08 Jun 2011

When Club Marine Insurance’s Caryne and Russell first heard the fishing buzz that there were huge shoals of big fish off Ballito recently, they jumped at the chance of being right in the heart of the action.

Sponsored angler and skipper Mark de la Hey took them out to sea well before dawn in Lowrance’s new Ace Glider 750 - to fish for baitfish at a popular location just off Durban harbour.

It was a whole new experience to fish in the dark but one which proved highly successful as the bait fish were biting with abandon and the live well was soon filled to overflowing.

Mirror smooth waters meant really quick ride to the hotspot off KwaZulu Natal’s north coast - where a host of jetskis and boats of all descriptions and sizes had already congregated. The atmosphere was charged with excitement as anglers fished for their lives while the sun came up!

Caryne says, “I’ve never seen anything like it – the sea was a cauldron of fish which were biting faster than we could catch them - the minute the lines were dropped, fish were hooked and they were beauties. Mackerel, Chad, Barracuda, Bonnies….you name it we caught them – it was fishing frenzy.

 It was hard to keep track of the two or three lines we each had out at a time - as the fish were going wild and we found our lines getting entangled in the props of the other boats around us. Talk about a frenetic couple of hours where everyone around was catching like mad – it was insane, but what an experience.”

Exhausted but exhilarated the party went home with 11 Couta (King Mackerel) one Bonita and two sharks - Caryne reeled in three Barracuda and the good-sized Bonita, while Russell caught five Couta.