First Wanderer of 2008!
On our last pelagic trip we had the honour of enjoying spectacular views of the first Wandering Albatross spotted off the Cape Coast for 2008! I was ecstatic! The adult bird sat on the water right next to the boat for at least 2o minutes before taking off! Other sightings included good numbers of Cory’s shearwaters, European Storm petrels, sabines gulls, yellow nosed albatross, black browed albatross, shy albatross, a few great shearwaters, a manx shearwater, white chinned petrels, shooty shearwaters, terns, gulls, juvenile gannets. We were spoilt in the morning on the way out with a pod of dusky dolphins and some seals feeding on a school of pilchards, with the small bait fish jumping right out of the water in an effort to escape becoming breakfast.
Longfin Chaos – 18 Feb
Will Brown and friends joined us for a tuna fishing charter. We left early and had lines in by 7:30 am. Lures were handpicked out of Capt. Dave’s “Tuna Lunchbox” and did the trick minutes later with a double hookup. After landing these two longfin Chaos ensued as we were literally double hooked up the whole day on longfin! The fish averaged in at about 12 kgs – a great size for light tackle. Our exhausted clients decided enough was enough after being beaten and not being able to land yet another longfin.
Comments from Will “SENSATIONAL DAY – Double hooked up all day, 30+ longfin and I need new arms!”