A winterís day on Fat Girl

2012-06-29 04:26:58
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal - Saltwater Fishing Report

We launched at 07h00 and as we left the harbour I set a spread and we headed North, the sea was calm with a 2.0m swell at around 16 seconds and a very light SW wind. Water temp was 21.9deg.C

The troll up North only yielded us some small Kawa-kawa, and when we reached our destination we set about doing some bottom fishing. There was no current and the lines went straight down and the boat hardly moved. The wind had shifted now to a light NW. We had lots of bites but kept on missing the fish and so we changed traces to smaller hooks, smaller baits and lighter sinkers.

This tactic was a good choice and we started catching fish, mostly Slinger, Soldiers and Englishmen, but we also caught several Kingfish and Triggers which we released.

I tried for a Shark but the only one that came around took a chunk out of the bait missing the hook by a few millimetres. By the afternoon the wind had shifted to a NE that started to blow.

We saw Dolphins in the early morning but no whales, plenty of Albatross and Gannets. These Albatross are so clever, he knew there was a fish at the end of our drift shark bait and stated pulling the line until he got to the fish.

We also had a visit out on the water from the local KZN Wildlife boys and I found them to be courteous and pleasant.

Fish Species: Various
Bait Used: Squid
Tackle Used: Okuma
Method Used: Bottom Fishing
Water Depth: 25-70m
Water Temperature: 21.9deg.C
Wind Direction: SW, NW, NE
Wind Speed: Mild

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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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