And what do you get after two days of rain¦. Monday! Seems like the last two weekends have been a case of Monday to Friday great, Saturday and Sunday written off, I ask you what has happened to our weather? The good news is that those who watched the barometric pressure got in early as there was some good fishing at the beginning of the week. Brusher, some Kingfish, Tropical Yellowtail or Albacore and the evergreen Garrick all coming out.
Rock and Surf
Kosibay Reports received are that there are still smaller fish and with the summer time, we know that the Bonefish will be here. These fantastic fighting fish are great fun on fly or on a light spinning outfit. The Kingfisher caters for this with combos starting from R500 upwards, so why not give it a bash?
St Lucia/Cape Vidal Good news for the summer Anglers, is that there have been a handful of bigger Sand Sharks coming out and some better sized flatfish, also being caught on Saltwater Slide traces. Big and bloody baits, carefully presented, could get you your personal best.
Richards Bay Better fishing than the last couple of weeks with more prolific catches of Garrick and the evenings have seen bigger sized Kob and the odd Blackfin or two for the non-ed Anglers.
Zinkwazi Came to light last week and was my pick of the week. There were better sized Grey Sharks, a lot more Blackfin activity and some Brusher in the early mornings as well. Late afternoon also saw some Stumpnose being caught.
Ballito With the summer season and more light, Anglers must be aware and work with the lifeguards, as fishing is only permitted during certain hours. There have been some nice Blue Skates with a few Browns also and smaller Grey Sharks although not as frequently.
Umhlanga As per usual for summer time the lighthouse area is starting to see more activity with better sized Grey Sharks and Stumpies as well as the odd Brusher. A tip to Anglers targeting Brusher, best to use a Mustad Kendall round as this hook is not as brittle as chemically sharpened hooks.
Blue Lagoon Due to the construction in the area, vehicles are often left unattended and unfortunately although the Garrick being caught on live Mullet have enticed Anglers, the vacant vehicles have also enticed the criminal element, so please be aware when fishing this area.
Durban Piers Majority of the Piers are fishing well, with some flatfish and a few better sized edibles. Whilst South Pier has seen some Albacore/Tropical Yellowtail, a few nice sized Grunter and the odd Shark. The beachfront is still quite sanded up and a really long cast or wet shorts is what is required to get to the deeper water.
Bluff Cave Rock and Ansteys have been targeted with edible Anglers trying their best to land the Brusher and various Kingfish species that have been lurking in these waters. Kingfisher leader line in .80 is a good bet when targeting fish like these amongst the rocky reefs.
Toti/Winkelspruit Yet another quiet week. This is possibly because of a greater Parks Board presence and fewer Mullet available in the smaller rivers, to be put out as live bait for Garrick.
Umkomaas The cleaner water in the beginning of the week saw some good Angling with Snapper Salmon, small Kob and a few Skates being caught. Towards the end of the week the dirty water saw less edible fish and only a few Skates being caught.
Scottburgh Still some good catches of Blue Skates and some Grey Sharks in the 5 to 8 kilo range coming out on throw bait traces. Although the Power Angling enthusiasts have put the Kingfisher spoons to good use the Snoek have been somewhat silent.
Port Shepstone Sandspit area has improved on last week with some nice size Kob in the 5 to 15 kilo range, being caught on Chokka baits, whilst the Magnum Rapala lure and McArthy Paddletails have also been claiming a few victims.
Transkei Good reports of Kob are still being received, whilst the Hammerheads and a few bigger Grey Sharks have also kept the non-edible Anglers on the straight and narrow. The lower south side of the Transkei area seems to have a lot more Shark activity, whilst Port St Johns seems a more edible friendly area.
Ski-boat and Paddle-Ski
The early risers have caught the worms, whilst the late birds have gotten all the attention. Those in the know that got up early have been able to target some Yellowfin Tuna, Garrick and a rare Snoek or two. The late birds fishing in the evenings have got some Geelbek and some nice size Daga.
North Both Skippers and Paddlers are getting a good share of Garrick along the North coast. The Maasbunker and Pinky being the two top favoured baits and a live Mackerel doesnt hurt either. Zinkwazi and Umhloti being the two most productive areas, just dont leave Westbrook off the list as well.
Central With still more sightings of lockjaw Snoek along the Umgeni stretch, paddlers and skippers have been left scratching their heads as to why these fish arent feeding. Amongst these fish have been some Yellowfin Tuna, bigger Bonito and the night-rated skippers have been targeting Geelbek and Kob with some good success.
South Lockjaw no more. Reports received were of excellent catches of Yellowfin Tuna varying in size from small fry to big boys of over 30 kilos. The Halco Skim Stik and Kingfisher Rattler lures doing their fair share to keep the Sushi prices down, whilst smaller live baits have also been in the mix. There have also been one or two wary Wahoo, so ensure that there is some wire on your favourite lure.
Durban Bay For the Die-hards trying to escape the wicked westerly the Bay did not prove such a bad option. A handful of better sized Grunter were caught as well as sightings of a few Pike and bigger Kingfish. The bank Anglers also saw a lot more activity, although bigger size fish were a one in ten ratio.
Fly-fishing Early to rise makes a man healthy and wise, as the old adage goes. The wise men have been getting up earlier and targeting the Trout in the cooler temperatures. Most dams have reported good catches with one or two reporting some brilliant 2 plus kilo fish. It seems the intermediate and floating lines with a well directed cast could have trout on the menu.
Bass For Anglers not equipped with a boat, bank angling for Bass can be just as rewarding. Pay careful attention to structure and remember that the top water column will be warmer so try to get your lures deeper down. Concentrate on an area, before moving on and like most other species, know your prey.
Carp For those Anglers who took heed of last weeks report and took the tips and put them to good use, some good fishing sessions were had at most dams. Majority of the spawning sessions are now over and fish should be a lot more active. So ensure that stronger scents, careful bait presentation and minimalist ground feed, in order to attract your personal best to your hook.
Tiger-fishing And still the rains have not yet come, which is good news for Tiger Anglers planning a quick weekend getaway. The double blade Copper spoon is still working very well. The Blue Fox, blue and silver Tiger Spinner, which comes complete with an additional single hook have arrived and could be excellent fair for the Jozini Tiger fish.
The Porcupine Ray is a very rare species of stingray. It is a bottom-dweller and found from the indo-pacific right through to West Africa. It favours sand, coral rubble and seagrass habitats in inshore waters up to about 30m. It is a large heavy-bodied species and reaches between 1.2 and 1.5m in width. The Porcupine Ray has a nearly circular, plain coloured pectoral fin and a thin tail without any fin folds. What is unique about this Ray is that it lacks a venomous stinging spine. But dont let this fool you, an adult ray can still defend itself ably with the many large, sharp thorns found over its disc and tail.
Any info about fish caught or competitions in your area please email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 031- 368 4007.
There are a few great TV fishing shows on at the moment, here are a few that are certainly worth watching.
1) The new 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.