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Two days on 30 lb and 0-2 on blues - fish very lethargic with hot water 28/29 and starting from breakwater with no break in temp.
Tough conditions to find fish..need some cooler water fast!^^..

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ps time for the big guns again - cant afford missing these opportunities now as the bigger girls arrive!

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That's the positive approach bring out the heavy artillery and you will have those 500lb fish swimming next to the boat hope conditions improve and in time for the comp!

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Thx its been a hard slog with weather and knock downs without hookups...save them for the comp hopefully.(with hookup!)

Doing some touching up and maintainance on Reel Magic and getting her engine room shiney and new. In this heat its like a hell hole down there but its necessary to keep her majesty looking the part!

Hows the tuna doing your side, heard about the marlin( Hooked on Africa Charters) thought they might get a few your side with this water! 

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Are you having tackle failure on 30Lb?

Or is it really angler failure blamed on the tackle? LOL ;)

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U may laugh but its not a joke when they run off a lot of line and then throw the hook or simply refuse to hook up. Fish been very lethargic and come in once and give it a knock and thats it! Very frustrating when the fishing is so slow and hard work to get pulls. Over it now - will give it a go when the water cools again and the fish are more active.

Amazing how conditions change and the fish feed differently in the warm water. you could get a hookup on anything earlier in the season!

ps did have two fish run me off on 30lb earlier in the season, even with the drag backed off completely..call that blue marlin blitz! 

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Well its been slow and have been giving it a rest. Couple of days of SW coming up ..hope it will shake things up for the better. No reports of fish this side, will be down at the club tonight to get the debrief and any news. Comps starting next week so ill be out scouting for action probably Tuesday by the looks of the weather. Anybody had any luck north of us? :fishn

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Great reports coming from the Myn Manne comp in Sodwanna with 34 fish released today..looks like the season is getting back on track again! Will be out tomorrow to check the status this side!::S

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Hi there RM, how did it go today, did you manage to get something? Hope we will get a report?

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Looks like the report i received was exaggerated somewhat and just on 20 Billfish were released of which 7 were sails!
Well i wont exaggerate our efforts today..we saw nothing moving out there, no bait no birds, and we covered a lot of water.
Have looked at the charts for sodwanna and they do have a tongue of warm water which has pushed in from the deep, and may be holding the fish.


Can only hope it gets here soon as its looking bleak out there. Then again another day could make all the difference. Heres to another day !!

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Reel Magic Charters wrote: Looks like the report i received was exaggerated somewhat and just on 20 Billfish were released of which 7 were sails!
Well i wont exaggerate our efforts today..we saw nothing moving out there, no bait no birds, and we covered a lot of water.
Have looked at the charts for sodwanna and they do have a tongue of warm water which has pushed in from the deep, and may be holding the fish.


Can only hope it gets here soon as its looking bleak out there. Then again another day could make all the difference. Heres to another day !!

For the Myne manne, if we could try keep this thread updated so we can follow it that would be appreciated!
http://www.sealine.co.za/view_topic.php?id=68893&forum_id=45

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Today was really exiting ..really! Saw lots of birds and a pod of 100's of pilot whales....
oh and then at 4pm, heading for home ,we hooked a blue while all were in the saloon(including myself) debating the poor state of the fishing! Were so shallow we had to dodge a commercial bottom fishing boat while fighting the fish! Go Figure..definitely not skill on the skippers part, but then again it counts. Well done Mike after how many trips to Mauritius? No 21 for the season!

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Very cool. Actually it seems most of the bills off Durban have been coming out in the shallows.

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Had two days of fishing in pouring rain wet to the bone in sxxx seas....really fun..not! Plenty gamefish yesterday and had one knock down and one hookup on a stripe that pulled hooks at the boat today. Definitely not what we wanted but thats the score for now! 6 fish landed by 18 boats in 2 days..hard going!


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Sadsaa Billfish has come and gone ..well done to Trinity on their win with 3 releases. Our score was 1-2 in very trying conditions to say the least. Many of our local guru's going without a strike for 3 days... very slow and in very poor sea conditions...very long days. Water still very warm and no current. Good news is that the Yellowfin are around and should get better over the next month. We will target them soon!

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Two boats went to find the bigger tuna and found nothing, lost another small marlin on a bad hookup on 30lb yesterday and had a quick look today..all boats were very quiet probably as a result of the swell getting up already. Heads down for the weekend!

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Back home for 2 weeks to allow the weather to find the season its in and have a break.Back last week in March for the bonanza and the yellowfin and hopefully a big blue or two!!:::S

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Been watching the water temp after the recent weather, nice to sea the temp dropping on the North coast!

Hopefully this will bring our gamefish back on shortly.^^..

Any decent catches arround recently?:wfish

 Looks like some good weather coming up.::S:SSS

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Back in the saddle after a 3 week layoff and we were straight into the action after only 15 minutes trolling. Nice Wahoo of 25 plus kg followed by a blue that smoked 700 metres of line off the long rigger. Got cleared and settled in and was gaining line when she pulled free..thanks for coming! 20 minutes later a nice Dorado and another Wahoo and the first hour had flown by! Went looking for another blue on the outside and then on to the 1200m line to find a yellowfin. Had two lures knocked out of the clips by a Spearfish and then got pack attacked by Dorado. Found birds on the 1200 line working on big Skipkack and landed a few of them too!! All quiet after midday, what an awesome day on the water with no swell, sunshine and a calm sea. Sure the new Oakley lenses made the day even sweeter! Only thing missing was the charter who had booked us and failed to pitch.....my deckie, Danie had a ball.... and so did I! :fbash:fbash:fbash:fbash:fbash:fbash

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Out today with Dale and Mike on Baluga..couple Dorado and some Kouta, marlin quiet. Anyone else get some billfish?

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Only a couple of Kouta today on the inside may go deep tomorrow for the illusive Yellowfin and the BIG BLUE!!^^..

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Seems like some action starting up on both the Billfish and Tuna side with some good releases in the Mapelane comp and a few tuna in the 70-80 kg range starting to pop up. Pity about the weather this weekend but some definite trips out early next week if the weather permits. Have brought a fridge full of quality sardine up to see if we can get these tuna here on the bait like the Cape..time will tell..:raine:raine

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Didn't get one on the bait but we got a bomb on the troll, unfortunately too late in the day to have a full go on the bait. New Junior record 82 kg Yellowfin for Richards Bay!
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Well done guys !! Lekker to see a photo of a 80kg + Yfin. Hopefully they on their way to Cape Town .....

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Yesterday we delivered a young up and coming provincial anglers PB and record Yellowfin. Today we gave a young angler a Tuna slam of 3 species on his first day at sea and hopefully planted the seed that will send him on a lifetime fishing journey and cultivate a love for the ocean. He also released two young tuna to fight another day on his first deep sea outing with his dad... simply awesome and a glimmer of hope for the future!!

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Well it certainly doesnt get any better! After 2 awesome days fishing posting a new benchmark for Yellowfin we took it even further and landed the biggest marlin ever to come out of the Richards Bay waters, a magnifacent fish of 363 kgs or 800lbs in old school terms. Reel Magic Charters has had a simply awesome week and there is no doubt who is doing the business here!!
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Absolutely Fantastic Blue there!!! Congrats RM!

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Awesome fish, good one skipper!

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Yesterday we had an interesting day fishing in 25-30 knots of NE, landing another nice Yellowfin of 48 kg amongst the most Yellowfin I have ever seen in this area. The harder the wind blew the more fish started to break the surface..fish everywhere. Hooked another Blue and lost it just short of the leader when the hooks pulled. Eventually had to put on the biggest lures and throw back the pesky 10-20 kg class yellowfin that where eating even the biggest lures..awesome fishing in anyones books!!
Looks like the Yellowfin are arrriving in mass and hopefully the big girls will be on the outside. A pity about the conditions as it was impossible to get out there yesterday even on the big boat!

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another angle on the big blue!

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The game is on off Richards Bay again with big Yellowfin and Blues went 2-2 on 650 lb and 550 lb and 2-4 on yellowfin. Check out the pics on the big blues released today

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You guys are doing well, hope the long weekend brings the same good fishing about, high time I catch on with some good results.
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Thx hoping for some good weather!!

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Seems like the big girls are starting to stir in Moz..lets hope they come on strong and we have the same year as last down here! Cant wait to get back in the saddle and rodeo a fat one!

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Reel Magic Charters wrote:
Yesterday we delivered a young up and coming provincial anglers PB and record Yellowfin. Today we gave a young angler a Tuna slam of 3 species on his first day at sea and hopefully planted the seed that will send him on a lifetime fishing journey and cultivate a love for the ocean. He also released two young tuna to fight another day on his first deep sea outing with his dad... simply awesome and a glimmer of hope for the future!!
yft, skipjack and eastern little tuna?

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Correct:wfish:wfish:wfish

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aka livebait, livebait and livebait! :)

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Just got back from Plett and BigT lures after organizing some awesome new lures for the upcoming season in Richards Bay. Looking forward to trying some new shapes and skirt combos. Big thanks to Ted and Dave for their support! ::S

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The first billfish have been spotted and one taken at Sodwanna, time to shake off the rust and get out there! hope to be in the water in R/bay by mid September::S:fswim:fswim

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Reel Magic Charters wrote: ................. hope to be in the water in R/bay by mid September::S:fswim:fswim
Make it next week, have to come down to do an audit at a plant there so won't be able to tow the boat down, maybe trick the company into an extra day for :ifishin

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Trying to get up there soon as possible but waiting for the new lures from BigT to be finished then its full speed up the coast!:kaykak

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Big T is the best stuff around, got smashed on my last crossing every day by a bill fish.

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Got the latest Big T prototypes in the bag and packing for R Bay. Be up there late Tuesday and hopefully on the water by the weekend. Some awesome new shapes we've been working on with different internal weighting. Cant wait to give them a run and check the performance. Will post some pics soon!:fswim

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u better trev, Uncle ted has provided me with the best action lures i have ever pulled. most of them only lased 200- 300 miles, Abbo says u guys been smashing the fish up there. cant wait to get home so we can plan a trip that we have been speaking about up there with you. I def want to do some jigging while im up in Rich B. Safe fishing andtight lines

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In R Bay and sorting through the admin asap. Water looking better and better and the new gang are taking shape. Some new lures from Big T and chomping for some action..
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Some of the new kids on the block with UV shine skirts and all!

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After a small hick-up involving a few drinks to celebrate Wayne Richie's new boat,and a few more watching rugby the chances of having a full crew to fish on Sunday took a serious nose dive!But fortunately old friend Takkie Fourie and his son Daniel were itching to get out and I joined them for the trip on Tycoon.
On the way out we had poor water conditions all the way out to the 500m line even though the temp was climbing all the way. Found good blue water on the 800m line and continued out to the 1300m in clean cobult blue water at 23,9 deg.
Worked north and back into the 350m area south of Jolly Rubino where we found a lot of birds working a plankton line. Water had stayed at 23,9/ 24 so we worked the area along the line until 2pm. Had all but given up on seeing a fish when there was a rap on the short flat. The fish came back twice but didnt hook up on a very big lure short flat. Switched to the lure directly behind it and took it out of the clip. Wound it back hard to exite the fish and bingo first blue hooked up. Small fish of 75 kg T/R angler Daniell Fourie

Returning to R Bay later we found the water had pushed all the way in to the 150m line off the harbour and this should only improve over the next week with the NE forcast.
The season has begun and lets hope its going to be a cracker..tight lines all!!


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Had two days on the water on Tycoon off Richards Bay with awesome blue water pushing in over the 50m line and improving every day. Went deep on the first day and found good flying fish and birds on the 1000m line where we landed a 25kg Dorado and a 65 kg Yellowfin. Had a marlin in the spread but no strike. Second day we went deep again looking for some more fish for the pot and hooked a bus Yellowfin that spooled the 130lb. Unfortunately the hooks pulled close to the boat after a very strong fight on solid drag. Didnt see the fish but it had to be in the 80 -100kg class judging by the fight. We only did a half day which didnt leave much time out there but there are certainly some quality fish out there. The boat Madness dropped two marlin on Friday and released one on the inside on Saturday so the season is off and running very nicely and should only improve with each day this current establishes itself!
Tite lines all!

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Definitely chose the wrong day to go to sea yesterday. Plenty action out there in the sunlight today. Galavant had 2 stripes up and a sail but dropped them while Captain Fine caught 2 big yellowfin of 80 and 90 kgs and dropped a marlin. The action is definitely hotting up. Spent the day productively though and gave Reel Magic a major cleanup. Definitely would have preferred being at sea though...gotta do what you gotta do! :fbash

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What a way to open the season.. Learning to fish by brail..rain wind and rough seas. Had the proverbial Sh.t kicked out of us yesterday in pelting rain and a SW squall that had us running for cover on a big boat! Electing to do it all over again this morning with an American client Rick Newman who showed more balls and guts than I have seen in local guys to brave the elements again after feeling the effects the day before. Cancelled his game reserve reservations for another mauling at sea to get the marlin he so badly wanted. He who perserveers wins they say!
Opened the season as we did last year with the release of a 500lb blue, released another 300 lb Blue and dropped a nice Stripey..
The new Big T prototypes doing the damage again.


Awesome day!
Cant imagine how good its going to be when we get some weather to really fish in!!
ps raining again!

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Dont have many bookings for the next month and I dont fancy missing good days at sea! So if there are any members out there who would like to catch a marlin, drop me a message and we can make a plan to make it happen!:wfish:wfish

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Forced our way out yesterday on the big boat with 4-5 meter swell, rough south sea and rain....and then deployed 30 lb outfits only??! Ran a teazer to get something sizeable into the spread to get a fish up in the darkness. Not a tactic I enjoy but necessary due to the conditions. Wasnt long before we were scrambling to get it out the water as a nice Stripey did a good job of making it look decidedly second hand. Fish turned behind the short and waved goodbye! Just the reason why I dont like teasers..Shortly after, had what looked to be a black smash the teazer, knock the left short out the rigger and then inhaled the right short - game on. Cleared lines while the fish tore 500 meters off the spool while staying down. Couldnt back up in that sea or turn as we had no idea where the fish was. Didnt matter that I had backed off completely on the drag, one big surge and she was gone...the curse continues!! Thats what you get for forcing the 30 lb issue in rediculous conditions!Went 50 meters after winding in all the slack and we had another fish up in the spread that hooked up briefly on the shotgun and came off. Weather report for the next week is a horror show..plenty time for the wounds to heal... :raine:raine:raine^^..^^..:SSS:SSS

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Out today for the first time since the raging weather to find a big swell running and discoloured water out to the 400m line(Thanks buster SW). Got 2 nice Dorado on 30 lb but no action from the big girls. NE Wind blew us home early but its good to see some game fish making an appearance and with two days NE forecast, the water should push in and clean up quickly . Wondering how the guys went at Soddies today, sure there were a good few boats out!

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At last some weather to fish in..flat see for a day..what!! Raised 3 blues today dropped a bus early then a rat and released a nice blue of 400+. Maintained the 100% record on charters since last season--chuffed! All fish before 10am! Slow day at Oet only 8 fish and all this morning too. Out again tomorrow hoping to correct the hookup ratio!

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Slower day today with the dropping glass but managed another Blue to sort the hookup ratio to the 50% mark which sounds a bit better. Fanus and crew had a great day at the death and two marlin in two days is hard to beat on a charter anywhere in the world. OET much quieter today as well.

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Unfortunately no pics of today but plenty action. Skippered Wayne Ritchies new Citation in pretty heavy conditions(NE). Had a fish up and fed it a strip on the 30lb - freespool,hookup and all...got spat after 40m run, brought it back up to the spread and it switched onto the shotgun,hooked up, junmped twice and waved goodbye. Perfect 120 kg fish for 30lb..#$@%.
Had another smash on the shotgun an hour later but no hookup. Birds are back with some flying fish. Looking fantastic and we are on the poorest moon phase. Think its going to get crazy in the next 3 weeks ....yeeha!:ifishin:fbash:fbash

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Knackered after an all nighter on "Reel Magic" with Deon Auby..no Swordfish but a Dorrie and a nice 400lb Blue at 615 am this morning. Headed for bed!

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Out on Beluga today with Mike and Dale Leenstra on 30lb line. Absolutely horrible sea this morning but at last a hookup! Dale(Junior Angler) got a 50-60kg Stripey which was to close to call for the record (55 kg Held by his dad), so we let it go in hope of a bigger fish. Didnt have to wait long as we had a fish on again within an hour but unfortunately it threw the hooks. 2 other boats out also released fish so the game is definitely warming up nicely and with good 25 C water moving in we should get very busy now. Looking forward to the next few weeks!:wfish

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Been a super busy day today getting the top survey and a few other admin tasks sorted so yesterdays story had to wait.
Went out on Reel Magic with only Lynie Maree as help and had another shot at it on 30 lb. Had a Dorrrie on immediately, followed by nothing until 2pm when we had a hookup that fell off and then a fish up in the spread that toured and disappeared. Had given up on it when it launched at the shotgun and hooked up in 240m of water. Originally thought it was a stripey but when it came barrelling out of the water, greyhounding for the horizon we knew it wasnt a stripe. Managed to stay attached by backing down on the drag and saying a few prayers!
Hour and 40 later, in rough conditions, we managed to get the fish gaffed after a hell of a tussle on the leader unaided. With the fish having given us the worst time imaginable for its size neither of us had checked the fish out to determine what it was, assuming by the run and the depth that it was a blue. Only on gaffing did we realize that it was a black and that we had failed in the quest of beating the SA record for a blue on 30lb.
We estimated it at 95 kg. Jubilation turned to remorse as we realized the effort had been in vane. It was late and we headed for port to weight the fish anyway. What a surprise when she came in at 112 kg , missing the SA mark by just 6kgs.
Will just have to go out and try again. Heres to hoping its blue next time!

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Water up to 26, deg and purple . . Dbn stand bye here she comes!:wfish

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Reel Magic Charters wrote: Water up to 26, deg and purple . . Dbn stand bye here she comes!:wfish
Thanks for the update... "Standing by"

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Last minute call last night to help out with a group who had chartered 2 boats in R Bay and suffered a breakdown on one yesterday. Had the whole group(6) on Reel Magic today for a half day in a stiff NEaster. Hooked up at 6.05am and released a fiesty black that emptied an 80 lb outfit. Guess we can call it "Job Done"
Rushed home and to the airport in Durban to pick up the next group at 2.30pm. Hectic day and more to come!:wfish:wfish

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Tough trip for my brother and friends with Gale SW weather swell and strong NE after but managed 2 days in pretty uncomfortable conditions dropping one marlin and landing some Yellowfin sushi on day 1, with another marlin dropped, a spearfish release and a good 30 kg Wahoo on the second. Very bummed not to release a Blue for the guys, but the water has been far from good having dropped 3 degrees from a week ago and the sea being nasty. Sign of good water moving in yesterday with a degree rise and good colour returning. Hopefully the westerlies will go back to where they originated and the weather will settle. One boat dropped a big Yellowfin in the deep yesterday so they still around on the outside line.

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Have you caught a lot of spearfish? I still have yet to get one.

Would you do anything specific to target them?

Thanks for the updates.

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Have you caught a lot of spearfish? I still have yet to get one.

Would you do anything specific to target them?

Thanks for the updates.


Was talking about it yesterday. Have had about 8 on Reel Magic, but over some time - very difficult fish to target as they come out all over although mainly in Feb on the 1000m or in hotter water 27/28.Very soft mouth so if you see them jump, back off the drag immediately and baby them to the boat. Difficult to handle next to the boat as no bill and grabbing them in the mouth area is always close to hooks so beware!

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Oh yes they love smaller lures behind a bird, though hookups are very difficult. The lure in picture is a flying fish immitation and is perfect for them!

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Murphy has a strange sense of humour. Have been looking for SA record on 30 lb for some time now and wanted a "good" fish to put on the board. Well yesterday the wish was granted, only that it was in excess of 700 lb! Cant be done many will say, but yesterday we proved just how do able it is. A 3 hr 20 minute fight and we had her on the leader 5 times! Been tutoring youngster Dale Leenstra on the art of fighting fish on light tackle and he sure had an intense lesson yesterday, not to mention his first attempt at leadering a fish of this size. All did a great job on dad Mike Leenstra's boat Baluga. Unfortunately she got away and the sadness will prevail for a very long time.
Fish was hooked on Big T "Vanatu 50 Dorado skirt. Somewhere out there is a magnifacent fish sporting some Big T bling...till next time!
pics to follow

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Well here are some of the shots from yesterdays epic dual. Unfortunately the quality of stills off the go pro arnt great but sure you can see the quality of the fish!

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Hate to say we told you so, but we landed and tagged a 300lb blue and a 60-70 kg stripey on 30lb today. Let the blue go even though it was double the record as I know we can do much better especially after the fish on Saturday..was this blues lucky day! Didnt even photograph it as its on go pro. Took pics of the stripey and my new leaderman/cameraman in training..Dale Leenstra...check the headgear haha.
Fish on Big T Vanatu and Etosha(stripey).

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Another magic day on the water. Dropped a stripey early then some gamefish (Dorado and Wahoo) and then had a double header on stripes and dropped one releasing other. Things looking better and better!

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Went 0-1 on blue today dropping a nice blue after a good run. My leaderman Dale Leenstra set a new Junior SA Blue Marlin record of 230 kg on 30 lb fishing off Mitsu Fishi with Hansie Van Wyk!! Went on to release another two blues on a memorable day for the team - top effort guys!!

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Good day yesterday after a frustrating start with a good stripey charging everything including the teazer and the exhaust on the boat when the teazer was removed. Second stripey caused the same havoc and waved goodbye. Glad to see a blue that had the manners not to play with his food and hooked up solid.

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Another good day today with a big blue of 300 kg which unfortunately got tail wrapped and died on us. Client got more than what he bargained for and the fight of his life under big pressure to get her up again. 3 hour fight!

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Dropped a good blue after a 30 min fight this morning and raised a small stripe that did some window shopping and left... all good!

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Note the snapped hook and parted leader loop onto the pigtail. Fish got wrapped and when the body straightened it broke everything. Came in attached only by the pigtail embedded in its tail and a few wraps of the leader...lucky angler unlucky fish!lure is the new Big T Zulu Impi with the same weighting as the new TT. Uv purple skirts!

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Released a young black of 100kg early this morning and had a few Dorado jump on board. Sea was horrendous and the crew fragile. Hoping for a blue or two in the next two days..weather looking good. Pics later!

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Reel Magic charters does it again running two boats for 6 clients at moment and our second boat Boyance skippered by Hansie Van Wyk landed two fish of 219 and 285 kg on standup. Our 2nd 600 pounder this season. Reel magic had a good blue on for a while before it threw the hooks. Some awesome big fish around at the moment. Pity the clients are not up to the pace resulting in a tail wrap and a DOA due to the time taken to get the fish up. Heres to hoping for some more good days and clients who can stand the pace!

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Went 1-1 on a black on live bait on Reel Magic today making it a first marlin for 5 of the anglers in our 6 man group for the trip. Fortunately the unlucky one got a fish with us last year...full house!

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Change over day today with two airport runs so no fishing for us and a huge pity! Sounds like all the boats got fish today with up to 3 fish on a boat..damn! Merry Christmas all!:::S

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Well when marlin fishing is bad it really sucks! Have dropped 5 blues in 3 days and have run out of expletives. Thank goodness for a nice Yellowfin for a lucky 11 year old(Conrad) who's dad has given him 2 days charter for great school marks. Fished with us last year on his first sea outing and caught 3 tuna species. Upped his game somewhat this year with the biggest fish on Reel Magic for any 11 year old (58kg). Fought it like a champ unaided..great effort. Had a massive blue up that didnt hook up and it may have been just as well as its unlikely he would have managed. Next time Conrad!

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Sad to see those beauts on land

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Give us all a break...Jeez:fbash:fbash:fbash

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Great start to 2013 went 1-3 on blues dropping a 350 and a bomb in the 600-700lb range!

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Weldone Conrad! Shucks, I'm 102kg and battled with a 24kg Yfin. Good for you RMC! This is memory for this boy for a lifetime.

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Well we had a gale from the NE today and most boats ran home early! Stuck it out with her majesty and managed two nice wahoo and dropped a window shopping stripey. The bad news is that there is a huge piece of green water that has moved into the area stretching to past the 800m line! No idea where we will fish tomorrow but will report after the day.
ps thanks rianc was a lekka day!

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Due to the ruckus going on around the SADSAA classic and other issues my booking for the SADSAA classic has been moved to other dates and Reel Magic is available for charter for the comp again! Any interested parties can contact me via the web email address at trevor@reelmagic.co.za .

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Out today on the small boat in pretty rough NE conditions on 30 lb. Dropped a small stripey that fell off after pulling some line. Good bird life and flying fish and water in North is purple and 28 deg. No sign of the blues but they must be out there, unfortunately home early due to sea conditions!

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Reel Magic Charters wrote:
Due to the ruckus going on around the SADSAA classic and other issues my booking for the SADSAA classic has been moved to other dates and Reel Magic is available for charter for the comp again! Any interested parties can contact me via the web email address at trevor@reelmagic.co.za .

Great response Thx Sealine boat chartered for SADSAA CLASSIC!

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So much for a predicted great weekends weather last week. Pouring rain and strong wests put paid to my charters this weekend and resulted in the onset of severe Cabin Fever
Water is looking good and some fish came out off Sodwana just before the rain! itching to get out but will have to wait a few days..till then!!

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Great to be able to put a report together after a break at home and an enforced break due to weather. Out today on the small boat on 30 lb and tagged and released a nice stripey. Couple of other fish released too, so not too shabby for a peach of a day with no wind.

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Reel Magic Charters wrote: Great to be able to put a report together after a break at home and an enforced break due to weather. Out today on the small boat on 30 lb and tagged and released a nice stripey. Couple of other fish released too, so not too shabby for a peach of a day with no wind.
Great stuff, well done!

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Action packed day today , dropped a good blue around 500lb on a jump off and then two stripeys before 10am - thanks to a 5m swell and shitty sea no doubt. Good news is the current has pushed in hard with the water shooting up by 3 degrees from 25 this morning to 28 by evening. First time weve seen plenty birds working on schools of skippies and small yellowfin the whole season. Hope its not a flash in the pan. Water and conditions looking great after the last 3 weeks of poor fishing! BRING IT ON!

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Fishing in Richards Bay at the moment is like being in a automatic wash cycle..stops, starts, spins and plenty fresh water rinses. So glad to have come out on the right side of a stripey attack for a change with a first timer release of a 60 kg stripe today. Best thing of all was the dry cycle and the appearance of sunshine...at last! Some other fish dropped while Bouyance got a small blue and a black of 200kg odd was also caught on Qaswa. Looks good for tomorrow apart from the low Barometer..

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What a day today, released a Black at 6am and a Blue at 9am to make it a charter grand slam with a 3 species of marlin:stripe,black and blue in two days for three anglers from up country on a belter day with calm sea and no wind! Beers all round for a full house!! It cant be beaten anywhere in the world

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Bagged another blue on 30lb today only problem, it didnt make the 400lb mark Im looking for. Fish of 120-130 kg doesn't know how lucky it is. Twice the current record but shes swimming free. Trying to be patient and looking for a fat girl. Next time!:wfish

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Went 1-1 on a Blue of 132 kg on 30 lb again today on Reel Magic out of Richards Bay. Unfortunately it tail wrapped and died arriving DOA after a 4 hr fight to lift it from 350m on bottom. Not a happy chap even though its an SA Record. Out tomorrow looking for a better fish!

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Awesome fishing off R Bay with 4 fish in 5 days... released a 650lb fish today!!:wfish

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What a sad bunch of people who run the SADSAA comp. Having disqualified our fish on the first day due to a safety issue of a tag not being placed on the board in the excitement. The boat called in to control and was in the tent at 4 30pm 30 minutes before cut off and the fish was verified and accepted and congratulations accepted. They disqualified the team while a team member was at the club with the tag in his pocket. this was done without contacting us at 2 minutes past 5. Then denied our appeal outright and have deliberately and vindictively taken an action against me and the team based on personal grudge. Every team fishing here knows who won this comp including the wrongfull winners who I had a talk with this morning. Shamefull state of affairs and another blight on SADSAA. Definitely time for a few heads to roll in the hierarchy. Piss poor indeed!!!!!!

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Many thanks to all the guys who came up to us and shared their feelings on the goings on at this comp, you know who you are and we appreciated the support. It has been a very difficult few days and excuse my anger. Hopefully this nonsense will stop in this sport, the sooner the better!

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Was out yesterday with the guys from Umfolozi casino on a peach of a day. What a great bunch of guys, just a pity the water has gone green on the inside after the big south westers early in the week. Water blue and 29 deg over the 600 with lots of birds and bonnies and little yellowfin. Big girls were quiet so we went hunting for the big yellows in the deep and found them. Had a shoal of 7-8 big yellows on the surface feeding but when we went over them they could be seen on the echo sounding with little interest in the lures. Will be back with plenty bait to see if we can do them in Cape Town style.

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After an awesome break surfing my home break "Supers", golfing on our immaculate courses around St Francis, and hunting in the best area in SA its time to get back to the ocean for the last stint of the season. Some good movement on the Yellowfin side with 3 nice fish from 70 - 85 kg landed at St Lucia last week. Going to be some big blues around with them. Back in R Bay on Saturday 23rd to finish off the 2012/2013 season!

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Finally forced our way out on a pretty nasty sea and lasted till 12pm when a sick one forced us back. Not before dropping two marlin within 300m of one another. Water not epic but good temp and obviously some fish around. Two fish released at Mapelane and 3 nice tuna landed in the 80's. Looks like a few good fish starting to rise. All thats needed is some fishing weather!:ifishin

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Went 1-1 on a stripe on Reel Magic and dropped a 170 lb yellowfin at the boat 2 days ago. Then boated a 87kg/200lb Yellow yesterday. Spent the whole day chasing big Yellos under the birds. Must have seen at least a hundred that would not eat a lure. Chunked for an hour and had them around the boat, totally refused to eat a baited hook. When these fish turn on its going to be chaos!

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Cant wait for this weather to blow over. Have the lads from Big T for the weekend and will be chasing anything that moves out there. Hopefully our yellow finned friends are still out there and hungry. Here kitty kitty..:ifishin:ifishin:wfish

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The first black marlin was landed in Richards Bay for the 2013 season by old friend Takkie Foure on the boat Tycoon. Nice early start and much more to come!
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We got 100 kg black 2 miles off Leven PT. a month ago!!!

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Good effort- yep Blacks around hopefully blues soon!

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So we have two boats on offer for RMC this season both kitted and ready to go! Your choice!
Big Sea Hunter or Sea Hunter II ?

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First fish of the season on Sea Hunter II some 40 kg tuna on Sat and some nice Dagga Sat night!

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First fish of the season on Sea Hunter II some 40 kg tuna on Sat and some nice Dagga Sat night!

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Lynie Maree released the first Blue of the season on Big Sea Hunter yesterday to kick off our season. Water wasn't looking that good but the result was excellent. He will be out with the guys again tomorrow weather permitting... watch this space. Now I really cant wait to get up there! Will post the pics when I get them!

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Amazing result in the Billfish Roundup in Gabon. Released 3 Blues and a Sail in 3 days to blitz the opposition, taking top honours on all 3 days, top angler and winning the league for the combined 2 comps - Clean sweep!!! Awesome experience!! Back in SA Sunday.

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Good fish in the Billfish 15000 and a few fish caught and lost off R Bay over the weekend. Will be down on Thurs and hopefully on the water on the weekend. Hopefully a good season ahead and reports soon- looking awesome
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Were out on the weekend with some Scandinavian boys average age around 68 oldest 70 - tough old buggers! Sat we dropped 4 stripes and raised a blue that would not commit - not a great day. Sunday we fished probably the worst sea on a charter ever with 30 knots NE and a very KAK sea. Battled for pulls as we could not work the deeper line but squeaked home with an injury time black to save the day. Heavy day on the water, thank goodness for the reward!
Had a hard time with the fish on the leader and struggled to hold it at the boat in very difficult conditions hence no pics. Next time :wfish

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Awesome action today off Richards Bay. Skippered Baluga for Dale Leenstra looking for a record blue on 10 kg/20lb line and dropped a 450lb Blue that ran us off after hitting the after burners even though the drag was backed off to a kilo. Tough catching these big fish on light tackle. Released another blue of 80 kg soon after and then had a stripey climb over the lures repeatedly and somehow did not hook up properly - Their way! Two nice Dorado for the pot too!
Pity this weather is crappy for the next few days...THE GAME IS ON!

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This weather has got to give us a break before we break ourselves or a boat - fishing all day in this crud is no fun. Still we had a double Dorado smash which was reduced to a single when a nice blue clubbed the one off the lure and the other unhitched itself in the panic. Released a short bill and raised another that didnt commit. Will be committed soon if we continue fishing in these conditions! Still another bill for the day. :wfish

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Yesterdays Junior Dorado record for Dale off Baluga on 20 lb

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had to collect clients yesterday - Was a bad day to miss out on yesterday - some good fish were raised and plenty stripes. Lady Els got a blue and had four stripe attacks but no hook up. Weather no good today hoping to get a morning in tomorrow! :fbash

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Squeezed a day in between this ridiculous weather and landed a nice big Dorado again and missed a stripey that was in and out so quick we couldnt get the pitch Bait back to him in time. These arn't the big lure gobbling stripeys of NZ, these are the cape flats versions with cap on backwards and pants around the ankles - take your wallet without u knowing it kind! So much frustration at moment with wind and pouring rain forecast to continue into mid next week - just not summer! :raine

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Squeezed another day in 4-5m swell and 15-20 knots SW! Jeez I envy the guys fishing in calm seas in the tropics you need hair on your chest to fish this coast, think only the Aussies deal with this scenario. Anyway all good as we has a knock down , marked and worked the area and got hooked up on a nice blue of 400lb which was sent swimming after a good fight. Nice to on the sea and to report even though it was real hard going. Guess what another front just hit and its pouring and blowing...mmmm but we will be up and looking to go at 4am - just need a stiff shot to ease the bruising - check Dales tats and the sign left! ha ha

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Super tough day on the ocean with 6-8 meter swell running and fortunately only 15 knots South or it would have been suicidal. Got a nice dorry on the way to the ledge followed by some small tuna and then went tight on a good blue early on. Launched late due to the rain and wind but the bashing was worth it in the end. Dropped another blue this afternoon but no worries as the the first had made our day. Hope I never have to fish another three days like this in a row for a long time. Dale and I are finished!:wfish

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Had a cracker day yesterday releasing 3 fish for the day. First decent day as far as the ocean was concerned, no swell moderate NE all that was missing was the sun. See we have more rain forecast or the next few days. Cant imagine what the fishing will be like if we get the same conditions and some sunlight.. new client arriving tomorrow and the ocean awaits....:fbash:fbash:fbash:wfish:wfish:wfish

:SSS:SSS:SSS:SSS please!!

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Thanks Boet you coming fishing again?

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Missed 3 days due to weather and ran out today in heavy conditions forecast to improve - heavy morning that got much better resulting in a nice blue release and lost another very good blue so 1-2 and a good forecast for tomorrow. Pics and full report when time allows!

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Had a day of missed opportunities yesterday but the wheel turns fortunately and we had the action today. Found some good fish on the inside and had a good blue on early this morning, gave an awesome show, unfortunately pulled hooks well into the fight. Hooked and released a 400lb black and had a window shopping blue in the spread soon after.Some Dorado action in between too - great day on a hot sunny flat sea -BONUS!

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Another great day at sea with Dale on Baluga on 20lb line. Released a stripe that was a junior record but deemed not big enough to cull. Going 1-3 on the critters and missed a nice fish on the shotgun, not sure if black or blue. All boats getting action and better weather the next 3 days so hopefully a record or two. Pics when we get a chance!

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Yep we had another good one on Baluga. New SA Junior record Blue on 20lb! On another big T Vuta! So enjoy fishing with this kid and sharing all the stuff. Out again tomorrow and going for some more

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Another SA Junior record for Dale Leenstra with Mr RMC off Baluga! Have so much to report on but the body is nackered. Lost a very nice fish this morning and connected again this afternoon landing a black that tail wrapped and died. Had to dead lift it in rough sea on 20lb from 180m down in strong current - not do able normally but somehow we got it done. Wasnt the size we were looking for but its a lot bigger than previous record so for now it will do!

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Been a great three days fishing with Dale achieving a grand Slam on 10 kg line in 3 days releasing a stripe and catching a junior SA record Blue and Black in the process!
Weather very windy for a few days so the break is welcome before some more record attempts!:fbash:fbash:fbash:wfish

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Just a summary of the Dec so far for the Ultimate angling forum. Know of a few local boats that have had a good run but not sure of their numbers, sure to be some with 6-8 fish too.

SUMMARY STATS

# Blue marlin: 16
# Black marlin: 5
# Striped marlin: 3
# Sailfish: 9
# Shortbill spearfish: 1
# Broadbill: 0

TOTAL: 35

Release rate: 91.4% (32/35)


Top boats: Total (Blue marlin/Black marlin/Striped marlin/Sailfish/Shortbill spearfish/Broadbill):

Reel Magic Charters 19 (11/4/1/2/1/0)
Backline 6 (4/0/1/1/0/0)
Cyclone 4 (1/1/0/2/0/0)
Jam Packed II 1 (0/0/0/1/0/0)
ShagnRelease 1 (0/0/0/1/0/0)
Liberty 1 (1/0/0/0/0/0)
Genesis 1 (0/0/1/0/0/0)
Helium 1 (0/0/0/1/0/0)
AFEICA 1 (0/0/0/1/0/0)

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What a classic end to 2013! Went out for the last day of the year and an overnight broadbill trip that had us releasing what I am sure were the last fish in SA for 2013 released at 4.45 and 5.30 pm. Had a bumpy night without success and dropped the first marlin of 2014 before the sun had peeped over the horizon. Released one later probably the second caught in 2014 as we were pipped to the post by Cracker Man. Ended the day somewhat exhausted but with 3 tags and a great start to 2014. Happy New Year everybody! ps awesome sight of all the flares from out on the ocean - very different!

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Another great day on the water with sunshine and flat seas.
Had a very sad radio message after releasing a nice stripey that free jumped a way off to show us her position, turned and followed and hooked up - sure she was waving my good friend and mentor Takkie Fourie goodbye. He passed away suddenly today and he will be remembered with every fish I catch from now onwards. Thank you my friend for introducing me to this great sport and for being the man you were. For the countless days of happiness we shared on the water - you will be sorely missed.
To Tina, Daniell, Salomy and Karen my deepest condolences.
RIP my friend!

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First fish for my late friend released today - small black with a big heart. Great day on the ocean with the boys from Durbs! And some nice big Dorado you wont see coming out of the Durbs area ha ha.
And you think A BLACK HAS NO NEON BANDS!

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What a day on the ocean today! Flat calm hot and fish biting! Released a nice 350 lb blue and dropped another shortly after. All boats had some action on a belter day - gotta love it!

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Missing a nice day on the ocean today but when you fall asleep twice while standing in the tower i think its time for a rest. Day nighter coming up so the sleep is welcome. Its been a great run the last two weeks with the fish popping up in different locations every day and coming on for just an hour or so. If you were not in the right area you missed out. Strange season. Water temp jumped two degrees yesterday from 26 - 28 degrees C so we will have to see how these fish react in the next week or so.
Doing a trip overnight to the Vidal canyon to try for a broadbill, hope we get some action, its been a long time coming so lets hope it happens. Haven't fished there so the trip up should be interesting. :fishn

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Thanks Trevor for an absolute great two days on 2nd and 3rd

I see why you are regarded as the best charter in RB

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Thanks Trevor for an absolute great two days on 2nd and 3rd

I see why you are regarded as the best charter in RB


Many thx was a pleasure having you guys on board!

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Phew Dale came home with some horror story about being cleaned up on 20lb by a 250kg Blue - nice to see the guys see the funny side. Hes busy spooling up for another go tomorrow. Big fish fought for 5 hrs today so it looks like the fat blues have arrived. Will be out the next three days and a night - gonna be dog tired at the end but chomping to get out again! Stand by!!:wfish:wfish:wfish

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Ok only lasted two days and a night which wasn"t as peachy as forecast but turned out better by daytime. Dropped a stripe and a nice blue on the straight line to Vidal Canyon against a ripping current. Was forced to run the last bit to make it before dark but struck out on the BB's but went 4-4 on the hammers. Released a nice 400lb blue at 7am today and swore blue murder at another 3 stripes that did the jump off trick again today. Think the long liners have finished our BB fishing for good!
Luckily our marlin are still around but not sure for how much longer! Be out again tomorrow. Tight lines!

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Rest day at last and not a moment to soon, body tortured and mind in limp mode. Yesterday the current was the strongest I have ever experienced up here and was the slowest day of the season with only a sail for the fleet. The SE wind may be the Cape doctor but up here its the poison breeze and with the low from the cyclone east of us and green water from the counter current inshore, the big girls just switched off. Hope the guys have a better day today because its a peach.

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Well like I said the fish are still out there. Pushed out through the rain on the small boat(Baluga) around 7am and found a nasty 4m swell and choppy heavy sea over the 100m. We were looking for a black record on 50lb and managed a good small yellowfin bait early.
Haven't felt well the past few days but feeling seasick was a first for me. Lucky it all passed as did the black that smashed the bait and must have been pricked by the hook when swallowing,hence throwing the bait immediately. Hook pulled after taking 100m of line. Wasn't the worst moment of the day as we got run off by a rather large blue shortly after on 50lb - too much loop and heavy sea leading to another bout of lost fish sickness!. Been doing this long enough but still cant stomach losing a good one!
To cap it off we had another knock down a half hour later - not a good day but sure proof the girls are out there!

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Well its official, the real "Reel Magic" and the original lodge are again available to my clients and fishing crew with boats that would like stay and to spend time fishing out of Richards Bay. I will be meeting with the new owner next week to get things finalized.
I will also be offering my services to visiting fisherman to guide and tutor on their boats so that they can learn the area and get their equipment sorted so that they too can have greater success in their efforts to catch some fat ladies.

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Yes please, first day back on my old sweetheart and business as usual: 1-1 on a 350lb blue and she's as sweet as ever - fits like a glove - "REEL MAGIC"! - yeah baby!

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Will be in Richards Bay for another week or two and as I am not allowed to fish the SADSAA Billfish comp, anyone wanting a trip with me to learn about the area and pick my brain should contact me asap. Will be going to Angola for two weeks to fish a marlin comp and then on to Gabon to show some guys the ropes up there.

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So good being back on Reel Magic again and even with super warm water and action being slow, we managed to release another 350lb blue today and dropped a very nice fish in the 550lb range that threw the hooks after a good run. Business as usual on my favourite boat and the Durbs boys Nic and JJ have had 4 days with me this season and released four fish - stripe, black and two blues - thats why I recon we have one of the best fisheries in the world.

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Another magic day on the ocean but on Rampage with good friend Deon and my mate Russ.
First blue of 450lb for Russ and dropped another good fish.
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Another TT special day today running just my favourites and releasing another blue for my mate Deon. Flat seas and good vibes 1-1 and smiling!

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Ok enough of R Bay for a while and on to Struisbaai to see if the big girls down there have got what it takes to excite a regular. Hope the weather is good and we get to fish a few days. :wfish

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Awesome fishing in Angola have released 24 sails in s days!

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Great to be back on line after an awesome trip to Lobito Angola and fishing for the Kwanza Lodge Team.
There were over 514 sails released in 4 days of competition by 51 boats and makes this the best destinations for sails in Africa! I have not got stills of all our releases as it was necessary to have full video coverage of all releases for the comp. Have posted what I have on stills. Basically the stats for our stay was 33 releases from 5-12 March and noted as follows

12 Trevor Hansen
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Some good reports of big Yellowfin coming out in the Richards Bay area the past few days. The big Blues are gonna be there too!!!

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Will be back in R Bay for a short stint next week before heading off to Gabon. Some big S-West forecast for the rest of the week hope it doesn't mess the water too much. Time for a fat one in the bay again and maybe a nice Yellow to ride!
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Coming in hot and hope the big girls are ready to dance- short touch down in R Bay, weather looking good from Tuesday onwards - let's play!

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My fears of the aftermath of the big south wester were well founded with the water being off colour even at 27 degrees. Tuesday delivered absolutely zero! Wednesday saw the water pushing in nicely but only in the shallows at this stage and slight drop in temp over the 200m line. caught some small tuna and Kawa's on small high before heading out for marlin. Landed a nice dorado on the 500 before going tight on a nice blue around 400lb that ran hard without jumping, then appeared right next to the boat as the line parted - not how it should go!
No idea what happened here but in all likelihood it picked up its own line and disaster happened. I guess thats part of the game but not cool especially on the anglers birthday! Rest of day was uneventful.
Sorry Jan - next time!
Back home now and on to Gabon next week. Lets hope for better reports!

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So the big Yellowfin are starting to come out in the R Bay area and that means the big Blues are gonna be there too.Trophee Time!!!! Posted this on my website 2 weeks ago with the pic of the 800lb fish we got in April 2 years ago - little bird whispered in my ear that a fish of 420kg was landed in R Bay today and one of 192 kg yesterday - GAME ON! Need to get back up there after Gabon!
Nows the time fro a fish of a lifetime!!

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RMC short trip to Gabon to share some knowledge and returned with 3 Sails and 3 blues.
0-2,1-1,1-2, 1-1 on sails and 3-3 on blues. Monday 21/04/2014 we had 4 bills(1 sail + 3 blues)- good day.


2 sails for Vanessa
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Amazing reports of good Blues off Gabon at the moment with 3-3 on Akanda on Fri and another 3-7 on another boat on Saturday. Cant wait to get there next week and see how good the action is for myself. Will be fishing Akanda again with Olivier and hopefully beat the 4 in a day we did in early season in March. Its full season there now and it should be cracking!!

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Quick trip to Gabon was great fun and although the fish did not come on as I had hoped we released 2 blues on the first day, had a quiet day the second and dropped and landed one on the third. 3-4 in 3 days would be great going in anyones books but I had definitely hoped for more after our trip in March.
Olivier has one of the best maintained rigs(Akanda - 43 ft Jannice)) I have ever fished on and it was an absolute pleasure fishing on her.
Theres talk of me returning to defend the title we won last November so maybe we will be back before the years up!
Will be going head to head with Olivier after teaching him all I can about thermocline etc - should be fun.
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Thermocline in Gabon - what a pity so few skippers know how to read this!

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Tell your friend to dump the Furuno (mine is going too!) and get the latest Garmin. You will see individual marlin just above and  sometimes just below the thermo depending on species. The guys are now talking about locating individual swords 10m above the bottom in 450m. I am afraid Furuno WAS the benchmark but is still stuck in the starting blocks.
If you consider marlin may spend only 10% of any given day in the upper water layer and rise up into your spread, it means you (WE) could be wasting 90% of our day.
The biggest advantage is being in the area when the fish do rise as often thermoclines can be extensive.
I believe Raymarine has come to the party too!
A friend who does an annual stint at Cairns said "they take bets on the size of the fish on the sounder (when the fish come up to the bait obviously) and are getting "within 100lbs"

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Any decent echo well tuned does the job! Some old machines better than the new ones but it depends who sets them up. Chirp has been a great addition but again if you dont set them up properly they dont deliver either. Have been able to distinguish between blues and stripes quite easily for a long time due to size difference and it was great to see sails on the echo in Angola this year. You can tell the difference in size of tuna as well when chunking. Being able to tell the weight - thats just a guess really as echo detail depends on so many things.

Worked with a garmin in Angola and doubt I'd prefer it to the bigger commercial sets, but they ok for ski's.

ps a good skipper never wastes his time out there ..

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Imagine seeing multi-layer thermoclines. Imagine identifying one large female black and 3 small males in attendance at 90 m. Imagine identifying skipjack or similar size tuna shoals at 150m. These are reality with the new Chirp sounders.
Furuno has at last albeit late embraced this technology (which is 60 years old I might add)  so lookout for their latest offering too.
No Trev you never waste your time at sea you waste your time staring into a screen that only shows less than 1/2 of what you need to know!!!!!!!!!!!! no matter how well you set it up.

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Imagine seeing multi-layer thermoclines. Imagine identifying one large female black and 3 small males in attendance at 90 m. Imagine identifying skipjack or similar size tuna shoals at 150m. These are reality with the new Chirp sounders.
Furuno has at last albeit late embraced this technology (which is 60 years old I might add)  so lookout for their latest offering too.
No Trev you never waste your time at sea you waste your time staring into a screen that only shows less than 1/2 of what you need to know!!!!!!!!!!!! no matter how well you set it up.
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Have been running chirp technology of different makes for some time now on various vessels around the world. We installed the latest Raymarine 3kw in a friends boat in R Bay 2 years ago and have had fantastic results after getting the machine set up properly. My favourite machine is still a standard Raymarine e12o that shows all of the above just as well but then I dont push any one make and dont sell echo,s just use them as tools to catch fish. Dont know that you have as much experience but as you seem to be an expert on these issues, maybe you should write an article on it.

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Maybe in the last 12 months my son and I boated marlin at: Cape point, Struis. Cape st Francis, Sodwana. Mocambique and Madagascar..
I just prefer to fly underneath the radar unlike some people.
Marlin is just another stupid fish glamorised by media, and not that difficult to catch if you know where to look and what to do:
PS  We started pulling Strip bait/small kona combo's at Struis with amazing results for Stripeys, now I see everyone is doing it. It would probably increase your hook up rate at RB, you should try it.

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Maybe in the last 12 months my son and I boated marlin at: Cape point, Struis. Cape st Francis, Sodwana. Mocambique and Madagascar..
I just prefer to fly underneath the radar unlike some people.
Marlin is just another stupid fish glamorised by media, and not that difficult to catch if you know where to look and what to do:
PS  We started pulling Strip bait/small kona combo's at Struis with amazing results for Stripeys, now I see everyone is doing it. It would probably increase your hook up rate at RB, you should try it.


mmm.. quite the expert...Im still learning ::tight:

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Imagine seeing multi-layer thermoclines. Imagine identifying one large female black and 3 small males in attendance at 90 m. Imagine identifying skipjack or similar size tuna shoals at 150m. These are reality with the new Chirp sounders.
Furuno has at last albeit late embraced this technology (which is 60 years old I might add)  so lookout for their latest offering too.
No Trev you never waste your time at sea you waste your time staring into a screen that only shows less than 1/2 of what you need to know!!!!!!!!!!!! no matter how well you set it up.


Wow finders can now tell you if it's a male or a female......lol!!

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Thought I would get a mouthful there. Trying to pull your chain. That anger management course is really working LOL. Did catch those fish though-got lucky

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Sjou long lay off on reports - much surfing and gym work in between so fired up for the new season to kick off. Be back up in Gabon end next month for the Billfish Roundup off Libreville with my mate John Henrick. An all SA team on the deck of Agombinero this year and hopefully another top result. Hope the Ebola stays up north, thats one critter we definitely dont want to catch - hear its a difficult release!
Hopefully dodge that and then on to R bay for the summer which is looking up with a few marlin knocks reported and a stripey on the weekend.
Almost time.....

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Great to see some early action off Richards Bay in between the poor weather experienced up there lately. First marlin have been released so things will only improve from now on with the warm water pushing down the coast. Will only be available in Richards Bay from mid November due to the Gabon trip coming up! Other good news is the return of the Billfish Classic to be hosted from the Richards Bay Ski Boat club from 25-28 FEB 2015. Will be available for charters for the comp again and looking forward to giving the fleet a run for their money again.

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That time again and packing for R Bay - hopefully the big blow coming this weekend will be the last heavy one for the year ...maybe. Anyway looking forward to the local season and taking a few big girls for a walk. Some reasonable fish have come out up north at Sodwana but no real fireworks yet. Blues and stripes plus a good few sails around. Water is reported as pretty green still, so hoping the North Easts will settle in and bring us the purple stuff soon. The moment it does Im sure its going to be game on. Start fishing next weekend so hoping it all comes together by then. Tight lines all the billfishers out there and heres to a cracker season!::tight:

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Word on the water is that the average size of the blues are running over 200kg! Sounds like our season 2 years ago - can't wait to get out there! Should be great fun fishing for these girls with my charters. Will also be fishing on light tackle looking for some more SA records with Dale Leenstra this season. Set 6 new records last year lets see if we can better that number this year !!

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Great start to the Richards Bay season with a nice fat Blue of 750lbs to kick off. Really tough fish that gave us the gears and took 3 hrs to subdue! Water not yet what it should be and we only got into it at 1pm after going far north and into the deep before finding good colour and temp. Good news is its pushing down hard and with two days NE coming it should be on the 200m line soon. Guys werent kidding when they said the fish where slow but of good class around 200kg. This one pushed over 300kg so lets hope its a sign of things to come. Hopefully the full rush of fish will be on shortly and we can really get stuck in, especially if the weather settles.

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Yesterday was a very quiet day out there and only one of the four boats got a blue. We managed a good sized Wahoo(24kg) to ease the pain. Wind was pumping by afternoon and the weather is looking absolute shite for the next few days!

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The original idea was to go out on Beluga and chase a 30lb Junior record for a black but the water on the ledge was very dirty and the bait was non existent. Wasted the high tide unfortunately and found very little action in the traditional area with off colour water. Moved out to the 600-800 depth off the Jolly and found good blue water and nice temp rise. Wasn't long before we raised this little fellow in the deep. Came up on the TT "goldie" and switched to the UV skirted Vuta and crashed it for a solid hook up!
Blacks out here are an indication that the water is just not right on the inside and although its improving its got a way to go. Some good settled weather for next week so hopefully that will do the job! Probably only get out on Sunday again so more time for organising Wave Walker.

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Better action today just before the storm hit - plenty Dorado and we dropped a blue! Pity as the weather came in and put paid to the day at 1pm with rain etc. Boys on Boyansea hooked up close to us and landed a 324kg Black - great job guys - lets hope this is the beginning of a top season. No fishing tomorrow out again Sun

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Very good reports from Sodwana today with multiple strikes and lots of fish landed. Lets hope this is the start of our season at long last. Out Thursday after the weather for sure!

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Cabin fever ...............wind, rain......eish!!!!! Good news is that 32 marlin were caught at Sodwana on Monday so we going to be busy here as soon as the weather clears - bring it on!!

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Two boats braved the rain and wind this morning and came back with a blue each off Richards Bay. Only sad part is both were killed and will not further the growth of the species.
The only positive is that the fish have arrived at last and I was able to take fin clippings off the fish for research.
We will be out tomorrow and look forward to tagging and releasing these beautiful animals so that our younger generation will also be able to enjoy our sport. Please people think before you kill these fish!!

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So good to be back in the office again doing what I love and do best. Lekka day with blues in the mix. Cool pic of o young blue about to be released with smiles all around.
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So good to be back in the office again doing what I love and do best. Lekka day with blues in the mix. Cool pic of o young blue about to be released with smiles all around.
RMC blue release 18 Dec 2014 angler J Woest - more tomorrow hopefully!

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So good to be back in the office again doing what I love and do best. Lekka day with blues in the mix. Cool pic of o young blue about to be released with smiles all around.
RMC blue release 18 Dec 2014 angler J Woest - more tomorrow hopefully!

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4 seasons pizza for weather today - rain , calm sun and then wind, but a good day on the ocean. Second day of the girls getting it done for the first time - NICE!!
Dropped a stripe early then hooked up on this one and dropped another lure basher late. All good as fish are around and still good reports from Sodwana, so we will be having some fun for a while.
Rampage 1-3 on stripes, Reel Magic 1-1 on black and Lady Lee 1-1 on blue or stripe. No idea on rest.
Big congrats to our 12 year old first timer Antwane Kotze - well done girl!!! First marlin and released - you should be proud and dad too!!

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Man we had some fun with the double header today! Fish came in on the teaser and barely missed the back of the boat as I dived down to remove it. No deckie today so a solo effort. Pitched a bait on a Stella thinking it was a stripe and could see the fish ahead of the shotgun between the long left and right - just got the bait there when the fish ate the shotgun. Was winding the bait back when the big fish came past it and ate a big Ballyhoo on a pin rig with drop back on right long - awesome view of bait going down the hatch! Chaos as the fish crossed over and went in opposite directions, but got it sorted. Good thing it didnt eat the pitch...
Anyway lost the one after 45 min and got the other round 650 - 700.
Great guys from Durbs on the boat - nice to fish with you again and looking forward to January.Nick, Jan and Chris - always a pleasure!

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Been one of the toughest seasons at R Bay this year with the worst weather imaginable. Its made finding fish really hard and the persistant westerlies have constantly disturbed the current and discoloured the water. Heaven knows when we will get the summer pattern back but I hope it happens soon - have never been so tired and worn out from holding on in heavy seas. For those that have braved the conditions there have been good rewards as was the case with this charter when Christo and Michelle flew in and decided to go for broke even though we knew it would only be for one or two hours of fishing at best. you have to roll the dice if you want to be in the game. Glad to have shucked a double six today! Well done to Michelle Human on her first Blue release with RMC out of Richards Bay - great job!

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Had a tough charter with the big man and struggled for marlin hits while we caught some nice Dorado and yellows. Took a last ditch effort on the 3rd day to get his Striped marlin in the usual windy weather we have become accustomed to here this year. Looks like the weather is finally moving into its summer pattern with the onset of the new year - better late than never.

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Yesterday we released a spearfish and today At last we had a summers day and the shirts came off for a great day on the ocean. Released a stripe at 6am this morning and had another knock down shortly after. Amazing how the fish just turned on overnight with the settled weather! Released another Blue at mid day and called some mates in on the bite. We went shallow looking for a Grand Slam which probably cost us at least one more fish as all the guys that came onto the area hooked up. No matter we were going for a home run and nearly succeeded when a fish came up and missed the lure in 140 meters of water. No positive species ID but i would bet on a black - so close yet so far. All good for a belter fun day at sea!!

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Yowza tired again - whats new - its the game and a great one at that. After a belter we had a slow day yesterday with only one big hit that sent a shiver down a salty dogs spine. Lure came back with the lead hook snapped on the bend??? Mustad made in China now too!! not nice..
Moving on we had an even slower day today except for a nice Dorado early. A few fish were landed and dropped on the high tide rise early this morning. We missed out somehow and joined the fleet for a boring day in the doldrums with flat sea conditions and no wind. Hung in there till late and watched the storm approaching hoping the fish would come on on the rise of the barro and some wind. Called it spot on and as the wind hit we dropped a Blue and then went tight on a stripe. Saved the day and faced a nice bumpy ride back in 25 knots and driving rain - as I said earlier these are the conditions we thrive on - ha ha!

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Nice going Trevor, it's been the same here in Durban getting beaten up every trip. Thought I am getting old feeling so worn out, so have comfort that I am not the only one feeling like that. Hope you had a great Christmas and I wish you many marlin for 2015

Many thx and to you guys too!

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Late start today due to west still blowing but launch once it settled. Was out on my old favourite "Reel Magic" with owner Mike and star junior fisherman Dale Leenstra. Water on inside was off colour and cold so it was out back to find it on the 700m line. Sea was rough but fishable and it wasnt long before we were hooked up on a young blue on 50lb standup. Dale looking for a junior record on 50lb so it was a first marlin for JJ and stand-up at that!
Dropped a fish shortly after but went tight at mid day on a slightly bigger blue but not big enough for Dale. Nice gesture by Mike to let me fight a fish for a change. Gave it gears and came to the boat ready to fight. Gave us a great show around the boat before running out of gas. Great day and hoping the show will go on for the next few days with a new group on board "Wave Walker".

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Awesome day out there today but big changes from yesterday. Water pushed back in overnight and fish were spread from deep to shallow. Found some action back on the usual spots and decided to hang in there for the day. Had a knock down early - probably a stripe - no ID and then raised a nice blue that would not commit. Stayed in the area till mid day when we went tight on a great fish. Gave the fish horns and got it to the boat pretty green so the guys had a hard time holding her. Only a few poor pics but she was a good 650-700. Swam away strong after wrestling free -all good except for a lack of good pics.
Had a stripe up late on the way home - bashed everything but would not eat properly - nice action so out tomorrow hoping for more!

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Another very nice compliment from Ian and his group who caught the 650 -700 lb Blue:
" Ek wil egter my wardering uitspreek en jou ook komplementeer op hoe jy jou boot en tekkel voorberei en hanteer, mens sien dees dae min mense wat soveel trots en toeweiding het en so profesioneel is.
Ek ( en die ander) het baie by jou geleer en dit was 'n voorreg om saam met jou te hengel."

Many thanks Ian and your group - its feedback like this that makes putting in the extra effort so worthwhile. Look forward to fishing with you in April again.

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What started off as a fairly wet run out ended with an awesome day on the ocean. Went south in search of some temperature gradient but alas there was none. Work the southern area to the bone and came up with only a sailfish as prize. Have caught two species that one doesnt expect to catch the last two days, but no complaints two billfish that count. Was great having Mick on board again and as usual we manage to catch fish together... Not what was targeted but two more species ticked off Mick's list - not bad!
The Blues have gone missing the last 3 days and probably a result of the warm water which is now over 28 degrees. Probably a good time to head home for a short break before the 2 tournaments later next month. Hope the water cools down and the fish are around then!

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Weather now looking great for next weeks Marlin comp! Skipper rested, bakkie serviced and ready for the long haul back to R Bay Monday. Hope the girls are rested and ready to play. Last leg of the season coming up and hoping for some good shots at some fat ones!

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Just when you have settled down and are enjoying being home its again time to hit the long road. Had a great day of R+R yesterday off St Francis with a special braai to celebrate being home for a while. Weather looking awesome for the weeks marlin comp in R Bay and weather for next week at Struis not too bad at this point. Hopefully we get to tag a few more girls and add to the collection of fin clippings for research!

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Been a hectic few weeks travelling around and running for hours out of Struis. The Marlin Club of SA comp in R Bay went off really well with awesome spirit and great organisation and was a pleasure to be a part of. Was a big pity that the water went green for the comp and forced us deep looking for fish. Fishing was understandably slow and only a few fish were caught with Reel Magic landing two fish in the three days to be a clear winner. We fished on Rampage and only raised one very big fish that came off after pulling good line. There were 3 fish tagged that pushed over the 500lb mark so the big girla are around if we can just get the blue water back.
The comp in Struisbaai suffered from the same problems with 4 of the 6 days blown out with 2 days fished, one in heavy conditions and the other a peach of a day. We fished off Catitude and released a stripe on the first day, raised 3 on the second and dropped the two that had ago at the lure and a bait. There were a number of fish dropped and 3 boats managed two fish with 15 fish released in two days from a fleet of 30 boats. not wonderfull but the fishing potential there is good if you can time the weather and water conditions. Struis is not for sissies with a two and half hour run out to the 45 mile banks and no shelter from weather off the southern most tip of Africa.
Back in R Bay now for the Classic this week with some charters and fishing the Inter Provincial next week. Lets hope we get some water and weather as there have been some very big fish caught in the last week. now is the time for those trophy fat girls!!!

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After a disaster 5 days fishing the Billfish Classic with a great group of guys, the voodoo spell of dropping fish and mystery tackle hiccups has finally come to an end. After dropping 6 fish in 5 days things came together yesterday for fist time German fisherman Daniel Kirsch. We tagged and sampled a fin clip before releasing this nice fat 700lb Blue off Wave Walker. Been a torrid week and so glad to finally get a fish as my nerves are frayed badly.
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That's it for now out of Richards Bay as I am back home and getting things organised for my trip to the Canary Islands and then onto the Azores. Finished off the Richards Bay season on a good note with a win in the club championship for the boys from Cape Boat and Ski Boat. Was a fun comp except for our breakdown and once again we dropped a few fish which fortunately did not cost us the lead. Been a long hard season this year with a lot of bad weather in the early months and the fish being slower than usual. Having said that we released 6 fish over 500 lbs with two over 700 lbs, so not bad on the size front! Have done some experimenting as well and with good success so look forward to tackling the girls from a different angle in future.
All best for the guys still hunting the girls - tight lines!

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Just a few numbers for the season for those interested and note 5 fish over 500 lbs and two over 700 lbs, biggest 750 lbs. Was a long hard season with bad weather earlier on and slower fish than normal. Lost a good few along the way but thats par for the course. Some new tricks up the sleeve for next season and looking forward already.

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Check this water out for AUGUST!! Must be a few long noses out there already!! El Nino or what!

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Its on again so just pick your team and join us!

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Little late on this but the first billfish have been landed in R Bay for the 2015 season. Sail and blue released last weekend. Will be up there soon so lets hope this is the start of a great season - tight lines everyone!

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Water slowly improving off R Bay and as soon as these South Westers settle its going to be on! Slow action at the Sailfish inter prov at Sodwana last week with only 4 sails landed but some great news of a triple strike of Stripes yesterday with one release. Almost time to make the move - watching and waiting....

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Water pushing down and looking great so no wonder while a few of us were watching the rugga some great action went down at the bay - 3 fish released and a 500 landed today with possibly another released just waiting for confirmation. The game is on full time and definitely time to move my arse!
Think its going to be a cracker El Nino season!

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After a horror week of storms that destroyed the fishing, some of the moorings and comp infrastructure at Sodwana things have settled again and my bags are packed to leave Monday. The latest SST photo looks pretty bleak but the NE is blowing again and should get everything back on track asap. Some repairs to the storm damaged Bimini on the boat needed and then hopefully some first hand reports on the fishing. Been a long wait but rearing to go now. Spoke to the guys that were out before the storm and there has been action on all the days fished so the news is good and hopefully its going to be a good season.
Stand bye for kick off!

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Ok ready for survey and just about ready to go wet a line. Water still not recovered after that big SW blow and although its improved the results at the Billfish 15000 are proof that the water is not 100% . Mainly blacks coming out in the shallows. Wind howled NE today and is back into the SW tonight. Looks more settled after the weekend and hoping the water will have pushed in then. Still looking patchy and the break is deep on the 700m area.
All good some time to smooth out all the kinks from the layoff and get everything 100% !

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New ladies 80lb record weighing 100kg on dot - great catch by Mariette Hendriks in Sodwana - NICE! Hope there are a few more out there!

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Good news and bad news yesterday... Good news is the water has pushed in a long way and although the current was slack the water was good on the ledge, the temp was up to 25 deg on the 500m line. Bad news was that it was a poor day, very dark and with intermittent rain. We didnt go north to the main area as I was concerned with any problems that may arise and the pending south that was forecast. It was very slow but we managed to raised a stripe close to home but unfortunately it would not eat. Came back in a freshening south and pouring rain.
Had a few issues with a few leaking injectors after all the work done on the port motor so we also got out late and missed the tide. Good news is that those issues will be sorted today as the motor is running beautifully, we can attack the season full on now.

The weather is unfortunately not looking good this week and with the rain and south wind last night I hope it hasnt disturbed the water again.
Was great to be out on the water and sitting in that comfortable saddle again. Super stoked to be fishing again and revved up for the season. Bring on some summer weather and the dancing girls....it is time!

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So cool to see the pics of my samples on the new VIMS website showing our samples we did on the marlin last season for research at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Will be doing some more again this season and helping to further understanding of these animals we treasure so much - warm and fuzzy ha ha:

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Belter day out on the ocean today and conditions were much as expected. Water was not great this morning at 24 degrees and greenish. Worked deeper and North and temp slowly came up to 25 with better water colour. No birds or bait so nothing to work on. Hit the 700m area and had fish swipe the long left and miss - turned on the mark and the fish came up on the halfbeak on long right and hooked up.
First marlin for Mark our mechanic who slaved in the small space to get the motor up and running . Nice Dorado late in the day as well!
Water pushed in through the day and got up to 26 degrees by late afternoon. No blues or other life but with the weather of late thats not surprising and the water is only now getting back into the ledge. Weekend should show better results with better weather.
Glad to report our season open and hoping the bite will come on as the weather settles.

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Belter day out on the ocean today and conditions were much as expected. Water was not great this morning at 24 degrees and greenish. Worked deeper and North and temp slowly came up to 25 with better water colour. No birds or bait so nothing to work on. Hit the 700m area and had fish swipe the long left and miss - turned on the mark and the fish came up on the halfbeak on long right and hooked up.
First marlin for Mark our mechanic who slaved in the small space to get the motor up and running . Nice Dorado late in the day as well!
Water pushed in through the day and got up to 26 degrees by late afternoon. No blues or other life but with the weather of late thats not surprising and the water is only now getting back into the ledge. Weekend should show better results with better weather.
Glad to report our season open and hoping the bite will come on as the weather settles.

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Heres a three day summary of the action hotting up off Richards Bay:

Thursday

Ah yes! Action day 2 Marlin , Dorado a great bunch of guys and good weather - NICE!

Friday

Ouch as good as yesterday was, today we sucked and jumped off 3!!! Black blue and sail - fffffff! Great to see a blue again and sorry not up close - always tomorrow eish..
The fish are back!!

Saturday

Great to have a calm day on the ocean after yesterdays almost Gale conditions late in the afternoon. Bad hookups are expected in those conditions so the 3 loses yesterday are bearable. Yesterday saw prefrontal conditions ahead of the south storm that hit last night and with a barometer below 1000 mb I wasnt expecting much action. The Dorado are still rampant and we landed a few in the 20 kg range before going tight with the biggest Blue I have seen here for the past 3 seasons. To see her jump free after an atomic run was hard to swallow in perfect conditions. Seeing the explosions and water displacement of that +800lb beast was awesome after this lean spell and heartbreaking for Jan who is still without his first marlin.
2 other boats had hookups and losses in the area on Blues, so the game is warming up nicely with 27.5 degree purple water moving in at last.
Sad story but great to see the fat girls back in the bay and looking forward to some more hot action after this front passes.

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Been a crazy start to this season with hectic weather and weird fishing. In past seasons we have battled with gamefish by catch but had great Blue marlin fishing. This year we are having a Dorado bonanza out there with an abundance of small black marlin with fewer blues and stripes. Not sure if its due to the amount of food out there for the blues but they are feeding very shy, although it must be said that the water and current is late and has only just arrived. Was expecting green water yesterday after the 2 days of south, but thankfully the current has set in hard and the water was awesome and finally in its slot with great current lines and purple crystal clear water.
Myself and Dale had our hands full in the morning trying to run a spread with baits in a strong south with a 4 meter swell running and a very rough sea. Just 2 up on a 40 footer with Dorado attacks and marlin knock downs and a crazy sea was great fun if not a bit manic ha ha.
End result we dropped a Blue that eventually switched to a bait rig and then came unstuck. Great dorrie action and then stuck a small Black on the way home. Strange how we have nailed 4 blacks in a row as they are notoriously difficult to hook on lures yet the blues are not hooking up even though they are generally easier on lures. Guess thats fishing and it will even out again.
The action has definitely come on and we should see more and more blues now. Lets hope they start feeding full on.

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Snuck out early before the wind got to bad today and snagged a great Blue for the English boys. Simon's first marlin - 600lb is going to take some beating. Well done son for hanging in there for the 90 min fight. Had my hands full without a deckie today but the experience of doing this a few times before came in handy. Well done guys for lending a hand on the bill to get the hooks out and one for the fish for being kind and not misbehaving. Some good weather forecast for after Christmas so lets hope we get to do some fishing in calm seas. Merry Christmas all!!

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Yesterday turned out to be a happy day for all on the water for the first time this season. All the boats out there raised and or landed fish for the first time this season - the game is in full swing now. We had a black up early on the ledge that did not stick then went tight on a 350lb Blue and stuck a very nice 80 kg Striped marlin later in the afternoon. Unfortunately no good pics of the fish boat side as they both pulled hooks at the boat, which was unfortunate but great as I had owner Neels on board leadering and he has just got out of hospital after having stents inserted in his heart. Awesome to see the colour back in him and smiling ear to ear. just glad he didnt have to put to much effort in.Thx Neels and welcome back!
Squidlips, Reel Magic,Madness,Lady lee,Rough Rider all released a fish and we released a double missing a grand slam by a whisker - if anyone wants a marlin, the weather looks great in the next week and the fish are finally here in force !!

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Really crappy charter weather day but what a great family. Had a full blown ICU unit going today with a nasty south sea and sea sickness the order of the morning yet not a whimper or a moan out of the girls in the family group. Errol you guys are awesome and it was such a pleasure to have you on board! Grand to catch James his first marlin after watching a spectacular show as this Black tried to eat a Dorado 20 meters in front of the boat and then hooked up after driving over its head. Sad that it got tail wrapped but it gave us a chance to chat and get to know you guys at the club. Awesome day and exactly why I love to do this.
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Well the weather has been amazing the last few days and it has been a pleasure being on the ocean after the carnage of the previous few weeks. The fishing has been a bit slower with the water up to 28 degrees now, but there are atill nice Blues around. Two nice blues in the 800 lb range coming out in the last 3 days!! We have raised a fish or two every day and there have been releases by other boats as well. Been unlucky not to stick the last two but we made up with a nice Spear for Dawie, his first and super chuffed with adding this rare catch to his CV.
Happy new year everybody!!

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Our first day on the ocean for 2016 was magic and the second got even better. Perfect weather and 2 releases before 8.30 am!! With a Black and a Spear release we chose to go deep and look for a Grand Slam on another Blue release. In a normal season it would have been something that would have been easily achievable,but we did so knowing that it was not going to be easy with the current lack of Blues. The bait and life on the ocean was amazing yesterday with Bonito busting all over the Castle area and Yellowfin on the 500m line. Had we stayed on the shallow side we would definitely have connected with another Black as was evident on the radio with multiple hook ups all the way up to St Lucia.
However if we had connected with a Blue it would have been an amazing day for Neels with an angler and a boat Grand Slam, so it was a no brainer to go big. Unfortunately it didnt happen, but it sure was a great 2nd day out there for 2016.
Sadly it was my last day for a while as its time to go home and see my family. Been a very tough first half of the season and its such a pity that the weather has only now decided to play its part, somewhat late but very welcome.
Till next time....

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Will be leaving for R Bay soon and staying until March - Anyone looking to do some Marlin and big Yellos, drop me a mail. Any teams looking for a boat for the inter club/ interprovincial I am available at very good rates with accomodation etc. Will be looking for a team to fish the Durban Marlin Club comp early March as well. Booked up for the Billfish.

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Yesterdays fishing had its moments... Started as a windless day that lasted about a half hour before the NE got into its stride. Just when we got into the area we had a mystery ailment on the starboard motor going into limp mode for no reason. While battling to find the fault and on auto on one motor limping into the wind, a blue decided to pay us a visit. Safe to say that the hook up was rather brief at 2-3 knots with no steering. After a drought in the comp I had an instant sense of humour failure. 30 minutes later after giving up on the problem to return to port the ailment disappeared and all went back to normal. - Murphy can be a complete ****** at times...
Decided to hang in there and worked what was then a very messy ocean. Fortunately it paid off when we went tight with a small blue that gave us an incredible show close up. Hopefully post the video later.
Unfortunately the fish swallowed the lure deep and we had to pull the fish on board to get the hooks out of the throat and gills. Long attempt at revival failed so it was bitter sweet. A fish for the day but a day full of imperfections.
4 days of gale winds ahead so some time to try to find the gremlin.
Most flying fish and life weve seen the last while and water up to 27,4 C. Back out once this weather gives us a gap.

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Been a long time since I posted here and good to be back home from Morocco. Good action in the bay so heading up tomorrow to visit the fat girls - reports soon!

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Out on ocean at last! Fished Rampage today and raised 4. Dropped a Black early then released a Blue and a Stripe before looking for a grand slam on inside. Had another stripe or young black have 3 goes late but just wouldn't stick. Close but no cigar but still a good day in the saddle at last. Out again tomorrow.

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Yesterday we got one early and dropped one late. Today we dropped one early and got one later.... All good great two days with Nick, bro and dad, who have been with me many times and have yet to blank on Marlin on a day! Proud record lets keep it that way. Nice pick of Jan's Stripe.

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Had a torrid few days at sea before yesterday losing two very nice fish after massive runs with the hooks pulling on consecutive days. Some good fish around but the fish have been feeding only for an hour or so on the high tide and if you miss that window its all over. Yesterday I predicted the bite for around 10am and we hooked up exactly then with a very nice fish that came back at the boat underwater with slack line even on the plane. Thought we had dropped another and was about to throw my toys when we came tight again and released a very good 600lb Blue after 40 min. Some class fish out there as we had another come up on the shotgun shortly after the first that simply turned away and cruised on the surface. Estimated same size as the one we released. Pity the weather is looking dog for the next week so will have to force out when we can.

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ha ha Murphy's law! Packed up the boat yesterday expecting the westerly to have buggered the water only to wake early this morning and see a totally different picture on the current map. Took Rampage out and found unbelievable water over 27 degrees with good bait in the water column and of course there were some fish too. Not boiling but life, Squidlips released a small blue early and we saw a small ski drop a fish before getting hooked up mid day on a spectacular fish that did a massive run before going down deep. Unfortunately it got tail wrapped and after an hour of planing we got her up again. Too late to revive her so she got loaded and weighed in at 525 lbs. Awesome day on the water at last. Out again tomorrow so we will see....

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Wow feels like an eternity since I last posted a report on fishing. Didnt go anywhere for the winter so its been too long without wetting the scales.

Fortunately we will be up at Inhassoro in two weeks to fish on a small ski for some blacks. Be fishing with good mate Deon Auby and hoping for some good weather. See the fishing has been somewhat slow at Baz for the last few weeks with the odd black here and there. Spoke to Duarte and he confirmed that the water was not so good and the bait scarce. Hopefully the conditions will improve before we get there.

Anyways just checking in and confirming I will be back in Richards Bay mid November fishing on Wave Walker. Probably my last season up there as I will be sailing a 64ft yacht around the world fishing from end next year if all goes to plan. Have set up a facebook page called Nexus Offshore Adventures and will document the build and trip as it unfolds. Check it out, like and follow..


Till the the first reports stand by, wont be long now!;)

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Followed your FB page. Looks like a great adventure unfolding!

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Two blues released off Richards Bay on Saturday with another two dropped. First Blues released at the OET at Sodwana - the girls have arrived. Leave for R Bay next week.

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Three marlin the last 2 days:
Great day out on the water on Rampage yesterday raising 3 and releasing a Blue and a stripe. Water is pushing in nicely and the fish is coming on big time. Good stripes up at Sodwana with doubles being reported. Had two fish under the boat while fighting the first stripe! Weather still very unsettled but looking like a cracker season!

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Nother flag but "only" a Spearfish with a couple of Dorado and a Wahoo to get the species count up. Pearler day but out for tomorrow. One other Blue came out on a slow day before the weather.

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Rack up another one for RMC ! Nother Stripe for Neels making it 5 for the last 4 outings. Weather was less than friendly but at least we had a half day out there.

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Very early departure followed by a hiccup that saw us having to return to port and swop boats onto Rampage and start again. Eventually got out in rain and heavy conditions that were not pleasant. Fortunately things calmed down and cleared later and as the sea settled we had some action. Always good to have Mick on board and glad to keep our run going over the years. Mick was looking for a stripe to catch 5 of the 6 Billfish available on our coast. Proud that this was achieved today and all his fish have been caught with Reel Magic Charters( Stripe, Spear, Sail, Black, Blue), making him one of a handful of anglers to achieve this and all with one skipper.
Released a stripe after mid day and then had an hour over the high tide where we dropped a double of what I suspect were Spearfish. Worked the area and landed one shortly after. Micks second with us and rounding off a good day after a rocky start. Many thanks to Deon Auby for allowing us to use his boat at short notice. Much appreciated D! looking forward to fishing with you next week!!

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Been a torrid two days of rain and rough conditions interspersed with a run of boat issues that would deter the most determined fisherman out there. Thankfully we managed to hold it together somehow. Thanks Mick for your patience and understanding....
Managed another Blue of 360lbs which unfortunately tail wrapped and died on us on Thursday. Also dropped a Stripe that did its rounds on the teaser, left the swim bait and bashed the longs before coming off after a short run.
Yesterday we worked the same area but with water temp going down through the day we suspected the water had been disturbed by the South West on Wed/Thurs and proved so on the SST map. Unfortunately these images are only loaded a day later or one could have changed the plan. Ended a great run of six days of a bill or more a day.
Still waiting patiently for the current to push down all the way and bring the fish down properly,

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Been a long week of drought due to the water temp drop and off color water since last Friday week. Did a few trips with no results for all boats. Water pushed down on Sunday and the fish started to turn on again. Dropped a fish on Sunday then had a bit of a mare yesterday losing a bunch that didn't stay buttoned. Super thankful when the 5th fish stayed the distance. Was feeling the pressure of a second days charter without result.
Current came down solid yesterday and the bite was on on the tide late afternoon. Hoping the south of today doesn't disturb a good thing. Should be out again tomorrow so we will soon see.
Congrats Jaco on your first marlin. RMC making dreams come true!

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Late launch today due to clients driving from Sodwana so only got out to the 100m line at 7.30. Raised a Spearfish that tried its best to get hooked but failed miserably. Lucky for him no dentist bill.
Hooked up and released another Stripey at 9.00 and then had a slow mid day as the wind dropped and the sea went millpond. Had to be back early for a flight so worked back to harbour and raised a Blue that crashed the short right and jumped at the boat spitting the lure. Been a struggle with them the last two days while the Stripes have been sticking. Normally the other way around??
Crazy game!

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One thing about Richards Bay is that you better be prepared to fish in wind and tough conditions or stay home. If this place had the weather some places have it would be silly how good it would be. Constant south winds battering the current make it incredibly hard and changes the water daily. Anyway the fish always eat in the south if you can stay out and so it was again today with all the boats out getting fish.
We released a blue that made a spectacular bite after I marked it coming up on the echo and everyone was looking out and waiting for the bite which came immediately. Rampage and another two boats got two while we missed another two in the rough conditions. All good and looking forward to getting out tomorrow on a better forecast.

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Had a slower day yesterday as the sea settled and the south dropped. Some Dorado action before going tight on a half beak swim bait with circle....was so good to get a Blue bite on the rig and started celebrating a solid hookup...the 400lb Blue sat until 50m from the boat when it did a jump and spat the hook.....mmm been like that with them. Turned back to the mark and immediately went tight on a Stripe so all good. Slow afternoon with only Dorry action. Few days break with buster south AGAIN today back out when its nice again....compliments of the season to all!!

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Awesome day out yesterday with all boats getting into fish over the whole area. Dropped 3 fish early on, one being the best fish I have seen this season. Finally held onto one mid day as the bite came back on with all the boats in our area going tight. One boat had a triple on Blues but unfortunately only boated one. We also released a small Blue shallow on the way home so all in all a good day with two Blue releases. Rampage got two, Reel Magic one, Squid lips one , Addicted one and a number of others had one release. Weather shitty today or would have been out there for sure. Waiting for a gap....Bite is ON!!!!

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Late report on yesterdays Blue release for JC Potgieter and the fish and prospects going forward after today:
So the new year didn't kick in as hoped and we had a pretty rough day out there. Started off good and worked north where we had some Dorado action, only to run into a wall of cold green water coming down the coast. Was forced to turn and work back to the harbor and out deeper. Wind got pretty nasty at 30 NE knots as the sea turned to porridge. Ran into Reel Magic who had just hooked up on a nice 500+ that they released. The forecast of 3-11 knots at midday obviously was a myth and we tried working the area for a while but it wasn't feasible.
Big south now and very worried about the prospects after this blow, The current has been reverse and non existent for the last few days with the fish pushing deeper and deeper as the water color has gone off. Have had a great run of fish the last week or so and have a very busy week ahead. Here's hoping that the south doesn't turn the water green all round and K O the fishing completely....

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So behind on my reports due to lack of time and fatigue but in the meantime we have released blues on 31st , two on 3rd, one on 4th and a Black for 11 year old Angus on 6th!

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Had to work far north again looking for water and ended up past Mapelane in 27 c water but unfortunately still off colour. Very good water further north but out of range. Managed a small Black in 600m and then moved to the inside looking for another black on the 100m line on the way home.
Reel Magic stayed out deep all day and didnt raise anything so the Blues are definitely missing in these poor water conditions.
Got extremely lucky at the death out front in 150m tagging another very fiesty little Black of 50 kg that gave Deon a proper hiding boat side. Had a good laugh at his expense as he got tatoo'ed for his trouble. Always the little ones that get you...
Some hard N E wind expected the next few days and hoping they will chase this current down at last. Been a funny season with counter current and very patchy water.
Tally now 21 for 21 days so not bad. Hopefully get Wave Walker up and running in the next week and do a few test runs if water improves. Till then...

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Have had a lot of strong N E the last few days so unable to fish but great news as the current is now pushing down hard. Latest SST map unavailable but this was two days ago...Going to be an interesting next two weeks as we go onto the moon. Think the action is going to come thick and fast especially with good Blue marlin action up north the last few days....bring it on!

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Going to blow a bugle on the page today just to put some things in perspective.

We have many charter inquiries through the year and most people gag at the price of a days fishing. Unfortunately most people don't have a clue how much it costs to run these big outfits and the time and effort that goes into making a successful charter day on Marlin. For the record we are at about half the international rate to begin with.
That said we have raised a over 60 marlin, raising one on every charter this year, catching 21 fish in 21 days fishing and missed a landing on only one charter.
That's more than a 90% success rate on MARLIN!!!
That is unbelievable by any world standard.

Here's one clients response to a days fishing with us:

Hi Trevor,

Thanks for an awesome day yesterday, it was a pleasure to go fishing with you!

I would also like to compliment you on the way you handled the clients and boat. With some inexperienced fishermen on board you ensured that they did not embarrass themselves by assisting with landing the fish through some excellent skippering. Your knowledge and experience can be seen by someone that is a certified boat skipper and has some fishing knowledge, but nowhere near yours. Yours can only come through the clearly seen love for fishing and hours and hours of honing your craft into the complete package you so effortlessly present. Well done to you!

And that is exactly why I love doing this sport and give 100% every day out there.

There is no guarantee on catching a marlin every day and having that expectation is totally unrealistic for marlin fishing anywhere in the world.

The bottom line as they say: You get what you pay for !!

Many thanks to all who fished with us in 2017, looking forward to a cracker 2018.

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Nother Blue again today on a rather slow day but to be expected with a massive cyclone swell running. Couple of nice Dorado to go with the blue. First ever day on the ocean and fishing for Christo and he gets both a blue and a dorry. Be some envious friends out there.. Water purple and good current - looking good for the next few weeks and the full moon coming soon.

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Quick trip back to R Bay to fish with good friend Deon Auby and what a great weekend we had. Caught a blue every day(450,400,350) making it 26 for the season going 3-3 with 100% hookup and reaching 300 for RMC at the same time. Always easier when you see the good water is there and you go when you have a good idea it will be on and the weather is great. Richards Bay is a world class fishery for sure

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Well that's it for the summer. 2 marlin the last 3 and half day plus some nice gamefish. Real pity the two West blows destroyed the water and had us struggling to find blue water or it would have been a lot better. Great fun with the karoo lads so all good. Ended the season with 28 fish from 31 days fished so not bad. Best thing about it is leaving with Wave Walker running like old and ready to go full on next summer. Well done Neels and Mark!
Tally ho then looking forward to the winter in JBay if this back can handle it!

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Been a while, but as expected the water has really improved the past few days and the fish have started to come on in Sodwana with releases of sails and stripe marlin reported. Sure to be some more action today.
Gearing up to start fishing so stand by for some action..

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Received amazing reports of multiple fish from Sodwana and Richards Bay this morning with lots of sails and stripes as well as Blues over the weekend. Reports of plenty bait and gamefish with the seas alive! Looks like the season has opened early and with a bang. Time to put in some effort and get some numbers up. :):):)

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Went 1-2 on stripe double then pulled hooks on a 350lb blue. Also had a spear up that couldn't connect - season OPEN

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Been super tough out there lately with wind the order of the day. Snuck out early before the N East got unplayable and released a feisty Blue for Tim early doors and then dropped a small black on the ledge on the way in mid day. The current was raging today and the blue water has pushed in well. Things are starting to look up, although the fish are still deeper. Small problem of the pestilence visiting us again tomorrow in form of a 30 knot southerly....just cant leave well alone at the moment. Will try for Thursday weather permitting..

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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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Ok so Ive been missing from the forum for some time but thats not because we havent been busy. As posted a while back we have been working on our new venture with NOA(Nexus Offshore Adventures) and a lot happened between September and December on our maiden voyage to Madagascar and N Mozambique.
We had an amazing trip although the weather was full of tricks and one particular island delivered a box of tricks when we were wrongfully arrested by the Taliban.
I will be posting under Reel Magic Charters to keep my thread going and will give some updates on our ventures in the Atlantic which we plan to start end of this month. We will be doing a full year tour of all the main spots and will start at Mount Vema , St Helena and Ascension then moving onto the Cape Verdes. Very difficult to post on a daily basis due to the lack of internet and the slow downloads at these faraway places but I will do my best.
If you would like to catch up on our last trip which involves top water fishing at Bassa Da India , jigging all over and some amazing marlin and sword fishing we did off Pemba, then please visit our new you tube channel Nexus Offshore Adventures and like and subscribe for or future videos.
Below is the link to one of our videos so check it out and see what else we got up to.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UgD-F2M6oc&t=487s
https://www.facebook.com/NEEDADVENTURE/
We are also on facebook: Link above so join us on the trip and see some of the amazing seamounts that we plan to visit, some that have never been documented.
Couple of pics from the trip added, but by no means all

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