The week before the easter break we did a trip to Umhlanga. We is my family. The plan was to have some fun in the sun get some crayfish, before the mad JHB rush to the coast. Well the crayfish did not work out so well. They where there but the sea and my timing where not ideal (might also be a bit unfit).
The fishing was another story. I managed to go out twice the first time was awesome and the second time was rather sad. So the first time the launch was perfect did not even get my hair wet. My normal route is to paddle backline until just past the Umhlanga lighthouse, then I head out to the wreck. The sun was not up yet but it was close. There was no action at backline and I saw no other boats. So I started my paddle to the wreck, in the distance I could see lots of birds but they where very far away. So I just kept on course for the wreck. Next thing the ratchet is screaming, I hook up. I fight the fish for a few min then off. Eish not cool. So halcos back out and off I go again. Next ratchet goes screaming off. I am in again for a few min then off. I have now seen a few yellow fin jumping so I know it is tuna. The next time I am in but this time it is a bonito. Good enough for me and into the hatch. At this stage I am at the wreck and try get some bait fish. What a bugger up, my yozuri is way to long and I just get fed up. So I pack that up and head back to the lighthouse. On my way home I see some yellow fin smashing some stuff on the surface. I flick my spoon into the action. 1 turn and I am in, then I am not. The line snapped. I suspect the tuna hit the swivel and cut me off. So I paddle through where the action was. Both ratchets go off. I get a double hook up. I leave the one rod in the holder and deal with the other. YAY I manage to land my first yellow fin tuna. So then onto the next rod, and after all that it also just pulls loose.
I spoke to my cousin a few days later and he tells me that tuna have rather soft mouths on the inside and lures to tend to pull out. He says it is a good idea to put single hooks on rather.
It was great fun and had some yummy tuna fish cakes. Will do a post about the 2nd day soon.