2010-10-09 16:18:36
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal - Saltwater Fishing Report

We went out for an afternoon quickie for a few hours, there was a moderate NE which picked up and then slowed down again and a 2.5m swell at around 10 seconds and so the conditions where reasonably nice. Water surface temperature was averaging 22.4 deg. C and the water was crystal clear.

I think I was confused today as my plan was to head South, but then North looked better and so I went North and halfway changed my mind and headed South only to decide to go North and eventually stick with my original plan and go South which eventually ended up going North. The reason for the confusion was that the water surface temp was varying between 22.3 and 22.5 deg. C and I wanted warmer water.

Once we were out I set a 5 lure spread with light tackle and it was not even a few minutes when the first reel screamed and after a tough fight we landed a monster Kawakawa (Eastern Little Tuna) I then worked this area some more with no further luck and headed for my next waypoint where again a reel screamed and after another tough fight we landed a nice Yellowfin Tuna, this was Tuna no. 203 for 2010. As before I worked this area with no further luck and then moved on to the next waypoint where again the reel screamed and we had a fish on, this fish however had other plans and would not play the game and tangled the lines and after some knitting he came off.

After this the wind picked up and changed direction slightly and we got no further bites after this.

I noticed a lot if fish jumping around our lures as they went by and although I never saw them clearly I am sure they were Halfbeaks, which is a very good sign.

We then did some light tackle reef fishing for a short while and landed a nice Copper Bream and headed back home after that. Whilst drifting I noticed huge shoals of fish swimming in the mid-water and it did not look like Mackerel or Sardine shoals to me, the fish seemed a lot larger.

Last but not least, I saw a ski-boat out there with the name Draco and these guys had thrown all their rubbish over board. Plastic bags, bottles, bait boxes etc.

Come on guys how difficult is it to dispose of this stuff when back on land.

Fish Species: Yellowfin Tuna & Kawakawa
Bait Used: Lures
Tackle Used: Abu Garcia
Method Used: Trolling
Water Depth: 20-30m
Water Temperature: 22.4 deg. C
Wind Direction: NE
Wind Speed: Mod
Monster Kawakawa
Monster Kawakawa

Yellowfin Tuna No. 203
Yellowfin Tuna No. 203

Mike Laubscher

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.

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