Four Winds and a Rainbow

2012-07-01 03:59:30
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal - Saltwater Fishing Report

We left Durban Harbour at around 06h30 and made our way out to sea. It was an interesting day because it's the first time I can recall having four winds blowing in one trip with the day starting out with a SW, which then became a North wind and later a NE and by the time we came home it was a NW. Water temp was 22.1Deg.C for most of our trip except in the deep where it dropped by 1Deg.C.

The weather was gorgeous, and the sea was flat making for superb conditions. We made our way out to the main current, which we found on the 600m in search of some Yellowfin Tuna. En route we had a hook up with a very small Sailfish in the 12-15Kg mark, but we dropped him after the second jump. We never found any Yellowfin Tuna but we saw hoards of birds, some large flying fish and a Dorado. This leads me to believe that on the other side of the main current is warm water, but my trip schedule did not allow us time to cross the current. I don't think we will see sardines in Durban this year and that an early Game Fish season is on its way if current conditions continue.

A large Wahoo came out on Richards boat (Well done), and in Richards Bay a Dorado was caught.

We made our way back to do some bottom fishing and on the way we encountered many Whales and Dolphins. We stopped at a reef the 90m and then another on the 70m, the fish was not that great but we got a lot of Slinger and Soldiers and also several Trigger fish, and some of the Slinger were decent sizes. We also caught a large Angel Fish and I am pleased with the Rainbow Runner of around 4Kg that we got.

Fish Species: Rainbow Runner
Bait Used: Lures and Squid
Tackle Used: Okuma
Method Used: Trolling and Bottom
Water Depth: 90-600m
Water Temperature: 22.1Deg.C
Wind Direction: NW, NE, SW, N
Wind Speed: Light
Rainbow Runner
Rainbow Runner

Angel Fish
Angel Fish

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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