Summer seems to have arrived although with last weeks wind and rain, it definitely leaves one scratching their head. The fish however have got it right and a lot of the summer species are here. Lets hope for more carefree summer days, less wind and rain and some serious fishing action. For those that put the winter months to good use, servicing reels and sorting tackle, now is the time to put your knots to the test and those extra hours tweaking lures could just be time well spent.
Rock and Surf
Kosi Bay Somewhat unprotected, although not totally unfishable. Some Bonefish and smaller Kingfish species were most predominant. For an avid saltwater fly-fisherman this could be a good destination for the Christmas period.
Cape Vidal With the large number of reefs, fairly shallow in this area McCarthy dropshot can be put to good use targeting various reef species. This time of the year will see lots of Kingfish and various Snapper.
St Lucia/Mapelane Both of these areas have been fishing well of late, with a few Flat Fish and Kingfish on whole Chokka slide baits. The late afternoon into the evening is still the best time to fish for Kingies.
Tugela Smaller Sand Sharks in the 10 15 kilo range have been caught on the North bank as well as Blacktip Sharks on live bait or whole Bonito slide baits.
Richards Bay A lovely Kob of 12 plus kilos was caught near the mouth of the harbour on a live Mullet using a 6.0 Mustad Kendall hook and Floro-carbon hook snoot.
Zinkwazi A sign of summer means a fair amount of Grey Sharks in various weight categories being caught on whole Redeye Sardines fished on the Saltwater Grey Shark bite trace.
Salt Rock The bay area to the right of the swimming pool, right in the corner against the rocks has been a great area for throwing chisel plugs and bigger dropshot for the various Kingfish species. The early evenings has seen a Grey Shark or two.
Ballito Tidal Pool has been more productive than any other area with species including Stumpnose, Brusher, Grey Sharks and juvenile Kingfish.
Shakas High Rock Has redeemed itself with a large amount of Grey Sharks although somewhat difficult to land unless you have a sturdy pair of Shova Rock Boots to help you change into Mountain Goat mode.
Virginia A few Skates as well as the large resident Shad were caught when the weather permitted it. Dead slide baits or smaller live baits slide being preferred.
Durban Piers With the larger waves and stronger winds not many Anglers could venture onto these usual vantage spots. Stumpnose, Honeycombe Skates and smaller Shad were the order of the day.
Beachfront Various Skate species although on the smaller side, ranging from 2 to 10 kilos would happily devour a Chokka or Prawn and Chokka bait fished with Mustad Big Gun 2 and 3.0 hooks. One or two edibles such as Stumpnose and a lonely Grunter were all that was on offer. However, a large number of Snapper salmon were also caught by the Seine netters.
Bluff With lots of reef and scattered rocks the Kingfish cannot resist this area. The Kingfisher Pro-jet Bullet Spoons especially the silver and red and white have really been working in this area, McCarthy 4-inch Jerk Minnows especially Olive Pearl in the slightly off colour water are sure to get you a good Strike rate.
Toti/Doonside The Doonside beach in front of the life saving club has on occasion produced a Grey Shark and the rocks at Warner beach, although smaller than usual. This area is great to take the kids to fish the gullies as it is fairly protected and has a lovely big bay.
Umkomaas On the North bank of the river small Sand Sharks and a larger number of Skates were caught during the week once again when conditions allowed. The ever popular Prawn and Chokka baits doing their thing.
Scottburgh The bay area to the left produced some Brown Skates and a Diamond Skate. Off the front set of rocks by the swimming pool, Grey Sharks on throw baits, predominately Mackerel heads or Mackerel cutlet baits being preferred.
Kelso Gully Saw a few Bonefish which are excellent on light tackle as these fish do definitely give a go of themselves as well as some Brown Skates for the non-edible Anglers.
Margate/Trafalgar The Bronze Bream are still around although the numbers are dwindling and a lot more effort has to be put in. Tips to see if these fish are in the area is to check Sea Weed growing on the rocks during the low tide as definite patches of eaten weed is a definite sign of these fish. As an alternate try Prawn and Chokka for a bashful Brusher.
Transkei Hammerhead Sharks have started coming out off the points. The Kob are still around as well as large amounts of Shad, the Shad falling fowl to the Kingfisher silver and copper S-bend Spoon.
Ski-boat and Paddle-Ski
With bigger seas smaller vessels had to watch with envy as the larger vessels took to the water. Although not fantastic fishing, some sure signs that the coming weeks will produce. For the Paddle Skiers not really a great time as launching in large swells is never fun.
North Umdloti – Westbrook area had a few fish come out on the Kingfisher Bucktail Jigs, an occasional Couta fished on a down rigged bait and some Yellowfin Tuna. Keep your eyes peeled for birds and fish boiling on the surface.
Central North of the Umgeni saw the odd Garrick and sightings of Snoek although these fish did not seem to want either bait or artificials. For the Skippers nice bottoms were caught on the popular bait spots and amongst the wrecks.
South When the weather permitted both Paddlers and Skippers caught some nice Yellowfin Tuna feeding on bait balls. The lower South Coast saw a few Wahoo and larger Yellowfin Tuna caught on Poppers as well as Halcos.
Durban Bay – New from StrikePro is the Shrimp/Prawn lure, this really life like lure has been put to good test with various species of Kingfish notched on its belt. Local Angler Shaun landed a 4.5 kilo Garrick fishing from the side. Good news for the Grunter gunners is reports of larger specimens have been received. For the non-edible Anglers a large Shark of 3 meters plus has also been seen so keep an eye out when pumping Crackers. Remember the Christmas Classic coming up on the 1st of December.
Fly-Fishing Sterkfontein is abuzz with Yellowfish the usual fly patterns as always are dependable, be sure to use stealthy approaches and try not to let your shadow go over the water as you may spook these skittish fish. When retrieving your fly ensure to keep a steady rhythm and look for fish tailing or dorsal fins above the water.
Bass Albert Falls is the pick of the week and although there havent been any record fish consistent 1 to 1.5 kilo fish have been caught on flukes and later in the day Brush Hogs and Black Horny Toads fished deep. Rumour has it a new Coffee scent was used this weekend, we will endeavour to try and trace the supplier as we heard the guys using this scent sprayed into their favourite packet of soft rubbers worked a treat.
Carp Shongweni Dam is starting to come alive and the Barbel seem to have gone on a bit of a break. Fruit flavours still working well and as the Barbel have left maybe more ground feed could do the trick for you.
Tiger Fishing With the Dam level at Jozini hopefully on the rise, my choice would be to fish the inlet area as this is still the spot to fish. Strip baits, smaller live baits and Copper Spoons in the early morning would definitely be in my arsenal.
The Diamond Skate is known by many names such as: the backwater butterfly, butterfly ray or the short tailed ray. As its name suggests it has an angular, diamond-shaped pectoral fin disc that is either plain brown or gray, with rows of tubercles along the midline and on the shoulders. Its long whip-like tail has both dorsal and ventral fin folds which distinguish it from the very similar longtail stingray. It is found mostly in Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa, but there have also been reports of them being caught as far afield as Kenya and even Tanzania.
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.
Any info about fishing, fish caught or competitions in your area please send to email@example.com or fax 031- 368 4007, attention, Mike. For the latest KZN fishing news presented by O.J., tune into East Coast Radio at 5.40am Monday – Friday.
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