For the majority of anglers in and around Natal, fishing has been an absolute dream this past week. With sea conditions favourable and the wind playing its part, fishing really has picked up and ended many an anglers drought.
Rock ‘n Surf:
Kosi Bay / Mapelane: Most of our north coast anglers had fun with a few Sharks and Flat fish. Sandys and Blackfin Sharks being at the top of the list, mostly caught on the Slide and the odd Sandy on throw baits. Mapelane and surrounding areas have seen good catches of larger edibles such as Stumpnose and Pompano.
The perfect bait for these flat fish would be a juicy bloody bait such as a double cutlet of Shad or Mackerel, a whole Red Eye turned inside-out, or even a Shad head. The bloodier the better. One can even dip the bait in “Kingfisher Anchovy Mix” to add a nice oily, bloody finish to ordinary chokka baits or prawn baits. This trick works extremely well in conditions that don’t allow for good visibility, such as dirty water and fishing at night. For even better results, add glass rattles to your baits, this works extremely well for species such as Kob and Brusher.
Richards Bay: At this time of year Richards Bay generally fishes very well but up until last week we had not experienced what is expected of this beautiful fishing ground. This all changed overnight as excellent catches from North and South of Richards Bay were coming out every day. Blackfin Sharks, Sand Sharks, Brown Rays, Daimond Rays, Honeycomb Rays and many edibles were on the menu and the locals took full advantage of this.
In these fishing conditions it is difficult to target a specific species of fish due to the fact that most of the fish in the area being fished are opportunists and will eat almost anything that presents itself. Stumpies will take a chokka baits that are intended for Sandys, and Sea lice that are intended for Stumpies may be eaten by Pompano. This is what makes fishing in these areas so interesting, as one never knows what is going to be caught.
Zinkwazi: Fishing in this area is heating up by the day, with many catches of edibles and inedibles from not only the sea side, but also the lagoon. This is a great area to target Kingfish and Springer on fly and small artificials on the sea side, reports of Sand Sharks, Daimonds, Bonefish and Grey Sharks have not stopped coming in and one can only hope to get a few days off work to go have some fun in this area! Not only is Zinkwazi a great fishing destination this time of the year, but it is also a great area to visit for a holiday, so why not take the family for a bit of time to relax and have some exceptional fishing thrown in.
Umhloti / Umhlanga: One thing is for sure… Umhlanga has not seen fishing this good in months. Countless Sand Sharks of all sizes on throw baits and slide baits, Diamond rays , Brown rays, Grey Sharks, Blackfin Sharks, Stumpies, many other big edibles including a handful of Kob! Lighthouse has been fishing incredibly well but to avoid crowds, don’t be scared to venture further south. This has produced a bigger fish on many occasions. Umhloti has produced some fine specimens of Sharks but seems to be a bit on the quieter side for edibles. The odd Bone fish and Stumpie being present.
Blue Lagoon / DBN beachfront: Some excellent fishing recently. The Durban basin (DUC) has been producing the goods in terms of flat fish, Grey Sharks and Sandy’s as well as some excellent edibles including Stumpies and Bonefish.Our North Bank Spinning crowd who can be seen on the north banks of the Umgeni river in the mornings have been having tons of fun throwing spoons, dropshot and diving baits for some Kingfish, Shad, Snoek and Kob.
This really is a style of angling more fisherman should take up. There is no bait involved (so one can get to back to the car not smelling of sardine), very little cleaning of tackle to be done, and it can be done every day before and after work, weather permitting. All one needs is a spinning outfit of about 9 -11ft with a spinning reel in the size 3000-4500 size filled with braid or a light nylon. A recommended outfit would be a Daiwa Exceler Saltwater series 10ft spinning rod, Daiwa Exceler 4000 spinning reel and Triple fish Gatorbraid ranging between 20 and 33lbs (depending of your confidence).
A 26lb braid is a perfect balance of strength also allowing a good cast. A small tackle pack is required with a few bits and bobs, generally a good pair of pliers for hook removal and line cutting, a spool of leader (Siglon fluorocarbon or Maxima Ultragreen), and a small selection of lures. Get to your local fishing shop to learn more about this awesome style of fishing.
Port Edward: Conditions have been perfect over the last few days and this has led to good fishing there. Anglers have experienced big pulls from the points and some results have been Hammerhead Sharks, one of over 40kg, large Brown and Blue Rays. Shad have also been bite with Christine Nel landing one of 4,9 kg’s, this a Shad of note. Estuary fishing has also been good in that area, with Rock Salmon and Grunter mainly on the bite, with fish over 3kg’s being landed.
Transkei: Plenty of good news from down south. Big Raggies, Zambezi’s (Bull sharks) and Duckbill Rays present with some good catches of Garrick, Kob and Bronze Bream too. This is really a great time of the year to get in on the action at Transkei, as the species count is excellent and the warmer weather makes all the more pleasant for fishing. Dont forget the spectacular fishing to be experienced in the estuaries and river systems in these areas!
With the seas flattening and winds dying off, ski boat anglers got in on the action over the last week with some excellent catches!
North: Anglers as far as Kosi and Mapelane have experienced good fishing not only for edible game, but for Billfish too, as many a personal best was beaten as far as Sailfish and Marlin go. Some exceptional catches of Dorado, Couta and tuna have been recorded in the deep, clean water as well.
Durban: Over the last few years, Durban has never been a Wahoo “hot spot” as most fish pass through in the deep and move into shallower water at Aliwal Shoal and Shelley beach. Over the last month and the last week in particular there have been an unusual amount of Wahoo landed not only deep but around the anchored ships.
Some boats doing as well as 2 and 3 in one launch. Many an angler targeting Tuna on Kingfisher Rattlers with no steel trace have been bitten off due to this increase in Wahoo numbers. To have the best of both worlds, try add a short (40cm) length of number 7 American Fishing wire to the front of all diving lures to ensure a better landing rate. Snoek seem to have really come alive over the last week, with target areas mainly further north at Tinley, Seabell and Westbrook. Three Couta over 10kgs were landed on Snoek traces recently as well, which is a good indication as to what is in store for us over the next few weeks!
Bass – has not slowed down at all since our last good reports, if anything, more fish have been reported. This is a good sign of what is to come in the next few months as the waters only rise in temperature from this point on, and fish become more active in the morning and evening in the shallows. A great facet of fishing to be enjoyed with the whole family at many dams around Natal. With smaller fish all in competition for food , too scared to venture into the deep in fear of the inevitable, the shallows come alive with smaller fish between 200g and 1kg, these are easy for minors to target and it is a great way to introduce a child to the world of bass angling.
Carp Feedback from most of the dams has been pretty good with the fish being more active and moving into deeper water during the day. A helpful hint is that when fish are feeding and youre getting more hook-ups do not add more feed, rather target the fish in your swim and make the most of it.
Tiger With the temperature rising very high on most days this is a definite hot spot indeed. The shallower areas fished in the early morning has produced mostly juvenile fish while deeper areas fished with trolled baits and Sardine fillets producing bigger fish. Most predominate for the last week has been Tiger spoons or live baits, especially when fished deep or near the river entrance.
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 couple of great TV fishing shows on at the moment, here are a few that are certainly worth watching.
1) ASFN Season 3 premiers on Monday nights at 19:30 on Super Sport 8, channel 208. Be sure not to miss it, this new season will have more time spent on each angling facets every week and there are six rebroadcasts during the week.
2) 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.