Durban Dolly’s

2012-03-18 17:39:38
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal - Saltwater Fishing Report
Off shore

We launched at 05h00 today and made our way out of the harbour mouth, dropping lines in the shallows and making our way slowly out deeper, the water in the bay was over 26deg.C and yet as we got out we found the water to be green and only around 24deg.C.

Initially my plan was to head South, but when looking at the dismal water conditions and a rather large swell which looked bigger in the South I decided to head North and we made our way out deep, only at 70m did we find cleaner water with temperatures up to 25.3deg.C.

There was no activity early morning, could not even get a Kawa kawa to make a presence, and there were no birds to be seen at all, nothing with wings or feathers, and the only thing that we did see was some blue bottles.

As the Sun got higher and we were in around 90m of water 2 lines went and we landed a Bull and Queen Dorado, and then very shortly after the shotgun went with a large Bull bouncing around before he came loose. After that things got quiet again and only when heading back running with the swell did another reel go with another Queen Dorado, as we got her closer to the boat, we saw a Sailfish was following her in, but no matter what we tried he was not interested. About 20 minutes later we saw another Sailfish jumping and we worked the area with no result.

We the stopped on some deeper reefs and caught several nice sized slinger and a few other red fish before making our way home.

It was interesting to note that all the fish that we caught and dropped took lures with pink/white/blue colour combinations.

Fish Species: Dorado (Mahi Mahi)
Bait Used: Lures
Tackle Used: Okuma
Method Used: Trolling
Water Depth: 70-90m
Water Temperature: 25 deg.C
Wind Direction: NE
Wind Speed: Mild
Durban Mahi mahi (Dorado)
Durban Mahi mahi (Dorado)

Durban Dorado (Mahi mahi)
Durban Dorado (Mahi mahi)

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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