WEEKLY FISHING REPORT 27TH JANUARY 2012 January 27, 2012 by The Kingfisher There have been some ideal angling days last week but unfortunately most of the good seas were experienced during the week. Anglers waiting to fish on the weekend had to put up with heavy seas although the weather was very good. Most anglers fished for shad and places like Toti, Illovo and Umkomaas produced limited numbers of fish. Sea weed was present at most venues and this made for heavy angling. During the week anglers fishing in the middle north coast area landed some big sand sharks and smaller skates. The most productive spot was the Tugela North bank area where anglers caught a few edible fish. Shoal size kob and grunter kept anglers busy at this venue and a few medium size lobotes were also landed. Besides these reports there is not much else happening although the forecast for this week end looks favorable for rock and surf angling. In the Ballito area the water has been clean but a bit on the cold side, a few grey sharks have been caught as well as a few stump nose. The Durban Beachfront has produced a number of brown skates as well as bonefish and some thorn tail rays. Fishing has been more productive during the change of tides and chokka baits are the most effective baits. Terry Nel from Port Edward reports that hot days have prevailed over the last week and more fishermen have been found on the rocks and beaches. Not too many fish though with mostly just small fish and the odd shad caught. Fishing the Trafalgar reefs on the weekend produced a number of different species including karrenteen, juvenile mussel cracker, bronze bream, gold banded wrasse and the oddest looking dogfish which looked like some kind of elongated sputnik around 180mm long or a broad centipede of sorts. More research should come up with the species. The KZNCAU fished its 1st round of their postal completion last week end and most clubs were looking forward to going to the Zululand beaches to get stuck into some diamond skate action. The sea conditions did not lend itself to this type of angling, clubs then made decisions to move to the Transkei in search of sharks. Those clubs that elected to go to Transkei found some good fish, but it was the club that fished the Zululand beaches in the sea conditions that finished top. News from Jozini Dam is that the water temperature is about 29 degrees and the water is clear. The weather has been great for fishing, although by 8:00 am, it is already uncomfortably hot. By this time most of the fish activity has died anyway. The fishing then picks up again at around 15:00. The dam is fishing extremely well of late. Finding the clear water is the key. A lot of boats have persisted in fishing the dirty water with indifferent results. The odd fish can be caught, but is mostly a waste of time. Clear water, close to the dirty water line is very productive, especially if fishing lures, spinners or flies. Gold, White, Black, Fire tiger and Pink are good colour choices in these conditions. Very big fish seem scarce, but tigers of between 3 and 4.5kg have been regular catches. Sardine, chicken livers and live bait are still most peoples favourites. Just remember that Jozinis barbels like bits of funny meat even more! The productive spots, as always, are near good structure and drop offs. The problem most people have fishing Jozini is caused by the sheer size of the dam, and abundance of good structure. Patience is then needed as tigers seldom keep to a particular area for very long. They are restless and highly mobile. Sooner or later a hungry shoal should pass by. Fish appearing at your spot and only having a few nibbles before moving off normally means that they are not holding to that area. This is a good time to move. Illegal gill nets are becoming a bit of a problem on Jozini. We urge all anglers using the dam to please be aware of them. Most of the nets are cleverly set below the reach of cutting propellers, however many are snagged when retrieving a bait or lure. Early in the morning, especially during a full moon the nets can often be found with live fish in them. If possible the live fish should be cut free. Interestingly, very few tigerfish seem to get killed in the nets. It could be possible that they are biting their way out. The bream and barbel however are not usually so lucky. We urge all anglers using the dam to report all nets and any persons seen laying nets to, the relevant authorities as soon as possible. The Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife office can be reached on: (034) 4351012. 083 959 5421. Ski Boats on the other hand are off to a great start as far as game fish are concerned. Traditional places like Umdloti and the Number One ground off Durban have produced numerous couta and dorado of late. Sharks have also jumped in for a free meal and reports from Umdloti suggest that many couta were donated last week. The South Coast is also producing some good fish, particularly on the Aliwal Shoal and the Protea Banks. Couta, kingfish, tunny, wahoo and the odd sailfish are being boated. Fishing Skis are also off to another good start to the season with good numbers of couta being caught on both north and south coasts. 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.