Hot windless days like we have had for the last fortnight normally brings sand sharks and skates on the bite and sport fishermen should find their way to the beaches in the hopes of some good pulls from big fish. All the deep-water points should start working by the week-end as the weatherman predicts light easterly winds but with a big swell, this should provide some excellent flatfish angling if the swell is not too big.
Earlier this week, the weather patterns improved to a certain degree and anglers found some good edible fish in the form of shad, grunter, pompano and quite a few nice stumpies on the bite. The Umkomaas north bank section was once again very productive. There were some big shad, all in the 1 kg to 2 kg range being caught as well as some grunter. Anglers using red eye sardine fillets and heads were well rewarded with some big stumpies all in the 3kg to 4 kg range. A few anglers using this bait had some pick-ups from sand sharks and brown skates.
Some nice sandies all in the 30 kg range were caught in the middle
A beautiful 25kg kingfish (G.T.) was caught by a local Angler on a 1/0 Mustad Kendal Round hook. He was using a pink prawn as bait. Anglers that ventured up to the
The annual butterfly ray season looks to have started with anglers landing some very good specimens in the Port Durnford and Amatikulu areas. In the Tugela area, labotus or tripletail have been landed as well as a few of the larger zambezi sharks. The
With the festive season now over, many visitors are returning home with fishy stories to tell and although it has been hard work, their visit has been of great benefit to tourism on our coast.
Ski Boat fishing is also very good when conditions allow. Most boats are targeting game fish like dorado and couta. Boats fishing from Shelly Beach are now catching a good variety of fish. Reports coming from down there suggest that some nice size tunny, wahoo and even some good couta have come out at this venue recently. Ski Boat and Jet Skis are finding that fishing in the vicinity of the Aliwal Shoal and Scottburgh has picked up dramatically. There are a lot of tunny around and wahoo have also made a welcome appearance. All in all it looks as though Deep-Sea anglers are going to be in for a very good season.
Fishing Skis are catching fish all along the coast now. Couta and tunny have been caught in fair numbers on both South and North coasts. The Umdloti area in particular has produced numerous fish. The same can be said for the
On the fresh water side, bass are mainly being caught in the early morning and late afternoon due to the cooler temperatures. Inanda and
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.
The trading hours of The Kingfisher are as follows:
Mon Fri. 8:00am 5:00pm
Sat. 8:00am 1:00pm
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 031- 368 4007.