Wahoo…..and a Dorado in April
<p>I find this incredible, for 7 months straight since October we have been getting Dorado (Mahi Mahi) off Durban; this Gamefish season has truly been a season for the record books with some truly awesome catches and over 200 Dorado.
We launched at 06h00 this morning for a short 4hr session, the skies were overcast and threatening to rain, but there was no rain, the sea was calm with a light SE wind, the water was very clear and averaged around 25deg.C making for a superb fishing trip. The moon was right the tides were right the barometer looked very promising, just the current was screaming SN which was not in our favour.
I set a spread and went about working some of my usual productive areas and found no fish activity and so decided to head out to a deeper area which has yielded good catches in the past, out here the current was slower and it was not long before we heard the 1st reel growl after seeing a swirl, and Andree was given the rod on the basis of Ladies first, after a good fight landed a Kawa Kawa of around 6Kg (13lbs).
The spread was reset and we continued out deeper when I saw a fish on the finder in the mid water and turned around expecting to see a reel go, but it did not as I faced forward the reel growled and then screamed and it was Pierre's turn on the rod, this fish gave him a real fight and he was totally surprised with the strength of this fish and after a long hard fight he landed a good sized Wahoo of 15Kg (33lbs), afterwards he was excited and filled with adrenalin.
I was then told, "OK, we can go home now", and suggested that we reset the spread and take a troll back which was accepted and so we set up the spread again and it was not very long before another reel went and we saw a Dorado jumping as the reel was screaming, it was Andree's turn at the rod again and she put up a brave fight and eventually landed a lovely Queen Dorado of around 8Kg (17.5lbs).
I have to take my hat off to this remarkable lady as she really supports her husband in his passion for fishing by participating with him.
Dorado caught off Durban
Wahoo caught off Durban
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.