I contacted Dave couple of weeks earlier before my vacation in Cape Town. I liked his way of arranging the trip according to my wishes. He gave me some good advice, we selected the best day weather wise and booked the first trip in couple of minutes. Those weeks felt extra long, but finally The day of fishing came at 17th February. Jaguar the 32-foot boat was already prepared and friendly and helpful guys Dave and Greg waiting as planned. We headed out for ocean right before sunrise just when the morning view was the most amazing. We were extremely lucky to witness a school of thousands of dolphins swimming just alongside our boat Jaguar.
After 1,5 hour driving we found a good spot to start trolling. Unfortunately trolling wasn't the best way to catch that day and we changed to use some bait fish on hook. It didn't take long before the first small long fin tuna was onboard. We catched some more and saw couple of sharks during the day while the bigger Yellow fins were hiding somewhere else. Just before heading back home we decided to try trolling again. That was a good choice because we were able to hook two good size Dorados which were actually the first ever catched on Jaguar. We came back to harbor after 5pm, I had a great day, but felt that I hadn't seen the best part yet. So I decided to book a second trip as soon as possible.
Dave kept me updated about weather forecast and second trip was soon planned for Thursday.
Again we were up and running early morning to achieve a lot of fishing time. Dave is working together with other fishing boats and soon we got the first radio messages and school of tunas were spotted. Tackles over board and right away the first fish was hooked. And this time it was something bigger. If you haven't been fishing tuna before, book your trip now!! I have to say I have never experienced anything even near that strong than yellow fin tuna at the end of my line. The feeling when you are holding the rod is absolutely amazing and exhausting at the same time. I was't sure about the technique using the harnesses and therefore soon my legs and arms were powerless. Dave the skipper and his crew member Dave gave me some really good tips how to use the gear. The next fishes were easier and I started to enjoy instead of fearing to be pulled over board by the tunas. My biggest catch +60kg Yellow fin tuna was really strong, but not even close to the biggest ones in size. At the right time of the year you can easily see fish weighting way over 100kg! Eventually I was able to catch seven tunas, total like 350kg of pure thrilling experience.
Contact Dave right away, bring your sunscreen (leave the 20's home, take 50's with long sleeve shirts) and the camera. Food and drinks are provided by Two Oceans. You might end up fishing with the most friendly and proficient fishermen you have ever met and catch the biggest fish you have ever seen.
Private charters are quite expensive if you are traveling by yourself, but trust me, it's also worth every penny and more! I'm already planning my next trip to Cape Town to fish together with Two Oceans Sport Fishing Charters.
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