WEEKLY FISHING REPORT 14TH AUGUST 2013

Guys remember that the Shad competition is still wide open. Only two fish have been weighed, the first prize sitting at 0.60 kgs whilst second prize is 0.50 kgs. So make sure you get your fish in at The Kingfisher, Tackle Centre (Kingsmead) or The Fishing Tackle Shop (Warner Beach) in order to claim your prize. The weather conditions are looking good and the tides are also playing their part, so hopefully the coming weekend will produce some nice fish. Last week saw some ups and downs, although the lower South Coast produced a lot more fish, which is usual for this time of year.

Rock and Surf

Kosi Bay €“ Reports have been of a lot of smaller fish on the bite, with no big edibles at all. The non-edible Anglers have also been trying their luck but not many big sharks have been landed.   

St Lucia/Cape Vidal €“ Where have all the big Shad gone? The Shad are very prolific in both areas, yet very puny in size. Majority of the fish do not make the 30cm limit, with only a rare fish being just over 30cm last week.

Mapelane/Richards Bay €“ Also suffering the same fate as Vidal and St Lucia, plenty of small Shad. Some Milk Sharks in the late afternoons/evenings with the odd big Kingfish when the anglers are prepared to put in a full days€™ session.

Ballito €“ Better sized Shad have been caught here over the past week, so maybe this would be a good spot to try and target first place. A few Blacktip Kingfish also made an appearance during the middle of last week.

 

Umhloti €“ Although the Shad seem to have moved on from this area, anglers using Mustad Big Gun 4.0 hooks and either Crab or Sea lice (Mole Crab) have been put to good use targeting Stumpies. Prawn and Chokka baits have also produced smaller Kingfish species.

Umhlanga €“ Rice Fields has been the most consistent, still producing some smaller Grey Sharks, whilst the Lighthouse area has been less consistent but bigger Grey Sharks in the 10 to 15 kilo range.

Blue Lagoon €“ The Rocks adjacent to the mouth when fished safely can provide hours of fun for junior or novice anglers. This week saw small Shad, Perch and juvenile Grunter being caught with Kingfisher Aqua Pak 8ft combos and no. 6 Mustad bait holder hooks. This well-priced combo can mean hours of fun and perhaps the start of things to come.

Durban Piers €“ Anglers fishing on the Piers have had a fair run of Shad, although most of these fish are still undersize. Snake Park Pier has proved to be the go to spot as this is where both fish currently leading the August Shad competition were caught.

Beachfront €“ It would seem that some flat fish have also moved in along the beachfront in the form of Blue Rays and small Diamond Skates. There is still the odd smaller Grey Shark cruising around looking for Mackerel throw bait.

Bluff €“ Locals in the know seem to have worked out the winter Shad pattern and their secret spots could give them a good chance during the September period where bigger Shad are caught. There is still the odd Kingfish coming out, although the live baits are not as plentiful.

Toti €“ Deep water points such as Nyoni Rocks or Shad Place have produced some Garrick, yet just like the Bluff, live baits are conspicuous by their absence.  The Spinning enthusiasts have tried everything from Spoons to Plugs, both chisel nose, wood and various colour patterns to no avail for the Garrick.

Winkelspruit €“ Virtually the same can be said for Winkel as for Toti, with many anglers opting to €œimport€ live baits to target the Garrick as the Shad are few and far between.

Umkomaas €“ Aw to be on early retirement€¦ some of the more spritely Senior Citizens living in this area have been able to put their off time to good use in the form of catching Kob in the 4-8 kilo range and some Shad that are just over the legal size limit.

Scottburgh €“ The Scottburgh area seems to have some Blue Rays and Bonefish during the daylight hours whilst in the dark the odd Grey Shark has been caught.  

Port Shepstone €“ This area usually produces some nice fish during this time of the year. Last week saw the odd big Kob on McArthy Paddle tails mainly the 6-inch size. These fish have been caught mainly in the dark when the right tide and conditions have allowed. Best to target these fish in the white water in and around sand banks with a very slow retrieve.

Port Edward €“ According to Terry from Tacklenet, the season is at a peak and Shad is the main reason that the rocks in many places are crowded with fishermen fetching their bag of 4 fish. Shad, probably the most used bait for game fish at this time of the year are being slid back into the sea on a trace and if watching the crowd, it’s amusing sometimes seeing Shad coming out and then going in to the sea at the same time.

 

Garrick are on the bite with bigger fish taking the baits, one angler using a kite landed a Garrick of 25kg. Where are the plug fishermen?

Another species of fish targeted here are Bronze Bream yet reports are normally few now with Shad on the ‘hit list’. However, a visiting team were guided into fishing for Bream and results were outstanding with many large fish taking the bait mainly prawn. Yes, the Bream are still wild out there and when Shad fishing becomes boring, change your tackle, bait and tactics searching the reefs for these tasty table fish.

 

Transkei €“ Good reports, although mixed have been of plenty of Kob on Paddle tails. Garrick caught mainly on Shad live baits, the odd big Shark coming off most deep water points and very little Sardine activity. Where have the Sardines gone?

Ski-boat and Paddle-Ski

After the good activity last week, it would seem that a few more Paddlers and Skippers were coaxed out from under the covers to do an early morning session. With mixed reports from up and down the coast with Paddlers and Skippers alike sharing their fortunes and misfortunes a good weeks fishing was had.

North €“ Mapelane, St Lucia and Cape Vidal still seem to be on the quiet side, as per the information we have received.  There seems to be the odd Snoek showing itself, yet most Skippers and Paddlers up North have come back empty handed.

Central €“ The Daga season is in full swing with reports of good catches south of the Cuttings and Bluff area. The bait marks have produced the odd big Couta, whilst Blue Lagoon and surrounds has seen some nice Snoek. Tinley and Jex Estate produced some nice fish on Clark Spoons and Saltwater Sport fillet traces.

South €“ The South Coast is still producing good catches of bottom fish, whilst the Yellowfin Tuna are still in the mix. Both Paddlers and Skippers are still battling to get half a Yellowfin past the Sharks.

Freshwater

 

Bass €“ Inanda Dam has been fishing very well throughout the winter with some quality fish, despite the extremely cold water. Hopefully the cold front over the weekend will be one of the last before September and the fish start moving towards the spawn. Currently slower deep fished presentations are working the best. Albert Falls although tricky for this time of year, hasn€™t stopped anglers preparing for the upcoming Bass Classic. Most fish have been caught in thick cover. Goedetrou Dam has seen good action on Spinner baits during the last week.

Carp €“ With spawning soon to begin, fish will be at their peak weight so now is the time to put in some hard work and bag some €œbig uns€. Some of the local dams have produced some really nice fish up to 20 pounds. Please ensure that when fishing for trophy fish that you return them as soon as possible and make sure that they do not get injured. Bear in mind your fellow bank Anglers and ensure that your spot is clean and tidy when you leave.

Fly-fishing €“ Fishing for Trout was tough this past weekend with the cold front moving in. Some fish were caught in the Underberg, Dargle and Kamberg areas. It has been an unusual winter season with Trout still eating the summer and streamer patterns. Majority of the dams throughout KZN seem to be fishing well and it has been a good winter season so far. Ensure that you take some colours but also don€™t leave behind your summer patterns.

Fishy Fact

Ever been nipped by a Ghost Crab whilst fishing in the dark? Well be grateful that it wasn€™t his bigger brother the Red King Crab. This behemoth can grow to over 2 meters and weigh up to 15 kilos. Just imagine the claws and the amount of pressure they could deliver. For those that really want to know this is also the most expensive Crab in the world.

A reminder to all that this 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.

ASFN Season 2 premiers on Monday nights on Super Sport 8 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.

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