Sun, sales and Shad are all on the cards for this week. The weatherman will have us believe that we are in for good weather and some bright sunshine, excellent for fishing and early starts at sunrise. The annual Kingfisher sale will be underway and concludes on the 2nd of December.
Shad season is upon us and from the end of this month fishermen can keep the fish of which many are on the bite at the moment. One can expect a lot more fishermen on the rocks looking for these tasty fish for the pot. Light tackle and a spoon can turn the catching of shad into great sport and if you are targeting shad try this as there is no fun using heavy tackle for it.
It would seem that ‘Bronzie’ season comes to an end now but it’s not true, it is only that few fishermen target these species with the shad and some really nice sized bream are around at this time of the year. In the past week reports of a few bronze bream weighing over the 2kg mark have been received.
So the Shad season opens on the 1st of December. Summer fish are here in numbers and good catches have been reported on the whole coast, all looking good.
Rock and Surf
St Lucia/Mapelane Daga, Garrick (late winter specimens) and Grunter being the top fish this week. The Garrick have been caught on live mullet either on slide or as a throw baits. The Grunter were caught on Cracker Shrimp and Redeye belly baits.
Zinkwazi Brown Skates, Grey Sharks and dirty water have been the order of the day. Weed in the water has also made conditions trying for most Anglers. Scratching has still produced some nice Black tail and Stumpnose.
Salt Rock/Ballito The Pulpit at Salt Rock has yielded some Grey Sharks of 5-10 kgs in the late evening. Ballito Tidal Pool has lots of Blue and Brown Skates and Sand Sharks too.
Umhlanga Bonefish, Brusher, and Stumpies have been there for the edible Anglers. A nice 6.8kg Brusher was a wonderful surprise for a local Angler. The non-edible Anglers can also target the Brown Skates in this area.
Virginia Shad are still around although not as plentiful and we hope they will be there come 1 December. Some Skates were also caught here as well.
Blue Lagoon Although there has been no action here due to the construction and lack of parking, a lucky Angler managed to get a nice Garrick last week.
Durban Piers Big Skates with smaller specimens in-between. The juvenile Shad seem to have moved off and only some small Redfish were reported.
Beachfront Very few edible fish, however there have been some Skates and Grey Sharks instead. The incoming tide has proven to be the most productive period.
Bluff Some juvenile Kingfish species like the Black tail and Green spot have been caught on Paddle tails and Minnows. The odd Brusher is still around and the Shad should be there soon.
Toti/Winkel A few Grey Sharks and one lonely Stumpnose were that was reported for this area in the past week.
Umkomaas For inedible Anglers it is the pick of the week, lots of Brown Skates, Honeycombs and Grey Sharks. A lovely Honeycombe of 80 odd kilos was caught by Rob Kyle. A truly lovely fish and even better is that it was caught on a spinning reel.
Scottburgh Very dirty water and debris has kept this area very quiet for the meanwhile. With the water clearing it could produce.
Margate Bronze Bream, Kob and some Shad; the Kob were targeted near the various river mouths in the area.
Transkei Raggies in the dirty water on Bonito slide baits and Black fins lurking in the cleaner water. Big Black tail and nice Bronze Bream have also been around. Paddle tails for Kob in the late afternoon/evenings
Ski-boat and Paddle-Ski
With blustering wind and a really choppy sea both Skippers and Paddlers alike have been chomping at the bit to test their tackle and knots on the fantastic summer species that are now frequenting the local hotspots. With Couta all but gone except by name some Snoek although very shy. Its always worth a try. Some nice tuna have made an appearance a few early summer Dorado and with the water temperature steadily rising during the hotter weather. Hopefully the big bosses will excuse a late arrival at work. Remember the old adage Bright Day Bright Lure Dark Day Dark Lure. Check and double check all your equipment especially guides on rods, for the Paddle-Skiers as a minute crack could lose a trophy fish.
North Cape Vidal has seen some nice Queen fish on artificial on the medium troll. Big Sailies have had Skippers getting stretched on Konas and Juvenile Yellow fin Tuna on Halco Poppers and smaller live baits. Dorado have also made their appearance and are a welcome sign of summer fish. The Kingfisher Onde here has proven a definite hit for these fish.
Central Some sneaky Snoek are still about and well worth putting the time in for. Yellow fin Tuna have also been caught and its definitely time to stock up on Soya Sauce and Wasabi. With the water temp on the rise the Dorado will also make their appearance on the colour lines or deeper water.
South Tuna smash of note. These fish are prolific lower down the coast and many Skippers are fishing heavier tackle. This is in order to boat the fish before the taxman collects. Aliwal Shoal has produced some Dorado and nice size Sailfish as well, the Sailies preferring a faster trolled bait or artificial lure. This is also good for the occasional Wahoo.
Guys here is your reminder for the Christmas classic which will be fished on Saturday, 1st of December. With fantastic prizes and fun for the family it is something not to miss. Some nice Grunter were caught last week near centre bank and Kingfish on Paddle tails, Pearl Olive colour working really well. The tried and trusted Cracker Shrimp still the best bait for bigger Grunter. Remember to use light sinkers and check your knots.
Fly-Fishing Better size fish have been reported in the Midlands area. Most fish fell to the usual summer patterns and a slightly quicker retrieve. A nice Rainbow of 2.8kgs was landed from a private dam.
Bass Crank baits have worked well on Inanda near the river mouth. Smaller fish were targeted on Flukes near structures. Shongweni has also produced some better fish on motor oil and watermelon Dead Ringers.
Carp Smaller fish have now been caught after the spawning session. The majority of the fish will now feed readily and presentation is not as critical. Move onto more natural type flavours as the Barbel are back again. Late evening sessions are your best bet.
Tiger Fishing With warmer water and a lower water level, early mornings are a must fish time. Copper Spoons and smaller live baits doing better than bigger baits. The river inlet is still the best spot.
The Spotted Grunter which occurs in shallow coastal regions can tolerate fresh water. By using a pumping action with its gill chambers these fish blow a jet of water to flush out prey from the sandy bottoms. This is easily seen when their tails are out of the water and hence the word tailing.
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 Southern Africa, fishing in salt and fresh water and will be fishing with The Kingfisher products, reels, rods, lines lures etc. this series will run for three months.
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
Public Holiday 17th Dec, we will be open from 8:00am to 5:00pm.