Hail to the computer techies for fixing my trustworthy stead, I may now gallop forward to glory. As we draw closer to dark and cold mornings with the sun seeming to take forever to raise, that wonderful phenomenon known as the Sardine Run is upon us, more details to follow further into the report¦.
Sodwana A lovely family destination which offers nearly all facets of fishing styles for the whole family. At the moment 10 15kg juvenile Sand Sharks targeted in and around sandbanks have been predominant. The occasional big Ragged Tooth Shark has also fallen to bigger slide baits. For the smaller Sand Sharks, Mackeral head or Mackeral cutlet baits have been their dining pleasure.
Mapelane Shad, a few Kob and some Grunter have made up the species count for this area. The Shad have been mainly caught on spoons in the early morning and a single fillet on a traditional cork trace later in the day. Redeye head and Cracker Shrimp have been fantastic for catching the Grunter.
Mtunzini Amatikulu seems to be Spinner Shark haven. A number of Spinner Sharks in the 2 3 kg range have been hooked on various baits, especially the fleshy type baits. Some lucky Anglers armed with local Mackeral have been given a bit of the burn by some big Shad as well.
Umhloti This area has gone off the boil a bit, with mainly small Grey Sharks being the order of the day. Mackeral cutlet baits with a lot of foam, fished in the late afternoon/evening sessions seem to be the trick.
Umhlanga The Lighthouse area has produced the occasional Stumpy and is definitely worth putting the time in. Their preferred poison is a Mole Crab or Sea lice on a 2/0 Mustad Kendal round hook. Your target time for these fish is late afternoon, fished on a turning tide. Some Shad have also been caught in the early mornings.
Bluff area A few (hushed) Brusher reports have come in. Remember their natural diet is fresh mussels, so put these to good use. Remember to use a thick hook snoot and strong leader. These dirty fighters know their habitat well and head straight for the un-plastered bricks to cut you off.
Toti The Shad are still shoaling in and around the points, especially during the early morning sessions. Spinning or baiting is working equally well. Anglers lucky enough to get a few, should definitely slide or throw a whole Shad as Garrick are in the area. Give it a go; if your Shad isnt eaten you can still fry it for supper.
Winkelspruit This is the spot to be. Both sides of the pool area are working really well. There are Shad, smaller Blacktail and a few Karanteen and these are ideal early morning slide-baits to target a number of Garrick, which seem to be congregating here.
Umkomaas There are still a number of shoal Kob falling mainly to Cracker Shrimp and Chokka baits. The north side of the river mouth (bank area) has been producing a lot more than the Ledge area. Best time to target these fish is during a change of tide in the late afternoon, into the evening.
PORT EDWARD – With the arrival of Shad down there, much activity is taking place on the rocks and plenty of these fish are being caught. The game fish are also on the bite and in one morning this weekend five Garrick fell victim to the ‘live bait brigade’ on Splash Rock. Some Shad are still undersized and one has to be careful about swimming these fish. In one incident there, a youngster was asked to retrieve his live bait by wildlife officials and was charged and fined R1,000.00 as the Shad used was 20 mm undersized.
Richards Bay/Mapelane Is still producing some nice fish with Snoek, Couta and some Yellow fin Tuna. Over the next few weeks, Skippers can expect bigger Snoek, large Couta and a really good bumper session; your main baits should be Bonito, Sardine fillets and Shad.
Sodwana With some very nice clean water and good temperatures, Sodwana has been producing predominately Yellow fin Tuna in the 5 10 kilo range, some Snoek and a few Kingfish for the guys using Bucktail Jigs also being reported.
Toti Reports of big Couta on the ledges at Umkomaas and towards the Aliwal Shoal area. Bigger baits fished deeper have proved to bring up larger fish with a more aggressive take.
Shelley Beach Is now the Tuna capital of
North Umhloti etc – Snoek, Couta and Tuna have been the order of the day. Lovely sized Tuna in the 10+ Kilo range caught in the early mornings on live Maasbunker have had the ratchets screaming! Small Halcos and strip fillet baits have produced some lovely Snoek, up to 6 kilos. With the Couta seeming to be feeling the winter chill, are feeding later and in deeper water ranging from 5 10m. Majority of the fish are caught on live-baits. The tax inspectors are still around so make sure you have a few traces in your box before heading out.
Fly-fishing With the water temperature dropping – but still remaining clean, the fishing has been good all over. The purists can now take pleasure in fishing throughout the day with natural patterns still being the most proficient. Damsels, Minnows, Hamills Killers and Woolley Buggers are your Go to flies. The intermediate lines are best utilised, just be aware of weeds as the colder temperatures have not eradicated the majority of the weeds.
Tiger Fishing As the water temperature starts to cool, so it seems that the bites do too. As we head into the cooler periods, fillets/live-baits seem to be a lot more productive. Anglers fishing deeper down seem to have been getting bigger fish and its a case of seek and ye shall find.
Carp Inanda Dam recently hosted the World Carp Championship Trials. After much perseverance a few fish were caught. The conditions however, were not ideal and Anglers were really put to the test. Shongweni slow going with a few fish caught mainly small specimens. With better weather predicated, it should improve with the larger fish coming out in a few weeks. It is time now to get some practice in on the smaller fish, so you are ready for the big one to claim your personal best.
Bass Throughout the various Bass dams, majority of the fish have been landed in the early morning, caught on surface lures. Strike Pro Poppers and Stick baits fished around structure seem to beat the Bass. Anglers using various colours have reported good results and it would seem the bigger the better. Fortune favours the brave and for those who put the time in you will be rewarded.
The Potato Bass is one of the largest of the Grouper family. This fish can weigh in at a hefty 650 pounds (approximately 280 kilos). This extremely curious fish is often easy prey for spearfishermen and as such has been declared a protected species. Beware the black and brown monster.
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