With the large volume of summer flat fish and last weekends weather summer is here in all its glory. All facets of Angling produced some good catches. The days are longer which means more fishing time and the wind also seems to be playing its part as well.
Rock and Surf
St Lucia/Mapelane Like most areas along the coast, Flat fish were in abundance, various Skate species and smaller Sand Sharks were the order of the day.
Zinkwazi For the non-edible Anglers this would be the pick of the week. Blue Skates caught on Red Prawn and Chokka combos, Honeycombs on Redeye and Chokka combos all fished with 5.0 Mustad hooks and a short piece of American Fishing Nylon coated wire proved deadly. Redeye cutlet baits and heads wrapped in cutlets also very effective for the Sand Sharks and a really good day trip is on the cards.
Salt Rock The Grey Sharks have become more dominant in this region, Mackeral heads (if you can get them) or Sand Mackeral flap baits either thrown or as a slide bait whole seem to get the taste buds going. For the edible Anglers try a Chokka blob bait to see what reef species may have moved into this area.
Ballito Has been abuzz with small to medium sized Skates, once again these fish could not resist the Red Prawn and Chokka combo. Helpful hint when targeting flat fish and other species is that the colder water will produce more bites on white baits (Chokka, prawn etc.) and the warmer water red baits (such as Redeye Belly, Mackeral Cutlets etc.).
Shakas High Rock Like the rest of this coast fish were also landed here. True to summer mainly Flat fish, some Grey Sharks in the late evening and a Stumpnose of note weighing in at 5.37 kgs.
Beachfront The deep hole in front of the hospital has on occasion produced some fine fish and this weekend saw a Grunter of 4.8 kilos caught on a Mustad no.1 hook with a Japanese Mackeral Squid combination a beautiful fish indeed. For the non-ed Anglers Skates and Grey Sharks are there for the taking.
Bluff Bronze Bream seem to have been more elusive this last week with not much being reported. It seems their cousins the Kingfish have moved in and scared them off which is no great tragedy. On light to ultra lite tackle, these fearsome fighters give a good account of themselves on both artificial and traditional baits. With longer summer days there is no excuse for a quick cast after work and picking up a bunch of flowers for the better half on your way home to put on the supper table.
Toti/Winkel It seems very strange yet the Stumpnose have favoured this area, especially white water around the gullies, drop-offs around the banks and even flat beach areas. Traditionally reef type species have always been targeted around reefs yet it seems when moving from A to B these fish can also be caught in open water. White baits as well as Redeye head accounted for most of the catches.
Umkomaas On the North bank of the river the Flat fish in the form of Blue Skates have readily attacked any smaller sized bait that has been presented. Cracker Shrimp, Prawn or Chokka was treated equally and with as much vigour. The Snapper Salmon seem to be somewhat shy and have only made their appearance later in the day towards the later afternoon, evening session. A Bonefish of 3.1 kilos was also caught on a Chokka blob bait on light tackle which really gave the Angler a wake-up call while his rod was still hooked to the sand spike.
Scottburgh Par for the course the Scottburgh area has also had its fair share of Flat fish. The Skates, Sand Sharks and to a lesser degree Bonefish have been quiet happy to take any form of bait while drop shot has been very effective for small reef species. A Lantern fish of 2.1 kilos was caught on a Saltwater Sport Blacktail trace by a novice Angler – surely a fish to remember on your 3rd outing.
Margate/Trafalgar – With an occasional Bronze Bream still in the area beating the Flat fish to the baits, still a good area to fish especially with the family as the beautiful beaches can really make for a lovely family outing.
Port Edward Terry Nel from Port Edward informs us that some days have presented perfect fishing conditions with overcast sky no wind, calm seas and water colour to suit Salmon and Shark fishing. The fishing spots have been pretty deserted though and only news of one angler losing a large Ragged-Tooth Shark off Splash Rock has been reported. As it stands, Shad season opens at the end of the month and all going well with the bad weather behind us we look forward to better fishing. Kingfish will be moving into the estuaries as soon as the water clears and with some really exciting new lures from Strike Pro on the market, river fishing should be good this summer
Ski-boat and Paddle-Ski
For all Skippers and Paddlers a date to diarise is the 1st of December for the Christmas Bay Classic. This competition runs from 5am to 11am and is open to boats and paddle-skis. Entry forms are available from all reputable tackle stores. Food and beverages will be available as well as a flea-market. A live band will be there for the entertainment on Saturday evening. The 1st prize is a lovely Explorer 465 boat fully rigged, valued at over R180 000 and for those not intending for the biggest fish a mystery fish prize of a GWM Stead 5 Double-Cab valued at R245000 is yours for taking.
North Reports of nice sized Yellow fin Tuna caught on Strike Pro Poppers fished among bait balls and Snoek caught on Saltwater Sport Snoek traces (the pink and live glow colours being most effective) with a Sardine/Redeye fillet have had Skippers and Paddlers coming in early.
Central Weather permitting the Skippers have set sail with most being justly rewarded. Geelbek and Daga are still frequenting the bait spots and with plenty of Redeye available, the Yellow fin Tuna have been feasting. This has opened up for Skippers the of use top water lures to target these Gas bottles. It seems to the advantage that the Taxman is auditing elsewhere as fishing deep is producing more whole fish and less blue air for the ones that got away.
South Lower down the South Coast, Yellow fin Tuna have been more prolific as it seems the Mackeral seem to be shy in moving further North. Skippers have reported lots of Tuna, various Kingfish species and a few Snoek although exact positions are vague.
The 19th Driftwood Game Fishing Extravaganza, organised by Basil Hill, the well-known Rhodesian and Springbok angler, was held recently from
The five teams managed to tag and release 24 sailfish – every angler tagged and released one or more sailfish. Ten of the anglers released their first sailfish. “Tag and Release” is the main priority of the Extravaganza and has been for the past 19 years. During these 19 years anglers have tagged and released 913 billfish. I am hoping that next year – which will be the 20th occasion of this tournament – and which is already fully booked with ten teams – the Extravaganza will reach 1000 billfish tagged and released. This would certainly be quite an achievement.
The winning team this year was “Zabra” with 1113 points. Team members were Dawie Pretorius and Dean Auby. Second team was “The Jiggers” with 1065 points. Team members were John Brownrigg, Richard and Craig Atkinson and Chris Huddy. Top angler was Dean Auby; Top boat was “Unreel” with skipper Rob Hellier
After the recent rains it would seem that there is a large amount of fresh water in the Bay as fish have been very scarce. A handful of Grunter, some Sand Gurnitts and the odd Skate the only fish getting the odd rod to bend. Conditions should be perfect for the Christmas Bay Classic as the salinity will increase due to the tidal flows.
Fly-Fishing Yellow fish fever is still rampant. The Snowbee 5 6 weight rods using either an intermediate or floating line depending on your fly are fantastic for this time of year. A slightly slower retrieve and a well-positioned cast will definitely get you the thrill you have travelled there for.
Bass Early morning sessions using top water baits are still proving very effective in most dams although recently Nagel dam has come to the fore. Some lovely fish caught on June bug, Watermelon Red Fleck as well as the Strike Pro Popper baits have been working well.
Carp Let the Banjo play as this is the flavour of the week. A number of Anglers visiting the store have remarked on how well it has worked for them. The fish although not fantastic have been consistent especially when fished with the new Korda rigs in conjunction with a well prepared feeding area. For a relaxing weekend why not try a fresh water stint.
Tiger Fishing Recent rainfalls have had the dam levels picking up and with this the fishing has also improved. The inlet area is still the most productive and deeper structure is your next best bet. Artificials on a slow trawl (somewhat deeper diving) and the live baits or spoon/strip bait being more preferred.
Ode To Starving Fish
In waters deep as an abyss
On ledges, on rocks, on shelves
In bays that are mud-lined and weedy
The fish are starving themselves
The ravenous pikes got his jaws clamped
The bass have all gone to bed
Rather than chance being caught by me
Theyve decided theyd rather be dead
They know Im up there, the devils
They sense the stomp of my feet
And rather than risk being taken
They refuse, completely, to eat
O fish, I ask, is it worth it?
To lie there growing so thin
Im not that super a fisher
I cant pull many of you in
I load my gear back in the trunk
For I can tell when Im beat
Time to go home to the wife and kid
So the fish can have something to eat.
~ Lenny Everson 2011
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 Season 2 will start broadcasting on the 19th of November 2012. They will remain on a Monday night spot for our viewers convenience. Super Sport will confirm the broadcast time this week for either 19:30 or 20:00 on Monday nights, will keep you informed.
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 rebroadcasts 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
Any info about fishing, fish caught or competitions in your area please send to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The Kingfishers trading hours are Monday, Wednesday to Friday 8:00 to 17:00, Tuesday 8:30 to 17:00 and Saturday 8:00 to 13:00.