South Africa Kayak Fishing and Catching Tuna E-mail
Thursday, 08 October 2009 06:16

We catch them up to 100lbs with with 12,5 kg monofilament line spooled onto Shimano 20/40's or Daiwa Saltists. Usually an 8' rod rated 12-15kg.

Come visit us sometime and let the South Africans show you how its done.......

We don't agressively target Yellowfin Tuna but if we pick them up then well and good. The usual size is around the 45lb mark. We could target the bigger ones off Cape Town which grow to 200lbs but then we would need to adopt the "mothership" approach you guys use. The target area is 45 miles out of Hout Bay. I do not know if this has been in done in SA yet, but I have arranged a boat to take 2 of us out soon. I will keep you posted on how it works out. We would need to target at 130lb max I guess, but this is all new so who knows. I am attempting to line up a film crew as well but we need to "sell" the footage ahead to the TV people to cover costs.  We generally target what you in the USA call Kings. We call them Couta (King Mackerel) which get up to 90 lbs in our waters. This is normally from December to about August. Dorado (Dolphin), Mackerel Tuna, Sailfish, the odd Marlin, Cobia and Giant Trevally are also caught during this season. Many different Trevally species are also taken and usually released. From September to November we go for Daga, Yellow Fin Tuna, Queen Mackerel and Garrick All our launches are from beach land through surf which can be daunting at times. I haven't heard of any kayak fisherman using the mothership approach. Yet. We have very few "plastic" kayaks in Durban, South Africa. Most of the kayaks are glass fibre or carbon kevlar. There are a few manufacturer's but the market leaders by a long way are Stealth. See link www.stealthpp.co.za

During May a competition is held in our neighbouring country, Mozambique. This is usually an exceptionally productive fishery with quality catches being made very close to shore. Obviously (and as a fisherman you will understand) everything is weather limited, but May really is the perfect month.

See www.paindane.com  For you this is about $400 for a week! The story on the fish in the picture is: We beach launched through a light 4 foot surf at 04h10 in the morning just as it was starting to get light and paddled out to a wreck sunk about a mile or so offshore. We usually target Kabeljou, known as Kob or Daga which is a bottom feeder, at this time of year. However a "trap stick" is usually left in the rod holder with a live mackerel or similar about 40 feet out in the hope of picking up a Tuna. I had just tossed the bait out and was picked up immedietly it landed. The Tuna peeled off about 600 feet of line before the kayak started being towed in the direction of the fish. From the continual nodding I knew it was a Tuna and not a shark, which are around at times. This made me fight the fish a bit carefully as we use 27-30lb monofilament. The Tuna pulled the kayak out to sea for about another half mile and then sounded. By applying continual pressure the fishes head remain turned (although the fish did beat me up a few times). Eventually after about 45 minutes I saw the shine and gradually brought the fish to the gaff. I spent a few seconds wondering if it would fit into the hatch but a bit of pushing and shoving helped. The fish measured 1200mm so I guess about 65lbs or so. As I didn't weigh it, I claimed 60lbs.

 

You must be registered to post a comment.


Login

Newsletter

Subscribe here to receive FREE email issues of Kayak Fishing Magazine.

Most Popular

Kayak Kevin's; Kayak Fishing the Chesapeake Bay 2 DVD Trailer
This, the 2nd installment to the widely popular "Kayak Fishing the Chesapeake Bay" DVD from award winning videographer Kevin Whitley (aka Kayak Kevin) is due for release this fall...
KFM - FaceBook Kayak Fishing Picture Contest Results
We thought it would be a good idea to use Facebook to have a photo contest. Our friends over at Hook, Line and Paddle (HLP) asked us how we can do something together on FB.
Pelican Premium: A little more buck, a lot more bang!
For Immediate Release LAVAL, QUEBEC. April 19, 2013. Pelican International's highly anticipated Premium line does not disappoint! Pelican International's new Premium line of...

Random

Hobie Fishing Trout Trial Tournament
Want to win a Hobie Mirage Revolution kayak?Check out the Hobie Fishing Trout Trial, an online fishing tournament sponsored by Hobie Fishing for October 2009. Kayak anglers from...
J.H. Whitney Capital Partners, LLC Acquires Paddle Industry Powerhouse Confluence Watersports
GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 22, 2014) – Confluence Watersports, parent company to eight market-leading paddlesports brands, today announced that it has been acquired by J.H....
mophie Announces Nationwide Availability of OutRide
Accessory Leader Transforms the iPhone 4/4S into an Action Sports CameraPR Newswire SANTA ANA, Calif., Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, mophie™ announced the availability of...

Latest Kayak Reviews

Lifetime Sport Fisher
 
5.0
Cobra Kayaks Tandem
 
3.0
Perception Sport Pescador 10.0 Angler
 
4.0
Hobie Mirage Outback
 
4.0
Current Designs Tailfin
 
5.0
Hobie Mirage Outback
 
2.0
NuCanoe Frontier 12
 
5.0
Native Watercraft Mariner 12.5 Propel Anglers
 
4.0
Hobie Mirage Outback
 
5.0
Pelican Castaway 100
 
2.0
Stealth Pro Fisha 575
 
3.0
Field and Stream Eagle Talon
 
5.0

Latest Equipment Reviews

Body Glove 3T Barefoot Max
 
5.0
Body Glove 3T Barefoot Warrior
 
5.0
Body Glove 3T Barefoot Warrior
 
3.0
Columbia Drainmaker
 
5.0
Sperry SON-R Sounder Shandal
 
4.0
Garmin VIRB Elite
 
4.0
Polaroid XS100
 
4.0
Backwater Paddles Assault Hand Paddle
 
5.0
Backwater Paddles Assault Hand Paddle
 
5.0
Stohlquist Piseas
 
4.0
Wheeleez Tuff Tire Kayak Cart
 
5.0
Boga Grip
 
4.0