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MPT Bay offshore - What's up
« on: January 23, 2011, 08:33:49 am »
With this thread, I'm hoping to provide some info as regularly as possible on fishing activites taking place in Maputo bay and surroundings.

Yesterday the first compo of the year was organized by Clube Maritimo. As I'm away, I would like to ask peterblace to give us a brief on what happened!? I know that a marlin was released, several dorries were landed and a large GT.

More details, peterblace?
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Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2011, 10:45:32 pm »
Tales from Maputo onboard…Oba Oba
where did I read something similar to this??

2011 competition from Clube Maritimo started yesterday
This year competition will be divided in 6 stages…4 in the Summer/Autumn time…2 in the Spring/Summer time

Clube Maritimo and the sponsors decided to change the rules regarding prize giving (from gear to cash) which probably attracted a lot more boats to the competition…21 in total which is a good number for our reality

meeting time was at 4:30am at the club to start organizing the boat as start was at 5:30am…we had 2 first timers with us, the marine engines master in Maputo, the skipper and myself (a 4th timer with a sailfish, a yellowfin kingfish and a dorado in the CV..beginners luck)

we launched at 5:00 and waited for departure just opposite Clube Maritimo

sea was calm in the Maputo Bay (for this time weather man guessed right), 30º temperature and nearly no wind

at 5:30 the competition began…
all boats full throtle towards deep blue
my skipper decided to go to Jeremias (an area North of Inhaca Island)

we got to there 1h later and started trolling
first signs of sea sickness came out when one of the first times byte a sandwich
at cruising speed there was no problem for the first timers…but at trolling speed they were both greenish grey in color…but in the end they hold it well

we were targeting…whatever we could land…but in general in competitions my skipper only target billfish

around 7:00am we heard on the radio that "Mon Ami" lost a Marlin

we had a few strikes on a rapala type of lure (don't ask me names…I'm still a newby in this kind of things) but the fishes got away
we then thought that maybe a small fish was there, took it out and confirmed that nothing was there…
we replaced this rapala for another lure and kept trolling towards the 200mts

the objective was to head North when out at the 200mts towards the area called Poço (known for producing a lot of fish)

the radios were quite quiet (not usual here as all skippers tend to do when they are out fishing…a lot of jokes, some music every now and then and a lot of catch reports)…some of the skippers were asking about bait fish activity and catches but all over the place no one had anything to report

around 10:00 we had a strike that took a few 100/150 meters of line…and got away…
we didn't see what it was…we circled around and around to check for some more but nothing on…so we kept our rota towards Poço

when at Poço wind dropped completely and sea was flat as I wish my tummy should be…and water was clear as…water!!!

we trolled for a while there, saw most of the fleet in the area…most of them trolling but also some were jigging…

at one moment Richard's "Number 1" was crossing our path…out of the blue and just in front of us we saw a couta jumping and attacking one of his lures…it was one of his catches
it was a beautiful moment!!

we decided to head back to Jeremias area
when we got there we started to see a lot of activity in the water…birds and shipjack jumping all over
we then start to see some dorados swimming at the surface…shoals of 6 to 10 around our boat
I've asked the skipper permission to go to the front deck with my light spinning rod (Daiwa Exceler 8ft with a Exceler 4000E with 20lbs braid to try my luck….either at the skipjack or at the dorados)
I cast a few times but as the skipper did not reduce speed it was really hard for me to cast and retrieve…so I quit!!!

do you think I could have any chance if we reduce speed or even stopped????
I've used one of Rolfe's lures…the Tackle House Flitz 24

around 12:30 we heard on the radio that "Four Play" released a Marlin

most of the fleet headed towards Jeremias as they all heard on the birds and fish activity in the area…

we decided to head towards Ilha dos Portugueses for a nice swim at the beach…right next to the 2000 ish people from the cruise ship that was anchored next door

we arrived at Clube Maritimo around 15h and I then waited for the other competitors to arrive and check about their catches
most of the boats blanked but from what I saw it was a dorado day for a lot of them…at least for the lucky ones that fish anything

in the end only 12 boats scored something

1st prize went to Four Play with a marlin release
2nd prize went to Number 1 with a 8kg dorado, a 10kg couta and a 23kg GT (caught on a Tiagra 50…was landed in a few minutes)

Number 1 also won the bigger fish prize with the GT

a lot of small tuna's were landed, some dorado, a few couta and a couple of kingfish

lets wait for next stage in February for another competition report

sorry but no photos were taken (only a few during sunrise)

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Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2011, 06:07:02 am »
Thanks peter... Great report!

Flat seas = slow day in Maputo! We know that for ages. Guess all the bills went south?!...
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Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2011, 07:17:37 am »
Great report! better luck next time!

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Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2011, 06:28:16 pm »
Great report Peter, nice to know what is hapening up there fishing wise.

I am sure it will only get better for you Peter..... :tite
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Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2011, 10:58:46 pm »
@Bennie and Prego thanks for the support
like John F always tells me...it's only when you are out there that you have a chance to catch something

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Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2011, 11:38:53 am »
@Bennie and Prego thanks for the support
like John F always tells me...it's only when you are out there that you have a chance to catch something

That is for sure mate w;k, a lot more chance than me stuck up here in the concrete jungle :sadd

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Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2011, 04:04:02 pm »
Launched today at 10:30 on a family trip to Xefina island (5 nm NNE of Maputo).... lovely day with water temp 27.7o C and flat seas... a few boats launched from the club and at least one went to fish 3M for bottoms... waiting for the reports... 
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Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2011, 12:37:08 pm »
My good friend Ferdinando Simoes (MPT Bay Top Marlin Angler 2010 - http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/index.php/topic,918.msg38280.html#msg38280), tagged and released a marlin yesterday off Jeremias (E of Inhaca Is.) aboard Shakra. The billie went for an undisclosed lure, on a 30 Lb rig. It took 1 h 20 min to get it to the boat and it was estimated at 120 Kg!

He said they didn't see a lot of bait around. Before the hook up they had 3 strikes!
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Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2011, 06:23:11 pm »
Spoke to a few guys at the club...

While I was away plenty of fish has came out, including large couta and a +40 Kg AJ caught while jigging by Richard...

A sailie was also released today...

Good prospects for next weekend's comp! 

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Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
« Reply #10 on: February 18, 2011, 09:04:27 pm »
Launching tomorrow at 05:30 am. It's Clube Maritimo's 2nd round of the Ford/Interauto Championship...

Let's see what happens... one thing is for sure... quite big swells are to be expected coming from cyclone Bingiza...

23 boast have registered (including 2 ducks - Micaela and Pescador II)...

Really hoping to get that  :billf:

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Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
« Reply #11 on: February 18, 2011, 09:32:38 pm »
Tight lines & hope you get your  :billf: or 3

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Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
« Reply #12 on: February 19, 2011, 05:24:47 pm »
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Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
« Reply #13 on: February 19, 2011, 05:59:20 pm »
Marcos do you know Jose ( Pescador II ) I met him in Techo.

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Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
« Reply #14 on: February 19, 2011, 06:02:51 pm »
Marcos do you know Jose ( Pescador II ) I met him in Techo.

I've known him for years! Great guy!

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Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
« Reply #15 on: February 19, 2011, 07:49:46 pm »
I've known him for years! Great guy!

Enough of the idle chit chat, whats happening offshore Marcos?

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Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
« Reply #16 on: February 20, 2011, 11:44:43 am »
Sorry shag, I was dead yesterday... Couldn't even think right... Will post a proper report but not much happening... Only one sail was released yesterday (from a boat fishing out of the comp) and generally the fishing was poor...

Largest fish was a YFT of 15.8 kg... Richard's Number 1 won the comp with 6 species (mostly jigging) and a few YFT.

My report http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/index.php/topic,3951.0.html

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Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
« Reply #17 on: March 07, 2011, 08:31:31 pm »
:billf: only comp is taking place next saturday... it's Clube Naval's Laurentina Billfish Classic on its first of three rounds...

Team Micaela will be there...

Water is cleaning up and the weather is predicted to be clear skies, weak N-NE winds, high temps (29-32oC)... I don't like the fact that it is a neap tide, but...

 

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Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
« Reply #18 on: March 09, 2011, 09:17:28 am »
JOHNF it looks like your time has come. Totally a good gut feel for your  :billf:.

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Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
« Reply #19 on: March 09, 2011, 10:02:25 am »
Thanks Tuna....

I have this funny feeling about this one too.... I'm gonna give it my best shot... going to work the 250-400 m area really hard!

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