BALI SURF & WEATHER REPORT
18th – 21st April 2021
Hi Bali people and thanks for dropping into the baliwaves (the original Bali surf report since back in 1999). We have been trying to keep the reports photos and videos coming through to you as best we can, but times have been tough and surfing conditions have been pretty ordinary in the early months of 2021, well so far anyway. Now with the season almost ready to go into full on Tradewind mode things will all start to look better.
Talking about hard times we are still having an extremely hard time. We would really like to give our heart felt thanks to all our friends that have helped us out with paying our bills and buying food etc. No income since Jan 2020 has been a long hard stressful slug. Thanks again ! So if anyone tuning in could spare us a dollar (Via our PayPal account) it would make a big difference for my family. It has been a very testing time the last 16 months and we still have at least another 6 to go before we can start again.
Well as you might have picked up on wave height here in Bali the last 5 days or so it has been pretty darn small, for Bali standards anyway. We have had some great weather and clean off shore wind out of the E-ESE but not much of the good stuff to go with it. So but finally my health levels have improved (after the last 4 months of injury after different injury keeping me land locked and mostly home based infested with anxiety and a little depression) and I have been able to once again continue my other art, fishing.
But hey, after 4 months of not dealing with small un comfortable confined spaces. At times un bearable glare and super hot or constant spray in the face or a bit chilly my first day back out was pretty tough. Fishing with live baits and targeting big pelagic Spanish Mackerel we did see some action. The first was an awakening reel scream from the line being torn off it at a sickening pace turning into a double hook up and two rods going off. But.. my friend’s fish busted his line before 2 mins later my hooks pulled free and the score was fish 2 fishermen 0.
But hopes were up and adrenelan pumping, heads shaking with sorrow and disbelief of the two “biguns” that just escaped the steel gaff. That’s fishing right, and just 5 minutes later Nyoman’s rod went off again, I shook my head again, why wasn’t it my rod ? Then again just like that the hooks pulled free and now we were discussing the size of these monsters that “got away” and how much dinero we might have had from the exporters of fresh fish. We still had a couple of livies left so we set them and waited for the sun to start setting, then headed back home with just hope in the boat
Like I said after 4 months not being in the boat my body felt like I had been playing footy in the NRL against giant south sea islanders. So I spent the following day mostly prone and sharpening hooks to make sure they wouldn’t “pull free”. Yesterday the 20th and we pushed the boat off just after sun up around 6.30am in pursuit of catching our bait. Then we would be setting hooks and waiting for the rods to bend and reels to scream.
It was a mission to get live bait yesterday and we were almost up the coast at Balian before we found what we were looking for and put 20-30 into our tank. Full of confidence from experience, knowing that at least my hooks were deadly sharp we started fishing. No fish, so come midday (the sun was over head anyway) it was time for a packet of sun warmed rice, noodle’s with a smidgen of chicken (50 cent nasi bungkus) for lunch. No cocktails and esky cold beers on our fishing trips with just enough room for our fuel and the hardware needed for fishing fish. The one luxury I do have in my kit is a thermos of hot coffee, and out there it does make a difference.
The day wore on and the sun started to slope down to the water line before we had any sign of fish. End result was 3 small Tuna and 1 small Queen fish. Not what we were hoping for but you take what you can fishing and at least we got to take something home for our families.
Like I mentioned up the top of this report the surf has been, well you could say tiny. There has been a few smallies up along the beach breaks of Kuta to legian and probably a few waves being kind of rode down at Uluwatu. On my first day out in the boat it was basically flat from Airport Left right down to Uluwatu. Today the 21st I had to extend my KITAS visa so I called a lay day but my surf check on the Outer reefs wasn’t showing too many waves breaking bwteen Airports and TaReef. Just 1-1ft+ waves and the wind was light and variable.
Tomorrows another day and I’m planning / hoping to get back out in my boat and try and boat some real fishting fish. Surf wise I don’t think we will see much in the way of decent surf here in Bali until around the 24th, slowly building a little through till the 27th and keeping us in small to fun sized waves again. The Indian Ocean is still dominated with bastard High Pressure cells for anything substantial to penetrate just yet.
Weather wise here on the holiday island it has been perfect beach weather, hot and sunny. Right now at 12.30pm the temp is at 30-31 Celsius, Humidity is at 67%. I even think that the wind has also finally swung back to the ESE again Celsius.
The next tide today will be a 1.7mtr High at 4.31pm and the next Moon Phase is going to be a New Moon rising on the 26th
Just to get everyone on the same page for Bali travel restrictions. Bali is allowing entry here with a Business / investor Visa that sells for around Rp3.5 million (talking to my Visa agent this morning) But there is also a 5 day mandatory (Hotel) quarantine in Jakarta involved. Australian’s unfortunately will find it harder than any other country to enter Indonesia just yet due to the Aussie Governments “spend at home” policy or something along that line.
Ok well sorry for today’s essay and we can’t wait for everyone to get back to Bali especially all you English speaking and money spending nations that know how to enjoy a holiday in Bali best.
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Wayan can PICK UP FROM YOUR HOTEL, ALL LEVEL OF SURFER WELCOME you’ll be taken to the best waves on the island to suit your level, see some of Bali’s surf breaks that aren’t on the map, avoid crowds and be at the right place at the right time.
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1 surfer is Rp550,000 (around US$43.00)
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We hope to see you here surfing in Bali soon, and don’t hesitate to drop us an email for any Bali surf info and we’ll do our best to help out.
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