Wahoo…..and a Dorado in April

2011-04-03 11:42:03
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal - Saltwater Fishing Report
Mike Laubscher

I find this incredible, for 7 months straight since October we have been getting Dorado (Mahi Mahi) off Durban; this Gamefish season has truly been a season for the record books with some truly awesome catches and over 200 Dorado.

We launched at 06h00 this morning for a short 4hr session, the skies were overcast and threatening to rain, but there was no rain, the sea was calm with a light SE wind, the water was very clear and averaged around 25deg.C making for a superb fishing trip. The moon was right the tides were right the barometer looked very promising, just the current was screaming SN which was not in our favour.

I set a spread and went about working some of my usual productive areas and found no fish activity and so decided to head out to a deeper area which has yielded good catches in the past, out here the current was slower and it was not long before we heard the 1st reel growl after seeing a swirl, and Andree was given the rod on the basis of Ladies first, after a good fight landed a Kawa Kawa of around 6Kg (13lbs).

The spread was reset and we continued out deeper when I saw a fish on the finder in the mid water and turned around expecting to see a reel go, but it did not as I faced forward the reel growled and then screamed and it was Pierre's turn on the rod, this fish gave him a real fight and he was totally surprised with the strength of this fish and after a long hard fight he landed a good sized Wahoo of 15Kg (33lbs), afterwards he was excited and filled with adrenalin.

I was then told, "OK, we can go home now", and suggested that we reset the spread and take a troll back which was accepted and so we set up the spread again and it was not very long before another reel went and we saw a Dorado jumping as the reel was screaming, it was Andree's turn at the rod again and she put up a brave fight and eventually landed a lovely Queen Dorado of around 8Kg (17.5lbs).

I have to take my hat off to this remarkable lady as she really supports her husband in his passion for fishing by participating with him.


Fish Species: Wahoo, Dorado (Mahi Mahi)
Bait Used: Lures
Method Used: Trolling
Water Depth: 80m
Water Temperature: 25 degC
Wind Direction: SE
Wind Speed: Light
Dorado caught off Durban
Dorado caught off Durban

Wahoo caught off Durban
Wahoo caught 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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