WEEKLY FISHING REPORT 24TH JULY 2013 July 24, 2013 by The Kingfisher On the fishing front it is unusually quiet for this time of year, there are usually very good catches of Shad and Garrick coming out by this time, and are usually smaller pockets of Sardines working their way up the coastline. Hopefully with the colder water we could expect the Sardines to move up the coast from where they are at Hole in the Wall/Waterfall Bluff. A reminder to all that next month sees the start of The Kingfisher Biggest Shad Competition. All fish must be weighed in at The Kingfisher, The Tackle Centre or The Fishing Tackle Shop during normal shop hours. Remember that as always no frozen fish may be entered. The heaviest Shad for each month (August and September) will receive a Daiwa SL 50SHK Reel, valued at R1395.00 second heaviest shad will receive a 13 6 Kingfisher Poseidon Deep Blue 3pc Graphite Rod, valued at R998.00 and third heaviest shad will receive a Daiwa Opus Plus 6000 Reel valued at R740.00. Please remember there is a bag limit of four and the minimum size is 30cm. Rock and Surf Kosi Bay Some small edible fish are on the bite in this area, whilst for the non-edible Anglers the odd Blackfin has been lurking after dusk. St Lucia/Cape Vidal These areas are probably the pick of the week, with Shad, Kob and Garrick around both areas. A reminder to all to be aware of the size and bag limits when fishing. Limit your catch, dont catch your limit. Mapelane/Richards Bay Richards Bay has seen Shad, Kob, Garrick and Milk Sharks on the bite. Mapelane has had lots of Shad with the odd Garrick. Like most times the edibles such as Shad and Garrick have come in the early morning, whilst the Kob and Milk Sharks have been on the prowl at night. Ballito For the inedible Anglers this is a possible spot to fish this weekend as there have been the odd flatfish around, such as Honeycombe and Diamonds. Umhloti/Umhlanga Once again very quiet last week with some small Grey Sharks for those Anglers that really put the hours in. Spinning enthusiasts have also complained of severe lock jaw. Virginia/Umgeni North Bank Tuesday last week saw a bit of a Shad run with some nice Shad coming out in the early morning, for perhaps an hour or two. The rest of the week was very quiet at Virginia. Some small Grunter were caught at Umgeni North Bank although very erratic. Blue Lagoon – With Anglers prepared to park and walk the weekend fishing can be fairly good with some nice Stumpies in the 2 4 kilo range and some big Blacktail being caught in the river mouth. Durban Piers/Beachfront Could it be that the Piers are fished out? Or where have the fish gone to? It has been very quiet with only small amounts of fish caught, a few Shad in the early morning although many of these fish have been undersized. The Beachfront has fared pretty much the same with long hours having to be put in for the one or two fish that have been caught. Bluff There are still some fair catches of Blacktip Kingfish in this area with a few other species thrown in. Some nice size karanteen and bigger Blacktail have also been coming out for the light tackle enthusiasts. Toti One of the few spots that seems to be more consistent with Shad. Although many of these fish are just making size, there are still quite a few which are undersize, so be aware of size limits, 30cm from tip of nose to end of tail. Winkelspruit Thursday last week saw a good run of Shad although it was short lived and a fair number of Anglers managed to cash in while the run was on. Umkomaas The North Bank at Umkomaas saw a fair number of smaller Kob with very small Grunter in between. Reports of Shad in the early mornings being of a better size, yet only in their ones and twos only. Scottburgh In the mornings has produced some Shad, although mainly with bait, whilst a few Diamond Skates were also caught during the week but at night. Port Shepstone Has seen some activity with the McCarthy Paddle tail 6-inche as well as the Rapala Magnum lures for targeting Kob. A slow retrieve with the Paddle tail on the ground can result in a prized fish. Transkei With Sardines in smaller pockets all the way from Hole in the Wall to Waterfall Bluff, this area is fishing very well. Zambezi Sharks, Hammerheads as well as plenty of Kob have been seen and caught. The Kob seems to be in spawning mode and have travelled up river in large shoals. Ski-boat and Paddle-Ski The ever popular Paddle-skis definitely proved their worth with last week seeing plenty of Snoek being caught on the backline by the Paddle-Power experts. While for the Horse-Power enthusiasts some nice catches of bottom fish and the odd Geelbek when the taxman is auditing elsewhere. North Bottom fish have definitely improved over the last week with some nice catches being reported. Snoek are somewhat scarce and maybe this is due to water colour and temperature. There are still some Croc Couta around, being taken mainly on live baits as their taste for plastic seems to have waned. Central Good catches of Snoek at Umhloti, Zinkwazi and Westbrook for the Paddlers. The Skippers also saw a few Garrick coming out on the backlines, mainly around river outlets. The Skippers targeting Geelbek and Daga have definitely been audited and re-audited due to the fact that the Sharks have become a real menace at night especially. Good catches of big Yellowfin Tuna still happening at the bait marks. South If I were a gambling man, I would fancy the odds of getting a fish out in this area. It seems the guys further North up the coast are being taxed heavily whilst its not so bad down the coast. Reports of good bottom fish such as Rock cod, Reds and Slingers with a few good size Yellowfin Tuna also in the mix and the odd Garrick also being caught on live Shad. Durban Bay A bit better than last week as there have been reports of some nice sized Perch and a few Grunter tipping the scales at just over 3 kilos. Funny enough the Shad are still around although not as plentiful as last week. Anglers from the side have also targeted their fair share of fish with an Angler fishing off the new concrete Pier landing a beautiful fish of just over 2 kilos, using a Mustad 1.0 Kendall round, running trace. Freshwater Bass Our dams have been kind to us over the past month or so. With a lot of proud Anglers bragging with fish that wouldnt usually be considered our average KZN winter fish. Inanda Dam – has been top of the pops for Bass along with good Carp catches. Jigs and Brush hogs have been working the best. The colder river section has seen very few fish. Albert falls The trick worms have been the stars whilst this area fish on Dropshot and Wacky style baits fished deep, has produced good catches throughout the day. Midmar As usual has been the underdog, the fishing has been slow but the odd 2kg fish has been up for grabs for the die-hard Midmar warriors efforts. The mid-winter Bass fishing is quiet in some dams but using baby Brush hogs and other creature baits fished slowly you can still catch a few fish. Fishy Fact The largest non-edible fish ever caught on a rod is a Great White Shark. A specimen caught by Clive Green off Albany, South Australia weighed in at a whopping 1,537 kgs or 3,338 lb. In terms of the law when this fish can be identified, Anglers are instructed to cut their lines. Catch & Release Fishing Competitions Focus on Sustainability at Africa Marine & Leisure Expo On August 3, the highly anticipated new look and feel Africa Marine & Leisure Expo returns to the Scottburgh area, bringing with it two exciting catch and release fishing competitions. The Expo has been designed by UGU South Coast Tourism as a celebration of the ocean, and of the many different user groups whose lifestyles and livelihoods are equally shaped by the sea. The primary aim of the event, which will run from August 3 4, on the beaches in and around Scottburgh, is to highlight the value of the ocean as a resource and therefore to promote the conservation of the marine environment. The two fishing competitions incorporated into the Expos programme are consequently intended to underline the South Coasts reputation as an angling hotspot, whilst simultaneously demonstrating and encouraging sustainable fishing methods. Fishing, both commercially and from a tourism perspective is one of the most lucrative marine industries, and yet needs to be done responsibly if our seas are to be conserved for future generations. The Africa Marine & Leisure Expo is a direct result of local tourism operators passion for responsible tourism and sustainable tourism. It is therefore natural for the twin goals for sport diving and fishing respectively to support our passion for the environment and this will ensure that both tourists and locals can benefit from events with elements such as catch and release fishing competitions. said Michael Bertram, CEO UGU South Coast Tourism. The first angling event, to be held on August 3, will be a Catch & Release Deep Sea Fishing Competition. Participants will meet at the Pennington Club House at 7.00pm the evening before for a briefing, and will then launch the next morning at launch sites between Umkomaas and Hibberdene. Lines will be in the water at first light, and the competition will be based on species take rather than size, therefore the team that catches the most species will take first prize. All fish must be photographed and released, and teams should be back at Scottburgh main beach for the prize-giving by 5pm. Podium placed teams will win cash prizes, with R6, 000 going to the winning team, and R3, 000 and R1, 000 for second and third place, respectively. The entrance fee for this event will be R150 before July 25 or R300 thereafter. The second competition of the Expo will take place on Sunday August 4, and is geared towards the events younger visitors. Entitled the Family Fun Junior Catch & Release Shore Fishing Competition, event organiser Dean Pretorius says that the object of this event is fun, and to teach kids the correct handling of fish and instill in them a catch and release ethic at an early age. Registration will take place at 7am in the Marine Expo Tent on Scottburgh Back Beach, and will begin at 8:30am. Children will then have two hours to catch what they can, with all species and sizes counting as long as they are handled and released successfully. Parents may assist their children in baiting, throwing, unhooking and releasing their catches, and there will be a prize-giving session held for this event at 11:30am. First place will win a cash prize of R2, 000, while runners-up will receive fishing product prize hampers. The maximum age for this competition is 12 years old, since older children must be in possession of a valid fishing license, and entrance fees will be priced at R20. The 2013 Africa Marine Expo will be an extravaganza of marine-based entertainment, and promises to be a weekend of fun for the whole family. Along with the fishing competitions, the event will also offer spectacles such as the KZN Body boarding Championships, and the Power Play Surf Pro. There will be representatives from water users of all kinds from all over the South Coast, including dive charters, ocean excursion operators and angling charters. For a full list of event highlights, visit www.africamarineexpo.co.za 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. 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: Mon, Wed, Thu & Fri 8:00am 5:00pm Tue 8:30am 5:00pm. Sat 8:00am 1:00pm.