Offshore Tuna Fishing
Two Oceans Sport Fishing Charters invites you to join us for a days offshore fishing charter. Our professional approach and good service will ensure you get the most out of your experience with us and will hopefully result in your joining us as a return client.
A typical day starts at about 7am (depending on time of year and when it gets light) when we leave Hout Bay harbour. Typically we travel for about 20 to 30 nautical miles offshore into the tuna grounds. Our offshore tuna fishing trips mainly target yellowfin and longfin tuna. Other species that we catch include dorado, skipjack, yellowtail as well as mako and blue shark. We practice catch and release on all sharks. An average size yellowfin is about 50 kgs and these fish can reach up to 120 kgs in our waters.
We often tease up schools of tuna and get them feeding right next to the boat. This provides hectic and very exciting fishing!
We only use the best tackle available, this includes Penn International and Shimano two speed reels. All our tackle is well maintained to ensure peak performance. We fish stand up black magic harness and gimbal systems and our boat is a full walk around allowing easy access to follow a fish around the boat if need be.
Once landed your catch goes straight in to the ice box to chill. If you would like to take some of your catch with you, we will gladly clean and fillet it as a courtesy service.
Our excellent catch record is well known by our clients and is part of the reason for our reputation as one of the top boats in Cape Town.
After a great days fishing we return to Hout Bay around 4pm.
Yellowfin photo taken by Morne Hardenburg while free diving off Obsession April 2009.
Yellowfin Tuna Thunnus albacares
Description:Yellowfin tuna have a robust, torpedo shaped body. The back is metallic blue changing to golden yellow sides and a silver/white underbelly. The dorsal and anal fins are yellow, edged with a black border. Pectoral fins are longer in larger specimens. This superb oceanic game fish is often feeds near the surface. Yellowfin have fins that can be folded into grooves on the sides of their bodies, allowing for greater hydrodynamics. Together with powerful red muscles, amazingly rapid sprints over long distances can be achieved. Yellowfin are opportunistic feeders, preying on pelagic organisms such as small fish and squid. Large shoals often churn up hectares of sea in hot pursuit of their prey.
Size: Attains 120kg in Cape waters, averages 50-70 kgs.
Fishing techniques: Big shoals follow long line and trawler vessels. Good catches are achieved in their near vicinity. Shoals are also located by trolling artificial lures or by chumming. After strikes, the fish are kept near the boat by chumming pilchard blocks as well as spinning. A favored method of catching large yellowfin is by presenting rigged baits into the chumline.
Fighting ability:Yellowfin are a formidable opponent on the end of a fishing line, sometimes taking several hours to land on lighter tackle. This fish will test the fittest angler to the limit. Yellowfin may take several hundred metres of line in the first run and won’t ever stop fighting, even when you think you have them beaten. Kilogram for kilogram there cannot be a stronger fighting fish in the sea.
Longfin Tuna Thunnus alalunga
Description: Longfin Tuna have a metallic blue back and a silvery white underbelly, with an irridescent blue band running along each side. The fins are predominantly yellow. Longfin are one of the most widespread tuna species, occuring roughly between the equator and 40 degrees south in all oceans. They feed on small marine organisms such as anchovies, pilchards, lanternfish and squid.
Size: Attains 80lbs in Cape waters.
Fishing Techniques: Shoals are located by trolling artificial lures. The fish are kept near the boat by chumming and spinning.
Fighting ability: When spinning for these fish you will feel like you suddenly hit a brick wall and then all hell breaks loose as the longfin makes repeated runs trying to throw the lure. It is necessary to maintain a constant pressure on these fish in order to boat them.
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