WEEKLY FISHING REPORT 18TH DECEMBER 2013 December 18, 2013 by The Kingfisher With Christmas less than a week away, Anglers have been forced to fight crowds at the Mall rather than on the beaches. This is not so bad considering that the weather has not been the best and the fish seem to be popping up here and there and disappearing as quickly as they came. There have been mixed bags all along the North and South coast with some good edibles and nice Honeycombs. A reminder to all that The Kingfisher is open throughout December and will only be closed 25, 26 December and 1 January. Rock and Surf Kosi Bay There are still some edibles around but the catch of the week for this area was a Blackfin Shark of just under 80 kilos. This was caught on a Daiwa SL50SH Reel and Poseidon 5 combo on a slide-bait, which was intended for a Kingfish. The fight lasted just over an hour and a half. St Lucia/Cape Vidal There are still some good catches here of edibles, predominantly Shad, and amongst the Shad have been some juvenile Kingfish and a lovely Blue Spot Kingfish was also caught on a McArthy Chartreuse Paddle tail. Richards Bay Bar a few small Grey Sharks on the beach, it would seem that the harbour is the best grounds. There have been Grunter although not plentiful they are beautiful fish of up to 5 kilos. Anglers have used Prawn and Chokka baits as well as Redeye Belly to target these big fish. Zinkwazi With the upcountry visitors here, this is a popular spot and has seen some Shad action in the morning with the odd bigger Grey at night. The youngsters can make use of light tackle to target Wave Garrick and Black tail etc. Umhloti/Ballito There is no substitute for experience and Anglers that watched the wind patterns fished this area with some good results. Grey Sharks of up to 30 kilos and a few Honeycomb Rays as well as the odd big Shad up to 3 kilos. Umhlanga This popular local beach can be somewhat crowded during the festive season. Although, the Lighthouse area can be a good spot, when it is crowded Anglers should be aware when casting that they have a good footing. There have been a few Shad and smaller Grey Sharks as well as a Brown Skate of just over 15 kilos on Tuesday morning. Virginia/Beachwood Although very sporadic some nice size Shad were caught at both of these beaches. These areas are best fished in the early hours of the morning using a whole Mackerel on either a Slide trace or the Saltwater Grey Shark trace. The Shad prefer a bigger bait and will happily take a smaller Shad. Barry Watts fished this area during the week and landed two beautiful Honeycomb Rays. Durban Piers Have been very quiet for this time of year, although this could be due to the large number of bathers which have flocked the beaches. Mid-week action saw some good Grunter, big Shad and some Rays. The early morning sessions have seen one or two Pompano also in the mix. Durban Beachfront Suffering the same fate due to large numbers of bathers, many of the popular spots have been inaccessible. Anglers fishing into the evening when the life guards have left near the hospital – managed to catch a few Grunter, one or two Shad and the odd Pompano. Perhaps try a new spot which is less desirable to those holiday makers wanting a dip. Bluff This spot never seems to fail, and even with the weather not being the best – Andrew Kemp and his son, Liam landed a beautiful Brusher of approximately 4 kilos which was released to fight another day. This was caught on a Stimulator Rod and Daiwa Oceano spinning reel. Liam caught this fish and after giving a good fight his Dad helped him to land it. Toti/Winkelspruit Good catches of smaller size Shad on both beaches. Although the Garrick seems to have disappeared, why not take the head off the Shad and use it to target a Honeycomb or a Shark in order to get your arms stretched? There have also been some good sized Stone Bream near the Winkel pool and this is a great spot for novice/youngsters to hone their skills. Umkomaas Lucky local Lenny who was recently retrenched and took up fishing to try and feed his family landed a lovely Stumpnose of just over 2 kilos. This fish was caught on a Kingfisher Aqua Pak combo using a Sealice on a no.1 Mustad Baitholder hook. This was his fourth outing and he has now become an avid fisherman. The ledges have also produced a few Brown Skates and the odd smaller Sandy up to 15 kilos. Scottburgh/Umdoni Both of these points have had their ups and downs during the week, the weather has not been the best and this has also kept some of the fair weather fishermen away. Fortune favours the brave with some bigger Shad in the early mornings and Grey Sharks with a few Skates at night. Port Shepstone Anglers still targeting the Bronze Bream have started to dig deep into their box of tricks. Flavoured essence has been used on Prawn baits in order to enhance the bites. There have still been some good Shad catches although not on spoons, only on bait. In the Port Edward area, Terry from Tacklenet reports that after the rain and floods fishing there has improved and a lot of Shad are being caught daily, but getting to the rocks early seems to be the answer. Bronze Bream are also biting and the water is a good colour for bigger fish with a Kingfish and Sand Shark on the “lost at the gaff” list. Good news is that some Grunter have been caught at the ‘Mpenjati River mouth and this is a sign that the annual Grunter season although late, should be a good one. Transkei With the recent rains the water at most of the spots is off colour which is ideal for Shark fishing. Greys and Hammers are predominant, whilst the Port St Johns area is still getting some catches of Garrick and big Shad. The Rapala Max Rap lure being put to good use as it casts a long way and is deadly in the water. Ski-boat and Paddle-Ski Some days a diamond, some days a stone sums up the sea conditions for the Paddlers and Skippers. The sea has been topsy turvy and with the tides also having a fair hand in the game some Paddlers took an early morning swim. There have been good catches of big Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado and some Geelbek. The bottom fishing has also improved and with some lucky people being on leave, what could be better? North Zinkwazi, Umhloti and surrounds have produced some big Yellowfin Tuna in the 20 plus kilo mark. There have also been a few Snoek caught on small Rattler lures as well as the traditional Kingfisher Snoek trace. Redeye fillet or Sardine fillet has worked well. Mackerel are also now available and there is nothing better than a Mackerel bait to catch a bigger Couta. Central Those in the know have targeted their favourite spots amongst the ships to catch Dorado. There have been good catches still on the Rattler Poppers as well as Wild Dog Stick baits. There has also been a few Geelbek around and good Reds and Rock Cods for the guys targeting bottoms. Water temperature has dropped a bit and is not the ideal 24ºC temperature. Boats trolling on the 50m mark have done well. South Also working very well, although the Paddlers in this area have taken a bit of a back seat. Feathers and Spoons have been used to target Wahoo. There have also been good catches of Yellowfin Tuna and plenty of small Bonito have been put out to target Couta. Durban Bay The Bay returned to normal after the Christmas Classic and although there have not been lots of fish, some definite quality fish have come out. A nice Grunter of 3.5 kilos was caught near centre bank. The Coaling terminals have produced the odd Pick-handle and Anglers fishing off of the Block have caught a few Shad and smaller sized Grunter. Freshwater Fly-fishing Targeting Scalies in our Natal Rivers is usually done using a 3 to 4 weight fly outfit. Small weighted Nymphs such as Hotspots and Flashbacks used with a Strike indicator system to detect the subtle bite is the best method. Once the hook has set Scalies give a tremendous account of themselves and can be great fun. For those that find Fly Rods intimidating the Laguna 5ft6 Ultra Lite rod with matching 1000 sized reel or the Daiwa D Shock combo is a perfect alternative. Make use of small 2g spinners such as Blue Fox or Dam Effzet. Small StrikePro crank baits about 2cm in length and not deep diving can also get you a good sized Scalie. Carp With rain fall inland now filling into the dams, the water is quite murky and hence visibility is poor. Bait presentations would not be too critical yet flavours/scents would be a must in order to attract fish in these low Vis conditions. Tiger-fishing As with most fresh water systems the rains have upped the dam level and also dropped the temperature slightly. Fish are still quite active especially in the early morning and late afternoon during the cooler periods. Spoons and small live baits fished in channels are working well, so why not take the family up to Jozini for a few days during the holidays. Bass We start to move in to the most favourite fishing time and the waters will be put under a substantial amount of pressure. Most dams after the recent rain falls have turned into the shore Anglers worst nightmare muddy shorelines and unfishable water. Tips to help you through this are: fish deeper into structure and slow your retrieve down; swop less natural baits for more natural presentations e.g. Watermelon Flukes or Brush Hogs; fish longer hours if need be into the dark as Bass will move into the shallows to chase slower moving Prey; use lures which give off a lot of vibrations in order to attract fish. Fishy Fact The Sea Cucumber is not a common table fare, yet this sea creature is quite palatable and can fetch up to $68 a kilo in Canada. The skin is most prized in Chinese medicine and hence the various restrictions into size and catch limits per day. Any info about fish caught or competitions in your area please email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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: 22nd, & 29th. Please note we will be closed on the 25th and 26th of December 2013, as well as on the 1st January 2014.