Rock and Surf:
We will start this fishing report way up north, in the Kosi Bay area. With the warm, clean water that they have been experiencing lately, the bone fish are in abundance and lots of wave garrick are being caught in the shore break area. Some kingfish and black fin sharks are also being caught, but guys beware, as there are lots of blue bottles around. The Tugela area, zambezi sharks, small spinner sharks, milkies, a few sand sharks and diamond skates have also been reported. In and around Ballito, small grey sharks of about 5 to 10kg as well as a few sand sharks and blue skates have been coming out. The Durban area has produced a few small edibles such as shad and grunter; bonefish are also plentiful and are great fun on light tackle. Moving to the South Coast, in the Toti areas not much really happening expect for a few small shad being reported as well as the odd grey shark also being caught, Scottburgh, has had some sand sharks landed off the point and some blue skates in the bay, there has also been reports of bonefish in the area. The Margate area saw two beautiful fish come out; a couta as well as a yellow fin tunny were caught from the rocks, reports of some kingfish species have also come in.
Transkei: Hammers still being caught off most of the points and some nice size shad as well. Mazeppa Bay is living up to its reputation and Stuart Dunlop landed a personal best spotted raggie of 153kg during the week. Black fin sharks have also been coming out in that area.
Ski boat fishermen in Zululand area reports that water temperature has been around the 23 degree range with couta, yellow fin tuna, dorado and some wahoo being the target species.
Durban has seen plenty of yellow fin tuna as well as a number of dorado and also a few sailfish being caught. Shelly Beach, the yellow fin tuna are wild with many boats coming in with good catches, dorado are also plentiful.
The paddle ski guys have been able to get plenty of yellow fin tuna from Umdhloti all the way down to Scottburgh.
The Durban Bay, with the cleaner water and higher water temperature this has helped with the fishing conditions and more grunter have been caught, the sizes are also starting to increase.
Bass fishing has improved with the better weather. The bait fish seem to be in the shallows and the bass deeper down in the cooler water. Baby Flukes are working well.
Due to the heat best times to fly fish are early morning and late afternoon to evening. The fish are deep down and as the water is cleaning up after the rains, fishing is improving. Summer patterns seem to be doing the trick for trout.
Check out the new Kingfisher web site: www.kingfisher.co.za. They have just updated the tide tables for 2012 and come 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 are as follows:
Mon Fri. 8:00am 5:00pm
Sat. 8:00am 1:00pm
FESTIVE SEASON TRADING HOURS: The 2nd January 2012, 8:00am 1:00pm. Please note we will be closed on the 1st January 2012.
There are some great new fishing TV shows that are now being aired on DSTV. Please check out your TV guide, sometimes Super Sport will change the channel that it is supposed to be aired.
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 email@example.com or fax 031- 368 4007.