Captains Log

Bush & Sea – August 2019

Bush & Sea


Not much fishing or sea time this month, but we did have a great time in the bush…

Took some time off with the family and we had a road trip starting at Vilankulos and then spending a long weekend in Maputo sorting paper work but also enjoying good times with lots of cherished friends.

We then went to the bush in SA, to Ntsiri, a private game farm bordering the NW of the Kruger. Such a privilege, and so amazing to see game in such wild terrain – very few cars, no tar roads, no signage….what a treat, thank you so much Mike and Carol.

And, to top it off on the boys first bush trip we were so lucky with our sightings. Leopard kill, Wild dog kill, wild Dog Puppies, enclose on an 80 plus elephant herd and so much more. Basically, the only thing we did not see where Rhinos and Lions…next time!

I was very, very gutted not to take my camera and thus only have some half crap shoots taken with the phone!

Ohhh of course, by this stage we where all missing the beach & sea so we had a few nice days in tofo before heading back home 🙂

Bush & Sea – a different, far away from the sea, but amazing bush sunset with the family, Mike, Carol and senora giraffe in the back ground….and of course, that special single malt was not far!!!


















But back to sea…

Water slowly warming up at Baz, and the boys mostly doing game fish charters and nice to see a good number of Yellowfin tuna showing, along with skipjack, wahoo and a few dorado. As is usual in August good numbers of small Blacks around and a few days ago, the boys did connect to a nice size fish they estimated at just under #500. And yesterday Bruce went out deep and had a 400-pound Blue trying to eat a skipjack he was pulling on the spinning tackle!!!



Some good game fish reports coming from down south.
There´s been some good size YFT and here Ricardo Pinduca with a good cuda of Santa Maria….






Richard Martins, from Number 1 charters, shows one of a few nice one´s they recently caught off Inhaca.








































Water still in the high 23c but one can feel the weather heating up and now it’s down to getting ready for the heavy tackle Marlin Season which for us will start a tad later than usual, on the 13th of September. From then it’s back to back to early December.

Yup, big fish time is upon us @ Bazaruto…

Talking of which, August seen some big fish around!

It had been a sort of dry year for Grander´s thus far, with only two fish, one from the Cook island and another from Cape Verde reported. But, in the last month alone another two fish where weighted and one other that, given the measurements, would have certainly made where caught.

The first big fish caught in August weighted in at # 1 119 lbs in the Azores. The 141 x 78 Blue was caught aboard Habitat with Capt. Lukas Folk and angler Patrick Murphy…



On the 19th August, during the Big Island Tournament in Kona, Hawaii, Capt. Marlin Parker brought in a # 1 035 lbs on the Marlin Magic II. The 133×78 chubby fish inhaled a Ruckus and ended an exquisitely long 4-year Grander drought for the Big Island.




Capt. Daniel Galle caught the last BIG fish for August which could not be weighted as there was no scale in Sao Nicolau – Cape Verde. But, at 137 x 82 she would have certainly made it.



That makes it the 5th Grander for the year, all of which were Blues.
But, that should all change dramatically into the next few months. With the GBR and (hopefully) Bazaruto coming on line a good number of Blacks should get in there….




To wrap it up here´s an absolutely stunning picture taken by Christiaan Kruger of a small Bom Bom Blue this past month….

















Christiaan will be running our second boat during the Bazaruto Marlin Season and he has still got two slots available right in the peak between October and November…. Anyone interested contact us at:


Cheers for now,



Duarte A. M. Rato

Sportfishing Charters @ Vilankulos & Bazaruto Archipelago


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