WEEKLY FISHING REPORT 13TH NOVEMBER 2013

Snoek: We will catch them at Blue Lagoon; we will catch them at Beachwood and will find them at Virginia too. The Spinning enthusiasts had some great fun during the last week, where Snoek came close into shore. Anglers made good use of the Kingfisher Pro Jet Spoons with 9ft and 10ft Rods with 3000 and 4000 size reels, fitted with braid. Most of the fish which were caught from the beach were in the 1.5 to 2 kilo range.

Rock and Surf

Kosibay €“ Fishing has improved here with more of the summer species coming out. Sand Sharks, Honeycomb Rays and Black fin Sharks were all on the list for the non-edible Anglers. The edible Anglers were happy to use McArthy Drop shots to target the smaller Kingfish.

 

St Lucia/Cape Vidal €“ The odd Stumpnose is still coming out as well as some smaller Honeycomb Rays. With the Shad season being closed, these fish have become somewhat of a nuisance as they will readily take any bait and are biting the edible Anglers off frequently.

Richards Bay €“ Here too the Milk Sharks or Milkies as they are known, have also become a pest as they will often devour bigger Slide baits just due to their sheer numbers.  Anglers are still getting the odd small Kob, but also suffering the same pesky Shad problem.

Zinkwazi €“ Saw some good action later in the week, from Wednesday onwards, with some Grey Sharks and the odd small Skate. This is an area that can only improve and of late has been fishing very well on the turning tide.

Umhloti/Ballito €“ Both areas are somewhat quiet, although at Ballito there was the odd Grey Shark that came out in the late afternoon sessions.

Umhlanga €“ Another spot which is unusually quiet for this time of the year, with only a handful of Grey Sharks coming out in the evenings. The Saltwater Sport Bite Trace with Redeye cutlet and Chokka proving to be excellent bait.

Beachwood/Virginia €“ Both of these areas also produced a fair amount of Snoek. The best areas are to look for holes and a good pair of Snowbee Polarised Sunglasses can help you to see where fish are actively chasing bait fish and give you a good zone in which to throw your spoon.

Blue Lagoon €“ The North Bank side saw lots of activity with Anglers using the Daiwa Exceler Saltwater Rod as well as the Exceler 4000 Reels, topped up with 20lb Triple Fish Gator braid. These outfits allowed the Spinning fundi€™s€™ to throw Bullet Spoons a long way to enable them with a fast retrieve to catch Snoek. For novices trying this technique, take note that Snoek have soft mouths so you need to be a bit gentler when pulling this fish in the shore break.

Durban Piers €“ There are still a few Grunter to be had along the beaches, with the odd smaller Stumpy also coming out. Anglers fishing off the pier have also tried their luck with Drop shotting and Spinning for Snoek which can be seen just on the backline.

Durban Beachfront €“ There have been a few Skates coming out, whilst the predominately South Easterly winds seem to have chased the fish away. Late evening sessions have seen a few Grey Sharks although the peckers seem to get to any bait before its intended target.

Bluff €“ With cleaner water and a much cleaner beach, Anglers have once again begun fishing here. Mixed luck as some sessions in the morning have produced the odd Kingfish, whilst a late afternoon session has seen the odd Grey Shark come out. 

Toti/Winkelspruit €“ Some sat staring, whilst others tried to fish. These have been unusually quiet conditions for this time of year. Winkelspruit has had a few small Grey Sharks whilst Toti saw less fish, although a lovely Sand Shark of just over 25 kilos was caught on Wednesday evening.

Umkomaas €“ Guys are still getting the odd Kob in the late evening and into the night. The ledges have also produced some small Lessers as well as some Brown Skates. This is definitely an area to keep an eye on as it often produces good fish in the summer months.

Scottburgh €“ Still one of the few places where lucky Anglers have managed to catch a Garrick or two.  More prominent have been the Brown Skates and Grey Sharks up to 10 kilos.

Port Shepstone €“ Another area where the water has cleaned up nicely and with the weather playing ball some good catches of Kob and better sized Grunter were reported. Chokka baits seem to have been the best for targeting these fish.

Lower South Coast €“ Majority of the beaches down south are still seeing some good action on light tackle in the form of Bronze Bream and Stone Bream. There have also been a few Blue Rays amongst these fish.             

 

In just a couple of weeks, Shad season will be open again and many more fishermen will be seen on the rocks during the early mornings. Shad fishing does bring more fishermen out and one could say that the bulk of fishermen are there for the Shad. In the meantime, Bronze Bream fishing has yielded a number of good sized fish and people targeting this species have seldom gone home empty handed.

 

Calm seas have enabled fishermen to wade out to open reefs during low tides and it’s these spots where the catch rate of Bronze Bream is always higher. Catches of Brusher  are also very possible and it’s always a huge surprise when one of these “gladiators” attaches itself to the line of an unsuspecting angler using light tackle targeting Bream.

 

On the weekend Port Edward was a hive of activity with Bass fishermen taking part in the annual Bass Classic. A number of good sized fish were caught including one of 4,1 kg’s. Thanks Terry Nel for this info.

 

Transkei €“ Unlike KZN the Eastern Cape is still fair game for Shad and some good sized fish have been caught at most of the popular spots. There are still Kob to be caught at PSJ, whilst the non-edible Anglers can have good fun with bigger Grey Sharks at Brazen Head and Hole in the Wall.

Ski-boat and Paddle-Ski

It seems that both Paddlers and Skippers prayers were answered as the wind and rain finally let up and allowed them to launch. Top target species was obviously the Snoek and although great fun to catch, a number of Paddlers took a tumble and some Ski-boats also had some close calls. Guys please be careful when targeting these fish, especially in the shallows as waves can creep up and ruin a fishing trip.

North €“ The upper North Coast has seen some Sail fish coming out. These fish eating mainly live baits such as Mozzies and Mackerel. The odd Sail fish has also been caught on smaller konas and Rapalas, whilst the Kingfisher Rattlers are also holding their own. There have also been a few Dorado although the water temperature is still a little bit low and needs to come up a little bit. All of this did not stop well-known Angler Mark de la Hay catching a beautiful 450lb Blue Marlin.

Central €“ Virginia, Beachwood, Blue Lagoon/Umgeni area has been a hive of activity from Wednesday onwards with good numbers of Snoek coming out. Although these fish range from between 1 to 4 kilos, the majority of them were the perfect pan size. They are a perfect meal for 2 when filleted and served with crispy chips and a salad. There are still the odd Daga and Geelbek coming out at the deep with only reports of a handful of Tuna on the bait marks.

South €“ Like the central area, there are still some Daga and with more Mackerel being available down south this has been the go to bait. Reports are that there are still some good Kingfish on the wrecks being caught on live bait as well as Jigs.  There have also been good catches of Redeye.

Durban Bay €“ The Bay has cleaned up nicely and there are still some good catches of bigger Grunter in the 5 plus kilo range. There has also been some Springer activity around the Coaling Shed. Anglers from the side have also managed to land the odd bigger Grunter and small Spoons and Drop shots have worked well for juvenile Kingfish. Don€™t forget the Christmas Bay Classic which is coming up on the 7th of December, entry forms are available at most reputable tackle shops.


Freshwater

 

Fly-fishing €“ The Sterkfontein season is upon us and the fish are definitely starting to show. A few parties that have been up have reported lots of fish seen. One party reported seeing huge Large Mouth Yellows cruising along the dam wall opposite the launch site. Brown Nymphs (Flashback) and GRHE in black and brown seem to be the most productive. The dry flied patterns do not seem to be working as well just yet. As always with Sterkfontein, fly choices and patterns can change within the session and from day to day. In the Midlands the Trout are very active with reports from all over the Berg confirming the summer patterns are in full swing – most predominately Streamers, Woolley Buggers, Dragons and Damsels.

Carp €“ Carp fishing has really improved with lots of fish being caught, although none of the real big fish as yet. Stronger scents and more ground feed seem to be the option for Midmar whilst Shongweni and Inanda have seen the fruity scents working very well indeed.

Tiger-fishing €“ Reports are that the dam is quiet full and the fish are feeding very well on live baits and Copper Spoons. The river inlets have seen a lot more activity of late and the good old Sardine strip on a Spoon is one of the easiest ways to catch better sized Tiger fish.

Bass €“ Basing has been the flavour of the week for most local Anglers. Most of the dams have produced good fish, whilst Inanda and Albert Falls come out on top. Bigger fish have been caught on Top Water Patterns such as Zara Spooks and StrikePro Thai Sticks. Due to the presence of bait fish, frequenting the shallows the Jerk baits come a close second to top water lures. Don€™t forget that Spinner baits will still work well for the next month or so.


Fishy Fact

In South America when there is a shortage of food some of the local inhabitants make use of specialised plants to €œpoison€ a stretch of water to catch fish. The juices from the plants reduce the amount of oxygen in the water which causes the fish to become dizzy, and they are easily caught by hand. The effect on the water is short lived and very soon normality returns.

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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