WEEKLY FISHING REPORTS 22ND FEBRUARY 2012 February 22, 2012 by The Kingfisher The wicked westerly and beastly easterly have done their best the last couple of days to confuse the current, so fishing has definitely been a bit tricky. The early mornings before the wind picks up seems to have been more productive than the late evening. With Spring-tides this week, hopefully we will see some changes to the banks, and maybe some more fishing coming out. Kosi Bay seems to have gone a bit quiet at the moment. Still a number of bonefish, some small kingfish and for the guys wanting to get their arms stretched, the black fin sharks are partial to a whole small bonito slide-bait. The water in the Tugela area is still a bit off-colour and there are a few more sandys being reported with some nice tales of the one that got away, especially on heavy tackle. The chokka slide-bait is still the most preferred bait, as well as a whole bonito. Remember to cut the tail off to avoid the bait spinning in the water. Amongst the small shad in Balito, some nice fish up to the 1-1.5kg mark have been caught. For the early birds the silver spoons such as the Kingfisher S1 and S2 are great to target these fish and make a good account of themselves especially on light tackle. A good quality 86 rod with a small spinning reel and braid allow anglers to get a good distance which keeps the spoons in the target area for a longer period. Remember to wind the S-shaped spoons at a slightly slower rate than normal spoons. The Durban area has produced a mixed bag of late. The pompano are still around the New Pier near Suncoast, and majority falling to sea-lice, but guys please make sure you have a permit to collect this bait. The Beach Front has started producing some shad and the drop-shot anglers using the New McCarthy Chrystella range have had a lot of success due to the large amount of sprats in the water. As mentioned before the large number of silver/clear coloured sprats in the water are mimicked perfectly by this new range. There are still a few grey sharks in the late evening and one or two brown skates for the lucky few that have still got a few red-eye stashed in the deep-freeze. For the early morning anglers, some shad are about in the Toti area and either artificial lures or sardine-fillets are your best bet to target them. Make sure you have a bit of American Fishing Wire, because these toothy fish can easily bite through nylon. There are a few grey sharks still being caught in front of the Life-Saving Club. Some smaller bone fish are still being caught in the bay at Scottborough and some nice grey sharks in the 5-8 kilo range are being caught off the point. Throw-baits seem to be more effective than a big slide-bait and the Saltwater Grey Shark Bite trace seems to be a firm favourite amongst the guys targeting the grey sharks. Port Shepstone seems to have come alive this weekend, with some shad, bronze bream, stump nose and pompano being caught. Majority of the fish were caught on chokka and/or prawn baits with smaller hooks like the Mustad Big Gun No.6 being the most popular. Best fishing being early morning before the winds pick-up and late evening as the winds die-down. In the Margate area it seems as though the better sized black tail are around and some nice 1 kilo plus fish have been coming out. Both drop-shot and bait are easily taken, especially fished on light equipment and very light sinkers, this allows the bait to move with the current, amongst the gullys. Terry Nel from Tacklenet in Port Edward reports that bronze bream have been on the bite again and those who have fished for them have reported that some of the pulls they have had have come from bigger fish that they have lost and it’s probably brusher which are also on the bite at this time of the year. A prodigal son of 12kg’s was landed at Splash Rock on the weekend and a fair sized bonefish was also caught there. Perch are biting in the estuary and some good sized fish have been taken. The crayfish season opens at the end of the month and the sea seems to be full of them. Strict regulations apply to the catching of crayfish and make sure that your permit is in order as Wildlife officials will be on patrol and penalties for the illegal catching of crayfish are harsh. The Port St Johns area is reported as quiet although for the edible anglers there are still a few kob and some nice size shad around. There are a number of protected bays where novices can target various species. So definitely dont put the off-season holiday plans on hold. Ski boat angling in the Mapelane area has been tough, there are still a few couta and yellow fin tuna although the winds have meant that the sea has been up and has made launching more difficult. As we all know fortune favours the brave but do keep it safe. Durban seems to be the hotspot at the moment with snoek still being plentiful, yellow fin tuna wall-to-wall and some wahoo also around, geelbek are still there in the deep and unfortunately the Taxman still hasnt closed his Tax Season. The shallower reefs are producing some nice black tip kingfish in the 3-5kg range. The common baits such as sardine-fillet and small bonito are really doing the damage. With very few bait fish around, and a lot of small anchovies the fishing has given the novices time to scratch their heads and ponder. Small spoons in the 15 20g range in various colours and shapes seem to be working for the bonito, yellow fin tuna and the black tip kingfish. A few nice couta have been caught in the Shelly Beach area ranging from 8-20kilos. The yellow fin tuna are still around, so best the skippers get sent on a Sushi course. These fish make excellent table fair, both cooked or in their natural state. There are also various species of kingfish for light to medium drop-shot anglers to target, with buck tails and drop-shot. The past week has seen some good fishing from DCBA (Durban Charter Boat Association) members with good reports of fish coming out. Warm waters have been close in shore and many dorado have been reported along with an abundance of yellow fin tuna. This week also saw some good couta action north of Durban, but unfortunately there were many sharks in amongst the couta shoals, one croc couta was reported that was taxed and the head weighed in at around 17Kg. The marlin bite was on during the week with reports of blacks, blues and stripeys hitting the baits and even some multiple strikes reported. The DCBA urges the public to be responsible and support legal and registered charter operators as there are many illegal operators who are not licenced to offer charters to the public. You can contact members of the Durban Charter Boat Association on www.dcba.co.za There are still a number of smaller grunter around in Durban Bay, with the occasional lucky angler bagging a bonus fish of 1.5 4 kilos. The Silt Canal is fishing well especially on artificial, fished in the early morning, low light conditions. The sea pike are still around and can be excellent on ultra-Light tackle. Fishing from the banks has also produced some fish, notably a 2 kilo grunter caught on a sand prawn or cracker shrimp bait. For the paddle ski anglers, couta, have definitely made an appearance as well as a number of snoek. The gas-bottles are also still in abundance and many paddlers with two rods out have had to decide which rod is bending the most. In backline areas, and shallower reefs, fished early morning are producing the bite. The smaller spoons are still working well at Aliwal Shoal, and the small Halcos both diving as well as poppers have been the more common lures to target the various species. Yellow fin tuna, some wahoo and kingfish are up for grabs, for the early bird fitness fanatics. Fly-fishing The flow-rates seem to be calming down and the water should clear up soon. Early morning is still the best time as the natural prey for the fresh water species seem to be most active with the summer patterns still producing. Sterkfontein is still the hotspot, the beetle patterns in various colours are working, definitely a trip to the interior can offer a well-deserved break and a great family affair. Jozini dam, slightly fuller after the interior rains, has been producing a few fish definitely some shade in a can in the form of Techni-blok as well as Island Tribe are recommended as the summer sun is in strong competition with the anglers to see how many it can catch. Best to fish the cooler periods in deeper water with baits rather than artificial. Shongweni Dam has produced bass in the 800g 1.2 kilo range mainly around structure in deeper water and at Nagel Dam, the deep structure area has produced bass of the 1.5 2 kilo range, mainly caught on June bug coloured Flukes and Watermelon Red-Fleck. The best thing about bass fishing is that from novice to pro, everybody can have a go. Due to the Midmar Mile, only the quiet backwater areas have produced a few small to medium sized carp. With this rowdy annual event now over, the fishing should now improve and best to use the Citrus scents and flavours for this time of year. Fishy Facts: The great white shark in one session can eat nearly 68% of its total weight – provided there is ample food available. 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. Check out the new Kingfisher web site: www.kingfisher.co.za and become a member. Membership is totally free and there are great prizes to be won every month. 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 Please note we will be closed on the 27th and the 28th of February 2012 for our annual stock take, we apologise for any inconvenience this might cause.