Durban Off-Shore Fishing Report Apr-May
Whilst it has been slow I got a chance to service all my reels, and this was a big job but is now completed.
I also eventually got my new T-Top on since I bumped my old one off; this one now folds down for travelling so should be safe from low hanging tree branches. I also have improved my out riggers which when brought down the tips are in line with the aft of the boat and so a greatly reduced back drop which should improve hook ups, this T-Top also sports an Up-Rigger and the roof can fold open if required and for those rainy days clears can now be added to keep things dry.
A month ago we were still catching Dorado, with our last Dorado for the season being a 12Kg (26.5lbs) Bull. Yellowfin Tuna are around with mainly smaller ones under 5Kg (11lbs) around and out deeper there are several large schools with mostly very small Yellowfin.
Winter bottom fishing is starting to be quite successful and we have landed some prize sized Englishmen. There are also a lot of huge Kawa-Kawa around and we have had several multiple hook ups with fish in the 8-9Kg (17.5-20lb) range.
With backline trips the Mackerel and Mozzies have been wild and some very large ones around.
The harbour has produced us some good Grunter, and on one charter I fished with the guys with my little 6lb set-up and managed to land myself a grunter of around 4Kg, we have also hooked up some bus Mullet, and got several Indian Mirror Fish which give an awesome fight on light tackle. On one trip we got bust up 3 times with some hungry Queen Mackerel (Natal Snoek) but 8lb traces are no match for those teeth.
A 12Kg (26.5lb) Bull Dorado
A prize sized Englishman
About The Author: Mike Laubscher
Company: Blue Water Charters - Durban
Area Reporting: Durban. KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Bio: Have been fishing since the age of 7 with more than 30 years experience. Fish in both Saltwater & Freshwater Disciplines. Fly Fishing Specialist, Artificial Lure Specialist, Light Tackle Specialist. Love Fishing, completely addicted to fishing.