and posing as me for a little boat he runs out of Rocky Bay he also uses the name Hook line & sinker fishing tackle and bait. Please note that this is not my operation and I have nothing to do with this, he is an imposter and is not authorised to do so. Currently he is being dealt with. If you have not dealt with me Mike in person and booked my boat Fat Girl in the Durban harbour or called me on my number 0762999445 then please be aware this is not my operation but a fake.

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What a bastard! Hook, line and sinker nogal... Why not just make your own name for yourself, eish? Merry christmas Captain and glad that you are otherwise getting stuck into the fish!

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2014 – A YEAR OF GOOD FISHING IN REVIEW
It was a great year for Blue Water Charters on Fat Girl with some catches to remember, I would like to extend my thanks to all those who supported us during this year, and wish all a prosperous 2015 filled with peace, love and joy.
Some catches of note for 2014
• Our first charter in January got us a Dorado Bull of 20Kg although the Dorado were slow in the beginning of the year we have had a great December with a lot of good size Dorado.
• We had a superb Wahoo season with our highest Wahoo catch on record and April saw us land a 25.4Kg fish.
• The big Yellowfin Tuna were running this year and in April our largest Yellowfin for the year came in at 60Kg, we also got 4 fish over 40Kg and another 9 over 30Kg.
• In July we had a double Sailfish hook up and successfully released both fish, the smaller one was landed by an 11yr old boy.
• We also got an unofficial South African and All Africa Record fish with a Short Bill Spearfish of 38.3Kg well above the existing record of 18.6Kg
• Blue Marlin fishing was slow for us but the Black Marlin were around in good numbers this year with a great Christmas present on the 24th of December.
• We did not do much Inshore fishing but one trip got us a Natal Snoek of 12Kg, we also had some great kiddies trips with loads of Bonnies and smaller Yellowfin Tuna.

2014 set a high standard for 2015
See you all on the water next year

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Lekker man Mike.
Good to see.

Hope you sort out the imposter!!

I think Carl have said hi, from my side!

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Fishing Report - 1st-4th January 2015 - Durban
What a horrible start to 2015 weather wise, we started out on News Years Day with swinging winds changing in all directions and by 06h30 we had a 35knt Easterly so we did some drop shot in the bay, the wind then died down at around 08h00 and so we proceeded out the harbour a second time and halfway out the Easterly started blowing again and so we called it a day. On the 3rd we launched at 06h00 and there was a moderate NE wind blowing but after the rain fro Old Years Eve and the Easterly we found dirty water all over but with a change in Tactics managed 2 Yellowfin Tuna of around 8Kg. On the 4th we launched at 04h00 and the water was chocolate brown the deeper we went the colder it got and the water remained dirty, the weather forecast told us a story of stunning weather but there was a very strong South Wind which just got worse as the day progressed, I employed the same tactics as the previous day for dirty water and again we got 2 Yellowfin Tuna of around 8Kg. I had an afternoon trip booked for the 4th which I cancelled as the wind by then was blowing at almost 30knts. Sigh, this season has been tough so far with mostly strong winds, choppy seas, screaming currents, dirty water and cold water, we have been getting good fish but have had to work very hard for them. My body is taking strain and I hope that we get our great summer conditions soon.

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FISHING REPORT - 7th January 2015 - Durban
We launched at 06h00 into a stunning sea with flat calm overcast conditions, a light SE wind and warm clear water with lots of life. By 07h15 we already had 2 Dorado on board and our day ended with 5 Dorado 4 of them were good sizes and 2 nice size Yellowfin Tuna

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FISHING REPORT - 7th January 2015 - Durban
We launched at 06h00 into a stunning sea with flat calm overcast conditions, a light SE wind and warm clear water with lots of life. By 07h15 we already had 2 Dorado on board and our day ended with 5 Dorado 4 of them were good sizes and 2 nice size Yellowfin Tuna

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OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - 18th January 2015 - Durban - MARLIN
We launched at 04h00 on Saturday and started making our way out deep looking for warm clean water as closer in it was not nice, at about 450m depth I decided to change tactics and direction as the further we went the colder the water got and so I headed the boat towards the 150m area past Ballito. On the way we picked up a Yellowfin Tuna around 10Kg, this was after 4hrs of no fish. I got to Ballito and still was not happy with the water and so decided to come back to port shallow and it was not long before we had a reel screaming and a rod with a very serious bend. 2.5hrs later after a very hard fight we released a massive Black Marlin 35km away from Durban. Our 8hr trip lasted 11hrs.

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