The past week or so has had most anglers ready to sell their fishing equipment and invest in Golf Clubs. The winds have seldom blown for more than 2 days in the same direction.  And Irina made her appearance in a big way. The large amount of rain as well as heavy winds and high seas are sure to change the sand banks. And the rivers will definitely bring some colour into the water, when they start flowing out to sea. Time now to make up some traces; do some servicing of reels and general maintenance of all fishing tackle. The good news is that in the next few days Irina will be gone and the fishing will improve. The fish definitely are not feeding at all and will be starved when the weather clears. So best to give it a few days and let everything return to normal. Queen fish and small kingfish should come on the bite in the south coast area and provide anglers with some good fun. The best way to target these fish is with small baits. The best bait that works for them is red eye sardine belly. The trick here is to use a fairly big hook, a Mustad 6/0 Kendal Round is sufficient but anglers must use a lot of foam around the hook and then wrap the belly around that. Your snoot must also be fairly long so that there is a lot of movement on the bait, this entices these predators and the quality of the pull is much better as they hit these sorts of bait very hard. A 40 size reel, like the Daiwa Sealine or the Grandwave, paired with one of the Poseidon medium rods will certainly do the job.

Kosi bay €“ This area has not been fished too much as it is somewhat unprotected making the swells triple their normal size.

Tugela €“ Before the weather changed, there were a few small wave garrick and pompano caught. Pretty soon the water should have some nice colour and hopefully the bigger sharks will be on the prowl.

Ballito €“ A lot of the Ballito area has been unfishable due to high seas, hopefully in the next week or so and with the wave heights expected to drop over the next week fishing will improve.

Durban €“ The Umgeni River is flowing very strongly into the sea creating a lot of colour and also diluting the salt water content. The Blue Lagoon area was closed off due to extremely large swells.

Toti €“ With the big sea and not too many gullies€™ to try and drop shot in, fishing here has been quiet and artificial lures have definitely been put away.

Scottborough €“ With high swells crashing into the swimming pool, the point was definitely out of bounds and with the dirty coloured water the bay section did not produce much fish.

Port Shepstone and Margate €“ Early last week a few pompano came out in Port Shepstone, but by Tuesday there were no fish being caught and even the Die-Hard locals were only telling stories about fish they had previously caught.

Port Edward – Terry Nel from Tacklenet reports that the shore fishing has been very quiet with few fish caught in the area, with the exception of black tail and other small reef fish which are active for the light tackle fisherman. There is also much weed on the shoreline which is limiting areas to fish in. Rough seas are also pounding the coast as a result of the cyclone still out at sea. Memories come back of the cyclone ‘Demonia’ in 1984 when the south coast here bore the brunt of some of the worst weather we have ever experienced. Hopefully the weather settles soon and much needed rain is the only trace of the present cyclone. Estuary fishing has also become much quieter even with warm clean water around.

Transkei€“ The last area to be affected by the adverse weather produced some small sharks and some shad before also becoming barren. The low pressure cells, high winds and big sea definitely made anglers think twice about a trip to this area.


After last weeks€™ good fishing off the boats, only the stupid would have set out to sea. Huge waves made launching impossible and lots of maintenance time was available to skippers as well as some good family bonding time.

The bek should still be out in the deep and the skippers should now be Sushi experts. So make sure the knives are sharp as when the sea clears up Japanese theme parties will be all the rage.

Paddle Ski

The Umgeni River is probably the best place to be paddling right now in order to stay fit, like the Ski-boat Anglers, the paddlers had to also watch natures might and make up a few traces and do some Ski maintenance in preparation for next weeks€™ better weather.

The snoek, tuna and couta will still be there next week and the bonito will have only grown a bit bigger.


Fly-fishing €“ Due to very fast flowing rivers and very strong winds, many a Fly Fisherman has resorted to fly tying to pass the days by, until their lines can fly through the air again. Looking at the weather it would seem Friday and Saturday, could possibly be better days ahead. 

Tiger Fishing €“ With the dam a lot fuller after the rain and unfortunately debris from upstream being carried down, maybe it is time to sharpen some hooks and practice some knots until all returns to normal.

As with most freshwater areas, the water is dirty and churned up and fish are lying deep and waiting for a change of barometric pressure.

Durban Bay €“ With the large amount of silt coming into the Bay as well tree stumps and trees, possibly better to give the bay a miss. There is a large amount of litter and the strong winds have made the water very choppy.

Fishy Facts

The fresh water barbel in times of drought can bury itself in mud and wet sand in order to survive. It can stay buried for up to 7 years or until the next lot of rains come. So ladies think of that the next time you have a wet mud facial.

Plans are well underway for the Durban Ski Boat Club€™s annual festival to be held over the weekend of the 28/28 April. Once again the main prizes have been allocated to the King Mackerel species, a fish that enjoys shallow water in shore feeding. As such this levels the playing fields so if your boat floats you have as good a chance as ever. With the amazing support of Yamaha, Natal Caravans and Marine, Engen, Wesbank, and Landrover—the Platinum Sponsors—- once again there will be an incredible array of prizes including lucky draws. The angler that catches the largest cuda will tow away a 565 Seacat complete with 2x70HP Yamaha engines, complete with electronic equipment, and rods and reels, value R400000. As in the past there will be specie prizes and there will be a lot more emphasis on Ladies and juniors when it comes to the spoils. The Kingfisher besides their already generous support has added a Lucky Draw prize of R5000. To add more value is the fact that Wesbank have matched this. So there it is R5000 in cash to two lucky participants. It is important to enter by end March to enjoy a ticket in the Lucky Draws. The cost of an €œearly bird€ entry is only R325 per angler, and with a goodies bag valued at R260 this festival offers unbelievable value. Late entry is R395 per angler. Entry forms are available at The Kingfisher, the Durban Ski Boat Club or visit their website at www.durbanskiboatclub.co.za

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.

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

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