WEEKLY FISHING REPORT 11TH DECEMBER 2013

Even with the adverse weather conditions, the die-hard Anglers have still managed to get some fish. The barometric pressure did not deviate much and this also kept fish on the bite. Some bigger fish came out in the Transkei whilst local waters also had a mixed bag both north and south. Remember that The Kingfisher is now open on Sundays from 8am through until 1pm and also on the 16th of December.

Rock and Surf

Kosi Bay €“ It seems that Kosi Bay is inundated with what can only be seen as small edibles. The Wave Garrick are still plentiful and now it seems that there also seems to be small Kingfish species on the bite. Non-edible Anglers seems to be faring better as there have been some bigger Sharks quiet happy to take a dead or alive slide-bait. Grunter in the lakes are still going well although not as plentiful as the past weeks.

St Lucia/Cape Vidal €“ Reports are still being received of good Shad catches, especially on Kingfisher spoons. These fish are feeding early in the morning until around 9am depending on the tide. The odd smaller Kob is also coming out at night and there have been some Wave Garrick for Drop shot enthusiasts, especially with the Mcarthy plastics.

Tugela River €“ Only the odd bigger Kob has come out. The water here is definitely off colour and Anglers have started targeting the non-edibles on slide-baits and the odd swim bait.

Richards Bay €“ The beach area is a bit quiet with only some small Shad coming out. Anglers that have access to the Piers have also got a few Grunter, Kingfish and the odd Stumpy. The harbour is fishing quite well, with small Kingfish and the odd Garrick coming out on top water StrikePro Taistick lures and the traditional Grunter Hunters still doing their thing with live Cracker Shrimp.

Zinkwazi €“ Is still not firing on all cylinders, as there have been some catches of Skates and Grey Sharks yet not consistently. Cutlet baits for the non-edible fish are still working and if there are peckers around, why not wrap some Chokka that has been beaten to add some protection.

Umhloti/Ballito €“ Pretty much the same as last week, possibly due to the weather conditions – some small Brown Skates and the odd Grey Shark only. Hopefully with better weather coming the fish will come on the bite again and more action will come out of this area.

Umhlanga €“ Early morning Spinning enthusiasts have put the shiny S-bend spoon to good use. The Shad are generally making size although there are some bigger fish also amongst them. First light is always best as the spoon cannot be perfectly identified as it mimics and injured bait fish in the water. Why not give it a bash and surprise a special someone with Shad supper.

Durban Piers €“ It seems the bigger Shad have chased the smaller Shad away. Although these fish are not plentiful specimens of 5 to 6 kilos have been caught especially in the late evening. Redeye belly or a whole Redeye Sardine has proven very effective. There are still some Grunter around and these have fallen prey to Redeye head as well as Japanese Mackerel fillets.

Durban Beachfront €“ Although a bit hit and miss, Anglers along the beachfront have been surprised at the size Shad coming out. Some of these fish are up to the 6 kilo mark and although as in most cases they are not plentiful they seem to come and go within a short time period, leaving Anglers scratching their heads as to what went wrong. There have also been a few Pompano still, whilst the Stumpnose are few and far between.

Bluff €“ Although there are plenty of Shad still about, this weeks€™ news is of a lovely Brusher of just under 7 kilos that was caught by an Angler targeting non-other than Shad. A Daiwa SL30 reel and Kingfisher Poseidon 13€™ 6€ rod were used to fight this fish and took just over ten minutes to land. Well done to the lucky Angler.

Toti/Winkelspruit €“ How fickle the small Shad can be €“ last week they were at Winkel and this week at Toti. Anglers fishing off Winkel have seen some better Shad although not as big as the ones on the Beachfront. The non-edible Anglers have also got some Greys with the odd Milky also around.

Umkomaas €“ Small shoal Kob have been coming out near the mouth and the majority of these fish are still under the legal size limit. There have also been a few Grunter which have just made size. The ledges have also produced some fish although mainly flat fish such as Brown Skates and one or two Grey Sharks during the week. 

Scottburgh €“ There are still some Shad about, although not as plentiful as last week. Early risers reported some good sightings of bait balls and watched in envy as the Paddle-skiers got into some fish just out of casting range. Late evenings have seen a few non-edibles being a mix of Skates and smaller Grey Sharks.

Port Shepstone €“ Bronze Bream are still coming out although their season seems to be coming to an end. Early risers saw some good Shad action early in the week with a tapering off towards the weekend. Some good catches were made on Sunday morning on the traditional Saltwater Sport Shad trace using a whole Sardine as bait.

Transkei €“ The non-edible Anglers are gearing up as there are still some good sized Hammers and big Grey Sharks coming out. Poenskop a very well-known spot is fishing very well at the moment. The Port St Johns area is still seeing good activity with Garrick and Shad, especially as the sun comes up.  With December holidays now open, why not book a few days in this paradise that is the Eastern Cape.

Ski-boat and Paddle-Ski

Although overcast the wind played its part and the Paddlers and Skippers were able to get out without too much mishap. Some of the Paddlers being caught by €œunseen waves€ got an early morning shower and this got them paddling hard to get warm. North and south is fishing very well, whilst the central area is definitely holding its own.

North €“ Has seen the Dorado turn on in a big way. The Cape Vidal/Mapelane area has seen good catches with a few shoal Couta in-between as well. The Zinkwazi and Zimbali area also saw some catches of shoal Couta and the odd Yellowfin Tuna.

Central €“ Durban has been fishing well with better numbers of Geelbek around and a few Sharks following them, as well as some good Yellowfin Tuna off no.1 and good catches of Dorado. On Saturday morning Tim Strang brought in a Yellowfin Tuna to The Kingfisher to be weighed which he caught off his Jet-ski. This beautiful fish tipped the scales at 23.3kgs. Well Done Tim. Not to be outdone Jessie Schubach got up early on Sunday morning and caught a lovely Dorado of 16 kgs, this feisty fish fought for over half an hour on light tackle and fell victim to the Rattler blue and red Popper.

 

South €“ Shelley beach has been producing good numbers of Tuna and better sizes in the 12 to 15 kilo range. Two Marlin were also caught there last week in-between the Tuna. Port Edward has seen some good sized Yellowtail as well as smaller shoal Couta.

Durban Bay €“ This weekend saw the annual Christmas Classic Bay competition and well done to all the competitors. The winning fish was a 4.7kg Grunter and the lucky Angler walked away with a fantastic boat. This event was well attended with lots of boat and bank Anglers. Although there was no wind, the overcast conditions made fishing tough. During the week some smaller Kingfish were caught on Kingfisher Pro Jet Spoons as well as the odd Springer.


Freshwater

 

Fly-fishing €“ At this time of year, try searching through your fly box for your favourite Minnow pattern. The Trout dams in the Berg are currently full of Minnows and the Trout gorge themselves on these high protein food sources. Examine the fish closely when they jump or when hooked as they regurgitate what they have eaten and you can clearly see half a dozen or so Minnows floating on the water. Some of these can be up to 6 cm€™s.

Carp €“ This is the ideal time of year to get out to your favourite dam. All the local dams have good stock of Carp and if you are spending the night at one of the resorts it is the ideal time as Carp are more active at night. The Kingfisher sells a starter Carp rod and reel combo at a really good price €“ so getting started does not break the bank. There are also ready-made traces as well as all the baits you need and do not need freezing like most other baits. Try starting to use sweeter scents as they are more productive like Almond and Banana.

Tiger-fishing €“ It seems as there are definitely a good number of people that read the fishing report. Anglers that have tried the new Rattlers have had some good successes. The deeper diving lures proving excellent for deep channels and top water against the banks. The good old Sardine fillet cottoned onto the back hook is making these lures even more deadly.

Bass €“ Watermelon red-fleck and June bug junior flukes take the top honours for last week. Most of the local dams saw some fish ranging from 1 to 2 kilos all being caught on these lures. The colder weather kept fish in the shallows. Local Anglers have said that top water baits worked very well in the early morning and during the day the flukes could not be beaten.


Fishy Fact

The Yellowtail aka Yellowtail Amberjack is part of the Kingfish, Garrick and Pompano family. This schooling pelagic fish is very nomadic and falls second on the list as the most caught line fish. They are very strong fighters and occur usually in warm subtropical waters. Their migration is very erratic and this helps to prevent overfishing.

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 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 Kingfisher€™s 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: 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.