The Rock and Surf Anglers were probably the only ones that were happy with the big storms and heavy weather during last week and over the weekend. The rivers have had a chance to clean out and in a few days€™ time the off colour water will definitely be the hunting ground for the typical summer Flatfish and Sharks, so it is really looking good for summer fishing. The KZNCAU Common Venue Annual Meet was fished this weekend and congratulations to all those hardy fellows who put in the time in terrible conditions. The results are as follows: Vikings 1st with 135.5 points followed by Tongaat A and then Benders. It also seems that the focus is now on the North Coast, as even in bad conditions some good reports of fish were received.

Rock and Surf

Kosi Bay €“ With the usual North easterly to Westerly wind changes the fish were definitely on the bite with a fair number of Anglers getting into Pompano, Stumpnose and Kingies. The non-edible Anglers were also happy to pick up some Blackfin Sharks and Honeycombe Rays.

St Lucia/Cape Vidal €“ Also faired very well in the beginning of the week due to the weather patterns – lots of smaller edible fish with some Brown Skates also coming out.

Richards Bay €“ Brown Skates were in abundance as well as some Diamonds and Sand Sharks. The water has deteriorated over the week and is now very brown with lots of seaweed.

Zinkwazi €“ Zinkwazi saw some action like most spots earlier in the week with some Greys and mixed Skate species. With the Tugela now flowing strongly it has also been affected with dirty water and lots of debris. This is a definite summer spot to watch as soon as it cleans up a bit.

Umhloti/Ballito €“ A fair amount of Umdloti and Ballito still have some €œcleanish€ water, yet if the winds prevail these areas could also become dirty. There were some nice Skates and a few bigger Grey Sharks caught earlier in the week.

Umhlanga €“ With bait moving off, the fish seem to have come back on the bite, although mainly Blue Skates and the odd Grey Shark. Early morning and late evenings still the most productive times.


Blue Lagoon €“ A lucky Angler (escaping the household even in poor conditions), was rewarded with a Kingfish of just over 4 kilos, fishing near the mouth of the river.

Durban Piers €“ The stronger winds and bigger swells meant that not much fishing was done on the Piers, although the South Pier did allow some protection in the Harbour mouth, which was used to great effect. A few bigger sized Grunter and a Brusher of 4 kilos came out in this area.

Bluff €“ There are still a few Kingfish coming out on the Bluff, whilst on Tuesday last week a Bronze Bream of just over 2 kilos was also caught. For those targeting the Brusher, there are still some around but are proving very difficult indeed to land in this rocky area.

Toti/Winkelspruit €“ Somewhat quieter week, mainly due to the bad weather and their unprotected status. Reports are that Doonside had a few Grey Sharks early in the week, yet the Warner Beach River is open and the water is now brown and dirty.

Umkomaas €“ A few Grunter were caught early in the week before the big wind and rain, but due to heavy inland rainfalls, it is very, very dirty with a large amount of debris being washed out into the sea. It might take a few days for this area to settle but keep it in the back of your mind.

Scottburgh €“ This spot, which is known as a Westerly spot, did not fair to well, as the North Easterly was pumping, which resulted in the overflowing river turning this spot virtually unfishable.

Port Shepstone €“ Saturday saw this spot fairly heavily fished due to the annual meet. Fishing very early on Saturday morning at the Sandspit, Craig Blackmore landed a Kob of around 6kgs and local angler Dean, landed a beaut of 19 odd kg€™s. About half a dozen smallish Kob were caught during lunch time on Saturday as well as a lovely Kingfish of about 4 kilos landed by Craig, all on paddle tails. Sadly though on Sunday morning the heavier rain inland caused the majority of the rivers to flow into the sea and a large section of the lower South Coast, now resembles a chocolate milkshake, complete with special seaweed sprinkles.

Transkei €“ Reports received are of good fishing off the deep water points. Hammerhead Sharks and larger Grey Sharks seem to be in abundance. The edible guys also caught a few Kob and the odd Poenskop. This is another area that will be affected with the heavy rainfall from last weekend.

Ski-boat and Paddle-Ski

Before the cold front settled over Durban, there were some good catches reported along the entire KZN coastline. Unfortunately big seas and strong winds saw more Paddlers and Skippers doing maintenance and trace preparations than much real fishing.

North €“ There are still some catches of Yellowfin Tuna up north, with good success on the Kingfisher Rattler lures. There have also been a few Queenfish in and around the Richards Bay area. These fish have fallen to McArthy Drop shots as well as Kingfisher Buck Tail Jigs.


Central €“ The Central area has seen a handful of Snoek, mostly on the smaller size. The Bek and Daga are still around, although not as plentiful and it seems that there are more Sharks in the Central area than in days gone by. The Umgeni River is flowing into the sea at a rapid rate bringing with it debris, so Skippers should be aware if venturing out of submerged logs etc. etc.

South €“ Earlier in the week there were some good catches of Yellowfin Tuna, being caught on Wilddog Stik baits. There were also the odd Snoek being caught near Aliwal. The bottom fishing is also still good with Slinger and Rock Cod being the main two species.

Durban Bay €“ The Umbilo River which extends a fair amount up country is flowing strongly and has flooded the bay with litter and debris, as well as a large amount of fresh water. There were however some Grunter caught near the Centre Bank area whilst the Bat Centre pier produced some big Grunter up until the weather changed.



Fly-fishing €“ With the last weeks€™ really crazy weather, there weren€™t too many hardy souls out there throwing a line. There are sure to be one or two crazies who braved the weather, but we are still waiting to hear. Locally some Bass and Scalies were caught below Inanda Dam in the Umgeni during the foul weather period. Fly€™s used were Top water Flippers for the Bass and Black Flashbacks for the Scalies. Why not put this bad weather spell to good use at your tying bench and try to get your summer pattern stocks up. The good news is that the rains fell in the right places, so the good river beats that might have been closed or unfishable, may now start producing.

Bass €“ It is frog time of the year and the Bass are biting on frog patterns and the Tanaka floating frog is a must for your tackle box. This style of fishing requires heavier tackle and braid of 50 pound and up will do the trick. The frog is cast into very thick cover and hence maximum pulling power is required. It is very exciting top water action fishing, but remember to let the fish turn before setting the hook. It takes some time to perfect but your hook up rate will increase once you have learnt to control your hook set.

Carp €“ The heavy rains that we have had have turned the water off colour and this is not necessarily a bad thing, as this means that the fish are feeding hard and carelessly. There are a lot of natural foods present because of the rain. The fish coming out of spawn will feed hard in order to fatten up. Try and locate active fish and this is easily done in the early morning and late afternoon sessions. The Marukyu Creedance Fruit spice boilies used as freebies and a chopped single boilie has hook bait, can really stand you the chance to get a fish on your unhooking mat.

Tiger-fishing €“ With all this rain the dam level will have definitely raised, bringing with it smaller bait fish which have been washed down. Those in the know would target inlets with smaller live baits or fish early morning with Copper Spoons to target their fish. The clarity should improve shortly and allow other methods of fishing to continue.

Fishy Fact

Fishing has definitely gone to the dogs, in Northern Japan the Ainu people; make use of two teams of dogs to catch their fish. The dogs swim out parallel to each other 200m apart into the water, and on signal begin to swim back towards each other, frightening the fish and forcing them into shallow water. The dogs then catch these fish with their mouths and swim with them to shore, where they are rewarded with fish heads for supper.

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 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.

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