The recently held triangular which was fished in the East London area, which saw Kwazulu-Natal, Eastern Province and Border competing. Kwazulu-Natal Seniors were a comfortable first place with EP beating Border. The top Angler was local boy Grayson well done to you. Many areas along the coastline were either not fished due to bigger seas and rough conditions and those fishable spots protected from the wind also didnt produce many fish; all in all not the best week for fishing. This coming weekend sees the KZNCAU Common venue annual meet being held on the South Coast, good luck to all you guys fishing and tight lines.
Rock and Surf
Kosi Bay There are still lots of smaller edibles up for grabs, especially on light to medium tackle. The main species for last week were Lantern fish and smaller Bone fish. These fish were caught on Prawn and Chokka combinations and most of the fish came out on reefs or sand banks.
St Lucia/Cape Vidal The Mission Rocks area is definitely the pick of the week as various species of edibles, such as Pompano, Cave Bass and a few Stumpies were all caught. This is a tricky area to fish and a medium-heavy to heavy rod is often required to pick fish up.
Richards Bay The Garrick are still around although dwindling in number. Evening is still seeing some Kob on the McArthy Paddle tails. Early mornings has seen a few Kingfish come out, averaging between 2 and a half to 4 kilos for the spinning enthusiasts.
Amatikulu Has seen action in the form of Kob for the edible Anglers. Whilst for non-edible Anglers the Brown Skates have been great fun on a medium rod, using the Daiwa Windcast reel and Triple fish braid. Reports of a few Blackfin being beached were also received.
Zinkwazi The Grey Sharks are still in this area and seem to have a liking for a whole Mackerel slide-bait with cutlets to add blood to the water. Majority of these fish are in the 10 to 20 kilo range with a few bigger fish also coming out.
Umhloti Fishing here has also picked up and due to the weather conditions throw baits were used which resulted in a few Greys in the 5 to 8 kilo range. A lucky early morning Angler caught a 3 kilo Pompano using a No1 Mustad bait holder hook.
Umhlanga A fairly unprotected spot left this area not well fished. Early in the week some small Grey Sharks were also caught in the evenings. Early morning sightings of bait fish balls kept the fish well out of casting range.
Blue Lagoon Vehicle thefts still continue in this area and Anglers must be aware of this. There have been a few Garrick in the early week caught on live Mullet and Maasbunker. The non-edible Anglers saw a few Grey Sharks coming out on the Beach side of this area. Please remember guys Shad season is closed so please practice catch and release.
Durban Piers With the strong winds and bigger seas, the die-hards still practiced their trade and were rewarded with some Brown Skates and the odd bigger sized Grunter up to 2 kgs. Early morning sessions have still seen the odd Stumpnose with large schools of Red bait fish also coming in.
Bluff Last week saw some good action with Blacktip Kingfish being caught with smaller live baits. There has also been some better catches of Brusher in the 3 to 5 kilo range being caught on whole crab, using Kendall 5.0 and 7.0 hooks.
Toti/Winkelspruit Both areas were somewhat quiet last week, perhaps due to foul weather. There were some good catches of Grey Sharks early in the week in the Doonside area. These fish being caught on Saltwater Grey Shark bite traces with Mackerel and Redeye combinations working their magic.
Umkomaas The Umkomaas ledges saw a lot of activity this last week as there were Kob, Brown Skates and Blues in amongst all the rocks and gullies. Not the best place to use braid or to prevent being cut off use a longer leader when fishing rocky areas with braid.
Scottburgh A good westerly point which was fished quite a bit last week, with reports of only Blue Rays and Grey Sharks coming out. Majority of the fish were caught in the late evening or into the dark.
Port Shepstone / Port Edward – There are still some good Kob in this area and both Paddle tail and Chokka baits are still doing their thing. The Garrick seem to have moved off whilst in the late evenings, there is still the odd Grey Shark coming out. With the bad weather we have experienced over the last two weeks, not to many fishermen have been out resulting in no news to report. More favourable sea conditions have led to some good bream fishing and those braving the wind, are getting Bronze Bream along the Port Edward coast. Garrick seem to have left, part of the problem could be that there is no one actually targeting them with live baits.
Normally at this time of the year, catches of Garrick are often heard of and Mullet becomes the next preferred live bait to Shad which being out of season till December cannot be used. Evening fishing off the beaches has resulted in a number of Blue Rays being landed and hopefully in all cases, returned to the sea. Female skates often give birth to their young on the beach once landed and these will survive if they are also carefully returned to the water.
Transkei Reports received are that there are still a lot of Kob in the waters. Majority of the points are still producing good catches of Hammerheads and Grey Sharks, whilst lower down the Transkei there have been a few smaller Raggies swimming with the Hammerhead Sharks.
Ski-boat and Paddle-Ski
With strong winds and choppy seas, both Paddlers and Skippers hopefully put this down time to good use and made up traces etc. and did some Rod and Reel maintenance. On the few days that were good for launches there were some reasonable catches of fish and it seems that Mackerel and Redeye seem to be more available.
North Reports are of some Snoek being caught with majority of these coming out on Spoons or artificial lures. The new Maria duplex lure has been working well in the Umgeni river mouth area. There also seems to be a lot of Wolf Herrings (Silkies) taking fillet baits at the majority of river mouths.
Central There are still fair catches of Geelbek and Daga at night in the deeper water. The odd Yellowfin Tuna still coming out at the bait marks, although these fish make up in quality what they lack in quantity as all fish are double digit size.
South The Bluff area has produced some good sized Catface Rockcod as well as Slinger. The bigger bottom fish have been caught on live Mozzies and live Mackerel. The summer months are here and should better weather occur Skippers and Paddlers can try their luck with Wahoo and Dorado soon to be in these waters.
Durban Bay Being a protected area, doesnt necessarily mean that it is always fishable. The bay was also affected by the adverse weather and the brave few that fished through the bad conditions were rewarded with very few fish indeed. A handful of Grunter and the odd small Perch were the only fish that were reported for last week. Hopefully the debris etc. washed down by the rains will clear up and fishing will improve.
Remember that as the weather warms up and especially in November, the Flying-ant hatches become more frequent which will attract the Tilapia and Blue Gill. Target these fish on a ultra lite outfit such as the Laguna 5.6 rod and Laguna 1000 size reel. Using small plastic grubs and smaller artificial lures can really make a trip to the dam great fun for old and young alike.
Fly-fishing There were rewards for those that braved the cold last week. In the Underberg area at Crystal waters the fish were definitely on the prowl, mostly Stockies up to 1 kilo. There were enough bites to keep Anglers happy. Most of these fish were caught on a White Death. Not much news from other areas and the bad weather put fly-fishermen into fly-tying mode.
Bass The last week of Basing has provided average sized fish and this possibly due to lack of decent fishable weather. Eager members and die-hards willing to stick it out in miserable weather on Inanda and Hazelmere were treated to good numbers, but smaller fish. Most of the fish at Hazelmere came out on the cliffs opposite the launch site. The StrikePro crank baits and Goya spinner baits worked well in the deep. Remember that with all the rain, the water is flowing strongly into Inanda dam and top water frogging could produce some explosive action as the smaller bait fish will also hide up here. Also try a weight-less fluke in these areas.
Carp With the majority of the waters stained due to the rains, fishing has been a bit harder. Carp should still be spawning, although not all fish spawn at the same time, so one can still get good results. The Marukyu has been attested to by customers who have mixed it with Luxus ground bait and plain super cast ground feed. The Marukyu fruity spiced boilies tipped up with Korda fake pop-up maize is also a very good combination for targeting Carp.
Tiger-fishing With the start of the rainy season, the best area to fish would probably be the river mouth entrances as the smaller bait fish will have been washed downstream. Live baits and Tiga-waka spoons in the early mornings could get you into some good fish.
The Cave Bass or Lantern fish is easily identifiable with its large eye, dark brown/black body and white dots along its sides. This strong fighting fish makes excellent table fare and can be caught in most rocky areas. A 1.0 to 4.0 sized hook with either a Prawn and Chokka combo or Crayfish tail bait seems to be this fishes Achilles heel.
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There are a few great TV fishing shows on at the moment, here are a few that are certainly worth watching.
1) The latest series of Hier Gaan Ons Alweer with Petri de Wet premieres Monday evenings at 17:30 on kykNet, channel 144 and there are a number of repeats during the week. Series 12 runs for three months, ending on the 30th December 2013. As most of you know, Petri and his guests cover various angling styles in and around southern Africa.
2) ASFN Season 2 premiers on Monday nights at 19:30 on Super Sport 8, channel 208. Be sure not to miss it, this show covers a variety of angling facets every week and there are six rebroadcasts during the week.
3) Freespool, presented by Mark de la Hay premiers Thursday nights at 19:00 on channel 208, Mark is a very talented angler and covers most facets of angling in and around southern Africa.
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.