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Re: Blue Water Charters - Fishing Reports from Fat Girl and Nawty Girl
« Reply #180 on: March 06, 2019, 12:56:04 am »
Dorado on Spinning Tackle for Nawty Girl.
Offshore Fishing Report – Durban – 05 March 2019
To miss the strong winds this morning and harness the rest of the day with a great forecast we only launched after 08h00 for a short trip, this proved to be a wise choice as the sea was flat and conditions stunning. Water has got cold with some readings as low as 19 deg.C and other places 24 deg.C. No blue water was found and the day was left hunting for fish in green water. Trolling out to the reefs for some bottom fishing was very quiet and as we started bring in the lines there was some action by a Dorado that would not commit to the lure and so a bottom trace on a spinning rod ready with squid was thrown into the spread without a sinker, this yielded us 1 nice Dorado for the day and the first Dorado we have seen in over a week as they have been absent, shortly after this whilst still clearing lines the same thing happened but this Dorado managed to get himself loose. The rest of the day was spent bottom fishing with a wide variety of bottom fish being caught.
      
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Re: Blue Water Charters - Fishing Reports from Fat Girl and Nawty Girl
« Reply #181 on: March 06, 2019, 12:56:34 am »
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Re: Blue Water Charters - Fishing Reports from Fat Girl and Nawty Girl
« Reply #182 on: March 08, 2019, 08:29:22 pm »
Good Tuna and Dorado on a short afternoon trip
Offshore Fishing Report – Durban – 08 March 2019
We got going at 13h00 this afternoon for a short 4 hour trip, SW wind was blowing at around 20 knots, deeper out the swells were large water blue and warm but it was not comfortable so we moved in shallow and fished the basin area, inshore was a bit colder and green and so some old tactics not used in a long time were employed and some old spots were visited. Early in the trip we hooked up a really nice Yellowfin Tuna which gave a good fight and a little bit later we got a nice little Dorado on the deck. I was quite pleased that some old tricks and spots helped us out on a difficult day with very little time to produce.
      
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Re: Blue Water Charters - Fishing Reports from Fat Girl and Nawty Girl
« Reply #183 on: March 18, 2019, 12:18:42 am »
Harbour Fun Fishing and Party Trip
Harbour Fishing Report – Durban – 16 March 2019
A 3 hour afternoon Birthday Party come fishing trip in the Durban harbour was great fun on McFire for these folks who have never fished before. McFire has great space for everyone onboard and everyone had their hand involved fishing during the trip and some even got to experience their first catch ever which proved to be great excitement. All fish were released.
      
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Re: Blue Water Charters - Fishing Reports from Fat Girl and Nawty Girl
« Reply #184 on: March 21, 2019, 12:19:52 pm »
Family Fun Backline Fishing trip on Nawty Girl
Backline Fishing Report – Durban – 21 March 2019
A 3 hour backline fishing trip on Nawty Girl in overcast conditions gave this family a great experience. A wide variety of fish were caught like a Guitar Fish, Pick Handle Barracuda, Sand Gurnard, Black Tail, Rockod, Toby, Mackerel amongst others much to these boys delight.
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Re: Blue Water Charters - Fishing Reports from Fat Girl and Nawty Girl
« Reply #185 on: April 11, 2019, 01:11:38 am »
About the Marlin, the Hammerhead and 7 Tuna
Marlin Fishing Report – Durban – 10 April 2019
Today the Blue Water Charters team and some friends went out for a team building fishing trip, the plan was to go deep a get a Marlin or for 2nd prize a good tuna. Everything looked right for today and so we decided to go and at 04h50 we left Wilson’s Wharf on Fat Girl and made our way out the harbour and set course for the continental shelf as the SST charts showed warm waters out there as closer in it has been very quiet of late. As we went out we found warm blue water on the inside, but once we crossed the Agulhas the water got colder and greener. In this area we came across a pod of Minke Whales, perhaps 9-10 of them and we came across the remains of what looked like Humboldt Squid, it was here that we discovered that the SST charts were incorrect for the day, none the less we plodded on out to the deep when I noticed a clear line near the drop off in the deep waters and so changed course and headed out towards this line which turned out to be about 1 km wide with a difference of 2 degrees in SST on either side and so I started working this as we found birds, flying fish ( 1 which landed on the bow of the boat, very cute and we put it back in the water), pods of dolphins, some small jumping Bonito and other life in this water. By this time we were this far out we had already spent several hours on the water with no fish and everyone was hungry so we started our braai and got the sausages cooking (Thanks Adam), as we all started to eat I made a comment that when we all have our food in our hands and are in the middle of eating we will get a hook up. As things go it happened exactly like that with a triple hook up with some decent size Yellowfin Tuna and everyone’s hands were full and so with stuffed mouths we managed to land 2 of the 3 with one coming off. We set the spread again and continued working the line and it was not long and we had a full strike with 7 rods going, 1 Tuna came off and one line got rubbed in the entanglement and parted and we landed 5 of them. So after 8 years I realised that today was the first time I had fought a fish from my own fighting chair and it was a decent 30kg Yellowfin Tuna. Of the 7 Tuna landed the smallest was 22kg and the largest was 30kg making the hatch full. 3 of these buss Tuna were taken on the new Rapala Xtreme’s that we have been testing and running. The deck was cleaned and spread reset and I carried on working the line. The story gets an interesting twist at this stage because we noticed a Greater Hammerhead shark ahead of the boat and as we got closer he moved out to the side as we passed him and then he came right into our spread and then the port corner rod gave a short burst ZZZ, we did not want to hook up a Hammerhead Shark and so Erik started reeling in that line, but he was too late and the line went tight, the rod bent and line slowly peeled off the reel, nobody wanted to fight the Hammerhead Shark and Kurt decided he would accept the challenge, he got into the chair and Erik handed him the rod and Kurt stated winding and as he gave the rod the first pump, things changed somewhat and suddenly the reel was screaming and as it went into the backing we saw a Marlin tail walking behind the boat and realised that the Hammerhead fooled us all and we actually had a Marlin on and after a very hard fight we had a Black Marlin estimated at 150kg (330lb) by the boat, the fish was still strong and wiring was quite a challenge and it wasn’t much longer and we had released a Black Marlin. We still had a 4 hour trip to get back to port and had no further action as we headed back in. It was a wonderful day with some fantastic people and some awesome fishing, many thanks to all. Well done and congratulations to Kurt for successfully landing and releasing his first Marlin.
      
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Re: Blue Water Charters - Fishing Reports from Fat Girl and Nawty Girl
« Reply #186 on: April 11, 2019, 10:29:30 am »
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Re: Blue Water Charters - Fishing Reports from Fat Girl and Nawty Girl
« Reply #187 on: April 11, 2019, 10:39:30 am »
Lovely story. Thanks bud.
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Re: Blue Water Charters - Fishing Reports from Fat Girl and Nawty Girl
« Reply #188 on: April 11, 2019, 10:54:22 am »
Well Done  (clap)

it's good to know that there are some big tuna around.
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Re: Blue Water Charters - Fishing Reports from Fat Girl and Nawty Girl
« Reply #189 on: April 12, 2019, 07:09:38 pm »
Another Marlin and a Grand Slam for Fat Girl
Marlin Fishing Report – Durban – 12 April 2019
We launched into nice conditions today for a short 5 hour trip, it was action packed early with some Sarda Sarda on light tackle, we were supposed to go do bottoms but so much fish were being caught that it never happened. As we about to pull lines up to head back to port out guests asked to extend their trip by 3 more hours and so I made a turn and started heading out again, immediately on the turn we had a double hook up with 2 big Bonito, and the Sarda Sarda action continued and then we has an almost full strike and fought all the fish to the boat, there was 1 line remaining in the water, we had 14 Sarda and 6 Bonnies in the hatch. After we got the fish on deck I put the speed back up again and before we could put any lines out the remaining line popped of the rigger and we had a proper fish on and were into the backing, soon after we saw a Black Marlin jumping. This was a long hard fight as we hooked up on light tackle with a Tyrnos 30, we got the fish to the boat and then he turned as was into the backing again, the Marlin made 2 more strong runs each one shorter than the one before and eventually we got the fish to the boat and successfully released a Black Marlin of about 180kg (400lbs). Well done to Darren on catching and releasing his first Marlin, and a special note of respect for fighting the fish so well on the light tackle. 2 Trips and 2 Marlin for Blue Water Charters.
      
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