WEEKLY FISHING REPORT 2ND OCTOBER 2013

The horrible weekend weather is a thing of the past and hopefully Anglers can look forward to calmer weather and better fishing conditions. There were mixed results along the majority of the coastline due to bigger seas and stronger winds, especially towards the end of the week. Congratulations to the winners for the September Shad competition. The winning fish was a whopping 6.24 kilos, whilst a tie for 2nd and 3rd place, saw two beautiful fish of 4.28 kgs. Please remember that the Shad season will officially close on the 1st of October and will reopen on the 1st December.

Rock and Surf

Kosi Bay €“ Seems to be experiencing a somewhat quieter spell with very few fish coming out. The smaller McArthy Paddle tails have been put to good use targeting 3 spot Pompano or Wave Garrick, especially in the rolling water. Majority of the fish that have been caught are less than .5 of a kg.

St Lucia/Cape Vidal €“ There are still large numbers of Shad in both spots, whilst the old St Lucia mouth has also been producing some Kob on Redeye and Chokka baits in the late evening and into the night.

Mapelane €“ As the summer months progress the non-edible Anglers will be itching to fish this area for the bigger Sand Sharks and Flat fish. Perhaps now is a good time to check your heavy duty gear and get reels serviced for the bigger summer fish.

Richards Bay €“ Shad in the early mornings, has allowed some lucky Anglers to use the early morning light to target Garrick. What a pleasure to know that supper is taken care of before you have even started work. There are still some Kob around especially in the late evening.

Zinkwazi €“ Has gone off the boil from last week, with a few Spinner Sharks and the odd Skate species coming out. There were a few good days for the Power Angling enthusiasts spinning for Shad, using light tackle outfits.

Ballito €“ Another spot that didn€™t fair too well during last week, with reports of only the odd Blue Ray and a few lonely Garrick.

Umhlanga €“ Anglers fishing to the right of the lighthouse have managed to get some smaller Grey Sharks, specifically for the non-edible Anglers this is good news, summer should hopefully see bigger specimens. The edible Anglers have also not been outdone, landing some nice Brusher in the 3 to 6 kilo range.

Blue Lagoon €“ Has seen some good Shad activity of late and on non-crowded days, Anglers have managed to get their bag limit quite quickly. Those Anglers who have been prepared have also managed to slide out live Shad and land some Garrick as well.

Durban Piers €“ Amongst the bad weather, there were some good fishing days and Anglers did make some good catches of predominantly Shad. In the mix have also been a few smaller Grunter, whilst the Permit punters have also got a few Kingfish off of South Pier.

Beachfront €“ The Beachfront seems to have been infested with a lot of small Blacktail, a handful of Shad and a few Skates on the low tide in calmer conditions.

Toti/Winkelspruit €“ Both of these areas were somewhat quieter than previous weeks. The odd Shad and a few Grey Sharks were all that were reported. This is another spot to keep an eye on during the summer months as well.

Umkomaas €“ There has been some activity again near the mouth in the form of Kob on McArthy Paddle tails. The preferred colour has been Orca in the 5 or 6 inch size. Some Shad were also caught on Saltwater Shad traces in the early mornings in cleaner water.

Scottburgh €“ There have been some Blue Rays caught during the day, whilst the evening sessions have seen some Grey Sharks. The local fraternity have also been able to catch some Shad in front of the popular hotel.

Hibberdene €“ Seems to be very, very slow fishing indeed, with some areas not even allowing an Angler to lose a bait in the water.

Port Shepstone €“ On calm windless days a fair number of Anglers have targeted the Kob with various baits ranging from Chokka to Prawn and Chokka as well as Sheppie Bomber Spoons fished on the floor with a very slow retrieve.

 

An eventful week just passed in Port Edward with fishermen taking advantage of good weather conditions. Visitors enjoyed an abundance of Shad and more. On a live Karrenteen, a visiting angler Rassie Erasmus from Meyerton hooked and landed a Giant Kingfish of 36kg’s.

Transkei €“ The upper Transkei is still producing some nice Shad, Bronze Bream and the odd big Kob. The Port St Johns area has seen action with Hammerhead Sharks and Grey Sharks at most of the deep water points. The lower Transkei also seeing a fair amount of Hammerhead Sharks with a few Grey Sharks in the mix, there have also been a large amount of Shad and smaller Kob.

Ski-boat and Paddle-Ski

When the weather has been kind, Paddlers and Skippers have been able to get out on the water to target Snoek, Yellowfin Tuna, Bek and Daga. The north coast area seems to be the most productive, whilst there have been good sightings of non-feeding Snoek around the Blue Lagoon and Pick n Pay areas.

North €“ The stretch between Umhloti river mouth and the Tugela river mouth have brought in some good catches of Garrick. Zinkwazi has been the pick of the week. There are also plenty of small Yellowfin Tuna, with the small Rattler lure making them meet their match.

Central €“ Good catches of Geelbek and Daga in the deep wrecks, although the Sharks are still a big problem. Bottom fishing has also been producing some nice size fish €“ Slinger, Reds and Rock Cod being the most prominent species.

South €“ Protea Banks is still fishing really well. There have also been reports of some Dorado, although not yet confirmed. Some Blacktip Kingies have also got the rods bending, especially on the shallower reefs.

 

Durban Bay €“ Has been very quiet, with not many fish being caught at all. There are still some Shad around and with the warmer water; the Sand Gurnitts are a lot more active, as well as juvenile Cape and Natal Stumpnose. Anglers in possession of a Cracker Shrimp licence must be aware that it is illegal to pump Cracker Shrimps in the Durban Bay unless you have permission from the Port Captain.

Freshwater

 

Fly-fishing €“ Get your Streamer Patterns out. There have been good reports of fish from all over the Midlands and the Underberg area all of last week. Fish are definitely on the prowl again after their winter slow down and are eating eagerly. Patterns that are working: large Hammels and Mrs Simpsons, with Zonkers also doing some damage. Best colours are olive and black. Reports have been of some of the beats on the Umzimkulu River still being closed due to lack of water. So be sure to check for more local information when you are in the area.

Bass €“ Inanda Dam is fishing extremely well with some decent size Bass coming out, fish ranging from 1 €“ 3 kilos and are being caught in numbers. With the recent rains one can expect large amounts of Flying-Ants to hatch and this will definitely improve the fishing in the local dams. Blue Gill and Tilapia can also be caught on fly-rods using red bodied humpies and small poppers.

Carp €“ Summer tactics would include adding some extra ground bait. Be aware that different dams will require different tactics, so don€™t follow the crowd, mix it up a bit. Try to find a small hide-away venue which might hold a surprise fish. The new Marukyo baits are new to the SA market have arrived and these top quality products will definitely be baits to look into. 

Tiger-fishing €“ There is still time to book a trip before the main summer rainfall starts. With the little bit of rain over the weekend, and although the weather wasn€™t that great, some nice fish were caught. On calmer days during the week, good catches were reported by families enjoying the school holidays €œup-country€.

Fishy Fact

With the Shad season coming to a close, the modern Anglers are very lucky with such a short closed season. Previously the season closed on 1 September and only reopened 1 December. In the good old days the Anglers were permitted 5 fish with the minimum size of 250mm. Although the size has now increased to 300mm and the quantity dropped to 4, it has ensured healthier populations and the past two months Shad competition has seen bigger Shad than the previous 4 years.

Any info about fish caught or competitions in your area please email to mike.pereira@kingfisher.co.za 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.

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