In my opinion the yellowfin tuna we target off Cape Town are one of the strongest fighting fish in the sea. There are few places in the world that can compare with the quality of our fishery with multiple 50 to 80kg yellowfin tuna being the norm on a typical charter and with fish reaching over 110kgs
– Captain Dave
Incidentally that tuna of 110kgs was taken by Captain Dave fishing onboard Obsession during November 2012 in South Africa’s most prestigious tuna fishing competition fished from Hout Bay annually in November – the Tuna Derby. It is the biggest yellowfin tuna officially recorded taken on rod and reel in Africa on 80lb tackle and smashed the previous All Africa Record of 107 kgs!
Captain Dave also took second place in the competition with a fish of 102.6kgs, the only angler to weigh in two 100kg fish in the history of the competition and the only South Africa angler to ever take two 100kg yellowfin tuna! Two Oceans made sure of top honours with top angler and top boat in the competition. His team were runners up in the 2011 competition as well.
With a third yellowfin tuna over 100kgs taken by Mick Gosney fishing onboard Obsession, weighing in at 107kgs taken in December, Two Oceans made history over the 2012 season as the only boat ever to land three triple figure yellowfin tuna in one season in South Africa. Since then we have landed loads more triple figure tuna.
We use a couple of different techniques including trolling, chumming or chunking, vertical jigging and fly in combination with a spraybar to attract tuna to the boat.
Hi Dave, Just a note to thank you for the most amazing experience I had fishing with you. As this was my first time at deep sea fishing I was not sure what to expect and now you have set the bar so high in terms of your skill and expertise that anyone else that I fish with will not be able to fill your boots. Abbas who is a very avid fisherman as you know cannot stop talking about your poling skills and I think that you will become a legend amongst his fish compatriots in the Middle East. Regards Fred.
Hi Dave, What an awesome day yesterday! Thank you so much for a very memorable day catching tuna. We really must complement you and Alistair on providing a great boat and an unforgettable experience. Both Pete and I felt safe that we were in the hands of someone who was knowledgeable, not only about fishing, but also about the other marine and bird life. You guys worked your guts out and made for a day that will stick in our mind for years to come. We will certainly recommend you to all our friends and we look forward to going with you on an inshore trip for some yellow tail and snoek on fly! Those photos are definitely going up on the wall. Once again, thanks for a stunning day at sea. Best regards Jeremy.
A Typical Day Out
We meet outside the Lookoutdeck Restaurant inside Hout Bay Harbour and departure times vary from 6:30 to 7:30 (the earlier the better). We usually depart as close to first light as possible and then travel offshore up to 30 to 40 nautical miles out (for you land lubbers that’s about 55 to 75km’s) to the tuna grounds. As we fish so often we are in the know as to the tuna movements and where best to go to locate the tuna schools. The run out is usually about 90 minutes to 2 hours so we are normally fishing from about 8:30 depending on what time we left harbour.
Our main target species are Yellowfin tuna and longfin tuna. Blue and mako sharks also sometimes take the lines which we release as well as yellowtail and dorado which one can expect late in summer. A rare but possible catch late in summer are striped and black marlin which seem to be getting more and more prevalent off our coast each summer season.
We tease up schools of tuna right under the boat and you often actually see them swimming around and taking the baited lines! This provides hectic and very excited fishing with continuous multiple hookups being the norm when this happens.
We ice your catch and clean and fillet fish for you to take home with you if you would like to as a courtesy service. We normally aim to be back in harbour from about 4pm, but this varies due to the sea and fishing conditions.