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.
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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?
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 bite 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.
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
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.
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
Fly-fishing With lots of fish being caught despite the low pressure coming through. Across the
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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 dont get tired and an excellent fight for these excellent fish.
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.
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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
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
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.