The September Shad competition seems to be on fire compared to the August Competition: the heaviest Shad so far is 2.94 kilos, 2nd place is 2.10 kilos, 1.52 filling in the third spot. The son of last months winner is currently holding on to 2nd place, talk about Anglers keeping it in the family. On the fishing side, the North coast seems to be quieter than the Central and South coasts, with not many fish coming out; the South coast has been producing various species with lots of Shad.
Rock and Surf
St Lucia/Cape Vidal With the Shad still prolific in both areas, the good news is that these fish are above the legal size limit. Anglers have put the Falcon spoon and Saltwater Sport Shad traces to good use, even novices and juniors have got stuck in.
Zinkwazi Although suffering with bigger seas as it is not that protected, those that put in the time did get a few fish with some nice Shad and the odd small Grey Shark.
Ballito Suffering the same fate as Zinkwazi with the big seas, those that fished in the earlier week days saw a few small Blue Skates on Red Prawn and Chokka combinations, and very few Sharks were caught.
Umhlanga A few more Stumpnose were also caught during the week, but due to inclement weather later in the week, not much angling was done. Early risers on Sunday morning would have had a beautiful sight of a Whale swimming passed, fairly close to shore.
Beachfront Anybody that drove passed Blue Lagoon this last week, could not have missed the Bamboo forest. On some days there could possibly have been 200 odd Anglers crowding this once again popular spot. Plenty of Shad came out, whilst due to the crowds it was difficult to slide a bait for Garrick. Two lucky Anglers that did manage to get bait out caught Garrick of 6 and 8 kilos well done Guys.
Bluff Before the wicked west came through on Sunday morning, Anglers made good use of their day off with a fair amount of Shad coming out at Ansteys and a good sign was a nice Brusher of just over 3 kilos also caught here.
Isipingo Home of the big Shad. Two of the top 3 Shad for this months competition so far, have been caught here. These fish seem to prefer a bigger bait such as half Japanese Mackerel or a whole Red Eye as opposed to Sardine fillets. Early morning sessions have proved to be most fruitful. This could be a good go to spot if you looking to catch the big one and win a prize in this months competition.
Toti/Winkelspruit Toti seems to have been slightly luckier than Winklespruit, in that more Shad have been caught, which has allowed Anglers to put a live bait out to target Garrick. Winkelspruit has not seen much live bait. Both spots should improve as we move further into September; bearing in mind that closed season for Shad is 1 October.
Scottburgh With not much fishing being done here, the only info received was of some Blue Rays and the odd big Kob coming out at night.
Port Shepstone The ever green Sandspit area is definitely a go to spot, as there have been reports of Kob on the Rapala lures as well as McArthy dropshots. Early risers have also been getting some Shad on traditional Shad traces with Sardine as bait.
Port Edward Has seen some better sized Shad than up the coast and although there seems to be fewer Garrick down here, there is still plenty of Kob around the Trafalgar area, especially late evenings on a low tide.
Ski-boat and Paddle-Ski
Sharing the same fate, as the Rock and Surf Anglers, the last few days of the week meant not much fishing was done. During the week there were some nights when Skippers could go out to target Bek and Daga. The Paddlers were lucky to squeeze in some early morning paddles before work and with the sun coming up that little bit earlier; I bet they cant wait for summer to really get here.
Central There have been some good catches of Geelbek although in the deep at 150m, with them are also the resident Shark friends. Daga have also been caught on the bait spots, whilst Paddlers and Skippers alike, have been able to target Garrick at Zinkwazi. Some Snoek have been caught on first light off Umhloti.
South Seems slower than the Central and North areas, although some nice Tuna have also been caught here, but there are plenty of bait fish around, so maybe the Game fish are eating too well and dont want to target a Rattler lure.
Fly-fishing This weekend saw another good weekend of Fly-fishing. Locally some nice Carp were caught at Inanda dam on fly, which is a bit early, but due to the warm weekend weather, these fish came to the surface and some lovely fish between 2 and 4kgs were caught. The fly doing the damage was a number 12 Peacock Woolley Worm and Zulus. In the Bergville area, some Scalies were caught in the rivers using Black Flashback Nymphs and Zacks, most fish were caught at the head of pools below the rapids of each section. Trout fishing has been good all over. The rivers are now open and full. The Umzimkulu area has also been producing some nice fish – funny enough a Gentleman reported getting most of his fish on a sparsely tied Olive Woolley Bugger in no.12. This fly caught a lovely fish of over 2 kilos in one of the pools. All the dams also fished well due to the good warmer weather between the two fronts turning the fish onto bite.
Bass All of the waters have been producing better sized Bass over the past few weeks. As the water temperature starts to climb, more fish will definitely come out. Nice fish of over 4 kilos have been caught in the main water bodies, although Inanda and
“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
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 We have seen a large number of customers have been coming into the shop for Tiger fish lures and equipment. It is probably a good time to start planning a trip to Jozini as the day time temperatures are bearable and the first rains have not yet come. The dam EFFZET spoons, Blue Fox spinners and Africa Lures have all arrived At The Kingfisher and a large range is available in the Tiger department to choose from. For the fly-fishing Anglers, one can get away with a 7 weight outfit to target these smaller Tiger Fish, so why not give it a bash. Anglers wishing to target Tiger on bait can make use of smaller live Bream, caught at the dam and fished with a small float to target Tiger Fish in slightly deeper water.
The term return Garrick does not mean, that a lucky Angler that caught the fish has safely returned it to the water. Garrick usually travel up from the Cape to the far
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