With the weather being perfect this last week, many more hours have been spent on and around the water with just rewards. The long weekend had a number of away trips and some of those very fruitful.
Kosi bay This area has been producing some Kingfish or GTs mainly fished on live baits and Chokka slide baits. The Bay areas especially and the highpoints for sliding have been the most productive.
Tugela With the water slightly off coloured, for those brave enough to wade and throw Shad and/or the elusive Mackeral heads, some nice Sand sharks as well as a few Zambezis have been their just reward. Remember to pack plenty of Techniblok, Sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat to protect you from the sun.
Toti Due to a large influx of up-country visitors it seems the more bait in the water the more bites you get. Inyoni Rocks has been abuzz with mainly Shad and a few nice size Black tail being caught in the early morning sessions. The beach area to the right of the swimming pool has had a few small Spinner Sharks.
Winkelspruit Castle Rock seems to have been very productive this last week, especially for anglers targeting Shad on either drift bait or the Salt-Water Shad trace. The Anglers targeting bigger fish on slide baits were really given a test and an angler was reported to have fought a big GT for over an hour before being cut off.
Scottborough With better fishing conditions the point areas have been producing some Grey Sharks on throw baits as well as slide baits with Bonito cutlets being the most popular. The Mc Arthy Goldfish 5-inch drop shots fished around the gullys have also produced some nice Wave Garrick and Kingfish.
Umkomaas The River mouth is still producing some nice Kob and anglers must be aware of the size limit (60cm), these fish can be targeted on 6 and 7-inch Paddle tails. The most effective hooks are the Mustad 4.0 and 5.0 bass hooks as they are a thin gauge but are a very sharp hook. The Ledges area has produced a few Skates, mainly on Prawn and Chokka combinations and the lucky few with Redeye have put these to good use too.
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Port Edward Terry Nel from Tacklenet reports that Shad have come on the bite again and popular spots are producing although the fish are still few. A really nice catch was a Mussel cracker of 22kgs taken from the rocks at Glenmore this week. Kob have also been on the bite and a few fish around the 4kg mark have been reported. River fishing has been quiet except a report of one boat angler on the river picking up a Zambezi Shark of nearly 2 metres long and after a long fight lost the fish at the side of the boat. There have often been reports in past months of what can be described as Zambezi Sharks active in the
Mapelane The Skippers rising with the sun have been rewarded with some Couta and Wahoo. The bait fish are still a bit scarce, however Rapalas and Halcos being trawled between 4 and 8 knots have steadily been producing the bite. Best areas to fish are the colour lines and around structure.
Umhloti The Westbrook / Umhloti area is still producing Couta and some nice Snoek.
Toti With Bonitos still around anglers trolling live baits have been rewarded with some Snoek and a few Couta. Spinning for live baits such as Bonito with light outfits and small Spoons or Ondas can really be great fun, especially for junior anglers as well as Drop shotting around pinnacles.
Toti With the mornings becoming a bit fresher, Paddlers might be a bit more hesitant to enter the water. However, there are just rewards and fortune favours those with thick skins. The Snoek are still around as well as the Kingfish and for the fitness fanatics, a good steady paddle with live bait can give you a chance for a Couta or bigger Kingfish. Beware of the Taxman as the tax season is definitely open.
Aliwal Shoal After the recent popular TV Show, this area has been fished a lot harder. The Snoek are definitely around with some Paddlers getting 3 or 4 of these Silver bars. Buck tail jigs especially Chartreuse in colour have also enabled some nice Kingfish hook-ups.
Fly-fishing As we move on into autumn the summer patterns have become a thing of the past and fresh new patterns are still in the trial stage. The dry-fly, nymphs and triple-D are still producing majority of the bites in clearer water. The Underberg area saw a beautiful 2 kilo Rainbow Hen fall to a Zacks Nymph during the week.
Tiger Fishing With the weather cooling down and the fish not as deep, the fishing should definitely improve. Maybe it is time to start using those live bait traces and to trawl shallower diving lures and pull Rufus at a more reasonable speed.
Bass With the Inanda Bass classic coming up soon, a number of anglers have been putting their equipment to the test.
The Shark species do not have a fixed bone structure, there are no bones per se but have cartilage as a spine and no cartilage structure on their sides. This enables them to be more streamlined and they do not have to put a large effort into swimming great distances.
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