Crayfish season comes to a close at the end of this month and reopens again on the 1st of March next year. There are many crayfish being taken at the moment and fishermen are making the most of it.
A warning though, wildlife officials are very diligent in the patrolling of the coast for people poaching crayfish at all hours during the closed season and the penalties are stiff. Please also remember that at this time of year as we approach the breeding season a few of the crayfish you catch may have berry and these need to be returned.
Anglers venturing down to the Transkei are finding conditions a little harsh at times but when a good window of weather presents itself, fishing is as good as it gets. Those looking for edibles are getting some good catches of garrick in and around the Port St Johns area. Kob on the other hand are not as prolific as previous years but those who persevere with Strike Pro type lures at night are being rewarded with the odd big kob.
The river itself, at Port St Johns is still steadily producing some fine catches of mainly grunter and again the odd kob. The majority of these fish caught in the river are at night and around spring tides. The Hole In The Wall and Mazeppa Bay areas have produced some good catches of bigger sharks recently, most of them being black fin sharks and the odd big ragged tooth shark.
Dean and Lloyd from Team Daiwa are down there filming at the moment and have landed a few nice fish. On the first day Dean landed a black fin of 140kgs and Lloyd a grey of 77kgs, both fish were released alive back to the water. There are also reports of anglers catching some big kob and the odd garrick in this area.
Terry Nel from Tacklenet in Port Edward reports that a local angler was very pleased to have landed a kingfish in the excess of 20kgs at Splash Rock at the start of the weekend. He was using live black tail as bait in very good sea conditions. Other fish caught in the area include bronze bream, stone bream and blue skates. Summer is now here with the hopes that estuary fishing takes off and news of good catches on artificial baits is expected.
Hopefully the weather this weekend will play ball as there have been some good catches of Snoek by the paddle ski guys. Umdloti has been very busy in the mornings with skis and fish have been coming out quite nicely. They havent been the biggest snoek but are still great fun on light tackle.
Quite a few have been taken on lures with light tackle spinning outfits. This is great fun and the lures that have worked particularly well are the new casting lures from Maria. They are the Duplex range and come in sizes 18 and 31 grams. They cast beautifully and have a superb action which often entices those fish that are not interested in feeding. These are available country wide and in a variety of exiting colours. There is still the odd Garrick in the Tongaat area for the paddle ski guys but please remember guys that it is closed season for shad.
There are still a few Brusher on the North Coast. When targeting these fish your tackle should be stepped up a grade or two to that of shad angling. These fish are found amongst rocky ledges and points and for this reason your tackle should ideally be that of a heavy nature. Your nylon should be around the 35lb range, Kingfisher Giant Abrasion is good and a heavy action rod like the Poseidon Medium / Heavy is advised. Hooks should range from a 6/0 to an 8/0 Mustad Kendal Round and your trace line should be no less than 50lb. Reels are also very important and should be in good condition. Machine reels, the Daiwa SL50 and the Daiwa Grandwave 50 are ideal as they have the pulling power to get big specimens out and away from rocks. Baits can vary, as these fish are not fussy eaters. The main bait however is a live crab but sea lice, crayfish, whole mussels, chokka and even sardine heads work very well.
A reminder from Brett Hibbert the organizer of the Christmas Classic Bay Fishing competition that will be held on 4th December in Durban Bay, no late entries will be accepted after the 7th November so register now. Get your entry forms from The Kingfisher, 53 Hunter Street, Durban.
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