With weather slowly settling, anglers are now back on the beaches doing what they love. It certainly looks as though the seasonal winds have subsided and anglers can now look forward to some very good summer fishing. With the shad ban still on most anglers that fish for edibles are still fishing and catching some good brusher. The most popular venues of late have been Isipingo ledges and the Doonside stretch where some nice specimens have been landed.
With the summer season upon us, the good news is that estuary fishing has improved and a few nice big eyed kingfish have marked this time of year and have revealed some fine top water chases seen in our estuaries.
Dean Pretorius landed a beauty in lower south coast area with the new Maria Duplex lure. In the Port Edward area Garrick are coming out regularly and live baits for them have been black tail and mullet. Shad are very much still here and although the season is closed, these fish are still being targeted and taken by some. A good sized hound shark was also caught this weekend and bronze bream are still biting well in lower South Coast. Garrick and kob are coming out at the Sand Spit and as the water temperature has risen the flat fish have started to come on the bite in this area.
Those anglers that have waited patiently for the annual flatfish to arrive need wait no more as sand sharks and skates have arrived all along our coast. Recent rains have ensured that Ginger Beer colour water is now present at a few river mouths. Some big sandys and grey sharks have been caught down the South Coast off the deep water points such as Greenpoint and Scottburgh. Garrick are still been caught at Tongaat long beach as well as the Umgeni River, the Durban beach front is still producing pompano and stumpies.
It is the Zululand coast that now comes into its own this time of the year. Big diamond skates and some very big sand sharks move into areas such as Amatikulu and the Port Durnford areas. When conditions are right anglers can expect to have some great fun with these big fish.We will hopefully soon have reports filtering through of anglers landing some monster fish. The Zinkwazi is still producing grey sharks and the Blythdale area a few brown skates and small sand sharks.
Ski-Boats that were able to launch reported some very good catches of mainly geelbek and daga salmon on the deep reefs off Durban but sharks are an ongoing menace and a lot of good fish are being eaten. General bottom fishing is also good with boats reporting good catches of big reds and rock-cod. Boats that are venturing further out to sea report that the first dorado shoals have been spotted and a good few landed, these are still on the small side it wont take long before the bigger specimens arrive. The water has warmed up and the summer fish should start to make their appearance, we have heard that a few bonito are being caught off Durban.
Fishing Skis locally still have to wait before any game fish arrive although there are some snoek and garrick around when conditions are good.
Further north however, with Cape Vidal in particular some nice couta are being caught. With December around the corner Ski anglers can look forward to another exciting season.
Mick Clark reports that not much fishing from the Jet Ski guys this week but when there is a gap there are lots of small tuna about and the odd one around the 20kg mark. Mike Liddell, a 73 year old from Scottburgh, caught a wahoo on his rescue craft, it weighed 17kg and Corne Jooste landed a 26kg yellow fin tuna off Scottburgh on Saturday 29th October.
On the fresh water side, yellow fish have turned on and are feeding well on dry fly. Bass fishing with top water lures, like the Strike Pro range of Arc Minnows has been excellent at Inanda, Hazelmere and Midmar Dam. There has been some nice carp been landed at Inanda and Shongweni dam recently.
There is some great new fishing TV shows that are now being aired on DSTV.
1) ASFN premiers on Mondays on Super Sport 6, channel 206,
19:30 to 20:00.
2) Free Spool Angling premiers on Thursdays on Super Sport 5,
Channel 205, 19:00 to 19:30.
3) Hier Gaan Ons Alweer premiers on Fridays on KykNet, channel
111, 18:00 to 18:30.
The boys at The Kingfisher are hard at work, getting the new section ready (the off-shore and the freshwater have doubled in size) in time for the big yearly sale at the end of the month. Check for the ads in the newspaper closer to the time about the starting date of this massive sale.
The Kingfishers trading hours are Monday, Wednesday to Friday 8:00 to 17:00, Tuesday 8:30 to 17:00 and Saturday 8:00 to 13:00.
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