WEEKLY FISHING REPORT 14TH DECEMBER 2011

Summer has finally set in along our coast and with it has come all the fish one would expect. For shore anglers most or almost all rivers have come down and left a ginger beer coloured water which most fish thrive in. The Zululand beaches are now working particularly well with anglers getting stuck into some very big summer fish. Some huge sand sharks in the 80 kg range have been reported from the Amatikulu and Port Durnford areas. As expected the first of the annual diamond skates have been caught along these beaches. These fish stay on this stretch well into March next year and anglers who pursue these big fish can look forward to some good angling. Closer to home the Durban beachfront has been a bit quiet with the occasional grunter falling to red eye head bait. Last week saw a skate smash until foul weather set in and there seems to have disappeared.

North and South Coasts are fishing just as well with a lot of sand shark and skate activity taking place at well-known spots. In the Salt Rock area a few grey sharks and blue rays have been coming out as well as a few big shad in the 4 €“ 5kg range, these fish are being caught on whole mackerel slide baits.

The upper north coast area has over the past week produced some fine angling as reports from here suggest that a few very big sand sharks have been landed. On the South Coast all the major deep water points are working well for anglers that target these big fish, Errol Hays and Green point near Umkomaas have regularly produced some big fish when conditions are favorable. Shore angling for edibles is still improving with some good catches of shad being reported along the middle South Coast. Although there are some big specimens around, most fish are just making size. Other edible fish that are being reported from the South Coast include quite a few pompano and good size stumpies in the Sezella and Umdoni area and the Umkomaas area at this time of the year produces some very good angling. There is still quite a few good brusher as well as kingfish around and some big specimens are being caught along the Twini Ledge, Isipingo and at Doonside. A beautiful 15kg G.T was caught at the Gully last Saturday.

 In the Port Edward area, bad weather conditions have brought about poor fishing along the coast here and dirty water conditions have also spoilt the excellent fishing that was taking place in the estuaries. Even the fish taken at the Jet Ski competition were fewer than expected. Since the end of the weekend, conditions are improving and hopes are high both in the estuaries and the shore. News of fair sized kob being caught are coming in from spots south of Port Edward and as the summer months approach more of these catches are expected. For more info in the Port Edward area give Terry a call at Tackle Net 039 311 3013. All the points in the Transkei seem to be producing hammer head sharks, as well as the odd big black fin sharks that are testing the guy€™s equipment.

So to sum up, those anglers that are willing to take a quick trip to the North Coast area will almost definitely be a worthwhile exercise when the right weather patterns occur. After a few hot days and light North Easterly winds this venue can provide anglers a great days angling as there are excellent flatfish and shark angling up there. The same can be said for the Amatikulu and Port Durford areas, but at these two venues anglers rather target the diamond skates that have already been caught.

Just make sure that that you have the right tackle and it is good in good condition, these fish pull hard. The Daiwa 50 size reels have been doing the job for years, so if you are in the market for a reel, check them out. The dirty water in the Durban Bay has seen very few fish come out although there have been a number of guys fishing. Hopefully it will clear soon.

The Ski Boat and fishing ski anglers have since last week carried on getting some good results as far as game fish are concerned. Dorado in particular are being caught all along the coast with the deep water grounds off Durban working particularly well. Couta catches seem to be erratic as there are reports of good catches and then they seem to disappear out of areas that have been working well. Bait fish are plentiful with mackerel, red eye sardines and some bonito coming out.

The only regular catches come from the Aliwal Shoal and Scottburgh areas in the south and then the Umdloti area in the north. Anglers that have ventured up to the Cape Vidal area have had a variety of good fish. Sailfish in particular have been in abundance over the past two week.

A bit of fresh water news. The Underberg area has seen some rainfall recently. The dams and rivers are a bit fuller now and are fishing well. Most fish have fallen to Olive coloured fly patterns of various sizes. Lots of tiger fish reported from Jozini, live baits and fillet baits producing the bites. The water temperature is around 22 degrees and most fish coming out in the late afternoon. As far as fishing for yellow fish, the rivers are full, fast flowing and dirty. When the water colour is right, black floating beetles are the number one lure. Albert falls is producing some very nice carp in the 2-4kg range, most fish being caught throughout the day mainly on Honey floaties, FX dips and €œTjop Tjop€ scents.

Check out the new Kingfisher web site: www.kingfisher.co.za. They have just updated the tide tables for 2012 with a few new added bits of information, like tidal movement, sunrise, sunset ETC. You also stand a chance to win a Daiwa Windcast Z 5500 spinning reel, valued at R1895.00. All you need to do is sign up in the Kingfisher web site during the month of December to be in the running.

The trading hours of The Kingfisher over the festive season are as follows:

Mon €“ Fri.  8:00am €“ 5:00pm

Sat.           8:00am €“ 1:00pm

FESTIVE SEASON TRADING HOURS, SUNDAYS & PUBLIC HOLIDAYS:  16th, & 18th of December as well as the 2nd January 2012, 8:00am €“ 1:00pm.

There are 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. 

          

For the latest KZN fishing news presented by O.J., tune into East Coast Radio at 5.40am Monday – Friday. Any info about fishing, fish caught or competitions in your area please send to mike.pereira@kingfisher.co.za or fax 031- 368 4007.