Excellent weather predictions forecasted for the week and weekend to come may see many anglers flock to the waters to try get in on the action. Not only rock and surf angling but also Ski boat angling has been extremely productive whether it’s Shad or Sharks everybody has been having a blast.
Rock n Surf
Kosi Bay- Over the last week anglers have tried their luck at Kosi bay and surroundings with much success. There was a decent presence of bigger Honeycomb rays and a good few edibles such as Stumpies, Pompano, wave Garrick and Shad that all took most baits presented to them.
With the numbers of Shad moving up the entire coastline more catches of them can be expected from this point on. Although these fish are not a particularly targeted species on the KZN North coast, it is a sought after bait for many of the larger edibles and sharks which leads to its early morning popularity. It is also a fun and easy fish to catch on small Falcon spoons in the mornings and evenings, resulting in many of the youngsters running up and down the beach chasing the Shoal.
Vidal- also saw good Shad action in the mornings, with good catches of Bonefish and other edibles. Some smaller Kingies were landed on spoon and dropshot in the shallows, just behind and in front of the sand banks. Popular colours seem to be Pearl watermelon and pearl. One or two decent sized Spotted Eagle rays were landed on slide baits as well.
Richards bay– has had good fishing over the weekend, with the flatter sea on Sunday came many fish ranging from Stumpnose to Black Fin Sharks and everything in between. Some nice Flat fish were landed on Mackerel slide baits, and some good Wave Garrick off the surf too.
Zinkwazi – had a bit of a dead run over the last week, with most fish being smaller edibles and a handful of Flatfish. Milkies were reported over the weekend as well, caught on any bait in the water.
Ballito and Sheffield – seemed to fish extremely well over the last few days, particularly with species such as Bronze Bream and bigger BlackTails. With the sea flattening out on Sunday, the fish went off the bite but will be back on as soon as the sea and wind picks up again. These fish tend to feed well through the Westerly winds when the water is rough and churned up. After reports of Shad being caught by the dozen in and around Sheffield and Ballito, anglers took to the waters in full force and saw a lot of Shad off the rocks. Many of the fish were undersized but most anglers got their quota of keepers.
Umhlanga – Most anglers fishing near the light house at Umhlanga caught their fair share of Shad, Stumpies and Grey Sharks. Other than that, things were quiet.
Blue Lagoon – anglers were fortunate enough to see decent catches of Kingies on McArthy dropshot and small spoons. Some even had a few runs on fly fishing the inside of the river mouth. On the sea side of things, anglers seemed troubled by a mass of Milkies which decided to eat anything in the water.
Durban – Anglers fishing off Blue waters pier had good catches of Shad and Smaller Sharks such as Greys and Milkies. Pompano have not moved off just yet, as we have been receiving reports of decent specimens on a weekly basis. Smaller bait fish such as Mackerel and Maas bunker have been landed on small baits as well. The beachfront has been relatively quiet recently, with not much other than a few small edibles and Shad being landed.
Bluff – Kob and Garrick have been spotted by Spear fishermen off the Bluff, in small numbers but decent sizes. Bronze Bream are moving through in dribs and drabs and are now on most reefs and ledges. News from the anglers targeting Kingfish is that there are plenty around, but there is no livebait to be seen. These Black tip Kingies will not take anything but live bait.
Transkei – has had many Kob, Garrick, Bronze Bream and other winter species being landed over the last week. Spear fishermen have shot some very nice sized Kob up to 30kgs. All estuaries have been fishing well and many small Kingies, Leeries and other small edibles have been landed.
Port Edward – During the week, news came in of sardines sighted just south of Port St John’s and reports were of large shoals about a kilometre out to sea. This is good news and let’s hope that ocean currents and temperatures are favourable over the next couple of weeks and that we have a sardine run this year. Two garrick were caught during the week as well and shad have been on the bite as also although still on the small side. A hammerhead shark was also landed here over the weekend so the chances are good as we approach the fishing season.
Harbour – Good catches of Grunter and Kingfish have been reported from various spots in the bay, mainly areas around the Coaling dumper and also around the mangroves. WalaWala have been caught at night on Sardine fillets and glow sticks, for those who would like to go have some fun and stock up on Couta baits. WalaWala feed at night in areas which have been lit up by the large flood lights surrounding the wharfs. A simple trace is made up from a length of number 5 steel trace, a small green glow stick and a number 4 Mustad Big gun or Red Tarpon hook. A Sardine fillet is bound to the steel trace and hook and cast into the light, allowed to sink slowly and attract the attention of the fish.
Ski Boat – Excellent weather over the weekend meant that a lot of boats launched on our KZN North coast. Most of the anglers targeted Couta as the reports indicated that would have been the wise way to go. Although the catches may not have been as big as the previous weeks, the fish were plentiful and most boats returned to shore with dinner. Tuna and Wahoo were also caught on the North coast, but mostly on Rattlers and Kona’s. The bigger fish have been landed on deep divers in purples and blues.
Durban – Tuna mayhem with no signs of slowing down. Every bait mark in Durban was jam packed with boats, jet Skis’ and Kayaks over the weekend, on Sunday in particular. Umdloti, Westbrook and even as high as Zinkwazi had plenty of Couta landed by anglers on boats and Skiis.
Most fish have been landed on live baits but a dead Bonito or Mackerel seems to be doing the trick too. One or two Wahoo have been landed in the deep, but smaller fish and very far out to sea. More and more boats took to the water for bottom fishing and more Geelbek and Daga have been landed. Good general bottoms including Soldiers, the Englishmen, Rubberlips, Rock Cod and Slinger have been plentiful.
South – Wahoo have been the flavour of the week, with various reports of good sized fish being landed on live Bonito and deep diving Rattlers too. Tuna have been very active as well, with most boats getting at least 2 a trip. These fish seem to be a bit bigger than the previous weeks catch. Many anglers have been enjoying some Daga and Geelbek action on the deep wrecks, fishing live Mackerel or dead Sardine.
Carp – Anglers around SA are enjoying the bigger fish that winter waters are throwing our way. Many a personal best has been broken since the beginning of winter and it has been a pleasure to see all of the dams producing good fish over the last week. Weekend anglers have even managed to pick up some large Carp on conventional tackle at Inanda.
The secret seems to be larger baits. If Maize is being used, then at least 3 or 4 on cluster bait should be used. Shongweni has had a decent amount of fish, all in the 3-6kgs mark, caught on tiger nuts mainly. Barbel are still making a nuisance of themselves. The Barbel usually start moving onto your swim if there is a high concentration of fish meal in your feed. If you have too much of a problem, try use more Maize.
Bass – Albert falls fished well on the weekend, seeing a few Bass over 2kgs caught near the dam wall and towards the back of Kyalami bay. Crank baits and weightless flukes have worked well.
Midmar -has been the least favourite of all the local dams over the last few months but surprised us over the weekend with many reports of decent catches from anglers on the boats. Most fish have come out deep and on lures such as brush hogs, jigs and deep diving crank baits.
Inanda has fished well around the camping area for those who do not have a boat, and if you do, most spots around the river mouth down towards taxi bay have fished very well.
Shongweni fished a bit slower than normal over the last week with very few reports of decent Bass being landed. Most fish have been caught in the deep near the dam wall.
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