WEEKLY FISHING REPORT 27TH NOVEMBER 2013 November 27, 2013 by The Kingfisher This past weekend saw the KZNCAU fish this Postal Annual Meet, the event was well attended, even though the conditions werent the best. Congratulations to Megaladon who ended up winning as well as to all the Prize winners. The typical summer species are coming out in better numbers with a lot more Honeycombs, Brown Skates and juvenile Hammerhead Sharks. The Kingfisher will now be open on Sundays throughout the December trading period as well as Public Holidays and will only closed for business on the 25 and 26 December and 1 January 2014. Rock and Surf Kosibay Should have a name change like most of the roads to 3-Spot as this seems to be the only species in numbers in this region. A few Bonefish and the odd small Kingfish have been caught amongst the large amounts of 3-Spot Pompano. St Lucia/Cape Vidal Anglers here are still getting smaller edibles, especially on the 1.0 Mustad Big Gun hooks using Chokka and Prawn combos. There have been some nice banks with good rolling water and Anglers have made good use of these hunting grounds to target the fish. Richards Bay Small Milk Sharks, a few Hammerhead Sharks and although a week early for the open season Shad have been on the bite. Anglers cant wait for the 1 December opening as a fresh live Shad on a Saltwater Slide Trace is like an appetiser for a bigger Skate or Shark. Zinkwazi With better weather but much cleaner water, locals still persisted at their favourite spots with only some smaller Greys and the odd Brown Skate coming out. A local Angler using a double Sea lice bait managed to land a Stumpnose of just over 3 kilos in early hours of Tuesday morning. This was followed up by another Angler catching a Pompano of just over 2 kilos on a Mustad bait holder size 1 hook. Umhloti/Ballito This stretch is still a bit on the quiet side with only some Browns and the odd Grey. Generally later in December this area will pick up in time for our Up-country visitors to also get their fair share of fish at the coast. Umhlanga Anglers fishing in the Bay to the right of the Lighthouse have reported some Pompano in the early morning caught mainly on Sea lice. The non-edible Anglers fishing off the rocks by the Lighthouse have had some juvenile Sand Sharks or Lesser Sand Sharks with the odd Grey Shark of up to 5 kilos. Beachwood/Virginia This section of beachfront was unusually busy with a lot more Anglers due to Pompano activity. Although the fish seem to be here today and gone tomorrow, there were some good catches of Brown Skates with local Angler Richard Shaw catching 5 smaller specimens on Saturday morning. Durban Piers Are fishing very well indeed. There seems to be better sized Grunter and Pompano although the smaller Brown Skates have really started to become a pest as they will eat any bait. Durban Beachfront Also reports of good Grunter and Pompano, especially when Anglers have fished on the banks or in troughs before the banks where water is churning. Amongst these fish as per usual have been some big Shad and these have been released. Bluff Also seeing some Pompano activity which is typical for this time of the year. There are still some Kingfish around for those that wish to try their luck at live baits. Toti/Winkelspruit Toti saw some activity late during the week with some Stumpnose and big Blacktail being caught on the bay side of Inyoni Rocks. Winkelspruit is still quiet although there have been unconfirmed reports of a large Sand Shark being caught on the left of the swimming pool. Lucky local Angler Michael Rodgers from The Kingfisher caught a lovely Shad on spoon of just over 4 kilos which was released, but a lovely catch indeed. Umkomaas Anglers up the beach from the mouth have been getting some better sized Grunter and the odd Pompano as well. The river mouth section seems to have a lot of small Skates and the ledges on the far right have produced their fair share of Brown Skates as well. In between these fish some small Sand Sharks and bigger Honeycombs have also come out. Scottburgh A very quiet spot indeed with only a handful of Blue Rays and the odd Brown Skate coming out during the last week. Hopefully with better weather the spinning enthusiasts can start spinning smartly for Snoek in the early mornings off this deep water point. Port Shepstone Believe it or not, last week saw the odd Garrick coming out on plugs and bigger Kingfisher V-Spoons, and there have also been some good catches of Bronze Bream in this area. Transkei Port St Johns is once again in the headlines although not for Kob this time. Last week saw a bumper Garrick season. Strangely none of the Garrick wanted any form of live bait, plugs and spoons were the order of the day with many Anglers praying for a pick-up on their live bait as their lighter spinning tackle was left back home in sunny Durban. McArthy Paddle tails were also working a treat especially the Chrystella colour. Ski-boat and Paddle-Ski With Saturday and Sunday morning allowing the early risers to get their Paddles in and motors warmed up, Paddlers and Skippers took full advantage. Those lucky enough to get out during the week had mixed successes with the better weather Anglers getting more fish over the weekend. The mixed bag made up of fish from Yellowfin Tuna, to Sailies and the odd Dorado all filling up the hatches. North The North Coast has seen some good Dorado action and this is positive sign that summer is here. Cape Vidal has consistently had good catches of game fish over the past 3 weeks. A couple of Sail fish have also been caught north, mainly on Maasbunker and Mackerel live baits on a slow troll. Central This weekend saw some good catches of Yellowfin Tuna in the Durban area. The Kingfisher Rattler 150 size in pink doing exceptionally well and on one boat out fished most other lures being trolled. There are still good reports of Geelbek and Daga being caught on the deeper wrecks at night. South Wahoo still seem to be plentiful in the Aliwal area as well as Protea banks. It seems that further down south there have been better catches of Mackerel and big Redeye Sardines. Skippers have also had good catches of Yellowfin Tuna with good bottom fishing as well. Durban Bay Reports received were of lots of Kingfish activity, whilst the odd Springer has also been caught on surface lures. Grunter is still falling foul to Cracker Shrimps or Mud Prawn. Torpedo Scads have also been caught on spoon while Anglers fishing at night with a glow stick are catching some Walla-Walla. Freshwater Fly-fishing Saltwater fly steps up to the plate this week with nice catches coming from the harbour. Big eye Kingfish have been caught around the Bat Centre area, as well as small Needle-scale Queen fish. Centre Bank has seen fly-fisherman on boats getting some good size Springer and a couple of 3-5 kg Garrick. Springer were snapping Charteuse and Pink Clousers and the Garrick preferred Flippers. The Freshwater scene is still going well with Trout eating the summer patterns, e.g. Dragons, Damsels and Woolley Buggers eagerly. Carp are also on the surface at both Inanda and Albert Falls so target these fish and remember Catch and Release. Carp Albert Falls has been fishing really well, although smaller specimens in the 1 to 2 kg range. Honey seems to be the favourite essence at the moment. Shongweni Dam has seen guys complaining about a lot of Barbel with a few good size fish also coming out. Tiger-fishing With the temperature rising, many Anglers will now start fishing early morning and late afternoon sessions to get out of the mid-day heat. Be sure to take a large brim hat and good quality sunscreen like Techniblok especially for the warmer summer months. Some good catches of fish were reported. Most of the fish in the 1 to 2 kilo range on spoons whilst bigger specimens in the 2 plus kilo range coming out on fillets and small like baits. Bass Anglers that were up early on Sunday morning caught some decent size Bass over the 2kg mark. It just proves that the early bird catches the worm, as the windy conditions later in the day made fishing nearly impossible. Newly tested Kevin van Dam bait holder hooks from Mustad proved to be a roaring success. These hooks are a heavy structure weightless fishermans best friend. An extra thick shank for strength and super shark edge prove excellent on hook sets. Fishy Fact-The Honeycombe Ray or Marble or Leopard Ray is found from the Cape right through to Mozambique. This fish has a small mouth and favours Sardines and Mackerel. To target these species ensure a smaller hook as their favourite method is to swallow the bait and swim off. Typically one feels just a heavy downward pressure as the fish swims off with the bait, although knocks can be felt if the wings touch your line. Be prepared for a long fight as these fish do not give up easily. Any info about fish caught or competitions in your area please email to email@example.com 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 is taking a well-deserved break and will be back on the 13th January 2014. 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. Our December trading hours are 08:00 13:00 for the following Sundays: 1st, 8th, 15th 22nd, & 29th. On Monday the 16th of December we will be open from 08:00 to 13:00. Please note we will be closed on the 25th and 26th of December 2013, as well as on the 1st January 2014. 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