Ultra Light Game Fishing offshore - Durban

2012-02-07 19:43:18
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal - Saltwater Fishing Report
Near Umgeni River Mouth

I have been running a Fishing College course and today we went out to do some on the water practical, showing the guys how to set spreads, run lures, speed, look for fish, read the water and so on. Again I used Richards (Nikao) boat and he was such an asset to have along and help. Thanks Bud!!!

We launched at 05h00, and the was a light SW wind blowing and so we made our way out, after going through Kona's, Feathers and then we did Rapala fishing and then a how to run mixed spreads and after the demonstrations we decided to do some fishing and because the sea was not nice I decided to stay inshore and fish light.

By 06h30 the SW wind was blowing hard and we persisted in very choppy waters and there was a fair size swell running with water temps varying from 24.7-24.8 deg. C. The current is now S-N which is not my favourite.

So we got inshore in shallower water and rigged my 5 little ultra light babies up, basically bass tackle which I call "The Boys" and we proceeded to look for fish, the water was green with a few clear spots and some dirtier spots and we started working these lines when to our right we spotted a lot of birds and headed over to them, first pull past and there was not a touch and so I decided to use my sliding technique which proved to be successful.

In the end we landed 3 Yellowfin Tuna 10-12Kg and a nice size Queen Mackerel (Natal Snoek) and we dropped a second Snoek as I only used Flouro leaders and no steel.

Fighting these large fish on the Ultra Light tackle was absolutely adrenalin pumping excitement, and really tests this tackle to its limits.

Fish Species: Yellowfin Tuna and Queen Mackerel
Bait Used: Rapalas
Tackle Used: Light Abu Garcia 6500C4's
Method Used: Trolling and Sliding
Water Depth: 15m
Water Temperature: 25 deg.C
Wind Direction: SW
Wind Speed: 8knts
Yellofin Tuna off Durban
Yellofin Tuna off Durban

Queen Mackerel off Durban
Queen Mackerel off Durban

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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