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
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Mapelane/Richards Bay Also suffering the same fate as Vidal and
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.
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
Winkelspruit Virtually the same can be said for Winkel as for Toti, with many anglers opting to import 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 big 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 dont leave behind your summer patterns.
Ever been nipped by a Ghost Crab whilst fishing in the dark? Well be grateful that it wasnt 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.
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