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 Posted: Sat Apr 13th, 2019 05:51 pm
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3. Offshore Grand Slam

Any combination of the following three offshore fish caught in a single day constitute an offshore grand slam:
•Any of the Billfish species listed above in section 1
•Dolphinfish (aka Mahi, Dorado)
•Any fish from the Tuna species
•Wahoo

Note: Any four of the above fish make an offshore super grand slam. There is not a Fantasy Slam for this offshore club.

Source: https://www.saltstrong.com/articles/saltwater-fishing-slams/

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 Posted: Sat Apr 13th, 2019 07:21 pm
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thanks . got that now .

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Nice. Well done and thanks for the info.

I didnt even realise that I have gotten quite a few grand slams. Didnt think it was a thing.

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Good Bottom Fishing after the Floods
Offshore Fishing Report – Durban – End April 2019
Easter weekend was a washout with heavy rains ending with floods on Monday night. On Tuesday the harbour was filthy and full of debris and litter that has washed down from rivers and storm water drains, the sea was also a mess, as the week went on the debris in the harbour remained but was taken away by currents offshore leaving green water with the first few meters filled with freshwater. I have never before seen so much empty plastic bottles floating around out at sea as I did after these floods in my life before, it is so disgusting to se mankind’s litter all over the ocean, the harbour has been a cesspool of filth and it stinks. Clean up operations have been fruitless; more rubbish has drifted down after so much effort was put in. Very difficult conditions to fish in and we have found no game fish at all. With on the first few meters of water not good the reefs seem to be unaffected and we have had some really superb bottom fishing with loads of Slinger being caught along with a few other species, all average sized fish and many multiple hook ups with a fish on every hook dropped down. In no time quotas were filled. On one trip we had full quota of bottom fish for all on board within the first hour and then tried in vain for the rest of the trip looking for Tuna. Yesterday we ventured out to deep waters after bottoms first and found out deep that the water is clean, blue and warm but sadly void of life. During the next week I think the offshore waters will improve quickly but the harbour will take a while to clean up. To all those who have volunteered and spent their own time to assist with clean ups all around a BIG THANK YOU and my respect, a big thumbs down to the municipality for leaving things to get this bad and not making much effort to clean up leaving it to volunteers.

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mike you can talk crap. there is about 10 teams in the harbor thats busy with a cleanup . and they have been busy for the last 6 days . i am currently skippering a big boat thats been used for cleanup . so maybe before you talk you must sit and think . or get your facts straight

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nantes wrote:
mike you can talk crap. there is about 10 teams in the harbor thats busy with a cleanup . and they have been busy for the last 6 days . i am currently skippering a big boat thats been used for cleanup . so maybe before you talk you must sit and think . or get your facts straight

Oh WOW you skippering a BIG boat. Well done it is quite an Achievement, I am so happy for you. But fact is most the clean up has been volunteers and not the municipality and most definitely the municipality have not been around at Wilson's Wharf

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the only fact here is that you dont know what you talking about .

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nantes wrote:
the only fact here is that you dont know what you talking about .

As long as you happy Nantes driving that BIG boat, enjoy and have a nice day.

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Hello Mike,
the fact of the matter is that most if not all the clubs had arranged for the clean up in the harbor and have made a huge difference, I'm just dissapointed that quite a few clubs and mooring areas did not get together and and do something instead trying to place the blame on other facilities like the municipal etc. As far as I know that most bags etc and collecting of the full bags was done by the municipal.
I have seen other companies get involved cleaning the harbour like the ones Nantes is working at the moment driving the boat and was also told that most of the guys are volunteers.
So yes I also take my hat off to him them and everyone that played there parts.
It was also a great learning experience for my family to get involved with the clean up and have great pride for our water.

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Eric Cotton wrote:
Hello Mike,
the fact of the matter is that most if not all the clubs had arranged for the clean up in the harbor and have made a huge difference, I'm just dissapointed that quite a few clubs and mooring areas did not get together and and do something instead trying to place the blame on other facilities like the municipal etc. As far as I know that most bags etc and collecting of the full bags was done by the municipal.
I have seen other companies get involved cleaning the harbour like the ones Nantes is working at the moment driving the boat and was also told that most of the guys are volunteers.
So yes I also take my hat off to him them and everyone that played there parts.
It was also a great learning experience for my family to get involved with the clean up and have great pride for our water.


Yes Eric, Exactly it was private people from clubs and companies that were doing clean up along with a lot of individuals. At Wilsons Wharf it was the people working there and the companies based there doing clean up. It was not the municipality, and if the municipality did proper clean up of other areas regularly there would not be so much rubbish to get taken by the floods in the first place.

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It’s Winter - Bonito back in full force and a good Tuna
Offshore Fishing Report – Durban – 14 May 2019
Winter is here and our game fishing season ended abruptly at Easter after the floods. Clean up teams came out in full force about a week after the floods and the bulk of the debris has been cleaned up. Offshore waters are clearing up and things are looking alive and active. The water temperatures have been dropping and today it averaged just over 22 deg.C. Deeper out the water is clear blue and inshore it is green but clear. This morning as we left port we saw the first Whale for the season and there are many juvenile Gannets around. We had a short morning trip with a guest from the US who said he wanted a Yellowfin Tuna and had tried in many places around the world but always lucked out. I found nothing in the deep so headed inshore with light tackle and different tactics, we found some bird activity but they were only smashing sprats and no fish. I then found and area with good showings and 1 bigger fish and started working that spot that I marked and we had a good run with Bonito (Eastern Little Tuna), catching one after another and even plenty multiple hook ups which was great fun as our sole guest got to fight fish after fish after fish and on light tackle Bonito are good sport. During all this action we had a large Zambezi Shark (Bull Shark) about 3.5m long jump clear over our lines just a few meters behind the boat, this was a magnificent display when he broached about 3m in the air and twisted as he cam e back down. I could still see 1 big fish on the showing in the shoal as we followed it around and finally after landing 20 Bonito we hooked into a good size Yellowfin Tuna which gave a great fight on the lighter tackle. I knew the Tuna was there, I saw him and we persisted till we got him. After landing the Tuna we got a few more Bonito and then we headed back to port.

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Good Reef Fishing, Game Fishing Slow
Offshore Fishing Report – Durban – 20 May 2019
On our last 2 trips the water temps have dropped below 21 deg.C, Sunday had light winds and small swells yet it was not pleasant with a reverse current directly opposite the swell direction making for a very close swell of around 4 seconds, Monday was nice and comfortable with flat seas even though the NE was blowing a bit. We struggled to find any Tuna and even Bonito have been scarce and we only got a few stragglers and strangely enough we got an Oceanic in the shallows on our way back on Sunday and these are normally caught much deeper out. Bottom Fishing was good and on both days we opted to go for bottoms, on both days we got a lot of Slinger and Soldier Bream and also some other quality fish of decent sizes like Englishman, Copper Bream and Rubber Lips.

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Bucket List achieved in one trip.
Offshore Fishing Report – Durban – 22 May 2019
What stunning conditions, flat seas, light winds and sunny skies which made for an awesome day. The water is still dirty and there is debris around, temperature is under 21 deg.C. I found no signs of Tuna or Bonito and so we stopped and went for bottoms and really got some nice quality fish with some good sized Slinger, Copper Bream, Englishman and Soldier Bream. Once we had full quota of bottom fish for all on board we trolled back looking for a Tuna and I went inshore over certain points that have yielded us good Tuna in the past, sadly there was no sign, not even bait fish and we managed 1 frigate Tuna. Immediately after we went over the last point the shotgun snapped and the reel was screaming and in no time we were into the backing and could not stop this fish, to make a long story short after slowing the boat down more than normal and a hard 20 minute fight we managed to land a small yogurt bucket much to our surprise. It’s not every day that one can land their entire bucket list in 1 trip.

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The Bucket List ;)

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Bottom Fishing is still good.
Offshore Fishing Report – Durban – 24 May 2019
Wow, with seas as flat as a small country pond and not even a swell made for a very comfortable day at sea. The fishing was also really great and we got into some good size Slinger and in less than 2 hours we had full quota on the boat, these Slinger are great sport on spinning tackle. The problem was then what to do with the rest of the time, and so we decided to try look for a Tuna but never got one.
It’s not every day that one can get full quota on a trip, especially in such a short time, in this situation a person must be contentious of regulations and conservation and not take more than the limit that is allowed. My suggestion is to use this time to look for something specific or special, try out new techniques and investigate new areas. We stop when we are 2-3 fish from full quota and then do something different.

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Game Fishing - Past Season Report - 2018/2019.
Offshore Fishing Report – Summer 2018/2019
With winter in full swing now, I thought it was time to reflect on the past summer season.
The season started early with our biggest Dorado of 20kg opening the account on the 1st of October, even more special was that this fish was landed by a young boy. From the beginning of the season at the end of 2018 the fish were there even though the water was cold and mostly green right through to mid December, we also encountered an unusual occurrence where all the early season fish came out of the cold green water and the warmer blue water that we found was void of life.
Dorado fishing was spectacular for the season and one of the best seasons we have had in the past few years with many Dorado caught and some days with double digits from all our boats, Wahoo on the other hand made a poor showing this season with very few caught. Tuna fishing was average however we got a lot of bigger ones than normal with an average weight of 17kg and fish up to 30kg which is really good for Durban. No Blue or Striped Marlin were caught but we did manage 6 Black Marlin 3 of them really stand out, 1 was over 600lbs, 1 was hooked up on one of the new Rapala Xtreme’s and a 400lb on light tackle. All our Marlin were successfully released with no casualties. The sailfish this season was a real frustration, even though we got several strikes we never landed one. The Dorado came early but the also left early with very little caught after March, usually we get them through to April, waters also started cooling down earlier which bodes well for a good sardine run in 2019 and as always the game season is better in years that the sardines come. We had great fun this past season along with many of our guests.
For the next few months all our big tackle is in for maintenance and we are preparing for the new season whilst winter fishing takes place, from 1st October our big game trips will commence for the 2019/2020 season. I can’t wait.
To my team, well done guys and to our guests thank you for your support.

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Good Slinger Fishing
Offshore Fishing Report – 15 June 2019
The water is getting cold averaging just over 21 deg.C. What a cracker of a day with stunning conditions. We got some nice Slinger today and before we knew it we had our Slinger quota, we then tried for other species and manage a good array with some Englishman, Soldier Bream, False Englisman, Tomato Rockod and a few others, catching these bottoms on our Shimano Saragosa/Trevala rigs is such a pleasure and awesome fun. After we had almost full quota we still had some time left on our charter so we tried trolling for a Tuna or a Bonnie, we got no Tuna but managed 1 x Bonnie of about 3Kg. A great mornings fishing trip.

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Family Fishing Fun
Offshore Fishing Report – 17 June 2019
Today we took 2 families out today on Fat Girl and Nawty Girl. Water temps are sitting around 21 deg.C. Bottom fishing was good with lots of nice Slinger and Soldiers coming out, also some Rockod and Sea Barbel. The kiddies had so much fun today, every drop was a fish and once we had enough fish we tried trolling for Tuna or Bonito with Nawty Girl getting 3 Bonnies and Fat Girl 1. I love taking families with kiddies out and sharing the ocean with them. A great day today, with awesome conditions.

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Good fishing today
Offshore Fishing Report – 23 June 2019
We had an upcountry couple with us on a short charter today, conditions were really nice with a moderate SW wind and seas were nice and flat. The water has got cold now and sits under 20 deg.C and we had a relatively strong reverse current which made bottom fishing a little difficult. On the way out we hook up into a nice Bonnie and shortly after we hooked up and Albatross, once we sorted him out and got him back flying we stopped and did bottoms. I have to say that the squawk of the Albatross sort of sound like the ratchet of a Tyrnos 30. Bottom fishing was really good even in the stronger current and we got some really nice Slinger, Englishman and Copper Bream, every drop was a good fish. We took a troll back along an inshore route and had a double up with 2 big Bonnies which gave a good account for themselves.

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