|Well that was one of the worst December seasons in history and hence a lack of reporting here. The first time that I have turned away charters on the basis that it just was not worth it. I have always done the charters for the love of the sport and it has been such a fun summer job for me. This year was the first time in years that I felt it just wasn't fun anymore. If I wasn't happy then one could hardly blame your clients and friends for not enjoying the outing. Unbelievably bad weather and lack of good water made it super hard to stay positive and give it a full go.
We still did better than anybody else over the period and released 5 fish out of 15 outings,while many boats went for weeks without any success. I eventually decided to call it quits at the end of December as everyone was about finished with holidays and hanging around for a possible charter that I had very little interest in doing was a no brainer.
January has seen some improved water and a few days delivered some fish for the resident fisherman, but it has still been a stop start year and very poor by all accounts.
I may well fish over the Easter season if there is an improvement in the action but that remains to be seen. The trolling champs in Sodwana this week will reveal the true story and it will be interesting to see what comes out. The water is not great but I am sure there will be some fish around for the lucky ones.
The big reason for the post is to let everyone know of an exiting new venture we will be embarking on in the winter this year.
Nexus Offshore Adventures
I will be co skippering a brand new 64 ft yacht called Lyra Noa (NOA being for Nexus Offshore Adventures). She is fully rigged for fishing big game and ocean adventure and is being finished in the Nexus/Balance Catamaran factory in St Francis Bay. She is due to go in the water end March/April.
It is a long time project that has taken longer than expected but was our goal ever since we did the first delivery of the first 60 ft yacht to come out of the factory in 2011.
The trip on Nexus in 2011 across the Atlantic was an incredible experience and the fishing we did on some of the mid ocean seamounts was off the planet. Some might remember a four part article I did in the Ski Boat magazine back then. We intend to do a lot more exploring and fishing on these off the beaten track places and I will be documenting and filming as we go.
Will probably start a new thread under the NOA name and keep all posted on our progress. At this stage we intend doing a first shake down trip to Madagascar and north just to give her a good run and iron out any kinks before setting off next year across the Atlantic and onwards.
Please check out the facebook page Nexus Offshore Adventures on the link https://www.facebook.com/NEEDADVENTURE/?ref=bookmarks
and like the page and follow.
There are updates on the build with pics etc and we welcome some input and banter..
Look forward to engaging with everyone and showing off some fun fishing spots in the future...
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