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.