WEEKLY FISHING REPORT 20TH FEBRUARY 2013

Rock and Surf

Due to some gremlins in the machine the fishing report will unfortunately be somewhat shorter this week. By the time you receive this – the laptop should be fixed and I won€™t be sitting at another internet café. Towards the end of last week the sea has got up a bit yet Saturday and Sunday where ideal fishing conditions just in time for the KZNCAU€™s first common venue of 2013. Mixed reports were received all along the coast and can be summarised as follows:

North

The ever popular Mtunzini Banks was a real hit and miss affair with not too many quality fish although there were plenty of small Kob and only a handful of the famous Diamond Skates. Umatikulu also saw some action with small Spinner Sharks and a Kob of just over 4 kilos. Umdloti and Ballito have seen some Shad in the early mornings although they are just making size and are very skinny. The evenings in these areas has seen some juvenile Greys in the 5 to 7 kilo range. Salt Rock and Shakas High Rock like most of the northern areas has also been somewhat inconsistent with some small Brown Skates and a few Spinners as well. Rumours of some Snoek coming off the deep water points in the Sheffield area are still to be confirmed.

Central

Umhlanga lighthouse is still one of the better places to fish with more consistent Grey Sharks, Stumpnose and some smaller Brown Skates. Good success on the Kingfisher Salt Water Sport Grey Shark traces using cutlet baits or Mackerel or Redeye head. Virginia has seen some action in the morning on spoons with Shad and in amongst these fish are a few juvenile Black spot Kingfish.  Durban Piers have had a real mixed bag with small Grunter and Shad while the late evenings have seen some Brown Skates and one or two Spinner and Grey Sharks. Beachfront was very quiet over the weekend, possibly due to warm water with only smaller bait fish being caught. Bluff area was plagued by big waves and a lot of the areas were not too safe to fish, however there were some Shad and the Black tip Kingfish of just on 2 kilos reported for this area.

South

The Toti and Doonside areas also saw some big waves which didn€™t stop Anglers on the beaches from targeting Wave Garrick and some Shad on spinning outfits. The Toti river mouth near Chain rocks is often overlooked and this was definitely a happy hunting ground for a local Angler who landed a Cave Bass of 1.3 kilos. Jerome Kupsamy (of Merebank) caught a very nice Brown Skate on 27th January at Shad place Toti… Not sure on weight but wing span was 950mm.

Winklespruit and Illovo did not see that much action once again with big seas being a problem. Umkomaas River has seen a few small Kob mainly in the early mornings and the ledges on the right hand side produced very few flat fish during the recent competition. Scottburgh point was definitely the place to be with hoards of Spinner Sharks, Shad and some Grey Sharks.

 

Recently The Kingfisher hosted Robin and Dave from Daiwa UK and they also managed to land a couple of Grey Sharks on Sunday morning, so well done to our visitors.

 

Hibberdene and Trafalgar are still producing some Bronze Bream and the water is starting to clear so watch this spot in the forthcoming weeks.

 

Terry Nel from Tacklenet in Port Edward reports that there is plenty of good fishing to be had along our lower south coast shores here even with the absence of Shad. Although a few Shad have been reported from the Casino beaches. Southbroom rocky beaches have produced Brusher, Bronze Bream and Stone Bream and a number of Bronzies  were taken over the weekend at various different spots further south.

 

The trick is to move around till you find the fish that are not always in one place and tend to move from reef to reef according to conditions. Reports of Kob have been received and one of 8kg’s was landed at Lucky Dip in Port Edward.

 

The Transkei area based on reports received is of good fishing off most of the points and the estuaries are producing some lovely Rock Salmon, small Kob and some juvenile Kingfish of various species.

 

Ski-boat and Paddle-ski

This past week has shown both Skippers and Paddlers that even though it may be overcast and rainy if you get the opportunity – it€™s definitely worth getting wet as there will be just rewards. The early part of the week saw rain and overcast conditions which may have daunted some however the fish were still feeding well and those that launched were happy to back their bragging with photos to boot.

North

The water on the North coast near Mapelane and Cape Vidal is nice and warm. This has meant a lot of shoal size Couta, Yellowfin Tuna and strangely very few Snoek. In the deep the Skippers are still getting some nice size Yellowfin Tuna and the odd Dorado. Recently Alex McMullen and Marcel Greyling from The Kingfisher fished Umhloti and caught some nice fish off the 30m ledge. Their preferred baits were Sea Pike fished off the surface and boated those lovely fish between 8 and 12kgs. Some good size fish especially Snoek have been caught of Westbrook and Paddle-skis have been doing well averaging 3 fish per session.

South

The South coast is still waiting for water to clean up and get slightly warmer. Amongst the plentiful Yellowfin Tuna there is still the odd Couta and a number of small dart size Snoek. For the Skippers the Sharks are still a problem and hopefully they will find their auditing days numbered and give some Skippers and Paddlers a tax break. Bottom fishing in this area has also been limited due to adverse currents and dirty water.

Durban Bay

Being protected from the big seas both bank Anglers and Skippers enjoyed a few relaxing hours on the bay with mixed results. Sand Gurnards, Sea Pike, some Grunter although not particularly large and some small Perch and juvenile Stumpnose all came to the party. Our lucky Daiwa friends were also treated to a trip on the Bay on Saturday afternoon and both landed respectable Grunter of 2.3 and 3kgs. These many talented visitors proving they can do both boat and shore with consummate ease.

Freshwater

Fly-fishing

Hazelmere dam has seen a few Anglers targeting Bass on fly with some big Talapia gobbling the Bass flies in between the Bass. Albert Falls have seen Carp feeding on the surface in the scum lines. These fish were targeted on partially sunk nymphs and although not usually targeted with fly these fish proved great fun. The Southern Berg has seen some good fishing with plenty of fish coming out in the dams especially the Himeville area. The usual summer patterns and streamer flies doing the damage.

Carp

The Carp scene has been somewhat quiet this week and could be attributed to the high temperatures and large amounts of rain which makes the Carp somewhat sluggish. In cases like this it€™s advisable to take Bass tackle and occupy yourself targeting these fish during the day and fishing for Carp at night. A proper feeding area prepared during the day could definitely produce some bites during the night.

Bass

Inanda dam has seen lots of bigger fish coming out on trick worms €“ Ole Monsters and Dead Ringers. There seems to be a lot of smaller fish present, ready to take a junior Super fluke. Albert Falls is at a decent level with lots of growth around the dam. Smaller fish have been caught here on finesse worms. Grootetrou Dam is still responsible for a lot of big fish caught mainly on jerk and spinner baits with not many small fish being caught. Midmar seems to be producing a lot more Carp with only very few Bass around. Shongweni dam is once again producing some quality fish 3 kg plus Bass and some quality Carp around the 10kg mark, along with some big Barbel being in the mix.

Fishy Facts

The Cape Gannet often seen during the annual Sardine run is able to perform amazing aerial acrobats when targeting the big shoals. This beautifully marked bird can dive up to a depth of 5 to 8 metres while targeting Sardines during their annual migration. Amazingly this bird is able to see and pinpoint fish while under water.

ASFN Season 2 premiers on Monday nights on Super Sport 6 at 19h30 be sure not to miss it, there will also be six rebroadcasts during the week.

Any info about fishing, fish caught or competitions in your area please send to mike.pereira@kingfisher.co.za 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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