…on the Niteshift this Saturday. Mark Shone, Doug Oosterhiuzen and Josh Moore headed out for a shot at the geelbek salmon and yellowtail. What started as a lovely day soon turned into a challenge as a huge east built up steadily through the morning.
Starting out for livebait, some nice shad, pinkies, seapike and mozzies (maasbanker) were feeding and soon we were headed straight out to sea off Umtentweni. But by the time we got there, the combined forces of the east wind and the north south current, made it impossible to anchor. A few drifts later and it was south to Protea Reef, in the hope for a yellowfin.
The current was so strong, it took no time to get to Protea Reef, trolling an awesome spread of live baits. It was quite active when we arrived with a few fish breaking the surface and when the live shad on a pink number 5 Mydo screamed off, we held our breaths. Half an hour later the strong fish broke the surface with an ominous brown glow – shark! The sea was wild by now, so we changed tactics again and headed in to Boboyi, where we have been catching a few afternoon geelbek lately. The anchor held but the reef didn’t. No fish.
So it was we headed inshore and found a nice little reef, the anchor kind of held, and the determined crew tussled with some nice yellowbelly and catface rockod. Doug tagged his first ever fish…a nice yellowbelly of 400mm. Fishing with a huge number 6 Mydo is revolutionising bottomfishing. No tangles and foulups, and the shape of the baitswimmer uses the current to it’s advantage and get’s your bait down there in no time – and in good shape.