View single post by Finnseeker
 Posted: Fri Sep 12th, 2008 12:33 pm
Full Topic

Joined: Fri Mar 7th, 2008
Location: California USA
Posts: 502
tkei wrote: Finnseeker, Thanks again for the info. havnt finished going through it all (baby takes all my time) but I passed it on a mates that have a boat and house at watamu kenya. They thouroughly enjoyed it. As for your 18 rods to create the school effect, on their 38ft Supercat up there we puleld 11 rods and the 25-30kg YFT arrived, 5 anglers 11 rods away and chaos. Makes for expensive fishing that.

A year or 2 back they had Brad Philips do a seminar on Billfish fishing, but held it in jhb for those marlim manna. Of course most couldnt make it. For the rest of us plebs inthe sticks we have to rely on guys like you sharing info, reading etc and then hope to remember a little bit of it when that once in a lifetime marlin pops into the spread. Lat time it happend, i forgot it all and bye bye fish. Next time.
You say for marlin need to fish the colour and current lines. I have always fished the colour changes and often have caught more on the dirty side. Usually the various tunny though, dorado usually ont he clean side, but not always. Off the transkei, I find there are few distinct temp changes. last dec, left the launch at 25deg and got tot the shelf and past it and temp was up to 25.5 int he 12-13km. Yip, our shelf close in there. battled to find any fish at all. This tends to be common our way. The only time i found a distinct clean current line with temp change, I dropped a stripy, so def need that change. We also battle due to us being the only boat that troll really. The rest only target bottom fish. One other boat does troll but they are fly fishermen so happy to get bonnies and dorado on the long wands. No way am I going 20 odd miles out as the only boat, not safe to do that so we dont cover water like other places can to find the fish.
Thanks again.

That must have been a sight 11 rods going off with YFT exploding all over chineeeeeese fire drill. Im glad they liked some of the info.

Brad is a very good friend and any seminar he did would have been top class, he is a stand up guy and good choice to do a seminar. Pity it was in JHB and done with the coasties.

I run 65 nm offshore no problem and the only boat there, granted I have a 6 man life raft, sat phone, epirb and two engines but things can go wrong. Just have to be sea smart. I go looking for fish where they are and I love the hunt finding fish new areas etc. Im constantly looking checking new area's and learning.

Do not be afraid to try new area's explore you will be surprised what you find. I see you have the currents down well thats great now work these to your advantage and run some lures through and around. As i have said once you have found one fish there are more - think of and ice berg you just saw the tip.

Mark the area do MOB , notice day time, current direction, wind direction swell direction, trolling direction, water temp, what lure, what colour, which rod then turn around and work the area. Dont leave fish to find fish. Fish are not stupid and they are there for on reason only and that is to feed and eat. They dont just hang around for nothing.

I have 4 ditek temp gauges onboard and contantly checking SST but remember that this is only the surface so I stop sometimes and drop my thermometer down 20 m and see the temp there also. I also have a lazer temp guage and its deadly accurate.

I overlay all this data on my Furuna chartplotter with Max Sea - SST, wind Current, bathometric's real time from the sat. Do not foreget to log this information as time and time again when you out next week, month, year go back and you will be surprised. Fish have fav hang outs just like we do for many reasons.

Dont be afraid to try a new spot, area - also run a tuna feather off the long whisky line/stinger line, dorado, tuna wahoo will nail it as well as marlin. I have caught many marlin whilst trolling for tuna with a cedar plug . Just like tuna marlin have various bodies groups and come in waves and not always the same body of fish, you can tell by the sizes