02 Apr 2015

When it comes to big game fishing, Boating World's Durban representative Wayne Barthus and his team grab every opportunity without hesitation to put the rods on the deck and throw the line in the water to catch that big Marlin.

The four-man crew who recently enjoyed the offshore trip down south from Richards Bay to Durban  raved about the Australian manufactured Riviera 37 and her performance and fishability. Being fully equipped with a fighting chair, outiggers, rodholders, autopilot, a Radome and a Lowrance fishfinder/GPS to name some great features - gave the party a good chance of catching fish along the way.

After making sure the Sport Fisher was prepped and stocked Wayne met up with the rest of the crew at her Zululand Yacht Club moorings.  A long and festive evening followed at a local restaurant and the relaxed group went to bed knowing it would be a really early start the next morning.

 Two of the team slept on the boat and were perfectly comfortable in the luxurious accommodation below decks.  The two cabins offer loads of comfort with a double bed in the forequarter master suite and a bunk bed in the guest cabin. The saloon also offers a pull-out bed to accommodate another two people. Wayne commented that it was as good as any hotel – the only difference being the sound of the water gently lapping the hull as they nodded off into dreamland….!

It seemed they’d hardly shut their eyes when they were shocked into consciousness before dawn and before they could blink they on the flybridge with skipper Dave de Beer at the helm. From this fantastic vantage point he and his companions, languishing on the comfortable seating alongside, had a birds-eye view over the water.

Gliding out of Richards Bay harbour, they were soon cruising at a comfortable speed (18-20 knots) barely conscious of the twin diesel Volvo D6 (370 HP) engines behind.

Conditions were perfect with blue skies, calm seas and a light breeze making for a delightfully smooth cruise.  Relax mode soon shot into high alert about three hours into the trip when John Abrahams hooked and landed a big Wahoo of around 30kg. Being too big for the hatches, the fish was left on deck to be doused with water at regular intervals to keep it fresh.

Had they not had to keep focused on getting back to Durban, they might have been tempted to stop off and enjoy some filleted fish cooked in the well-equipped galley.

This success kept everyone on their toes and on the lookout and about halfway home Lady Luck struck again. This time it was a small Black Marlin of around 70kg which put up a 20 minute fight – before the excited crew released it back into the sea.

The rest of the trip was relatively uneventful and they enjoyed the breeze while relaxing outdoors on the flybridge. At one point they had an amazing sighting of a pod of pilot whales which broke the surface of the water as they journeyed in a northerly direction.

No better vessel to enjoy your big game fishing – than on a magnificent Riviera 37 Sport Fisher.

She is available for a private viewing and for investment of R3 300 000 - to get more information on her contact Boating World 0861 325 764 or pop down to the Durban Boat Show in July (17th – 19th) where you’ll meet the Boating World team. They’ll be happy to welcome you on board for a closer look. Or you can email: info@boatingworld.co.za

Another great opportunity to find out more about the many other boats and products available from Boating World.