The Sardines have officially arrived with confirmed reports of Sardines being netted on the lower
The Kosibay and surrounds has produced a few reef fish, mainly small Kingfish and a few Stumpnose. The estuaries at
With not much else being reported in other areas, the Zinkwazi and Salt Rock area has produced some nice Shad and in the later evening sessions a few Spinners and Grey Sharks. Shakas High Rock seems to have been the most consistent with Milkies and Grey Sharks. The Umhlanga Lighthouse to the Durban Beachfront area seems to have blown hot and cold. A few smaller Shad in the Rice Fields area and one or two Grey Sharks near the Lighthouse. For this time of year, the fishing seems a bit quieter and this could be attributed to the Sardines being further down the coast.
The Toti to Umkomaas area is still producing a number of fish, the main swimming pool at Toti has produced some Shad of size which Anglers have put to good use targeting Garrick and for the unfortunate few the Grey Sharks are also fond of these baits. The Winkelspruit and Hotel Rocks area is still producing Garrick with live baits being somewhat more plentiful. Anglers need to keep in mind that the beaches are there for all and litter is unsightly to everyone. So please make an effort to put your Sardine boxes and packets etc. into the bins.
The Game Fish seem to have been feeding readily on the incoming tide which allows the early risers plenty of time to target some live bait. The Lower South Coast from Scottborough to Port Edward is definitely the place to be in the upcoming weeks. Sardines were netted near Port Edward and surrounds with approximately 400 crates netted before 8am on Monday, 2nd July. Although slightly later this is a welcome sign and definitely supports the recent catches off the points of Tuna, Garrick and the Kob still being at Umkomaas.
Margate to Transkei has been fishing very well, lots of Shad, a few small Kingfish and Garrick both in the early morning and late afternoon time periods, with Shad being plentiful lucky Anglers have been able to get their quota of Garrick for the day and still take home a Shad for breakfast fry. Terry Nel from Port Edward reports that as it would seem, another point that has produced, was ‘Lucky Dip’, a shallow water spot in Port Edward where two fish of note were taken last week one a 14kg Yellowtail and a 17,6 kg Yellow fin Tuna. The Yellowtail on a drift bait and the tuna on a live Karranteen. At that time, a number of live baits slid off Splash Rock had no results yet a Garrick was landed there this past weekend. Shad are still actively on the bite mostly over the high tides every day a few still undersized but most are over 30cm.
After its recent good form the Mapalane area is still producing some nice Couta and some Garrick interspersed with some Yellow Fin Tuna. For the bigger boats when travelling to deeper depths some large Yellow Fin Tuna are there for the taking. The Sodwana and
Durban Central is still a hive of activity around the wrecks for the nocturnal Anglers. Predominately Geelbek and Daga are being targeted with 8 and 9-inch Scarborough Reels and the Poseidon Kingfish Rod making a mean outfit. These fish give a good account of themselves and Anglers have to really wind them in to avoid paying taxes. A typical double-hook trace with 8.0 and 9.0 Mustad Kendall hooks with glow in the dark beads is the preferred trace.
Toti to Umkomaas with Redeyes, Maasbunker and Mackeral appearing all over in this stretch of water, there has been no shortage of live baits to target Garrick, Snoek, some Yellow Fin Tuna and the occasional Couta. With the Sardines moving their way up the coast the bait sticks should be bending soon allowing trained Skippers to drop live baits and head behind the breakers to target the Garrick.
Further down South with the shoals of Sardines imminent. Garrick and various other Game species attracted by the Sardine shoals are definitely worth targeting on artificial lures such as Spoons and Plugs.
Mike from Blue Water Charters sent in this report about his fishing trip last weekend. The weather was gorgeous, and the sea was flat making for superb conditions. We made our way out to the main current, which we found on the 600m in search of some Yellow fin Tuna. En route we had a hook up with a very small Sailfish in the 12-15Kg mark, but we dropped him after the second jump. We never found any Yellow fin Tuna but we saw hoards of birds, some large flying fish and a Dorado. This leads me to believe that on the other side of the main current is warm water, but my trip schedule did not allow us time to cross the current. I dont think we will see sardines in
With water temperatures being somewhat warmer more Paddle-skiers, whether North, South or central are now not so unhappy with the Shad gobbling their Strip-baits. These previous pests seem to now have grown in size and majority that are caught can readily be pinned and used for live bait. The area North of Durban, mainly Umdloti, Westbrook and the like have produced some nice size Snoek as well as a few smaller Garrick. Buck tail jigs as well as Paddle tails seem to be working well over pinnacles and some nice Rock Cod have also been landed.
Further South the Toti to Scottborough area has surprised a few Paddlers with Sardines being hooked on Yazuris while targeting Redeye and Mackeral. Some nice Garrick in the 7 to 10 kilo range has meant Paddlers arms have burnt twice: firstly when fighting the fish and secondly when paddling a heavier Ski back to shore.
Bass Shallow water spots in the late afternoon is still your best bet. Mainly smaller sized fish are being caught at Inanda, Shongweni and
Carp With colder water temperatures the fish are definitely sluggish and not feeding as readily. Prolonged feeding periods and late afternoon sessions at your favourite swim can definitely produce smaller fish to well-presented baits. Patience in this case is definitely rewarded with a nice fish of 2.5 kilos being landed at Shongweni last week in a late afternoon spell.
Tiger fish At this time of year live baits and strip-bait derivatives are the way to go. With the dam being 60% full the water takes a while to warm up and the Tigers are definitely tamed by this. Shallow areas around structure are still the place to go with Sardine and Chicken Strips the most prominent bait of choice.
Fly-fishing With the addition of some colour to the Hamills Killers, mainly oranges and reds, being fished in the midday warmer period a few sultry Trout can be coaxed into feeding. The colder water temperatures have meant that some of the weeds have already started to die-off and the cleaner water has allowed Anglers to sight some of their quarry in the still dams.
The Prodigal Son also known as Cobia, Black Kingfish, Black Salmon or Lemon fish. Is a Pelagic fish and occurs worldwide however prefers to live in and around structure. This fish can also occur in inlets and mangrove areas and is often accompanied by Remoras. These fish can live anything from 9 to 13 years and can grow up to 50 pounds and more. They make excellent table fair and give recreational Anglers a reel run for their money.
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