20TH SEPTEMBER 2013. September 20, 2013 by The Kingfisher Further along into September and the Shad Competition has really started to heat up the leading fish is 3.64 kilos, second 2.9 kilos and third 2.1 kilos. With two weeks left to go, come on guys get those Shad in. The weekend weather was fantastic and the short lived storm on Friday night did not do too much to hamper Anglers getting to their favourite spots. With the sun not setting as early, it does allow workaholics to still get a throw in before its dark, after work, so why not target some Shad on the Spoon and give your partner a break and cook supper for them. Rock and Surf St Lucia/Cape Vidal A good spot for young and old alike to target Shad as they are close in and the Falcon Spoon is still their nemesis. Some of the guys have put Shad to good use targeting Kob at night, especially when the tides are right. Mapelane A mixed bag here, with predominantly Shad and Kob. For the inedible Anglers there have been some Zambezi Sharks. These fish have been targeted using Saltwater Slide Traces and either live or dead Shad. Richards Bay It seems the Garrick have started to feed a bit more in this area, as live Shad in the early morning hours seem to be picked up within a few minutes. The evening sessions have produced some small Kob, whilst there are still a few Sharks about for the inedible Anglers. Zinkwazi With the better conditions the fish came back on the bite and this is my pick of the week. Novice Anglers keen to try out their newly purchased equipment had good fun with smaller Grey Sharks and the odd Blue Skate during the week and weekend. Ballito This spot was very quiet with only the odd Snoek coming out of the Rocks on Pro Jet Spoons with medium to light spinning tackle. Umhlanga The ever popular Lighthouse area seems to have a bully Blackfin beast which is giving non-edible Anglers a bit of a hard time, as it picks up the baits, runs out to sea and then jumps and snaps the guys off. There were also some Shad that came out and the odd Brusher as well. Durban Piers Snake Park Pier saw some good Shad action whilst the New Pier was a bit quieter with complaints of lots of smaller bait fish. South Pier was somewhat quiet, except for some Geelbek early in the week and some bigger Shad near the Harbour entrance. Beachfront There seems to be a lot of small Shad on the beachfront and amongst these are some Blacktail and juvenile Natal Stumpnose. Sadly the Beachfront area is quiet sanded up, so a definite long throw is what is required in order to get into deep water. Bluff Sunday morning saw some real excitement with two big Kingfish chasing a shoal of Karanteen almost onto the rocks in their feeding frenzy. Although some of the locals tried their best to target these fish, these fish are still out there chasing the bait fish. Toti/Winkelspruit For the die-hards there are still some Garrick to be had, although live baits are still a bit of a problem. Some intrepid Anglers have started netting Mullet in the nearby rivers in order to target Garrick in the early morning light. The best way to keep these fish alive is to make use of a bait aerator pump, which oxygenates the water. They are fairly inexpensive and retail for around R60.00. Umkomaas Unusually quiet last week which is not the norm for this area, reports were of only the odd Kob, whilst Shad were absent and one or two small Grunter summed up the weeks catches. Scottburgh As per usual for this time of year, some small Blue Rays were caught with a Grey or two also in the mix. There is also a fair amount of smaller Shad with not many making the legal size limit. Umdoni This popular point also had its fair share of Shad, whilst there were also a few Garrick caught on live bait, when the sea was not up. Port Shepstone Has seen good action, with the McArthy Paddletails to target Kob in and around the banks, during last week. Some of these fish were even caught as late as half past eight at night, so obviously the vibrations these Paddletails gives off, work very well. Port Edward Terry Nel from Tacklenet in Port Edward informs us that, calm clean sea does not always lend itself to good fishing, so things have been a bit patchy lately. As the Shad season approaches an end at the close of the month, Shad fishermen have as little as two weeks left. Scientifically speaking, this is the time the Shad spawn and we need to conserve such a great sporting species. October is known for its ‘ Bronze‘ fishing yet these fish are caught all year round. Probably, because fishermen can’t fish for Shad they turn their attention to Bronze Bream and naturally, more of these delicious eating fish are caught. Although with such calm seas, there is little ‘white’ water, (a sanctuary for these reef dwellers), and a more turbulent sea would improve the chances of finding them. A number of Grey Sharks are also on the bite and the evenings would be a good time to target them. Transkei Port St Johns seems to be over-flowing with Kob, these fish funny enough seemed used to the Paddletails and are now taking live-baits in and around the Lighthouse and Skimmington areas. Those lucky enough to fish here in the early mornings have also been able to target some Garrick on live baits. Lower down in the Transkei, there have been some big Sharks hooked on most of the deep water points. Ski-boat and Paddle-Ski With better conditions, more hours were spent on the water and this in turn leads to a happier home life for both Paddlers and Skippers alike. There has been some good bottom-fishing with some Snoek and Couta still around and the odd big Yellow-fin Tuna. North It would seem that the better the weather, the better the catches. With calmer seas there were some good catches of Garrick further up the North coast and a lovely Yellow-fin Tuna of just over 25 kilos was caught near Mapelane. Hopefully the windy months are behind us and the Skippers and Paddlers can get more time on the water. Central Daga and Geelbek still top the list, although the Sharks are still an ongoing problem in the shallower reefs, while Skippers seem to be being left alone at the deeper wrecks. The odd big Snoek is still coming off the Jecks Estate area. A good combination to target these fish is a Clark Spoon on one line and a Sardine fillet on the Saltwater Sport Snoek Trace on the other Rod. There are still some Tuna coming off on the bait spots, but it is slow, hard fishing but well worth it. The new Wild Dog Stick baits have also been a good option for these fish and also for targeting larger Bonito. South There still seems to be a lot of bait fish around, mainly Redeye and Mackerel although the Mackerel seem to be not as abundant. The Aliwal Shoal area and Pennington are still producing some nice Tuna with the odd Couta coming out. The lower South coast has been producing some nice bottom fish, especially Reds and Slingers with a bonus Rock Cod also in the mix. Durban Bay For those Anglers that have really put the time in on the Bay have really started to see some rewards. Some Grunter up to the four kilo mark have been reported and also some nice size Kingies. The bigger Bartail Flathead or Sand Gurnitts have also started to come out and although not pretty, these fish do make excellent eating, just be careful of the spines, when cleaning the fish. Anglers fishing from the bank have had a mixed bag with some Shad, the odd Grunter and some better sized Blacktail also in the mix. Freshwater Fly-fishing Majority of the fresh water Anglers when they think of fishing local dams all want to target Bass and Carp. There are lots of other species that you can have hours of fun targeting such as Tilapia and Blue Gills, both the Red Breasted and Mozambique Tilapia, will readily wolf down small Red Settlers, Woolley Buggers and other small Nymph patterns on the Fly-rod. So why dont you give this a try instead of a day long trip to the Berg? Spinning (Bass) As the same applies to the fly-fishing enthusiasts, the Bass Anglers can make use of a Crossfire 5/6 Ultra-lite Rod, matched with a 1000 size Reel, loaded with 5 7 pound Nylon to cast small Spinners, Grubs on small jig heads and even small Crankbaits. These fish really fight above their weight division and can be hours of fun. Bass Goudetrou dam also saw some good action over the weekend with some good fish being caught by a fair number of visitors. A lovely fish of 2.4 kilos was also boated by an afternoon visitor from Durban North, who drove up, fished and returned home at the end of the day. “Mnini Dam, located within 15 kms from Amanzimtoti, is hosting its 7th Annual Bass Classic over the weekend of 5th and 6th October 2013. Thousands of Rands are available for the biggest overall bass and the heaviest bags of 5 bass on each day. Lucky draw prizes will be handed out on presentation day, the 6th. Entry fee is R350 per 2 man team and covers both days and use of own boat. Boats and motors are available for hire as well. Entry and rules forms are available at bait and tackle shops in the ‘Toti/Warner Beach/Montclair area. Entry on the day at dam possible as well. For more information phone Ron Wilson on 083 300 7528″ Tiger-fishing With warmer weather and the rain still not here, a lot of Anglers have planned their long-weekend upcoming trip well in advance. Reports are of good fishing at the moment with cleaner water and the fish being very active. The smaller Rattler lures have been good for top-water fishing, whilst the Blue Fox Spinners have also held their own. Carp With the warmer water, both for fisherman and fish, Inanda has been producing some really nice fish. The Korda Goo has had some awesome results, especially when used on hook baits, to make them stand out from the rest of the free offerings. Raspberry and Strawberry seem to be the most popular and can be used with Tiger-nuts, boilies and maize so why not give it a bash on your next outing. Fishy Fact Pucker up and get ready for a smooch! The Red-lipped Batfish is found in the Galapagos Islands; this fish is actually a pretty bad swimmer and uses its pectoral fins to walk on the bottom of the ocean. This fish is shaped like a giant set of lips and its own bright red lips look almost superimposed onto it. Any info about fish caught or competitions in your area please send to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 031- 368 4007. 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.