So with March behind us we have had some great times on the water. from some really funny equestrian vets as well as some children to our regular holiday makers! We have fished hard and had fun doing so. With mostly fair conditions we have had some very good water with temps ranging from 25 deg to 27 deg, which means we still have a lot of Game Fishing ahead. I don't expect we will see the water temps drop drastically in the next month, which means we are in for a late winter and possibly no Sardines again this year. On the plus side, it does mean an extended Game Fishing season. Although fishing has been a bit of a hit and miss, we have had some good numbers of Wahoo being landed all around the 15kg to 20kg mark. The Dorado have slowed down but are still making themselves known to those in the hunt for them off the ships and the deeper ledges. The Yellow Fin have been around and we have seen some nice sizes coming out in the 20kg range, some pushing 30kg! Sadly though we have lost all of our Tuna to Sharks thus far. Seems as though "the Sharks" are better at hunting Tuna than playing Rugby at the moment!!! ... Sorry boys we still support you guys - Sharks Forever!!!!
Bottom Fishing has not been to productive - however we have managed some nice size Rock Cod coming out as well as nice size Soldiers and Slingers. Have had quite a few undersized Yellow Belly Rock Cod out, which we have successfully released to fight another day.
One of the most memorable trips this month has to be a trip with Mark and his son Michael (Age 4) - we had a really great day out on the water with loads of species caught and loads of fun had ... from Mackrel and Maasbunker to Trigger Fish and Rock Cod; we even managed to add a small Wrass and Squid to the mix! Michael was in his element ... if he was not fighting a fish he was up to his elbows in the live-well trying to catch the live bait and asking question after question about what fish it is and can he eat it! He even caught a couple of small Soldiers which ended up in the live-well as well; until he caught a bigger one, then he let the smaller one go...was great to see how much he cared for the fish! Teaching the next generation to fish is an amazing experience for me and I loved every minute of it, and seeing the smiles on his face while catching fish ...... Priceless!
So after a couple of weekends of really dodgy weather, the weather gods must have taken a bit of leave as we had some really good conditions! .. or so we thought up and until Friday night when we were hit by a massive storm which lashed down. None the less the weather was still looking good for a launch on Saturday morning. I met up with Niresh and the Crew at DSBC at 5:00 and with a little drizzle and flat seas we launched and headed to the North to hunt some Tuna and Dorado; we worked the reefs and contour lines up to Umdloti with very little happening ... found some really nice water, cobalt blue and 27deg out on the Ships but unfortunately nothing was biting. After a while we decided to head for some reef fishing...we had a couple of good pulls before being broken off and managed some nice Slinger and other odds and ends. As we were about to move on, the Dorado showed up under the boat, harassing our flapper baits as we pulled our bottom baits to the surface...I quickly got out my trusty Travella with a Penn Accord 4000 and pinned a flapper to it and set it adrift...It was not long before we saw the Bull Dorado take the flapper.. was a nice fight on the Travella with the 4k reel and gave Phillip a good run for his money! All in all a slower day but a good one none the less.
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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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Last Friday I got a call around 14:00 for some guys who had booked a trip for the Saturday with another charter who had just cancelled with them due to the predicted weather conditions for Saturday. They really wanted to go fishing as asked if I would go out on the Saturday, I sadly declined the Saturday trip but asked if they would prefer a Night Trip as the weather was good and we could launch around 16:00 and return around 22:00.
After all was said and done we met up at DSBC and launched for 16:00 We scratched around for bait but it was quiet... so I ran down to S#*t Pipe where we managed to find loads. By 17:30 we were sitting out on John Ross with dismal showings. so we tried a couple of drifts but the current was screaming. water Temp was good around 22 Deg. We moved off to Ben Corum where we had some good showings but not a lot of action. Eventually went to the cave and found some really good showing. on our first Down 2 of the guys got good takes and after a good 10min fight the Tax man showed up and helped himself to both of their Bek. We then decided to try again and on our 3rd drift 3 of the guys hooked up only to all be taxed yet again. Decided to rather not waste my time and tackle I decided to try on another spot which also seemed to be quiet on the Sounder but on our second drift we had a double hook up again, but sadly this was not going to be our night. As once again we had a Tax Audit taking our fees to 7 Bek, but none the less the Guys had a great time and really enjoyed hooking into some nice fish.
We were back on the beach by 22:30 to load and go.
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22nd October - First Dorado for 2014/2015 Season
With some signs of some stable weather today we launched at Durban Ski boat club. The water conditions in close where far from favourable with green brackish water in close, after trying for some bait we decided to head out to the 100m line straight out going over a couple of marks I have. It was not long before we had 3 lines running. The one line had hooked into a small rainbow runner which I quickly got to the boat, sadly though it was only about a foot long and jumped off right next to the boat. Then Jaco and his wife got the opportunity to get stuck in. was not long before we managed to land 2 Dorado. The first on board for the season, they weighed in at 5kg and 7Kg. not huge but a good sign for things to come.
So, the Wind has been giving us a hard time but we have managed a couple of fun Trips. We had a Trip with Cameron Delport from the Sunfoil Dolphins along with Editor and Chief of Go Fish Magazine Kirk Newton for a couple of hours on the water. Weather was not great with a big low pressure system looming the Tuna were not playing ball. After a couple of Hours we decided to try for some Snoek in the shallows, on our way back to base, we hooked into a nice size Snoek which was about 5kg give or take, Cameron Fought it right up to the back of the boat before the Helco pulled from the fish, but was a fun trip with the guys.
The Following Day I had a trip booked and with the weather looking better after the Low Pressure System had passed. I decided to head for some deeper waters to see if we could hunt some Dorado, it was not long after that, we had a reel screaming, but it was not a Dorado on the other end but rather a Nice sized Sailfish, which gave us a great show and despite having to fight the fish in some light drizzle gave us some good fun for about 20 min or so before she jumped and threw the hooks. After that things where quiet so we worked our way back to some deeper reefs and managed a couple of Gelbek and a few Size Soldiers. The Weather should start to settle down now in time for summer.Think we are going to be in for a Bumper Game Fishing Season.