With good weather and the sea in a better condition a lot more anglers have been at the beach. The recent KZNCAU annual meet was won by Leviathions so well done guys. The usual summer suspects are around in the form of Kingfish species, Brown skates and Sand Sharks.
Richards bay Spinners / milkies have been very prolific and great sport on lighter tackle. The
Zinkwazi / Blythedale Grey Sharks 5 10kgs on throw baits. Brown Skates on small Choka combo baits.
Ballito Some nice size Grey Sharks in the late afternoon although the Shad can be a pest. Some Honeycomb skates were also caught last week.
Durban & Piers Some Stump nose and the odd big flatfish has had some anglers scratching their heads.
Beachfront Small Shad and the odd Grey Shark with some Brown Skates in the mix.
Bluff Some Brusher are still lurking here, although dwindling away. Various Kingfish species predominantly Yellow spot or Black tip Kingfish.
Isipingo Ledges lots of big Shad are still around and remember season opens 01st December. A nice Brusher of just over 6kgs was also caught here.
Toti A kob of 11kgs was caught and a few small Kingfish on artificial lures.
Warner beach Some small Grey Sharks on Red Eye belly and lots of small Shad in the early morning on spoons.
Umkomaas Brown Skates, Kingfish and some nice size Grunter. Sea lice were the Grunters preferred choice with Red eyes accounting for the rest.
Scottborugh The usual Bone fish, Kingfish, Brown Skates and Juvenile. G.T.s made this my pick of the week. Definitely a place to keep in mind for the next trip.
Pennington Big Bonefish, big Stumpies, Spinner and Brown Skates were all on the menu. This spot has really come alive and can only get better in the weeks to come.
Port Shepstone – Garrick and Bronze Bream seem to be camped in this area. The smaller hooks like Mustad big gun # 4 really working well for the Bronze Bream.
Garrick on live baits such as Black tail and Karanteen.
Port Edward Bronze Bream are on the bite again and are being found in most of the gullies around the Port Edward area and towards the end of last week visitors to the town found Shad and made off with some of the still illegal catch. Estuary fishing is still quiet and expectations are high as the dirty water has held back the movement of seasonal game fish into the estuaries so far. A clever move would be to target Kingfish in the surf around the estuaries as these fish will be lingering there to move in as soon as the water is clearer. Thanks to Terry Nel from Tacklenet for this report.
Ski boat and Paddle Ski A reminder about the Christmas Classic bay competition on the 1st December. With a lovely boat and double cab up for grabs make sure you enter. Conditions have improved and a lot more skippers and paddlers have been able to launch. Some nice fish being caught at most of the regular spots.
North Some Couta have started making an appearance on live baits mainly. Some Bonnies are also being caught on the Daisy chains.
Central odd Dorado and a smattering of Snoek have got the guys up early to target them. There are still some nice Daga and Geelbek although they seem to be quieting down now.
South Shelly Beach especially has produced some nice Yellow fin Tuna mainly on the Kingfisher Rattler range of lures. Mackeral and Red eye seem to be more plentiful than central and northern areas.
Fresh water Tiger fishing: Jozini is still producing some nice fish. Bait is still more predominant. December will see the Bream start to come on the bite so something to look forward to.
Bass Albert falls has had the bigger specimens caught on flukes. The large amount of bait fish in the water has made the flukes and Crank baits the lures to use.
Fly fishing A bit quiet at the moment due to winds constantly changing. For those putting the time in some fish have been caught during the lulls. The summer patterns like dragons, damsels, hamils and wooly buggers are the best. Rivers have been quiet due to electrical storms.
Carp The fish are currently spawning so musky type scents are your best bet. Best area where fish will be laying. Brighter is better when it comes to baits.
Fishy facts The Dorado or Dolphin (aka Mahe Mahe) is a wide ranging pelagic species. These brightly coloured fish unlike other species usually appear in pairs with the male being referred to as a bull and the female as a cow. These fine Game fish make exceedingly good eating.
Dont forget to watch the action packed fishing shows on TV. These shows feature both saltwater and freshwater fishing and are aired on Super Sport 6 as well as on Kyknet.
ASFN Season 2 started broadcasting on the 19th of November 2012 on Super Sport 6. They will remain on a Monday night spot for our viewers convenience but will now be a half hour show.
“Hier Gaan Ons Alweer” is on Monday evenings on Kyknet, channel 144 at 21:30, there will also be six rebroadcasts during the week. Hier Gaan Ons Alweer will also be featured in “Stywe Lyne magazine, they are doing a series of articles on this fishing series. Petri and his team fish all over
Any info about fishing, fish caught or competitions in your area please send to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 031- 368 4007, attention, Mike. For the latest KZN fishing news presented by O.J., tune into East Coast Radio at 5.40am Monday – Friday.
The Kingfishers Festive trading hours are:
Mon-Fri 8:00am 5:00pm
Sat 8:00am 1:00pm
Sundays: Dec 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th, we will be open from 8:00am to 1:00pm