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13 Americans

Captain’s Report 28 July 2011

Sean Lange

13 American School Kids

A double trip, down to Praia da Rocha and back, with 13 American kids, was a real hit. We just set the lines for the first bunch and a another screaming skipjack came right in. He swam beautifully behind the boat, but his allotted 30 minutes were up too quick, and he became sushi. With so many whale sharks about, it wasn’t long before we were stopped in our tracks by a bunch of them circling and gorging on some invisible meal.

The second crowd were even luckier, with whale sharks, dolphins and whales providing the camera shots. And then, as a school of dolphins came past smashing the sardine bait balls, three sticks went away and soon enough we had a nice yellowfin and another much bigger skipjack (fought like crazy) – right in the midst of the dolphins!

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Fishing Report Tofo July 2011-2

Well the front we expected has belted through, and looks like it is doing the trick. Whale sharks are plentiful, as is fish activity…Tofinho Point is alive!

Maida van Wijk and crew on Amanha came in with a full hatch of 6 yellowfin tuna, a couta and a big wahoo…a few days back, launching out from Tofo Beach.

The photo shows an awesome Speckled Snapper shot off Praia da Rocha by local spearo Manual da Costa.

Super tasty Speckled Snapper  (c) Frenzy Fotos
Super tasty Speckled Snapper by local off Tofinho, Mozambique (c) Frenzy Fotos
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Maiden Voyage at Tofo

Fish Perspective
The fish perspective of our new boat...

Captain’s Blog: by Sean Lange (26 July 2011)

Our new boat as arrived in Tofo!

Centre console magic with twin 60hp Mariners!

First trip out and we got up close and personal with a huge whale shark.

A few minutes later and the Rapala X-Rap 9 went away with a neat little kingfish at Praia da Rocha.

Robbie, Renske and Kingfish
Robbie, Renske and Kingfish

Some large Cobia were hunting off the whale sharks but we never got a hit. Normally it’s straight away when they are in this mode.

The water has been a bit cold, around 22 to 23 degrees, and with the whale sharks going berserk (sometimes 10 or 20 in one spot), we just need a nice front to warm things up.

Whale Shark and Ski-Boat
Whale Shark and Ski-Boat
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Fishing Report Tofo July 2011

Report from Tofo – July 2011
So from the previous story you can see we have made it back up to Tofo, Inhambane, for another little season. Winter in Tofo can be slow, but some big yellowfin (for the area) of about 25kg’s are plentiful. Yesterday in the market we saw plenty couta in the 10kg size, and a marlin of 85kg’s was taken by one of the tiny local rowboats out front.
In the last few days we have seen some huge Natal Stumpnose and one awesome Speckled Snapper of about 8kg’s. Bonefish seem as plentiful as the Stone Bream and can be seen in the shallows hunting.
There are many whales and dolphins about, and it seems some shoals of sardines have made it all this way. We got some beautiful specimens in the market that were meant to be bait, but were eaten rather!
We are launching our new boat tomorrow…watch this space!

Tofo Eco Lodge and Village

Wierd Kingfish in the nets (any guesses?)
Wierd Kingfish in the nets (any guesses?)