Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado, Couta, YFT and Wahoo – April off Bazaruto
Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado, Couta, YFT and Wahoo: We been pretty busy during the second half of April (since we last reported) but it´s been a tad slower than normal for this time of year due to very warm water temperatures that have topped up at 28.2c. Make no mistake there are lots of fish around but everything just lethargic and very lazy.
We had Luis Perez, Jose, Antonio and Luis from the canaries fishing with us for 5 days aboard the 38ft Game Changer. We mostly targeted Black Marlin and in 4 ½ days raised 7 fish but amazingly only got three lazy bites out of them. And those where all nose jobs that come undone after the first few series of jumps. All pretty small fish between 150 to 300 pounds and they would just come up on the lures and disappear or have a lazy swipe and not come back for seconds. We also raised 2 sailfish, the first early on the first day that first come on a rappie, then as we tried to switch it to a bait it took the left lure and come undone after a good run. The second a crazy fish come on a small daisy chain we had out there to catch bait and never stuck into the tiny hooks. There were a lot of skipjack around but and although we got a few, very few small YFT tuna, which is odd for the time of year.
But, we did have a great time at least seeing fish every single day and got stuck into some nice wahoo, dorado and Yellowfin tuna. As is normal this time of year the weather has been an absolute peach and we fished in flat calm weather every single day!
And, of course, some superb barbecue lunches on the boat and gorgeous seafood at the Villa….
We then had John Edwards and his son´s light tackle fishing off the Island and they got some nice wahoo, dorado and two out of four sailfish bites.
But, overall, it’s been pretty slow on the surface certainly due to the unusual high temperatures. The jigging and plugging have been much better with a good number of medium size GT´s and some very big yellowspoted trevally around along with all the other usual suspects such as bludgers, greenspots, great barracuda´s and jobfish around.
Then a couple days ago took the boys out fishing along with Morgan on his boat Spanish Fly. Duarte Jnr, who´s now 5 has been going out regularly for two years but it the first-time Dario (3) come along. We left around 11am and went to catch bait at Magaruque with the yo-zuris. That in itself was a whole lot of fun with the boys getting stuck to snappers, goatfish along with some very small kingies and some carapau, which was, of course, what we wanted.
With the cooler box full of nice live bait and flat seas we ditched the plan to fish Magaruque on the tide and went out to best. It wasn’t firing up but we got some nice cuda, got reefed a couple times on the jigs and had a great time. On the way back we still stopped by the Island and Duarte Jnr. got a couple of Queenfish on the light spinning tackle.
Down south at Inhaca it’s been pretty solid fishing for Blue Marlin, with good numbers and some good fish being seen. Last Friday Kambaku lost one right by the boat they estimated at over 700 pounds and they released a 350 on that day.
The next Saturday, the 29th of April, it was Capri´s turn, and after having released a sailfish in the morning they hooked up to a real nice one which they released at around 650 pounds.
Back at Bazaruto we had some guys fishing with the boys on Vamizi and they released a few good game fish and a sailfish.
As soon as the water comes down a couple degrees it should fire up again. We now have a week off and the start pretty solid from the 4th of May all the way to early June.
Until then tight lines…
Duarte A. M. Rato
Sportfishing Charters @ Vilankulos & Bazaruto Archipelago
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