WEEKLY FISHING REPORT 2ND JANUARY 2014 January 2, 2014 by The Kingfisher The Kingfisher wishes all of our customers a prosperous 2014 and even tighter lines than in 2013. Many on holiday have taken advantage of the hot summer days with earlier sunrise and a later sunset it just means extra hours of fishing. Typically this time of the year bigger Skates, Sand Sharks and Kingfish are top of the list with the odd big Shad being caught by an unsuspecting Angler. There have also been a few Pompano and Stumpies coming out. Rock and Surf Kosibay Still having lots of fun with smaller edibles as well as some big GTs. The non-edible Anglers have been stretched by Blackfins and the odd big Zambezi. The lakes are still fishing well with some good catches of Grunter. Late evening sessions have also seen one or two Pompano and the odd Reef fish near the ledges. St Lucia/Cape Vidal Reports are of lots of Shad activity and the sizes have definitely increased. The St Lucia river mouth area also saw some small Kob, while an Angler on the beach caught a nice Sandy of about 30 kilos. Richards Bay Rumours abound of plenty of flat fish such as Browns and Diamonds being caught off of the beach. In-edible Anglers have taken to paddling out big baits in search of big Sharks which have been all to happy to take the Anglers baits, stretch their arms and promptly spin them off. Nonoti There are still some good catches of Sandys at this now popular spot. The edible Anglers also landed two beautiful Pompano of over 5 kilos. One of these fish was caught on a Poseidon Gold Class light Rod with a DAIWA SL30 Reel, Kingfisher Giant Abrasion 9.1 kilo stood up to the test while this fish was being fought in the shore break. Zinkwazi Has seen a lot more activity with regards to number of Anglers as it is a quiet spot away from the madding crowds. Earlier in the week two Sandys came out whilst some evenings there were also some bigger Spinner Sharks. Edible Anglers using whole Mackerel slide-baits have also landed the odd big Shad of just under 6 kilos. Umhloti/Ballito Saw some good action in the evenings with big Spinner Sharks, yet when these fish were pinned as swim baits nothing took them. There were also some Brown Skates caught on Tuesday evening and Thursday night saw a few Stumpnose also coming out. Umhlanga Reports received from customers is that this area is very quiet and this is possibly due to the low frontal system which moved in towards the end of the week. A somewhat unknown area called the Block was on fire over the weekend with plenty of Sand Sharks being caught. Virginia/Beachwood With a nice hole off Virginia which is well within range, many Anglers have tried their luck here. Mixed reports as some Anglers say they have had pulls but lost fish. The only confirmed fish was a small Grey of approximately 8 kilos and some undersized Shad. Blue Lagoon It seems that word does definitely get around, as Blue Lagoon North bank has been fished a lot more in the past week. Anglers using the Rapala Maxrap have caught a number of Shad over 4 kilos, whilst two GTs of 9 and 16kgs were also caught here during the week. Durban Piers With warmer water the Anglers on the piers have had to endure a lot more of the smaller bait fish and due to no shade have been restricted to fishing early morning and late evenings. There have been some Grunter, Stumpnose and Skates all coming out on Snake Park and the New Pier by the hotel. Durban Beachfront Still a tricky spot to fish due to the late sunsets and bathers are making use of the extra time to swim. Anglers should just endure some patience until 6 oclock when the life guards usually call the bathers out. The beachfront is fishing well with some good catches of Skates and Pompano at Thekwini beach. Ray Thompson landed a beautiful Eagle Ray of approximately 60 kilos on a DAIWA Windcast Reel using 48lbs Gator braid. Bluff Bigger sized Kingfish are on the prowl and have been seen by Anglers chasing the bait fish on the incoming and outgoing tides. Early morning risers have also been able to catch a few Shad although not as big as those further North. Toti/Winkelspruit Has been very quiet this last week, with local Anglers reporting baits coming back as they were put in. These areas should improve next week with more preferable conditions, so why not give it a try and cross it off the bucket list. Umkomaas Slipperies is still fishing quiet well but getting overcrowded as word has spread. Umkomaas river mouth has also seen some Grunter and a few small Skates. The ledges have produced the odd Sand Shark although many Anglers have been cut off by the numerous rocks in this area. Scottburgh/Umdoni Scottburgh point has been fishing quite well with Umdoni a little quieter. Bigger Grey Sharks in the 10 to 15 kilo range with some bigger Skates also being caught here. Shad seem to have gone into hiding with only a rare big Shad being caught on a Mackerel Slide-bait. Port Shepstone A fair number of Sandys have come out in the Sandspit area, especially in the late afternoons on a low tide. Early morning Anglers saw some Shad with the odd Kingfish also coming out on Kingfisher Jet spoons with light spinning tackle. Transkei Time for the big boys to come out and play. This time of year sees the bigger Sharks and places like Mazeppa bay, Hole-in-the-Wall are probably the most popular spots and should turn on any day now, the water however has been a bit on the cold side. Yellowtail, Bonnies if you can get them and big Mackerel are the choice baits to use as there are still some bigger Shad, why not put one of these out and see what takes its fancy? Ski-boat and Paddle-Ski Early in the week the seas did not play ball which meant that Skippers and Paddlers were only able to get out in the later part of the week. Some Paddlers braved the bigger seas and were rewarded with some Yellowtail and the odd Couta. The rest of the week cleared up nicely and the weekend saw some good days to get out onto the water. North The water north has been green due to all the rain from the past week. The Zululand coast has produced a few Couta between 8 and 20kgs, most of these fish have been caught on dead baits such as Walla-Walla, Mackerel and Bonito. Umhloti has seen frantic Yellowfin Tuna action over the past month or so. Sharks here have been more than a problem, so ensure to wind in fast to avoid your fish being eaten. Lures such as Kingfisher Rattlers and Halcos between 9 and 15cms in red and white, green, pink and purple have worked particularly well. Central The Barge and No 1 have produced some good Tuna catches whilst the Umgeni upwards stretch saw the odd Dorado deeper out with some Couta also making an appearance. Anglers have used Poppers as well as the Halco Skimstik in order to catch fish in and around bait balls. The Night Hawks have seen the odd Daga and Geelbek – although it is becoming costly due to the number of Sharks. Lures working really well for Dorado over the last week have been live baits or feathers and konas in pink and white, green, and black and purple. South There have been some good Dorado here in the deeper water at 24ºC, amongst these fish there have also been a few Sailies and Wahoo closer to the shoal. Skippers have also had good catches of Yellowfin Tuna ranging from 5 kilos right the way up to nearly 30. Durban Bay Some good catches of big Grunter especially in the deep waters or near BAT Centre. These fish have been caught on Sardine belly as well as Cracker Shrimp. The centre bank area seems to have a lot of Skates and Anglers have been fighting a prized Grunter only to see a round brown circular shape at the end of their line. From the side, there are still some smaller Kingfish on spoon and top water lures, and towards the end of January we should see a lot more top water action. Freshwater Fly-fishing With the days getting hotter, the Trout are going deep. This means that it is an early rise or a late afternoon fish, using larger streamers and summer patterns. The rivers have been discoloured due to the rain and Nymphing seems to be the order of the day. Dark colours or black bead head Nymphs are doing the business. Natal Scalies are on the prowl and with dirty water around the Blackhead Flashback has been the predominant fly. Carp Like most of the fresh water species the hotter the water the deeper the fish go. Try fishing deeper spots in the dams if you know them. Using more ground feed in the late afternoon could get more activity in the cooler night hours, so set your alarms and sit back and relax. Tiger-fishing Due to the extreme heat in the Jozini area, fishing has literally been restricted to early morning and late afternoon/evening sessions. Deeper trawling lures in the channels have seen some fish come out especially in the early mornings, whilst late afternoon/evening spinners on the surface have done the trick. Bass Another species also affected by the heat as well as discoloured water, try fishing early mornings especially in and around structure with top water baits and then as the day goes on, switch to Caroliner or Texas rigs in order to get your lures deeper into the water column. Local dams have seen good action on Watermelon Red fleck and Junebug patterns. Fishy Fact The Eel-tail Barbel which is a saltwater species is often seen as a pest especially when well-presented Prawn and Chokka baits or Redeye belly baits are eaten. This fish has some spines on its back and by its gills and has a tail similar to that of an Eel, hence its name. Do not despair if you catch one of these as they make fine table fare after a few precise cuts to remove the barbs. 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. ASFN is taking a well-deserved break and will be back on the 13th January 2014. 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.