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
Rock and Surf
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.
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 cleanish 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.
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
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
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 kgs. 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
Ski-boat and Paddle-Ski
Before the cold front settled over
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
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
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.
Fly-fishing With the last weeks really crazy weather, there werent 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. Flys 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.
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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.