WEEKLY FISHING REPORT 6TH NOVEMBER 2013

As we all know, when the rains come, the waters change colour and it also brings with it a lot of debris. Many of the popular spots have been rendered unfishable due to large amounts of Seaweed, Reeds and litter that is still in the water after the big rains. The water colour has however started to show some good colour and the warmer summer days can only mean great fishing. There have been a few Sand Sharks and summer species coming out during the week at spots that were fishable.

Rock and Surf

Kosi Bay €“ Anglers are still targeting the smaller edibles as the rough seas and large amounts of rainfall have affected this area. The smaller McArthy Paddle tails fished in shallow troughs on very light outfits have got their fair number of 3 spot Pompano or Wave Garrick.

St Lucia/Cape Vidal €“ Due to a large thunder storm in this area and hence a low barometric reading there were very few fish that were caught and conditions should improve over the weeks leading up to the school holidays, perhaps a good summer holiday destination?

Richards Bay €“ Although there has been dirty water due to rain and the rivers flowing into the Bay area, this has not stopped a large amount of Spinner Sharks and Salad fish being caught in the early morning and late afternoon sessions.

Zinkwazi €“ Definite pick of the week as this spot was on fire. A lot of Grey Sharks, some of them up to 20+ kilos. More prevalent were the smaller Greys in the 5 to 10 kilo range. Anglers using 2.0 and 4.0 Mustad Big Gun hooks also caught some Brown Skates that were in the area.

Umhloti/Ballito €“ Both of these areas also had their fair share of Greys, Browns and few Sand Sharks as well. These fish being caught mainly on throw bait traces using a €œbite trace€, which consists of a short piece of steel wire, connected to heavy duty Kingfisher leader line. The Poseidon 3 Medium Rod and Windcast Z5500 Reel packed with 48 pound Gator braid is an ideal combination to target the smaller Skates and Sharks.

Umhlanga €“ Like most spots, due to the off colour water, there have still been some Greys here; although reports received have been that there is plenty of weed in the water. A lonely Stumpnose was also caught early on Wednesday morning, just on sunrise.

Blue Lagoon €“ North Bank of Blue Lagoon has seen the odd bigger Grunter come out, caught mainly on Redeye head or cutlet baits. Tuesday evening there were a small shoal of Brown Skates which kept the guys busy for an hour or two until they went into deeper water.

Durban Piers €“ Grunter up to 4 kilos have been caught off the piers, weather permitting. The main complaint is plenty of small Greys and the odd Spinner Sharks biting off Anglers targeting edibles and not using a wire trace. So if you are happy to take on anything put a wire trace on just in case.

Durban Beachfront €“ Has seen some good action even though the weather has not been fantastic – Blue and Brown Skates as well as the odd Grunter having been caught on Seal ice in the late afternoons. Local Angler Barry Watt landed a beautiful 28 kilo Sand Shark on a throw bait earlier in the week.

Bluff €“ This area was somewhat badly affected and although the water has a nice colour, there is plenty of weed, branches and reeds floating in the water. The big seas that came through over the weekend, washed a large amount of this onto the beach, yet there is still plenty of debris in the water. Perhaps give it a few days and try again next week.

Toti/Winkelspruit €“ Bar the few Grey Sharks caught earlier in the week, not many fish came out, possibly due to the large amount of debris in the water, thanks to the Warner Beach and Toti Rivers. This is another spot which could pick up during summer, so don€™t scratch it off the list just yet.

Umkomaas €“ The river mouth saw some action on Monday night, with a handful of bigger Grunter being caught just after dark. There are still some small Kob and some Brown Skates as well. The ledges was fishing well but now also has a lot of debris in the water and strewn across the rocks.

Scottburgh €“ Has reported the typical summer fish in the form of Sandies, Blues and Grey Sharks – a pleasant change from last weeks€™ unfishable status. This is definitely a spot to watch in the coming weeks, especially for Sandies and bigger Skates.

Port Shepstone €“ During the week some of the local Anglers managed to land the odd Kob and reported that the going was really tough. Dirty water and lots of seaweed, meant that baits often got dragged. A few smaller Grunter were also caught, although juvenile fish, weighing up to approximately a kilo.

Port Edward – For the past few days, the sea has been very fishable and the results of the bad weather we have had are gone, leaving water of a good colour for the season of our summer fish. Reports of Grey Sharks and big pulls in the area are promising and we can expect some good sport fishing as is the mode for this time of the year. Sand Sharks, Rays and other big Sharks should be coming on the bite now and the water colour is ideal.

 

With more turbulence and white water around the reef areas, Bronze Bream  catches are common and options are open to the many other species of reef fish. Crayfish season is now closed till the end of February so there should be far less torches operating late at night in the rocky areas during low tides. The estuary at the Mtamvuna is also looking good and with the mouth wide open at the moment fish movement in and out of the river also opens possibilities of excellent fishing there. Thanks Terry Nel from Tacklenet for this report.

 

Transkei €“ One of the few areas not too badly affected and still is producing some good fish. The odd Kob and Bronze Bream have still been coming out, with some of the deeper bays producing a Mussel Cracker or two. The deep water points are still seeing various species of Sharks and looks like it is going to be a slamming summer session in the Transkei.

Ski-boat and Paddle-Ski

Due to the unsettled seas and big waves over the weekend, not much fishing was permitted. On the few occasions that Anglers could get out, the Skippers landed more fish than the Paddlers. To this end summer has definitely arrived as hushed reports of a few Dorado coming out in the deep and plenty more shoal Couta have been around.

North €“ The Richards Bay/Sodwana area has had good catches of Marlin and a few Dorado as well. So maybe these areas are a possible summer holiday destination for the Ski-boaters. There are also a good number of Marlin competitions coming up in this area in the next two months. 

Central €“ A few good Dorado, some Tuna and shoal Couta have been around. Anglers fishing the deep are still getting some Geelbek, although the Sharks are still a problem. Paddlers in the Zinkwazi area have also started to catch Couta in the 4+ kilo range.

 

South €“ Reports received were of good Yellowfin Tuna in the Shelley Beach area, when conditions have allowed. There has also been Yellowtail (Albacore) also coming out on the South Coast. Summer means Wahoo time, and with a few Bonnies about why not pin one and catch one of the fastest fish in the sea?

Durban Bay €“ With the large amount of fresh water that came in with the recent rains, came a lot of plastic packets, bottles etc etc. The fishing has still been fairly good with some nice sized Grunter near centre bank. There are also still a large number of Skates, which are giving light tackle Anglers a good run for their money. Summer means we can look forward to Springers and better catches of Game fish so make sure your tackle is ready and prepared for the better weather that is coming.


Freshwater

 

Fly-fishing €“ With lots of fish being caught despite the low pressure coming through. Across the Midlands, the reports were that a lot of smaller fish or Stockies were caught, as the bigger fish were probably being put down due to the lower pressure. The summer patterns such as Dragons, Damsels, Hamels and Mrs Simpsons seem to be the flies of choice. Some nice Bass were caught in the river above Inanda Dam using Clouser Minnows and Flippers in the early morning. The flying Ant activity has brought Carp to the surface at both Inanda and Alberts so we can expect some exciting fishing soon.

Carp €“ Hot and lovely! And I€™m not talking about the tanned bodies in Bikini€™s. I am talking about the summer weather and the good rainfalls. This has led to some good fishing with Albert Falls keeping conventional Anglers busy with more persistent bites on the bank. Inanda dam has had specimen Anglers smiling with fish in the 9 to 12 kilo range, fish favouring Tiga-nuts and particle baits.

Tiger-fishing €“ Jozini dam is on fire with good reports of excellent catches. Some of the specimens have tipped the scales at over 5 kilos. These fish were subsequently released. Choice of bait has varied between Sardine, live small Bream, as well as Chicken livers. The StrikePro Top water range of lures such as Tiestick and Gobi Poppers have been used to good effect as well.

For those not in the know, our local waters have seen Bream getting much more aggressive in the warmer weather prior to breeding. Small Crank Baits are readily eaten and a good sized Red breasted Tilapia can be fantastic fun on really light spinning tackle. The Laguna 5€™ 6€ Rod and Laguna 2000 Reel, fitted with light line, ensures light weight tackle so that you don€™t get tired and an excellent fight for these excellent fish.

Fishy Fact

Talk about the most unconventional live bait. North African fisherman, who make use of Ramora fish (which can grow to 50 cm) which they bind by the tail and release them back into deeper water. The Ramoras will then suction onto bigger fish or Sea Turtles enabling the Anglers to gently pull their Ramora and its host into shallower water to catch them.

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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