Like most things in life, all good things come to those who wait. That was so true for those Anglers who waited for the right conditions and after having 2 or 3 days Easterly they took good advantage of the fishing before the West came through. Although mostly Shad and a few Garrick, there were also some nice Flatfish and Grey Sharks that also came out.
Rock and Surf
St Lucia/Cape Vidal A recent Ballies and Babes competition had some Fathers at a stretch to try and put their daughters onto a Shad. The previous weeks run seems to have dried up with not much fish around.
Mapelane/Richards Bay It seems the Shad have moved down the coast as there were good catches of Shad and the odd Garrick also coming out. Those that are fit should definitely pack light and do a session of spinning further down the beach to target the Kingfish species and maybe the elusive Garrick on plug.
Ballito A bit of an up and down spot over the past week, small Grey Sharks, lots of undersized Shad coming out in the evening, whilst early morning sessions have seen abundance of Shad with only a handful making size.
Umhloti The old tidal pool would be my pick of the week as it has fished the most consistently. Shad and some bigger Stumpnose in the 3 to 5 kilo range have come out, whilst the Grey Sharks are between 5 and 10 kilos. These fish mainly caught on small Mackerel throw baits with 6.0 Mustad hooks, or for those that dont have the time, the Saltwater throw bait trace is a good alternative.
Umhlanga The area known as Rice Fields saw a lot of activity last week. Mainly through the spinning enthusiasts whilst there were also some small Grey Sharks and a lonely Brown Skate caught in the area.
Umgeni North Bank This popular spot which could disappoint some proved a happy hunting ground for a lucky few. The early morning sessions here is your best chance to catch a Garrick on a whole live Shad, or failing a Shad a Karanteen or Pinky if you can get one.
Blue Lagoon Never mind the weather when in doubt put a bait out. This proved so true for a local Angler who managed to land a lovely Stumpy of just over 4.5 kilos using a Kingfisher Poseidon Lite rod with Daiwa SL30 reel with 20 pound Kingfisher nylon.
Bluff Ansteys Beach saw some good Shad catches even though the wind was blowing last week Sunday. These fish were caught mainly on whole Sardine drift baits and were quite close to the beach which enabled some aspiring junior Anglers to show Mom their proud catch.
Toti Although very late in the season there are still a few Garrick in this area. These fish have been caught on all manner of live bait due to the scarceness of Shad.
Winkelspruit With Shad frequenting this area, it seems the weekend warriors were out in force last weekend. There were a fair amount of Shad caught, yet majority of them were either just making size or just over size. A few Garrick were also landed and these fish caught mainly on the outgoing tide surprisingly as this is not the norm.
Umkomaas Due to certain criminal elements the night fishing here is somewhat limited as vehicles can get broken into. For those prepared to take a chance, or who have beach buggies and leave nothing in them it is definitely worth a try as there have been some bigger Kob in the dark, these fish between 10 and 15 kilos caught mainly in the river mouth.
Scottburgh The point area seems to have livened up a bit with more regular catches of Grey Sharks and a few Skates as well. The Snoek Spinning specialists using the Kingfisher pink and white Pro Jet bullet spoon also managed to catch a few small Snoek in the 4 to 5 kilo range in the early mornings.
Port Shepstone The Pier by the lighthouse has produced some nice sized Kob, whilst the ever green Sandspit is also producing some nice fish. Better size Shad have also been coming out, although very few Garrick seem to be feeding in this area.
Port Edward – According to Terry Net from Tacklenet. Rough seas at the beginning of the week put toll to fishing for two days yet those who braved the conditions still caught their Shad. Strong north easterlies in the afternoons for the rest of the week brought Shad on the bite which are a little on the bigger side. Bigger fish were few and reports were of Garrick at Splash Rock over the weekend.
Ski-boat and Paddle-Ski
With a large number of shoal sized Snoek coming out, there was a lot more activity amongst Paddlers and Skippers especially over last weekend. The Umgeni/Blue Lagoon area saw a fair number of craft on the water in the wee hours of Saturday morning. There are still some Yellowfin Tuna about whilst the bottom fishing further down the coast is still producing some decent sized fish.
Central Westbrook, Zinkwazi as well as the Umgeni area were heavily targeted due to some good Snoek catches early in the week. The Paddlers were lucky enough to find these fish in and around backline and with an abundance of Redeye and small Mackerel, these livies were soon put out to target these fish. If nothing the Tuna are consistent as they seem to have remained around the bait marks with some lovely fish in the 17 to 30 kilo range being boated.
South From Toti to Illovo for those Skippers in the know, there are still a few Garrick to be had on live Shad baits. The Paddle-skiers have got the odd Snoek and some bigger Shad in the areas around the Shark nets. The bottom fishing is still following a good vain with some nice Rock Cod, Reds and Slingers all coming out.
The T Jetty had its claim to fame with a few Blacktip Kingfish being caught during the week. Some sharp eyed Skippers also managed to see some Queen fish although none were boated. Centre Bank has started producing some better sized fish although there are still plenty of pesky Shad around. The Coal Terminal has been somewhat quiet with only a handful of fish reported.
Bass Inanda Dam is still fishing to the typical winter pattern. The fish are sluggish and it seems it is only a reaction bite in the deeper water that gets these fish going. The water is much cooler so make sure that you fish an area very well before moving onto the next spot. A careful selection of the colour of the lure is essential at this time of year.
Carp Steady as she goes and dont be impatient. With cold weather and cold water the fish do not feed as heavily. The more spicy concentrates and flavours could give you the edge to catch a personal best at all of the local dams this winter.
Fly-fishing The bigger patterns are still working well, especially Woolley Buggers. Its unusual that on the same dam a big fly can be ignored whilst a 14 or 16 size fly is readily taken. It seems the Trout have not figured out whether it is summer or winter yet.
Talk about swopping tongues the tongue-eating louse really takes the cake. This parasitic crustacean latches onto the tongue of its victim (usually a snapper) and doesnt let go. It proceeds to suck the blood out of the tongue and replaces this organ with itself. Strangely the host/victim suffers no real side effects as this parasite feeds on the remains of food which the victim doesnt completely swallow.
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.
The Kingfishers trading hours are: Mon, Wed, Thu & Fri 8:00am 5:00pm Tue 8:30am 5:00pm. Sat 8:00am 1:00pm.
Picture of Dhiya Chatargoon aged 3 with her catch of the day during the recent Africa Marine Expo Catch & Release Junior Fishing Compo.