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Title: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F 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?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace 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)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F 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?!...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: benniejordaan on January 24, 2011, 07:17:37 am
Great report! better luck next time!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego 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
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace 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
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego 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
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F 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... 
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F 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 (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!
 :billf:

 
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F 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! 
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F 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:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on February 18, 2011, 09:32:38 pm
Tight lines & hope you get your  :billf: or 3
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Capt. Hook on February 19, 2011, 05:24:47 pm
 :tite
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Searaider on February 19, 2011, 05:59:20 pm
Marcos do you know Jose ( Pescador II ) I met him in Techo.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F 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!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: shagnrelease 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?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F 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 (http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/index.php/topic,3951.0.html)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on March 07, 2011, 08:31:31 pm
A  :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...

 
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: TUNAMAN on March 09, 2011, 09:17:28 am
JOHNF it looks like your time has come. Totally a good gut feel for your  :billf:.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F 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!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: TUNAMAN on March 09, 2011, 10:03:58 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!
That's the spirit. Will be holding thumbs all the way.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Big Van on March 09, 2011, 11:01:31 am
Hi John
I hope this can help you to find a billy. Herewith two areas we caught last year marlin when we visited Inhaca. I t is a long way to travel from Maputo to it but try your best to work that drop off areas as it form canyons. We trolled zigzag from 100-350 meters these two areas and got some billys.
1. E33 09 600  S 25 43 200
2. E33 08 000  S 25 52 000
Tight Lines!!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on March 09, 2011, 11:06:10 am
Thanks so much for your support gents and for these marks Big Van, :fnx:!

Really appreciated!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: TUNAMAN on March 09, 2011, 12:43:05 pm
Great BV.

JOHNF here is some additional Bathy info on those two marks. You can see why they work.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on March 09, 2011, 01:03:34 pm
Looks like the perfect area for them... will definitely spend some time there....

which software did you use Tuna? Those depth contours are killer!!!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: TUNAMAN on March 09, 2011, 01:20:54 pm
JOHNF it is Garmin Bluecharts. Is there anything you want me to look for? If you give me approximate areas and depth I can plot any feature for you.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on March 13, 2011, 11:04:29 am
Thanks Tunaman,

Report of yesterday's fishing... http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/index.php/topic,4325.new.html#new (http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/index.php/topic,4325.new.html#new)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on March 22, 2011, 08:24:17 am
A few good cuta and tuna (~15  kg) were caught during the weekend and also "Oliver" released a couple of sailfish... good prospects for the Maritimo comp in 10 days?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: TUNAMAN on March 22, 2011, 11:12:16 am
JOHNF you will be on them in no time. Keen to get your feedback from your next time out.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on March 22, 2011, 11:16:42 am
Thanks Tuna.... this will be a species comp with about 13 species plus bills counting... so it will have to be a bit tactic but will certainly spend a lot of time chasing them!

Appreciate your support!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: TUNAMAN on March 22, 2011, 11:32:43 am
OMT on UA will be in Santa Maria then. He will be fishing the reef system on his side. Maybe contact him so you can have some in on the goings down at Santa Maria reef and South of it?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on March 22, 2011, 11:46:27 am
Great... will do that!

Thanks!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: TUNAMAN on March 22, 2011, 11:48:14 am
Some mates are fishing Sao Joa this week. Might be a bit far for you but can keep you posted on their results as soon as I get nay.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Capt. Hook on March 23, 2011, 12:00:20 am
 :billf: :billf: :billf: :billf: are there any of these around up there still
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on March 23, 2011, 05:46:15 am
Yeap... Had a marlin run last weeek and sailies are all over... They are around all year with a peak in summer
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on April 01, 2011, 08:03:13 am
Lot of preparation has been put into the comp coming up this weekend... it's the 3rd Leg of Clube Maritimo's Interauto/Ford championship... being a species comp, it's gonna be very tactical... couta, tuna, wahoo, dorado and bills are still around...

Due to the northerly expected on Saturday, the comp might get moved to Sunday... let's see...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on April 01, 2011, 10:32:39 am
Good Luck Marcos, heres hoping you get that elusive Pinochio!!

 :tite
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: shagnrelease on April 01, 2011, 10:36:23 am
Good luck brother, wish I was fishing with you!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on April 01, 2011, 10:40:03 am
Shot guys!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: TUNAMAN on April 01, 2011, 11:33:10 am
Give it horns Marcos!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on April 04, 2011, 08:04:25 am
A quick note... fishing was dismal for Micaela and lot's other boats.... the promised SE "brezee" was actually a lot stronger early in the morning and took us a while to get to the grounds... water temp was 26-27o C ...

we managed a nice couta of about 8 kg early in morning and then spent the rest of the day chasing bills out in the deep.... couldn't raise any... wasn't very comfortable for a small boat...  did 77.6 nm and spent 92 L of juice....

2 boats released sails: Fourplay and Nakisai (2x)... let's hear the report on that saily Duarte!

Oh well... the quest continues...

PS: thanks peterblace for those full-house croissants!!!! Made a bad day a bit more bearable!!!!! 
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Capt. Hook on April 04, 2011, 08:29:15 am
Frustrating day, but it will come.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: TUNAMAN on April 04, 2011, 10:18:42 am
JOHNF sorry to hear mate. You really deserve a decent pullout there. Will be holding thumbs for the next one.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on April 04, 2011, 10:22:53 am
Thanks for the support guys! I'm like a wild dog... Run 'till the prey falls down! Just gotta keep running... I mean fishing!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on April 11, 2011, 12:30:27 pm
sorry for the late report

on Oba Oba same negative result as Michaela...but worst as we didn't get anything
I believe my skipper had the same strategy as John F but in different areas...they talk a lot...I just try to listen but it's chinese their language!!!

we had 3 strikes (no bill seen) the all day and lost a deep diver rapala...who knows what happened there

Four Play released a sailfish, Nakisai had a double strike/double release of sailfish and Mon Ami also released a sailfish
I saw Nakisai's video and the 2nd sailfish to be released was a really big one

big YFT and couta were caught
top fishes were
couta 18.6kg Cormoran
YFT 18.3kg Four Play
YFT 17.9kg Cormoran
YFT 17.8kg Cormoran

loads of small couta and bonitos were also caught (all under 5kg)

John F...my pleasure preparing you your picnic...but in exchange you need to take me for some light tackle fishing
I really want to try my Exceler kit (802 and 4000) out in the blue...and you guys need to be patience and forget about the trolling and the big fishes
;)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on April 11, 2011, 03:53:40 pm
Thanks for those numbers peter...

Let's go out next weekend... fishing for the pot... I'll chase a few couta on drift baits and you can do your thing with your light stick... later on we can try trolling for some YFT!?

You up to it?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on April 11, 2011, 04:04:55 pm
 :ayb
lets do it!!!

I don't mind doing a mix of everything..as long as I'm able to play a bit with my light stick...
I believe this means I need to prepare picnic...right?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on April 11, 2011, 05:00:51 pm
:ayb
lets do it!!!

I don't mind doing a mix of everything..as long as I'm able to play a bit with my light stick...
I believe this means I need to prepare picnic...right?

 :corrct:  (don't forget your "bird" food as well! w;k )
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on April 18, 2011, 07:24:24 am
Fishing was a bit slow this weekend in MPT bay, with strong showers and the SE pumping yesterday....

Oliver released a  :billf: on Saturday and the spearos from Clube Naval, shot a 92 Kg marlin on Saturday as well, at Baixo Santa Maria (~45 m) :sadd   
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on May 01, 2011, 09:28:22 am
A few :billf: have been released in the Easter weekend and also good sized (for our area anyway)  :yft: of 15-18 Kg

Couta are still plentiful and the odd  :dor:

Preparing to go out tomorrow... will "demolish" the couta stock with drift baits and then give it a go at trolling... whatever comes out will be a bonus but want to get a YFT or 2 and maybe a  :dor:

 
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: REEFMAN on May 01, 2011, 12:22:02 pm
 :tite John F
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: whodat on May 01, 2011, 01:19:17 pm
15-18kg are nice tunas!

Are the schools still jumping around?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on May 01, 2011, 01:28:22 pm
Apparently the smaller YFT in large shoals are still around....
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: whodat on May 01, 2011, 01:37:15 pm
That's good news, where did you see them last if you don't mind me asking? Weather looks promising for tomorrow...




Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on May 01, 2011, 04:17:01 pm
Last time I saw them was in April 3rd... but last week I saw small YFT and kawakawa landed by a friend... I guess they still around...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on May 01, 2011, 04:47:33 pm
Got back from the club!  <: swr :unhap

Trailer is in such a bad state I don't want to risk it collapsing in the ramp! Can't launch tomorrow!

Seems like the weather will be perfect during the week... let's see if I can fix things .... :-(
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: whodat on May 01, 2011, 05:34:34 pm
Not good.. make sure you get it fixed before saturday!!

Fishing maritimo's comp?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on May 01, 2011, 05:43:03 pm
Yeah... and the weather apparently will play ball.... thinking about it... not sure I'll make it though... I can have a quick fix or a go for a more durable solution... will see what happens in the next few days....
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on May 06, 2011, 01:36:24 pm
:tite to Datsun and peterblace fishing the maritimo comp tomorrow!!!!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: WalkersKiller on May 06, 2011, 01:38:22 pm
 :tite guys  :rck"
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on May 06, 2011, 02:25:53 pm
thanks guys...I'll post a report (hopefully not a blank report) Sunday

I've heard Zé Maria's Chakra released 2  :sailf: yesterday...I hope they will be around tomorrow!!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on May 06, 2011, 02:34:26 pm
Also heard about a marlin and some big YFT on Chakra last week?!....  they're on fire...
 
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on May 06, 2011, 03:01:51 pm
Good luck for the weekend gents, Peter stay confident and work hard it will come mate

 :tite to all.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on May 07, 2011, 03:22:46 pm
Was working on my trailer with the radio on... Oliver released a marlin, Stella had a dying marlin (tail wrapped) on revival for a long time but the bill eventually  died... It will no count as rules say it must be released or be at least 500 Lbs... A few strikes here and there...

Let's wait for peter's report for more details...

Ps: saw quite a few boats launching to Inhaca for the Challenge...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on May 07, 2011, 11:51:50 pm
due to skipper decision we didn't launch

Oliver won the competition after releasing a marlin
second place was Dan Dan with sailfish release + 18.3kg wahoo + 18kg YFT
they had 3 sailfish on the lines at the same time...with only skipper and 1 deckhand on board
each of them was fighting a fish and the remaining rod/reel was running out of line
unfortunately one of the sailys got free and unluckily cut the line of other sailys..
they had another saily strike
nakisai also released a sailfish and caught a 22kg wahoo plus some couta
stella released a saily and caught a 70ish kg marlin (didn't count)

loads of nice size couta (avg 16kg) were caught, some nice big bull dorados (20 kg) but avg weight for the YFT came down (they must be running away from the area)
biggest fish was a 29kg wahoo

Number1 crew is joining Cormorant for the challenge in Inhaca..tight lines for the only Mozambican team!!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on May 08, 2011, 07:35:07 am
Thanx peter... Some great catches... Good to know the bills are still around!

See you later!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: whodat on May 09, 2011, 01:39:38 pm
Correct gentlemen, marlin got tailwrapped and died. Took a live tuna, jumped about 10 times and took us 30 minutes to bring it in. We tried to revive it for 45 minutes, it didnt work, I called it in to boat it afterwards. Rather be honest and sleep well at night then to fake a release or come up with camera issues excuse for release. Great day regardless of comp or not.
 
Sailie was later on, there were a few jumping around in front the boats at one time.
 
Good wake up call for the tourney comittee, a marlin and sail must win a comp. Theres a big diff in killing a fish for sake of it (done it b4 unfortunately) then having a dead fish come next to the boat and nothing can be done about it.
 
Plenty of small tuna around, within the 4kgs range.
 
Inhaca day 1 theres a strong south, no comp today, we fish tomorrow.
 
Only two boats from Moz, Stella(Naval) and Cormoran (maritimo). Think theres 2 or 3 from Inhaca.

 
 
 
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on May 09, 2011, 01:43:47 pm
Tough luck whodat... was working on my trailer and heard your efforts on the radio... well done man! +cred

Pity as you guys would have nailed the comp!!!!

 :tite for the challenge!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: shagnrelease on May 09, 2011, 01:52:11 pm
Correct gentlemen, marlin got tailwrapped and died. Took a live tuna, jumped about 10 times and took us 30 minutes to bring it in. We tried to revive it for 45 minutes, it didnt work, I called it in to boat it afterwards. Rather be honest and sleep well at night then to fake a release or come up with camera issues excuse for release. Great day regardless of comp or not.
 
Sailie was later on, there were a few jumping around in front the boats at one time.
 
Good wake up call for the tourney comittee, a marlin and sail must win a comp. Theres a big diff in killing a fish for sake of it (done it b4 unfortunately) then having a dead fish come next to the boat and nothing can be done about it.
 
Plenty of small tuna around, within the 4kgs range.
 
Inhaca day 1 theres a strong south, no comp today, we fish tomorrow.
 
Only two boats from Moz, Stella(Naval) and Cormoran (maritimo). Think theres 2 or 3 from Inhaca.

congrats on the result, and top form for not releasing a dead fish for the sakes of a comp one, hats of to you sir!! (clap) (clap)
 
Can you post some pics of the fish please??
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on May 09, 2011, 02:12:52 pm
Some great catches from all that managed to wet a line.

Did the boat that won only get a Marlin or some other species too?

How did you go for Datsun?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on May 09, 2011, 02:15:26 pm
Datsun was fishing on Oliver... I'm sure they got some other species....

Hey Datsun, where's the report???? :unhap
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: DATSUN on May 09, 2011, 06:06:39 pm
Sorry guys.... I've been a bit tied-up this morning... Some of us poor unfurtunate souls have to EARN our salaries ;o)
 
Well we were 5-up on Oliver (Cobra Cat 900)
Diamantino - Skipper
Paulo - Captain
Datsun - Crew
Albano - Junior (15 Years old)
Nomade - Assistant (Ghilly)
 
We ran out with all the usual suspects, as the comp commenced, all to our respective "secret grounds"
The first order of the day was to look for a Saily. We had a Halco (secret collours ) in the spread and it wasn't long before it produced the first pull of the day. After a quick fight we boated a small YFT which we should have pulled for a Marlin, but we thought that it might weigh, so we kept it, as we have not weighed a YFT for the tournament. Sadly, the little Tunny fell just short of the required 5Kg mark.
 
After re-setting the spread and remaining in the general area, we duffed another pull, which seemed like a much better fish..... such is fishing.
 
We decided to move to deeper water, pulling the same spread (targeting Saily's) we had a double strike and managed to boat both fish, a 9Kg- and a 22Kg Dorado.
 
We continued to look for Saily's for another hour or so, with no takers, we decided to move to the deep and target that ellusive Marlin.
 
Having pulled kona's for a couple of hours with no strikes, it was time to change tactic's.... SKIP-BAITS!
 
Within 10 minutes of pulling 2 skip-baits, the port-side outrigger popped....
10 seconds of heart-thumping silence.... a lazy few rurns of the reel.... more heart-thumping.... then..... ZZZZZZZZZZ THAT SOUND WE ALL LOVE TO HEAR... ZZZZZZZZ Set the drag to STRIKE, Some throttle on the motors.... Marlin jumps about 40 meters behind the boat. That's it, the hook is set. Throttle back, clear the other lines, clear the deck, put the joungster in the chair, and the fight begins. After a good few jumps and a few scary moments and about 45 to 50 minutes the fish was released successfuly! That's it boys! We are on the board!!! Well done to Albano!!! His first Marlin, at age 15!
 
Why stop backing the winning horse? Our last remaining skip-bait is set, on the starboard rigger, and 2 Rap's on the port-side. Not 20 minutes later, a bill appeared on the skip-bait! Strike 1.... another strike!... 3'rd strike..... NOTHING!!! Damn!!! What happened?? Wind the bait back.... It is crushed to a pulp. The outrigger did not pop, so the fish never swallowed the bait, meaning there is not much chanse of a hookup (with a circle hook). I suspect it was a Saily, but that is purely speculation.
 
By now it is almost 15h00. Set another spread of Kona's and work our way back to the weigh-in at Maritimo.
 
Passing a few bait-balls on the way back, we were very hopefull, but for naught. No more pulls for the day.
 
After all's said and done, it was a great day at sea. Good weather, good company, and a good haul.
 
   
 
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on May 09, 2011, 08:41:10 pm
Sorry guys.... I've been a bit tied-up this morning... Some of us poor unfurtunate souls have to EARN our salaries ;o)
 
Well we were 5-up on Oliver (Cobra Cat 900)
Diamantino - Skipper
Paulo - Captain
Datsun - Crew
Albano - Junior (15 Years old)
Nomade - Assistant (Ghilly)
 
We ran out with all the usual suspects, as the comp commenced, all to our respective "secret grounds"
The first order of the day was to look for a Saily. We had a Halco (secret collours ) in the spread and it wasn't long before it produced the first pull of the day. After a quick fight we boated a small YFT which we should have pulled for a Marlin, but we thought that it might weigh, so we kept it, as we have not weighed a YFT for the tournament. Sadly, the little Tunny fell just short of the required 5Kg mark.
 
After re-setting the spread and remaining in the general area, we duffed another pull, which seemed like a much better fish..... such is fishing.
 
We decided to move to deeper water, pulling the same spread (targeting Saily's) we had a double strike and managed to boat both fish, a 9Kg- and a 22Kg Dorado.
 
We continued to look for Saily's for another hour or so, with no takers, we decided to move to the deep and target that ellusive Marlin.
 
Having pulled kona's for a couple of hours with no strikes, it was time to change tactic's.... SKIP-BAITS!
 
Within 10 minutes of pulling 2 skip-baits, the port-side outrigger popped....
10 seconds of heart-thumping silence.... a lazy few rurns of the reel.... more heart-thumping.... then..... ZZZZZZZZZZ THAT SOUND WE ALL LOVE TO HEAR... ZZZZZZZZ Set the drag to STRIKE, Some throttle on the motors.... Marlin jumps about 40 meters behind the boat. That's it, the hook is set. Throttle back, clear the other lines, clear the deck, put the joungster in the chair, and the fight begins. After a good few jumps and a few scary moments and about 45 to 50 minutes the fish was released successfuly! That's it boys! We are on the board!!! Well done to Albano!!! His first Marlin, at age 15!
 
Why stop backing the winning horse? Our last remaining skip-bait is set, on the starboard rigger, and 2 Rap's on the port-side. Not 20 minutes later, a bill appeared on the skip-bait! Strike 1.... another strike!... 3'rd strike..... NOTHING!!! Damn!!! What happened?? Wind the bait back.... It is crushed to a pulp. The outrigger did not pop, so the fish never swallowed the bait, meaning there is not much chanse of a hookup (with a circle hook). I suspect it was a Saily, but that is purely speculation.
 
By now it is almost 15h00. Set another spread of Kona's and work our way back to the weigh-in at Maritimo.
 
Passing a few bait-balls on the way back, we were very hopefull, but for naught. No more pulls for the day.
 
After all's said and done, it was a great day at sea. Good weather, good company, and a good haul.
 
   

Great report D, that is an impressive size Dolly, any pics from the day.
 :shre:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: DATSUN on May 10, 2011, 09:41:01 am
Sorry!
I'll see if I can get them to mail me some, as the were not taken with my camera.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: didife on May 10, 2011, 05:32:33 pm
Hi everyone
Let me illustrate the Datsun´s great report.

[/size]Here goes:

[/size]The 22 Kg Dorado
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on May 10, 2011, 05:41:09 pm
Thanks and welcome to UA didife!!!!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: didife on May 10, 2011, 05:47:13 pm

Thanks for the welcome John F


[/size]In continuation:

[/size][/size][size=medium]Albano suffering[/size]
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: didife on May 10, 2011, 05:51:56 pm
The beast jumping
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: didife on May 10, 2011, 05:56:05 pm
Albano refueling
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on May 10, 2011, 06:01:37 pm
 :clfoto: didife!

 :shre:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: didife on May 10, 2011, 06:03:29 pm
The proof
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: didife on May 10, 2011, 06:07:26 pm
Celebrating first marlin = first drink
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: didife on May 10, 2011, 06:13:36 pm
ugh that weird grimace, it seems that he did not like
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Capt. Hook on May 10, 2011, 06:39:05 pm
No harness or chair???
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: REEFMAN on May 10, 2011, 06:45:17 pm
Brilliant report, great fishing and awesome pics!!

 (clap) :shre: cred to you!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on May 10, 2011, 07:43:12 pm
 :welc: Didife some unbelievable pics with your 1st post to accompany Datsun's awesome report. :tkx:

Keep these great reports coming gents......+cred

 :shre:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: benniejordaan on May 19, 2011, 08:59:01 am
No harness or chair???

He's not a sissy!!  :hehe:
Graham landed that Blue Marlin, 100kg + and refused a harness  :nobs: . It's only you Mike!!!  :hyst: :hyst: :hyst:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Capt. Hook on May 19, 2011, 09:21:48 am
He's not a sissy!!  :hehe:
Graham landed that Blue Marlin, 100kg + and refused a harness  :nobs: . It's only you Mike!!!  :hyst: :hyst: :hyst:

IC, you forget that I am trying to make things better for my clients.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: shagnrelease on May 19, 2011, 11:44:37 am
No harness or chair???

Looks like he was sitting in the chair and the photo shows 2 clips on the lugs, so I would say a bum harness but the youngster is not using it right. I am sure with the excitment he just wanted to pump and wind!!!  Lekker stuff well done!!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: DATSUN on May 19, 2011, 12:11:07 pm
Yeah, he was sitting in the chair, but not useing a harnass. We did clip the reel, just in case....
 
Look, the fish was not huge, by any stretch of the imagination, but for a 15-year-old, he pulled that fish like a deamon! I, for one, am expecting great things from him.
 
I think this puts an end to the "sissy" issue.... w;k
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: whodat on May 19, 2011, 06:34:02 pm
Nicely done guys, congrats on his first marlin.  (clap)

The 22kg dorado is a magnificent fish.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: TUNAMAN on May 20, 2011, 08:36:28 am
Fantastic catches these. Congratulations and hoping we can get some during our visit in July!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on May 26, 2011, 03:12:25 pm
Just got an email from Duarte... they released 2 black marlin out of 3 yesterday, on live bait aboard Kambaku!

Well done!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on June 03, 2011, 01:14:15 pm
Micaela will be launching tomorrow... me, peterblace and my brother will try get some couta (rappies+drifts), cast a few poppers and spoons around the buoys and then troll for a lost sailie...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: TUNAMAN on June 03, 2011, 01:37:42 pm
Go get them Marcos.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on June 03, 2011, 01:39:49 pm
 :tkx: Tunaman...

Hopefully will have a report tomorrow full of  :cout: , maybe a few  :yft: and who knows, a  :sailf: ?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on June 06, 2011, 10:43:01 am
And ???
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on June 06, 2011, 10:52:08 am
Sorry, here's the latest report http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/index.php/topic,5357.new/topicseen.html#new (http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/index.php/topic,5357.new/topicseen.html#new)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on June 22, 2011, 06:07:27 pm
Launched this morning for a quick (4 hour) session as a deckie on Oba Oba... sea was flat and the water kinda dirty... we tried a bit of everything (deep for bills about 2 hours), drifting with mackies for couta, jigging and speed trolling... NOTHING!

Only got 1 halfbeak tail cut off 2 mm from the hook (arrrghhhh!!!!!!) and a strike on an x-rap (probably a small tuna) that we lost!!!!

Anyway, it was good to be out in the blue again!!!!!

 
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: whodat on June 23, 2011, 04:20:33 am
Long overdue, feel free to point out anything that could be done to revive this fish. Suggestions are welcomed.
[youtube]jrQjus8CSuw[/youtube]

Saillie
[youtube]3aq6yk7pGXI[/youtube]

*edit* how do i embed vids on here?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on June 23, 2011, 04:04:10 pm
Launched this morning for a quick (4 hour) session as a deckie on Oba Oba... sea was flat and the water kinda dirty... we tried a bit of everything (deep for bills about 2 hours), drifting with mackies for couta, jigging and speed trolling... NOTHING!

Only got 1 halfbeak tail cut off 2 mm from the hook (arrrghhhh!!!!!!) and a strike on an x-rap (probably a small tuna) that we lost!!!!

Anyway, it was good to be out in the blue again!!!!!

@ John F, what was the water temperature out there?

Always lekker to be out there :win:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on June 23, 2011, 04:08:22 pm
Don't know... the boat's fishfinder doesn't have a temp sensor... it didn't feel very cold though... I'd say ~23o C...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: shagnrelease on June 24, 2011, 10:02:46 am
Long overdue, feel free to point out anything that could be done to revive this fish. Suggestions are welcomed.
[youtube]jrQjus8CSuw[/youtube]

Saillie
[youtube]3aq6yk7pGXI[/youtube]

*edit* how do i embed vids on here?

Marlin release attempt (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrQjus8CSuw#ws)
Its difficult to say really without seeing the fight time, what happened boatside etc, but the only thing I can say is that the fish should have been held upright by the dorsal from the begining, but other than that it sometimes hapeens that way and fish die, must say the fish did not look like it was going to revive any time soon and already had the "vacant" stare, I think it was a goner at this stage already, unlucky but its the nature of the business. Well done on attempting to release the fish however  (clap) (clap)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: REEFMAN on June 24, 2011, 11:00:26 am
Long overdue, feel free to point out anything that could be done to revive this fish. Suggestions are welcomed.
[youtube]jrQjus8CSuw[/youtube]

Saillie
[youtube]3aq6yk7pGXI[/youtube]

*edit* how do i embed vids on here?

EMBED VIDS:

Copy the URL from Youtube.
Open up the reply window.
Click "insert hyperlink", paste the URL in there...
Click post... done.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on June 24, 2011, 01:43:08 pm
As Shaggy said, I think holding the beast up right by its dorsal fin is key. What we also do to check for a sign of life is stick our hand in its mouth and the bite tends to get stronger when they start regaining strength.

At least you tried putting back which is  :ayb unfortunately it did not make which = some lekker fish on the table.

Still yet to taste sailfish, how is gents?

Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: DATSUN on June 24, 2011, 03:04:52 pm
@ Prego
 
I was out last weekend, the temp in the bay (at Maritimo) was a mere 19deg C.
 
Further out it was hovering between 21.8 and 22.4 deg C.
 
Hope that helps
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Searaider on June 24, 2011, 03:09:05 pm
Sailfish tastes very good ,We got some from fisherman at Sodwana after a fishing comp ,apparently the fisherman ate some of the marlin and it made them very sick . Was very sad to see all the dead billfish ,the people didn't know what to do with all the fish. :-(
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on June 24, 2011, 04:07:18 pm
@ Prego
 
I was out last weekend, the temp in the bay (at Maritimo) was a mere 19deg C.
 
Further out it was hovering between 21.8 and 22.4 deg C.
 
Hope that helps

Wow that low  :cnfzd

Thanks Datsun
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on June 24, 2011, 04:09:48 pm
Sailfish tastes very good ,We got some from fisherman at Sodwana after a fishing comp ,apparently the fisherman ate some of the marlin and it made them very sick . Was very sad to see all the dead billfish ,the people didn't know what to do with all the fish. :-(

 :tkx: Searaider, how did you prepare & cook it?

Yip its sad how many fishermen still have a 'fish for today' mentality still.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Toppie on June 24, 2011, 04:15:32 pm
Quite lekker actualy, - such a pity!
 
Its the mains on most Mauritius Hotel menu's. They eat tons of it there.
 
We should start a rumour that because of lead and red mercury poisoning all the Indian Ocean game and pellagics are toxic.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Searaider on June 24, 2011, 05:35:12 pm
:tkx: Searaider, how did you prepare & cook it?

Yip its sad how many fishermen still have a 'fish for today' mentality still.


I don't know a friend of mine is a chef and she prepared it


This happened quite a few year ago so I hope they don't kill as many fish now


Toppie good idea
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: shagnrelease on June 27, 2011, 08:59:28 am

I don't know a friend of mine is a chef and she prepared it


This happened quite a few year ago so I hope they don't kill as many fish now


Toppie good idea


They Dont, but still too many.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on June 27, 2011, 09:28:18 am
Report on the past weekend.... It was Moz's independance day (25 June) and a neap tide, so we decided to spend the weekend at Inhaca island and do so bottom fishing and family+friends get together... 

We launched at 11ish on Friday, taking advantage of the calm sea that followed a Northerly... it was expected that the wind would swing towards a hard SE by the afternoon so we had to rush... therefore no fishing that day! Got everything ready for the next day and jumped into a few (maybe too much) beers!!!!!

On Saturday, the wind come later than predicted and at 2:00 am it was howling! Only died at about 11:00... so we launched for a short afternoon session. Went to 3M (4.5 nm NE of Portuguese island). The fishing was poor with a few emperors, 2 good size shad and other species! The 4 of us managed about 10 kg... anyway it was a good session with good laughs and oily sea.

Supper and drinks that night were served at Marujo Snack Bar (at the beach and must say Ginha took good care of us!)...

The next day the sea was as flat as a space telescope mirror... and the fishing was dismally worst than the day before... water was really cold (18-19o C)!!!!  Anyway we had a few good pulls and my dad lost a fish that never stopped taking line!!!!!

At the end of it all, we ha a good time at Inhaca and a Sunday supper of fresh fish to finish in good style!!

A few pics...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on June 27, 2011, 09:36:17 am
Sounds like you guys had an awesome wicked, & Ginha must be one of the nicest guys I have ever met, always willing to help complete strangers.

 :shre:

I fail to understand how the water up there is colder than off Durban :cnfzd
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: nico on June 27, 2011, 10:00:32 am
Supper and drinks that night were served at Marujo Snack Bar (at the beach and must say Ginha took good care of us!)...

<snip>... water was really cold (18-19o C)!!!!  </snip>
I love that snack bar - the peri peri chicken is absolutely out of this world! Will definitely visit when we are over there in a few weeks, although it does get expesnive when you have to pay the island fees, plus a mooring fee etc. Is the mooring fee true by the way or just a rip-off?
Wow, the water is really cold then - I hope it warms up a bit before we arrive. We have plenty off things we want to try.
 
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on June 27, 2011, 10:30:37 am
Sorry, I must say that the water was at that temp early in the morning and then went up to 21o C!!!!

Mooring fees are paid to the kids to look after your boat! It's not an official fee. I paid 250 Mt/day... if you spending just a few hours, it should be less than that! 

The island entry fee is a bit of a rip off... it should be charged only if one enters a reserve. in this case, either Ponta Torres (opposite Santa Maria), Portuguese Island (the whole island) and Barreira Vermelha (aka coral gardens). If one is going to the hotel area (WHICH IS NOT A RESERVE!), one should not pay!!!! They do it because they are just lazy (and it's the main entry point to the island)!!!!! 

More pics...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: nico on June 27, 2011, 10:36:51 am
Sorry, I must say that the water was at that temp early in the morning and then went up to 21o C!!!!

Mooring fees are paid to the kids to look after your boat! It's not an official fee. I paid 250 Mt/day... if you spending just a few hours, it should be less than that! 

The island entry fee is a bit of a rip off... it should be charged only if one enters a reserve. in this case, either Ponta Torres (opposite Santa Maria), Portuguese Island (the whole island) and Barreira Vermelha (aka coral gardens). If one is going to the hotel area (WHICH IS NOT A RESERVE!), one should not pay!!!! They do it because they are just lazy (and it's the main entry point to the island)!!!!!
What is the difference between coral gardens and Ponta Torres John F? Coral gardens is the snorkel spot, but I thought that from the seaward marker from there it was not reserve and we where allowed to fish - and I also though that bit was Ponta Torres?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on June 27, 2011, 10:38:22 am
Ok here is a quick map... I could not find a proper official map so I quickly drew one... the area shaded in yellow are the reserves (marine and terrestrial)...   
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: nico on June 27, 2011, 11:00:11 am
Ok here is a quick map... I could not find a proper official map so I quickly drew one... the area shaded in yellow are the reserves (marine and terrestrial)...
Oh wow - I've always had it wrong! The area marked as Ponta Torres is where I thought Coral Gardens where, and while we knew that that specific bit by the rocky ledge is a reserve, I have fished quite a bit off the beach on Inhaca from the start of the Hell's Gate channel (opposite Carlos') all the way up the beach.
Good to know now :)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on June 27, 2011, 11:10:45 am
At the end of the rocky ledge there is (or should be) a marker buoy and also a board that marks the end of the marine reserve... from there towards the channel you can fish no problem... the rangers will let you know...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on June 28, 2011, 09:18:23 am
Last pic... especially for nico and the shag! 40.00 mt/kg  (R10.00)!!!!!!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: TUNAMAN on June 28, 2011, 09:28:53 am
Last pic... especially for nico and the shag! 40.00 mt/kg  (R10.00)!!!!!!!
We definitely need to negotiate!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: nico on June 28, 2011, 09:42:47 am
Last pic... especially for nico and the shag! 40.00 mt/kg  (R10.00)!!!!!!!
LOL - and I was making halfbeak traces in the garage last night! We do need to have a little chat John F. So you coming over on the first Saturday then  :-)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on September 05, 2011, 07:45:17 am
Heard of a big YFT (35 kg?) last week caught by Chakra.... Otherwise things have been slow in Maputo the last couple of weeks... a few boats going out to do bottoms, but generally the wind and cold has kept most of the guys...

Now with the African Games all boats from Maritimo are grounded so nothing is really going to happen within the next 10 days...

Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on September 10, 2011, 12:41:30 pm
Yolanda II caught a 19 Kg wahoo 3 days ago... Seems like Tunaman is right... they are all out there.. only a matter of going out and getting them! 
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on September 22, 2011, 07:05:44 am
Kela (Clube Naval) went out last weekend... only got a 7 kg kingfish on jigging at Poco.... they think they had a bill between Poco and Baixo Danae... took a lot of line but didn't stick!

Weather has been like a washing machine... swinging from SE-NE-SE-NE!!!!

Team Micaela getting ready to the 2nd leg of the Billfish Classic on 15 October. We'll be taking Oba Oba. Preparation at full speed!

 :billf:

 
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: TUNAMAN on September 23, 2011, 08:38:12 am
Yolanda II caught a 19 Kg wahoo 3 days ago... Seems like Tunaman is right... they are all out there.. only a matter of going out and getting them! 
TUNAMAN allways right    :hnthnt:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: TUNAMAN on September 23, 2011, 08:40:24 am
Kela (Clube Naval) went out last weekend... only got a 7 kg kingfish on jigging at Poco.... they think they had a bill between Poco and Baixo Danae... took a lot of line but didn't stick!

Weather has been like a washing machine... swinging from SE-NE-SE-NE!!!!

Team Micaela getting ready to the 2nd leg of the Billfish Classic on 15 October. We'll be taking Oba Oba. Preparation at full speed!

 :billf:

 
Perfect Wahoo and  :billf: weather. You now need to wait for a NE turning SE and then hit the lull in between before the NE. You might only get 3 or so hours but go straight to the best feature you know of and you will have a ball. Not for the faint hearted however.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on October 14, 2011, 06:44:19 am
Weather has been great the lats few days... Now that the season is just starting (first comp is this coming Saturday, the 15th), the forecast says northerly winds (10 knots) with gusts up to 17!

Team Micaela will be fishing aboard Oba Oba (24 ft Kei Marine Scorpion)!

Apparently some large YFT and Wahoo are around the Poco area... Oh well.... this being a billfish only comp we'll be looking for the smaller ones... the spearo gang has been getting a lot of fish...

So it seems like it's going to be a shaker but hopefully a good one  :billf:

All the big guns are ready including some large mullets I got for skip baits!
 
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on October 14, 2011, 08:07:30 pm
Tomorrow's comp postponed to the 22nd due to strong winds!!!

Today several large (+16 kg) couta and wahoo were shot by the spearo gang from club naval. They said the area around Baixo Danae is boling with large game fish...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on November 26, 2011, 05:22:31 pm
:tite to those fishing the Clube Maritimo comp tomorrow...

The Clube Naval Billfish Classic has been postponed to the 3rd & 4th Dec... team "Micaela" (fishing aboard Oba Oba) will be there!

Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: skipsch on November 27, 2011, 09:15:10 am
Good Luck to Team "Micaela".
Keep us posted.
 :tite
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Manuel Junior on November 27, 2011, 12:23:13 pm
Good Luck to Team "Micaela".
Keep us posted.
 :tite

 :tkx: :tkx:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on November 28, 2011, 10:59:55 am
here is another report from Maputo bay's outing
Maritimo's competetion was supposed to be held Saturday...due to some winds and not so good forecast for Saturday organization decided to postpone the competetion for Sunday

so yesterday we launch at 4:30 with departing time set for 5:30
nearly 20boats attended the competition

weather was cloudy at that time of the day with nearly no wind and very calm seas

I was invited aboard Oba Oba a 24ft Mey Marine with 2x115 Yamaha 4stroke
we were 3 onboard

we headed to boia 3 where there's a big chance on catching some couta...we did catch 3 although they were undersize so it was fish for the pot

since this moment I was the skipper, Miguel (the owner) was sorting out the gear and Fabrizio (a Italian friend) was the fisherman
I was also trying to take some photos and movies but action was so fast that not a single movie/photo was taken during the couta activity (sorry guys)

we kept going out (E) to the 200mts mark
our plan was to reach the 200mts and start heading North towards Poco...then we would fish for a while around the Poco fishing points and after we would come down again to some more throlling around Inhaca points

while heading North we had a strike and fish took loads of line...and vanished when Fabrizio start fighting the fish
same again a bit after and a nice dollie start jumping
this time I was able to start filming while Miguel cleaned the fighting area and set up a kit with a popper in case some more dollies were hanging around
unfortunatelly he was swimming on his own and was on board after a while...a nice 9.9kg dollie

at Poco we saw plenty birds and fish activity but no strikes...although some boats around were catching bonnies, YFT and skipjack

at 11:45 Hakuna Matata released a sailfish and a few moments later we heard that Nakisai released a Marlin

we then had a nice strike and when I reached the fighting area fish was gone...and that happened one more time a few moments later
it seems like there's a curse with me onboard Oba Oba (after the sailfish I caught when I went for the first time fishing 1 1/2year ago)...nearly no more fish caught by myself
I hope the curse is gone next weekend with Naval billfish "classic" that will take place Sat and Sun
I believe this is fishing...we shouldn't take things for granted...going out on a boat doesn't mean that we will come home happy

we then headed East again to the 200mts mark and then South to the fishing points arount Inhaca island
one more strike with no taker and by 15:30 we were back to the club with some more drifts at boia 3

by 14:50 Mon Ami released a Marlin

after cleaning the boat I stayed at the club waiting for the boats arrival...
plenty dollies (between 6 and 10kg), some tunas ranging the 7kg and a few nice size wahoo of around 15kg...with the biggest prize given to Nakizai's 19.1kg wahoo

in the end result was:
1 - Nakizai (marlin)
2- Mon Ami (marlin)
3- Hakuna Matata (sailfish)
biggest fish
1- Nakizai (19.1 wahoo)
2- Hakuna Matata (16.4 wahoo)
3- Nakizai (16.3 wahoo)

will post a few pictures later of lauching and our dollie

in 2 weeks time (10th December) we will have Maritimo last leg of the competetion

for now tight line for us (team Micaela aboard Oba Oba) on Naval competition during next weekend...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Manuel Junior on November 28, 2011, 11:09:52 am
 :shre:  Peter!!! :yipee:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: DATSUN on November 28, 2011, 11:28:22 am
Thanx for the report Peterblace!!!
 
I was fishing on board Oliver and it seems that we had a severe case of the "Midas-Syndrome" because everything we touched, instantly turned into Sh** (instead of gold)
 
Our livebaits were ravaged by sharks, our skipbaits were mutilated by Wahoo/Couta and countles fish simply fell of the hooks.....
 
Fortunately a few fish did stick, so at leasst we had something for the pot.
 
It was a great day out there though, as it beats any day spent at the office..... HANDS DOWN!!!
 
Congratulations to Nakisai, Mon Ami and Hakuna Matata
 
Good luck to the guys fishing next weekend's Naval-comp. I'll be out of town so I'm sure the billfish will be wild.....
 
 
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on November 28, 2011, 01:21:20 pm
Thanks for the reports guys, much appreciated!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on November 30, 2011, 05:53:45 pm
Shot for the report PB...

Hey Datsun, tough luck bru!

Yeap.... next weekend we gonna have it!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on December 05, 2011, 08:36:07 am
The Clube Naval Billfish "classic" was cancelled due to "bad" weather! Postponed to sometime next year!!!!

The comp was supposed to have 3 legs in 2011. Clube Naval was able to host ONE fishing competition in 2011!

Classic failure!!!!!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on December 12, 2011, 12:13:27 pm
here is the report from my (our) outing yesterday

final leg of the Maritimo competition went well with nice fishing for us and consolidation of Nakisai as the better boat fishing in Maputo during 2011
congratulations for Nakisai team as indeed they put a big effort on fishing tis year and out fish all the other boats with nearly 1 billfish per leg

regarding our outing, I had a PM on Wednesday late in the evening from well known UA Champ...he was gonna be in Maputo for a client visit and asked me if I was fishing this weekend and he could join me
I mentioned that we had the competition and I was as usual a guest on board Oba Oba...but I would check with the skipper if I could take a guest
all ok and Thursday I took care of sorting out the fishing license for him...as it's mandatory for everyone on board a boat during a competition...no one checks even if the skipper as a license but it's mandatory
anyway...he arrived Friday after a long and exhausting drive...we had super micro social at Maritimo (only the 2 of us) friday night as competition was postponed for Sunday
weather forecast for Saturday was not so good...although wind never picked up
it was good time spent having some 2M's (him) and a Francesinha...typical portuguese dish from Porto
Saturday he had to work and after work another super micro social at Mundo's (now tih my partner)...we chated for a while before I went home for fishing snacks preparation
all set up and at 4:30 we got to Maritimo for 5:30 launching time
sea was flat, some clouds and treat of rain (we had some drops during the day) and temperature around 25
our goal was to sail North as the conditions were perfect to explore the fishing grounds up North...
by 6:40 lines were in the water in the 40/50mts mark...the Champ can write a bit on the spread as he his more experienced...I thought it wasn't that good although we were able to score nicelly
10minutes after...we had a long screaming reel on the short corner kit...I was the skipper/cameramen for the moment and Miguel started clearing the way for the Champ to start the fight
he had a good fight and after a while he was all happy and screaming as it was his first wahoo ever...and a grander...he will post the pics as I don't have any...I will try and collate the videos
on board he (the Champ) estimated over 20kg...I mentioned that last competition winning game fish (also a wahoo) had 19.1kg and was bigger then that...although skinnier...I guessed 18kg

weighted 18.9kg and was the biggest game fish caught yesterday...John F's boat caught a 18kg and was also first...of the lst ones (hehehe)
nice fish tough

we were all happy and yelling WAAAAAAAHHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
congratulations on your first wahoo Champ!!!!

lines out again and after a while we were on again...and another strike that failed to hook up...a dorado was jumping around...so we start working the area in search for some dorado

after a while the top gun was on and I hold the rod...a 30y old penn international 30 reel that a few moments earlier we figured out that had a drag problem...
the drag wasn't working and per turn in would loose 3 out (literally the handle was reversing 3 turns out)...it was a fun fight with a lot of stress on my hands and arms as I was controlling the drag with my hands
the Champ was on the wheel/gaff while I was fighting...when suddenly Miguel asked the Champ for the gaff...
...we were all surprised why was he asking for the gaff on the other side of the boat but while reeling in The Winch (as we called the 80 and 130 reels) we found out that another dorado was on...funny hein!!!
it was a small one that only counted for the pot...mine was a very nice fight considering the weight of the fish (7.8kg) and the condition of the tackle

by this time John F was next to us aboard Lucky Luke, a F200 recently bought by one of his friends and because of lack of experience they have asked a experienced fisherman and sailor to go with them
we told him that the area was mad with dorado and he should work that area with us

not long after and again...another double strike of dorado...I was on the wheel/gaff/camera while Miguel was clearing the are...and the Champ fighting...guess what...the same kits
Miguel with The Winch...the Champ with the 1in/3out kit...but this time with a lot more fun as the dorado was slightly bigger and fighting a strange way
the Champ mentioned that this dollie was going like crazy to the bottom...like a YFT would do
I have really nice video footage that definitely need to collate and post for you guys
Miguel's dorado weighted 6.6kg and the Champ's 9.7kg

same lures, same kits...so we decided to change the lures for another kits as fighting a dorado on The Winch was not fun (for the fish and for us)...and fighting any fish on a 1in/3out kit was too tiring for us

the rest of the day was spent trolling towards deeper waters and around Poco and by 13h we call it off and start heading home
by 14h30 we were back in Maritimo for weighting and boat cleaning...and some more 2M's

the Champ had to leave to finish is work while I waited for all the boats to arrive with the catches...we had a big fish and although we weren't able to fight for the first place (as Nakisai released another marlin) but we scored high and maybe we could get 2nd place
unfortunately Hakuna Matata caught a few tunas and relegated us for 3rd place...but we had the biggest fish thanks to the Champ

looking forward for some pictures from the Champ camera...and will work on the video collage so that you can see him in action
I'm also looking forward for John F's report
and to finish...I'm also looking for a comment on the fishing snack's prepared... :hehe:

just to ad that the Champ is now on the way home...so safe trip to you mate and post some pics so that everyone know who you are
100% mate and thanks for being such a good company aboard Oba-Oba...come more frequently and remember that there's a open offer for Ponta do Ouro
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on December 12, 2011, 02:05:00 pm
The champ is here, the champ is here  :hehe: :hehe: :hehe: :hehe:

Back in JHB after a hectic working weekend with a great day on the ocean with a great person.

Firstly I would just like to thank Peterblace for arranging for me to join him on his friend Miguel's boat "Oba Oba" and arranging the customary fishing licence which I forgot to re-emberse you for  duh ( I will sort that out with you in the next week or so up north) it was a great pleasure to join you guys.

Well as Peterblace says we got together the Friday & Saturday night for a meal and to sample the local brew obviously  :beer: and I must confess you have now converted me from 2M to Laurentina Imperial (draught). I apologise if I was awning at the table but I was finished I don't even work that hard at my factory and add 35c temp and 75% humidity  :nuts: but thanks again for being such a gracious host and great company and friend. On Saturday evening after during dinner we were discussing snacks for the boat and Peter mentioned that he was still going home to make a chocolate cake and some crossaintes to bring on the boat.

Well whan I awoke at 4am I had received an email with the proof  :+ cred: Peterblace or should I say Jamie Oliver  :hehe:




Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on December 12, 2011, 02:25:33 pm
 :hehe:
it was indeed good fun with a good friend...as mentioned before on other threads it's amazing how the UA members can interact with so much friendship only by knowing each other from the forum
UA is a great brotherhood... :+ cred:

I have just heard the rumors that John F is doing is first buoyancy test on MAXIMVS...I hope all goes well
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: shagnrelease on December 12, 2011, 02:47:47 pm
ENOUGH OF THE CAKE IMAGES WHERE ARE THE FEEESH?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: CLS on December 12, 2011, 02:52:50 pm
Where the pics ??
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on December 12, 2011, 02:54:03 pm
Battling to up load pics will sort it asap.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on December 12, 2011, 02:57:47 pm
tonight I will try to work on the videos...and definitely Prego or myself will post some pictures of some salty fish


:wahoo: waaaahhhhhhhhoooooooooooooooo
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on December 12, 2011, 03:06:19 pm
Great to see you Prego, even for only 5 min! Really sorry I couldn't spend more time with you guys, but you're to blame for not letting us know beforehand that you'd be coming!!!

The last few days have been hectic and work on the boat is going well! Deck's closed and now it's final prep for the paint job.

As for my fishing report... Not much to say, actually...

Was invited to provide some "mentoring"... Well at the end of the day I ended up providing ice, rods, lures, bait, rod buckets, GPS, even a fish pacifier!

Fishing was good considering... We lost about 7 fish of which 3 good ones... Mostly due to a very strange technique by my "pupils", which of course would not listen to an old silverback like me....

At the end of the day we had a good wahoo 18 kg (on one of my DIY lures - really happy about it! - on my okuma T50W - thanks Tunaman!); a dorado 7.6 kg (halfbeak and kona) and other smaller stuff... Never had a billy close by although all the guns were out there...

It was good to be out again but really miss being on MY ship! Oh, one more thing... No more mentoring for me!!!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on December 12, 2011, 04:57:15 pm
here are the most wanted pictures from our outing
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: REEFMAN on December 12, 2011, 05:09:13 pm
Nice report guys...
That's a GOEN of a Wahoo!! Is that you Pregs? Awesome catch man!!  (clap)

Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on December 12, 2011, 05:18:26 pm
That hoo and the 2 bigger Dorados that I and Peterblace fought were hard work on the Noahs Ark reel, 2 forward one back  :hehe: :hehe:

The Wahoo was caught on a Manns deep diving lure, and the Dorados on Pulsator Conas and Ilander lures, interestingly enough the skipper choose to have birds in front of the lures out wide but no strikes on those :dunno:

In the end I had a great day with some good fish, fantastics snacks on board a comfortable boat  and  awesome company  :tkx: Team Moz

Hey Marcos sorry about that but it was very last minute decision to come through, thanks for the lift to the club. BTW sorry we beat your fish by 900grams  :crzy :hehe: :hehe:

Some day soon I will join you on Maximus so we can choose what lures we would like to run where  :hehe:

Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: REEFMAN on December 12, 2011, 05:23:29 pm

At the end of the day we had a good wahoo 18 kg (on one of my DIY lures - really happy about it! - on my okuma T50W - thanks Tunaman!); a dorado 7.6 kg (halfbeak and kona) and other smaller stuff... Never had a billy close by although all the guns were out there...

It was good to be out again but really miss being on MY ship! Oh, one more thing... No more mentoring for me!!!!

That must be one of the more rewarding catches of your career?? Well flippin' done!!!  (clap) Where are the pics?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on December 12, 2011, 05:25:39 pm
Yip thats me  :tkx:

I just love this pic
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on December 12, 2011, 05:29:28 pm
That hoo and the 2 bigger Dorados that I and Peterblace fought were hard work on the Noahs Ark reel, 2 forward one back  :hehe: :hehe:

The Wahoo was caught on a Manns deep diving lure, and the Dorados on Pulsator Conas and Ilander lures, interestingly enough the skipper choose to have birds in front of the lures out wide but no strikes on those :dunno:

In the end I had a great day with some good fish, fantastics snacks on board a comfortable boat  and  awesome company  :tkx: Team Moz

Hey Marcos sorry about that but it was very last minute decision to come through, thanks for the lift to the club. BTW sorry we beat your fish by 900grams  :crzy :hehe: :hehe:

Some day soon I will join you on Maximus so we can choose what lures we would like to run where  :hehe:

remember that due to the heat and fish dehydration he (the fish) lost nearly 3kg
 :hehe:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: jaenswart on December 12, 2011, 08:23:52 pm
THat is a PROPER too
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on December 12, 2011, 09:31:10 pm
Yes Reefs I'm really in the clouds with this one...

I was running it in the left rigger (short) and had a large bright red bird in front... was doing 9 kts at the time.... the pics are mostly of the lure and don't do justice to the fish! Maybe I'll get some pics from the rest of crew...

Great run, but that Okuma has power, I tell you that!

@Prego: great fish man! That's a bus! Well done! You'll be most welcome to fish aboard the gladiator! And I can assure you there will be PLENTY of lures to choose from  :hnthnt:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: jaenswart on December 13, 2011, 07:31:01 am
Nice skipbait :-)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on December 13, 2011, 07:45:52 am
That hoo and the 2 bigger Dorados that I and Peterblace fought were hard work on the Noahs Ark reel, 2 forward one back

Hey Prego, you must submit this catch to the Angler of the Month December comp!!!!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on December 13, 2011, 08:53:27 am
That hoo and the 2 bigger Dorados that I and Peterblace fought were hard work on the Noahs Ark reel, 2 forward one back

Hey Prego, you must submit this catch to the Angler of the Month December comp!!!!!


I would love to but I don't know much about the tackle used except that it was a Penn +2-1  :rotfl :hyst: :hyst: :hyst: :hyst: :hyst:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Timothy Scriven on December 13, 2011, 01:18:41 pm
Awesome stuff Paulo!
That is one serious hoo!

Well done bud!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Timothy Scriven on December 13, 2011, 01:24:51 pm
JF, to you too.
Great fish.
Good luck with the bouyancy test
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on December 13, 2011, 03:56:05 pm
Thanks Tim & Jaen but credit must also go to the skipper Miguel and Peterbalce for allowing me to take the 1st strike of the day
 :+ cred: to them.

@ John F that is a thing of beauty seeing your DIY lure in that Hoo's mouth, well done!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on December 13, 2011, 08:41:51 pm
one more picture of Prego's fight...I believe this time was the big dorado
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on December 13, 2011, 08:44:15 pm
hey JohnF...congrats on the catch
it's nice to know that your lures are producing some big fish

next it will be the billfish on board MAXIMVS
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on December 14, 2011, 12:13:41 am
according to iMovie in 3h time (starting from now 00:15) will be available the video report of Prego's action

here is the link

a proper wahooooo experience (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLVfP6u9Xv8#)

I hope you guys enjoy it
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: shagnrelease on December 14, 2011, 08:25:02 am
Nice video guys and well done to all on the catches, I perticularly enjoyed the lie down and wind technique from Prego  :hehe: :hehe: :hehe:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on December 14, 2011, 09:01:28 am
 :hehe: :hehe: :hehe: Thats a patent style  :crzy

I must say that last Dolly gave me a hiding, must of had a stale mate for about 10 minutes where he just held deep.

Excellent video Peterblace  :tkx: &  :+ cred:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: shagnrelease on December 14, 2011, 09:11:36 am
:hehe: :hehe: :hehe: Thats a patent style  :crzy

I must say that last Dolly gave me a hiding, must of had a stale mate for about 10 minutes where he just held deep.

Excellent video Peterblace  :tkx: &  :+ cred:
by the way we are having a mini social on thursday afternoon in midrand? you going to make a guest appearance?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: REEFMAN on December 14, 2011, 09:22:05 am
Awesome video PeterB!!  :+ cred:

Nice guys... nice!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on December 14, 2011, 09:33:19 am
thanks guys...it was indeed good fun

we did enjoy the day...chatting, fishing, eating...and drinking
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Homie on December 14, 2011, 09:58:33 am
Awesome stuff guys !

 :wahoo:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on December 14, 2011, 12:27:37 pm
Nice video PB...

@ Prego: that was not a Mann's stretcher.... it was a Rapala x-rap! The setup was a Penn Senator 114H, 50 Lb line and Daiwa STP 50 Lb rod... see, now you can submit your catch to the Angler of the Month!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on December 14, 2011, 12:30:22 pm
Hahaha you have been on that boat to many times pulling the same spread lol
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on December 14, 2011, 12:45:08 pm
Hahaha you have been on that boat to many times pulling the same spread lol


 :corrct:

Been there, done that!  :hehe:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Manuel Junior on December 14, 2011, 02:15:13 pm
Nice Video PB... (clap) (clap)
 
 :cgrts: on the catch Prego & John F
 
 
 :wahoo: :wahoo:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on January 08, 2012, 09:08:59 am
peterblace and I were invited to go out yesterday on a 45 ft cat (M'bique) and do a bit of fishing!

Well, no fishing was done on my part.... peter got a nice skipjack on a popper...

Talking to other guys here, the general consensus is that gamefish "are gone" and only the odd bill is around... we tried for both quite deep (+200 m) but didn't get a single bite...

I'm sure he'll prepare a more detailed report...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on January 09, 2012, 04:54:45 pm
not much to say about the holidays and fishing here in Maputo

we have heard of some billies being released (Fourplay released a marlin and Chakra released a marlin and 2 sailies)...
we also heard of not many fishes being caught during the holidays...so maybe he fish also went on holidays

Saturday Mario, owner of a brand new cruize ship aka a 45ft admiral powercat, tailor made for his day cruize charters at Ilha de Mocambique (North of Mozambique) invited us (Miguel from Oba Oba, JohnF and myself) together with some family and friends for a day at Ilha dos Portugueses (ladys only) and some fishing up North of Maputo

for the ones that know Maputo bay...it's not that compatible to drop people at Ilha dos Portugueses and sail North for fishing...but that was the plan we stick to it

just some details on the boat...it's a 45ft Cat with 2 suites, a nice front lounge (around 10sq meters in size) perfect for my casting/spinning, a pilot cabin with american kitchen, lounge and table and behind a decent 20 sq meters fighting area (with a small rubberduck in the midle)...fitted with 2xyamamar 315 inboard engines and 2x750lt diesel tanks...no fish hatches but loads of room where you can store your fish under the seats on the lounge area
again...it's not a fishing boat but people can fish on it
cruizing speed was 15kts...and max speed is around 23kts (not tested on Saturday)
radar, fish sounder and GPS are installed and were tested...also a VHF radio and a multimedia radio is fitted
boat arrived 3 weeks ago in Maputo...it was made in Cape Town, towed to Richards Bay and after a 30h sailing trip arrived in Maputo with some electrical issues on the engine commands...but already sorted out

it was a sunny day with the South wind blowing...although the cruize ship is very stable and we hardly felt the waves we had to close the windows so that we could all keep warm and dry...it was a very wet ride

getting to blue water in the middle of the bay JohnF set up his bullet head lures to see if some wahoo would take them...Miguel also set up some lures...but no taker
we arrived at Ilha dos Portuguese dropped anchor, dingy out and the beachers were dropped there for a nice and relaxing day

we start heading North to the area were we caught some nice dolies last fishing tournament...
on the way we saw a huge platform/boat around Poco area and decided to do some drifts around that structure in search for some dollies and wahoo...
on the second drift we were intercepted by the chase boat...with people waving at us to keep away from the platform

we received the message, said sorry and move away towards our destination...but the chase boat kept chasing us for a while...until they decided to drop a speed boat...and after a while a fast rib with 5 armed navy people (2 SA and 3 Moz) onboard got next us...the SA official gently talked to us on the radio and after we replyed in Portuguese a very excited and agressive Moz official started talking about us being in a forbiden area while there were maneuvers on a boat and platform boat
we were said to keep a minimum 300mts distance from them

after getting home I used my maritime contacts from the time I was working for the European Maritime Safety Agency and investigate a bit on the vessels
- Deepwater Millennium - deepwater drillship mobilized to do gas research in Mozambique
- Anuket Amber - Combined Chemical And Oil Tanker feeding petrol to Deepwater Millenium
- Timor Challenger - Standby Safety Vessel...this was the chase boat

well...off we went North to our fishing grounds...throlling and throlling with not a single strike...JohnF was trying all his techniques with no success (although he had a very limited lure bag...he even had nightmares the night before with his lure selection)

at the end of our fishing day and already on the way to Ilha dos Portugueses we saw some bird activity and some fish at the surface...I've tried my luck and cast/spin for a while...and after a few persistence I was on for a small skipjack...on my trevala rod fitted with a saltist 4500
it was a nice fight and I had really good fun...unfortunatelly JohnF didn't had his fishing bag and we were not able to stip the belly or even drop him as live bait...and not everyone on board was happy with the time we lost while I was having fun fishing on my light tackle

pictures will be uploaded tonight when I get home

happy new year and all the best in 2012
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Serra Moz on January 09, 2012, 08:03:10 pm
Well no fish but still a nice outing! Sounds like a really nice boat! With regards to the intervention by the Naval personnel from SA + Moz, it's standard practide in the Mozambican Channel for Oil Companies to seek protection from the Governments in the areas of operation or whilst at anchor or in transit, since piracy has increased. The piracy problem are slowly creeping more south so surprisingly soon we might get some high sea ship jackings closer to our (Moz) coast, which means Maputo Bay area. Due to the influx of shipping and growth of the Maputo/Matola terminals, so in short it's a lucritive "hunting area" for the pirates.
 
Deepwater Mil belongs to the Drilling Company - Trans Ocean (USA)
 
I have some friends working on a Drill Ship offshore Tanzania, they have been unsuccessfully attacked by Pirates about 3 times. Also it's a becoming a money spinner for ex South African Special/Elite Force (Army/Police).... The drill ship up in Pemba area are also protected by ex military members.
 
Me working offshore in Brasil, our rig automatically falls under the Naval protection madate of Marinha do Brasil (Navy)
 
See you guys in a week or so, Must still meet P/blace...Marcos will let you know when I am there to come and uplift your rod.
 
Valeu amigos!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on January 09, 2012, 10:15:41 pm
here are the pics
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on January 09, 2012, 10:24:57 pm
some pictures of the fight...thanks Marcos for the support
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on January 09, 2012, 10:27:48 pm
and finally some pics of M'bique...and JohnF testing the poppers action
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: TUNAMAN on January 10, 2012, 09:28:36 am
Thanks Peterblace good info and great pics. The boat looks like a great fishing platform.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on January 10, 2012, 09:42:53 am
Wow that is a strange looking boat 1st time I have seen. Well done on streching your Trevala.

If that rig as been sitting at Poco for a while I can just imagine all the Dorado's sitting under it duh
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on January 11, 2012, 07:13:53 am
Went fishing yesterday....

Just for the pot and to build up my confidence... so we went after couta aboard Oba Oba

Miguel had called me the night before and wanted to slayer the couta... was also traumatized with the45 ft cat experience!

Manuel Junior and I were at the club at 7:07 and we only launched at 8:10... tractor driver was late... again!

I took the wheel and with the calm sea we were cruising at 24 knots, till we got to the Incomati shallows were after going through a small choppy area we had to reduce our speed to about 18-19 knots...  sky was overcasted and the water was clean although large patches of plankton were seen...

Our plan was simple.... troll with rappies and halcos on the B1 area (18-30 m) and get as many couta as possible...  we started fishing at 9:30 at the end of the day (14:00) we had 6 and dropped 2 (none taxed :-) !)... the fish were on the bite up till 11:00... we turned into my couta traces with mackerel and jap mack but interestingly not a single one was touched (not even by peckers!)... we called it a day at 14:00 and returned to base...

Manuel was the champion with 3, Miguel had 2 and I only got one!

Total distance was 74 nm and the fuel consumption about 100 L!

All in all a great day at sea! It was great to have a fish at the end of the line again!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on January 11, 2012, 07:57:46 am
Another plus of the day for me: I caught the smallest fish ever on a lure (2.5 cm)!!!!

It was a small mackerel-like sprat on a Halco max...

All pics courtesy of Manuel Junior - danke bruder!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on January 11, 2012, 09:27:12 am
congrats JohnF...on your smallest catch ever :hehe:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on January 11, 2012, 09:43:04 am
Shot bru... I think this is one record I'll battle to beat!  :lolo:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: TUNAMAN on January 11, 2012, 10:12:06 am
JOHNF I got some interesting feedback from some of the late December anglers on our North Coast. I have not experienced this before but the one chap claimed that most of the small Couta they caught on bait they had to strike!! They noticed the rod tips bobbing like bottom fishing and to their surprise it turned out to be runt/shoalie Couta. Check for this if you fish bait while the shoals are still out there. Might experience the same.

Weird occurrence.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on January 11, 2012, 10:49:02 am
Thanks TM. In our case, the rod tips never moved!!! The baits were absolutely intact!!! I guess nobody was home! Will keep my eyes open, next time!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on January 21, 2012, 11:07:29 pm
heard of a Marlin release last week by Four Play...and some YFT, wahoo and dorado caught

also saw a picture taken by Four Play of the platform installed at Poço, one of Maputo's fishing grounds
the same platform we (JohnF and myself) saw 2 weks ago

Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: whodat on January 22, 2012, 07:30:33 am
What's the platform? Might end up as a solid FDA, how far is it from the poco waypoint?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Serra Moz on January 22, 2012, 09:33:56 pm
Anybody got the name of the Sonda (drill rig)?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: whodat on January 30, 2012, 02:09:17 am
Nice wahoos on the last few pages@  :wahoo: :wahoo:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on February 25, 2012, 05:05:04 pm
Just got back from Clube Maritimo.

Mon Ami released 1 black marlin and 1 sailfish
Oliver released 2 sailies
Nakisai landed 1 blue marlin (210 kg)

Lots of small tuna and a few good wahoo.

17 boats fished the comp
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on March 26, 2012, 02:58:32 pm
last Saturday it was the 2nd leg of the Clube Maritimo competition

I'm now committed with team MAXIMVS but as my skipper JohnF is away in JHB I was invited to go aboard Oba-Oba
we arrived at the Club at 5:00 for launching at 6:00...all set up...clear sky's, gentle breeze from South (with some gust predicted for the afternoon that didn't show up)...sea was quite choppy in the morning (from previous days gusts) but in the end not so bad when we got to the fishing grounds

we headed to the lighthouse (Inhaca) while the rest of the fleet headed North towards Poco and the surroundings
I believe around 18 boats launched

getting there in 1h20 we set up 7 lines...and kept them until 13:30 when we decided to call the day off and head home..without a single strike
we trolled from the lighthouse around Jeremias...towards the 200mt mark...and South towards Santa Maria and back to Jeremias

some dolphins were spotted and 2 turtles...and a few tunas that didn't commit to any of our lures

a lot of lost marlins were heard on the radio from Cormoran, Mon Ami, Nakisai, Four Play...and Bite Me who fought for 2h30 with one unlucky marlin who got tail wrapped and died fighting...weighted 98kg so no luck for the marlin (min wight is 150kg) neither for team Bite Me

biggest fish was a wahoo of 21kg caught by team Oliver (I believe)
quite a few other wahoo weighting between 18kg and 20kg were caught...1 dorado of 13kg and 1 YFT of 14,5kg and 3 GT's ranging the 15-18kgs

but in general all the fleet blanked (not as usual as there's always a few YFT and Dorados)

next leg is in April 21...looking forward
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on March 26, 2012, 03:02:24 pm
Eish duh hard luck Pedro, thanks for letting us know whats happening your side.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on March 26, 2012, 03:04:53 pm
BTW is that platform or rig still in the Poco area?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on March 26, 2012, 03:08:39 pm
BTW is that platform or rig still in the Poco area?
I believe they moved it further North...we didn't spot it as we were way too South
but I have friends that mentioned that they could spot something different (and permanent) from Macaneta beach
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on March 26, 2012, 05:26:03 pm
Heard of a black marlin that died on "Bite me" during last weekend's comp... any more news peter?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: jaenswart on March 26, 2012, 05:39:09 pm
Did our old friend Tsutsuma fish?

 (bat
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Manuel Junior on March 26, 2012, 10:42:49 pm
 :shre: :shre: PB (clap) (clap)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on March 27, 2012, 08:48:48 am
Heard of a black marlin that died on "Bite me" during last weekend's comp... any more news peter?
all details are on reply 193...guess you haven's read it!!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on March 27, 2012, 10:22:10 am
Ooops.... didn't see it.... thanks for the update...

2 h 30 to fight a 98 kg marlin?!?!? Must have been on 30 Lb tackle?

Hard luck on Oba Oba! That area is a bit of a desert... any bait around Jeremias?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on March 27, 2012, 02:44:14 pm
Ooops.... didn't see it.... thanks for the update...

2 h 30 to fight a 98 kg marlin?!?!? Must have been on 30 Lb tackle?

Hard luck on Oba Oba! That area is a bit of a desert... any bait around Jeremias?
plenty bait...and some tuna activity
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on March 27, 2012, 03:44:57 pm
Ok... you guys should have stayed a while in the area... if there was bait around I'm sure something big was lurking around... maybe try catch some on your sticks and do some live baiting??
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on March 27, 2012, 03:47:25 pm
Aboard oba oba, good luck with that  :hehe: :hehe:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on March 27, 2012, 06:09:46 pm
Know what you mean Prego... been there, done that... but one doesn't loose for trying... especially if you already out there.... in my days, I just did  it, no permission asked...   
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: shagnrelease on March 27, 2012, 08:50:59 pm
Do the chaps on OBAOBA not like pulling live bait for marlin??
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on March 27, 2012, 09:56:48 pm
Do the chaps on OBAOBA not like pulling live bait for marlin??

They DON'T do it. Period.  I've given them a few 18/0 circle hooks, but  :dunno:

In actual fact, no bait whatsoever is allowed on Oba Oba... can you imagine? They refused those juice half beaks of mine  :shk 
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on April 23, 2012, 12:23:16 pm
last saturday took place the 3rd leg of Maritimo fishing competition
I have launched with Oba Oba (and not with MAXIMVS) together with Miguel and his father (living in Brazil and on holidays here in Moz)
arrived at the club at 5:00 for a 6:00 launch
sea was very calm with nearly no wind...forecast for the day was 0knt untill 14:00 which was confirmed and wind only picked up by 14:15...the weather man was rigth for once

because we blancked totally last time skipper decided to head North...so off we went to nowhere land

arriving at Xefina we had a minor problem with one of the engines...Miguel has been having some issues with the connectors of the batteries and everynow and then battery fails...Saturday was one of the days and after connectors cleaning we sailed North

just after crossing the low depht canal (very agitaded seas) we drop lines...some rapalas were set

we saw some birds and tunas on the surface and we try our luck...and we were lucky with a small YFT of about 4kg...it was Miguel's father turn has we didn't know how many strikes we were gona have

a few moments later we had a double strike...and 2 more YFT were caught...5.4kg and 4.6kg
so by 8:00 we had our pot and that was it

we headed North...then East towards the 400mts mark to work the mark heading South towards Baixo Danae
some tuna activity was spotted but we didn't even bother to cross the area for a closer look

by 15:00 we were back at the club

as usual after boat cleaning I wait for the others to arrive...and nearly no good size fish was caught
small couta, small YFT some nice Dollies (ranging from 8-15kg)
then Lucky Luke arrived...with a sailfish flag up in the outriger which was released safely...and a nice 16kg YFT
Oliver arrived with a short bill (23kg)...never saw one and it looks like a saily with no bill..really beautiful fish and a shame to be hanging at the scale and not swiming for another fight :(
then out of the blue Cafufo arrived with a 222kg Marlin...according to the crew they fought for 2h and when the fish came closer to the boat did a 200mts run and stopped...crew "whinched" the fish without fighting anymore...they then noticed the fish was dead

26th of May is the next leg but unfortunately I will be away in Swazi...so tight lines for all
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on April 23, 2012, 12:39:40 pm
Thanks for the report peter...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on May 07, 2012, 09:43:54 pm
ANy news from the Inhaca challenge that started today?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Manuel Junior on May 07, 2012, 11:29:14 pm
 :tkx: for the report peter
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: TUNAMAN on May 08, 2012, 09:21:16 am
@Prego: I only know of a 15 kg Yellow fin and some species that did not make the weight. Not sure how the whole fleet is going.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on May 08, 2012, 09:22:43 am
Still waiting for reports from the guys there... tough conditions and slow fishing...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on May 08, 2012, 08:19:19 pm
Just got an sms from the guys... Team Cormorant (from Clube Maritimo - only Moz team in the comp) was leading yesterday and got 2nd place today...

Good conditions today but fishing is slow with mostly tuna and couta being weighted... 
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: shagnrelease on May 09, 2012, 08:47:11 am
I believe there was a 33.6kg wahoo weighed yesterday?? Nice fish that!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on May 09, 2012, 08:55:05 am
I believe there was a 33.6kg wahoo weighed yesterday?? Nice fish that!!

 :shk thats a prpoer hoo that.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on May 09, 2012, 07:46:55 pm
Team Cormorant got 3rd place today and is leading the comp.

Got report of some nice fish today: 28 kg couta, 22 kg dorado and 20 kg tuna!!!!!

Cormorant released a marlin!

Looks like the guys are having a blast!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: TUNAMAN on May 10, 2012, 08:31:29 am
Thanks Marcos. Sounds like it is going very well with the fleet.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on May 10, 2012, 08:51:27 am
Nice size fish coming out, mmmmmm Inhaca trip anyone  :hnthnt: :hnthnt:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on May 10, 2012, 09:38:14 pm
Team Cormoran got 1st place again today. They're leading 400 points ahead of the 2nd team... they got 4 x 19 kg tuna...

A 44 kg tuna was weighted today!!!!!  :yft:

On 20 Lb line!!!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on May 11, 2012, 08:52:30 am
Nice fish that  (clap) (clap)

Thanks for the update John F
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: TUNAMAN on May 11, 2012, 10:10:29 am
Heard Cormorant also got 6 Couta and T&R a GT yesterday with their 4 X yellow fins.

Looks like they will be the winners of this comp.

Marcos that yellow fin is awesome. You know which team weighed it?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: shagnrelease on May 11, 2012, 10:21:04 am
Heard Cormorant also got 6 Couta and T&R a GT yesterday with their 4 X yellow fins.

Looks like they will be the winners of this comp.

Marcos that yellow fin is awesome. You know which team weighed it?


I know which team didn't?  :cry: :hehe: :hehe:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on May 11, 2012, 12:47:37 pm
Will give them a call tonight and find out...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on May 27, 2012, 03:30:54 am
4th leg of Clube Maritimo's Ford/Interauto championship was held yesterday... Seems like the season is really reaching it's finale... 2 sailies were released (Nakisai and Mon Ami) and Number 1 got a 22 kg wahoo... 
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Big Van on July 19, 2012, 10:42:50 am
Hi Marcos
Any news on what dates the centenary comp of the Club Maritimo will be next year as we have recieved our dates for the comps we doing for next year.
Thanks  and tight lines!!summer is crawling closer!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on July 19, 2012, 07:31:24 pm
Clube Naval... Maritimo is much younger heheheh...

Nothing is carved in stone but the dates are still the same as I mentioned before. 16-17 Feb 2013...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on July 19, 2012, 07:32:45 pm
By the way... first decent WINTER day (weather wise) we had in Maputo bay...

Hope it stays like that for the weekend...


Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Toppie on July 19, 2012, 09:29:20 pm
By the way... first decent WINTER day (weather wise) we had in Maputo bay...

Hope it stays like that for the weekend...

Marcos you make us jealous!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on July 19, 2012, 09:43:16 pm
By the way... first decent WINTER day (weather wise) we had in Maputo bay...

Hope it stays like that for the weekend...


By weather I meant sea conditions... some cold days we had this past week...

@ Toppie: Sorry, but most of the inland guys here have fished more than I did in the past year! Only launched twice since June 2011! Really need to go out! Suffering here....
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on July 30, 2012, 10:35:46 am
So how did yesterday go, did you blood the deck properly with some tuna and then clean the rusts stains off with Vinegar? w;k
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on July 30, 2012, 02:33:58 pm
Yesterday was a disaster... weather man said we would have a dead flat sea by 9:00.... we left the club at 7:45 and got such a beating with a +18 knt SE! It took us 2 h to get to B24 (just north of Baixo Dane) and the swells were HUGE and breaking on top of Maximvs!!!! 

After being shaken like chips on a washing machine we called it off... saw a nice humpback with a calf happily breaching and a whale shark...

Stopped at the sand spit northern of Portuguese island and then had a nice ride back home... got to the club at 1 pm just in time for lunch!!!!

I guess 3 times will be a charm... 
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on September 22, 2012, 07:47:42 pm
With the season ready to start and all maintenance and tackle preparation done,  our attention is turned to the weather sites for this weekend... Tuesday (national holiday) was promising some good conditions but it seems like monday will be better... Oh well...

One boat from our club was out today spearfishing at Baixo Danae... I radioed them around mid day and they had no joy, the vis was 5 m and the water temp was 21o C!!!! I guess we still need to wait a bit more...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on September 29, 2012, 07:23:23 am
Was supposed to launch with peterblace tomorrow... Seems like the weather will be perfect! Cancelled it as both my kids are burning with fever... Oh well!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on October 12, 2012, 01:39:39 pm
Been raining since yesterday but some good conditions have been forecasted for the weekend. MAXIMVS and Maguro will go out tomorrow for the official kick-start of the season.

Plan is to get some gamefish (couta and YFT) for the pot and who knows the odd sailie...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on October 14, 2012, 01:57:15 pm
Rain kept falling till 11:30... We waited at the club from 5:30 for it to stop and eventually gave up...

Another boat lauched at 13:00 and got 4 YFT, 1 kingfish and a green jobfish at Poco...

Next time!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: shagnrelease on October 14, 2012, 02:02:55 pm
Rain kept falling till 11:30... We waited at the club from 5:30 for it to stop and eventually gave up...

Another boat lauched at 13:00 and got 4 YFT, 1 kingfish and a green jobfish at Poco...

Next time!
Whats wrong you guys scared the rain is going to ruin your blow waves??  :hehe:  The fish dont mind, they are already wet brother!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on October 14, 2012, 02:13:32 pm
That was my thinking initially but driving an open deck boat under pouring rain for 2.5 hours through the bay @ 10 knots is really not funny!!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Toppie on October 14, 2012, 02:51:59 pm
Marco's you becoming a fair weather fisherman. Thats what old age does to you.
 
Fish take and bite better when its raining.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on October 14, 2012, 04:30:15 pm
LOL guess you're right!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on October 15, 2012, 10:28:19 am
the amount of rain and cold I got on Saturday gave me a bad sore throat...
but at least we had a nice chat looking at the sea and hoping for a opening to go out
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: shagnrelease on October 15, 2012, 10:49:40 am
Here is Pedro waiting to launch.... :hehe:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on October 15, 2012, 10:53:18 am
 :rotfl :hyst:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on November 05, 2012, 12:28:08 pm
Seems like the season is in full swing arond here... heard of good catches made by Chakra from Clube Naval over the weekend... 2 wahoos, some nive dorries (7-9 kg), a few YFT (17-19 kg) and they lost a marlin on a rappie...

All I need is a break in the weather... been ready for ages, now....

Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on November 11, 2012, 05:08:06 am
Gone fishin'...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on November 12, 2012, 12:07:54 pm
I planned to go out at 5:30...but the tractor man from Clube Maritimo called me by 4:45 to advice me to go quickly to the club as water was going out relly fast (low tide was at 7:30)
so by 5:00 I was in the water.....while MAXIMVS and CALUCA were still beeing set up at Clube Naval
I have asked their permission to leave to the fishing grounds and off I went straight to B24
there was some low wind (as forecasted) and bay was flat so we had a nice ride untill we get to the washing machine on the low depths area...we slowed down and crossed the area in 20 minutes before getting to the fishing grounds by 7:00
at 7:15 lines were in the water...Halco max (red/white), Rapala X-Rap magum (silver...Marcos most famous colour from Pemba "working trip"), daisy chains (blue, white feather), Demon Tackle medium soft lures (blue, white & pink)
my plan was to work the area for long hours...and I stick to the plan
by 8:30 I had my first strike on the daisy chain...cleared the lines and offered Theo (first timer and friend from Portugal visiting)...he was too scared and told me I should fight the fish
I was guiding him aboard (and he was doing a good job) and when fish (YFT) was within gaffing distance...and Theo was ready to gaff him I had a technical failure...bimini twist snaped at the loop (right where it joins to the wind on leader)
frustration was aboard (on my side) has I thought that I followed Reefmans instruction so carefully...wrong guess...
while we were still thinking about the failure a humpback whale erupted 5mts away from us...beautiful moment...tough scary!!!!

all set up again and we kept working the area...a lot of bait on the sounder...a lot of fish in the area but all on the 30mt depth mark...fish was standing between 28mt and 35mt on all the reefs I worked and during the all day water temperature was close to 24ºc

by 9:30 I had my second strike on Demon Tackle medium soft lure...again cleared the lines and offered Theo the rod...he passed and after a short fight I had a 7kg YFT aboard...so Maguro was blessed with some more maguro

we kept working the area but no more strikes...a lot of bird activity...a lot of bait fish...a lot of fish (at 30mts depth)...but no strikes
I decided to start my way towards Poço...and getting to Poço by 11:30 I had another strike (now on a purple small lure from Demon tackle) going over a bait ball...but unlucky has it was not properly hooked
when entering Poço from the South corner going over another bait ball I had another strike (again on the  purple small lure from Demon tackle)...Theo...you know...passed the opportunity and I was on again on a fight with a 4kg skipjack...
commented on the radio with Marcos that I had a nice skipjack for him for live bait...and he told me that I should put some strip baits on...first time but I saw it before...and it was easy...
man those lures with strip baits smoke like hell!!!!!...it was nice seeing the action on the water

by 12:45 I start may way to Boia Perdida en route to Maputo...this route between Poco and Boia Perdida was very famous 2 weeks ago with plenty tuna being caught...but again...no luck on ower side

by 13:10 wind started to pick up (weatherman forecasted some wind for 14:00) and called the day off...lines off and we raced to Clube Maritimo where we arrived at 14:30

79.4nm in total travelled on 135lt of petrol

Theo enjoyed the day after only sleeping 3h after his 10h trip from Portugal...saw whales...saw turtles...saw dlphins playing on my keels and jumping...I hope he enjoys his stay at ours

the rest of the boats:
Caluca...got lost from us, didn't use the rigth radio channel (was out of reach) and blanked
Maximvs...blanked...got a small bonnie and throlled for 4h on live bait
Yellow King...no idea...Marcos can you update here?
Karoshama...11 YFT (all around 7kg), 3 skipjack, 1 croc cuta
Four Play...2 YFT and 2......released Marlin in just 1h

pics will follow
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: southcoastspearo on November 12, 2012, 02:40:57 pm
Hi Peter
Awesome report...you mentioned names of the area's you fished
B24,Poco and Boia Perdida...
Ive never fished Inhaca Island or Maputo area,could you please share some
waypoints for these area's...Thanks
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on November 12, 2012, 05:31:08 pm
1st round
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on November 12, 2012, 05:32:38 pm
2nd round
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on November 12, 2012, 05:33:35 pm
3rd round
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on November 12, 2012, 05:34:02 pm
final round
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on November 12, 2012, 06:21:01 pm
Thanks for the report peter...

Yeap, we had a slow start... sorting out the ramp logistics was a bit of a bummer... took us a full hour... my Toyota Hilux surf was the working vehicle and Yellow King took ages with the winch...

Anyway we were sorted just after 06:30 and made our way to the grounds... nice flat bay and then washing machine.... we lost Caluca and kept going....

Got to the spot I wanted to explore at about 8:30.... lines in with rappies and nothing... then some mackies on cuta traces, nothing...

After about 1.5 h decided to run to the deep and chase some top water species... 6 rods and 4 teasers and nothing....
2 halfbeaks on ilander seastars with birds, one daisy chain + strip bait and bird, one halfbeak on iland hood and two pulsator wahoo catchers... not a single bite for 2 hr....

Got to the deep and changed to bigger guns (bonito smoker, boaster, ilander express, super chugger, etc).... nothing...

Water was 24.4o C and turquoise blue! Perfect conditions! Went through a shoal of bonnies and put some small feathers on my popping stick! On with a small skipjack (about 2 kg). Perfect for my circle hook! The poor thing spent 3 hr in the water and not a single bite!!!!

At 3 pm the wind picked up and we decided to call it a day!

Quite a few lessons learned and now I've tested all systems on MAXIMVS (outriggers, teasers, etc.)... time to get some fish!!!!!

PS: Yellow King got 2 small YFT (~2.5 Kg)   
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on November 16, 2012, 05:22:43 pm
Fifth leg of Clube Maritimo's Championship tomorrow... Team MAXIMVS will not take part of this one... I know peterblace will be fishing aboard Oba Oba.... :tite brother!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Manuel Junior on November 17, 2012, 11:03:52 am
 :tite :tite  peterblace!
 :sreel: :sreel:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on November 17, 2012, 02:14:22 pm
Got word from peter on the radio... at least 4 boats released bills (one had 2 marlin) already...they got couta and YFT...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Shaun17 on November 17, 2012, 02:16:42 pm
Awesome stuff  :envy
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on November 19, 2012, 12:00:03 pm
we (Oba Oba) launched at 5:00 on a very calm sea conditions with nearly no wind
tournament director anounced the start at 5:30 and off we went for the deep...
maybe due to tournament top positions are already (I would say 99% accurate) decided there were only about 10 boats in total

we went north to nowhere land...and nowhere land was quite active with birds and fish at the surface
we got there by 7:30 and before we even had a strike Number 1 had already released 1 marlin and 1 saily...all before 8:10
we had 5 rappies in the water and by 8:30 we had our first strike...on the Tiagra 80 aka THE WINCH...
I cleared the lines while Fabrizio winched the fish...he had some doubts if he still had the fish on...it's very hard to know that when you have a big gun like that on a small fish...but in the end we landed a 8kg couta
a few moments after we were on again...and same story...I cleared the lines...Fabrizio fought and a 7kg YFT was landed

all setup again and a few moments later just after crossing some surface activity we were on again...and the same story..but when fish was getting closer to the boat and I was ready to gaff him...I though we had a shark on...
opps....what's next??...I grabbed a glove and let the gaff go...when I realized I was wrong and we had a prodigol son on...I was back to the gaff...and fish weighted 7kg

again...all setup...and another strike...on the winch...don't need to mention that I cleared the lines and Fabrizio fought the fish...and winched another YFT...6.8kg

everytime we were on (and specialy on the winch) I would pass the opportunity to Fabrizio...and Fabrizio was questioning why I wouldn't fight as well...I said...I'm clearing the lines Fabrizio...you fight the fish!!!
hehehe

out of the blue (in the deep blue) while I was looking at the lines we had a sailie resting at the surface right next to the boat...we turned to try and pass with the lines on his area but we had no luck

this was the moment to swap from rappies to konas

we headed to deeper areas and we had our first strike on konas...but fish didn't commit
a few moments after we had our second srike and I grabbed the rod...but again fish didn't commit (also, I think, skipper cut the engines imediatelly so we had lack lines)
all set up...heading to the deep we had another strike and I was on...and landed a 7.8kg YFT
that was our last strike
we kept working deeper areas and by 13:00 we started heading home as we sense a bit of wind coming
forecast was to have 27knt gust of southern wind at 17:00...starting to pick up by 15:00...but at 13:00 there was quite a bit of wind and not expected
it was a bumpy ride but we got home safe by 14:30

while we were washing the boat we heard Cafufo was in big trouble with both his engines stoped and no one able to reach him on the radio channels neither mobile
by 16:00 he comunicated that managed to get his engines back to work and headed slowly to Maputo
for those who don't know we (maputians) had a big problem with contaminated fuel 3 weeks ago...some boat engines got damaged and malfunction...some cars (modern mainly) got damaged and malfunction...so everyone is quite worried about going out to the blue...and always consulting what's the best place to put petrol
authorities requested all the petrol stations to clean the petrol tanks

also saw Fisherman Tales (lee cat 900 on twin 300 merc) arriving on 1 engine...Manuel (mechanic) was aboard and said that they had some electronic malfuntions that couldn't be reseted from his computer

Number 1 got 2 marlin and 1 saily + 14kg YFT
Nakisai got 2 marlin + 2 YFT
Dan Dan got 1 marlin + 2 YFT
Mon Ami got 1 marlin

the rest of the fleet got some YFT (avg 6kg), some small dorado (avg 4kg)...and Four Play got a 29.9kg wahoo...but quite a few boats blanked
Karoshama while jigging at 90mts depht got a ?snapper? (ladrão)...and snapper was swolen by a 38kg bass that surfaced already dead

last leg of the tournament is in 2 weeks time on the 1stDecember
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on November 19, 2012, 12:17:01 pm
ah...forgot to mention that yesterday I went to start my engines (something I do weekly) and one of the engines didn't start
I turn the key on...it kicks but it doesn't start

Manuel (yamaha mechanic) is going today to have a look and hopefully it's not a major problem
but I'm worried and untill I have a report that all is ok I won't sleep
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on November 19, 2012, 01:15:34 pm
Nice one brother, please tell me what you are doing pulling Rappies with a 130W??  :crzy

I am sure its nothing serious with your engine.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on November 19, 2012, 01:22:46 pm
Thanks for the report peter... i must say this...catching bait on a Tiagra 80w is a bit too much...

This championship format for the comps is not functional.... after the 3rd/4th leg there's no point in participating.... the boats falling behind just loose interest and you end up will only a handful that still have a chance to win the championship... and also if you missed the first few legs (like I did!) they won't let me do individual comps...

oh well...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on November 19, 2012, 01:26:50 pm
How do the points work John F?

It seem its mainly the guys catching Marlin that win, so going after species does not really help?!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on November 19, 2012, 01:34:20 pm
In previous years they divided the pool of about 13 species into 3 different tables (billfish / "prime" gamefish ie. dorado, YFT, wahoo / rest of gamefish ie. barracuda, cuta, etc)... teams that scored on the 3 different tables had bonus points... going after species was good!

I think this year they went back to a single list of about 13 species and each species gets assigned a certain number of points/kg.... and obviously bills get very high points per kg....

You can catch 10 species of fish but if I catch 2 nice specimens and a saily, I win...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on November 19, 2012, 02:23:25 pm
Nice one brother, please tell me what you are doing pulling Rappies with a 130W??  :crzy

I am sure its nothing serious with your engine.

just talked to the mechanic...he mentioned he was able to start the engines but he suspect I must have a mix of contaminated fuel in...and he will have to clean the carburators any time soon before the weekend
hopefully all will be ok after
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Serra Moz on November 20, 2012, 01:55:57 am
Nice report JohnF & Peter B, do you know if Manuel will be around +/- 15th December? Is he permenant in Maps now or still between Jozi and Maps? Want him to "check over" my outboards, no service required... before revamped Ski Vee's maiden voyage.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on November 20, 2012, 06:42:56 am
He's always on the move. Best is to give him a call a week or so before.... 
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Serra Moz on November 20, 2012, 06:49:44 am
Cool will do.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on December 02, 2012, 05:08:36 am
Last leg of the Clube Maritimo championship was fished yesterday. Lots of bills and good gamefish:

Mon Ami: 3 marlin;

Nakisai: 3 marlin;

Dan Dan: 1 marlin

Wahoos in the +25 kg class and yft in the +20 kg.m... Lot's dorries.

peterblaced lauched today looking for yft and dorries... Will radio him later...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on December 03, 2012, 11:32:55 am
outing for me was a flop...weather man played his tricks...gave us bad weather for Sat and good weather for Sun...and weather was great Sat and terrible Sun...
we launched at 5:00 and headed for the fishing grounds with choppy sea and Eastern winds..wind was in our face so we had some take offs...not good!!!!
getting close to the fishing grounds my crew (2 newbies) got scared being out on the big blue...swell was not that big but for them it was...for me perfect sea for fishing
so we decided to search for good port around the island and wait for sea/wind to calm down...and we worked the shallow water around the island with some rappies but no luck
at 11:00 we decided to call the day off and headed towards Maputo

no fish and 105lt for 58nm
both Pescador (single engine) and Yellow King (2 engines) returned to Naval with fuel problems...same for Kambaku on Saturday on both engines so they had to be towed back
Yellow King (on 1 engine) and Kambaku (on 2 engines) have damaged fuel pumps...it's tricky here hein!!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on December 04, 2012, 01:47:13 am
Look at the positive side of things... you got another opportunity to test drive your boat on less than ideal conditions.... this can only be good!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on December 04, 2012, 03:51:45 pm
the only bright side I can spot is to never trust the weatherman
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on December 04, 2012, 05:03:01 pm
the only bright side I can spot is to never trust the weatherman

And rather get real crew that aren't scared of 1m swells  :crzy
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on December 08, 2012, 07:40:17 am
Flat day today... Maguro's out... gonna radio him and find out what's happening...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on December 08, 2012, 12:27:26 pm
Radioed peter early this morning... Nothing much happening apart from bonnies... Easterly is picking up so they should be on their way back.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on December 08, 2012, 10:22:27 pm
launched today around 4:30 in the morning together with Caluca (another invader cat)
when doing the ramp maneuver heard from owner of Caluca that his boat has a engine failure...(engine stalls when in gear)...
I don't understand this guy...he is on holiday, spends every day at the club...knows he has one engine malfunctioning...but still makes it to the ramp knowing that he will not launch properly
don't need to say that he gave up going to the deep after a short ride (on 1 engine) at the bay
 :dunno:

sea was a bit choppy at the bay (even with the 1knt forecasted)...but nothing much compared to last Sunday outing
today I was testing Marcos props (13 - 17pitch) on my 60hp Yammis...and I'm very impressed with the test...I'm now debating on getting those props or similar size I have now (13 - 15pitch) but on 4blades...still thinking it will put much stress on the engines
result was increase on the top speed of about 3knts bringing down the revs on 300rpm...and cruising speed more economical
today I did 75nm on 125lts of petrol...which gives an average of 1.6lt/nm

plan was to go up North...but getting to Baixo Ribeiro we spotted that the forecasted calm sea was not there...so I decided to make a change on the plan and headed towards B24
getting to the area was very easy as sea calm down and we had very flat seas
weted the lines at 6:40...a set of 4 rappies and worked the area for a while
at this time of the day contacted L Hooker (in the area since Wednesday) and he was in the area with no fish at the moment

got my first strike and within 30secs I had a very small bonnie...that stupidly (or not) released immediately
I say stupidly cause after the release I realized I could have used it with the traces I had aboard

I decided to head towards Baixo Jeremias area and to work a bit the deeper marks around Jeremias so I changed the spread to soft konas small and medium size, a heavy bullet head and a large jet head

getting to one of the southern pinnacles of Jeremias I had a nice strike  on the small kona and fought the fish....untill line snapped right on the snap swivel knot when Miguel was getting ready to gaff the still very wild and active YFT

all new knots (double line with aussie plait) connecting the snap swivel with a double uni knot...all directed by Marcos and tested on the scale after when setting up the drag
we did it together last week

if you pay attention to all my reports here...it's a common issue I've been having
the bigger coincidence here...and something I realized after the frustration analysis (I've been doing) is that it was always on the same rod
1 long line release (about 100mts off) and 2 short line releases (at knot or loop)
so every outing I had aboard Maguro...I had a stress
Marcos suggested I might have a faulty spool of line...so I was thinking of replacing it tomorrow
Prego suggested not to think about it...just replace it ASAP!!!
and I will do it tomorrow...after doing some organizing at Maguro's new home at Naval

at the end of the day I had a nice ride and it was nice being out one more time in the blue...a bit dirty with temps ranging the 25º's
on the way back to Maputo I stopped at a really nice beach...wild and waiting for us for next weekend

got to Naval by 13:00

checked with L Hooker and they were luckier the we were...between the 2 boats they caught a dorie, 10kg cuta, 2 YFT and 3 small kingfish...also mentioned that the fishing was though...lets wait for his report soon
tomorrow we will meet at Naval upon they arrival with ETA 7:30 
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on December 08, 2012, 10:36:58 pm
Shot for the report broder....

If it is not the line, maybe there's a nick in one of the guides.... check...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on December 08, 2012, 10:43:20 pm
Shot for the report broder....

If it is not the line, maybe there's a nick in one of the guides.... check...
if line collapsed on the knot/loop I believe problem it's on the line
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on December 08, 2012, 10:44:57 pm
Fair enough...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on December 10, 2012, 11:02:04 am
Hi Guys we spent a few days at Manico's met up with Pedro (Thanks for all the help mate) and Marcos. Fishing was tough however we caught quite a few species, was awesome never the less !! Will post a report shortly, just need to catch up on some work first.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on December 20, 2012, 11:45:00 am
Chakra lost a BIG blue yesterday on the +500 m. They came back with 3 dorries (one was 20 Kg).... good reports of gamefish (+15 kg couta; 16 kg barracuda, etc) at the northern reefs....

MAXIMVS will be launching on Saturday... need to "stock up" for x-mas... not making a plan but will secretly pack a few big guns and ammo for that pinocchio...   
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on December 21, 2012, 08:04:19 pm
Locked & loaded for tomorrow... peterblace will join us on MAXIMVS... We'll be targeting mainly couta with rappies and drift baits, but will also throw some poppers and stick baits...

Weather is supposed to be excellent with flat seas and high temps... Hopefully will be reporting some nice catches
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on December 22, 2012, 08:05:34 pm
What a fantastic day! Report to follow tomorrow but as a teaser we got a proper croc (+20 kg) plus other goodies!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on December 22, 2012, 09:00:53 pm
ufa...I'm tired...we had a wonderful day out in the deep blue
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on December 22, 2012, 11:29:25 pm
You tired?! I just finished with the fillets... I'm smashed...

Great day today!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on December 23, 2012, 08:15:54 pm
Here's the latest report http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/index.php?topic=12505 (http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/index.php?topic=12505)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on January 06, 2013, 07:20:27 pm
The billfish run is on fire. Chakra went 3-8 bills today on the +500m mark (for our standards that's VERY far! At least 120-150 nm round trip).

They managed a grand slam with a nice black, blue and a stripey!!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on January 17, 2013, 08:04:46 pm
Here are the dates for Clube Maritimo's 2013 Championship:

26 January
09 February
09 March
13 April
25 May
23 November
07 December

Team MAXIMVS will take part and preparations are in full swing...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Eddie Moz on January 17, 2013, 08:37:33 pm
 :tkx: Super chatting to you yesterday. Thanks for the dates Marcos. I will certainly try to fish in some comps. Still need to register with the Port Captain and then join either Naval or Maritimo. Will keep you posted. I also packed my lures in those pipes that you suggested. No more hooks and bloody fingers.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on January 17, 2013, 08:40:58 pm
Thanks for the coffee and for driving down to the Maputo madness Eddie!

Glad it worked!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on January 26, 2013, 07:01:01 am
Comp postponed. S/SE winds. Weatherman promises that tomorrow it will be flat. More prep time for us... 21 boats have registered.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on January 28, 2013, 12:08:23 pm
yesterday took place first leg of Clube Maritimo competition
has mentioned by JohnF competition was postoned from Saturday due to better weather conditions on Sunday...if anyone know where I can meet this weatherman let me know..cause I need to speack to him very closely!!!  (bat

at 5:30 wind was pumping and we had a SE blowing...so another bumpy and wet ride to get to fishing grounds
our plan was to work B24, B45 and Liberty2 area...and we stuck to the plan

day started with (again) my generous contribution to Neptune...on the first strike line snapped and another rappie went...so I'm keepping my ratio very stable at 1 outing/1 lure lost
(will sort out this week with line replacing on all reels)

I also had another strike but the fish didn't commit well to the hook

in total I had 1 skipjack, 1 & 3/4 YFT (the remaining 1/4 are in somefish tummy) and 1 bonito...and my first lost marlin aboard Maguro...yah...I had a marlin in line...I grabbed the rod and start fighting it but unfortunately and due to lack of experience we cut the engines too much and the moment we did it the marlin got away

B24 was full of activity with marlin free jumping and sailfish chasing garfish...and crossing the lines without even looking and my yummy lures

Maximvs had 2 strikes the all day...a lot of boats with nearly no strikes/fish...maybe a sign that everyone is chasing billfish

Cafufo released 2 marlin
Mozaya released 1 marlin
Oliver released 1 marlin
Dan Dan released 1 marlin
Nakisai released 1 marlin
Yolanda released 1 marlin
Fourplay released 1 sailfish
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on January 28, 2013, 12:15:43 pm
Well done on the hookup Pedro pity it was dropped , next time bud!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on January 28, 2013, 12:16:59 pm
Forgot too ask what lure/colour did the  :billf: hit and what speed where you doing?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on January 28, 2013, 12:39:40 pm
Forgot too ask what lure/colour did the  :billf: hit and what speed where you doing?
black&purple 5"allien kona on the short corner
I believe that's fishing..sometime u win..a lot of times you loose
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on January 28, 2013, 12:43:46 pm
Forgot too ask what lure/colour did the  :billf: hit and what speed where you doing?
black&purple 5"allien kona on the short corner
I believe that's fishing..sometime u win..a lot of times you loose

I believe you have to mount your throttle controls higher so has to not have this problem  :crzy   but good fishing once again  you definitely working great areas.  :win:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on January 28, 2013, 01:18:19 pm
Forgot too ask what lure/colour did the  :billf: hit and what speed where you doing?
black&purple 5"allien kona on the short corner
I believe that's fishing..sometime u win..a lot of times you loose
Nice that little lure has accounted for quite a few fish!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on January 28, 2013, 07:39:55 pm
Yeap peterblace summed it up... both of us need to speak to this weatherman... been a while since I've had such terrible sea! Upside down and large swells coming from all directions! Maputo bay at its worst! Eventually it calmed down (got better the deeper we went)... water temp was 25.8o C in the morning and went up to 26.6o C in the afternoon... water was clean, clean... no bait shoals and very few birds...

Anyway, as peter said we kept to the plan. Did a bit of trolling for "edibles" but as it was quiet we changed to the big guns and went deep (+400). Tried lot's of tricks but nothing. Best we had was a curious marlin that came up at about 45o of our stern, looked at our lures with it's bill and head completely out of the water and went down again!!!!
 
Had two strikes (shotgun and long rigger) but nothing... I guess, in both occasions, small dorries were the culprits. Quite a few were caught in the area and no visible marks in the leaders or lures...

We kept trying for the big boys and only got back when we really needed to (time was up and fuel was over)!

Oh well... as always, a few lessons were learned and I now know exactly were they live... Next comp is in 15 days and (hopefully) a different report will be posted!

Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on January 28, 2013, 07:48:33 pm
maguro's of maguro
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on January 30, 2013, 05:24:02 pm
Oba Oba went deep today (round trip of 93 nm!) looking for some action. Sea was too flat, they said. Came back with a nice bull dorrie (14 kg) and a skipjack. Also 2 strong pulls but couldn't tell what was it.

Obviously, I offered to fillet the dorrie and while at it I snatched some nice strip baits for the next comp!!! Heheheh
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on February 07, 2013, 05:01:38 pm
All systems GO for team Maximvs. Fuel and tackle is sorted. Going back to basics with regards to tackle and tactics. No experimenting or funny stuff on this trip. No more playing around with "edibles" and small lures.

Will spend the whole day out in the deep (+400 m) looking for those pointy ones with Big Ts, Bonito smokers, Iland express and co. 4 teasers. Anything smaller than 10 kg will be rigged with a 20/0 circle!

Go big or stay home!!!

Missing one crew but 3 should be enough.

Weatherman promises a super day.

Fingers crossed!!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: REEFMAN on February 07, 2013, 05:04:22 pm
 :tite
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on February 08, 2013, 07:52:08 am
 :envy Good luck bud  :tite
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on February 08, 2013, 08:43:34 am
Tight lines Maximus and Maguro!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on February 08, 2013, 08:50:13 am
Thanks guys!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Eddie Moz on February 08, 2013, 10:33:56 am
Go get them guys. I hope to fish in the next one. Cheers
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Homie on February 08, 2013, 10:36:32 am
Tight lines Guys !!!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on February 08, 2013, 03:52:22 pm
mechanic did another carb cleaning today on my engines...hopefuly tomorrow I will be able to win the race
nearly all set up for tomorrow...ninja crew is ready...petrol is ready...just need to prepare the snacks&drinks
I hope weather man doesn't lie to us...wind started blowing 1h ago and it's supposed to slow down during the night...same forecast as last weekend and we had a hard trip on the way out
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Eddie Moz on February 08, 2013, 04:05:56 pm
I see "WindGURU" predicts 3 - 9 knt wind, NE - E. Should be good.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on February 08, 2013, 05:31:39 pm
NE/E with out going tides generates some interesting sea conditions in the bay!!! Washing machine!

Should be ok...

We ready... Camera's battery is double charged, drinks are in the fridge, strip baits are processed! Let's rock&roll!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Eddie Moz on February 08, 2013, 05:49:06 pm
Don't forget the "OMO"
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on February 11, 2013, 07:11:46 am
Another disappointing day in the big blue!

Started with a general power failure in Maputo. No power the whole weekend! Launching boats without the electric winch prevented/delayed the larger boats. No problem for us.

We were first in the water and slowly made our way to Clube Maritimo to join the rest of the fleet and wait for the starting shot. Water temp was 25.5 and progressed to 26.3 C along the day. The NE created the typical choppy conditions Maputo bay is famous for and we avoided it by going to Inhaca island and then turning E/NE. The "cockcurn washing machine" was horrible and extensive, we heard from other boats.

Anyway, we took our time and by 7:00 we had just finished putting lines in the water, when "Mon Ami" called in with a release of a sailfish!

We carried on with our plan of spending the day in the deep. Only action we had was a queen dorado of 11 kg the whole day! Nice jumps and all but it was not a bill! Various boats got bills and several got nothing!

This is a really frustrating fishery. We did 95 nm and used 244 L of fuel and did 30 nm in waters deeper than 400 m.

I think I'll have to come up with a better plan. Already working on it...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on February 11, 2013, 07:32:08 am
Hardluck on the tough fishing Marcos, at least you got a dorrie for the pan bud.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Eddie Moz on February 11, 2013, 07:33:24 am
Pity, after all that efford. Better luck next time.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: REEFMAN on February 11, 2013, 07:57:20 am
244 L of fuel....  :shk
Yoiks that must be really frustrating... no luck Marcos...  :-(
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on February 11, 2013, 08:01:55 am
Yeah, it's long hours out there with nothing but flying fish and deep blue water (and plenty of fuel)...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on February 11, 2013, 10:22:41 am
as JohnF mentioned weatherman failed again on his forecast...another miss wet t-tshirt all the way out...with Cockburn area being really hard to handle

just after the washing machine area...with some "OMO" waves hitting us...we saw some bird activity close to Bx Danae area...we put some lines in and by 7:05 we had a double strike of YFT...one of them going mad and jumping like a dorie

again we missed a pair of hand aboard Maguro...we were both fighting the fish, boat was drifting and some waves hit us...but we sorted out between us to bring both fish aboard
we managed to land 2 small 4kg YFT
on the way to B24 and not long after we had our second strike...and another YFT was landed...a bit bigger then the previous

and not long after we were on again...but unfortunatelly and after some "air gaffing" from my decky fish dove too fast into the props and line snapped...it was a nice size YFT

so I keep my 1 lost lure ratio per outing...this time due to line cut and not the usual line snapping...and that was the most productive lure for the day...a purple Halco Max with 3 YFT on

bird and bait activity was wild on Eastway, Bx Danae and B24 area...but from 9:00 onwards we had just a nice ride on the deep blue
we travelled 94nm on 165lt between B24, B45, Liberty2, B24, Jeremias and back to B24...
on the way home and on our last try around Eastway we had 5 missed strikes on a white/blue/red 5" alien kona...one of them a toothie as the heat srink had some toothie marks

and for my surprise close to portuguese island we had a very long strike...I thought that by the run it was a nice size couta...but after a nice fight we landed the smallest YFT of the day...rsrsr...definetely ate spinach for breakfast...we nearly got spooled and had to chase him with the boat

for the 2nd leg:
musaya 3 marlin
mon ami 1 marlin 1 saily
dafy 1 marlin
chakra 1 marlin
dan dan 1 saily
I believe I'm missing something here...but JohnF can help me with that
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on February 11, 2013, 10:26:57 am
Cafufo III 2 marlin
Silk Knot 1 marlin
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on February 12, 2013, 04:31:38 pm
Well done Pedro, some tasty tuna steaks for dinner! Thanks for the report Ciao
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: shagnrelease on February 12, 2013, 04:59:58 pm
Seems to be some mixed results up there guy, I heard that the billfish bite has been hot off inhaca/maputo and there are some good results from some guys who found the fish and then nothing from the other guys, I suppose thats how it is. I am so desperate do come and do another Inhaca trip, we really must try and put something together.
Marcos / Pedro awesome reports and stick at it I know it will happen, its all about the hours on the water!!!
 
Look forward to seeing you buggers soon!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on February 12, 2013, 05:09:33 pm
Seems to be some mixed results up there guy, I heard that the billfish bite has been hot off inhaca/maputo and there are some good results from some guys who found the fish and then nothing from the other guys, I suppose thats how it is. I am so desperate do come and do another Inhaca trip, we really must try and put something together.
Marcos / Pedro awesome reports and stick at it I know it will happen, its all about the hours on the water!!!
 
Look forward to seeing you buggers soon!!
Club Naval's bar...specially that lady that by mistake had a photo shoot with flsh is also looking forward for your visit
she's been asking...where's the handsome gentelman that took me a photo?...it's been 40y that someone took me a photo!!!!

in my case a billfish it's a bycatch...I'm not targeting them...but I know that everyone is going to the 400mt mark East of Liberty 2 mark (that cannyon you marked when you were here 2y ago)
JohnF mentioned all the fleet was throlling that area...aparently there's no structure there...just deep water
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: shagnrelease on February 12, 2013, 05:17:17 pm
Seems to be some mixed results up there guy, I heard that the billfish bite has been hot off inhaca/maputo and there are some good results from some guys who found the fish and then nothing from the other guys, I suppose thats how it is. I am so desperate do come and do another Inhaca trip, we really must try and put something together.
Marcos / Pedro awesome reports and stick at it I know it will happen, its all about the hours on the water!!!
 
Look forward to seeing you buggers soon!!
Club Naval's bar...specially that lady that by mistake had a photo shoot with flsh is also looking forward for your visit
she's been asking...where's the handsome gentelman that took me a photo?...it's been 40y that someone took me a photo!!!!

in my case a billfish it's a bycatch...I'm not targeting them...but I know that everyone is going to the 400mt mark East of Liberty 2 mark (that cannyon you marked when you were here 2y ago)
JohnF mentioned all the fleet was throlling that area
:hehe: :hehe:  espécime velho adorável!
Eish Perhaps I should got to Maritimo!! LOL, mind you there are worse things there!!
 
Yip there are certainly some very interesting marks there, and we found some very nice areas when we were there last, just found them to late in the trip so we will spend more time there soon!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on February 12, 2013, 05:32:07 pm
For me not even by-catch, so far it has been a no-catch!!!

I spent the whole day out there and boats around were getting them on similar stuff I was pulling !!!!

I guess you right shag... Gotta clock the hours!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on February 18, 2013, 08:39:18 pm
If the weather holds, MAXIMVS will be on the water before sunrise on Saturday....peterblace is coming along for another couta slaying session... gotta pick the morale amongst the ranks....
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Eddie Moz on February 19, 2013, 06:28:35 am
 :tite and :sreel:  and :billf: :sailf: . I am also launching on Saturday and hope to see you at the harbour. High @ 03h05 and 15h50, so water levels will not be a problem.Unlike you, I will only be fishing beyond Inhaca and not on the 300 m. I will settle for some nice  :cout: :dor: :gt: :yft: .
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on February 19, 2013, 07:56:52 am
Not going to the deep on this trip. Going to get some couta up north. Launching before the sun.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on February 24, 2013, 09:39:58 pm
weatherman played again with Maputo boat riders
forecast for yesterday was perfect with nearly no wind blowing…wrong guess…good weather in the morning and some SE blowing in the afternoon
we (Anouck (my girlfriend), JohnF and myself) decided to go for a spin aboard Maguro…we went around Xefina to end up finding out that my board engine is still not working properly
still don't know if it's electrical problems or dirty carbs…but been to many times out with the same problem…engine loose power and doesn't rev properly
it was a nearly 3h short ride…just cruising and relaxing (I wasn't so relaxed with engine problem…got to sort out that this week before next leg of Maritimo competition)
after we get out of the water we chafed for a while at the bar to decide whether to go out or not today
again weather man forecasted for today some 8-14knt gusts during the day
we decided to call during the morning and depending on the weather we would go out…either for a spin (MAXIMVS also needed to do some sea test after some repairs ls week in one of the engines)
by 7:20 we stared chatting and went to the club…to find out that sea was flat as anything and no wind was blowing…second wrong guess for the weatherman…and all in just one weekend

we were running against the tide…and by 9:10 we rushed to the water
plan was to go for a short ride to Bx Ribeiro (13nm from Naval) to catch some live bait and slow throll/drift in the area
getting there we couldn't find any bait activity..sounder as also not showing anything…so we were a bit scared as our plan was to fish with live bait only..and only a few rappies were aboard Maximvs
so after a few tries I was on…right next to bx Ribeiro "lighthouse/buoy"…so all the bait was hanging next to the wall
JohnF gave it a try and he was on as well…but not bait…he was fighting a proper fish…so I dropped my rod and started looking for the gaff…"where are the gaff's" I asked JohnF
ooopppssss…as mentioned before we rushed against the tide…so no gaffs aboard

it was a small kingy that snapped the sabiki right next to the boat

we collected our bait…and we were surprised with a curious attack of micro grouper
we had a good laugh…but we were there to fish…and started our drifts with 3 spinning kits
no luck at all at bx Ribeiro and JohnF suggested that we should try B4…we only had 100lt aboard and knew that we had extra petrol to give it a try at B4

we retrieve the bait and put some rappies on…it was a short 3.5nm to the destiny but on the way we saw plenty YFT activity at the surface and we tried our luck
rap pies….live bait…spoons…nothing…those tuna were not takers at all

getting to B4 we noticed a juvenile manta was playing around around our bait…and bait was getting scared…it was when we had our first strike…but unluckily not a taker…1mm from the hook…definitely a couta…according to the cirurgical cut our mackerel had
his head got aboard still shacking

we headed slowly to B4 and getting there JohnF found something on the sounder…I dropped the couta spoon to jig for a bit and I was on on the first drop
after a short fight we landed a small GT…and after a few shots we safely released it
we didn't took a chance to take the tape measure to measure it…but JohnF's guess is that fish weighted around 5kg
for me weighted way over 5kg…;)…a beast!!!!
I was happy for my first GT

we got back to B4 to give it a try again and 2 drops later I was on again…same behavior…same kind of fight…but after a few seconds fish got away…bad luck
and not 2 or 3 drops I was on again…but not for too long as leader snapped
after having a close look at the leader we realized that I was probably taxed by a couta…leader had plenty curls and teeth marks

we took out the bait (yah…during all this period we had 3 lines in the water with bait and not a single strike)…and headed towards bx Ribeiro for some 3 or 4 drifts on live bait…and 3 or 4 drifts on rappies before calling the day and head towards Club Naval

in total a 36.5nm on 80.5lt…I believe best outing consumption for Maximvs

a big thank for JohnF for the day…although no fish for the pot we had good fun and chatting
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on February 24, 2013, 10:07:45 pm
Thanks for typing the report.... it was a great 6 h session.... that "surgeon" couta will have it... it's coming!!  <:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on February 25, 2013, 08:04:12 am
Sounds like you guys  had a fun day out on the blue, thanks for sharing. Pedro well done on your first GT hope it;s the first of many (clap)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on February 25, 2013, 10:11:15 am
Cool report and pics Peterblace and congrats on your first GT mate. BTW looks like someone must go look through the couta trace tutorials  :creep: :creep:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on March 09, 2013, 11:30:32 pm
Third leg of the Ford championship was supposed to be held today. It was postponed due to a strong S wind predicted to get here at mid day. And it did indeed... Some guys were complaining yesterday, that the sea would be flat up to 12:00. It was, but when it changed it was quick and ugly! Glad it was moved to next saturday... As usual, today,time was spent getting stuff done on the boat, trailer, tackle and enjoying some old wors Prego brought last year!   
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on March 10, 2013, 12:35:51 am
the conditions after 12:00
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: whodat on March 10, 2013, 02:15:11 am
Glad no one was out when the S arrived  :rain:


Gj on the GT above, there are more where that one was!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on March 10, 2013, 03:30:46 pm
Here's the video of peterblace's GT!

Fishing tales aboard MAXIMVS - peterblace's first GT! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7B-umIYd3zs#ws)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on March 10, 2013, 04:11:31 pm
thanks for the effort editing the footage..nice one bru
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on March 10, 2013, 04:14:03 pm
 :bow:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on March 11, 2013, 09:31:02 am
Cool video gents, lets hope the weather improves by the 28th and we can enjoy 5 nights on the island  :2m: :frid
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on March 11, 2013, 09:48:29 am
as reported before re weather we didn't had a chance to go out during the weekend...so here is a snapshot of our micro social that is starting to become a habit just opposite shed 29 (maximvs rest place)
thanks again prego for providing the wors
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on March 11, 2013, 09:53:07 am
Humm... those were excellent! Matured to perfection in my freezer! :bow:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on March 11, 2013, 09:54:36 am
I will bring some more for your next mini socials
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on March 11, 2013, 09:57:07 am
I will bring some more for your next mini socials

 :tkx: :+ cred: Much appreciated!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on March 11, 2013, 10:02:51 am
thanks bru!!!...I will trade some belgas for some wors!!
 :+ cred: for your gesture
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on March 11, 2013, 10:06:02 am
No more belgas please as I still have, the wife says I'm getting  fat!! In return you can buy lunch at Pestana on the 30/3  :crzy

Something tells me that the weather has been off now that we resort talking about wors and biscuits  :hehe:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on March 15, 2013, 09:18:47 pm
NE wind caused the comp to be postponed from tomorrow to Sunday.

All systems go! 19:00 h I was sorting my live-bait circle hooks and peterblace challenged me to source some fresh HBs. Sent an sms to my supplier and 15 min later we had 3kg (40!) of the most shiny, fresh and succulent HB! Marinating now and Sunday they will be ready to find their way into greatness!

Bring it on!

Ps: peterblace, better hurry up with those cuban stogies!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: shagnrelease on March 15, 2013, 09:39:23 pm
NE wind caused the comp to be postponed from tomorrow to Sunday.

All systems go! 19:00 h I was sorting my live-bait circle hooks and peterblace challenged me to source some fresh HBs. Sent an sms to my supplier and 15 min later we had 3kg (40!) of the most shiny, fresh and succulent HB! Marinating now and Sunday they will be ready to find their way into greatness!

Bring it on!

Ps: peterblace, better hurry up with those cuban stogies!
Best baits ever!! good luck fella's!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on March 16, 2013, 07:34:23 am
so..I'm buying fresh new cubans..but I'm the one winning..old and dry ones..that's not fair
for those who don't know we made a bet..a set of cuban cigars for the crew of the boat that catch the first bill
neither maximvs nor maguro ever landed a bill..so we have a (very friendly) challenge
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on March 17, 2013, 06:08:01 am
Blow out!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Serra Moz on March 17, 2013, 07:30:04 am
Sorry to hear, next time mate!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on March 23, 2013, 10:12:47 pm
Big wahoos are making an appearance... Spearo's got a nice +30 kg 'hoo this week.

Hoping to do a bit of "bottoming" tomorrow... Let's see how/if the weather holds... 
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: PH on March 24, 2013, 03:42:58 am
 :tite Marcos. Wind was pumping in Dbn as well yesterday afternoon.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on March 25, 2013, 05:52:59 am
We (peterblace and JohnF) launched at 8:00 on Maximvs and had to negotiate the low tide at the ramp. But the 170 horses got us out. The ideia was to do a quick bottoms trip to some near reefs in the area know as 3M. Tide was supposed to turn at 9:15 and we had just enough time to get there and explore the reefs.

Water temp was 25.7o C and progressed to 26.2 along the day. A nice SE breeze and overcast sky kept us cool and out of the canopy. The predicted rain gave us a miss and it turned out to be a lovely day at sea.

We got some nice bottoms (about 6 species and well below our quota) and I managed to test my release clip on two small fish - works like a charm!

We chased the famous 3M jumping tuna with spoons and peterblace managed to hook and land a nice bonnie (6.5 kg) on a popper! Great fight on his little spinning setup!

No pics take but the GoPro was there and hopefully peterblace will manage to edit a nice vid.

We got back to the club at 16:00 with a light easterly.
Another great, relaxed day out!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on March 25, 2013, 08:18:16 am
Glad you guys got into some fish, well done and thanks for sharing. Anytime on the water is good time spent.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on March 25, 2013, 09:56:48 am
all said by JohnF

appart from beating Marcos on the species and number of bottoms caught the big goal of the day was to land one of the illusive 3M tuna
area was wild all the way from middle of the bay to 3M...large groups of tuna jumping wild...birds all over
we tried spoons, poppers, stickbaits, feathers, live bait (not this outing), rappies (not this outing) and NADA...they just don't take anything

this time we were next to them and trowing poppers at them...and I was lucky to properly hook one up...on the side...that was a nice fight

I will try and look at the vids and edit them tonight

thanks again for the wonderful day spent out in the blue

------------------update---------------
after a long waiting period I finaly took some time to edit the videos

fundex (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqCI-Ie_KpY&feature=em-upload_owner#)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on March 25, 2013, 11:56:29 am
You bastid!!! You didn't beat me! I let you win!!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on March 25, 2013, 12:25:20 pm
LOL :rotfl
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on March 29, 2013, 08:55:49 pm
Weather tomorrow will be absolutely perfect (fingers crossed!).

Maximvs will be joining Maguro (peterblace) and Sea Quest (Prego) offshore Inhaca Is. for our micro UA offshore bash!

Watch this space for some monsters...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Serra Moz on March 30, 2013, 12:01:28 pm
Enjoy....good luck, keep us posted! I will give you a shout when I back home.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on March 31, 2013, 08:32:08 am
We blanked!!! So frustrated! Spent about 2 h looking for bait! Got to the spot only at 9 nish and Maguro was already there taking all the fish! They did well with 2 wahoo, couta and even a nice 5 kg yft head! We lost one fish and that was it! It went dead. Looked for bills but nothing!

Note to self: if you can find bait don't look too hard for it!!!

Well done peterblace and Prego!

Ps: weather was excellent, as predicted.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on April 01, 2013, 12:06:17 pm
full report here http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/index.php?topic=13496.0 (http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/index.php?topic=13496.0)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on April 06, 2013, 01:56:33 pm
Sea is so flat it is actually unbelievable!

Daughter's 9th b-day today, so busy with logistics.

It seems like tomorrow will be the same. Going out tomorrow with a full crew (1+4!)! Bit of live-baiting for couta and some bottoms...

Hoping to do a bit of catching! Enough with this 'blanking' curse!!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on April 08, 2013, 12:59:36 pm
Any reports from the weekend from other boats?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on April 08, 2013, 02:08:22 pm
Long weekend in Moz and beautiful weather all along! Neap tides also... Which means nobody is in town!

We got some nice "bottoming" done yesterday with flat sea all day. Tried some trolling for couta with rappies but no takers. Baixo Ribeiro was (again) empty... No bait!

Heard on the radio, that Yolanda only got one good YFT at Jeremias. Saw one SA boat jigging and drop shoting close to us up north. Oliver went past us trolling for game (outriggers were not open) coming from deep... Guess it was quiet there too...

Water temp was 25.5o C and reasonably clean...

Let's see what happens next weekend at the 4th Maritimo comp. 
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Fanuse on April 09, 2013, 07:34:14 am
Gents

Taken from a post on this thread in Nov 2012:

both Pescador (single engine) and Yellow King (2 engines) returned to Naval with fuel problems...same for Kambaku on Saturday on both engines so they had to be towed back
Yellow King (on 1 engine) and Kambaku (on 2 engines) have damaged fuel pumps...

Amandla's engines were damaged as well. Do you know of anyone that claimed the repair cost from their insurance?

Regards

Fanus

Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on April 09, 2013, 09:56:49 am


Amandla's engines were damaged as well. Do you know of anyone that claimed the repair cost from their insurance?

Regards

Fanus

As far as I know costs were supported by the owners
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on April 12, 2013, 09:11:30 pm
All set for tomorrow. 4th leg of Clube Maritimo's Ford Championship.

Weather forecast is great and we're all excited about the tide and moon phase. Predicted to be an excellent day!

Going to do some serious live-baiting for bills.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on April 15, 2013, 09:15:38 am
We want pics we want pics from the boat that finished 2nd on Saturday  :yipee: :yipee:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on April 15, 2013, 10:25:31 am
Huge congrats to the Maguro crew for placing 4th!

It was a tough day fishing wise with only one sailfish released amongst the 20 odd boats (at the end of the day!). Maximvs blanked (becoming an habit now!) and we only had one serious fish that hit the shotgun. We lost it due to a bit of inexperience from the crew but that's fishing!

Overall,not many fish were landed - good wahoo came out though...

The weather was (too) perfect and it was a wonderful day at sea, nevertheless.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on April 15, 2013, 10:30:21 am
unfortunatelly we will have to ask Carushama for his pictures

by the end of the day on Saturday I still believed on that miracle (being 2nd)...then yesterday at the club I have heard the bad news
Mozaya weighted a 22.5kg wahoo, a 14.6 dorado and some other big YFT...and beated Carushama's sailie...
I was 3rd at that moment...and then came Bite Me with a nice size wahoo and 2 big YFT...so I need to stay happy with 4th position and keep on dreaming on a podium position

it was a nice outing for Maguro...flat seas trough out the all day...except during 1h where we had some swell and cold rain (btw mr Prego...canopy allow rain to come in)
I guess we were the only ones under the cloud...a lot of people didn't felt the rain

we had our first stike by 8:30...we thought fish didn't commit and we let the lines out...then we had another strike and I pass the rod to Pedro (my new decky)...first time aboard Maguro and 2nd time out fishing...while reeling in he looked like he needed a coffee and biscuit break...very slow and with line slack we lost the fish
according to the tooth marks on the rapala and the short run it might have been a small couta

when I was briefing Pedro on how to pump and reel in...he mentioned that there was some lure not swiming nicely at the surface...I looked and saw that what we though to be the first non commited strike was a cavala (don't know the translation) slapping at the surface...rsrs...that was safely released

not long after we had another strike on the shotgun (stella 10k on jigging rod)...small kona rigged with a halfbeak...we chased the fish after nearly got spooled and when I start to gain some line...off...no more head shakes...no more fish...reeled in and saw a starightened hook...I guess too much drag set
lesson learned

we kept trolling....working the same area...and we were on again...a sailie was paying on the shotgun halbeak...didn't commit but gave us some emotion aboard..
all set again and on...on the rapie...it was Rui's (ninja) turn...and after a strong 6minute fight we landed a 12.6kg wahoo...
confidence was getting back to the boat (we were accusing Pedro for the bad karma...first the cold rain and swell...then the long line release during the coffee break reel in)...

all set up again...and another strike on the shotgun...after a short fight I have landed a 3.5 rat couta...

so we had a 3-3 on halfbeak at the shotgun..and I wish I had taken more konas rigged for HB

the area was wild with flying fish and HB jumping for their life...and we kept working...I then decided to take the 2 rappies out set the spread all with konas for fast trolling

another missed strike on the shotgun...and HB gone...replaced and short moments after on the short corner a massive shaddow banged on the bullet kona...I was on for another emotive 6min fight...and a 14.6kg wahoo was landed
happiness aboard...and a very lucky landing...fish swallowed the lure...hooks were deep inside his mouth and leader was hanging by a very thin line...ufa...we were lucky...I guess one more run or head shake would bring sadness to the crew!!!

after some clean up aboard...some drinks to recover the strenght...we were ready for some more action

catching a wahoo was one of the '13 goals for Maguro...in 2 weeks we landed 4 wahoo...not bad by catching hein!!
for the experienced...how do you target wahoo's??

while I was setting the lines, shotgun out and still holding the 2 rod...on again...guess where?...shotgun!!!
Rui's turn and after another tiring moment a 5kg dorado was landed...I nearly missed the gaffing cause that fish got excited right next to the boat...and after getting aboard I had to tell my crew to stay away cause fish was wild (I had JohnF's comments in my mind from his last dorado...he nearly broke JohnF's leg with a tail slap)

all set up again and last missed strike...6-6 for the shotgun HB's

at this time we were already heading back towards Maputo...and very happy cause very little fish was caught...I was already dreaming on a podium finish...now you know the rest of the story...
 :cry:

after the coffee break reel in moment Pedro decided to let us fish and he could follow instructions on the wheel...he did a good job
indeed after last outing at Inhaca I do need to take 3 people aboard Maguro...that extra pair of hands give us big help...and at the end of the day I feel less tired

wonderful day at sea...flat seas...24.8º max water temperature...92nm on 155lt...best fuel consuption ever for Maguro

bad karma's still aboard Maximvs...JohnF need a boost!!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on April 15, 2013, 10:33:48 am
Good report peter...

I need to slaughter a goat or something and do all the rituals... anyway, I'm sticking with "Go big or stay home".

Besides, I gotta deliver a promise I made one year ago....
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on April 15, 2013, 10:34:17 am
catch of the day
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on April 15, 2013, 11:03:59 am
Nice one Maguro hardluck on falling 2 places at the last minute, but good fishing none the less.

John F time to go back to basics for a while. Its no use chasing the big girls now its just too late in the season. Target game fish with smaller 6" konas you might even land up with a surprise bycatch  :billf: "as even elephants eat peanuts"  w;k
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on April 15, 2013, 11:07:06 am
I suppose you're right Prego... I'm gonna dig up my trusty rappies and feathers and Co. and see what happens...

But I tell you what guys this billy-chasing thingy is getting into my nerves and putting my morale down!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on May 01, 2013, 09:06:54 pm
went out today on a family ride aboard Oba Oba...Miguel's parents are about to head back to their place in Brazil so he invited me for this outing
weather was perfect...flat sea..no wind
plan was to spend some time at Ilha dos Portugueses...but we took some rods to give it a try
we decided to headed out first and then to the beach...and it was a good decision as we caught a ~15kg YFT (Prego...didn't weight the head but "our" head was way bigger)
Miguel's father fought for 20min on the 1:2 penn senator...it was a good fight and a nice catch
we had no more strikes and headed to Ilha dos Portugueses to chill a bit
it was a nice relaxed outing
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on May 02, 2013, 08:09:45 am
Well done team Maguro, some excellent catches. Pity on missing out on a podium finish, but hey that's fishing well done!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: shagnrelease on May 02, 2013, 08:58:57 am
Not sure how I missed this?? Well done on some good fishe there, and 4th is a great finish!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on May 02, 2013, 10:32:21 am
went out today on a family ride aboard Oba Oba...Miguel's parents are about to head back to their place in Brazil so he invited me for this outing
weather was perfect...flat sea..no wind
plan was to spend some time at Ilha dos Portugueses...but we took some rods to give it a try
we decided to headed out first and then to the beach...and it was a good decision as we caught a ~15kg YFT (Prego...didn't weight the head but "our" head was way bigger)
Miguel's father fought for 20min on the 1:2 penn senator...it was a good fight and a nice catch
we had no more strikes and headed to Ilha dos Portugueses to chill a bit
it was a nice relaxed outing

Nice one mate, glad Miguels old man never pushed the drag to sunset  duh
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on May 03, 2013, 09:51:45 am
Looks like winter is here already (fishing wise). Nana also went out the same day (they went north) and only got small YFT (5-6 kg) and lost a saily...

Nice YFT peter... did you guys followed the bleeding ritual?!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on May 03, 2013, 12:10:23 pm
Looks like winter is here already (fishing wise). Nana also went out the same day (they went north) and only got small YFT (5-6 kg) and lost a saily...

Nice YFT peter... did you guys followed the bleeding ritual?!
definetely...we folowed the bleeding (and blood cleaning) ritual...and just after taking this picture we cleaned (guts etc) the fish properly
when we got to the club I've fileted the fish and kept a filet for the pot
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on May 03, 2013, 12:13:27 pm
Cool... only asked cause didn't see any cut or blood coming out of the pec fin...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on May 07, 2013, 01:13:29 pm
If the weather reports are correct and don't change it seems the Inhaca challenge will be won today as its looking the only fishable day of the week :shk
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on May 07, 2013, 02:14:56 pm
yesterday was canceled and I've heard a boat broke loose (no idea on the consequences)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on May 07, 2013, 02:59:33 pm
What do you mean broke loose?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on May 07, 2013, 03:03:38 pm
was moored and broke loose...but I don't have much details
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on May 07, 2013, 03:13:49 pm
Oops! Did they find it?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on May 07, 2013, 07:50:43 pm
Team Musaya (Richard & Co.) Are leading the Inhaca Challenge with 5 species. Weather has been terrible.

Let's see what the next few days bring.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on May 07, 2013, 07:54:43 pm
I guess it's team sholay Nordine twins new boat
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on May 07, 2013, 08:25:18 pm
Thanks... Didn't know which boat they took...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on May 08, 2013, 08:19:19 am
If they fishing today it must be ugly out there with the predicted wind. I reckon they will hold that lead.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on May 08, 2013, 06:42:05 pm
Strong NE taking a toll on the Moz team... only managed one kingfish and fell to 4th today. Tomorrow same weather is predicted. Their main spots are mainly up north so I suppose things are going to be tough this year... 
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on May 09, 2013, 08:47:44 am
Thanks for the updates  :tkx:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on May 09, 2013, 06:12:55 pm
Blow out today. The NE kept pumping strong. Swinging to S-SE tomorrow, which is D-day. Hopefully the fishing will improve.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on May 10, 2013, 05:33:45 pm
My Cat finished in first and Sholay in second not very far. Good fishing today.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on May 26, 2013, 01:41:25 am
5th leg of Clube Maritimo took place today
14 boats entered the comp
flat seas..nearly no wind except for 1h where the north decided to blow..so definetely a relaxed ride...
...and speaking of which..nearly all the fleet at a nice ride cause there was very little fishing from what I've heard
I will came back tomorrow with final results..but nearly everyone blanked
I started the day with some promising excitement..
departure was at 6:15 and by 7:15 I have started pulling the lines in
while I was putting my 5th line I had my first strike..and while looking at that rod and still thinking what might have been..a sailie erupted and start battling and deciding which lure to strike..and there we go..another strike..but after taking a few meters of line decided to spit the lure
that's it..all the emotion for the day..
10h throlling..92nm..180lt of petrol..that was my day

tried some halfbeak..all variety of lures..and even some live bait..yeh..a very small bonito was caught in the eyes (probably while enquiring my lures)..no strike..nada..just saw that the lure was smokin more the usual..and swimming very strangely..so decided to check

cheeta and dafy caught a sailie..but as mentioned don't know the rest of the fleet results

spearos also went out and I saw their results..massive wahoo was caught

now it's the comp interruption..final legs will take place in oct, nov and dec
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on May 27, 2013, 11:01:55 am
update with the results
1 - cheeta with a saily
2 - dafi with a saily
3- bite me with a tuna and 2 AJ
4- fourplay with a wahoo

as mentioned before rest of the fleet blanked or caught small fish
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on May 27, 2013, 11:20:04 am
Bite me has those amber jack spots waxed  :envy

Hard luck brother, when things are quiet on the troll you need to go to basics ie live bait drifting around those prodominant reefs........oh WELL ( pun intended)  w;k
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on June 23, 2013, 05:58:18 am
Been too long, so bugger this I'm Going blankin'....hope I fail dismally!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Shaun17 on June 23, 2013, 06:18:20 am
Been too long, so bugger this I'm Going blankin'....hope I fail dismally!

Tight lines Marcos   :sreel:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on June 23, 2013, 08:30:45 am
tight lines bru
looking forward for your feedback..and for my comeback
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: isivuba on June 23, 2013, 09:00:20 am
Been too long, so bugger this I'm Going blankin'....hope I fail dismally!

 
Blankin Ya Right!....Watch this space :nuts:
 
 :envy  and tight lines
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on August 30, 2013, 08:38:21 am
While offshore SST are still in the 22o ish C, catches of 3 dorado and lot's of YFT and wahoo have been reported this week. For those that get a chance to fish during the week they are here!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on August 30, 2013, 08:41:20 am
Awesome news thanks John F hopefully it will be back over the 24's  :yipee:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on September 02, 2013, 03:18:18 pm
Launched yesterday for a quick 5 h session at Jeremias.... got a nice 10 kg YFT and dropped another (bloody treble gave up!) on an x-rap silver...

Flat seas and LOT's of whales all  over and a few turtles... almost run over a lazy leatherback. Temps were 21.4-23.4o C...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on September 02, 2013, 03:25:13 pm
Thanks for the feed back, we were wondering what happened out there  (bat
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on September 02, 2013, 03:36:15 pm
Old age, that's what happened! Got back, processed the fish, washed the boat and hit the sack! I was finished! Lol! (Also, lost bbm service)!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on September 02, 2013, 03:40:52 pm
Hahaha okay, any of the other boats go out?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on September 02, 2013, 03:43:39 pm
Only sushi (rubberduck). They went to the maputo river mouth. They got small breams, kob and rockods... and 2 big "snakes" (eels)... 
We were the only boat out
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on September 02, 2013, 11:07:57 pm
Just sharing tonight's supper.... sashimi and sesame seed seared :yft:   a La Shag!

Yummy!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Shaun17 on September 02, 2013, 11:42:07 pm
Just sharing tonight's supper.... sashimi and sesame seed seared :yft:   a La Shag!

Yummy!

Well done on the YFT Marcos... congrats to the chef, seared to perfection!! (insert licking lips emoticon here)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on September 03, 2013, 12:49:08 am

Well done on the YFT Marcos... congrats to the chef, seared to perfection!! (insert licking lips emoticon here)


:hehe: thanks shaun... learned from the master himself!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: REEFMAN on September 03, 2013, 07:24:52 am
Having serious Tuna withdrawal symptoms... that looks absolutely amazing!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Capt. Hook on September 03, 2013, 07:27:48 am
Just sharing tonight's supper.... sashimi and sesame seed seared :yft:   a La Shag!

Yummy!
That looks very tasty  :-)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: shagnrelease on September 03, 2013, 07:39:19 am
Just sharing tonight's supper.... sashimi and sesame seed seared :yft:   a La Shag!

Yummy!


That looks magic!! a few of us are of to the vans farm this weekend so this has inspired me to make some seared tuna shwarma's!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Zetti on September 03, 2013, 08:26:15 am
Just sharing tonight's supper.... sashimi and sesame seed seared :yft:   a La Shag!

Yummy!


That looks magic!! a few of us are of to the vans farm this weekend so this has inspired me to make some seared tuna shwarma's!!

Just make sure this gets done before I fall asleep
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: shagnrelease on September 03, 2013, 08:30:11 am
Just sharing tonight's supper.... sashimi and sesame seed seared :yft:   a La Shag!

Yummy!


That looks magic!! a few of us are of to the vans farm this weekend so this has inspired me to make some seared tuna shwarma's!!

Just make sure this gets done before I fall asleep


Suppose we could have them for breakfast!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on October 04, 2013, 09:44:17 pm
Launching tomorrow at sunrise... Team Maximvs will be the Pereira brothers only  :rck"

Forecast looks good (flat in the morning and swinging to easterly in the afternoon to swiftly bring us back) and the water temp is just below 24o C....

Plan is simple... catch live bait at Baixo Ribeiro and then run North to serve then coutas some breakfast...  :cout:

On the way back will go a bit deeper and try for some tuna, maybe a dorrie and who knows what else...

Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: iNdlovu on October 12, 2013, 07:48:15 pm
I'm very new here, but have read every post in the Moz section, great stuff.
John, if I may ask a dumb question. Most of my fishing will be out of Maputo in the Inhaca area. I have just relocated to Nelspruit, so that makes it quite convenient. Would you say that my cat C COC is good or should I upgrade to Cat B to get to all the good areas you guys mention in your updates?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on October 12, 2013, 08:11:26 pm
Welcome to UA!

We operate in a different system here. The local maritime authority doesn't really care about the SA cat B, C etc...

All you need to produce is list of safety equipment (http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/index.php?topic=651.0 (http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/index.php?topic=651.0)) and your paperwork and you should be fine...

What boat do you have? Most spots are reachable by even the smallest boats and your fuel capacity would probably be the deciding factor...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: iNdlovu on October 12, 2013, 08:41:49 pm
I have an 18'6" Ace craft with 2 x 75 mercury 2 strokes.
That's great news, so the Cat C doesn't restrict you to 15 nm in Moz?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: iNdlovu on October 12, 2013, 08:45:30 pm
By papers, I assume you mean Buoyancy certificate, Seaworthy cert and Skippers license. Is there anything else?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on October 12, 2013, 08:58:20 pm
Those are the papers... also carry your passport (goes without saying) and you should also get a fishing license.

Technically, all recreational skipper's licenses are restricted to 10 nm from land. That means even if you launch from Maputo, and you are at Baixo Danae (27 nm from Maputo) you still legal cause you are only 4 nm from Inhaca. So your boat should be fine.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: iNdlovu on October 13, 2013, 07:37:59 am
Excellent, thanks for the info and apologies for jumping in on this section, where it should all be about the good stuff......fishing
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on October 18, 2013, 09:36:50 am
Clube Maritimo's comp is scheduled for tomorrow.... weather looks crappy for Saturday but this is how it looks for Sunday.... So we all hoping it will be postponed.... Water temp is still 22ish and the warm water is +25 nm offshore!

With the cloudy conditions I foresee a few black/purple babies swimming! 

Bring it on!

 :billf:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on October 18, 2013, 10:00:54 am
Good luck and tight lines bud, that nice warm water looks quite far offshore thou
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on October 18, 2013, 10:13:37 am
Thanks Sheldon! Yeah, that warm mass is at least 25 nm offshore.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: shagnrelease on October 18, 2013, 10:37:58 am
Give it Horns bud!!! I foresee a billfish in your future!!!
 
and a very happy belated birthday to you buddy!!! :hpybthd: :hpybthd: :blush:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on October 18, 2013, 10:46:36 am
Thanks Greg!

Gonna go Big.... Lot's of new guns and ammo... I've been stocking for a while now :hehe:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on October 18, 2013, 09:45:06 pm
Check the warm water coming in.... I foresee some action.... :hnthnt:

Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on October 21, 2013, 11:03:51 am
5th leg(actually 3rd as it was postoned from March 2 times) of Clube Maritimo comp took place yesterday
only 15 boats launched on a cloudy and cold day
departure was set for 5:30 and MAXIMVS had to come back after a batery problem...2nd planned outing that MAXIMVS has to come back to dock after a failure...better times will come

nearly no wind was blowing from the South so we had a soft ride to the fishing grounds...I expecterd a miss wet t-shirt all the way but luckilly it was a dry ride
it will be a short resume as there was not much activity
plan was to work the Bx Danae, B24, B45 and Jeremias area...and I stick to the plan
by 7:00 we set the lines (variety of konas, rappies and halbeaks)
by 7:30 started the light rain...untill 17:00...so you guys can imagine how it was aboard MAGURO...wet the all day
air temp was about 20º and water was ranging from 21º to 22º (max temp sounder registered)...speaking of which...sounder didn't work the all day appart from temp I had no sounder information
by 11:30 seas calm down and it was flat flat flat the rest of the day
plenty whales around...and normally on collision course
although I have changed the spread quite a few times and tried different lures I had no strikes...though one of the 2 halbeaks was found broken and tangled (johnf suggested that there might have been a strike)
by 13:00 and when I was about to head back to Naval we went literally over a bait ball in B24...and there was a strike and long run on the shotgun (halfbeak on a small kona)  :sreel:
first I though that the "cavala" (normal bait on that area) was going crazy...then I thought the drag might have been wrong set...it was taking too much line for a small bait fish
I started fighting the fish while Rui "the ninja" cleared the lines and Pedro "the sailor" was on the wheel following my instructions
after some moments we landed a 9.6kg couta

I have to say that we are all very inexperienced...I've been fishing for only 3 1/2y...I own a boat for 1y+ but learned a lot here on UA and personaly with JohnF, Prego, Shag in particular and a few more
I've coached my crew (complete newbies) from what I have learned...and I can say that we are in sinthony aboard MAGURO...Pedro on the wheel and Rui and myself fighting/clearing/gaffing
I always video (gopro) the fights and there's always a lot of lessons learned from the movies...and we always debate the fights after...so that we try to improve for next time

the rest of the fleet either blanked or caught very little (or small fish)
Dafi caught a marlin and won...I heard Nakisai(not confirmed) caught a saily
heard of small wahoo and doradoscaught...and some small tuna...some fish under weigh limit (5kg)

yesterday was also a day of experiences
I had my 2nd gopro aboard...well not aboard...under(board) the water
I had 1 gopro mounted on the railblaza holder...and I had my second gopro on the trolpro mount
for the trollpro tow line I have used same dynema used on kite board line (100% dynema with 300kg breaking strenght)
25mts long...I have sleeved 3 segments of dynema...2 stay on each tip of the 25mt tow line (overhand knot loop) and one stay free so that I can adjust the lenght of the trollpro
the end loop attach to the trollpro 32oz sinker trough a JohnF snap swivel...then the sinker attach to the trollpro trough another hd snap swivel
yesterday I tried to troll the trollpro at 10mts...so did a overhand loop on the free sleeve (@10mts) to a musketeer to safely hold it on the boat
the battery last ~2h25 and with the setting I have on the gopro I have 4h40 of movie for the 32gb card
I have 2 battery so at the end of the day I have 4h40 of movie
I was too tired yesterday but had a glymplse on about 45min of footage (ffwd)
it's amazing the noise you can hear from the ratler of the x-rap rapala...and the action they do...even the tangling of 2 x-rap
at a certain moment we go on a shallow area and you can see the bottom (sand and reef)...and 4 fish curious about the rappies coming from the deep
at another moment we can spot a huge shoal of fish...no species ID...
I will go trough the footage and do a resume so that you guys can see it...it's beautiful
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on October 21, 2013, 11:16:09 am
At least no blank for Maguro again  :udman:

Water temps need to rise by 2c still.

Looking forward to the troll pro footage
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on October 21, 2013, 11:16:50 am
Yeap, being having a few mishaps... flat battery at 5:15 am is not pleasant! All sorted now!!!!

2 other boats released bills... Cafufo III and Karochama... a few large dorries (+20 Kg) and smaller came out... all very deep as warm water moved offshore...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Toppie on October 21, 2013, 11:20:22 am
Nice fish Peterblace, well done and thank you for the trouble to do the report.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on October 21, 2013, 04:51:46 pm
Well done Pedro, nice report and couta bud
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on October 22, 2013, 05:41:42 pm
some more facts that we didn't know and just heard today

so here is the update

Cafufo III ended up wining the comp with 1 marlin released and a 20+kg dorado
Dafi only caught 1 marlin
Zé Pescador on his rubberduck released 1 marlin (lost 2 other marlin and 3 sailies)
some small tuna and wahoo were caught and aparently some big bull dorados as well (like JohnF mentioned)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on October 22, 2013, 09:30:30 pm
check the footage from the trollpro

trollpro first experience (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEysWKvR4HY&feature=youtu.be#)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on October 22, 2013, 10:13:00 pm
just to finish with a funny video of our ride on the way back to

maguro ride (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TDsXwhciJ8&feature=youtu.be#)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on October 23, 2013, 07:25:48 am
Pedro nice footage bud, do you perhaps know where the other boats pickup the Marlin and on what?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on October 23, 2013, 07:27:24 am
The marlin are being targeted very deep (+400 m) with big konas.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on October 23, 2013, 08:07:36 am
The marlin are being targeted very deep (+400 m) with big konas.
Thanks Marcos, might be time for another Inhaca trip :hnthnt:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on October 23, 2013, 08:33:36 am
At those depths they're catching striped and blue marlin. Sometimes blacks too.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on November 11, 2013, 01:05:59 am
Clube Naval's centenary anniversary comp took place yesterday
it was announced last Monday that the comp would take place yesterday...no prizes involved has it was a meritory comp so number ob boats attending was reduced...only 10 boats participating...2 from Clube Maritimo and 8 from Club Naval

although I registered my plan was to head to Sta. Maria to spend the day with Anouck's (my wife) family...and go out aboard Fourplay trough Hells Gate...but during the skippers meeting Marcelo (Fourplay's skipper and Anouck's cousin) told me that his plans were to spend the day till late in the sea...and Anouck had a party from 16:00...because I had a early return planned and head to Maputo early Sta. Maria plan was canceled...so I had to setup all at 19:00
it was gona be me and Anouck aboard maguro...eventually JohnF would join us as unfortunately Maximvs electric problem came back...when he was setting up all for the outing...he was too off with his situation and decided to stay back...plenty more opportunities will come

launching time was scheduled to 05:30 so we planned to leave a bit later at 6:30...forecast was supposed to be awesome in the morning with some Eastern wind pumping from 13:00...my planned return time to get to Maputo on time for Anouck's to attend her party...she didn't make it to the party as soon you will discover

my plan was to head North and fish some shallow waters for some couta and tuna for the pot...and then head out for some dorado
and luckily all went with the plan

we had a soft ride to get to Boia Perdida area...and by 7:20 lines were out...2 rappies and 2 feathers...and soon we saw some bird activity that we started working...but no takers
we kept heading North to the shallows and I added another rod to the spread with a allien kona rigged with a halfbeak and replacing one of the feathers for a halco GT jig...second time out
getting to Bx Ze area we saw Pumula working a birds activity area...and having a strike and fighting a fish...we when we were giving them some space we had our first strike
shotgun rod with the HB going :sreel: non stop
I cleared the feather and GT jig and left the 2 rappies on has they were closer and easier to clear later (if needed)...wrong (or right) guess...while giving instructions to Anouck I started fighting the fish and recovering some line
very heavy body at the end of the line and giving me a hard time on the TLD 30A...and when things were getting nicer for me another  :sreel: on one of the rappies that were still on the water
if I was struggling to fight that big fish at the end of the line now I was double up...but I kept fighting the big fish until I realised that I had to clear the second strike rod...which I did in a short period of time and with one hand on the rod and the other on the gaff I managed to land a 3.8kg couta
straight to the hatch and back to the big fish that at a certain moment I thought it was a shark...too heavy with no kind of shakes...till some head shakes that made me think I had a tuna
after 13'30 of fight I landed a 19.5kg YFT (after bleeded...might have had a bit more...but even on a comp I preserve good quality meat then a few more grams on the scale)
this time I couldn't do it on my own so I oriented Anouck and position the fish on the side of the boat...asked her to setup the gaff next to me and when fish was in gaffing distance I handed in the rod to Anouck and gaffed the fish

after recovering a bit (muscles were too hard with lactid acid accumulation) lines were out again...now with anothe allien kona and HB combination replacing the last feather...and activity was wild with big tunas and couta jumping wild on bait balls...and plenty birds showing us the way for a wonderful show at the surface...we even saw birds fighting in the air for the small bait (spoon size silver shinny fish)...I carry no spoons but I guess if I had taken some I would have some good fun

moments after and while I was filming the birds and tuna activity I went vas on the GT jig....and with an extra incident
trolling board broke in half and I had the shotgun rod hanging on the water hold by the safety leash...and the strike rod going fast still on the rod holder and just being hold by....the hands of God I guess cause you guys can't imagine how fortune I was not to loose that rod
this time I took no chances and cleared all the lines before starting to fight my fish
ufa...what a fight...I thought another big bus tuna was at the end of the line...at a certain moment and while the fish was under the boat I had to use my hands to hold the line as a drag as the fish was still taking line on the TLD25 full drag
after 18' I saw some color and instructed Anouk as before...setup the gaff and get ready to hold the rod...that was when I told her...uauuu...it's a big ggggeeeeeeeeeettttttttttttttttt
gaff stayed where it was...and used my hands to land this beauty of a fish
after a short photo shoot session and tape measure I safely released the fish...fork length 98cm~18kg
if I was tired from before it was time for a quick break and a snack...after setting again in search for some more fish

we kept working that area and after a few drifts with no takers we decided to head out...this time only 3 rods were out (2 HB and a medium kona with a bird) due to my trolling board misfortune

plan was to go out to Poco area...but bird activity were keeping us away from our plan...even with no takers we were trolling the area
we had a strike on the medium kona...but the fish didn't commit properly...no idea what might have been...but I have a guess as later found out that the leader was slightly marked
not long after we had another strike...on the same medium kona...not a great run...no show...but soon I could see a dorie at the end of the line...after positioning the fish and following same procedure with Anouck just after gaffing her she got loose from the gaff...and the hook
the show she didn't gave us at sea started inside small maguro...I told Anouck to move away to the front and open the fishing hatch...while she was slapping all over I managed to gaff her and put her to the hatch...door close and happy with our 4th species for the day...wighting 4.9kg...100gr short for the comp

later we had another strike on the shotgun...and no gaffing needed as it was a small 2kg YFT...I guess HB and allien kona together were longer then that fish

just getting to Poco another strike on the shotgun...that position and that lure were producing hein....I soon realised I had a big bull dorie has the show just started
cleared the lines and lost some precious time helping Anouck cleaning the deck...I didn't want to have a packed deck with loose lures, rods, etc with a big bull aboard...
when setting up for gaffing (same procedure as before) fish turned direction and got loose at a nearly 3mts from the boat...frustration was installed
but I guess that's fishing

at Poco in the Radio Active area nothing happened...and by this time (13:00) sea was a bit rough with the Eastern wind already pumping so I decided to start heading towards Maputo to gain some time but still trolling (till 13:30)...at 13:30 and when I was getting ready to call it a day last strike on the HB on the long....but again another non taker
no idea what was it but I have to say that only HB head staid on and again leader has to be replaced as it's all marked

we had a bumpy ride on the way back and 15nm from Maputo and just after changing jerrys starboard engine started gasping and not reving up...eventually died and I was not able to turn it back on again
only strange thing I noticed was when engine was trimmed up and I was pumping petrol I could see some petrol licking from the engine cover...so I knew something was not right with the fuel supply
we arrived 1h45 later then predicted and Anouck started getting sick with the forced trolling speed and rough sea...I was too stressed for putting Anouck on a situation like this...we both know it was out of our hands but I didn't want to end a wonderful day like this
today when I went to the club I soon found out what the problem was...carb 1 and 2 fuel hoses were out of place...no idea how that could happen but another element on the checklist before a outing

water temp was 22.40º at the beginning of the day and went up to 23.10º...beautiful color
good work for the team...it was her second fishing outing just with me and after some yelling in the end we did a great job
biggest game fish with the tuna...and 4th overall on the gamefish division...I guess that the GT and the lost dorie would make us win the comp...but that's fishing...and I'm happier that that GT is still swimming at sea growing up to give me another back pain and sore arms and hands
some small dorie (with a exceptional 2nd biggest fish of ~18kg), some small couta (with a exceptional 3rd biggest fish of ~13kg), some small tuna 5-7kg were caught
on the billfish side only 3 fish were caught...shollay caught 2 (one being dead with 167kg that DNQ) and Shakra caught 1
on and all...a big day out at sea with my special one
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on November 11, 2013, 01:09:05 am
1) sunrise with flat seas
2) looking at the GT after the fight...a bit tired
3) look at the happiness
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on November 11, 2013, 01:10:47 am
4) some more happiness...we are both smiling
5) catch of the day
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: CLS on November 11, 2013, 06:30:13 am
great report and catch, well done.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on November 11, 2013, 08:21:31 am
Great report & well done on some nice fish there Pedro! (clap) In terms of your problem you had"today when I went to the club I soon found out what the problem was...carb 1 and 2 fuel hoses were out of place...no idea how that could happen but another element on the checklist before a outing". Not sure however as fate would have it on our last trip to Inhaca i also had fuel lines that had loosened and was leaking fuel. The reason was that my mate had pumped the fuel primer bulb way too much and the pressure resulted in the hoses being dislodged! Not sure if this was the reason for your fuel lines coming loose however thought i'd mention it!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on November 11, 2013, 10:10:31 am
Great report & well done on some nice fish there Pedro! (clap) In terms of your problem you had"today when I went to the club I soon found out what the problem was...carb 1 and 2 fuel hoses were out of place...no idea how that could happen but another element on the checklist before a outing". Not sure however as fate would have it on our last trip to Inhaca i also had fuel lines that had loosened and was leaking fuel. The reason was that my mate had pumped the fuel primer bulb way too much and the pressure resulted in the hoses being dislodged! Not sure if this was the reason for your fuel lines coming loose however thought i'd mention it!

I think you absolutely correct Sheldon as Pedro had just changed tank when this happened.

On a brighter note well done buddy really happy for you and  :resp: for releasing that majestic Geet during a comp. Well done on 2 PB's on one day almost 3 if you had landed the bull dorado.

 :+ cred: :udman:


Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Bwana on November 11, 2013, 10:37:23 am
That is awesome Pedro, great report and some excellent catches there!  (clap)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on November 11, 2013, 04:21:57 pm
Great report & well done on some nice fish there Pedro! (clap) In terms of your problem you had"today when I went to the club I soon found out what the problem was...carb 1 and 2 fuel hoses were out of place...no idea how that could happen but another element on the checklist before a outing". Not sure however as fate would have it on our last trip to Inhaca i also had fuel lines that had loosened and was leaking fuel. The reason was that my mate had pumped the fuel primer bulb way too much and the pressure resulted in the hoses being dislodged! Not sure if this was the reason for your fuel lines coming loose however thought i'd mention it!

I guess your suggestion might be the cause...it's a possibility
maybe when the mechanic did the carbs service didn't put the hose in place properly...or the SS hose tighteners are a bit soft and need to be replaced
but while swapping jerrys I did pumped some more fuel in...so we might have found the culprit for my stress return trip
thanks for the suggestion...and for the cheers
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Happy Dog on November 11, 2013, 05:17:57 pm
Great catch well done
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on November 12, 2013, 07:16:03 am
Great report & well done on some nice fish there Pedro! (clap) In terms of your problem you had"today when I went to the club I soon found out what the problem was...carb 1 and 2 fuel hoses were out of place...no idea how that could happen but another element on the checklist before a outing". Not sure however as fate would have it on our last trip to Inhaca i also had fuel lines that had loosened and was leaking fuel. The reason was that my mate had pumped the fuel primer bulb way too much and the pressure resulted in the hoses being dislodged! Not sure if this was the reason for your fuel lines coming loose however thought i'd mention it!

I guess your suggestion might be the cause...it's a possibility
maybe when the mechanic did the carbs service didn't put the hose in place properly...or the SS hose tighteners are a bit soft and need to be replaced
but while swapping jerrys I did pumped some more fuel in...so we might have found the culprit for my stress return trip
thanks for the suggestion...and for the cheers
No worries might see you in March w;k , this time thou you need to stay with us at Manico :frid
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on November 12, 2013, 08:54:09 am

No worries might see you in March w;k , this time thou you need to stay with us at Manico :frid
[/quote]

I'm in for both dates...in March definetely for the all week
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on November 18, 2013, 05:09:44 pm
Saturday was my father in law bday...and we were invited again by Anouck's cousin to spend the weekend in Sta Maria
plan was to leave Saturday at 7:00...Fourplay and Maguro...but getting to the club and with 5 boats out of the sheds to launch and with Fourplay already in the ramp I was gona miss the tide going out very fast
so plans changed and I hook up on Fourplay...and walking down the ramp, or slipway as it's usual named, I found out where the name comes slipway comes from...mega crash with a non planned ?splits? (is this what's called to do that gym stuff where legs go each way??)
as I'm not a gymnast I landed over my left foot and slipped and scratched the knee and foot over those mussels on the ramp...swallen and bruised foot...today at work I can barely walk and wear shoes...but I have to...argh

so we headed to Sta Maria and by 8:30 we were there after the scenic route trough the canal on low tide...flat seas and beautiful weather...
after unloading the boat and getting home I decided to give it a try from the shore at some queenfish I saw jumping just next to Machangulo lodge
started with a needle nose plug but nada...then changed to a stickbait (Z-Claw)...and after a few casts I was on...but fish didn't commit...and not long after Marcelo showed up with the kids

North was supposed to blow from Saturday afternoon till Sunday...but there was a short gap that we could give it a try on the big blue...and we took the chance
smooth Hells Gate crossing with nearly no waves and we set the lines...3 rappies and 2 big konas...and the trollpro
getting to Baixo Sta Maria we start following some bird activity with tuna smacking at the surface...but after a few drifts and no takers we start playing with the spinning kits
spoons, poppers, stickbaits, bucktail jigs...nada...no takers
after 2h we headed back home as we had the bday boy and the rest of the family waiting for us
note...after 2h trolling and just after clearing the lines I realise that the trollpro was out of memory...so although I turned it on there was no recording...argh!!!!
I guess footage could have been great as we went over some tuna shoals, dorados, dolphins...

just before sunset I decided to give it a try again from the shore and going for a romantic walk with Anouck...
again just a strike but a no taker

Sunday I headed down to the beach at 6:45....I wanted to go for a short session before everyone wakes up...
it was a long night for all with plenty drinks and fun chatting

this time I went to the point and I started again with the same stick bait I had a strike the day before...and again another non taker strike
I knew fish was there...I could see them jumping and playing on the white water...but they were not taking my offer
Dylan (Marcelo's oldest) joined me at 9:00 when I was getting ready to head back home...weather was not great and there was some rain...but cause he join me I decided to stay a bit longer...
rigged his spinning kit with a red head plug and changed my stick bait for a silver spoon...and 2 casts after I was on...and after a short fight I photo and released a black tip kingy
I was using my Daiwa Exceller 802 with a Exceller 4000E loaded with 20lb braid and 40lb leader
Dylan asked me to change his plug for a spoon as well and we played for a bit more before heading back home

in the afternoon we decided to stay overnight and leave only today in the morning...so Dylan headed back to the beach for some fun at Machangulo beach...he had a good strike on a spoon and after a cool fight fish got loose

today I feel like a zombie after waking up at 5:20 and heading back to Maputo...with a weatherman prank...the predicted 8knt South blew up to 14knts South...so even on a 32'' cuddy yamaha we got a bumpy and wet ride
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on November 18, 2013, 05:12:23 pm
my black tip kingy
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on November 18, 2013, 06:39:57 pm
There's two type of people WRT to that slipway (actually three, no four!)...

i) those have never seen those barnacles up close;

ii) those that did (and take extra precautions!)

iii) those that did, take extra precautions (and still see the barnacles every now and then!)

i) and those that actually tend to get suspended by the pants while trying to jump from a boats bow!!!!  :hyst:


Nice report pb!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on November 19, 2013, 07:33:53 am
There's two type of people WRT to that slipway (actually three, no four!)...

i) those have never seen those barnacles up close;

ii) those that did (and take extra precautions!)

iii) those that did, take extra precautions (and still see the barnacles every now and then!)

i) and those that actually tend to get suspended by the pants while trying to jump from a boats bow!!!!  :hyst:


Nice report pb!
LOL those barnacle covered sipways can be nasty, i took a nasty tumble many years ago at the August Winds SKi boat club in St Lucia, took ages to heal.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on November 19, 2013, 07:35:07 am
Nice report PB , catching fish from the side spinning is always fun.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on November 19, 2013, 09:02:14 am
Great stuff PB, glad you enjoying the beautiful destinations you have on your door step  :envy
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on November 21, 2013, 02:48:57 pm
due to municipal elections yesterday was a public holiday here in Moz
I took the opportunity to launch in the morning to go for a quick ride to test a new set of props on Maguro
Miguel (previous owner of Oba Oba) recently bought a 19' Tom Cat that came with 15 pitch 4 blades alu props
because he also has some 15 pitch 4 SS blades and wanted to test them on the Tom Cat I borrowed the 15 pitch 4 blades alu props

when I bought Maguro boat came with 13 pitch 3 blades and 15 pitch 3 blades
13 pitch boat would rev too much (6000rpm) and max speed was about 24knt
15 pitch boat would rev around 5700rpm and max speed was about 29knt
I also tested Maximvs 17 pitch and boat rev 5300rpm and max speed was about 32knt
so I have decided that was the right choice for the 60hp 2stroke yam and been very happy with them since Dec last year

so yesterday I tested for the first time the 15 pitch 4 blades...
first impression is boat rev 5500rpm and max speed was close to 30knt (though not the best conditions for racing)
I'm now able to plane on one engine easily...wasn't able to plane before with any of the above mentioned props

big test will be performed next saturday with 6th leg of Maritimo Competition...a full day competition will show me fuel consumption
although I like racing I rather save a few bucks on fuel rather then speeding

day ended with me diving at Naval's dock at low tide...just before loading the boat in the trailler and while I was waiting for the trailler to get to the ramp my sunglasses fell out of my head straight to the water...marked the spot and went there on low tide with my mask, a weight belt and booties...touched the bottom for 45min with no success (only collected some broken glass, plastic bags and rubish)...couldn't spot 1'' ahead (brown water) and quited after a while
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on November 21, 2013, 03:17:02 pm
Are these the new glasses?! Sorry to hear bro...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on November 21, 2013, 03:19:12 pm
Maybe time to have  your glasses strapped...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on November 21, 2013, 03:23:13 pm
new Oakley glasses bought in the USA on my last trip there
thing is those are not my boat/fishing glasses..more like a fashion ones..
boat glasses stay closer to the face and are more tight to prevent this situation
also..boat glasses are lighter

well bad luck and lesson learned..next time I'll wear boat glasses and put the fashion ones away
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on November 21, 2013, 03:47:05 pm
new Oakley glasses bought in the USA on my last trip there
thing is those are not my boat/fishing glasses..more like a fashion ones..
boat glasses stay closer to the face and are more tight to prevent this situation
also..boat glasses are lighter

well bad luck and lesson learned..next time I'll wear boat glasses and put the fashion ones away

  sry Welcome to the club mate  :cry: :cry: :cry:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on November 25, 2013, 11:11:53 am
6th leg of Clube Maritimo comp took place on Saturday

only 13 boats launched...normal situation and the end of the season with top positions nearly fixed
forecast was supposed to be great with nearly no wind in the morning and some Easterly in the afternoon
that was the perfect day for my prop testing on a full fishing day...remember I had the 15 pitch 4 blades props borrowed from Miguel's Tom Tom

plan was to head North where I got some nice fish 2 weeks ago and at the end of the morning go deep
we launch at 5:20 and by 6:40 lines were out (2 rappies, 1 daisy chain, 1 HB rigged on a small kona and 1 Halco Trembler) when we spoted some bird activity close to Boia Perdida
sea was flat in the bay but 15nm out got a bit bumpy on the Baixos da Macaneta area...then smooth again the all day

we worked the birds area for quite a while but there were no takers...so we decided to head North to B1 area always following birds and fish activity
there was plenty tuna smacking at the surface but nada...they were not eating anything

changed the rappies colors and brought up the daisy chain and replaced for another HB on a small kona and we had our first strike on one of the rappie
Rui "ninja" went for the rod and I cleared the lines and not long after we gaffed a small rat cuta of 3.6kg
we were happy to have a fish aboard but we had a challenge...Anouck told us that we had to score better then her to be considered a good fishing team

we kept working the area for a while...saw some cuta flying but again no takers
so we decided to start heading out to the deep and jsut before we swapped the rappies for the bigger konas we saw some more bird activity with tuna smacking at the surface we had another strike
some missunderstanding at the deck (normally Pedro "sailor" stays on the wheel and Rui "ninja" and myself fights/clears the lines/gaff) but this time for some reason Rui was on the wheel and Pedro was at the back...
...so when the strike came I was the only one clearing the lines and Pedro looking at the birds while line was going out fast
I had to shout and give some instructions before having a second pair of hands helping me clearing the lines and start fighting the fish
after a short period I've landed a 6.7kg YFT...but with some gaffing problems as Rui has a depth visual problem...he can't really evaluate the depth and location of the fish when under the water so some missed gaffs before the "proper" one...

I told them after that we all know our roles and we need to follow them stricktly otherwise we risking to loose fish...and we need to work better on coordination and gaffing and so on

we kept working that area for a while but I guess that YFT was a lost one that we bycatch...it was wild but there were no takers at all
we went deeper and we only had 2 more strikes on the HB...they were cut in half
first was the shotgun one...I saw some motion around the lure...freespooled the reel to check if I was gona get hit...but nada...and when I was still holding that rod I had a non commited strike on the other HB
reeled in and both were cut in half...just behing the hook

getting to Poço we again followed some birds and tuna but no takers...so I decided to give it a try on the spinning kit...and first cast I was on with a kingfisher V2 silver spoon...it was a nice size YFT that I lost at gaffing distance due to too much pressure on the drag
30lb braid snapped before the knot
I only realise that I had put too much pressure when fish got close to the boat and started to dive deep and line was not going out...I even tried to loosen the drag a bit but it was too late...fast dive and head shake snapped the braid
that was my last silver spoon...we kept trying with other types of spoons but nada
by 15:00 we headed back to Naval just after the last fuel change (on my last 2 jerry)
we got to Naval on fuel vapours...eish...that was the first time I got scared on fuel consumption...91nm on 192lt and on a perfect sea day..it was a short call and yesterday first thing I did was put back my 17pitch props...I don't want to risk again being out and checking the cans every hour

while waiting at the dock for some job on my trailler to get finished my crew collapsed and had a quick nap

the rest of the fleet caught some bill
Spartan - 2 marlin
Fourplay - 1 marlin and 1 saily (both bill were caught before 8:00)
Pescador III - 1 marlin
Cafufo III - 1 marlin and 1 dead marlin (no idea on cause of death)
lucky luke - 1 marlin
Mon Ami - 1 marlin...and they fought 5 other marlin that lost at close to tagging distance

very little game fish was caught by the fleet...but Cheetah came home with 8 wahoo (7-10kg) and some other 8 dorado (5-8kg) and a big bull of 19kg

trollpro was deployed again and out of 3 1/2 h of footage I have nada showing...next time I will but some teaser just behind the camera to at least attract something for the camera
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on November 25, 2013, 11:13:42 am
1) sunrise
2) flat seas
3) bird activity
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on November 25, 2013, 11:14:42 am
4) catch of the day
5) power nap at the dock
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on November 25, 2013, 11:44:38 am
14 billfish between 13 boats is amazing fishing  :envy

Hey wena how many times I must tell you to carry small silver spoons on the boat for those YFT "queres un estalo a pai natal??"  :crzy
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Seventenths on November 25, 2013, 11:49:37 am
Great report PB.. well done and thanks...makes me miss Inhaca and surrounds!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on November 25, 2013, 11:52:01 am
I don't want a "estalo à Pai Natal"...I want father Xmas Prego to bring me some silver spoons
I told you bru...Marcelo's kids lost my silver spoons in Sta Maria...no open bail...old braid...rocks...2 weekends there and they went trough all my bag of spoons

just sent you a mail with my father xmas order
 w;k
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on December 07, 2013, 08:13:32 pm
All set for tomorrow. Last comp of the year.

Weatherman says we'll have flat seas most of the day and a nice easterly to bring us back in the afternoon.

Gonna fish for the pot early in the morning and then see if we can photo shoot a pointy one from mid morning.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Gregf on December 07, 2013, 08:21:54 pm
All set for tomorrow. Last comp of the year.

Weatherman says we'll have flat seas most of the day and a nice easterly to bring us back in the afternoon.

Gonna fish for the pot early in the morning and then see if we can photo shoot a pointy one from mid morning.

Tight lines sir
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on December 09, 2013, 12:13:14 pm
yesterday final leg of Clube Maritimo fishing competition took place
it was planned for Saturday but weather forecast was slightly better for a outing on Sunday...therefore organization postponed for one day...
and weatherman for once was right...we had a wonderful day at sea
like last outing 2 weeks ago, very little boats launched...comp decison was still open between 4 boats and the remaining fleet was far away from reaching the podium
so 12 boats launched at 5:00
flat seas with a light East blowing...Maguro is normally wet ride...and only water I got yesterday was from the light rain in the morning

my plan was similar to Maximvs...catching some food for the pot...and then head out to try and take some photo
well...some how my plan didn't stick according to what I've plan
1st I went straight to Boia Perdida (lost buoy) area...and I get lost trying to fish nothing cause no activity in the area...not normal...there's always plenty tuna activity but yesterday we saw nothing
lines were out at 6:40...and while we were only starting the day Yolanda was already anouncing a marlin release
then I went North to B1 area where I met Maximvs around 8:00...he already had a hatch full of cuta
he will tell you the details...but we were working the same area (he told me to follow his track) with the same rappie colors...but while he was getting 2X, 3X and even 4X srikes at the same time I was having a nice soft ride...I could even spot the cuta jumping behind his tracks...cuta was really wild on Maximvs side

I kept working the area for a while and only got 1 rat cuta of ~2kg...and a missed strike
have had some troubles with the rappies...the new williamson auto tune was auto tangling in to other rappies...and some of the x-rap were swimming badly...either going to the surface or just going sideways which gave me some work adjusting them

by 10:00 I started heading out to the famous Radio Active spot to try some jigging
it was Rui "ninja" bday on Thursday and while he was in Nelspruit with his wife sorting out some order for me at the tacke shop he looked at a jig and thought for himself that if he was a fish he would eat that lure...so ended uo buying a 300gr pink jig...without knowing how could we use it
I then explained him that jigging it's another fishing technique and that we couldn't throll with that...but we would give jigging a try on our outing

getting to Poco we took the lines out and I setup my fist jigging kit...shimano travala 5.6 paired with a daiwa seagate 6000 (loaded with 80lb braid and 130lb leader)
first drop on a squid jig and I was on...on a win win situation...sometimes I was winnig some line...some times fish was wining some line
plenty head shakes and some nice runs after I got reefed...leader was all kinked after the ~10min fight

this was how I showed Rui what was jigging about...so I setup my second kit (in fact very light one)...shimano trevala 6.6 paired with a daiwa exceler oceano 4500 (loaded with 30lb braid and 80lb leader)
we first tried some buck tail jig but had no takers...so we moved on to a williamson abyss speed jig and we start playing the cat and mouse game with some proper hook ups
after some 10min Rui landed a ~6kg bludger that gave him a nice fight on a win win similar situation as mine

we kept working the same spot for nearly 1:30...in the end fish won the competition with a total of 6 jigs lost (5 reefed and 1 straighten hook)...I have just requested my offical suplier to restock for the summer
although we didn't win my partners were happy after trying this new facet (for them) of fishing

we headed out to the deep Liberty spots and only had a strike that we lost to line slack...probably a YFT as we saw them jumping in the area
after that on the 70mt mark we had a very inquesitive big wahoo sniffing the HB but not taking it...

we were sad about not having much activity but that's fishing...you never win always

water temp ranging between 24º and 24.7º but one thing I have noticed...sonar showing showed fish all between 25 and 40mt though I guess that the warmer water was bellow 25mt

for the rest of the fleet not much gamefish but some billfish...I guess the areas they working gamefish is a bycatch

yolanda - 1 marlin
Spartan - 1 marlin
dafi - 1 marlin
nana - 1 marlin
Fourplay - 1 marlin
Pescador III - 1 marlin
Mon Ami - 1 marlin
Cafufo III - 2 marlin
lucky luke - 2 marlin

Cafufo III won the overall competition

congrats for Maximvs for a nice fishing day...you guys needed after a bad fishing year...although we still have some outings planned for 2013, 2014 is just around the corner
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on December 10, 2013, 11:27:06 pm
some of the jigging action we were able to record during the outing

jigging (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMvSDMHCd7U#)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Spickerish on December 11, 2013, 07:35:05 am
Nice footage and a great report, thanks for the effort! (clap)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on December 13, 2013, 06:08:43 pm
Yeap, as peterblace said we had a good day.

Here's the full report http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/index.php?topic=16204.0 (http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/index.php?topic=16204.0)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on January 06, 2014, 11:40:33 am
went out yesterday with the missus for a short fishing outing and to spend some time at Portuguese island
launched at 8:00 with nearly no wind and flat seas
headed towards B24 but stopped for some spinning at B3 bonnies...2 strikes but no takers on the small s bend silver spoon
kept with the plan and lines were out at 9:30 at Bx Danae..then headed towards B24 and Jeremias and for the 90mt mark
nothing showing on the sonar...and very little bird activity..just the usual "cavalas" in Jeremias area and some YFT and bonnies out on the 90mt mark...but didn't take anything...daisy chains, konas, rappies, spoons...nada

saw plenty turtles, a couta jumping for 4 times in a row in front of the boat, some dolphins, a big bull dorado swimming under the boat and taking a sneak peak at the lures before heading back to his life...
...after 3h with no strikes we decided to head to Portuguese island for a swim at the beach...but Anouck was nearly not going for a swim...I had to bring the boat to 1m depth before seh got the courage to dive
when we were about to get to the beach and just at the tip of Portuguese island a shark jumped and spinned right next to the boat
we headed back to Maputo at 15:00 after a nice day at the beach...wind picked up a bit but nothing bad
got to Naval at 15:45
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on January 11, 2014, 09:33:27 pm
Launching tomorrow for the first time this year. peterblace will be joining the MAXIMVS crew along with my dad and bruder....

Hoping for a bit of nice, relaxed social fishing ...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: shagnrelease on January 11, 2014, 09:38:18 pm
Launching tomorrow for the first time this year. peterblace will be joining the MAXIMVS crew along with my dad and bruder....

Hoping for a bit of nice, relaxed social fishing ...
I see a  :billf: in your future!! enjoy  and best of luck!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Shaun17 on January 12, 2014, 02:19:58 am
Tight lines Marcos.... often the social trips when the interesting things happen!!  :sreel:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on January 12, 2014, 04:34:02 am
Cancelled the launching. Woke up to some serious, unexpected showers!  :rain:

Damn all of you weathermen! Back to bed!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Chigger on January 12, 2014, 04:42:38 am
Cancelled the launching. Woke up to some serious, unexpected showers!  :rain:

Damn all of you weathermen! Back to bed!


Eish sorry about that, I was just typing a tight lines message and I saw your post.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: shagnrelease on January 12, 2014, 08:44:52 am
Cancelled the launching. Woke up to some serious, unexpected showers!  :rain:

Damn all of you weathermen! Back to bed!
The fish are already wet, get out of bed! w;k w;k
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Gregf on January 12, 2014, 01:23:27 pm
Cancelled the launching. Woke up to some serious, unexpected showers!  :rain:

Damn all of you weathermen! Back to bed!
The fish are already wet, get out of bed! w;k w;k

 :hyst:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on January 17, 2014, 10:06:31 am
Kambaku almost had a Grand Slam 2 days ago...

They released a huge blue (2 h fight on 80 Lb), a stripie and a saily. Lost 2 black marlins!!!!

Still not a bad day to spend a Wednesday!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on January 17, 2014, 10:15:42 am
Top fishing that  :envy
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on January 17, 2014, 10:21:37 am
Wow hope they stick around for March
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Happy Dog on January 17, 2014, 12:16:41 pm
Tough day at the office for some.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on February 01, 2014, 04:37:14 pm
Going "bill-targeting" tomorrow. Nice weather and right tides... Taking big guns and lot's fuel...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: isivuba on February 01, 2014, 07:20:06 pm
Going "bill-targeting" tomorrow. Nice weather and right tides... Taking big guns and lot's fuel...






 :envy John F......tight lines and holding thumbs, toes and what ever so you get hooked on to a proper billy.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: shagnrelease on February 01, 2014, 09:38:40 pm
Stick em good brother!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on February 03, 2014, 09:50:11 am
?? :dunno:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on February 03, 2014, 10:06:01 am
We blanked gloriously!

Cobalt blue water, 29-30o C and absolutely oil flat all day! Actually I think the conditions were too perfect!

Tried to make bait early in the morning. Passed through a shoal next to B24 and had a toothy thing rip the small red/black kona... After an hour we headed to the deep blue and stayed there... I mean 300-500 m! Had a HUGE leatherback next to the boat... Beautiful sight....

Swam all big names: Pulsator, Illand, Mold, BigT, 3 teasers...

On our way back, much shallower (~50 m) had a major strike on the shotgun... was pulling my secret weapon (a 2 kg chocka on a 20/0 circle).... line was taken on free spool, gave it a count to 20 and slowly increased the drag... unfortunately no hook up! Chocka came back broken half way...

Chakra was out there as well (peterblace took a ride) and lost a marlin... not sure if they had any further action...   

Nevertheless it was a great day out there. Crew was only myself and brother so not sure what would have happened if we'd hooked into a big mama...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on February 03, 2014, 10:32:08 am
Hard luck John F more reason to get out there soon. As they say "the more we try the luckier we get"
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on February 03, 2014, 11:28:35 am
Just got word from PB they dropped 2 yesterday. First one they dropped after hooking up while still setting up the spread early on but line got tangle around the rod tip and line broke and the second at the end of the day after fighting the fish for 10mins it spat the hooks  :-(

Guess that's  :billf: fishings
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: shagnrelease on February 03, 2014, 11:31:39 am
Just got word from PB they dropped 2 yesterday. First one they dropped after hooking up while still setting up the spread early on but line got tangle around the rod tip and line broke and the second at the end of the day after fighting the fish for 10mins it spat the hooks  :-(

Guess that's  :billf: fishings

Unlucky boys
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on February 04, 2014, 12:21:50 pm
yah...I guess that's fishing...you don't win always
it was a awesome outing and I loved being aboard Chakra
we launched Saturday at 9:00 from Santa Maria where I was spending the long weekend (it was a public holiday yesterday)
flat seas and nearly no wind...according to the internet it was the day
we took the kids out and in total we were 6 adults (4 fisherman and 2 tourists) and 3 kids
plan was to head out to the 400mts and eventualy if we spoted some bird activity we would set some rappies or feathers out for the kids

after getting to the area and while setting the lines out...Marcelo was still holding the rod while setting up the outriger when something strange happened...
Marcelo felt a lot of pressure on the rod and outriger trigered...again setting up the outriger and vazzzz...marlin came in again and line took
the moment Marcelo tried to hook up line snaped...argh...fish start jumping and going away...it was probably trying to spit the bling from the bill
2min into the game and we were already in with a marlin...that was a promissing day we thought
when I was setting up that rod again I noticed that while doing the double line, every time I was pulling line out of the rod line tend to twist and grab the rod tip...a huge amount of line was twisted and we think that's the reason line have snaped
we thought for a moment there was a line slack (maybe when outriger was trigered) and line twisted on the rod tip...and when Marcelo tryed to hook up the fish lin snaped

but day slowed down and we had to keep the kids busy so every now and then we would put 1 feather out while getting to bird activity...and we have had 3 strikes on the feather
1 landed bonito, 1 nearly landed fish...it was under the boat when hook come off...and 1 missed hooked up fish

when we were ready to call it a day another strike...again on the right short riger
reel was smoking and marlin started jumping...I set up the stand up harness (figthing chair harness stayed in Maputo) and set on the chair...grabbed the rod and start fighting the fish
but after 10min hook came off while fish was taking line
I have to say that was not the most confortable position to fight the fish...it was a first time for me and for the 10min of happiness I had I wish I was sitting on my central bum box holding the rod on the harness
legs spread open like a labour work matress, elbow knocking on the arm chair and murphy's law...straight butt rod...
next time I will have to test it and tune all before hand so that all goes right

I was invited to be part of 4play team for 2014 and that's a big challenge for me...on a comp there will be a lot of pressure on my shoulders
there will be no resting time...it will be pump pump pump and no resting time for the fish
I was recommended to start doing some puch ups and getting fit...there will be no resting time on a comp day
it's not fishing as I'm used aboard Maguro...that's big fishing...targeting Marlin only
eisha...I'm scared!!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on February 09, 2014, 10:31:05 pm
launched yesterday with JohfF aboard maguro
plan was to head North for some cuta fishing and after cuta time we would head out to the deep for some spinning (whenever we have tuna activity), jigging at the Radio Active area and out to try for some saily and some dorado

late(r) launch as my deckie fell asleep...boat was in the water at 6:20 and we headed for BxRibeiro to collect some livies...and in 20min we were packed with good size ones

by 8:20 we were in the cuta area but nearly no activity...no showings on the sonar and no surface activitity
we had 4 lines out...2 at the surface and 2 deeper
after nearly 1h we had our first strike...but our livie was eaten and the bling was spit off
we setup again and worked the area one more time...and we were on...
JohnF grabbed the rod and fought the fish...after 5m a 8kg cuta was landed

we setup again and kept working the area untill 10:15...and because all was slow we decided to bring all up and start heading out
we setup 1 kit with a heavy bullet and we trolled at 16knts nearly all the way to Poço...nada

at Poço, were we normally see plenty surface activity and nice showings...this time we saw very little to nada
we decided to give it a try on jigging...and on the first drop I was on...for 10''...fish didn't like my squid jig
then shoalls were moving...so the little we saw on the sonar soon disapear
we stayed in the area for nearly 1/2h and decided to head out to Liberty area...and to B24...by 14:30 and with nearly no action we called the day off
already in the bay we spotted the usal 3M bonnies...and we gave it a try on the spinning kit
first I only had 1 strike and none comminting...then JohnF's turn...on the fisrt cast he had 1 strike...on the 2nd cast he was on and afer 3m we landed and released a ~5kg bonnie
it was full of action with halfbeaks, flying fish, small bait jumping all over

it was a good day at sea in good company...loads of chatting and good fun
at the end of the day we spoke to the spearos about their outing
we all concluded that we are in winter fishing with summer weather
nice and flat seas...28º water temp, 31º outside temp and nearly no wind (with the usual East blowing in the afternoon giving us a bumpy ride)

Nakisai launched and landed a 500lb marlin...died after 3h fight
Mon Ami found a lost fishing net and caught some tuna and dorado around it
spearos...some caught little fish...some caught some nice fish...1 doggy killed and 1 missed...2 nice size cuta, some barracuda and some small rat cuta

yesterday maguro also gave me some headaches:
1) battery flat...I had to jump start one of the engines
2) live bait well has the water flow to the deck...so fishing hatches were filled with water in a few seconds...I have to redo something on the live bait well...that's a problem cause for some how I have water going to the hull
3) VHF radio has a malfunction on the communication button
4) port engine control when accelerating locks the red button (the one you click when in neutral to engage the throttle)...I have to press the red button again to reduce the speed

solutions:
1) although battery stayed overnight on the carger I will not risk and I will buy a new one during the week...
2) I will do some tests to try and find out how the water is going to the hull...I think there's some leaking from the fish hatch...it's only on the starboard side of the boat and I've seen some water coming from that side of the hull
3) I will try and fix it here in Maputo...otherwise I'm buying a new one...prices on fixed VHF units?
4) do you guys have any thought about the reason that can happen?

ah...finaly I found a solution for what I've exposed here http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/index.php?topic=13267.msg208391#msg208391 (http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/index.php?topic=13267.msg208391#msg208391)
I found someone in CPT that has the pistons I'm looking for
pricing is good and I will go for it...in 2 weeks I'm collecting the stuff in hands in CPT
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on February 09, 2014, 10:45:06 pm
Great write up capt.

Thanks for a nice day!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on February 10, 2014, 07:45:57 am
Glad to hear you guys had a nice day out. In terms of the leak perhaps check for any small cracks etc in the fish hatch especially around the outlet pipe. Perhaps water is getting in through a small crack?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on February 17, 2014, 12:25:04 pm
yesterday took place first leg of Maritimo comp for 2014
as mentioned before I was invited to take part of Fourplay team...I hope maguro doesn't get jealous of me "abandoning" her but with the way comps are ruled there's no point for me to attend them...I'm fishing for game and most important...for fun...everyone else's fishing for billfish

due to forecast comp was postponed for Sunday (from Saturday) but very rough seas were expected...wind has been blowing since Thursday with big increase during Saturday
no less then 10knt expected for Sunday with some 16knt gusts during the day

we had a late launch at 6:15 and headed to Jeremias area...but getting to the Baixos da Inhaca we were confronted with big swells...huge walls hiting the 31'' cuddy...not much maneuver so it tooks quite a while to get over it...and we had to detour to calmer areas
so we set the lines by 7:40 out of Bx Danae...headed to Jeremias and to the deep where all the fleet was fishing
around 10:00 we had a marlin hitting the illand express and triggering the outrigger...long run and just when I was setup on the chair and starting to fight the fish...off
1st lesson learned...hook up...pump a few times to hook up properly the fish...I was too excited and just grabbed the rod and setup the harness and tottaly forgot to set the hoop properly
my fault...but also skippers fault...he could have accelerated a bit to do the job for me)...and also deckie's fault...he should have set up the hook for me before I set on the chair
after some talking last night it was a lesson learned from the 3...don't trust anyone and do what's needed...even if we will do it 3 times...the more the better

not much activity seen the all day...no bait...no birds nada...and kept working the area and listening to all the missed strikes and releases from the rest of the fleet

by 14:20 same lure...same position...strike and nada...but we did the drop-back...and vazzzz...we were on
from 1st lesson learned...I pumped quite a few times to set up the hook properly...Marcelo did the same...and Ze Maria pumped up the accelerator...so we all didn't forget what we chatted before
after a short fight and indecive of what I was fighting...big wahoo...big dorado (no showings)...small marlin (no showings)...I said...we have a saily...everyone was still indecive and I said...we have a saily...get the release card ready and setup for a release...we are on on the comp (well...at the moment we were 6 on the release list but still some time for fishing remaining)

when we got the fish to the boat we noticed that the hook was properly set in the middle of the bill...and he already had a wound (aprox3cm) around the hookup point...the moment we did the release procedure for the comp and when we were trying to take the hook out he gave some head shackes that made the bill to brake in 1/2
shame and sad but we had to remove the hook from it which we did it and released it for another fight
we estimate to be a ~25kg fish...very small fish that didn't gave us a show
some more lessons learned from me
2nd lesson learned...even if you sitting on the fighting chair you always follow the basics of fishing...pump...reel...pump...reel...somehow there was too many moments when I was just reeling in without pumping causing me more fatigue
3rd lesson learned...due to the above mentioned I got tired very fast (maybe I'm not fit enough)...I found myself trying to reel in with my left hand...and with both hands...not much success though
 
by 15:45 we cleared the lines and went back to the club
in the end 5 marlin and 1 saily (ours) were released...and very little game fish was caught
Yoland won with a marlin and nice size couta and wahoo
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on February 17, 2014, 12:29:16 pm
Was about to give you a call about this report!

Congrats on the saily and for braving the conditions!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on February 17, 2014, 12:32:06 pm
Nice, thanks for the report and congrats on the sail bud (clap)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on February 17, 2014, 12:35:09 pm
Was about to give you a call about this report!

Congrats on the saily and for braving the conditions!
I wouldn't do it on maguro/maximvs...we did get a big hiding from neptune...but I don't feel that sore
camlmer seas give me bigger body sore aboard maguro/maximvs

but I have to say that we all felt a bit sick...2 of us tottaly KO the all trip
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on February 17, 2014, 12:47:07 pm
Sea looks flat man what you on about. You need a Z bru not a z  :crzy

Well done on the saily if that first Marlin stuck it could of been a win on your first comp outing on FourPlay, hardluck, next time w;k

The lack of game fish in the area is a worry, maybe you need a cyclone to change the water conditions or we might have to tow our boats to the Cape to get into the crazy action that side  :creep:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Kona on February 17, 2014, 12:53:02 pm
Nice reading the reports thanks guys and congrats on the  :sailf:
 
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on February 17, 2014, 12:59:46 pm
I don't feel that sore camlmer seas give me bigger body sore aboard maguro/maximvs

but I have to say that we all felt a bit sick...2 of us tottaly KO the all trip

That's because we work hard for our fish... we don't spend the day just swimming plastics and drinking  :beer:

also... you get wrecked after a day's fishing on maguro... NOT on Maximvs... small, crucial detail!  :crzy
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on February 17, 2014, 01:09:23 pm
ya ya ya
Z vs Y..the good old reason for a sore body

Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on February 17, 2014, 01:17:36 pm
Prego you right.... The lack of gamefish is puzzling and we still trying to figure that one out. Water temp is in the high 20's reaching 30o C and we have had some "winter" flat days in Jan/Feb?!  Even the spearo's have noticed and commented... there's hardly any pelagics out there...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on February 17, 2014, 01:44:11 pm
Maybe the water is too warm, hopefully by march it will be cooler after a cyclone or 2  :shk
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on February 17, 2014, 02:02:33 pm
Maybe the water is too warm, hopefully by march it will be cooler after a cyclone or 2  :shk
don't expect much re accomodation after this

forgot to mention one curious episode that spartan had yesterday
they had a marlin strike that broke their outrigger...and the rod holder where the ti80lb was on...all lost
we saw a marlin jumping crazy behind spartan when they said what happened to them on the radio
then a few guys were joking everytime they released a marlin...sorry spartan but this one was ti80lb free...we will find out on the next one

what do you guys think will happen?...will the fish be able to get loose of the hook and all attached gear?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on February 17, 2014, 02:30:24 pm
Those Spartan okes are :nuts:

Plastic rod holders for 80 Lb setups with the conditions we have here is asking for trouble!

Hopefully they were not using s/s hooks!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on February 17, 2014, 03:09:13 pm
I think if that hook did not pull out that the Tiagra would of eventually tired out that fish and its now sitting at the bottom of the ocean  :-(
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Bwana on February 17, 2014, 03:31:55 pm
Congrats on the  :sailf: Pedro! Very cool report, pity the other marlin didn't stay on but maybe next time!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on March 03, 2014, 10:51:42 am
2nd leg of Clube Maritimo competition took place yesterday
as on the previous leg, weather forecast was slightly better for Sunday therefore comp was postponed from Saturday to Sunday
some North winds expected but weather calmed down during the night and on Sunday we launched (only 15boats this time) with flat seas in the bay...and first time for me...plenty dolphins just opposite Maritimo while we were waiting for the launching...nice sighting
sea got a bit rough in the usual Baixos da Inhaca...but in short time we were off the Baixos and in the open sea
we set lines at 07:00 close to Jeremias and start working the area to try for some gamefish before heading out to the deep areas in chase for the billfish

day was going to slow with nearly no activity (birds, bait and radio calls) and by 9:30 we start heading out to the deep where we stayed the rest of the day

slowly we start listening on the radio of some lost marlin and missed strikes...but very little numbers for what we been used to

in the end we got 5th place in the comp with just one dorie (12.8kg) and a wahoo (9kg)
Dan Dan wining with a saily and a marlin, Mon Ami with a marlin and some gamefish and Nana finishing the podium with a marlin

Dan Dan nearly didn't make it on time (17:00)...he was still fighting his marlin nearly 24nm away from Maputo when we left the fishing grounds at 15:45...by 16:00 we heard they released and we thought he couldn't make it on his yogi cat 16'' with 2x60hp 4stk...but the sea was really calm and he made it to the club just at 17:00...nice ending for them
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on March 03, 2014, 10:53:54 am
and the wahoo
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: mozhunter on March 03, 2014, 10:59:46 am
Great stuff peterblace!! And congrats to Dan Dan!!! (clap)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on March 09, 2014, 10:22:48 pm
launched yesterday in the morning to meet Anouck's family in Santa Maria
N was supposed to blow a bit during the weekend...and we were supposed to hit some 7knts wind so we were prepared for a bumpy ride...which didn't occur but we got wet all the way
we got there just before 9:00 and headed home to drop our stuff and for a shower before breakfast
I have planned with Marcelo (4play) to setup the outriggers...all the lines had to be replaced and we spent the rest of the morning doing that
by 13:00 we finish our job and we nearly went for a quick 1h session at bx santa maria...but we had some friends and family waiting for us for the afternoon social time so we couldn't make it...but we plan to go out Sunday

today after breakfast we went out for a short 2h session with the kids
beautiful day with nearly no wind and flat seas...weatherman playing again with us...we were supposed to have some stronger N wind
just after crossing hells gate we set the lines out...2 halfbeak on the outriggers and 3 rappies
not long after a saily come inquisitive to one of the HB...and after the strike he didn't commit...we even dropped back to check if he was gona come again but nada
I only took 4HB and both Marcelo and Zé Maria were not too happy with my HB lures...small 5''kona rigged with a single hook
replaced the HB and not long after we were on on one of the rappies
Zé Maria helped Noah to fight his first fish ever and after a short fight we had a 8kg YFT aboard... immediately called the wives home to say we had sashimi for lunch!!!
this was just 1/2h after we left the beach...so we thought we were gona have a very promissing day
while setting up again we spotted Kambaku coming in...chatted on the radio and he asked Zé Maria for some tips for fishing that area, unkown for Didi, owner of Kambaku...Zé Maria been going to Santa Maria since he was a little kid...and it's supposed to know the area very well
while we were chatting a wahoo gave as nice show going for the HB...a massive air...but again didn't commit and Zé Maria and Marcelo again gave me a hiding on the single hook on my HB lures
setup again and no more strikes on the HB...but the same rappie got a strike and Marcelo was helping small 6y Jamie to fight the fish...but Jamie wasn't strong enough and Marcelo kept fighting until gaffing distance when fish swift direction and got loose of the hook...bad luck
1h into the game and we were still only on 1fish on...3fish off
Kambaku called the day off working the same area we were working with a wahoo, 3 yft and a couta
we trolled for a few more and decided to give jigging a try at Bx Santa Maria...massive showings but not a single strike
we played for 1/2h but had no takers so we went back home for some sashimi time before heading back to Maputo
driving behind 4play gave me a nice soft ride...but even without 4play sea was too flat so I guess I would not have any trouble coming back home
we got here by 17:45 just before the sun set down
another nice weekend in Santa Maria
appart from us Nakisai also went out but blanked...Yolanda got 2 YFT
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Kona on March 10, 2014, 07:45:49 am
Thanks for the report...im not going to sleep this week
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on March 10, 2014, 08:09:16 am
Nice any day on the water is better than none! Bet that sashimi tasted good.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on March 31, 2014, 03:43:36 pm
yesterday tool place 3rd leg of Clube Maritimo Comp
only 14 boats attended the comp...again due to weather forecast comp was postponed from Sat to Sun
very little wind, flat seas and warm temperature predicted...weatherman didn't go wrong...only issue was tide hours...we hit the Baixos da Inhaca with the tide going out and it tend to be a bumpy ride
departure was set for 6:00 and we got to the fishing grounds by 7:30...we were the first boat out with the rest of the fleet taking extra precautions in the bumpy area

we set lines and teasers out and worked the area for quite a while...and by 9:00 we had our first strike...and a double up on dories at the 370mts mark
we imediatly looked for some debir in the water as it's not common that kind of strikes and found a palm tree floating (aged as it was packed with crustaceous)
after a short fight we landed both fish and setup again for another pass by where we got another strike and our 3rd dorie
we kept working the area for 6/7 more times with no more strikes and till some other boat found us and started working the same area...but no more strikes for none of us

that's when we decided to go further out and again we were on for another dorie...this time a bigger one
when she was getting to gaffing distance a huge bull dorie came by and nearly went for the tag line that was hanging on the water after we cleared the lines...we didn't have a popping/spinning/jigging rod aboard and we gave it a try with a lure without success...the bull didn't want anything with us and kept going is way

from this time day went very quiet and only at the end of the day we had another strike and landed a small YFT

I was sitting on top of fourplay cabin and was able to watch the only marlin "fight" of the day...don't know if I can use the word "fight" as Yolanda ti50 was stripped in less then 2min...they were spooled and we watch the fish jumping behind the boat

it was a quiet day for all the fleet with very little to no catch...for the first time in probably 3y there was not a single released bill
I'm still holding thumbs for the results as from what I've heard only Cheetah might have scored more then ourselves with a 21kg dorie and a 6kg barracuda...only 2 of our fish scored...9kg and 7kg dorie...then the 2 dories on the 4.6kg range and the YFT
yolanda only scored a 11kg dorie so they will be behind us but I don't have the results yet...hopefuly we will have a podium
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: REEFMAN on March 31, 2014, 04:33:13 pm
Stunning pics Peterb! What are you using, GoPro?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on March 31, 2014, 04:37:28 pm
Nice one PB hard luck on the big girls but I think you will have better luck on the inside with drift baits this time of year.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on March 31, 2014, 04:44:16 pm
yebo Reefs...I'm using the gopro on the pole stick (home made...got a gardenia pole and attached a rollbar mount to it)
then when there's action I just start the camera and film either the action in the boat and the UW when fish gets closer
basically when I'm watching the video (super slow motion) I pause and take stills from that...no editing after...all natural

I was just chatting to Prego that I'm loving the pole more then the trollpro...I'm thinking of selling the trollpro as I've been playing way more often with the pole then with the trollpro...trollpro it's nice when there's action...but UW you never know when you will have that

I recently bought the special diving housing for the HD Hero 2 and that also makes a big difference on the UW footage...there's plenty more light going for the video as on the Hero 3...although I reckon the Hero 3 also have automatic white balance and some other stuff better for UW

http://www.backscatter.com/hostedstore/images/products/detail/gp-aflth-001.jpg (http://www.backscatter.com/hostedstore/images/products/detail/gp-aflth-001.jpg)
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Post by: Seventenths on March 31, 2014, 04:49:36 pm
Very nice and nice pics.. well done and thanks for the report! :resp:
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Post by: peterblace on March 31, 2014, 05:18:58 pm
just got the confirmation that we were 3rd overall
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: shagnrelease on March 31, 2014, 06:41:58 pm
yebo Reefs...I'm using the gopro on the pole stick (home made...got a gardenia pole and attached a rollbar mount to it)
then when there's action I just start the camera and film either the action in the boat and the UW when fish gets closer
basically when I'm watching the video (super slow motion) I pause and take stills from that...no editing after...all natural

I was just chatting to Prego that I'm loving the pole more then the trollpro...I'm thinking of selling the trollpro as I've been playing way more often with the pole then with the trollpro...trollpro it's nice when there's action...but UW you never know when you will have that

I recently bought the special diving housing for the HD Hero 2 and that also makes a big difference on the UW footage...there's plenty more light going for the video as on the Hero 3...although I reckon the Hero 3 also have automatic white balance and some other stuff better for UW

[url]http://www.backscatter.com/hostedstore/images/products/detail/gp-aflth-001.jpg[/url] ([url]http://www.backscatter.com/hostedstore/images/products/detail/gp-aflth-001.jpg[/url])


Nice report mate!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on April 01, 2014, 07:37:38 am
Well done Pb some lekker dorries there.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on April 03, 2014, 08:03:28 am
Hey pb,

3 out 7 comps in this championship and only 14 boats attended?!? Eish seems like my predictions were right after all...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on April 14, 2014, 11:34:47 am
We waiting  (bat
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on April 14, 2014, 02:00:25 pm
yesterday went out with 3 elements (Andre, Luis and Fabio) from one of my sw providers
first time for them in the deep blue and fishing...and first time for me taking more then 3 aboard maguro

weather forecast was awesome with nearly no wind during all the day...and flat seas
we launched at 7:30 and were running against the tides...tide was already going out for nearly 4h
it was a smooth ride untill we got to the Inhaca banks where we hit a big swell...and newbies got a bit scared...but all we went well and by 9:00 we were on the fishing grounds
plan was to try some drifts in Jeremias and after all calm down set for some trolling

getting there and while looking for some showings I spotted some bird activity and some tuna smacking at the surface...we went there and on the first cast I was on
because this was a day for my mates I immediatly set the hook and hand in the rod to Luis
after a short fight we landed a small bonnie
we went after them again and another cast and another hook up...same as before...and another bonnie was landed by Fabio

then all went quiet and fish dove down...so no more fish and birds...so I decided to stick to the plan and set the traces with portuguese sardine and ballons and started working the area
we waited till 9:45 for the first strike...I cleared the one line and set the hook...and handed in the rod to Andre who was green since the beggining
no long after we landed a 6kg cuta...for the first time they could hear the screaming reel and realized what's our passion
while setting the lines back and with the baloon only 10mts away from the boat reel start screaming...I shouted at Luis who was on the wheel...don't touch the accelerator...and when looked at him he was very shy saying...I did nothing bru!!!!
that's when I realized that we were on and I had a massive wind on on the reel...eisha...sorted out the wind on...setup the hook and handed in the rod to Luis
after a longer fight we landed a 9kg cuta
I setup again with the 2 lines out and we didn't wait too long for another strike...and it was Fabio's turn
same process as before and we were on...this time it was taking longer to get to the fish...but Fabio managed well and after a few play around/under/behind the boat we manage to land a 15kg cuta
all setup again to have a last strike while drifting...Luis managed to see a nice aerial and a splash...I only managed to see the splash...and for the second time a twisted wire at the end of the line
what's the tip for a proper hook up on a billie with traces?? (in case a twisted trace = billie)

all went quiet untill 11:30 and we decided to give trolling a try...Andre and Fabio were too green and we already had some fish in the hatches so no need to get them even more sick
so I set up all and we started trolling North to go all the way to B24
on the northern points of Jeremias we had a very shy strike on one of the rappies...and after clearing the lines I handed in the rod to Andre who landed another 5kg cuta
then all went dead and by 14:00 I suggested to clear the lines and head towards Portuguese Island for a deserved picninc
as this was their day and I wanted to introduce them to fishing I didn't want to make it hard and extend the day to the limit...main objective was tthat all of us could have some fun

water temperature was 25º and water was green and dirty all over...maybe also the reason why the sonar couldn't have readings over 40/50mts when trolling at 6knt...I have had readings at this speeds at 140mt
sea was flat and we had a smooth ride back to Maputo where we got at 16:45...not before spinnig for a bit in the 3M area when we saw some tuna action...but this time no takers
in total we did 75nm on 135lt

matabicho also yesterday and worked the area next to me...they caught 2 small YFT and 2 small cuta
spearos went out on Saturday and came back with a saily
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on April 14, 2014, 02:11:17 pm
Nice report and well done on some lekker couta (clap)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: CLS on April 14, 2014, 02:19:59 pm
Well done on the couta, wish they would arrive in Durbs as we having a serious drought of them at the moment. :cry:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on April 14, 2014, 02:29:21 pm
Well done bud a nice day out regardless of bad water.


Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on April 21, 2014, 10:40:17 am
during the week we got the good news from the minister of work declaring a full day public holiday for Friday
in Moz we normally only have 1/2day off for Good Friday...I guess that because we are on elections year they give us this...it's the 3rd time this year we have had that...and I guess there's more long weekend ahead of us that there's a big chance of getting some more days off

so I decided to launch Saturday for a fishing day with Fabio (rookie from last week) and João (1st timer)
weather forecast was supposed to be great with little to no wind...supposed is the right word...
launched at 6:45 and the moment we went trough Xefina we started hiting big swell and wind from the North
soon I decided to make an alternate plan and head towards Portuguese Island to dry and relax a bit...and the moment we find a gap we would head out
it's not summer anymore and although air temp was gona go up to 30º...it was a bit chillie and at 7:30 we were wet from head to toes...water temp around 24.5º
so we got dry and decided to give it a try in front of Inhaca in Banco Xina where occasionaly guys catch some stuff...set the drifts and we stayed there till nearly 9:30 when I decided to head towards St. Maria for a beach day and eventualy, weather permiting, cross Hells Gate at tide change (12:00)
getting there we dropped anchor at the Inhaca reserve and spend a couple of hours with a couple of friends where we saw some fish by the rocks and a pack of 6 squid...first time I saw squid in the water...nice to see them changing colors and swiming in group
by 12:00 and after a look at Hells Gate I decided to give it a try and head out
it was a sweet cross with nearly no waves and jsut after the backline I set some rapies and daisy chain and started trolling
water was dirty but you could see the clear water line...and that's where I headed
after a few moments we were on on a garfish...but soon he got away
not lonfg after and without noticing (no strike) we got a small bonnie...I immediatly took all the lines out and set for drifting with that bonnie and 1 dead sardine
I was still setting the drift when the bonnie got excited and started to try and go...and vaz...I was on...and off...taxed by I don't know what...bonnie gone...set only the daisy chain and went looking for some more bonnies
and found them...another one without a strike
this time I rigged it and went straight to Bx Sta Maria where I set the drift again...1 live bonnie and 1 dead sardine...and not long after same beahviour as before but this time we saw the bill and a saily...
this time I easyed the drag...and let the bonnie run a bit more then when I set the drag and grabbed the rod saily took the bonnie line to the bottom and off...didn't hook up and bonnie was taxed
I guess I'm doing something wrong as it's the 3 time this happen to us in 3 outings
I decided to set the drifts in Bx St Maria with dead sardines and we stayed till 14:00 without any action...although showings were showing some activity at the pinnacle
then I set some rappies and daisy chain again and starter working the border line between dirty and clear water...up and down and by 14:45 saw some bird and tuna activity on the 70mt mark out of Bx St Maria and headed that way
first time over and we were on on the daisy chain...handed in the rod to Joao and cleared the other lines and after some explanation João landed his first fish ever...a bonnie that we safely released
all set again and on the second time over on again on the daisy chain...Fabio's time and due to line slack we lost it...so all setup again...and 3rd time over on again...daisy chain and 2 rapies...a triple strike
cleared the one line and we all start fighting the fish...Fabio landed the first fish...a small YFT...then João...another bonnie that we released...then it was my turn to land another YFT
by this time Kambaku that was already heading back home noticed that we were having some action and "invaded"  our spot...and called the Yolanda that was in the area
so not much room for 3 boats to work the birds and the tuna...
after one more try and by 15:15 we decided to head back home...we still had a long way back home
it took us 1:30 from Bx St Maria all the way to Naval...with a small incident on the the canal (Inhaca/Sta Maria)
tide was still very low and I deviated a mere 15mt from the line...and at 23kt I hitted the sand banks with just ~50cm of water...eisha...I thought we were stuck and we had to wait till higher water to be able to get back to Maputo
we all jumped off and push the boat to the line again and start our way back this time going over the line and without deviation
at the end of the day guys were happy with the experience...although Joao is sick due to the wind and wet ride...

I also planned to spend the day with Anouck at the beach on Sunday but she's recovering from a flu so we canceled
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Post by: iNdlovu on April 21, 2014, 01:08:30 pm
It's always good to hear what's going on down there peterblace, thanks for the great reports
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Post by: Shaun17 on April 21, 2014, 01:14:54 pm
Somehow missed your report from last week PB, thanks for taking the time!! After seeing those photos i definitely need to get one of those poles to mount my GoPro on.


Keep persevering, you'll soon get that  :sailf:  or  :billf:


 :+ cred:  for the reports!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Gregf on April 21, 2014, 02:01:52 pm
Nice reports peterblace. Thanks for the updates :corrct:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on May 12, 2014, 01:13:37 pm
Any one got news from the Inhaca Challenge? \

From the points table I've seen, seems it was either slow going or many blow out days  :dunno:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on May 12, 2014, 01:18:28 pm
Team Sholay from Maritimo took it hands down. Good friend (Peter aka Pitcho) was top angler.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on May 29, 2014, 03:01:34 pm
great loss for Mozambican fishing community
Helio Rito passed away today due to a hearth attack at the age of 44...he left a wife and 2 young kids
for those who don't knew him, he owned DAFI, a  31'' Yamaha Cuddy and was a board member of the of Clube Maritimo fishing committee
won the Maputo comp 3years ago and he was a big marlin fisherman winner of the latest 2 editions of the Pestana Bazaruto comp...a regular top seeded boat in the Maputo comps in the last years
condolences to the family and may you rest in peace
farewell my friend
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on May 29, 2014, 03:09:44 pm
RIP Helio!

Still shocked...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: mozhunter on May 29, 2014, 03:36:10 pm
(http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/MGalleryItem.php?id=2062)
 
RIP Helio,
Going to be missed!
 
 
 
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Bwana on May 30, 2014, 09:17:35 am
RIP, condolences to the family and the fishing fraternity.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on May 30, 2014, 09:26:02 am
Sad to see someone go at that age, we really need to look after our health and take nothing for granted.

RIP Helio

 :billf:

Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: iNdlovu on June 21, 2014, 10:18:08 pm
Is there any fishing going on down there?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on June 23, 2014, 09:43:58 pm
very quiet...been away during the weekend but haven't heard of any boats going out
saw some big bottoms coming out the other day
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on July 07, 2014, 02:03:24 pm
heard a boat launched last weekend and came in with some 4 YFT ranging the 20kg mark...no idea where they were caught as skipper and fisherman didn't went too much in details
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on July 07, 2014, 08:08:15 pm
heard a boat launched last weekend and came in with some 4 YFT ranging the 20kg mark...no idea where they were caught as skipper and fisherman didn't went too much in details

Which boat pb?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on July 07, 2014, 08:45:12 pm
Miro and Ferdinando on Miro's boat
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: iNdlovu on July 09, 2014, 12:12:12 am
 (clap)  I hope they're still around in the beginning of October
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on July 21, 2014, 12:08:00 pm
forecast for saturday was beautiful...flat sea...nearly no wind with only some S coming at lunch time
knowing from the "commercials" that none to very little game fish was coming out and only a few bottoms I gave it a try and went out on my own Saturday morning
Maximvs was also gona launch around same time as Marcos wanted to take the kids for a spin
so Friday we made a quick plan on what areas we should give it a try...and decided for Bx Ribeiro and Cockburn
maguro also did a service (gear box oil, impelers, carb clean, ) last month and that was an opportunity to test it properly

my usual team was out so I decided do launch on my own...so I got to the club at 6:45, set the boat and launched by 7:45

set lines at Perto Perto and trolled for a while in that area before heading to Bx Ribeiro and the surroundings
by 9:30 Maximvs was in the area and I decided to head a bit further out to Cockburn and search for some activity as that area was dead
only activity I saw the all day was packs of dolphins playing around the boat

overall boat behaved very well with engines being very stable and with very flat seas I ended up doing 1.6lt/nm which is great on a total of 53nm
as a factor boat was light (only me) and only took 6 jerry...but I rev up in some occasion to test it
water temp was ranging between 19.5º to 21º and was very clean deeper...and with some debris from the rivers causing lures cleanup for quite a few times

here are some pics
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on July 21, 2014, 12:08:26 pm
maximvs on the way back
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on July 21, 2014, 01:04:39 pm
maximvs on the way back

Beauty!  :blush:

Send me those pics bro :pray:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on July 21, 2014, 02:03:14 pm
Looks like it was a lekker flat day on the water! looking good w;k
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on August 03, 2014, 11:34:51 am
Leaving the report for the appointed rapporteur...

In the mean time here are a few buzz words:
-> Spinning frenzy;
-> YFT, plenty;
-> Sore bodies;
-> Broken and lost tackle;
-> Taxman? Yes, but not sharks!!!!
-> Flat day, all day!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on August 03, 2014, 11:46:50 am
I'll make Marcos's my words and let the greenhorn report

but in addition I have to say the number 71..

and I couldn't resist posting a teaser...although I've been having a good laugh it's one of the lessons learned from this weekend outing
http://youtu.be/9qhfpzqKBaw (http://youtu.be/9qhfpzqKBaw)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on August 04, 2014, 03:08:21 pm
during the week JohnF and myself decided that Saturday was a great day to launch
weather forecast was great (nearly no wind and flat seas) throughout all day and Friday arriving we had a plan
going out North in the early hours to target some cuta and then heading further out and deep for some odd saily
while setting up all on Friday rcoliveira84 showed up with no crew and was invited aboard maguro
we launched at 6:35 and headed to B1...smooth ride all the way there...by 7:40 we set a spread of 4 rappies just to check if something was biting and also looking at the sounder to try and find some activity
sounder was very quiet with nearly no showings...we set another line out while founding out that 1 of the rods had lost the lure...out of the blue line snapped...well not so out of the blue...after I did a service on the reels I have replaced all the line...and loaded the reels with brand new 30lb IGFA tripple fish and Berkley big game
while tying the aussie plate and checking the drags one of the kits was snapping always...I insisted on keeping the line in and failed (1st gear failure)

we kept trolling till about 9:00 when we spotted some birds and getting to them we had our first strike
we gave rcoliveira84 the honor to fight the first fish...and within short time we landed a nice 6kg cuta
all joys...at least we were not blanking!!!
all set up again and going over some birds activity another strike...JohnF took the rod and we landed our first YFT
same story and now it was my turn...while clearing the rods to reach the rod I handed in JohnF one of them...vazz...double up!!!
I fought my fish while rcoliveira84 was on the gaff to help JohnF...2nd gear failure on the way
at gaffing distance line snapped again...same rod&reel...it was time to make the decision to throw that kit away...(it was not the chosen one as you soon will notice)
rcoliveira84 went back to the wheel and JohnF gaffed the biggest YFT of the day...14kg
we then decided not to go out to the deep and maybe try and work the area further North...Robalo went out on Friday and mentioned that we might be lucky on that area...
while working those birds we had a call from Sholay to confirm that...they were bottom fishing and mentioned that some nm up North we would have some more activity
we headed there and found the birds and the tuna smacking at the surface...
we did some trys and nada on the trolling and on our first stop to cast we had some bites...but fish was not committing...so JohnF decided to change weapons...
swapped from a stickbait to a needle nose plug and on the the first cast he was on...
then the game started...both spinning rods swapped to needle nose plug and each cast was fun for all
while someone was fighting the other 2 were helping each other gaffing and bleeding the tuna...
we even let some traces out but there was no takers for that...fish was only interested in one type of lure...needle nose plug
at a certain time we noticed that there was too much water on the false transom...going into to the deck...and into the fishing hatch
I had to make a call to stop the fishing for a while to sort that out
too much weight on the back of the boat made that...so we moved all the fish from one hatch to the other, cleared the water in the hatch with buckets and back into action
basically we set in the same area with engines off just drifting...and the tuna shoal and the bait ball was drifting with us...so we had not much to do...just cast fight and land YFT...but I have to say that we only landed at least 2/3 of what we have had on

then the excitement came aboard...when rcoliveira84 was fighting a fish, I had the camera down in the water and JohnF was ready to gaff we noticed that the fish was surgical taxed on the 1/4 to the tail...
we then saw same shadows underneath and though...there comes the tax man take the remaining from our tuna...
...nah...it had stripes...there were 3 of them...trunk size...wahoo's...eiba!!!
throw some plugs to them...they all had a sneak peak and nada
throw a carapau on a trace...they had a sneak peak and nada
they stayed with us for quite a while not going away...really close to the boat...sometimes nearly at gaffing distance...they could sent the tuna and the blood from maguro
we set a rappie on and started the engines...just when we were setting another rod...a big splash...we are on I shouted...went for the rod and vazzz...reel screaming...but for just a few seconds...fish didn't commit

I have to say...I have had success in the past with the xrap magnum gold scad...but all the strikes we had on Saturday were on this color again...it's working and I love it

then it was about time to start heading back home slowly to try and find a saily...
...but we were only able to find another bait ball with tuna smacking on the surface...Marcos moved forward to the bow...casted once...and fought for the last time of the day with another YFT

on a last note I decided to increase the speed on the trolling to check if something would strike going faster...I will not say gear failure...it was my failure as I told everyone that the rods on the horizontal rod holders on the trolling board didn't need a safety leash...wrong call
with the speed increase and some bump without noticing I lost 1 kit...and not the the one with that snapping line...
...but again apart from the rod/reel/line another very productive lure was lost...

it was a wonderful day in good company enjoying fishing
we are not fit at all...I speak for myself...all day spinning got me tired...i still feel all the muscles...even some muscles I didn't realize they exist
water temp was ranging from 19º at the dock at 6:30 to 22º out in the blue
some whales showed up...some turtle and enough YFT to feed us...the family and some close friends
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on August 04, 2014, 03:10:27 pm
1) sunrise
2) cuta
3) double up
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on August 04, 2014, 03:12:26 pm
4) flying tuna
5) UA
6) the major culprit
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on August 04, 2014, 03:13:26 pm
casting technique
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on August 04, 2014, 03:14:43 pm
fighting
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on August 04, 2014, 03:17:09 pm
7) YFT
8) wahoo
9) turtle
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on August 04, 2014, 03:18:13 pm
10) team
11) catch of the day
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Seventenths on August 04, 2014, 03:34:19 pm
 :happ: nice gents!!! thanks for the report.. made my day!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on August 04, 2014, 03:40:49 pm
Great report peterb! Yeah I guess that sums it up... I tell you what.... I'm still shattered bro! Being out of shape is one thing, being in NO shape at all... that's me!!!!  :toppie:

Great fishing and awesome conditions....must say I'm really impressed with the little Stradic 8000 (20 Lb braid) paired with the trevala. Fantastic combo!

Didn't have lot's of opportunities to snap pics but here's one with the loggerhead munching on some inverts on the jerrycan and some of the surface activity of the YFT shoals!


Pssst: Hey Shaun, check the buff bru!  :rck"
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on August 04, 2014, 03:57:51 pm
Awesome day out guys, super jealous being stuck out in the concrete jungle.

Thanks for the report and cool pics

Glad to see the new stella has been put to good use PB  :rck"
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Hammer on August 04, 2014, 04:14:25 pm
Lekker report PeterB, looks like you guys had jol  :envy.

We'll be there in October, maybe you can show us the way  :dunno:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: iNdlovu on August 04, 2014, 05:44:30 pm
Brilliant stuff guys, what a superb day. I hope I can twist your arms for some waypoints for the October trip.
B1 is a long way north isn't it? How much fuel did you use for the day?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Charles on August 04, 2014, 05:51:05 pm
Great report!  :envy
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on August 04, 2014, 09:10:52 pm
Brilliant stuff guys, what a superb day. I hope I can twist your arms for some waypoints for the October trip.
B1 is a long way north isn't it? How much fuel did you use for the day?
from Manico it's about 18nm...but when it's working it does worth the trip
we did bad on fuel...I have reved up a bit more then usual as the sea was flat and ended up using 170lt on 87nm which is about 1.95lt per nm
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on August 04, 2014, 09:12:15 pm
Lekker report PeterB, looks like you guys had jol  :envy.

We'll be there in October, maybe you can show us the way  :dunno:
the way is already on the way
 :creep:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on August 05, 2014, 07:40:12 am
great report guys and congrats on some nice catches! (clap) :envy
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: lebaka on August 05, 2014, 07:52:39 am
not fair you okes at the sea have all the fun  swr

great catches and good pics
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: SAfish on August 05, 2014, 02:26:14 pm
Great report and catches. I am looking at the bay at the moment from my hotel room and it is a beautiful day here.  :win: :mxmb: Pity I have to work.  :-(
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Seventenths on August 05, 2014, 02:54:41 pm
Brilliant stuff guys, what a superb day. I hope I can twist your arms for some waypoints for the October trip.
B1 is a long way north isn't it? How much fuel did you use for the day?
from Manico it's about 18nm...but when it's working it does worth the trip
we did bad on fuel...I have reved up a bit more then usual as the sea was flat and ended up using 170lt on 87nm which is about 1.95lt per nm

Ouch that is heavy PB, my 2 X 140hp on my 2,5 tons tug does that!! time to invest it 4 strokes!!
 
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on August 06, 2014, 11:05:10 am
Brilliant stuff guys, what a superb day. I hope I can twist your arms for some waypoints for the October trip.
B1 is a long way north isn't it? How much fuel did you use for the day?
from Manico it's about 18nm...but when it's working it does worth the trip
we did bad on fuel...I have reved up a bit more then usual as the sea was flat and ended up using 170lt on 87nm which is about 1.95lt per nm

Ouch that is heavy PB, my 2 X 140hp on my 2,5 tons tug does that!! time to invest it 4 strokes!!

indeed 7/10's...it's heavy
but it's an old equation I always did when buying cars diesel vs petrol (considering diesel is cheaper then petrol which in moz and most of the countries is)
it's a huge difference on the car price and how much more in advance you need to pay for the car (when buying diesel)...
then how many miles you do per year to compensate that much you have paied for the diesel engine...you need to be a big road digger to compensate that
same applies to 2stk vs 4 stk...you need plenty outings to compensate the amount of money spend on the 4stk engine...

tha's also why I run a 3.4 V6 petrol engine
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on August 06, 2014, 11:10:29 am
Heavy?!?! I'm doing 2.6-2.7L/nm on Maximvs!!!!! That's heavy! But hey, as pb said I had no choice.... working on upgrading soon.... 
 
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: fishingum on August 06, 2014, 11:27:53 am
I'm getting 2.2 to 2.4l on my 670 butt cat with 2 yamaha85's  :-(
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: rcoliveira84 on August 06, 2014, 03:15:20 pm
Alone on the boat, decent weather I did 0,7L/nm on my 60 zukes.

Heavy load with bad weather I did 1L/nm.
JohnF this post is aimed at you.  swr
 :frid
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on August 06, 2014, 04:40:01 pm
Alone on the boat, decent weather I did 0,7L/nm on my 60 zukes.

Heavy load with bad weather I did 1L/nm.
JohnF this post is aimed at you.  swr
 :frid

You swine! (bat

Hopefully not for long  :pray:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on August 08, 2014, 07:51:56 am
To Santos, a friend fishing on his 21 ft Acecraft 21 "Waikiki II" went out yesterday to roughly the same area up north and got 4 YFT (4-6 kg) and 4 couta (~ 5kg). They braved NE winds all day, but got rewarded...

I know there's a secret plan to go out on Saturday, but I've been excluded  :cry:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on August 08, 2014, 08:56:47 am
To Santos, a friend fishing on his 21 ft Acecraft 21 "Waikiki II" went out yesterday to roughly the same area up north and got 4 YFT (4-6 kg) and 4 couta (~ 5kg). They braved NE winds all day, but got rewarded...

I know there's a secret plan to go out on Saturday, but I've been excluded  :cry:
sorry???...you have excluded yourself
enjoy the family time and the booze
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on August 08, 2014, 09:41:29 am
Get your priorities right man  :crzy Good weather first fishing then family. Bad weather family then fishing  :hehe:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on August 08, 2014, 10:24:40 am
 :hehe: gotta blame someone


Eish the  :frid is killing me!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on August 10, 2014, 11:52:36 pm
as planned (not secretly) we ended up launching on Saturday
all was setup on Friday and a good weather forecast was expected...
so rcoliveira84 and myself met at 5:45 and launched on matabixo at 6:20
we had the same game plan we did 1 week ago aboard maguro...heading North for some cuta in the early hours and heading further North to chase some tuna
getting to Cutfield area we felt the wind pumping associated with low depth..it was not confortable and the first hours in B1 was a bit bumpy
sounder showed us some nice showings and soon we found the cuta
first time rcoliveira84 fought the fish and soon we landed a small rat cuta
not long after we got a 3 x strike...while rcoliveira was fighting a fish and the moment I grabbed one rod my fish went sideways and cut trough the other 2 lines...2 rappies lost...and most important...3 lost fish cause my fish got away
all set up and back in the game to hit another strike...and another lost fish...this time to much pressure on the line
one thing we noticed was all the cuta were foully hooked so that might be the reason we lost some fish
so by 9:00 we were loosing 2-4 for the fish
back to the cuta motorway (as we named that area as we were working a line and getting hits) and it was my turn to fight and land another fish
we decided it was about time to start heading further North and on the way we had another strike and rcoliveira84 landed another fish
so we balanced the fight and by 10:00 we were 4-4
that's when we had our 2nd 3 x strike...with a similar situation but without line cuts....just a big tangling mess with all the lines
after some caos aboard we managed to untangle the lines and get back to the fights to land the 3 fish
7-4 now for team UA
after some drinks and a relaxing 30' moment we set all again...and not long after another strike...and another missed fish by the boat...again too much pressure and hook fell off
off we went and at the first birds and tuna sighting we had a 4 x strike and we managed to land 3 fish
10-6 now for us
then we took the lines out for a while to give it a try on spinning...but fish was not bitting...so we set lines again and we had our 3rd 3 x strike as while the 4th rod was hanging out we have had another strike
first fish got away but we manage to land the remaining 3...so we kept the result in our favor with a 13-7
then we grabbed the spinning rods and we start our fun
on my first cast I was on with a big tuna that came to the boat and back to the deep...and while fighting 30lb braid snapped with the pressure...I must admit I put too much drag and pressure on the fish
then it was a very fun game with bites off and on where we landed another 5 fish
on the way back home and trolling on the deep we managed to land our last YFT...a big smash at the lure and a long run made us thought we had a bigger fish and maybe a wahoo...but it was one of those piri piri fish that made us thought we had a bigger specimen
the tally was 19-7 for us
we got to Maputo nearly at 17:00 after another great day with good company and great fishing time
it was a pleasant ride aboard matabixo and on the 88nm we did a short 90lt

today I launched 4play and took a couple of friends to spent the day at Santa Maria
this winter is killing me...not much to do in Maputo makes us launch every weekend
 :creep:






Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on August 11, 2014, 12:58:17 am
Great fun there!

Wonder who kept the carpet clean?!  :crzy :crzy

Well done  chaps!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: iNdlovu on August 11, 2014, 06:20:13 am
Great report Pedro, but without pics, it didn't happen
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on August 11, 2014, 08:19:16 am
Great report Pedro, but without pics, it didn't happen
Congrats Pedro sounds like you guys had a great trip. LOL agreed where the pics w;k
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on August 11, 2014, 09:50:53 am
Yeap... I wasn't there so can't vouch for you guys Lol 
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on August 11, 2014, 09:52:05 am
You guys don't want to see the pics  :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:


 :envy :envy
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on August 11, 2014, 09:56:53 am
...seen them! As they say, what has been seen... :hehe:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: shagnrelease on August 11, 2014, 11:02:27 am
sounds like a pearler!!  :ayb :ayb
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on August 11, 2014, 11:30:32 am
sorry for the delay...I had stuff to do now

1) sunrise
2) matabixo
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on August 11, 2014, 11:32:12 am
3) 3 x strike
4) untangle
5) success
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on August 11, 2014, 11:32:54 am
another triple strike...we got to load the vid so that you hear the screaming reels going trough matabixo
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on August 11, 2014, 11:36:45 am
spinning time
6) tuna going after lure
7) fighting
8) fighting
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on August 11, 2014, 11:37:36 am
9) sunset
10) catch of the day
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: rcoliveira84 on August 11, 2014, 12:31:55 pm
 :yft: :yft: :yft: :yft: :yft: :yft: :yft: :yft: :yft: :yft: :yft: :yft: :cout: :cout: :cout: :cout: :cout: :cout: :cout:
Damn!! What a day! Ruff morning but beautiful day.
Good company & Good times.
Next time we take some music!
While John F
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on September 08, 2014, 10:13:50 am
Nothing much happening in Maps... we've had lousy wind conditions for almost 2 weeks in a narrow...

I know rcoliveira went out on Saturday and had a good day with  :yft: and :cout:

So they are still there

Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: iNdlovu on September 08, 2014, 02:32:45 pm
Go and feed them Marcos, we need to keep them there until the October Gathering :hnthnt:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: iNdlovu on September 20, 2014, 08:24:54 am
Has the sea dried up around Maputo? Seems like you guys don'tet out there anymore. :dunno:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on September 20, 2014, 08:29:00 am
The YFT shoals are still there. Been windy most of the time the last few weeks...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Shaun17 on September 20, 2014, 08:30:11 am
Little slow on the uptake here... lekker buffs there on the 4th August Marcos!!! Good mojo i see....  :clwn
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: CLS on September 20, 2014, 02:17:23 pm
First time I seen the pics of all the fish on the floor and rather not comment  :-(
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on September 20, 2014, 03:10:20 pm
First time I seen the pics of all the fish on the floor and rather not comment  :-(


That looks like a comment to me.

What's so disturbing to you?

Is it the number of fish caught or the fact that they were put on the floor for the pic?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Happy Dog on September 20, 2014, 04:56:48 pm
Great day out by the look of things. Looks like more than two people can eat, surely a bit of catch and release could have been practiced!remember sustainable.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: iNdlovu on September 20, 2014, 06:09:15 pm
I would hope that when you Debben okes catch and eat fish, you don't sit there an guzzle it by yourself, but share it with family and friends. A couple in the freezer doesn't hurt either w;k
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: isivuba on September 20, 2014, 07:47:40 pm
I would hope that when you Debben okes catch and eat fish, you don't sit there an guzzle it by yourself, but share it with family and friends. A couple in the freezer doesn't hurt either w;k


 :corrct: awesome catch and well within the legal limits.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: REEFMAN on September 21, 2014, 05:44:44 am
I would hope that when you Debben okes catch and eat fish, you don't sit there an guzzle it by yourself, but share it with family and friends. A couple in the freezer doesn't hurt either w;k


 :corrct: awesome catch and well within the legal limits.
I agree.
This is a rare catch for these guys. They don't often get near their bag limits... once every 6 months to a year? No problem for me. If they were doing this every weekend, then I would have a serious problem with it.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: rcoliveira84 on September 22, 2014, 09:20:09 am
Hey guys,

I have been instructed to leave a brief comment of the fishing trip yesterday.

We went north to Boia Perdida, for the 50 meters ledge, we saw a lot of seagulls and no biting all morning one YFT came to the boat and one lost.
We tried drifting with sardine for a bit while it was raining  :rain: and nothing. :vio

Then around 1PM they starting biting, a lot of action and not many bites, enought another 9 Tunas.
One of them was a 23kg YFT beast and another same size took my gaf and manage to escape the hook. :creep: :dunno: :creep: :dunno:

Well i could put some pictures but i have been advised not too.
Pics not shown to protect sensitive viewers.

 :yft: :yft: :yft: :yft: :yft: :yft: :yft: :yft: :yft:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on September 22, 2014, 09:27:03 am
Hey guys,

I have been instructed to leave a brief comment of the fishing trip yesterday.

We went north to Boia Perdida, for the 50 meters ledge, we saw a lot of seagulls and no biting all morning one YFT came to the boat and one lost.
We tried drifting with sardine for a bit while it was raining  :rain: and nothing. :vio

Then around 1PM they starting biting, a lot of action and not many bites, enought another 9 Tunas.
One of them was a 23kg YFT beast and another same size took my gaf and manage to escape the hook. :creep: :dunno: :creep: :dunno:

Well i could put some pictures but i have been advised not too.
[size=1.45em]Pics not shown to protect sensitive viewers.[/size]

 :yft: :yft: :yft: :yft: :yft: :yft: :yft: :yft: :yft:


Great fishing bro!!!!!

Please post those pics, man! You know there are all kinds of sensitivities out there!!!  :rotfl
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Hammer on September 22, 2014, 09:29:48 am
Well done on the fish, come on post the pictures. that's what us landlocked fisherman want to see. :cnfzd
I want to see what we will be catching in a couple of weeks time. :craz:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on September 22, 2014, 09:49:17 am
For those of you that are not sensitive to bloody pics.... Here are the pics rcoliveira sent me

 :yft:

Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Hammer on September 22, 2014, 09:52:09 am
Very nice, 17 days to go and maybe I can also hold a gas bottle like that.  :corrct:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: iNdlovu on September 22, 2014, 10:08:11 am
Yebo Yes!!!!  Roll on 8th Oct
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on September 22, 2014, 10:09:59 am
congrats again on the catch...shame the other bus took off with the gaff and got loose...I wonder how can a gaff float!!!!

maybe we can work on that matter this weekend...I'll try and find If I have some diving belt and I'll sew some nice and confy handles for the gaff
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Bwana on September 22, 2014, 10:17:19 am
Nice  :yft:  well done guys!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Seventenths on September 22, 2014, 11:02:49 am
Nice stuff there RC... well done and thanks for the report. :corrct:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: CLS on September 22, 2014, 01:43:32 pm
Hey guys,

I have been instructed to leave a brief comment of the fishing trip yesterday.

We went north to Boia Perdida, for the 50 meters ledge, we saw a lot of seagulls and no biting all morning one YFT came to the boat and one lost.
We tried drifting with sardine for a bit while it was raining  :rain: and nothing. :vio

Then around 1PM they starting biting, a lot of action and not many bites, enought another 9 Tunas.
One of them was a 23kg YFT beast and another same size took my gaf and manage to escape the hook. :creep: :dunno: :creep: :dunno:

Well i could put some pictures but i have been advised not too.
Pics not shown to protect sensitive viewers.

 :yft: :yft: :yft: :yft: :yft: :yft: :yft: :yft: :yft:
Nice fish well done, this if a fishing site and not recommended for sensitive viewers.  :-)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on October 16, 2014, 10:27:55 am
We're waiting!!!!  :hnthnt:

 (bat
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on October 16, 2014, 10:56:40 am
due to presidential elections, yesterday was a off day at the office...and because I'm not an eligible voter we decided to launch 4play as a test day for the coming comp
plan was to do a bit of all...fish for the pot...billfishing...and a bit of spinning and jigging

we launched at 5:40 with flat seas and overcast...with some wind and rain predicted for the day
at about 6:30 and just off Inhaca we had a incident that could have been worst...at 22knt we hit a couple of whales that came off (out of the blue) 5mts from the boat
no time for any reaction...we went over them...nothing damaged on 4play and we stopped there for a while to watch the whales behaviour...they kept swimming like nothing has happened
eisha...what a nightmare...I wonder what could have happened on a small boat

by 7:00 lines were out and soon we start having some action...some skipjack were caught...and some were lost
then we got some YFT...all on the 7/8kg mark
when we start heading out to the billfish fishing grounds we had a stress call from Yolanda that was running on only 1 engine and that same engine was somehow faulty as well...as we had Yamaha mechanic aboard we assisted them for some to do's to try and sort out the problem...most probably fuel issues

so we turned back to stay in the area to assist them if needed
we kept fishing the area and got 1 surprising dorie on the 4/5kg mark
when Yolanda call to say that they were back to 2 working engines after following some of the suggested procedures they relief us for fishing...so we stick to our plan and headed out to the 400mts marks
we had a wahoo...some more tuna...and a very hungry saily
another surprising fish...at 400/450mts depth...I guess not that unusual as it's the second we have on that area
he went first to the long rigger but didn't commit...I did 2/3 draw back but nada and while doing this procedure he went for the short rigger...same story...no commitment and same procedure...2/3 draw back...that's when he went again for the first lure (on the long rigger)
set the hooks properly and we were on
on the first aerials I said...big saily...all aboard were insisting on a small marlin
after a 15min fight we were able to hold his bill...tag...revive and release
I was happy for the rest of the day...no more fish for me

we kept working that area and heading towards Poco radio active area...with some strong strikes but non commiting...
getting to Poco we found the bait ball and the showings...cleared the lines and jigged and spinned for a while
got some bonnies, some rainbow runners...got reefed a few times and then it was time to head back home
trolled a bit more...can caught some more tuna and by 15:45 we call it off...lines out and bumpy ride to Maputo with the wind blowing quite a bit

very good fun aboard with ricoliveira84 being the top fisherman...not loosing a single hook up...either trolling...or jigging...or even spin/jigging (new technique Ricardo found he can cast the jigs)
pics will follow as soon as I have some time...as I was the deckie didn't have the chance for footage...I will have to go trough the gopro from the cabin for some snapshots
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on October 16, 2014, 11:01:42 am
Awesome well done, sounds like you guys had a very productive day out (clap)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on October 16, 2014, 11:04:40 am
Well done, great fishing!

First submission to the UA billfish Hall of Fame 2014/15?!?!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on October 16, 2014, 11:10:50 am
Well done, great fishing!

First submission to the UA billfish Hall of Fame 2014/15?!?!
Is Travel members Saily caught at the interprovincial not the first bill?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on October 16, 2014, 11:15:39 am
Could be if he submits... :hehe:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: SAfish on October 16, 2014, 11:42:23 am
 (clap) Well done on the fishing side and also for sticking around to ensure the other boat got sorted out.  :resp:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: rcoliveira84 on October 16, 2014, 02:58:11 pm
It was a great day at the sea, good compay, good times.. bit ruff but it did calm down later in the afternoon.
John F, I managed to finish my first chicken before 7:30am

PeterBlace was the Sailfish nightmare  (bat
And thanks Peter but remember I lost my first jig  :fshn: on that beast!!! Remember.. haha

Good fun  :tkx:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: shagnrelease on October 16, 2014, 03:00:43 pm
Great Fishing guys!! That saily picture is epic, makes the saily look like a grander!!! very cool.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on October 16, 2014, 04:02:10 pm
forgot to mention that before the saily strikes a flock of albatroz started flying over the spread and kept going like that for a while
we had the strikes..and the birds kept flying over the saily for quite a long time

one can think that whenever there are birds flying over the spread must been happening something more interesting underneath them
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Hammer on October 16, 2014, 04:27:30 pm
Well Pedro, what a great day for you on the water.  (clap)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: REEFMAN on October 16, 2014, 05:12:28 pm
Stunning fish!!  (clap)

(http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=3591.0;attach=126278;image)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on October 16, 2014, 10:38:46 pm
I really can't spend a quiet moment without having thoughts on that fish huge eye staring at me
I promised the team that I'll be swimming with the next billfish I catch on the release moment
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: rcoliveira84 on October 17, 2014, 09:08:11 am
I think that is a good idea. Never forgetting this is a wild animal..
Reminds me of this video i saw not long ago, here in Mozambique
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAVDI9ry-0Y (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAVDI9ry-0Y)
 :2m:

Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on October 24, 2014, 09:30:24 pm
All set for tomorrow's first comp of the season. Looks like the weather is going to be perfect for a good day out in the blue.

Big guns fully locked & loaded!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Hammer on October 25, 2014, 12:18:43 am
Good luck, Marcos. TL and keep us posted mate. :fshn:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on November 24, 2014, 11:07:40 am
Saturday took place 6th leg of clube maritimo competition
team 4play asked permission to launch from Santa Maria so we launched at 16:00 on Friday
very slow, bumpy and wet ride with strong SE wind blowing...it took us nearly 1:45 to get there...it's a 31' boat powered by 2x115hp yamaha hein
all the fleet launched at 5:00...we were allowed to launch at 5:30 and by 6:10 we had a lines in call on the radio
4play launched last weekend and went to the marlin grounds with no success...so our plan was to try and stick to shallow waters to chase some blacks and eventually when we hear some marlin call from the marlin grounds we would move there
I guess all the fleet stick to our plan as we saw them all working that same area until 11:00
getting to Jeremias we had a triple strike of rainbow runners...then just out of Jeremias another strike that produced a 7kg YFT
getting to B24 we got a 4kg dorado...and still working that area a incognito strike...fish didn't commit
we then moved to Poço bellow the 100mt mark and got another pull...saw the silver and flash...but fish got loose after a short fight
all went quiet for us...by 11:00 we wanted to be out on the marlin grounds at the tide change...and all the blanking fleet was there
we only had a marlin chasing the lure and striking...but no commit again...bad luck
at 350mts depth we had a nice show of a pack of ~50 false killer whales (tbc by JohnF) joining us...they stood approximately 10 minutes swimming around/behind/underneath us...chasing our lures and teasers...we nearly dove with them but I guess it was a good call not to after I google false filler whales images ans saw them chowing some big stuff

the moment we start listening to some marlin coming out we headed in again but nada for us
on the way back home (to Santa Maria) we had another pull that produced a 10kg wahoo
it was very nice not coming back to Maputo and staying in Santa Maria...shorter ride with the E blowing...although yesterday on the way back home we did hit a stronger E on another bumpy ride...that took us only 1h

in the end Oliver caught 2 marlin
Dafi, Mozaya, Cafufo and Bite Me caught one marlin each
Dafi had a striped marlin pack attack going on 6 rods...but unfortunately lost all
they also had a incident on the marlin they caught...marlin striked Edu on the chest

last leg will take place in 2 weeks time
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on November 24, 2014, 11:57:28 am

at 350mts depth we had a nice show of a pack of ~50 false killer whales (tbc by JohnF) joining us...they stood approximately 10 minutes swimming around/behind/underneath us...chasing our lures and teasers...we nearly dove with them but I guess it was a good call not to after I google false filler whales images ans saw them chowing some big stuff



False killer whale (Pseudorca  crassidens) :corrct:

Last week we had reports from Ponta of a school of killer whales (aka orcas) hanging around in the area and moving south... now this one. Great stuff!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on November 24, 2014, 12:16:15 pm
On the fishing front... Tough luck on the marlin... Which hookset were you guys using?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on November 24, 2014, 01:04:35 pm
Hard luck on the Billfish mate I'm starting to think there is  crew on board with bad juju keeping four play from landing billfish :creep:

Man 6 stripeys must of caused some serious pandemonium on board Dafi  :rck"
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on December 15, 2014, 11:28:31 am
after a long debate during the week and due to some wind forecasted for the weekend we finally decided on Saturday to launch Sunday
although wind pumped during all day on Saturday it was supposed to slow down during the night...and some easterly coming in the afternoon only
so both matabixo and maguro launched at 5:30 and by 6:00 we were heading to our chosen fishing grounds...B1 area
I took a couple of friends...Rui the ninja (crew member from last year comps) and João (second time out at sea)
we wanted to work the early hours for cuta breakfast time in that area and to head further north to target other species
wind did drop totally during the night and it was a very smooth ride...indeed easterly only start pumping in the late afternoon...we were already nearly at dock (getting to Xefina) so a smooth ride on the way back as well
matabixo soon start having some action and everytime we were speaking on the radio or getting close to them they had a fish on
maguro was jealous...I didn't treat her too well (not many outings as last year) and it was very hard to convince her to put us to the fish...but she did put us to some fishing
first cuta we landed spit a flying fish after being boated...first time I saw one so close...beautiful
too quiet on our side...too busy on matabixo side
we were working the same areas but with not great results...and due to plenty errors we did lost some fish...line prop cut, gunnel cut...bad gaffing...you name it...it's not that I don't make mistakes but it's very hard to go out with inexperience crew...in the end you can't do all and the chance of loosing fish it high (not talking about the lost gear)
we had a double strike of cuta...one striked the shotgun and it was the fist time I saw a cuta on a daisy chain (feathers)
we then moved a bit deeper and got a dorado
and all went quiet for quite long...
later in the day we got a wahoo and on the way back we got a nice YFT and another nice cuta...and lost some more cuta

at a certain stage we got a one of the most amazing sightings...a schoal of 50+ cuta cruising just under the boat...they took nada...no lures attracted them
and shame I didn't have any live/dead bait with me cause I would have staid longer working that area
the sonar turned red...eisha...beautiful
water temp went from high 24's to mid 26 during the day...beautiful calm day at sea and nice to get in the water with maguro and good fun to fish with matabixo on the side
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on December 15, 2014, 11:52:25 am
almost forgot about the wahoo (inhaca way)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: FishStyx on December 15, 2014, 12:42:51 pm
I think that is a good idea. Never forgetting this is a wild animal..
Reminds me of this video i saw not long ago, here in Mozambique
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAVDI9ry-0Y (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAVDI9ry-0Y)
 :2m:


Wow!!! Fantastic footage. Lucky the guy kept his cool. Could have ended badly.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: iNdlovu on December 15, 2014, 12:43:30 pm
Great stuff mate, it is about time we heard about some action down there. Well done on the catch
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on December 15, 2014, 01:19:45 pm
Well done boys!

Great fishing there!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on December 15, 2014, 02:50:52 pm
Eish I should of just come  :cry:

 :envy
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: FishStyx on December 15, 2014, 03:28:54 pm
I am really envious of you guys who live at the coast. Thanks for all the updates PB.


I should go fishing sometime  :vio
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on December 15, 2014, 03:33:12 pm
Eish I should of just come  :cry:

 :envy
remember yesterday when we chat about nice forecast for today...well...it was wrong...some white caps in the bay so I guess only yesterday was a good fishing day
but it's hot like hell today
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on December 22, 2014, 10:47:31 am
after a very slow season for team 4play we did some fixing on the outrigger position and increased the spread area

Sunday I took a ride (at 6:00) on Yolanda to Santa Maria and we launched from there (7:45) with 4play
team Yolanda automatically put a challenge for the day...Clube Maritimo rules until 13:00...we accepted the challenge...winner boat gets a bottle of 18y Chivas

we wanted to explore the area in front of Santa Maria...during holyday season both 4play and Yolanda (among other boats) will fish that area
by 8:20 we had our fisrt hook up...big run towards the back with some aerials...but fish got away...luckily for us as when we were setting up the spread we noticed that the ti50 reel was making some crazy noise inside...like broken or damaged bearings
we called Yolanda to borrow a reel from them
on the way there we came across with a marlin free swimming at the surface...and another free jumping
a bit later another marlin free jumping and we went towards his way...not long after another strike and a long non stop run towards the back
that's when he started jumping no more then 30mts on the side of the boat trying to overtake us....and ended up overtaking us
again...hook came off
2-0
at this time Yolanda called a release of a marlin...argh...a bottle store visit was in sight for us

we kept working the same area and at about 12:20 another strike and a long run...some aerial shows and after hook up Stephano sat on the chair for the third time
after a short fight we then safely released it with a ocean swim (son and father)
apart from 2 more free jumping and 1 more free swimming marlin sightings at 13:00 we called Yolanda as the winners
we did try some fun spinning for tuna but only 2 strikes with no hook up
by 16:15 Yolanda was back in Maputo

although 4play lost the challenge we were happy with the spread and the fact that we got back to marlin fishing...the change we did on the outriggers increased the strike rate drastically...we were very happy with that
beautiful day at sea with no wind and water temp about 27.6ºc...awesome water color

I know Ricardo(matabixo) has something to say about his outing on Saturday...but I guess you guys have to wait for his report
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on December 23, 2014, 10:49:39 pm
managed to upload the action video
http://youtu.be/IMQNUe_XrG8 (http://youtu.be/IMQNUe_XrG8)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: FishStyx on December 24, 2014, 09:15:22 am
Awesome vid Pedro  (clap)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Bwana on December 24, 2014, 09:52:58 am
Great report Pedro, well done on the  :billf:  and cred for the release  :+ cred: (clap)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on January 04, 2015, 04:15:54 pm
holidays have been very productive on the marlin fishing grounds
the new productive area is Santa Maria...on the 400mt mark
after the last report of the marlin we caught aboard fourplay here are the latest news I got from that side
27Dec
mozaya released 3 marlin
28Dec
yolanda released 1 marlin
29Dec
sensation released 3 marlin
2Jan
nakisai released 3 marlin
3Jan
4play released 3marlin
yolanda released 1 marlin
nana released 2 and brought 1 dead (no details on reason)
4Jan
both nakisai and yolanda went out today but I wasn't able to contact them yet...hopefully good news on the way

all this on morning fishing sessions

for those who still have some doubts about joining Seaducer maybe this is a nice teaser to submit your application
http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/index.php?topic=19061.0 (http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/index.php?topic=19061.0)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on January 26, 2015, 11:57:22 am
Saturday took place first off shore tournament for 2015
basically Clube Maritimo changed the concept of the competition for the first semester...there will be 4 isolated competition (Jan, Feb, Mar and May) where winner of each comp takes all the prize money
competition will then start in October straight (7 legs) without any interruption untill May

launch was at 5:00 and we headed straight to the 330mt mark where we set lines at 6:10
very smooth ride with flat seas and no wind...beautiful blue with temps on the 27,5º
...no more then 5min after we set lines we saw the dorie coming...striking and not committing to the hook...that's fishing

we kept working that same area and managed to get 3 dories (+15kg, ~5kg and 7/8kg)
no more action for the day from 9:00...we got to the club at 16:45

from the rest of fleet all quiet except for 4 boats
sholay released 3 marlin (winner)
yolanda, salvatore and spartan released each 2 marlin
yellow king not attending the comp did not release a small marlin
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on January 26, 2015, 01:28:44 pm
Hard luck mate sucks when you out in the deep blue watching TV with no remote to change channel  :blush:   Still beats a day stuck in the city  w;k
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on January 26, 2015, 02:49:34 pm

we kept working that same area and managed to get 3 dories (+15kg, ~5kg and 7/8kg)


You forgot to say that one of the dorries was caught on a SnR lure  :-)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: SAfish on January 26, 2015, 03:09:04 pm
I hope they are around when we go to Inhaca. I need to catch my first Dorrie.  :fshn: :dor:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on February 08, 2015, 07:58:09 pm
yesterday I've decided to launch Maguro...first time of the year...
been too busy and travelling...and weather also didn't play on our side so with a great forecast for the weekend we (João a mate from work, and rcoliveira) met at 5:30 and launch before 6:00
initial plan was to head north for the cuta grounds but we heard some tuna coming out in boia perdida so we change our plan...
smooth ride on the way there(with flat seas and no wind) and before 7:00 we set the lines out...4 rappies and 1 daisy chain on the shotgun...
we saw some birds and tuna smacking at the surface but no takers so after a while only on the isolated birds we started getting strikes
all on the deep divers and the daisy chain
we kept working the area and eventually headed out towards poco
we kept having some strikes but fish was being too tricky...apart from a strike on a illander we had no strike at surface lures (not counting on the daisy chains)
rcoliveira had plenty fun with the jigging rod and daisy chains...
all went well apart from another gift to Neptune...
in less than 6 months it's the second time this has occurred
first time my fault...no rod leash caused the loss of the tld25 kit
this time even with the rod leash after a strike tyrnos 30 kit went for a swim...I guess plastic clips are not a good option to secure your gear
this was the call to head back to Portuguese Island for a swim
at this time the S was pumping...weatherman said S would slow down and some E would come later in the early afternoon...but this only happened later
by 15:00 we left Portuguese Island and wind the E on our back we got to Maputo smoothly
nice day out in good company...and plenty fish for the pot (although with the amount of fish we saw I can say that fish were too picky)
top blue water with 27,5ºc temp...and very very humid
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: iNdlovu on February 08, 2015, 09:22:42 pm
Without pics, it didn't happen :crzy :hyst:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on February 08, 2015, 09:42:03 pm
only pics I have are from the hatches...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: shagnrelease on February 09, 2015, 10:02:21 am

we kept working that same area and managed to get 3 dories (+15kg, ~5kg and 7/8kg)


You forgot to say that one of the dorries was caught on a SnR lure  :-)

Always nice to hear!! You guys must take pics for me please...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on February 09, 2015, 10:04:56 am
sorry for not reporting this to you...my fault...and sorry for not taking any pic...we were only 3 aboard and it's not easy when there's a dorie coming in
we always want to load it into the hatch to avoid the slaps
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: shagnrelease on February 09, 2015, 10:11:21 am
sorry for not reporting this to you...my fault...and sorry for not taking any pic...we were only 3 aboard and it's not easy when there's a dorie coming in
we always want to load it into the hatch to avoid the slaps
No problem,  I understand.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: tkei on February 09, 2015, 10:31:52 am
sorry for not reporting this to you...my fault...and sorry for not taking any pic...we were only 3 aboard and it's not easy when there's a dorie coming in
we always want to load it into the hatch to avoid the slaps
Toughen the f%#* up. LOL.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: shagnrelease on February 09, 2015, 10:38:44 am
sorry for not reporting this to you...my fault...and sorry for not taking any pic...we were only 3 aboard and it's not easy when there's a dorie coming in
we always want to load it into the hatch to avoid the slaps
Toughen the f%#* up. LOL.

 :corrct: :hehe:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on February 19, 2015, 11:54:29 am
hard way to start the working day

rcoliveira has been going on this solo outings before work...with nice catches
today I join him (together with his mate Joao) for a early morning outing...we met at 4:30 and by 5:00 we were on our way to a closer spot after Xefina...some 7nm from Maputo
we worked the area for a while with no success...then we headed towards the 3M bonnies that we saw smashing at the surface also with no success
getting to Bx Ribeiro again we had our first strike which resulted on Joao getting his first reefing experience...fish literally went towards the lighthouse and rubbed the mono against it leaving us with a scratched line
we took lines out and start heading towards Maputo (I needed to be back by 8:30 as I had some meetings ahead)
we some activity on the way and started spinning with no success...we set lines again and soon after we were 2 on :sreel: :sreel:
we decided that today was Joao and only Joao's turn on the reels...he never caught a fish before
we started guiding him on the fight while rcoliveira was managing the other line...and not long after another reefing experience...opsss
rcoliveira handed him the other rod and he fought the fish for quite a while...with the fish being very stubborn but Joao ended up being the stubborn of the day and after a nice fight we managed to land a beauty  :gt:
we took some pics...measure it with the scratched line (106cm) and safely released it...what a beauty to see him swimming away

not bad for a first timer hein!!!

ah...while Joao was fighting the fish I have spent some time spinning as the area was wild with mr. GT's family and friends but again...no luck...luckily for us as we didn't want another problem aboard

now we are all at the office...with a smile for this nice start of the day
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on February 19, 2015, 11:58:41 am
the catch of the day
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: SAfish on February 19, 2015, 12:18:16 pm
 (clap) Wow, great catch and the best way to start your day. The smile says it all.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on February 19, 2015, 01:01:59 pm
We had to endure the live streaming of this event ...............absolute torture I tell you  swr <:


 :hehe:

Well done guys  :envy
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on February 19, 2015, 01:35:18 pm
Well done !!  (clap) And yet very jealous :-)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: rcoliveira84 on February 19, 2015, 06:43:59 pm
What a lovely morning..

Adding this  :gt: to the biggest catch of Matabixo. :frid

I keep the record for a week.
Having this beauty in the line.  :nuts:

Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on February 20, 2015, 08:50:33 am
2 for 2 well done Ricardo what did yours weigh or measure?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on February 20, 2015, 09:21:42 am
unfortunately that one was DOA...they did tried to revive him with no success
weigh was 14kg
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: rcoliveira84 on February 20, 2015, 11:10:27 am
 :gt:

With 2 treble hooks bent.
14kg. No measures thou  :creep:

Great fight it was.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on March 16, 2015, 11:06:18 am
I've planned to launch Saturday morning for a fishing day with a mate from work...at wake up time (4:30) heavy rain was dropping over Maputo so we postponed for later (07:00)...and later was raining
so we canceled the fishing outing as we also planned for a beach outing for Sunday with the ladies
so by 7:00 on Sunday we met and after setting all at 7:45 we were on our way to Santa Maria
plan was to cross Hell's Gate and go out for a quick session and show João's wife the deep blue...then head back to the beach for some relaxing time
getting to the marine reserve I felt a power cut on the starboard engine and seconds after the heat buzzer beeped and some smoke was coming out...reason...a plastic bag attached to the impeller intake...
turned the engine off...removed the plastic and after a few seconds cooling down...turned the engine on again (beep was still on) but after some water going in turned off
so by 09:30 I headed towards the mouth and after the set coming trough I crossed the mouth and set lines
getting to Baixo de Santa Maria we saw some bird activity but with no fish activity in sight...but on the first go we were on and after a nice fight we landed a 6/7kg bonito
I don't know whats going on with this bonitos but they been eating spinach like Popeye...long runs and though fights
we worked the area for a while but it was quiet so we headed a bit further North and got a double strike...landed a skipjack and a small YFT
João's wife was not feeling that great so we headed to the beach
it was a nice less then 2h session with the ladies aboard...
calm seas and beautiful sunny day...we relaxed at the Inhaca marine reserve and by 14:30 we start heading back to Maputo with the E blowing but not making it a rough trip
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on March 16, 2015, 03:47:57 pm
Also went out this weekend...

We launched on Saturday... the Pereira clan was on board for a relaxed family session. Left the club at 06:30 and made our way to B1 under showers which lasted till 09:00.... miserable drive... Water temp was between 25.4 and 26.9o C, with a bit of a bumpy sea early in the morning that eventually flatenned throughout the day...

We trolling for a bit and managed to get 2 couta on rappies... lost two and then got some bottoms for the pot...

Did a bit more trolling and loss a foul-hooked couta at the boat, then got a nice bonito...

All in all, a great day at sea with my dad and bruder, and some nice fresh fish for supper...

The  :suz: are well beyond my expectations... consumption of 1.16 L/nm and at 3500 rpm I get a cruise speed of 18 knots...

Very happy!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: rcoliveira84 on March 17, 2015, 10:50:28 am
Also went fishing this weekend.
Saturday around 10ish left St Maria, heading to Baixo for a bit of trolling.
Had a small strike 20 min after.
Very quiet. for the next hour so we decided to move around a little. Further north we saw some seagulls and after going pass it we had a 4 rod strike.. with 6 rods in total in the water and 2 guys on the boat, was enough to cause a small panic on board haha :creep: . Started pulling the Saltiga that was the strongest line on the boat. Crazy pulling to the deep even seemed like i was jigging. Great fight but ended quickly with a broken leader  :nuts: while my mate was pulling the Pen int 6/0 that was on the shotgun. So i grabbed the second rod and tried to pull as quickly has possible because i still had one more rod with fish one.. Managed to pull a good 10kg bonito. My mate is still in the same rod and i grab the 4 fish and the line was almost at the end and i couldnt stop the beast. Big fish was on.. while the line was coming to and end, turned the boat around to fallow the fish but it quickly snapped the line when it got a bit luce.  :vio :toppie:
Continued trolling and on the next pass over the seaguls a double strike was on. Managed to pull too to small YFT, around 3 kg each. And that was it for the day. We left back it was 12:30
_____

Next morning we go around 7 again to the Baixo St Maria, and we decided we where going to put some sardines on balloons..
first run nothing, has the tide was slow but the wind was pulling us fast.
Second round over the Baixo has i am releasing the line i start getting a pull, but i was confused thinking the balloon was making that until a see a dourado jump right in front of us. managed to pull quickly a 5kg dourado.
A few more tries on the sardine and nothing so we decided to troll.
30 min we see a shoal activity on top of the water, no seagulls, we go past and one rod starts singing high.. crazy stutter sound on my tyrnos 20.. managed to pull a +/- 13 kg Wahoo, with a few lines crossings but nothing serious. While we gaffing we see 10m down what it seams to be a nice dourado so we start trolling again straight away (not remembering i still had the sardines on the other rod  <: swr )
We go passed again the same shoal and another rod is one with a nice 5kg mackarel. that destroied my new bonito 30 rapala.
After a few more rounds, peterblace appears on the horizon, and straight i see that light blue shirt heading to the back of the boat and grabbing the rod, i knew fish was one  :fshn:
Then the rod next to me bends and before and sings the lines snaps in less then a seconds.. rapala with no leader was gone. And right after that a see the left rod bending and sings a little and i see the halco fly out the water with a quick release   :rain:

And that was it for the day. Lovely weather both days.

Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on March 17, 2015, 11:02:24 am
Beauty of 'hoo!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Peter Gordon on March 17, 2015, 11:07:57 am
@rcoliveira84, were you at Portugese Island while we were on The Birthday Bash? There was a Yeld not too far from us with a lady on board and a black dog playing in the water. If so, the 3 boats that were there (Fishin for Reel, Hammered and Seaducer 3) would have liked to have met you. If it was you, I greeted you and your missus when you walked passed us
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: rcoliveira84 on March 17, 2015, 11:14:59 am
@Peter Gordon  :tkx: That was me and the missus and the crazy fishing/chasing dog. I saw your yeld c/console. I knew you guys where with @peterblace, if i had more time i would have joined you guys for a bit of fishing.
Next time we have a  :2m:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Peter Gordon on March 17, 2015, 11:19:43 am
Ok cool, we did think that it was you. Yes absolutely no problem :rck"
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Kona on March 17, 2015, 01:06:44 pm
 :unhap :unhap :unhap :unhap :unhap You guys are making me  :envy sitting in my office. Nice report thanks
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on April 15, 2015, 05:56:21 pm
This coming sunday (19 April), the 1st Pirates Offshore Gathering, will take place in Maputo bay. 8 boats have confirmed, with a total of 29 anglers. This is a fishing-for-fun day, where all boats are supposed to depart together and fish the same area (B1).

No prizes, apart from bragging rights to the boat who catches the biggest fish (no bills!)...

At the end of the day, the gang will meet at the club's restaurant and a fresh fish braai will be served with chips and salads, courtesy of the restaurant. The restaurant will also sponsor tshirts for the event...

UA boats include Maximvs, maguro and matabixo...

Looking forward to this event...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: SAfish on April 15, 2015, 07:50:38 pm
It sounds like a lot of fun, enjoy it guys and  :tite
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on April 16, 2015, 07:53:10 am
Lekker enjoy guys (clap) post some pics if you can.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on April 16, 2015, 02:03:01 pm
Lekker enjoy guys (clap) post some pics if you can.

 :corrct:

Sure thing
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: wesporra on April 20, 2015, 10:01:12 am
Hey Guys


how was the  :fshn:  on Sunday, any reports??????

Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on April 20, 2015, 12:40:53 pm
so here is the report aboard maguro...I'll let the others speak for themselves as there's too much emotions
in resume and for the first time...maguro (tuna in japanese) is now makajiki
awesome day at sea

I launched with my mate from work JRocha...he came with me a few times and been very good around the boat...so better to have some "experienced guy" then a problem
we arrived at the club at 5:00...set the boats and by 6:00 we were on our way to the fishing grounds
early in the morning and discussing with the rest of the boats we decided that Boia Perdida has been more productive then B1 so that's were we headed to

we got there easily with flat seas and nearly no wind (and that was almost throughout all day)...thankfully for us, weatherman failed on the forecast
by 7:25 lines were in the water in the 25-35mt mark
water temp around 25(max 25.6) and very dead in terms of showings...but by 8:00 we had our first strike and landed a couta
then exploring that area we started getting strike after strike...always trying to guide the fish to one side of the boat while leaving the remaining lines out...fish were wild and did get more strikes
at this moment we only lost 1 fish at gaffing distance...a bonito
after this moment we decided to head out to the 40-50mt mark as one of the boats was getting some YFT...and we wanted more species on the hatches
we saw some bird activity with tuna smashing at the surface and decided to hit them straight....eisha...caos....5 reels screaming
we both grabbed rods and start fighting the way we could...in total landing 4yft and loosing 1yft next to the boat
after deck cleaning (looked like a slaughter with tuna, blood, rods, lures...all hanging on the deck) and some relaxing we set lines again and hit the birds...now only with 4 lines out...enough to get another strike and landing 1 more yft
we decided to take the lines out and play a bit on the spinning kit...and with 4 casts into the action we landed 2yft...those guys gave us a hard time so we did switch engines and had a break
that's what we needed for what came next....without loosing them from sight we set 4 lines out again and decided to hit them one more time
about 50mts from them 1 reel screaming....vazzzzz.....gave JRocha the rod and while looking back for some tangling or checking which other reel would scream I spot a tail at the distance...big one...looked like a fin so I screamed...it's a saily...and after the first aerial I screamed even louder...it's a marlin...a big black marlin
I immediately cleared the lines while fish was taking line and giving us a show and moved to the driving position...
luckily fish made the right choice in regards to kit...went for the tyrnos 30...but loaded with 30lb mono and 8lb drag I had to help JRocha with the boat
so I zoomed in fast (I was doing about 15knt) and got over the fish while JRocha was recovering the nearly 400mts of line out...at a certain moment fish start jumping 10mts from the boat and JRocha could believe it was the same fish
I did try and help JRocha mentally...cause physically he was destroyed...fish gave him a hard time
at the 3rd time we reached the leader I made a call and decided to leader the fish...the two previous times that we reached the leader fish just swam away naturally and I didn't even bother to try
so I left the driving position and grabbed the leader and start pulling up...but fish just moved under and to the other side of the boat snapping the leader
big disappointment for not holding the bill...but we were very happy and I can't express more the feeling I have for this achievement...top emotions

then we made the worst call of the day...we left a very productive area to join the other boats...so from 11:45 till 15:10 no more strikes os action aboard maguro
we headed back to Maputo alongside with matabixo doing about 23knt and about 2nm from Naval we decided to stop and wait for the remaining boats to arrive all together at the club...
out of the blue my starboard engine turned off and never came back to life...so I arrived on 1 engine and will have it checked tomorrow...scary but hopefully not too far from home
getting to the club we handed in a fish to the restaurant that prepared a big table for the group and served the sides and cooked the fish
nice moment of social fishing with plenty stories to tell
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on April 20, 2015, 01:00:15 pm
Congrats bro!!!

Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: SAfish on April 20, 2015, 01:04:57 pm
 (clap) Congratulations and well done!  :resp:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: shagnrelease on April 20, 2015, 01:31:06 pm
Well done mate sounds like a fantastic day on the ocean. Well done!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on April 20, 2015, 03:07:22 pm
 (clap) (clap) (clap)
Well done on your first billfish on Maguro and great game fishing
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: SAfish on April 20, 2015, 05:58:47 pm
I have heard from Teresa (Manico Camp) that a dhow sank on Saturday. It was on its way from Maputo to Inhaca. Norman is helping in the search for survivors. So far 3 people were found but one passed away. Apparently there are still 5 missing. Please pray that they find more survivors tomorrow. Condolences to the families who have lost loved ones.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: charles1985 on April 21, 2015, 02:01:52 pm
Hey Guys
Well done with the catches on Sunday Peterblaze.
Would you guys mind sharing some waypoints for Maputo bay and around Inhaca as im new to this fishing waters.
And let me know when you guys have a get together again would like to meet ya all.
 :tkx:
 
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on April 21, 2015, 03:50:58 pm
I have heard from Teresa (Manico Camp) that a dhow sank on Saturday. It was on its way from Maputo to Inhaca. Norman is helping in the search for survivors. So far 3 people were found but one passed away. Apparently there are still 5 missing. Please pray that they find more survivors tomorrow. Condolences to the families who have lost loved ones.
we knew about that...and for our outing on Sunday we were all in allert as we knew all were wearing life vests
boat sank around 6:30 on Friday...and 2 of the survivores were able to reach one of our friends place in Inhaca by 17:00...they launch in search for anything but couldn't find any
from what we heard none of the Inhaca boats launched
according to the recent news 6 are still missing and 1 was found near Manhiça (about 35km up North) and is under observation in the hospital
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: SAfish on April 21, 2015, 04:04:59 pm
Thanks for the update. Norman from Manico helped with the search yesterday and they wanted to continue this morning but bad weather moved in and they had to return to base.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on April 21, 2015, 09:20:58 pm
some footage from the day
1) running to the deep
2) 2x strike
3) spinning action
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on April 21, 2015, 09:25:25 pm
4) chasing the marlin
5) in front of the boat
6) great fight on the tyrnos30
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on April 21, 2015, 09:33:32 pm
7) black marlin
8) leadering
9) guess who's in the back??? (and I'm not talking about matabixo)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on April 22, 2015, 12:08:22 am
Here's my report.

With much anxiety Sunday 19 April, finally arrived. The weather was expected to be good with a breezy SE early in the morning,  flat seas during the day and the typical easterly to bring us back in the afternoon. The boat was ready after the carpet job and the 20 h service. Plan was to spend the day around the B1 area looking for game fish. We stuck to the plan.

The weatherman was spot on with the best possible weather one could ask for. Water temp was slightly over 23o C in the morning and went up to about 24.5o C during the day out in the deep. Water was clean and although the sky was cloudy in the morning it cleared up into a fantastic day.   

We set horses just after 06:00 h with the four boars riding at ~21 knots in a convoy! For a change Maximvs was the largest of the fleet...   

A quick stop at Baixo Ribeiro to find livebait proved unseccssful. The full spring outgoing tide was simply too strong and the lighthouse was empty. We moved on and tried another buy a few miles north. Nada. Oh well... we would have to rely on rappies and 4 Portuguese sardines for the day...

  (http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/MGalleryItem.php?id=2511) 
Waiting for the bite...

     
We went to my usual couta spot and managed 3 couta and a green jobfish from about 7:45 to 10:30... lost a few too... nothing really outstanding but good size for the pot (4-6 kg)...
  (http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/MGalleryItem.php?id=2512) 
Come to papa...
 

     (http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/MGalleryItem.php?id=2514) 
Couta... hooked right at the tail...
 


   (http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/MGalleryItem.php?id=2515) 

Green jobfish... yummy...

       


The fish went off the bite and we decided to explore a few marks further north... With the Zukes this is something I can confortably do without worrying about fuel...


   
 (http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/MGalleryItem.php?id=2521) 
Trolling...
     
We kept trolling and did a quick drifting session up north but nada... despite the involuntary chumming help from some of my crew, which had no trouble laying flat to ponder about the mysteries of the universe...



      (http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/MGalleryItem.php?id=2516) 
Philosophical moments aboard Maximvs....


   
At about mid day we decided to move south and join the gang at the B1 area were they had just moved in from Bóia Perdida... We came back trolling on the 45 m line with some konas on birds with teasers, etc hoping for something different... went over a few birds but nothing stuck and didn't see any tuna jumping either... had the trevalla ready for some plugging action...
    (http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/MGalleryItem.php?id=2517) 
Maguro...


        (http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/MGalleryItem.php?id=2518)
 Matabixo...

     
Spent some time with the boys and decided to go back to my couta marks and score some more fish for the pot, as we were fast moving towards the time to call it quits. At last got 3 nice couta out of 4 strikes....   


Went back home with a nice NE breezy behind us doing 4000 rpm at 21-22 knots. Had a bit of a mishap with the engine bolts and the transom that got me very worried initially but looks like it's not so serious.
    (http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/MGalleryItem.php?id=2519)  Heading back...

     
In the end, we did 86 nm and used 90 litres of juice! What a pleasure! Got some nice fish, great day at sea and my mate got his first bill on his 16 ft cat... what else could one ask for?

   
(http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/MGalleryItem.php?id=2520)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Bwana on April 22, 2015, 08:19:34 am
Great reports guys, sounds like a lekker day on the ocean  (clap)  Congrats on the  :billf: Pedro!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: FishStyx on April 22, 2015, 09:03:05 am
Nice one bud. You must be happy as a clam hearing those babies purring behind you.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Seventenths on April 22, 2015, 09:12:29 am
 (clap) congrats gents! Now you will wonder why you did not upgrade those gas guzzlers sooner!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on April 22, 2015, 10:07:21 am
thanks guys...I'm really in the clouds with this awesome fishing day
....and thanks JohnF for the report
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on April 22, 2015, 10:09:24 am
Yeap the zukes are great! Plenty of power and excellent economy... 

Obviously, some of the pics were taken by peterblace and rcoliveira84. So thanks for that guys!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on April 22, 2015, 03:23:32 pm
Hey Guys
Well done with the catches on Sunday Peterblaze.
Would you guys mind sharing some waypoints for Maputo bay and around Inhaca as im new to this fishing waters.
And let me know when you guys have a get together again would like to meet ya all.
 :tkx:

Howzit Charles,

Most known places include:

Baixo Danae (S25 54.573 ; E33 03.489)
Baixo Jeremias (S25 56.756 ; E33 02.902)
Poco (S25 47.878 ; E33 06.108)
Boia Perdida (S25 49.818 ; E32 58.741)
B24 (S25 52.948 ; E33 04.045)
B1 (S25 41.237 ; E32 58.039)

Explore these areas and keep an eye on your sounder...

WRT to get together's ... we all have our boats at Clube Naval... most of us stop there at the end of the day for a chat and usually are there Saturday/Sunday mornings... I'd say stop by and come say hi...

Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: charles1985 on April 22, 2015, 03:46:12 pm
Thanks John I really do appreciate it,it will come handy.
Yes I will definitely come pop around and say hi.
 :2m:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on June 14, 2015, 05:48:40 pm
Winter is finally here so flat seas and very shy fishing....

Heard of some good YFT been caught last week (18-20 kg) as well as 5 black marlin released by Richard on 3 trips!!!! Big mamas too...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on June 21, 2015, 10:31:23 am
Effective 1 July 2015, here are some of the new launching fees at Club Naval. These costs are applicable to non members.

Launching fees/day
    boats up to 27 ft = 1 350.00 Mts
    boats larger than 27 ft = 2 025.00 Mts
    Jetskis = 600.00 Mts
    Kayak = 450.00 Mts

Parking fees/day
    Trailer = 750.00 Mts
    Jet ski = 600.00 Mts

Members' fees have also gone up.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: iNdlovu on June 21, 2015, 01:18:42 pm
Ouch...R1925 for launching and trailer parking for a 5 day trip
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on June 23, 2015, 05:56:36 pm
with my winter trip coming soon(d-1) I've decided to launch Sunday for a quick fun session
initial plan was to go for some drifts close by but with a awesome forecast in view I've decided to go further out to the deep (keeping in mind the quick session)
so I've launched at 9:15 and by 10:30 I set lines in Boia Perdida area
with no activity showing (visualy and on the souder) I've decided to move further deep and getting to the 60mt mark I had my first strike at about 11:30
after clearing the lines João fought and we landed a nice wahoo
we set lines again for another 1h of quietness...and getting to B24 we had a very long  :sreel:
we thought we had a big fish and again after clearing the lines João landed a small very nervous YFT
lines set again and we worked that area as we started to see some bait action...eventualy we got a tiny bonnie that didn't manage to make the reel scream...we just look back and saw the fish slapping at the surface...although perfect bait size it was released to fight another time
by 13:00 we saw a massive halfbeak shoal flying away from something and we went straight to the point...not long after we had a strike on the shotgun...fish didn't commit...and while looking back we had another strike on the short corner...again...fish didn't commit
we knew something was playing with our lures...again on the shotgun a saily striked and played with the lure without commiting
we worked that area for a few moments and because our intention was to go for a short session we start heading back home
getting to Bx Danae we had our last strike on the shotgun...and soon we landed a barracuda....stinky....
I have a moto...no barracuda allowed aboard my boat...and just grabbing the leader and having it over the transom was enough to get the boat stinky
we cleared the lines and headed back to Maputo where we arrived at 15:15
although I consider this a short sesson we stayed out for 6h and managed to run 71nm
beautiful blue skyes, flat sea...first whale showings...dolphins playing on the bow for quite a while...no bird activity except plenty albatross flying over us (never saw them that much)...no sounder showing nearly all day...water temp on the deep was 24º and in the bay 20º/21º
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on June 23, 2015, 05:59:52 pm
catch and not release of the day
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on June 23, 2015, 06:53:28 pm
Good one pb!

Pity about the saily... that's one of the reasons I have this obsession about small ilanders... never swim them naked! Either a half beak or strip bait... just to give that last touch
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: whodat on June 24, 2015, 01:59:02 am
That nervous tuna is the perfect size bait. Would encourage you to troll it with a single hook upfront and head out of b24 closer to the Poco area.  :billf:

Good job on the wahoo
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on June 24, 2015, 10:13:16 am
Nice Pedro,  (clap) congrats on the catches and thanks for sharing. Need to get back to Inhaca soon.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Wynand on August 23, 2015, 05:25:21 pm
Hi There!
Hope everyone is well.

I have been snooping around UA for a while now, reading and  researching everything I can find on the Inhaca/Hell's Gate/Santa Maria area.
This will be my first visit to this area. For the last  couple of years we fished from Vilanculos with Duarte, Morgan, and those Boys!  So I am in desperate need for some local knowledge in this area!

A group of us are heading up there from the 21st October and  leaving again on the 31st. We will be staying at Camp Carlos at "The beach  house" for a few days, and then at Nhoxani at another house further on.

Part of the team will be driving up from Durban with a 21ft  Vcat with 2x140 zukes, to Maputo and then coming across the bay. The rest of us  will be coming from Joburg, and do the drive through the Elephant reserve.

Four of us are pretty keen fisherman, and although the main  purpose of the trip is social and spending time with our Females, I’m convinced  we will have plenty of time to fish between 5am – 10am and 3pm-6pm…every day! Needless  to say there might even be some windy days that we can focus on alternative  activities! :beer: :yipee: :beer: :yipee:


We arrive at Santa on a neap tide, and it builds over spring  tide towards the end of the trip. This should make for some pretty interesting  conditions in that area!

We will definitely look to do quite a bit of snorkeling with the girls on some shallow reefs, any suggestions here…? I can imagine that  the neap tides would be more suitable for the diving in this area specifically.  I’ve heard of a very nice reef across the channel at the southern tip of  Inhaca? Any other shallow reefs in the area? Diving around Lighthouse reef at  the NE tip of Inhaca?

On the Fishy side:

I have heard that Rock&Surf fishing in that area can be  pretty good. Maybe slide some live bait in some good spots for GT?

Light spinning around Hells Gate, and the general area? Both  from the boat and from shore, I am sure there should be a variety of species  one can target on dropshot, small spoons,Ondas, rapala MaxRap, small poppers  etc….?

Heavy Popping for GT? Suggestions? Good spots? Both from the  boat and from the shore. Successful colours for the area?

Into the Blue:

Hell’s Gate – any specific suggestions here? I understand  that it can get pretty dangerous. So sea conditions permitting, I understand  that it is better to go out to sea through the gates with the tide pushing into  the bay, and coming back with the tide going out again..???

Fishing spots mentioned before:
Baixo Danae (S25  54.573 ; E33 03.489)
  Baixo Jeremias (S25 56.756 ; E33 02.902)
  Poco (S25 47.878 ; E33 06.108)
  Boia Perdida (S25 49.818 ; E32 58.741)
  B24 (S25 52.948 ; E33 04.045)
  B1 (S25 41.237 ; E32 58.039)

And of course Santa Maria reef.

From reading all the fishing reports and posts on here, it  seems like the standard modus operande when fishing in this area would be to  get out there, look for some birds/bait or any surface activity around some  good marks, get your hands on a small bonnie…put it down there as live bait on  some good marks…then hold on for dear life…??

Any suggestions on the trace used? One single through the  nose, two trebles, one in the middle and one further back? Size wire used?

If we can’t get our hands on a suitable bonnie; troll a  spread of lures, halfbeaks and maybe a daisy chain to get a good chance of  catching a bonnie?

What about drifting with baits on some good marks?

Jigging on some deeper marks; are any of the local guys  focussing on this discipline out there? There should be some serious Ambers  around the deep pinnacles? I’ve even heard some spearos have seen some doggies  out there!

Heavy  Popping for GT  on some deeper 20-30m reefs??

Sorry Guys…I realize it is a million questions…any advice  would be greatly appreciated!

Chirs,
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on August 24, 2015, 09:40:26 pm
Hi Wynand,

 :welc:

Yes, quite a few questions and from all the info you've alread gathered I'd say you are sorted.

Anyway, will try to give you a few more...


We will definitely look to do quite a bit of snorkeling with the girls on some shallow reefs, any suggestions here…? I can imagine that  the neap tides would be more suitable for the diving in this area specifically.  I’ve heard of a very nice reef across the channel at the southern tip of  Inhaca? Any other shallow reefs in the area? Diving around Lighthouse reef at  the NE tip of Inhaca?

There are not many snorkelling options. Ponta Torres (the reef accross the channel is a marine santuary. You can snorkel there but will be required to pay a fee. If is very shallow there, so please don't tramp the coral and keep the boat at least 40 m from the reef. Plenty of stonefish there (JLB Smith himself had an accident with one of those!), so please keep hand off the bottom! Currents can be hectic at the wall around the corner. It's deeped so, I'd say only strong swimmers should go there. Can be interesting...

Barreira Vermelha is another option. It's located between the Hotel and the Marine Biological Station. Also a santuary, the reef is shallow and mainly composed of delicate staghorn coral - so PLEASE no anchors and/or standing on them! Currents can be dangerous - I almost lost a student there a few years back!

The lighthouse spot is no good for beginners. Plenty of surf/water movement and sometimes a shark can be spotted there.     


I have heard that Rock&Surf fishing in that area can be  pretty good. Maybe slide some live bait in some good spots for GT?

Light spinning around Hells Gate, and the general area? Both  from the boat and from shore, I am sure there should be a variety of species  one can target on dropshot, small spoons,Ondas, rapala MaxRap, small poppers  etc….?

Heavy Popping for GT? Suggestions? Good spots? Both from the  boat and from the shore. Successful colours for the area?

All of the above, except maybe heavy popping for GTs. Hell's Gate can produce an assortment of kingies and offshore if you fing some bird action do cast some spoons, plugs, poppers, bucktails, etc... the YFT and bonnies (and others species) will keep you intertained.

I'd say action is more important that colours but you can't go wrong with the proven colours: white, silber, red/white, purple black, etc...


Hell’s Gate – any specific suggestions here? I understand  that it can get pretty dangerous. So sea conditions permitting, I understand  that it is better to go out to sea through the gates with the tide pushing into  the bay, and coming back with the tide going out again..???

Been discussed before. There's a thread on launching sites of southern Moz. Please check it out. Launching on an outgoing tide with the wind pumping from the opposite direction is a bad idea! I'd say try to cross Hell's Gate as close to dead tide period as possible as the amount of water coming in or out is minimal.

The skipper should be really conscious and if there is a place to say NO, this is it. Watch out for the bricks on the right-hand side (South) of the mouth as you launch. 



Fishing spots mentioned before:
Baixo Danae (S25  54.573 ; E33 03.489)
  Baixo Jeremias (S25 56.756 ; E33 02.902)
  Poco (S25 47.878 ; E33 06.108)
  Boia Perdida (S25 49.818 ; E32 58.741)
  B24 (S25 52.948 ; E33 04.045)
  B1 (S25 41.237 ; E32 58.039)

And of course Santa Maria reef.

Coords for Santa Maria reef S26 05.710 ; E33 00.519

From reading all the fishing reports and posts on here, it  seems like the standard modus operande when fishing in this area would be to  get out there, look for some birds/bait or any surface activity around some  good marks, get your hands on a small bonnie…put it down there as live bait on  some good marks…then hold on for dear life…??

Any suggestions on the trace used? One single through the  nose, two trebles, one in the middle and one further back? Size wire used?
If we can’t get our hands on a suitable bonnie; troll a  spread of lures, halfbeaks and maybe a daisy chain to get a good chance of  catching a bonnie?

What about drifting with baits on some good marks?


All of the above. Be prepared to change tactics/plans during the day. X-raps are very effective... I also like to run a small kona with a strip bait on the shotgun... good surprises there!
 

Jigging on some deeper marks; are any of the local guys  focussing on this discipline out there? There should be some serious Ambers  around the deep pinnacles? I’ve even heard some spearos have seen some doggies  out there!

Heavy  Popping for GT  on some deeper 20-30m reefs??

Please be advised that the area is part of the Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve. No vertical jigging or bottom fishing is allowed.

There are some big GT out there but not sure that the area can be classified as a "heavy popping for GTs" spot.

Good luck and hope you have a great time. Watch out for the ellies at the MSR and please post a report will all the big fish you catch!

 :tite
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on August 30, 2015, 08:37:58 pm
after launching a couple of times to the island on otoro I decided to launch today for a fishing outing

we heard there were a few good catches on both wahoo and YFT both on the 30kg marks around Jeremias area...so I've decided to give it a go and launched today with the missus
we arrived at the club at 7:00 and after setting up by 7:30 we were on the way
according to the weatherman we were supposed to have a easy ride with nearly no wind...after xefina got a bit bumpy but nothing uncomfortable...it only got uncomfortable getting to Inhaca on the lows with the spring tide going out for 4h by the time we get there
at 9:00 lines were out and not long after we had our first strike...a very shy strike...but the thooties made the first appearance cutting through the line
then a long quiet moment until 11:00 when I had another strike on the shotgun...but fish didn't commit to the hook
ended up spotting the leader all dented and broken and sort of curly

we kept working the area and again on the shotgun I saw a big cuta doing a huge aerial with the lure on the mouth...I was surprised how could that happen without a strike and a screaming reel....again...fish just played with my stuff without committing to the hook

went over again on the same area and not long after I had another shy strike...fish didn't commit again...and when I look on the leader I had  a big bite...and the fish even was able to open the clip...that was a first timer for me...I'm pretty sure I had the clip closed
well...another toothies coming by and not properly committing
it seems that I had a curse on this maiden trip...but at the end of the trip a 3x strike...so ended up landing 2 1/3 YFT
the last one lasted too long on the water while I was fighting the others and was taxed
so at least I had some blood on the deck...although a very frustrating day with plenty non committing fish I was happy with the outing

by 15:30 I was back to Naval after a relaxing trip with flat seats...only the usual bumpy sea getting to the club

water temp was around 21.6º with a max of 22º...and sea was packed with whales all over


Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on August 31, 2015, 09:22:24 am
Pedro always lekker to be on the water thanks for the report and pity about the fish not committing.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on August 31, 2015, 09:43:59 am
Some good YFT (~30 kg) and wahoo (18-20 kg) coming out lately...

Good stuff pb... you need to start using wire on your rigs :hehe:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on August 31, 2015, 10:10:19 am
Some good YFT (~30 kg) and wahoo (18-20 kg) coming out lately...

Good stuff pb... you need to start using wire on your rigs :hehe:

Old habits die hard  w;k

 :envy of just being out there
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on August 31, 2015, 10:23:27 am
I will definitely work on the spread...and get back to the old habit of having meat on it
the last 2y with the absence of strikes on the HB I have took it out but will start having some juice HB back on the spread
...I will remind those fish that they are not vegan and they like meat...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: shagnrelease on August 31, 2015, 11:21:05 am
Unlucky Out there, but wish it was me!
 
Any reason your not using steel??
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on August 31, 2015, 11:24:00 am
Unlucky Out there, but wish it was me!
 
Any reason your not using steel??

only rappies don't have steel...all the konas have
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on September 04, 2015, 09:35:03 am
Got a bit of a problem... don't know if this is good enough weather to go fishing, this weekend...

I need some wind to fly my new kite ...

Damn it don't know what to do...  :cnfzd
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Hammer on September 04, 2015, 10:08:09 am
EAT LOTS OF BEANS BUDDY  :hyst: :hyst:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on September 04, 2015, 10:13:05 am
Will do... today and tomorrow is going to be feijoada only!!!!  :hyst:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: iNdlovu on September 04, 2015, 12:28:39 pm
You're such a nice guy duh Rub it in while we sit here land locked. (bat
Enjoy bud and tight lines.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on September 05, 2015, 08:59:25 pm
Launching tomorrow. ... will look for YFT and wahoo... hoping the forecast holds
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on September 26, 2015, 07:19:05 pm
Launching tomorrow... the forecast is excellent so if I get half of it I'll be happy.... nor very happy with the full moon but hoping for the best....

will try a few things and see how it goes...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: iNdlovu on September 27, 2015, 06:48:42 am
 :tite  Enjoy mate.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on September 28, 2015, 07:07:20 am
Eish...had the NE pumping ALL day.... 10-15 knots...

Managed 2×YFT (5 and 7 kg).... Water still cold...below 22o C all day. Whales everywhere!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on November 26, 2015, 07:56:11 pm
Time to revive this thread...

Water is getting warmer (+24o C) and apparently the YFT run is still very much alive...

Weather looks promising for Sunday, so will give it a go...


Also, Clube Maritimo will have the first leg of it's championship this Sunday (supposed to be Saturday but postponed due to the SE)....

Dates for the comps are:

28 Nov 15
12 Dec 12
23 Jan 16
20 Feb 16
19 Mar 16
02 Abr 16
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on November 30, 2015, 11:58:12 am
Great fishing this past sunday. We dicided not to enter the billfish comp and tather enjoy some social fishing and get some fish for the pot.

We launched early (05:00) ahead of the comp party and went imediatly to Baixo Ribeiro to try and get some live bait.  The plan was quite simple: slash the couta proper! So I stole some sardines from peterblace, had my trusty rappies and speed pros ready, and took some HBs for later.

We found no bait at Baixo Ribeiro so proceeded to my couta grouds. My regular crew plus a guest (Pierre), wanted to try a bit of bottom fishing (despite being a spring tide with strong currents).
 We got some nice fish and two kingies rounding up at 8 kg! Great fights! My brother even got reefed on a saragosa 8k full locked... probably a GT or king of some sorts... unstoppable!!!!

We run out of bait (didn't have more than 500 gr) and decided to target couta. Great fishing we had! In total we got 7 couta (5.5 - 8.5kg)... even a small GT (about 4 kg), which was released!

Trolled back with a spread of surface konas with HBs and stripbaits, but no luck.  Docked at 4 pm. Great day out (not too hot) and fresh fish in the table.

Summer is here!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: FishStyx on November 30, 2015, 12:02:51 pm
Nice... Sounds like the perfect Sunday.


I had a great day... drove from Jhb to Louis T with a hangover :blush:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on November 30, 2015, 12:06:37 pm
Great fishing this past sunday. We dicided not to enter the billfish comp and tather enjoy some social fishing and get some fish for the pot.

We launched early (05:00) ahead of the comp party and went imediatly to Baixo Ribeiro to try and get some live bait.  The plan was quite simple: slash the couta proper! So I stole some sardines from peterblace, had my trusty rappies and speed pros ready, and took some HBs for later.

We found no bait at Baixo Ribeiro so proceeded to my couta grouds. My regular crew plus a guest (Pierre), wanted to try a bit of bottom fishing (despite being a spring tide with strong currents).
 We got some nice fish and two kingies rounding up at 7 kg! Great fights! My brother even got reefed on a stradic 8k full locked... probably a GT or king of some sorts... unstoppable!!!!

We run out of bait (didn't have more 500 gr) and dicided to target couta. Great fishing we had! In total we had 7 couta (5.5 - 8.5kg)... even a small GT (about 4 kg), which was released!

Trolled back with a spread of surface konas with HBs and stripbaits and docked at 4 pm. Great day out ( not too hot) and fresh fish in the table.

Summer is here!
eisha...can't disagree more on that

chillie...rainy...covered day...sun only showed up at 13:00 to warm up a bit

great catches on your side...congrats

for the comp which I attend aboard 4play it was a boring day
we launched at 5:30 and had lines in the water at 6:50 on the marlin grounds
we saw no birds...no bait...nada...not a single strike the all day
by 15:00 we were about to call the day out and I mentioned that rather keep fishing to try and get something for the pot then just heading back home
so getting at B24 at 16:15 and within 15min we were able to land 1x yft, 1x wahoo and 1x dorie
so in total nearly 9:30 of cruising
water temp never went over 24º

no radio comms the all day
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on November 30, 2015, 12:32:10 pm
Summer is about rain and gamefish!!!! :hehe:

Also noticed, water temp was 22.5-22.9 C
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Seventenths on November 30, 2015, 12:44:02 pm
Great reports!! thx...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: iNdlovu on November 30, 2015, 12:52:13 pm
Good one mate. Looks like you guys had a great day. :envy
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: shagnrelease on November 30, 2015, 12:59:15 pm
Good stuff guys. What was the results on the Billie comp?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on November 30, 2015, 01:01:49 pm
out of 23 boats, I think 4 marlin were released?!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on November 30, 2015, 01:52:20 pm
as referred no comms all day so no idea on the official comp results
but I guess 3 marlin released (byte me, oliver and yolanda) and 1 sailfish released (nana)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: shagnrelease on November 30, 2015, 01:56:58 pm
Very slow out there on the sharp face front.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on November 30, 2015, 02:06:26 pm
Congrats Marcos some nice catches there (clap)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on November 30, 2015, 02:11:30 pm
Very slow out there on the sharp face front.

 :corrct:

The conditions are still not quite right for them. I'd say in 3-4 weeks we'll have the season in full swing...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on November 30, 2015, 02:13:56 pm
Thanks Sheldon! Needed to hear some reel music and get some action after such a long period of inactivity!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on December 01, 2015, 09:11:57 am
Nice one Marcos a great outing indeed  (clap)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on December 01, 2015, 10:27:42 am
Thanks Sheldon! Needed to hear some reel music and get some action after such a long period of inactivity!
100%  :corrct:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on December 06, 2015, 06:50:03 pm
I've planned to spend the day at the beach...but with some clouds showing up at wake up time missus decided to stay home...
...because it's been too long since I launched otoro I decided that the hull needed a good shake...so by 8:45 I launched for a spin in the bay...
with petrol enough to go for a longer run in the bay I decided to take 2 rods along...and some rappies...just in case we decided to put some lines out (which was my initial intention)
we some drifts at perto perto...then at bx ribeiri...and then at cockburn...
at cockburn was the only place where we were able to see some nice showings on the sonar...and not long after we had our first strike...we were able to see a long silver shadow...maybe a cuta or a cuda that didn't commit properly and run away
on the next drift and exactly at the same spot we had our second (and last) strike...and we were able to land a cuda...
by 13:00 we got to the club after 48nm...fantastic sea...some light rain early in the morning but sky ended up clearing and now we have a big sunburn
crazy thing is how water temp went up in 1 week...nearly 2º up from last Sunday
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on December 07, 2015, 08:00:23 am
Lekker Pedro, wish I could pop out and go catch a couta :-)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on December 29, 2015, 08:40:16 am
Had a late launch yesterday due to some festivities the day before.

08.00 myself and Manuel Junior went on our way to Baixo Jeremias armed with 5 rods: 2x 80 Lbs and 3x 50W Lbs. Plan was simple: get a bill!

The water was very clean and temp went from 25.4 to 25.7o C. Sea flat... all day! Fantastic day indeed!

We trolled Jeremias with 3 rappies for about 30 min. No takers so decided to go deep. Changed to a nice spread of konas and illander express.

Heard on the radio the other boats complaining about the lack of activity on the deep-deep (400 m) so we stayed a bit closer 250-300 m. One of the criss cross we did on the 220 m more or less, a black marlin of about 80 kg came about 15 m from the port side and attacked a small pulsator chugger with a strip bait as Manuel Jr was still holding the spool with his finger. Took some line and jumped a couple of times... what a show!  Unfortunately the hooks didn't stick!!!

That was it! No more action during the day apart from a pod of pilot whales... great sight. We tried for sailies inshore but nothing. Very calm and almost no birds. In fact too calm. My old bones are grateful though...

In total we did 86.6 nm and used about 93 L of fuel with an average consumption of 1.07 L/nm... not bad zukes... not bad at all!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on January 03, 2016, 09:54:36 pm
just arrived from Santa Maria after a short holiday since the 25th December
here is the small report
on the 25th I've crossed the bay with a +20knt South pumping and big swell in our face...boat was loaded so it took us 2h10 for a mere 21nm...and about 65lt of petrol
all unloaded to our first accommodation at Island Dreamer thanks to rcoliveira84...thanks for that mister!!!

wind pumped every day and on the 29th we finally had a chance to go out
29Dec
by this time Prego already had arrived in SM so we launched at 4:30 just before first lights...we could nearly have trolled trough Hells Gate...it was flat flat seas
we first headed to Bx Santa Maria but it was dead and no showing on the bottom...our plan was to go for some some drifts there while spinning at the surface but because all was dead we decided to move further North to Jeremias area

getting to Jeremias we spotted the most crazy action we have ever seen...cuta free jumping all over the area...but not taking anyhing...so we kept going North and getting to Jeremias we had our first and only fish of the day...a nice 6/7kg dorie that went on the fathom lure (JohnF xmas presie)...that lure work so well!!!

we kept working that area for a while and got another strike...this time on the shotgun on a small island express type lure with a bird...another nice size dorie that came off at about 20mt from the boat

at about 8:30 we decided to start our way back home...and we spotted some splash and some crazy flying fish action...
...and if my crew member haven't touched the ratchet we would have heard the strike on the long rigger position...we only heard the shotgun on a short strike and noticed that the long rigger was way too far
when looking at the lures when lines were out we noticed both (new lures) had bill rash all over

by 10:30 we were back at home filleting the one dorie we caught
at least we did not blanked like all other boats in SM

31Dec
we launched fourplay at 5:30 for end of year session...gamefish in the early hours and marlin fishing for the noon hours
we went straight to Jeremias area and not long after we set lines we had our first strike...a nice yft on the 7/8kg
we then had another strike and we landed a dorie...great action on the the dories jumping into the spread...crazy stuff...and they went on the rappies
we had another dorie just after and soon all the action went quiet...so we decided to head deep for the marlin marks
all very quiet in that area apart from a massive 14/16kg dorie that went on the bigger lure we had on the spread...and gave prego a hard time
on the way back and again on Jeremias area we had another dorie coming into the spread...and little Jamie with only 8y old nearly landed it helped by prego...nearly landed it's the word cause after 2 gaffing attempts fish got away...and I caused Jamie's worst day of the holidays
I owe him a lollypop bag for my mistake

that was it....no more outings...very little fish from the boats at SM...not the usual for this time of the year
Chakra got 1 marlin on the 28th
Sensation got 2 marlin on the 2nd
Kambaku got 2 marlin on the 2nd
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on January 03, 2016, 10:15:58 pm
last full moon of the year
deck with a view
hells gate
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on January 03, 2016, 10:16:58 pm
sunset
dorie on ōtoro
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on January 03, 2016, 10:18:35 pm
sunset
prego's dorie
catch of the day
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on January 05, 2016, 10:20:51 am
Launched yesterday with my dad and Manuel Jr. First outing of the year for the Pereira clan...

We went north looking for bottoms. Flat seas, water temps between 25.4-26.4o C.

Tough fishing though. Peak of the neap tide, no current. Managed a few good bottoms and a nice 7ish kg couta.

Great day out with the old man... plenty of turtles as well! 
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on February 06, 2016, 11:49:52 am
Prepping the old gladiator for a fishing comp tomorrow... will target billies only... rigging HBs and getting hooks properly sharp!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on March 14, 2016, 02:34:04 pm
Congrats peterblace on releasing your first marlin broder!!!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: REEFMAN on March 14, 2016, 02:48:53 pm
Congrats peterblace on releasing your first marlin broder!!!!

Pics!!  (bat
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: FishStyx on March 14, 2016, 02:49:07 pm
Congrats peterblace on releasing your first marlin broder!!!!


Awesome Pedro... now where's the report?  (bat
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on March 14, 2016, 02:59:52 pm
Some pics I received on whatsapp... I'm sure a report is on the way...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on March 14, 2016, 03:01:13 pm
some more...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on March 14, 2016, 03:15:12 pm
yesterday took place the 5th leg of the Maritimo comp...in terms of 1st place all sorted out for Aquamarine after they released 5 marlins on the previous leg and they have 8 marlin accumulated...but there are a few boats fighting for 2nd place
we launched at 6:00 and by 7:00 we had lines out after we decided to take Hells Gate route...with flat seas it tooks us 45min to be out in the blue (not so blue in that side of the coast)
after trolling for a few hours in the area we decided to move further north in search for cleaner water
not activity in the morning for us (only heard of 2 releases before 12:00)...and just after the tide change (at about 13:30) we got our first strike...
a small blue went on the short corner and gave me a 8min fight to get him released...perfect type of fish for a comp
after setting the spread again and in the same area we got another strike but fish didn't commit...and not long after we got another strike and that was a problem
for 1:30 Toze fought the fish that never showed off...and got loose
he was knackered...on the fighting chair with a short butt rod fighting a dead weight on the deep...on the only ti50 we had on the spread
then it was a run towards the club to get there before 17:00

between 13:30 and 15:00 we heard a lot of activity on the radio with a total tally of 7 marlin released all day
2 nakisai
1 mon ami
1 yolanda
1 4play
1 hakuna matata
1 sholay

I've been telling the rest of the crew that since I joined the team the marlin juju on that boat came down...it's the 3 marlin only (and 2 saily) we were able to release with me aboard...out of comps and without me they been able to catch and release plenty more...8 last year and 4 this year
so I've been planning to let go the team and let them fish (at least they won't be 4th or 5th in the comp)
but yesterday after a long period of little activity we had nearly 3h of high levels of adrenalin
billfishing it's not my kindof fishing...but when the bug is there the adrenalin pumps!!!!

water temps were crazy going from 26.3 up to 29.6

JohnF...thanks for posting the pics
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: REEFMAN on March 14, 2016, 05:30:58 pm
Great pic!!

Well done Peterblace!

(http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=3591.0;attach=138564;image)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on March 14, 2016, 05:41:42 pm
Great pic!!

Well done Peterblace!

([url]http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=3591.0;attach=138564;image[/url])


thanks Reefs...all snapshots from the gopro
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: FishStyx on March 15, 2016, 07:51:08 am
Well done Pedro... Thanks  (clap)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: colin on March 15, 2016, 08:11:34 am
 :cgrts: beautiful photo and great catch , :toppie:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on March 15, 2016, 09:20:36 am
Awesome congrats Pedro (clap)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Grande Pe on March 16, 2016, 10:11:03 am
Well done. Awesome fishing.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Hammer on March 16, 2016, 10:52:20 am
Well done Pedro  (clap) (clap) (clap)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on March 23, 2016, 08:27:28 pm
Weather looks awesome for friday... after a stressed week, will launch early for another relaxed fishing trip... hoping to get stretched
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Grande Pe on March 23, 2016, 08:41:02 pm
I was out Sunday past. Got one bill strike and manage to load a 10kg Wahoo.

Tide lines.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on April 16, 2016, 10:41:28 pm
Otoro and MAXIMVS will launch tomorrow... Weather is predicted to awesome with no wind and flat seas...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on April 18, 2016, 10:45:06 am
We launched early (05:30) and went straight to Baixo Ribeiro for bait. Nothing. Very strange; haven't caught any bait there in the last 5-6 outings?!?! Neap/spring tides, high/low...  oh well....

Sea was completely upside down from Xefina onwards... large swells and washing machine!

Temp was +25oC and after 8:30 the sea turned into a mirror. Absolutely no wind! Winter is here!

Both us and Otoro had a good day at the couta grounds.... good action on the rappies. We got 4 couta (4-6 kg) and did a bit of bottom fishing. Nothing interesting, apart from monster triggers... by mid day, decided to go a bit deeper looking for tuna and maybe a saily. Saw a few birds working on the 40-50 m mark and made a few passes.... small bonnies that were not interested on our offers.

Did some hi speed trolling but came up empty. By 4 pm we were at the club. Good day out with some nice couta ...(and triggerfish) fillets!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on April 18, 2016, 11:03:23 am
with a nice forecast for Sunday we both met at the club at 5:00...MAXIMVS launched first as he was going to get livies...I launched a bit after
plan was to head North to B1 area and late in the morning head deep to the 40/50mt line with sailies setup

we hit the banks with some swell which made us slow down a bit although not too unconfy...just something we were not expecting
by 7:00 lines were out...plan was to go over the marks a few times throlling and then start the drifts with live/dead bait
after a few turns I managed to land a couple of rat couta with some were going a bit over the lure (cutting straight trough the line)...well...at least we had some action
then all went a bit dead and we decided to set the drifts...2 lines out at the surface with baloons...sardine and mackies (took 7 sardine and 4 mackies)
that's when the action begun
strike after strike...plenty action where in some occasion we were still setting the spread and bait was getting knocked and chowed
we even managed to land a big trigger fish and a remora...and Joao nearly jump overboard when I grabbed the remora and said...come and experience the suction power of the remora on your leg
rsrsrs

drifting was a first time for my mate (I'm also not too experienced)...he couldn't believe on the action we had
by 11:00 we run out of bait but in the end we had good fun...we met MAXIMVS and decided to set the spread for sailies...and it was a sleepy throlling moment up till we took the lines out at 14:30

clean water...nearly 27C and a wonderful day at sea
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on April 18, 2016, 12:47:05 pm
Nice day out guys  (clap) (clap) (clap)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on May 21, 2016, 06:29:15 pm
Launching tomorrow at 05h30... With a very promissing forecast,  I'm planning on going about 40 nm North of Maputo...

Going to give the  :cout: some proper horns!!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: FishStyx on May 21, 2016, 07:08:07 pm
Have a safe trip and some very tight lines... Jealous as hell.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on May 30, 2016, 10:43:16 am
with nice "winter forecast" predicted for the weekend I've decided to make a plan for a quick outing on Sunday
plan was simple...no dawn launch (no need to suffer on wake up calls in the middle of the night...it's cold now)...1/2day outing only...some drifts...some trolling
with JohnF struggling with back pain and my usual fishing buddy not in the mood I still decided to give it a try on a solo outing
so prepared the boat Saturday and launched at 7:00 as I previously planned to meet matabixo (launching from Santa Maria) in Jeremias area around 8:30
with nearly no wind forecasted the ride in the bay was not so smooth as expected...but getting to Ilha dos Portugueses all the way out was soft
got to Jeremias at about 8:20 and supplied matabixo (also solo) with some sards and we both set the drifts
no activity (bait or birds) and while I was spinning I saw a showing on the sonar...dropped a cuta spoon and got a big pull...but hook came off (although the cuta spoon had tothies marks) and by 11:00 we called it off...matabixo headed towards Santa Maria and I moved further North for some throlling with 4 lines out (I did carry an extra 5 rod but I guessed it would be looking for big trouble)
2 konas on the outriggers and 2 rappies
not more then 5minutes with lines out I had the outrigger triggering...and a dorie started jumping...cleared the rappies and fought and land the dorie
recoverd the breath...set the lines again and headed to the same spot where I had the strike...but I wasn't able to reach it as I had a 2x strike on the rappies
while I grabbed the first rod I soon noticed that the fish got loose...this is when the other reel started screeming very loud
ouch...that was a fight...I was on sunset (tyrnos 30 2x) with drag set to about 13lb (8lb on strike)
...fish went deep and was pin wheeling all the way to the surface...then I got scared when I saw it...a huge cow wahoo (well huge for me as it was my PB)
I managed to land it and spent some time recovering my breath...I really need it this time as my back was sore
set the lines again and worked the area for a bit more and by 11:45 called it off and headed to Ilha dos Portugueses for a swim and to meet a friend and we both headed back to Maputo where I got at 13:20
flat seas 59nm on 110lt which gave me the best fuel economy ever on otoro (1.86lt/nm)...I was on my own but still carried 250lt and same gear as when I fish with a mate
lessons learned:
1) it's very hard to fish and gaff solo
2) when solo every weird noise causes stress aboard...fighting belt fell on the deck while trolling...as I was on my own got freeking scared with the noise
3) had a lifejacket on the deck (but not wearing it) but I guess I will invest on one of those inflatable PFD
4) I had no life rope attached...I guess it's also a way to go...boat is trolling/in gear...if you fall aboard boat keeps the route without wayting for you

anyone can share experiences here? I would love to hear from other solo anglers
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on May 30, 2016, 10:46:48 am
1) drifting
2) catch of the day
3) wahoo loin
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on May 30, 2016, 11:49:48 am
Nice successful quick outing congrats mate. Those solo anglers/skippers are now on jetskis which unfortunately doesn't work from your crossing all the way from Maputo.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on May 30, 2016, 06:34:57 pm
Great fishing...  especially on your 3 hour first solo outing.

The solo fishing issue has been discussed previously http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/index.php?topic=4846.0 (http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/index.php?topic=4846.0)

A few things that come to mind...

1. Put motors in neutral or off when fighting a fish

2. Have a safety line between you and killer switch when trolling or driving...

3. A PFD is certainly a good thing to have permanently

4. Also, share a float plan with friends/family (we always do it I know!)

5. A long gaff might help
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: FishStyx on May 30, 2016, 06:50:08 pm
I've been out alone, and I have to admit to being somewhat overwhelmed by the experience. But as Conan the Barbarian's father said to him as a baby... "what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger".  :creep:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on June 01, 2016, 10:27:14 am
Congrats Pedro very nice catches (clap)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on June 26, 2016, 08:18:57 am
launched yesterday for a very slow day in Maputo
we were in the water at 7:20 and headed to our fishing grounds
plan was to work bóia perdida -> poço -> B45 -> B24  -> bx danae
on the way to poço we had a triple strike of tiny dories
kept the two that had the eyes popped by the hooks and released the third one
at poço we got a wahoo...and at B45 another dorie
by 15:30 we were back at the club with a total 82nm traveled
water temps dropped about 1° during the week and only at 70mt I was able to reach the 23°
no activity at the surface all over...so dead seas
saw some trawling boats at the distance...so maybe that's the reason of dead seas lately
maximvs was also out and will probably report shortly
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on June 26, 2016, 08:26:19 am
Launched at 07h15 yesterday. Sea was flat and temp 22-23 all day. Went north to my couta grounds then offshore to Poco. Caught 3 couta (5-8 kg) and a rat. Tried for other gamefish in deeper water, not a single bite. Drifted live baits and sards on baloons, trolled konas with halbeaks and stripbaits....

The t top didn't squeak or break (actually it's pretty strong), and had a very good overall consumption on the zukes (1.1 L/nm). Total distance: 87 nm.

Great day out and good to be back after about 2 months. Happy days!

EDIT: tried for bottoms. Not a single fish, not even triggers. Very odd.
 
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on June 27, 2016, 08:49:51 am
You guys suck, say I locked in the concrete jungle  :cry: :envy

Thanks for the updates boys  :resp:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on July 27, 2016, 03:16:15 pm
with a bad forecast for the weekend (ski boat speaking) I was invited to spend the day at Ilha dos Portugueses on a sailing boat

a friend owns a 40' Robertson & Caine Leopard catamaran and after checking the forecast (not 100% pleasant for us) I triggered the invitation for a day at sea sailing

we launched Saturday at 8:00 and planned to get back around 18:00...but with good company, nice braii and good weather we ended up arriving nearly at 20:00
it was good fun sailing on a big boat with all kind of conforts

here is the link for the video I've edited and Mike took the time to upload under his account
https://youtu.be/ro2plG4SEok

if you have the time also check the video of his trip from the Seycheles where he collected the boat last year
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: FishStyx on July 27, 2016, 03:38:52 pm
Lovely vid... thanks Pedro. Man that Leopard is a beaut. When I'm big...  :-)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on August 08, 2016, 02:46:18 pm
during the week Prego contacted me to check what were my plans for the weekend as it was a long weekend in ZA (for those taking a leave on Monday)
his plans were to head to Moz...so after a few calls I sorted out accomodation for us (borrowed RColiveira house in Santa Maria) and started preparing otoro

after a long trip from JNB on Friday they all arrive safe...we had supper together and went for a short night sleep as we planned to launch around 7:00 to take advantage of the high tide crossing straight to Santa Maria...
tide was going out...and I had the route planned (did it quite a few times)...we launch at 7:20 with some North breeze...nothing unconfortable but nothing like the flat seas we have been promissing Prego's missus...
at 8:20 we saw a rip (on a known sand bank in route to Santa Maria)...Prego tried to tell me to make a hard left to avoid the rip...but it was too late...we hit the sand bank and the moment we both jumped out of the boat to try and push the boat water level was tooooooooooo low
we knew we were gona spend quite a few hours on our private island...just a few ~5nm from SM

we spend the day walking around the island...spinning...playing football...sleeping...and relaxing...we couldn't anything...but overall we planned to spend the day at the beach...maybe not that beach but no one got fussy and we had a nice time chating and relaxing
at 17:00 the boat started to float and by 17:20 we arrived in Santa Maria...
...with no power since 8:00...so we got to the house...unpacked our stuff...had a nice braii...and by 20:00 power came and we were ready for a nice sleep

yesterday we decided to launch for a quick fishing session...
at 6:30 when we got to the beach we couldn't belive...the bay was a bit agitaded...a lot more then what was predicted from the weatherman
we decided to go have a look at hells gate...and it was not that bad crossing...some waves but not breaking...just the swell coming
so we crossed...and went for a try at Bx Santa Maria...lines out and nothing...
as we planned to go for a try in Jeremias area we took the lines out and headed there...just 9nm from Santa Maria but with the North pumping we were going against the swell and the wind
we did get really wet...it's not summer time...water was about 21º and we were suffering...fishing is not like that
so we both called it a day and decided to head back home around Inhaca (it was too dangerous to cross Hells Gate)
by the lighthouse area Prego spotted some birds working...and we set 2 lines out...
plenty live in the area...birds...tuna smashing at the surface...dolphins all over...whales breeching...beautiful secenery that helped us forgeting the big hidding the swell was giving us
not 5 min after we set the lines and we had our first strike...but fish didn't commit
as we turned back we had a double up with only one fish coomiting...a stubborn one that arrive to the boat about 3 times and runned for his life...but after the last we managed to bring it aboard
we set lines again and on the next drift we were double up...and after a short fight we had 2 nice size bonitos...kept one and released the second one and that was it for the day...
we headed back home for another wet ride (Prego will blame me for not mounting the clears)...but I like the salty water in my face...although not in all over my body
from Ilha dos Portugueses all the way yo Santa Maria we got dry
in the afternoon I took a ride with some friends and Prego and the family stayed there enjoying some R&R till Tuesday
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on August 08, 2016, 02:47:40 pm
Santa Maria at the horizon
crystal clear waters
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on August 08, 2016, 02:53:48 pm
Saw Prego & family on the beach at Ponta Torres this morning... recognized the boat :hehe:

Stopped to say a very quick howzit and then went to pick the course participant plus a couple of hitchthikers. In total came back to the marine biological station with 8 people and their luggage.... eish...

Oh and BTW... I went AROUND the sand bank  :crzy
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on August 08, 2016, 03:05:10 pm
ya...he was also stuck at the beach waiting for the tide to come and head back to Santa Maria

you were never close to "my sand bank"...I will put a tag there with otoro's sticker

I will redo the route to avoid going over my spot
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on August 08, 2016, 04:56:14 pm
Ok you're right it's a different one (I thought it was the one in the middle of the southern bay... "Your" sand bank is way out of my Naval-Marine Biological station route. But I made sure I went around any sand bank in front of me.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on August 10, 2016, 09:38:42 am
Thanks again for arranging a great weekend for us Pedro and allowing us the use of your boat.
Even though we only had lines in the water for an hour tops I kept my Inhaca record clean ...... yet to blank at Inhaca  :hehe:
We also made a new record for the longest crossing to Santa Maria of 10hrs  :hehe: good times bro.

Hope we can do it one more time before our December visit.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on August 19, 2016, 02:15:54 pm
Sunday promises to be another flat day. Reports of dismal fishing around Jeremias all the way to Poco during this week force me to go to my couta grounds up north.

 :cout: +  :yft:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: WalkersKiller on August 19, 2016, 02:18:33 pm
 :tite
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: FishStyx on August 19, 2016, 02:31:57 pm
So jealous right now  :blush:


Tight lines bud
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Hammer on August 19, 2016, 02:34:46 pm
Pull some Speedpro's fast for the Whoo's that are lurking.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on August 19, 2016, 02:53:34 pm
Will do. Think I know where they might be... a nice wall with a drop from 16  to 35 m within 25 m or so....
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on August 19, 2016, 04:31:45 pm
 :tite Marcos  :envy
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on August 19, 2016, 09:51:36 pm
tangara went for a quick spin (from Inhaca) to poço and managed to land 8/9 yft...so it seems they are already in the area
seems like the ZA yeld doesn't know the area
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on August 19, 2016, 11:10:23 pm
Good to know...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on August 21, 2016, 07:13:14 pm
Pull some Speedpro's fast for the Whoo's that are lurking.


GOTCHA!!!!!

http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/index.php?topic=21497.0 (http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/index.php?topic=21497.0)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on September 03, 2016, 05:40:47 pm
Guess who is going  :fshn: tomorrow?!?!?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: FishStyx on September 03, 2016, 05:54:53 pm
Guess who is going  :fshn: tomorrow?!?!?


Thank you  :-(


Tight lines bud  :sreel:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on September 03, 2016, 07:58:33 pm
We going to celebrate peterblace's b-day offshore.... I didn't want to, but he made me...




























... NOT!!!!  :yipee:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on September 03, 2016, 11:18:23 pm
only reason you coming aboard ōtoro is the lack of crew on maximvs!!!

"they will not lose for the delay"...this is JohnF's new motto for the fishing year
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on September 04, 2016, 05:31:04 am
only reason you coming aboard ōtoro is the lack of crew on maximvs!!!

traitor!  :crzy
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on September 04, 2016, 06:52:59 pm
GREAT fishing trip!!!! Another one for the "best of"... suffice to say I got a new PB YFT (21 kg)!!!!

Will let peterblace tell the story...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: FishStyx on September 04, 2016, 07:19:58 pm
Awesome bud  :cgrts:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: REEFMAN on September 05, 2016, 07:45:49 am
GREAT fishing trip!!!! Another one for the "best of"... suffice to say I got a new PB YFT (21 kg)!!!!

Will let peterblace tell the story...

 :happ:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on September 05, 2016, 07:47:32 am
Very lekker Marcos, come on Pedro we waiting (bat
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: SAfish on September 05, 2016, 08:04:59 am
 (clap) Great catch and I'm looking forward to the report.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on September 05, 2016, 09:05:06 am
GREAT fishing trip!!!! Another one for the "best of"... suffice to say I got a new PB YFT (21 kg)!!!!

Will let peterblace tell the story...

I guess yesterday trip could be named "best of....straf dops"

with the bday day reserved to the government and better forecast predicted for Sunday we decided to launch Sunday
it was JohnF, Miguel and myself aboard otoro...for JohnF it was first fishing session aboard my boat

Saturday afternoon we set all and the plan was to search for the tunas (we heard they were in Poco area...but very illusive)...plenty people said they were launching but we were the only ones there

By 5:45 we were at the club...and on the way there we soon realized that the weatherman was playing with us...it was very far from the 4knt predicted and we could feel it immediately when we launched

Bumpy sea all the way...and very rough (with no standard wave direction) from cockburn all the way to the fishing grounds. What normally takes about 1:15/1:25 took us nearly 2:15...and at a certain point we decided that at those speeds we should put at least 1 line out...but no takers
...plenty people said they were launching but we were the only ones there!

With rough seas we decided to only have 2 lines out...getting to Poco and setting the lines the action started....1 line out...second rod still in hands...and a double strike...

We had plenty of this during the day...on one of them while JohnF was starting to fight his fish the second line started going fast...I grabbed the rod and while getting ready to fight the fish we saw a big splash and line went slack...no idea what was there...untill we touched the leader to find out there was bill rash

By 10:30 all the action in that area got dead and we start our way South to explore B45 and B24 area on the way home we set the outriggers with 2 konas...left the 2 rappies and the shotgun...with the sea coming from the side we were having a more comfortable ride

Getting to B45 we saw some action at the surface...tuna smashing at the surface...and when we turned back one of the reels started peeling fast...
but strangly there was no  :sreel: ...a big laugh aboard

Straf dop for mr. JohnF for not putting the ratchet on...and he grabbed the rod to fight the fish...and break his back as this was the 21kg yft

Pleanty of life at sea...we saw whales all over...dolphins...birds working...tuna smashing at the surface...fish running (jumping and flying) for their life...and we caught fish!

Great that we caught fish as I previously organized with Naval restaurant to set a table for a bunch of people to chat and chill (I won't say it was to celebrate my b-day as the cake had no candles)

Great thanks for JohnF and Miguel for the day...there were many moments we nearly decided to turn back home...but I'm happy that the decision was to brave the sea and the day!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on September 05, 2016, 09:08:04 am
Congrats on a successful day out (clap), Marcos well done on the YFT!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: WalkersKiller on September 05, 2016, 09:41:50 am
Great stuff guys!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on September 05, 2016, 11:19:46 am
nice sashimi
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on September 05, 2016, 11:29:34 am
Nice one Team Maps.

Oh the dreaded drag ratchet, hope you enforced the SD P lol.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on September 05, 2016, 11:53:29 am
In my defense, I was the slave of the day... these guys made me work like a prisoner! It's only fair that only ONCE the bloody thing wasn't on... and we spotted the rod bending immediately (as we were expecting it!)...

Anyway, I'll gladly take that SD.... single malt please!!!!   
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on September 05, 2016, 11:55:39 am
In my defense, I was the slave of the day... these guys made me work like a prisoner! It's only fair that only ONCE the bloody thing wasn't on... and we spotted the rod bending immediately (as we were expecting it!)...

Anyway, I'll gladly take that SD.... single malt please!!!!
my pleasure...it was a honor to have you as a decky onboard...I believe there will be a proper revenge aboard maximvs!!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on September 05, 2016, 12:00:17 pm
Cheers mate! You know me.... I wouldn't have it any other way! Out there to work and make it worth...

Great day indeed, thanks! And I must say... some of those waves were scary and uncomfortable, but not as much as the bloody humpbacks breaching 15 m from the boat!!! 
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: SAfish on September 05, 2016, 12:39:08 pm
 (clap) Great catches and report. Well done for braving the rough seas and getting the fish.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Hammer on September 05, 2016, 12:56:58 pm
Well done Pedro, getting fish is always a great day out on the water.  (clap) (clap)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on September 05, 2016, 03:52:11 pm
Best part was me literally hugging the first YFT that got to the boat. Double strike, and Miguel was helping Pedro and I yelled to the guys I don't need a gaff... I'll haul in into the boat straight up. As soon and the tuna hit the transom step plate between the motors, the trebles got loose and the fish just stood there frozen still! I jumped and hugged it quite quickly while still holding the rod! The  :yft: didn't have a chance to realize what was going on  :hyst:

Another SD for sure  duh
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on September 05, 2016, 04:03:17 pm
that fish brought us good juju for the day...it was the first!!!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on September 05, 2016, 04:05:24 pm
Yeap.... probably this one was destined to be "the one that got away"... hahaha
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on September 05, 2016, 04:07:59 pm
Yeap.... probably this one was destined to be "the one that got away"... hahaha
remember we had the trophy licence aboard
 :vio
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on September 11, 2016, 09:40:37 pm
yesterday I was invited to go aboard king, a Acecraft 660 DV...it is my mate Miguel's recent aquisition
so plan was to chase the bigger tunas like the one we caught last week...so we launched at 7:20 and headed straight to poço
sea was slightly bumpy but we got there safely
seaborn was already in the area and we soon start having some action
double strike...Miguel grabbed the right rod...I grabbed the wrong one...I meant right and wrong cause my reel didn't stop screaming...non stop till nearly we got spooled even on sunset
I have never seen a run like this...I ended up helping Miguel landing our first YFT of the day cause the line on my reel ended up snapping
we set lines and again we had a double strike...and again we had a line snap immediately after the strike...and landed another YFT
we decided to take the tld25 out of the game (Miguel doesn't know the quality of the line there and we didn't want to risk loosing more fish...and tackle)
so we set only 3 rods out and not long after we had a strike on the tld50
eisha...what a fight...at a certain moment we thought we had a shark on the line cause there was no movement at all...the fish was just swimmimg at the bottom (in about 60mt of water) and giving Miguel a big hiddin
after 40min of fight we saw color for the first time...and soon realized we had a huge GT on the line
I grabbed the tail and couldn't lift it aboard...we could only do it the 2 of us
we took a few pictures and measure it and after some revival in the water we release the fish...just to see it floating and struggling to go down
we tried all...pushing it down...trowing it down...all ended up with the fish at the surface kicking the fin and trying to dive down with no success
didn't realyse a fish would have barotrauma coming so slowly to the surface...I thought this would only happen when the fish is winched up quickly
I grabbed a knife and decided to stab the fish next to the pectoral fin...what a relief...for me and the fish
we heard the air flowing...and the fish got stronger and stronger and swam freely back to his reef
ufa!!!! we were both very happy
that fish made our day...134cm fork lenght...according to fish calculator it's estimated ~45kg...a fish of a lifetime
we could go home now with this bucket list fish...that's what we did but before we caught another couple of YFT...and saw a couple of hammerhead sharks cruising at the surface
another great day at sea with plenty activity and action...been too long to see so many boats at poço...we were 5 in total (seaborn, king, tangara, mungano and big fish) ...all caught YFT
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Hammer on September 11, 2016, 09:51:58 pm
Congrats Pedro, that's a awesome fish. Well done on the release  (clap) (clap)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on September 11, 2016, 09:58:41 pm
Congrats Pedro, that's a awesome fish. Well done on the release  (clap) (clap)
it was caught on one of your TLD50's
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Hammer on September 11, 2016, 10:11:02 pm
Great mojo reels those  :hyst: :hyst:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: REEFMAN on September 12, 2016, 06:49:13 am
Awesome Geet!! Well done!  :gt:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: WalkersKiller on September 12, 2016, 06:58:49 am
Very nice fish  :win: (clap)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: FishStyx on September 12, 2016, 07:05:29 am
Fantastic geet... It's my dream to catch one that size on popper  :resp:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: DROM MP on September 12, 2016, 07:50:23 am
Eish! Now I am green with envy! Well done on a very nice GT and even better the release of such a magnificent specimen. Well Done!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on September 12, 2016, 07:56:32 am
Great report! (clap) for releasing the  :gt:

:+ cred:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on September 12, 2016, 08:08:00 am
That is a beast of a fish well done guys.  (clap) (clap) (clap)
Must of been interesting navigating around the rest of the fleet while doing battle
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on September 12, 2016, 10:23:45 am
That is a beast of a fish well done guys.  (clap) (clap) (clap)
Must of been interesting navigating around the rest of the fleet while doing battle
they were the ones navigating around us...and trying to figure out what we were doing there for so long
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on September 12, 2016, 10:44:00 am
Congrats awesome GT :happ:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: SAfish on September 12, 2016, 11:26:21 am
 (clap) Great catch and well done on the release.  :cgrts:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on September 12, 2016, 11:46:06 am
we took a few pictures and measure it and after some revival in the water we release the fish...just to see it floating and struggling to go down
we tried all...pushing it down...trowing it down...all ended up with the fish at the surface kicking the fin and trying to dive down with no success
didn't realyse a fish would have barotrauma coming so slowly to the surface...I thought this would only happen when the fish is winched up quickly
I grabbed a knife and decided to stab the fish next to the pectoral fin...what a relief...for me and the fish
we heard the air flowing...and the fish got stronger and stronger and swam freely back to his reef
ufa!!!! we were both very happy

any tips on this matter??
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: REEFMAN on September 12, 2016, 11:53:46 am
Downrigger with a weight attached and a self detaching hook.

http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/index.php?topic=13332.0 (http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/index.php?topic=13332.0)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on September 12, 2016, 11:56:36 am
I guess I need to ask my best DYI friend to produce me one
 :creep:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: REEFMAN on September 12, 2016, 12:01:41 pm
I guess I need to ask my best DYI friend to produce me one
 :creep:

Think you deserve a severe strafdop for not having one onboard already!

Seriously though, all Boats should have a device to help release fish suffering with Barotrauma.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on September 12, 2016, 12:08:44 pm
we took a few pictures and measure it and after some revival in the water we release the fish...just to see it floating and struggling to go down
we tried all...pushing it down...trowing it down...all ended up with the fish at the surface kicking the fin and trying to dive down with no success
didn't realyse a fish would have barotrauma coming so slowly to the surface...I thought this would only happen when the fish is winched up quickly
I grabbed a knife and decided to stab the fish next to the pectoral fin...what a relief...for me and the fish
we heard the air flowing...and the fish got stronger and stronger and swam freely back to his reef
ufa!!!! we were both very happy


any tips on this matter??


I'll will make you guys one of this (http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/index.php?topic=13332.0 (http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/index.php?topic=13332.0)). So next time no stabbing will be necessary
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on September 12, 2016, 12:09:32 pm
eisha...soon soon I will have a proper SD...for very good reasons

now seriously...yesterday I spoke to JohnF regarding the procedure we did and helped the fish to go down and what could be the side effects for doing it
he mentioned that fish might suffer from some minnor infection...but it will be strong enough to scare us another time

I only did that cause I saw it previously on videos...not with a knife...with a needle...but at that moment we only had a knife and I rather do that then either leave it at the surface for some shark chow or bring it along with us

I guess we took the right decision
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on September 12, 2016, 12:13:58 pm
Eish fast fingers today ... looks like Reefz beat me to it...

Yeah, that fish has a LOT more chances of surviving than in your fish hatch... given the circumstances I think you guys did well....

Will organize the release device today!

Easy, quick and cheap!
   
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on September 12, 2016, 05:28:24 pm

Will organize the release device today!

Easy, quick and cheap!
 

Done. Add a couple of sinkers and you good to go.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on September 12, 2016, 06:14:36 pm
you have the lead....please!!!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on September 12, 2016, 09:38:46 pm
humpback whale breaching in front of us
https://instagram.com/p/BKOrDaGjzKB/

humpback whale fin flapping next to us
https://instagram.com/p/BKOrmwKjAU1/
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: colin on September 13, 2016, 07:18:33 am
 :win: :tkx: great shots , thanks for sharing . :toppie:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on September 13, 2016, 08:22:13 am
First vid. Half way. Whale breaches, boat does a 90o degree turn. Gotta confess.... that was me, staining my undies :hyst:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on September 29, 2016, 09:29:22 pm
Heard of good sized wahoo (2×20 kg) came out of Poco today... several YFT as well... long weekend ahead and the weather will be  :rain:  :wndy
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Grande Pe on September 30, 2016, 06:37:58 am
A friend of mine went on Monday the 26th and caught 1 x 20kg wahoo, 9 yellow fins and 1 Dorado
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: WalkersKiller on September 30, 2016, 06:51:28 am
Thats a proper Wahoo  :shk any pics by any chance?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Grande Pe on September 30, 2016, 07:09:18 am
 :fshn:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: WalkersKiller on September 30, 2016, 07:10:22 am
That is a bus!!!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: FishStyx on September 30, 2016, 07:15:29 am
 :the sHPLAT
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: FishStyx on September 30, 2016, 07:16:56 am
That is a bus!!!!
Nope... The Blue Train
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Grande Pe on September 30, 2016, 07:17:43 am
Feel the same. I hope Tuesday public holiday will give me a chance to run out for a days fishing.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: WalkersKiller on September 30, 2016, 07:23:40 am
That is a bus!!!!
Nope... The Blue Train
:win:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Seventenths on September 30, 2016, 07:24:51 am
Nice hoo!!!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: REEFMAN on September 30, 2016, 07:38:07 am
Yoh!!  :shk Incredible fish!  (clap)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on September 30, 2016, 07:49:01 am
Nice hoo! Will be targeting a few of those in a couple weeks :happ:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on September 30, 2016, 12:48:43 pm
Looks like this is going to be THE season. The 'hoos are sticking around in good numbers/sizes, the YFT run is in full force and I know for a fact that the bills are in the area!!!! All we need now is the NE to stop blowing during the weekends!!!!  <:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on September 30, 2016, 01:11:00 pm
Looks like this is going to be THE season. The 'hoos are sticking around in good numbers/sizes, the YFT run is in full force and I know for a fact that the bills are in the area!!!! All we need now is the NE to stop blowing during the weekends!!!!  <:

If those YFT stick around there is going to be some nice gamefish/ pointy noses chasing them around along with me  :-) :happ:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Hammer on September 30, 2016, 02:52:23 pm
What a scary site that must be, Sheldon in his leopard print G-String speedo chasing YFT  :hyst: :hyst: :hyst: :hyst: :hyst: :hyst:
Are you taking your boat up incase you get tired Boet ?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on October 03, 2016, 08:52:08 am
What a scary site that must be, Sheldon in his leopard print G-String speedo chasing YFT  :hyst: :hyst: :hyst: :hyst: :hyst: :hyst:
Are you taking your boat up incase you get tired Boet ?

Lol after that visual definately :hyst:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on October 20, 2016, 04:05:15 pm
Weather has been really crapy lately... looks like Sunday might bring a gap... making plans for some YFT hunting and maybe I'll pin 20/0 circle onto one of them football-size tunnies and see if I can get a bill... at least 2 have been spotted in the area... feasting and fatting up!!!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: manamarak on October 21, 2016, 09:28:08 am
Good luck Marcos, cant wait for the report. Hope the weather is a bit better when we get there in November.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on October 21, 2016, 09:29:01 am
So crossed right now... the gap is gone! Looks like another blow out weekend!!!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Grande Pe on October 21, 2016, 09:36:18 am
Which weather site you are looking at. To me it looks fine.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on October 21, 2016, 10:53:39 am
Windfinder, YR, intermeteo.com.... you must remember I have a 19 ft boat.... not the QE2!!!!  :crzy
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Grande Pe on October 21, 2016, 11:04:42 am
Point taken. Was just wondering if I look at a wrong site.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on October 21, 2016, 12:52:06 pm
And that's todays forecast not Sundays
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Grande Pe on October 21, 2016, 01:22:25 pm
Saturday is even better
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on October 21, 2016, 01:39:30 pm
Looks pretty good for a quick session...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on October 22, 2016, 03:13:49 pm
Looks like the weather gap has opened again... this means we are going fishing tomorrow   :fshn:   :yipee:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: manamarak on October 22, 2016, 06:10:40 pm
Tight Lines, hope the big  :yft: and  :wahoo: are still around.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on October 22, 2016, 06:19:55 pm
Some boats from the club just returned and they got YFT and apparently 3 big wahoo.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: manamarak on October 22, 2016, 06:37:33 pm
Thanks for the report, all of the best for tomorrow.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Grande Pe on October 22, 2016, 09:02:15 pm
What a day out at sea.
4 x Skip jacks between 3.7 and 3.9kg
2 x Bludger 4.75 and 6kg
4 x YFT between 6.3 and 7.1
2 x Dorado 7.55 and 10kg
3 x Whaoo 19.1, 19.2 and 20.5kg

The 3 Wahoo were a triple strike and manage to land all 3.

Also got hit by Marlin on one of the skip jacks but miss the hookup.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on October 23, 2016, 04:06:35 am
Great fishing Grande Pe! Well done! (clap)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Grande Pe on October 23, 2016, 07:30:52 am
Thank you.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: manamarak on October 23, 2016, 08:51:48 am
Well done Grande Pe! :happ:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on October 24, 2016, 08:15:38 am
That's a great day out Grand Pe, hard luck on the marlin.

How about some pics of the Hoo's
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Grande Pe on October 24, 2016, 08:46:14 am
Thank you.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Grande Pe on October 24, 2016, 09:15:06 am
more
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Grande Pe on October 24, 2016, 09:15:51 am
more
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: manamarak on October 24, 2016, 09:18:39 am
Awesome day on the water, congrats Grande PE!

Marcos did you go out on Sunday?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on October 24, 2016, 09:27:35 am
Awesome, water looks ace

 :envy
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Visenvryheid on October 24, 2016, 09:34:16 am
Awesome fish guys! I long for the tropics again tjoe!!

On the subject of barotraumo and deepwater release, if you are stuck in a pinch with no release tool you can make one in seconds.. take the biggest hook on the boat and tie quickly 3 or 4 of the biggest sinkers on the boat to the eye, pinch the barb flat with some pliers onboard and tie your mainline to the bend of the hook..Voila release weight in seconds! Hook in the fishes jaw and lower it down till you can feel it trying to get away where the pressure has equalised its swim bladder and strike the hook out..easy peasy.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on October 24, 2016, 10:04:07 am
Shew.... quick report:

* Weather was not as predicted; had a strong NE blowing for 2/3 of the day;

* Managed 3 1/2 YFT;

* Lost 2 rappies and a speedpro to the sharks (They went straight to the rappies!!!!)

* Hooked and fought for about 30 min each, 2 monster-fat-as-pigs blacktips that revved me properly;

* Water temp stuck at 22.3o C

* The sashimi and salt+pepper+lemon tuna steaks were superb!!!!   
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: manamarak on October 24, 2016, 11:23:32 am
Thanks for the report, bad luck about the rappies. We had the same problem at Sodwana a few weeks back.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on November 19, 2016, 10:03:25 am
Weather is predicted to be great this weekend. Launching tomorrow early. Going to take a bunch of cameras including U/W vids on a stick, so hoping to get into some action...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on November 21, 2016, 01:46:52 pm
Nothing much to report back:

* Water temp between 22.4 - 24o C - clean;

* Great sea conditions (as predicted);

* 2.5 YFT (the taxman is still collecting!!!);

* Went deep and targeted saillies and other non toothy things with a full HB spread and had a dorrie spit the hook after a couple of jumps!

* Total of 86.6 nm and 97 L of juice;

* Great day nonetheless;

* Very few local boats outs;

* A meal of fresh salt+pepper+lemon YFT steaks with a nice side salad is definitely hard to beat!  :yft:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on November 21, 2016, 01:54:42 pm
Nothing much to report back:

* Water temp between 22.4 - 24o C - clean;

* Great sea conditions (as predicted);

* 2.5 YFT (the taxman is still collecting!!!);

* Went deep and targeted saillies and other non toothy things with a full HB spread and had a dorrie spit the hook after a couple of jumps!

* Total of 86.6 nm and 97 L of juice;

* Great day nonetheless;

* Very few local boats outs;

* A meal of fresh salt+pepper+lemon YFT steaks with a nice side salad is definitely hard to beat!  :yft:

A day on the water is better than a day in the office  w;k
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on November 30, 2016, 06:04:01 am
Preparations for the fishing comp next weekend are under way.

Last night I made a few extra walla walla traces... got some monster wallas... see if I can get a nice croc
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on December 04, 2016, 08:48:47 pm
we had a wonderful day at sea on the Naval gathering...my usual crew mate Joao is leaving back to Portugal...so we planned a outing as a farewell trip (although there will be 2 more weeks to have some more outings)
we launched at 5:30 (most of the fleet was already on the way)
our plan was to head north to the cuta grounds in the morning and then head out to the blue later in the morning
by 6:45 lines were out (4 rappies) and not long after we got our first (and biggest) cuta...just 100gr under the 5kg...so it didn't count for the comp
then we got a a barracuda...normally a fish that I do not keep but size wise seemed big enough to go on the scales...indeed!!!!...it weighted 5.1kg
then slowly we start getting some rat cuta...1 by 1...very slowly...in total 4
by 9:00 got so slow that we decided to head out to Poco so we set the outriggers with konas and the shotgun with a halfbeak (JohnF's premium baits)
on the way out we saw some birds activity and we were on...I grabbed the rod as it was my first fish for the day...and at gaffing distance (we had the fish 2 times next to the boat) Joao was too scared to get closes to the gunnel and gaff it...we saw it clearly...a big YFT was lost next to the boat...it was our 2nd possible weigh in species
we set lines again and not on that area but closer to Poco we got 4 small YFT...1...2....1...all under sized for the comp but perfect for the pot
the 4th one we had an episode with Joao having a hard time fighting his ~4kg fish....it all started after the strike
Joao grabbed the rod and when he was about to start the fight line started peeling off like hell and then we saw a big splash...from this moment Joao couldn't retrieve anything...not even on sunset nor on 1st gear...we couldn't retrieve any line...then with cost we started gaining line and managed to land it...and noticed not a bite but a fresh billfish strike on the YFT body...
so our guess...Joao started fighting a YFT...ended up fighting a YFT inside a billfish mouth...and went back to fight a YFT
we salso had a schoal of dories coming under the boat to check what was going on...but we were too busy untangling one line with a fish on from the transducer...and the engine keel
and we also saw some big dories free jumping around a floating take away box

Poco was dead...we went over the area  quite a few times and with no activity we decided to start heading south to B45 and B24...getting to B45 we had a strike on the shotgun...a nice dorie that gave us a nice aerial showing...and a hard fight to Joao...and nearly got away just after coming into the boat
in the end was the 2nd biggest fish of the day with 11.9kg

from 13:00 all went dead and no more strikes...B45 and B24 were full of bird and tuna activity but with the wind starting to pick up and the sea getting rougher we decided to start our way back home

water temps ranged from 24.5º to 25.4º...weatherman was not so right about his forecast...we can't trust him anymore

1) double strike
2) dorie
3) catch of the day


Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on December 04, 2016, 09:34:50 pm
Good fish there broder and great UW pic of the dorrie! (clap)

The couta are back in town. Time for some live-baiting with spinning gear!

Could really use a break from the sharks!!!!!

Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Umpa Lumpa on December 05, 2016, 06:42:25 am
 (clap) nice report.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Happy Dog on December 05, 2016, 06:51:56 am
 (clap) nice
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Peter Gordon on December 05, 2016, 08:08:05 am
 :rck" Nice Pedro
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on December 05, 2016, 08:58:38 am
Congrats Pedro & thanks for the report (clap)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on December 05, 2016, 09:09:49 am
Nice one guys congrats on a great outing  :envy
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: manamarak on December 05, 2016, 11:26:55 am
Well done Pedro!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on December 17, 2016, 02:29:03 pm
Weather seems to be settling down a bit... tomorrow looks like it will be ok for some couta hunting... going to stock up for xmas...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: REEFMAN on December 17, 2016, 05:12:15 pm
 :tite Marcos!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on December 24, 2016, 04:27:36 pm
Last Wednesday several boats launched taking advantage of the glassy sea conditions which coincided with the peak of the neap tide and very warm sea surface temps (I was out in the middle of the bay and temps were 27-28o C)... all blanked miserably. Some went out to the blue, others to the northern shallows looking for couta....

Hoping to launch next week taking advantage of the spring tide and the rain we having now which will help coll the SST a bit...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on January 08, 2017, 10:22:57 pm
Some intense billfish action when a gap in the weather appears...

C'mon Prego where's your report? :billf: :billf:

 (bat
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on January 09, 2017, 10:07:39 am
Some intense billfish action when a gap in the weather appears...

C'mon Prego where's your report? :billf: :billf:

 (bat
I guess you are also missing a Xmas report
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on January 09, 2017, 01:41:34 pm
I guess you are also missing a Xmas report

Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on January 09, 2017, 10:14:48 pm
A quick report on my post xmas trip...

I couldn't launch before xmas and some boats from the club that did had very poor fishing... right after xmas (27 Dec) the SST went down a bit along with the wind so I decided to hit the couta grounds for some fish for the table.

I had an out-of-town party on the 26th and got back late so couldn't prepare on the previous day. First time I launched without any bait (no HBs, strip baits, etc). Tried to catch some live baits but nada... had to rely on rappies and speedpros.

Water temp was 25-26o C and we ended the day with 9 couta (3-7 kg), a bonnie (about 7) and a yellowspot kingie. Not too bad. We had a good day out and fish for the rest of the festive season.

Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: HooknCook on January 10, 2017, 08:21:24 am
Awesome Marcos, what area did you target and get the couta at?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on January 10, 2017, 08:30:38 am
Awesome Marcos, what area did you target and get the couta at?

B1... the couta grounds up north
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on January 11, 2017, 11:02:37 am
Can anyone guess where I'm gonna be tomorrow?  :yipee:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on January 11, 2017, 01:10:40 pm
I sure hope you heading to the deep and go tight  :billf:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on January 11, 2017, 02:12:48 pm
You got that right!!! and it seems that 4play will also launch
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on January 14, 2017, 09:51:29 am
Here's a short report on our trip to the deep on Thursday. Was busy with a sea burial and lot's of work to sort out on Friday, so here it is...

Anyway.... we had a late launch (7:00), as the tide would change at 10:30... The sea was absolutely flat and water temp was 26.4o C at the dock.It fluctuated out on the from 27 to 29.4o C!!!! Cooking!!!!

(http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/MGalleryItem.php?id=3140)

(http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/MGalleryItem.php?id=3141)

It took us about 1 hour and a half to get to the 350 m contour and we set our spread of 5 rods: 2x 80 Lbs in the short positions and 3x50 Lbs in the riggers.

(http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/MGalleryItem.php?id=3142)

The big guns had big konas and on the riggers I had a bonito smoker, iland express and a smaller iland mistress with a bird on the center rigger. Two teasers completed the spread, which quite honestly, looked like a lot to deal with as there were only two of us on the boat.

We spent the day between the lighthouse and Baixo Santa Maria out in the 250-400 m and the sea was lifeless the whole day; ie. no birds, flyingfish, turtles, etc.

At about 12:30 I decided to change the shotgun lure and started reeling it in. Sitting on the chair I told Miguel I might as well practice my chair technique... that's when all hell broke loose!

The long rigger rod with the Iland express was hit and with the reel screaming like mad, no pauses or signs of slowing down, it felt like we had hooked up to a nuclear sub!!!!!

I buckled up into the new rod and couldn't do anything really, apart from watching the Okuma Makaira 50W ii peel line like it had no drag whatsoever... the lever was on strike at 25 Lbs of drag!!!

This lasted for about 2 min or so and  suddenly, with the line going straight down (close to the boat) and Miguel still clearing the deck, the line broke! A clean, sharp cut!!! This was the most aggrevasive strike I've ever seen live or on TV!!!!

That was pretty much it. We got back and heard that 4play who went north (out of Poco), went 3-2-1 on a nice marlin which they estimated at 400 lbs. They said the sea was full of life their side with dorries, skipjacks, you name it!!!! Eish talk about being in the wrong place... sort of....

All in all, it was a nice day out in the deep. We did 98 nm and used 110 L. Pity about the fish. But it will come...

Till then, I'll keep my hooks sticky sharp!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: HooknCook on January 14, 2017, 10:06:13 am
Bad luck Marcos!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: SAfish on January 14, 2017, 10:09:21 am
Wow, it would have been nice to know what you had on.  :sreel: :sreel:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on January 14, 2017, 10:13:14 am
Yeah.... there are three choices, as we were fishing in 390 m of water: it was a beast of a yellowfin tuna, or a very pissed off blue marlin or a Russian sub. I choose the pissed off marlin :hehe:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Hammer on January 14, 2017, 10:24:33 am
Maybe a 5kg Bonnie, I hear they can give you quite a rev  :hyst: :hyst: :hyst: :hyst: :hyst: :hyst: :hyst: :hyst:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on January 14, 2017, 10:45:13 am
Maybe a 5kg Bonnie, I hear they can give you quite a rev  :hyst: :hyst: :hyst: :hyst: :hyst: :hyst: :hyst: :hyst:

That too!!! :hehe:

I had one a few weeks back that took my finger print off when it took  off while I was putting the elastic band on the outrigger! They fight hard, buggers!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: HooknCook on January 14, 2017, 05:52:25 pm
Sounds like it could have been a big :yft:.....what is the Club record, have any 60kg Plus YFT been caught in the deep off Inhaca?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on January 14, 2017, 06:46:21 pm
Nothing like that. We don't get the big YFT that the guys get in Richards bay. The current is quite far from here. The heaviest yellowfin I've heard weighted 45 kg and it was caught in the cockburn area on a couta trace!!!!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: HooknCook on January 14, 2017, 06:48:54 pm
Interesting, we got given a proper Hiding at Cockburn in Dec by what I think was big YFT.....
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Grande Pe on January 23, 2017, 12:46:00 pm
Launched yesterday morning at 5am from Club Naval and stop  at the shallow banks but no cuda’s for the take.
Follow where the sun rose and manage to get 4 skippies in a  jiffy.
While rigging them (1 at a time) live they all died before i  could get them in the water. At least no.4 survived.
Dragging him for 2 hours, swimming like an Olympic medalist  the rubber on the rigger shot, feeding the bait till i could not kept up and  slowly increase the drag, the mighty rose from the deep. Dancing and jumping  was his response to the hoop-up.
2 hours and 10 minutes later on 50lb i successfully release  about 120kg black marlin caught on a circle hook (my 1st on circle)
What a day, return to the Club at 5pm with a very calm see.
 
Mmmmmmm may i can get another trip this week coming......
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on January 23, 2017, 07:00:40 pm
Well done!!!

Now the million U$ question... where was this? Anything else?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on January 24, 2017, 09:04:49 am
Launched yesterday morning at 5am from Club Naval and stop  at the shallow banks but no cuda’s for the take.
Follow where the sun rose and manage to get 4 skippies in a  jiffy.
While rigging them (1 at a time) live they all died before i  could get them in the water. At least no.4 survived.
Dragging him for 2 hours, swimming like an Olympic medalist  the rubber on the rigger shot, feeding the bait till i could not kept up and  slowly increase the drag, the mighty rose from the deep. Dancing and jumping  was his response to the hoop-up.
2 hours and 10 minutes later on 50lb i successfully release  about 120kg black marlin caught on a circle hook (my 1st on circle)
What a day, return to the Club at 5pm with a very calm see.
 
Mmmmmmm may i can get another trip this week coming......
what a nice resumed report...congrats on the catch
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: HooknCook on January 25, 2017, 10:05:16 am
Great, Well done on the Marlin!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Grande Pe on January 30, 2017, 09:55:23 pm
Thank you all.

John F I got it east of the wel on about 150 meter water.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Prego on January 31, 2017, 04:03:48 pm
Well done Grande Pe.

Its great when you put a plan together and it works out  (clap)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on February 24, 2017, 03:18:07 pm
Got a joint b-day party tomorrow at 13:00. But the weather man says the sea will be fishable...

Couple of whatsapp messages and it's on: going to launch at 4:30 and back at 12ish...  spring tide with flat seas (and promises of good couta) is something I can't resist! Let's see if I can get them couta without hooking myself up!

EDIT: Here's the report http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/index.php?topic=22074.0 (http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/index.php?topic=22074.0)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: REEFMAN on February 24, 2017, 03:49:06 pm
Jealous as heck!!  :tite
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on March 03, 2017, 01:31:49 pm
The billfish season is in full swing!!! Kambaku had a grand slam of 3 marlin (black, blue and stripe) out of 8 strikes last saturday. Yesterday "My Girl" also released a marlin.

My freezer is full of couta so I guess it's time for some long trolling sessions out in the deep with the big guns!!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: HooknCook on March 03, 2017, 03:05:54 pm
Sounds Good Marcos!!! Keep them Hungry until end of March please!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Hammer on March 06, 2017, 11:34:40 pm
Mmmmm, I second that Charles. Marcos, you got your work cut out for you Mate. Best you and Pedro tell your bosses at home that you may be MIA for a few days  w;k
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on March 07, 2017, 07:32:34 am
8 days to go Inhaca here we come ,  Marcos where did they get those pointy noses depth etc 200-400 m ?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on March 07, 2017, 07:53:38 am
8 days to go Inhaca here we come ,  Marcos where did they get those pointy noses depth etc 200-400 m ?

Straight East off the lighthouse... +/- 400 m.... troll around... try to be there at changing tides. This obviously is for blues and stripes

The Poco area (100-200 m) has also seen some black marlin action
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: HooknCook on March 07, 2017, 09:16:35 am
Marcos, whats the fuel Situation like in Maputo? I saw a article saying there may be shortages soon!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on March 07, 2017, 09:23:25 am
We had a bit of a crisis 2 weeks ago... all sorted... for now...

As you know all taps have been closed with regards to foreign aid to Moz... which means +60% of the state budget... more importantly it means no convertible currency (USD, Euro...) in the hands of the Gov... which, finally means no money to pay for fuel. We'll see what the future holds...

Also, we have the cheapest fuel in the region ... actually Moz is supporting quite a large black market of fuel in Zim, etc... subsidized by a bankrupted Gov...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on March 07, 2017, 01:02:37 pm
8 days to go Inhaca here we come ,  Marcos where did they get those pointy noses depth etc 200-400 m ?

Don't want to jinx your trip but have you seen the forecast for next week?! Hope you come well stocked with plenty of patience, light tackle for bay fishing and .... booze!!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: sardinella on March 07, 2017, 01:49:46 pm
Plenty big swells for the next 10 days, strong frontal system passed way south and the cyclone expected to have an influence on the swell height next week
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on March 07, 2017, 04:44:35 pm
8 days to go Inhaca here we come ,  Marcos where did they get those pointy noses depth etc 200-400 m ?

Don't want to jinx your trip but have you seen the forecast for next week?! Hope you come well stocked with plenty of patience, light tackle for bay fishing and .... booze!!!

Eish, windguru seems to be ok from Thursday next week, expecting a big swell thou?? What site you using?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on March 07, 2017, 05:23:49 pm
Winfinder... check also intermeteo.com
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on March 17, 2017, 10:41:52 am
With a lovely weather predicted for tomorrow we'll launch to catch some fish for my bruder's b-day ( hapbday ) lunch on sunday!


 
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on March 17, 2017, 11:39:44 am
I will be aboard 4play for a Maritimo Comp (...supposedly only some skippers are aware of a comp going on tomorrow)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on March 17, 2017, 01:39:23 pm
Correct.... it's a comp that runs only on whatsapp...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on March 19, 2017, 08:09:04 am
memorable day for marlin fishing in Maputo
total number of releases to be confirmed...but from what we spoke with the other skippers it was epic with plenty of strikes all day

aboard 4play we had 19 strikes...we sat 12 times in the fighting chair...but we were only able to release 3 blue marlin
insane crazy action...and all fish being too aggressive with striking and doing aerial show
we hand feed them the lures...we played like pitch baiting with the lures
everyone was stating the same..."we have never seen such action"
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: SAfish on March 19, 2017, 11:07:06 am
 (clap) Wow that had to be an amazing experience.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: FishStyx on March 19, 2017, 03:24:17 pm
Fantastic, heard about some of the action from one of Sheldon's crew.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Mal Hannes on March 19, 2017, 04:02:52 pm
19 strikes on one trip! Unbelievable!

That sounds crazy.

Marlin fishing often is just a boat ride.....ask me.

19 strikes....I wish I was there!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on March 19, 2017, 08:27:53 pm
total tally for the day...13 boats...33 released marlin
one of Nana's marlin was taxed next to the boat by a massive oceanic white tip...2 bites...one of Nana's crew members tried to push the shark away with the gaff...wrong move...gaffed the shark by accident and nearly got pulled overboard (estimated #400 marlin)

heard LHooker apparently was tail wrapped
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: FishStyx on March 19, 2017, 09:10:07 pm

heard LHooker apparently was tail wrapped


Sadly yes
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Hammer on March 19, 2017, 10:12:23 pm
Amazing  :billf: action. We'll be there on Friday  :happ: :happ: :fshn: :fshn:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on March 20, 2017, 09:44:18 am
update on the numbers as only today the results came public
total number of released fish is 32 plus 3 ?DOA? out of 11 boats (although 13 attended the comp)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on March 20, 2017, 12:41:39 pm
Amazing.... history being made!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Grande Pe on March 20, 2017, 06:29:16 pm
That is awesome fishing. Well done to all anglers and skippers.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Grande Pe on March 20, 2017, 06:32:39 pm
Hi Peter and John F,

How can I find out more about this competition, is it possible to join as well?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on March 20, 2017, 06:56:25 pm
it is Clube Marítimo's comp...runs monthly until May (I believe)
dates are a bit erratic as if weather doesn't permit they postpone the date...and as mentioned above...only whatsapp group members will know when that leg will occur...it's a joke but indeed that's what happened last weekend
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on March 20, 2017, 08:20:11 pm
 :zipit:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on March 24, 2017, 01:55:32 pm
check out Duarte Rato's blog about the epic moment we had on Saturday

http://fishbazaruto.com/2017/03/21/mozambique-blue-marlin-phenomenal-bite/ (http://fishbazaruto.com/2017/03/21/mozambique-blue-marlin-phenomenal-bite/)

great reading
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on April 03, 2017, 11:30:39 am
yesterday took place another leg of the "whatsapp Maritimo comp"
I should have not attended the comp (I told team 4play I would be busy for the weekend)...but Thursday I started chatting to Marcos about a joint force for a fishing plan
my plan...relaxed fishing day...some drifts (with spinning) and some throlling for game fish
his plan...some throlling for game fish and some throlling for billfish
he was waiting for his crew reply...I had no crew...that's why I had a joint force in mind
Friday morning I was chatting to another mate and he and his fishing buddy ended up joining me for Sunday...and leaving their boat in land...so I was in for the comp...although our plan was to fish for the pot

all set on Saturday afternoon and by 5:40 we launched and by 6:00 we were all running to the fishing grounds...
lazy fisherman...out of the 13 boats only 3 were at departure at 6:00
flats seas untill Inhaca...and some bumpy seas from Inhaca and out during the morning (we guess leftover seas from the North winds from previous days)

by 7:15 lines were out...and while putting the lines out we had our first strike...and our first lost fish at gaffing distance
we fought the fish all the way to the boat...and at gaffing distance the fish pin wheeled and of he went...a nice size wahoo

we worked the are for a while and soon we had another strike...and same story happened...this time with a nice cuta

at the 3rd strike we managed to land the fish...a 9kg cuta...then anotther strike (and while reeling in another stike)...2x strike on cuta...and both landed (9kg and 7kg)
eventually we got another 7kg cuta and then all went quiet during the morning
we decided to leave the area and start heading North and out

sea got flat and we headed out...no idea why we decided to go out but it was a plan
out on the 350mt line we found 2 attached drums floating...and drifting
we went trough a few times...saw the dories...got the strikes...but in the end no dories took the lures...only a 9.9kg wahoo

after tide change we decided to start heading in to try and get some more fish on the green water (out in the deep sea was beatiful blue)
we had another long pull...reel was screaming high...and again after a long fight we ended up loosing the fish under the boat...a big big cuta

we got to the club by 16:20...enjoyed the day out although too many lost fish
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on April 03, 2017, 03:18:07 pm
on the billfish side things slowed down a bit
out of the 15 boats only 5 released fish
hakuna matata - 1 marlin
nakisai - 1 marlin
bite me - 1 marlin
4play - 1 saily
sholay - 1 saily

the little I've heard there was some strikes
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: wesporra on April 04, 2017, 01:38:04 pm
Hey Guys


just wanted to find out, is there any where in maputo/matola, that a person can do his skippers licence and or The New Vhf licence.


as i believe this is required now  ( the Vhf Licence).
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on April 04, 2017, 01:41:37 pm
skippers license is at the maritime authorities  (INAMAR) in Maputo close to the port...you need to approach them regarding finding a date for the exam (there are  no courses)
vhf license is not mandatory
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on April 04, 2017, 02:05:21 pm
What he said. INAMAR will also let you know the subjects you will need to study for the written exam, in Portuguese BTW...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on April 04, 2017, 02:13:58 pm
However, you can't just ask about the exam... you need to register there first, for which they will issue you a card - Cedula de Inscrição Maritima. This is your basic qualification as a marinheiro. Then you can apply for the skippers.

For the Cedula, apart from a front letter, you'll need to produce a health & fitness certificate issued by the public health institute or any state clinic, plus a copy of your ID document.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on April 13, 2017, 09:40:19 am
Had a "stuff work" moment yesterday and launched at 08:00 to chase bills. Forecast was a little N-NE breeze which actually turned into a steady 8-12 Knots wind throughout the day! Took us an hour and half to get to Jeremias... plan was to look for gamefish and then head out to the deep.

Water temp ranged 26.8 - 27.3o C and was that clean deep blue that we like.

Got to Jeremias and put two rappies out. My all time fav and very damaged silver was lost... a fish (probably a wahoo?) attacked the swivel and broke the aussie plait!

Moved on to the deep and changed to marlin lures and as we got to about 150 m I realized that the rod with the only rappie (pink) left in the spread in the short left position was bending silently and peeling line like crazy! The ratchet was off! A 7.5 kg wahoo was released into the hatch and we carried on.

Not much happened during the day. Pretty lifeless out there. Got back at 16:00.

We did 79 nm and used 88.5 L. 
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: FishStyx on April 13, 2017, 09:44:42 am
... Yes... the ratchet  :hyst:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on April 13, 2017, 11:18:20 am

The ratchet was off

straf dop x2...plus interest means a full bottle
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on April 13, 2017, 02:52:33 pm
Congrats on the hoo, a day on the water always better than a day in the office :-)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on April 22, 2017, 07:20:28 pm
All sorted for a 06h00 launch tomorrow. Forecast is good so will try a bit of trolling, drifting, kite fishing (if we find live bait),  and spinning...

peterblace is coming along on Maximvs... been a while, looking forward to a nice relaxed day...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on April 24, 2017, 10:38:04 am
what a day at sea...beautiful weather...nice catches...and above all...wonderful social event with JohnF aboard MAXIMVS
after setting the boat and gear on Saturday...and setting (sort of) the plan we decided to launch Sunday with flat seas and nearly no wind
plan was to throl a bit...then later move for some drifts with livees (if we manage to catch them)...and some popping (while drifting)
we launched at 6:30 and on our way to North we made a quick stop at BX Ribeiro to try and catch some livees...we spot them but only managed to catch a couple...after 1/2h we headed North
we set the lines at about 8:30 and all was very quiet...even the fish strikes...
our first strike reel did not sing that sound we all like to hear...it felt like there was missed strike...and we kept going...then again JohnF spotted again the same story on that rod...and decided have a look
we had a fish...but it was not running...and not fighting...must be a small fish we thought...well...we thought wrong...it was the biggest cuta for the day with nearly 9kg
only realized it was caught the moment it felt the gaff on...lure was hard swallowed
then all went quiet in that area and we decided to head further North to some known drops...where we caught some extra 4 smaller cuta
troughout the day we had plenty strikes with fish not commiting properly to the hooks...we were a bit frustrated with that...JohnF even sharpened the hooks to try and improve the hook up ratio

by 12:00 we moved to another drop for some drifts...we set a dead and a live bait...and while I was popping JohnF decided to cut a wahoo strip bait he had and start some bottom fishing
first line to go on was the dead mackerel...and we caught a wonderful surprise comming from the bottom...a nice green jobfish

while on the this drifts I was popping...and 5mts from the boat I had a flying cuta (mouth wide open) going for the popper...but missed the popper and went bulls eye on the 120# leader...popper stayed floating...we collected it and went again for the day
later it was the livee to go on...and we landed another shy cuta...again...fish didn't run and fight much

we got to the club at 17:00 after a very good day at sea...but winter is coming...chilli in the morning/afternoon...and you can feel it really when boat is moving fast
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on April 24, 2017, 11:18:40 am
Yeah thanks for a great day out and the report. Sums it up nicely.

A few highlights:

1. Not only the winter is creeping through, but the old bones need extra time to recover after a day like yesterday... had a hard time getting out of the bed today :hyst:

2. At one point we were simultaneously fishing for bottoms, popping and drifting 2 baits out on balloons.... could even have had a kite up with 2 rods if we had some wind... PURE MAGIC... not a single entanglement.... worked like an atomic clock!!!  :rck"

3. My 110 L Addis live-bait well apparently has some magic properties: live bait grow there like crazy... double the size on an individual fish within 2 hours!!!! :hyst: :hyst:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on April 24, 2017, 11:54:59 am
Yeah thanks for a great day out and the report. Sums it up nicely.

A few highlights:

1. Not only the winter is creeping through, but the old bones need extra time to recover after a day like yesterday... had a hard time getting out of the bed today :hyst:

2. At one point we were simultaneously fishing for bottoms, popping and drifting 2 baits out on balloons.... could even have had a kite up with 2 rods if we had some wind... PURE MAGIC... not a single entanglement.... worked like an atomic clock!!!  :rck"

3. My 110 L Addis live-bait well apparently has some magic properties: live bait grow there like crazy... double the size on an individual fish within 2 hours!!!! :hyst: :hyst:

that was a very funny moment...as mentioned we caught only 2 livees at BX Ribeiro...I did not realize JohnF loaded the live well with one of the snapers he caught while bottom fishing
when our livee was taken by the cuta I grabbed the net to collect the remaining (I thought so) livee...lookend into the live well...uau...fish grow up so much!!!!
I couldn't believe in my eyes how could the little fish had grown so much

forgot to mention...the live bait well was also used to keep a 500gr green jobfish live until home (literally JohnF took the fish home still alive and kicking)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on May 19, 2017, 03:44:58 pm
All set for a day of social fishing.... the whole Pereira clan will be on the water.... conditions are forecasted to be excelent and the bait is already waiting...

Bring it on!

EDIT: Here's the report http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/index.php?topic=22261.0 (http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/index.php?topic=22261.0)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on June 09, 2017, 11:24:54 am
One of these to the first to guess where will I be tomorrow  :crzy
(https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSgPFkBLcfI3lcQeTTvhD8RUUX9AbOgv2tDR3hUcBY1K0U3r7i30g)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: FishStyx on June 09, 2017, 11:55:41 am
Nah... someone told me refined sugars were not good for me.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on June 09, 2017, 12:25:55 pm
Nah... someone told me refined sugars were not good for me.

 :rotfl fair enough
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: UmdlotiOnDad on June 10, 2017, 08:35:11 am
Hi John Do you perhaps know when the new road will link up at Kosi border?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on June 12, 2017, 10:25:29 am
Hi John Do you perhaps know when the new road will link up at Kosi border?

They have been working on it. Last time I went to Ponta they were inside the Maputo Special Reserve. The bridge was supposed to be inaugurated in Dec this year... not going to happen I reckon...

I think by this time next year maybe?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on June 12, 2017, 10:26:00 am
One of these to the first to guess where will I be tomorrow  :crzy
([url]https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSgPFkBLcfI3lcQeTTvhD8RUUX9AbOgv2tDR3hUcBY1K0U3r7i30g[/url])


Here's the report http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/index.php?topic=22306.0 (http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/index.php?topic=22306.0)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: REEFMAN on June 12, 2017, 12:48:32 pm
Excellent stuff Marcos!  (clap)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on July 03, 2017, 12:30:45 pm
with holydays planned ahead and at least 1 month (+) since the last outing I decided to head out for a slow day
Sunday forecast was great with nearly no wind so after feeding/changing/putting to sleep the (not so)little one I headed to the club...set the boat and launched by 9:15
although plan was to start and run the engines and wet the hull I also decided to pack the popping and jigging gear...so my plan was to spend about 45min before/after the tide change at cockburn area
getting to bx ribeiro I noticed some birds diving and some fish at the surface...so I decided to start with the popping activity...and after the 3rd or 4th cast something went wrong
rod tip guide was broken...on a shimano kaiabutsu GT rod
I suspect the knot going trough the guide did the damage...but I question...how come a GT rod can be so sensitive and brake so easily?
this is a rod that never had a fish on...so no stress...and already damaged...argh
I'm starting to be annoyed with shimano rods (also had a issue with the tiagra rod guides)

so off I went to my final destination...and getting to the spot I noticed some action at the bottom and started jigging...and ended jigging after nearly 2h30 trying my luck
there was pelnty action but no takers...only a prodigal chasing the squid jig like crazy under the boat...and at a certain structure on very low depth I could see the jig at the bottom and 3 fish coming out of the structure and playing with...me

so I made my plan of running the engines...next time will be only in August (hopefully) as I'm heading for the northern hemisphere

water temperature was 21.4ºc and ended up doing 40nm on 75lt...nice fuel economy (1.875lt/nm)...not counting normally I take 250lt on a fishing day...at least 2 people aboard...tackle...and off course...full hatch
tested the engines (still have my overheating alarm on the port engine when going full tap)...managed to clock 34knt

my good friend comment...although you didn'd fish anything...you are good at taking photos
enjoy

1) broken rod tip
2) check the structure on the side view
3) some fish activity down
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on July 03, 2017, 12:32:02 pm
4) flat seas
5) Naval and Maputo skyline
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on July 03, 2017, 04:17:47 pm
btw...any suggestion on make/model for replacing the tip guide?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on July 04, 2017, 01:15:36 am
We also launched Sunday. Went out to look for the  :yft:

After 10 h at sea only got a skipjack that was taxed almost immediately. Went to search for couta in the drops and only got two rats and one barracuda. Bottoms were nowhere to bee seen. Caught one decent rockcod and that was it.

Seems like winter is definitely here and gamefish went away. Time for some  maintenance on the boat and gear.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Stephen22 on July 26, 2017, 10:25:18 pm
I have read that July and August is the worst time of the year for fishing Inhaca island area. We dont have much choice in the time of year we go on holiday so it is what it is.
Will we be waisting our time trying to go out fishing or are there specific fish to target this time of year?
Our plan A is spinning with plugs in hells gate for GTs
Plan B will be trolling deep diving lures around Santa Maria reef?
Would this be a good game plan or a waist of time?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on July 27, 2017, 01:09:15 pm
The GTs and other kingies will be around... you just need to put in the effort... play with the tides and time of day...

I would suggest you broaden you game plan a bit with regards to the offshore fishing... try a combination of xraps, surface lures and drifting baits. And also consider exploring other areas (Jeremias, Baixo Danae, south of Baixo Santa Maria). Put in the time and I'm sure you will get some bites...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Stephen22 on July 27, 2017, 04:54:40 pm
The GTs and other kingies will be around... you just need to put in the effort... play with the tides and time of day...

I would suggest you broaden you game plan a bit with regards to the offshore fishing... try a combination of xraps, surface lures and drifting baits. And also consider exploring other areas (Jeremias, Baixo Danae, south of Baixo Santa Maria). Put in the time and I'm sure you will get some bites...


Okay thank you John. I have read alot of posts on this forum and found a few coordinates for the reefs you mentioned. I will give your advice a go.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on July 30, 2017, 09:59:22 am
⬆Nothing⬆
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: FishStyx on July 30, 2017, 10:03:24 am
Nothing.


 :rotfl  Take the good with the bad bud... you can't fish every day... That would just be rude.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on July 30, 2017, 10:11:51 am
Actually I launched yesterday Martin. Must have been the best worst fishing day I had in the last 365 days... the sea was flat as a pancake all day!!!! Check the pic below... that's Inhaca and Machangulo in the background

Launched with my brother to do a bit of bottom fishing inside the bay. Went up and down like crazy (69.2 nm)... we only caught one rockcod and a batfish. Then out of total desperation trolled for an hour, and we were blessed with a rat couta.

Eish... painful.... other boats also strugled (both trolling and bottom fishing).... spearos are also battling to even see fish...

Oh well...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: FishStyx on July 30, 2017, 10:16:08 am
I hear you bud... Was on the local dam 2 weeks ago... threw plastics & rappies at the bass, but not even so much of an acknowledgment that they were there. Still, a beautiful afternoon in an idyllic setting. The cooler box was somehow empty on my return.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: SAfish on July 30, 2017, 10:31:20 am
  :shk Even the guys prone to seasickness would have been fine on that flat water.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on August 06, 2017, 09:55:33 am
Spoke to spearos and also heard from the comercials... nothing out there. Guys have done the distance almost to bilene and come back with 2 or 3 yft...

Time to service, refurb, maintain, lube, sharp the hooks and get ready for the new season...

In the mean time we get early evenings in the bay like this....  (peterblace sent me this pic on Friday)
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on August 06, 2017, 08:53:07 pm
I have no details but I heard a short session in SM yesterday produced 8 fish...will check for details
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on September 10, 2017, 08:14:05 am
after being out of the water for too long (holydays and big engines service) yesterday we decided to launch for a pre season fishing session
all my fishing buddies failed on me....so my last resource was trying to convince JohnF not to launch on his boat (he was also setting up his boat) and to join me
 :+ cred: for that

plan was to meet (JohnF and Ju)at 5:15 and launch...nearly no wind...flat seas...but a big fog made us go slowly to our fishing grounds...we had nearly no visibility (I would say 15m) all the way to BX Ribeiro...then from there it was clear sky...and that's where we started spotting whales...which at first glimpse we thought it was a tree log...very quite...mother and calf...we get to about 10m from them
on a note...I have never seen so many whales like yesterday...all over the place

on the 20mt mark we put some bullets on the water on the 50's and we kept cruizing at 20knts and by boia perdida we took those heavy artelery out and started throlling for some cuta and tuna...but that area was dead (that time of the day)
we headed out to Poco and not long after we had our first strike and our first fish aboard...a nice YFT

getting to Poco we had a double strike and landed a bonito...and got our first cirurgical line cut
going over that same area same story happened...long run...change of direction...cirurgical line cut...this happened for 3 times
our thoughts... :wahoo:...but who knows

area got quite dead and we decided to head to B1 (cuta territory)...set the 50's on with the bullets and of we went
again...area was too dead (we only managed to catch a lost YFT)...and those 2 where itching for some bottom fishing so they start dropping their bait and catching some good fish...very fast but and productive drift
I gave it a try with the drop shot...and managed to catch a grouper

we then decided to start our way home with lines out...headed to the 30mt mark and just before taking the lines out (deadline was set for 15:30) in 20min time we got a 2x, a 3x and a 2x strike of cuta...that was the call for a nice pre season fishing day

in the end engines runned very well with just a hickup at the end

some pics will follow
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on September 10, 2017, 08:20:57 am
1) morning fog
2) fog cleared
3) whales in the bay
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on September 10, 2017, 08:22:56 am
4) whale watching from."Megan's loo"
5) Maputo skyline on arrival
6) catch of the day
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on September 10, 2017, 11:08:31 am
Thanks for the "dictatorial" invite... you know I love working the deck on any boat... cleaning fish, sorting out smelly bait and stuff :hehe:

Great day out! Massive presence of whales all over.... in, out, shallow, deep... yoh!. Great to see but freaks me out a bit. Gotta keep an eagle eye on these sea trains all the time. Also we got to come close to leatherbacks, loggerheads and probably green turtles - several times!!!!

Still got to settle with those 'hoos... MAXIMVS' motto applies fully here: "they will not lose for the delay"  :hyst:

Season has been opened. Let's rock & roll!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: dodger on September 10, 2017, 12:29:10 pm
Good day Peter Blace, you mentioned 'Bullets' can you elaborate a bit on that please?
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: SAfish on September 10, 2017, 01:06:13 pm
 (clap) Well done boys, a start to the season like this gets the heart pumping.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: FishStyx on September 10, 2017, 01:20:27 pm
OMW... I so desperately need to catch a fish  :blush:


Thanks for the report Pedro... Nice little stash for the pot.
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on September 10, 2017, 03:34:15 pm
Couta fillets on the coals and veggies for lunch...

Sometimes I can be a nasty SOB :hehe:

Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on September 10, 2017, 03:44:31 pm
Good day Peter Blace, you mentioned 'Bullets' can you elaborate a bit on that please?


We did the usual hi speed trolling (http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/index.php?topic=21782.0 (http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/index.php?topic=21782.0))  using one Demon Tackle bullet and a lure from the US (ballyhood wahoo express).
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on September 10, 2017, 04:53:17 pm
Good day Peter Blace, you mentioned 'Bullets' can you elaborate a bit on that please?


We did the usual hi speed trolling ([url]http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/index.php?topic=21782.0[/url] ([url]http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/index.php?topic=21782.0[/url]))  using one Demon Tackle bullet and a lure from the US (ballyhood wahoo express).


forgot to mention...ballywood did not resist the jig speed trolling...SS wire broke with the twists
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: dodger on September 13, 2017, 08:16:55 pm
thanks guys, we have some demon tackle bullets so that is a start


just a question, any particular colour for the lure?

Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on October 12, 2017, 09:09:10 am
just a question, any particular colour for the lure?



Sorry, missed this post.

Not really. They are not fussy, but I tend to use dak colours and contrasts..... black/blue, red/black, orange/blak...
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: John F on October 12, 2017, 09:12:07 am
Game fishing is on fire here. Good catches of YFT (plenty of taxes being paid!!!), couta and other pelagics. I'm sure the bills are around fatting up on the yft as well!!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: HooknCook on October 12, 2017, 11:55:46 am
Not long now and RT1 will be in the deep off Inhaca!!
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on October 12, 2017, 09:08:53 pm
4play went out today...they had a marln strike, fought a saily that got away and blanked on game fish
they mentioned not a single bird and bait activity seen all day
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: L Hooker on October 17, 2017, 01:39:57 pm
Not long now  :happ:, hopefully weather plays ball. We've had some serious wind in Gauteng the past few days hopefully blows itself out in the next couple weeks
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: Hammer on October 17, 2017, 03:09:11 pm
2 weeks Lads and the fun begins  :fshn:  :fshn: :fshn: :fshn:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: HooknCook on October 17, 2017, 04:48:22 pm
Almost time..... :sreel: :sreel: :dor: :gt: :yft: :wahoo: :cout: :billf: :sailf:
Title: Re: MPT Bay offshore - What's up
Post by: peterblace on October 17, 2017, 05:27:22 pm
new report from the weekend
recromercials went out...
last week full hatches
weekend...blanked
 :nuts: