Winter fishing has been a bit of a here today gone tomorrow, as reports received have been of fish coming out one day and nothing the next. The lower
Rock and Surf
St Lucia/Cape Vidal Both areas are still producing large amounts of Shad in the early morning sessions with lesser catches in the late afternoon. Strangely there seems to only be Shad and not the usual game fish such as Kingies and Garrick which often chase these fish inshore.
Mapelane/Richards Bay The
Tugela This time of year often sees many Anglers targeting North and South bank at Tugela as it is also a popular holiday destination. Reports received were of some Shad and a few juvenile Grunter, whilst the inedible Anglers have struggled a bit with a rare Black fin Shark being caught.
Umhloti/Umhlanga Both of these areas last week were a case of hit and miss. Ballito produced a few bigger Grey Sharks in the 15 20 kilo range, whilst Umhlanga saw much smaller specimens. Artificial enthusiasts have tried their best for Shad and very few have been rewarded.
Virginia/Umgeni North Bank Early last week
Bluff The Kingfish Kings are still at their game although many are being beaten by these strong fighting fish cutting them off on the sharp bricks. There are still some Shad down at Ansteys, although not a good area to target on spoon due to the large amount of rocks. A whole Sardine on drift bait is probably a better option for this area.
Toti A very popular holiday spot and it did not let the upcountry visitors down. Most mornings saw plenty of Shad and live baits such as Karanteen and Blacktail are also plentiful. A lovely Garrick of just over 10 kilos was caught on Wednesday last week by a local Angler.
Umkomaas The North bank and Pier still producing some small Snapper Salmon and in the late evenings Kob that are just on size. Amongst these fish was a lovely Kob of just over 9 kilos which was caught on a Kingfisher Poseidon Rod and Daiwa SL50 reel.
Scottburgh This favoured spot for Anglers targeting inedibles is unusually quiet with only a rare Brown Skate coming out of the point. The Bay area has seen some Shad in the early mornings and other than that there has been little activity in this area.
Hibberdene/Trafalgar Both areas are still producing fair amounts of Shad and it seems that they are all above size which is a good sign for this time of year. The Bronze Bream have also started to gain in numbers and size. A beaut of just over 3 kilos was caught by a holiday maker on Tuesday afternoon using a Prawn and Chokka bait.
Ski-boat and Paddle-Ski
With the spring tides a thing of the past, the sea will definitely start to settle and Paddlers and Skippers should be able to launch a lot easier. There have been good catches all along the coastline, although the Skippers really feeling the heat from the Taxman.
Central The main headline for this area would be the Yellow fin Tuna, it is not unusual to catch these fish around the bait marks but there have been some real beasts around lately. Many of these fish are well over 20 kilos and have given Paddlers and Skippers a case of the deep burn when fighting these fish. There has also been some Garrick coming out at Zinkwazi on the backline. And unusual for this time of the year, the Umgeni stretch is somewhat barren bar a few Snoek.
South Even though Anglers fishing off the prominent spots on the beach have been catching Garrick, the Skippers and Paddlers have had a tougher time of it, targeting these fish. There have been a fair number of Blacktip Kingfish and Yellowfin Tuna especially in the Pennington area, but no good reports of Garrick being caught. The bottom fishing is coming along nicely with good catches of Reds and some good size Rock Cod as well.
Is there no where that the Shad have not got to? Reports received are of large amounts of Shad from centre bank to T Jetty. These fish seem to eat anything from the traditional Cracker Shrimp to any form of Sardine type bait. A few lucky Anglers have managed to catch something other than Shad being small Grunter, Sand Gurnitts and some Natal Stumpnose. Anglers from the side being somewhat restricted in areas to fish have still made a good go of it with a nice Perch of just under 2 kilos coming out on Tuesday afternoon, last week.
The local Dams are definitely feeling the winter time sessions and conditions. The fish have been smaller and are taking longer to feed, although a well organised swim, good bait presentations and a bit of patience has seen some nice catches at
The Remora fish which is often associated as a sucker fish to Sharks can also be used as a lure. In some parts of the world, fishermen tie a line to its tail and then once the Remora has sucked onto a fish it is pulled back up. Classic renewable bait source
We have had a sudden announcement from SuperSport about our local fishing TV shows. SuperSport will be launching a new channel Super Sport 8 dedicated to South African content and will carry the content specifically for the South African market. This new channel SuperSport 8 launches on 23 July 2013 (Channel 208).From this date all local programs will be broadcast on this channel. Having an extra channel will enable them to attempt to adhere to premier slots as well repeat slots which has often not been possible previously due to live events that are added at short notice. We are also assured that SuperSport will to the best in their ability try and add another two rebroadcast to the premier slots. We have also been assured that SuperSport will promote and market the new channel.
Promotion will also be done from ASFN’s side to insure that viewers are aware of the new channel and broadcasting changes.
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