So with a bit of a South Westerly on Wednesday the weekend was looking good for a spot of Deep Sea Fishing Saturday it was Mark and he international friends turn to take on the big blue.
We launched form Durban Ski Boat club well before sun up and made our way south.. water seamed nice and flat and warm at 24 Deg with the off shore wind pushing a little.
We tried for some bait early on and got smashed by what i can only think was a shark so we decided to drop a few rappies and some small lures and work the shallow for some Snoek and maybe a couta or two.. Things where a little quiet early on but we did eventually get a pick up, and as the guys got set into the fight we managed to land a nice Bonnie of about 6kg.
We worked the ledges and bumps but it was pretty quiet.. I decided that we should move a little deeper and try for some bigger fish but this was also quiet water temp was up to 24.7 deg in the deeper water to the South of Durban. Anyway we worked our way to some of my bottom marks and went about dropping 3 lines. On our first drift we hooked in to a nice sized Cat face Rock Cod measuring 70cm. followed by a few small soldiers. We ran back to the mark again this drift produced a good size Englishmen measuring 65cm. Next drift also produced another nice Englishmen and a cave bass. A couple drifts later produced a nice false Englishmen of 50cm as well as a smaller Cat Face Rock Cod other drifts produced some small half moon rock cod and soldiers.
We ended the day with a nice variety of fish and some nice sizes to take home.. we did however release all the smaller species which was great and I look forward to catching them again soon
Round 2 with Michael and Mark. Day started off early with us launching at 5:00 am in the dark, Michael keen to get back on the water and chase some fish! As the sun came up, Michael was well on his way into some bait fish. We loaded up and headed for some deeper waters. Where there were some good showings in the mid water so I put down live bait to see if we would have any inquiries... it was not long before the reel screamed to life! Mark was up for a bit of fun and after a good fight he landed a really nice sized Hammer Head, with some assistance from my gilly we had a quick hook removal and photo and managed to successfully release her to fight another day. Michael carried on with his fine form catching a variety of species again from Zebras to Saddle-back Goat Fish, Cave Bass, Cape Stumpies and a nice sized Tomato Rock Cod even a small Pike. He has already planned his next trip as he is wanting to now target Snoek! I look forward to having you on board again Michael - we will work on your bucket list...lol!It is always a pleasure having you and your dad on board and is a privilege to see your enthusiasm and to teach the next generation of fishermen!
Look forward to your next trip.
So Tuesday morning I met my crew for the day with 5 very excited anglers looking forward to there first deep sea trip. So after a bit of exercise first thing from pushing the boat in, we headed South from Warners towards Umkomaas. Was not long before we had our first take on the short rigger.. sadly though the line parted even before we could get to the rod, but it was a nice Bull Dorado of about 15kg or so I would guess, as we saw him jumping just behind the boat. On close inspection we realized that the eye insert had chipped and was slicing through the line so we removed the insert as a temp solution and carried on fishing. We stayed in the area for a while and had a good hook up with a Bonnie of about 5kg which gave us a good run for our money. Shortly after landing the Bonnie we had a nice little inspection on the short rigger again this time from a small sailfish which i had spotted following us earlier, and after a couple of attempts at the lures she decided to rather head off and leave us alone. Just as we got close to the Aliwal shoal we had a nice double up on Dorado, guys had some great fun as this was the first time they had caught anything in saltwater and after a couple of great acrobatic displays they both landed a Queen Dorado of around 8kg each. A short while after that we hooked into a nice small Wahoo of around 10kg followed by a triple up on Dorado shortly thereafter with 2 Queens and one Bull. After all the excitement we decided to head out to some reefs of Warners to try our hand at some bottom fishing. Which landed us a couple of pan sized Slinger and Soldiers, we also lost one decent sized fish during the fight which was a bit of a bummer but hey you cant win them all!!
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Trolling the depths all is quiet and still … suddenly excitement erupts on board at the unmistakable sound of a reel coming to life as the reel screams away! The adrenalin starts to pump as we look back to see the marvel of a Marlin springing clear out the water. The fun begins as we strap in and sit down for the ultimate battle of Man vs Fish … The excitement, the thrill, the pain and the glory this is what Marlin fishing offers every angler!
During our Summer months from October to March, our Marlin experiences are tailor-made and hosted mainly from Durban KwaZulu-Natal and Richards Bay (See packages for more details) We have 5 target species of Bill Fish namely: Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, Striped Marlin, Sailfish and the Short-Billed Spear Fish. From Durban we target mainly Black Marlin, Striped Marlin, Blue Marlin and Sailfish then include Short Bill Spear Fish from Richards bay!
Our Marlin trips cater for a maximum of 4 guests. We offer an 8 hour trip as well as a 12 hour trip. We keep to our Ethos of Responsible and Sustainable Angling and make every effort to safely release all our Bill Fish to fight another day!
Our Charters are for those anglers who are seeking an Exclusive Fishing Adventure with Personal Attention on a well-appointed boat, fitted with top class equipment and tackle, complete with guiding from a professional specialized angler.
It is not customary for us to share our bookings which means that you, the angler get to do exactly what you want, along with personal assistance and guiding.
We specialize in taking out 1 to 4 guests, but are licensed for a maximum of 6 guests.
We have a good catch rate and although we mostly do get fish on our bookings, and often some nice big ones, there is unfortunately no guarantee of fish…However, our best efforts are assured at all times – Otherwise we could call it “catching” and not “fishing”!
We operate mainly from Warner Beach Ski-Boat Club (Amanzimtoti) and Durban Ski-Boat Club (next to Ushaka) and although these are our main launch sites, we are able to accommodate other areas on special request.