With better weather for most of last week and the winds playing their part, some good catch results were forthcoming. It seems that the summer fish are here with a vengeance and have definitely arrived earlier than what was expected. Carpe Diem means you get the fish and you still get to work on time.
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St Lucia/Mapelane Both of these areas have produced lots of Shad, Garrick and a few small Kob. The Mapelane area has seen the odd big Zambezi Shark. Target these big sharks with either a big slide bait or live bait.
Tugela Has produced Kob and Shad although the Kob are not very abundant. Some Sharks have also been caught on slide baits and the small Spinner Sharks on throw baits.
Zinkwazi Last week saw some Grey Sharks, Brown Skates, the odd Sandy and some Garrick. Late afternoon sessions with the
Salt Rock/Ballito An odd Grey Shark for throw baits. Lots of juvenile Shad and with this being an easily accessible beach, why not put McCarthy Drop shots to the test for younger Anglers and for the more experienced try targeting the Stumpies.
Umhloti/Umhlanga These areas have produced a lot of Stumpnose, Brusher and an odd Grey Shark. This Brusher season is definitely one of the best seasons to remember.
Durban Piers The odd Honeycomb (+/- 30 kgs) has been caught, as well as a lot of Shad and an occasional Stumpnose to add to the list.
Beachfront Lots of Shad still in the vicinity. A lovely Stumpnose of over 4 kgs was caught in front of Addington Hospital during the week.
Bluff As per most of the coast still a lot of Shad around. Bronze Bream, Stumpnose and Brusher seem to have pushed up the popularity of this spot. Bronze Bream seem to have acquired a taste for Red Prawn as opposed to the Pink Prawn.
Isipingo Has a few Brusher to offer although Anglers must make use of heavy leaders, especially when fishing the ledges. Juvenile Shad are really becoming a pest in this area as well.
Toti A Garrick was caught off the point in front of the swimming pool. A few Brusher have also been caught amongst the rocks on the right hand side of the swimming pool.
Winkel/Warner For the lucky Angler he might go home with a Garrick. It seems that the Shad have avoided these areas and your best bet is a Karanteen or Blacktail. Not much else was reported for this area.
Umkomaas Juvenile Snapper Salmon and the odd small Brown Skate seem to be the main species, with summer fish moving in this area could soon become a hot spot.
Scottburgh Grey Sharks with the Saltwater Bite trace on Mackerel Head or Cutlet baits. Some Bonefish have been caught in the bay on Prawn and Chokka combo baits.
Rocky Bay In amongst the various gullies and white water areas, some Big Eye Kingfish and Yellow fin Kingfish have been able to beat Brusher and Bronze Bream to the baits. This area seems to have come to the party.
Margate Seems to be the nursery at the moment for Shad, lots of them about but all very small. A few Garrick and Bronze Bream sums up this area.
Port Edward – Terry Nel from Tacklenet reports that, as expected, with bad weather, no significant reports of fish have come in and few fishermen have braved the cold wet windy weather. One report though was that fishermen off Splash Rock had some big pulls late last week and a Garrick was taken off the beach at the Umtamvuna River Mouth.
Transkei Port St Johns Kob heaven, paddle tails, live baits and bigger Chokka throw baits have all produced Kob. Nice size Bronze Bream in the 2 to 3 ½ kilo range have kept fish on the table.
With the water temperature up to 22 degrees, good catches were reported everywhere, especially Geelbek. It seems as though the summer fish have also made their off-shore appearance. This is surely a sign of better things to come in the upcoming weeks.
North Snoek and Garrick have mainly made up the scoresheet, although the Snoek not as plentiful, but still a good sign to see them this early. For those willing to burn some fuel, there are a few Tuna out deep.
Central The Umhloti area has seen a fair number of Snoek. The bait fish seem to have made a comeback, although Shad on the backline have become a real menace.
South The Warners area saw lots of Sailfish over the weekend with a lovely specimen of 38kgs. These fish were feeding on Jub-Jubs (small Bonito). The Protea banks area is also producing some nice Gas Bottles. It seems that bait fish are definitely around the further south you go.
As delighted as the Skippers, the Paddle power enthusiasts are also able to capitalise on the summer species, that arent too far to reach. With sea conditions calming down and launches being a lot easier, more fish should be forthcoming.
North Some Garrick still being caught although mainly near river mouths on live baits. Reports have been received of Daga also being caught but at secret spots.
Central A fair number of Snoek were caught on the traditional Sardine strip bait. The Strike-Pro lures and smaller Halcos also doing their fair share. Bait fish seem to be available as well.
South Some larger Garrick are still cruising the area as well as a few Snoek. Yellowfin Tuna on Poppers, or the Wild Dog stick baits have also been coming out. Now is the time to experiment with the New Kingfisher Onde lures for casting at Snoek.
It seems the Shad have taken refuge in the Bay and anything but a Cracker Shrimp is readily eaten. With calmer weather its definitely time to start using Poppers, Spoons and McCarthy Minnows to temp the Kingfish as the water seems to be clearing and conditions have improved.
Fly-Fishing Trout seem to be biting well in all areas. Stream fishing is still good. It is time to start preparing for Yellowfish which should kick off next month at Sterkfontein Dam.
Bass Reports are positive as most dams are fishing well. Various lures such as Crank and Slash baits, Swimming Jigs and Spinner baits all working well depending on the area/structure fished.
Carp Shongweni Dam seems to be the pick of the litter as far as fish are concerned. Some nice size fish have been caught although it is definitely hard work for this time of year with Barble being so active.
Tiger Fishing Jozini has seen a lot of activity with plenty of fish being caught. Its a tossup as to whether live baits or Spoons are doing the most damage. This area can only get better as the water temperatures increase so remember to pack some Island Tribe suntan lotion for the warmer days.
For our fresh water Anglers who are oft forgot – here is one for you. The Rainbow Trout, a fresh water fish – ranks 9th world-wide in the list of fastest fish (both fresh and salt water). The Rainbow Trout reaches speeds of up to 8 metres per second and is followed by the Sacramento Pikeminnow (another fresh water fish) at number 10 which reaches 6.7 metres per second. A nice title to hold but still nothing compared to the Black Marlin who heads up the list at 36.1 metres per second. So Wahoo for you!
There are some great fishing TV shows being aired on DSTV.
1)”Hier Gaan Ons Alweer” is airing on Monday evenings on Kyknet, channel 144 at 21:30, there will also be six rebroadcast during the week. Hier Gaan Ons Alweer will also be featured in “Stywe Lyne magazine, they are doing a series of articles on this fishing series. Petri and his team fish all over Southern Africa, fishing in salt and fresh water and will be fishing with The Kingfisher products, reels, rods, lines lures etc. this series will run for three months.
2) ASFN premiers on Mondays on Super Sport 6, channel 206, 19:30 to 20:30.
3) Free Spool Angling premiers on Thursdays on Super Sport 6, Channel 206, 19:00 to 19:30.
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