Is it summer yet? With sudden cold spells, big seas and rain, we can only hope the weather will improve soon. The recent KZNCAU Annual Meet was pretty much a scratching affair with a few bonus fish providing the highlights. Congratulations must go to HL&H who won the event. Kingfish are definitely around and the fishing is improving daily.
Rock and Surf
St Lucia/Mapelane With some Kob still there for the taking – smaller live baits and McArthy Paddle tails are your best bet. Remember the age old adage Bright day Bright colour, Dark day Dark colour.
Tugela Of late there have been a few Skate species and a nice Guitar fish (Sand Shark) of 18 kilos. This lovely fish was caught on a Medium rod using a Daiwa Saltist BG40 reel and 0.40 Kingfisher line -truly a nice fight on this outfit.
Zinkwazi Was fished to a large degree during the Annual Meet, sadly not too many fish were caught due to adverse conditions and a large wash. Some smaller scratching fish such as Black tail and juvenile Rock Cod were all that it yielded.
Salt Rock During the week a Black tip Kingfish of 2.2 kilos engulfed a Chisel-nosed plug that was thrown out at first light. The happy Angler landed this fish on a Poseidon HMG Ultra-lite rod and Daiwa Exceler Oceano using 26 pound Triple-Fish Gator braid. Its definitely time to get up with the sun as the summer species have arrived early.
Tinley Manor Has been a bit quiet with reports of some Grey Sharks, although infrequently preferred baits here have been Sand Mackeral or Redeye Belly and Chokka combo.
Ballito A nice Brusher of 5 kilos was caught here using Crab although the happy fisherman had been fishing this area consistently for over 3 weeks before he got his prize.
Umhlanga Back to its usual best. The Lighthouse area has seen some lovely Grey Sharks especially on throw baits. For the Spinning enthusiasts these points leading to deeper water are well worth a shot in the early morning.
Beachfront A large amount of bait fish have been seen in the area and Anglers have been forced to either go for the long-shot or get their feet wet trying to get there. Stumpnose, Grey Sharks between 5 and 7 kilos, and a Cave Bass or two have summed up this area for the past week. Anglers should always remember that in warmer water red flesh baits such as Redeye, Mackeral and Sardine will outperform Prawn/Chokka due to their oily residues.
Bluff With the absence of Shad the locals have targeted Bronze Bream and Brusher and hopefully soon the various species of Kingfish will be up with the sun for a quick adrenaline rush before work.
Toti/Doonside The bay areas in both of these locations towards the late evening (just on dark) have had a few hook-ups. The unlucky Anglers not using American Fishing wire have been bitten off; a clear sign of either Milk Sharks (Milkies) or small Grey Sharks.
Umkomaas The ledges area which provided limited protection during the last weeks windier conditions saw a few Skates and juvenile Guitar fish. Best areas were amongst gullies and fishing along shallow sand banks.
Scottburgh With the river flowing into the sea, favourable winds can either make this place work or be a graveyard – depending which wind blows, the colour line can spread north or south. Best scenario would be a couple of days east and then a light west to target Grey Sharks on throw baits and perhaps that big brute on a slide bait.
Margate/Trafalgar The wishy washy sea conditions and stronger winds have kept a smile on anyone targeting Bronze Bream. These conditions have been perfect with specimens ranging from 2 right up to nearly 4 kilos being caught on Red/Pink Prawn as well as Chokka blob baits.
With the Game season just about to kick off its best to use those windy big swell days to start prepping tackle, check the guides on the rods, make sure the reels are smooth, knots are perfected and everything is wired up. Rumours of Croc Couta in the deep, Snoek on the surface and some Garrick on the backline have got Skippers itching to launch.
North Closely guarded secret spots for smaller Snoek and Croc Couta have abounded, reports of Garrick fished with Maasbunker pinned through the nose as well as Mackeral have been confirmed. The Halco Sorcerors and smaller Strike-Pro lures could definitely put Snoek on the supper table. Patience is always rewarded.
Central Umgeni/Blue Lagoon when navigable without a pounding sea is a definite go to, especially when pitching live baits from backline towards mid-break to target Garrick. The good old Clark spoon on a slow trawl might even catch an early morning Snoek.
South With the Geelbek and Daga still the easiest to catch, keep a sharp eye out for bait balls being smashed. Halco Rooster Poppers tossed amongst these bait balls could definitely land a better sized Tuna for a lovely Sashimi snack.
Although not the best conditions with big swells and winds from all over, fortune does favour the brave. The early morning sessions (free of gusting winds) have been the most productive so definitely worth setting the alarm a bit earlier.
North Maasbunker and Redeye being more readily available in this area have been put to good use in fairer weather conditions. The pesky Shad are still around but with a whole Redeye, Paddlers are getting a better result – which is a sign of good things to come.
Central Buck tail Jigs as well as smaller McArthy drop shots fished deeper with an erratic retrieve has seen a few Kingfish of various species and for those adventurous enough, a deeper fished lure could result in a nice Rock Cod.
South Small gas bottles are still around although lower down south towards Pennington bigger specimens have been caught using artificial as well as trawled live baits. Most productive early morning session til about 10 oclock can get you anything from Snoek to Snapper Salmon, for the brave few who want to fish deep, some nice Rock Cod specimens have also been caught.
Predictable for this time of the year, the smaller Kingfish species such as Black tip, Blue spot and juvenile GTs have really been harassing the Glassies and smaller bait fish. Small bullet spoons, drop shot Minnows and very light Chisel plugs can pass a few memorable hours targeting these species. The water seems to have cleared slightly although with the recent rains a small amount of debris can be expected. A few minutes spent patiently watching and looking for the tell-tale splash with an accurate cast could get your rod bending. Dont forget the Sand Gurnitts as well as smaller Grunter on very light tackle still put in a name for themselves.
Fly-Fishing With the recent rainfall, rivers are flowing somewhat swifter and the dams are a bit murkier. There are still a number of fish being caught. The water temperature and clarity should improve. A slightly quicker retrieve and accurate casting is definitely in order. Dust out the fly box and start preparing for summer patterns.
Bass The bigger the lure the bigger the bass and this was definitely the case for a lucky bank Angler who landed a 3.4 kilo Bass on a green pumpkin seed, trick worm. This lovely fish was caught in the early morning and reports were received of a number of nice fish in the early morning however slackening off during the heat of the day.
Carp Time, time, time with slower bites, the more patience the better the reward. Although the Barbel are still rampant, Anglers prepared to put the time in can be rewarded. Shongweni Dam has produced some nice fish, although in the deep, where a long cast and smaller baits are doing the damage.
Tiger Fishing The strip bait tied onto Copper Spoons is a definite must with recent rainfalls, the Dam level should improve. During the early morning sessions the Strike-Pro Redhead lure could be an option to turn to but definitely dont forget the live baits. Trolling lures should also come into their own in the upcoming weeks.
Certain species of Toby (Blowfish), especially the deep sea variety, can be highly toxic, however if not prepared correctly this fish can poison the diner. Specialised Chefs spend up to seven years in an apprenticeship to learn how to prepare this delicious meal. For the larger species they can be turned into an amazing lampshade with spikes ranging up to nearly 3 inches.
Dont forget to watch the action packed fishing shows on TV. These shows feature both saltwater and freshwater fishing and are aired on Super sport 6 as well as on Kyknet.
ASFN premiers on Mondays, channel 206, 19:30 to 20:30 and Free Spool Angling premiers on Thursdays also on Channel 206, 19:00 to 19:30.
“Hier Gaan Ons Alweer” is 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.
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