FISHING REPORT 23RD JULY 2014.
Don’t forget The Kingfisher is running their “Biggest Shad Competition”. This year it will be run over a two month period, August and September, with three prizes each month. The heaviest shad for each month will receive a Daiwa SL50SHK reel, filled with 600m of Kingfisher Giant Abrasion 30lb nylon, valued at R1, 500.00, the second heaviest shad will receive a Kingfisher Poseidon Deep Blue, 12’6”, three piece rod and a Kingfisher 1m aluminium sand spike, valued at R1, 000.00 and third heaviest shad will receive a Daiwa AG6000 Shad spinning reel filled with 300m of Kingfisher 25lb nylon, valued at R550.00.
In the event of a tie, the first fished weighed in will take the prize. Please note that all shad (fresh not frozen) must be weighed in during trading hours at The Kingfisher, 53 Hunter Street, Tackle Centre in Old Fort Road or at The Fishing Tackle Shop in Warner Beach and please remember there is a bag limit of four and the minimum size is 30cm. Please also remember that the season closes on the 30th of September 2014 and you need to always carry your fishing licence with you when you go fishing.
Rock n Surf:
Ups and downs throughout the week have resulted in anglers trying everything they could to catch their fish, luckily most tactics proved successful and many anglers had some very good fishing sessions. Things just seem to be getting better and better!
Kosi Bay– Kosi has had some excellent fishing for anglers fishing for edibles, with the catch comprising mainly of Bonefish and Stump nose. The sea has settled somewhat and the water clarity is good. Non edible anglers saw a handful of Black Tip Sharks come to land earlier in the mornings, most of which took Bonito or whole Mackerel slide baits.
Cape Vidal – Most anglers have been successful in the Cape Vidal area and surroundings, with the Vidal beach stretch to the left of the launch site being the main area of concentration due to the high concentration of Shad and Kingfish. Shad have been caught along this stretch on Falcon spoons early in the mornings and at intervals throughout the day, whereas bait has been producing the bigger fish easily making size.
Richards Bay – Many anglers have tried their luck at Garrick angling over the last week and have been successful. Anglers using live Shad and Mullet have been hooking into good fish. Other than that, nothing much to write home about. Anglers in the bay have hooked into nice fish as well, using small live Mullet.
Tugela– Tugela has been quiet lately up until last week when there was an outbreak of Garrick and Kob. Many anglers have had success on live baits and the odd Garrick has been caught on plug too. The water has been very clean and there has been a strong current, besides that, not much has got in the way of anglers getting what they have gone for.
Salt Rock– A few lucky anglers hooked into some decent Shad off the Dave’s Rock area and surroundings and for the anglers targeting a larger variety of fish, a good run of Grey Sharks in the evenings.
Zimbali– Anglers fishing around the new mouth hooked into a few Snapper Salmon and Half Kob in the late afternoons and into the night. The fish seem to come and go throughout the day so don’t be scared to wait it out if things are quiet.
Umhlanga Rocks – Shad have been caught in numbers in the general Umhlanga area. Most of these fish have been landed in the mornings but evenings have been relatively productive as well.
Blue Lagoon – Last week saw good action with Shad and Garrick which have recently moved in. Anglers have had success with Garrick on live Shad and one or two anglers have had Garrick follow their plugs. Shad have been more plentiful during the day and with the sea conditions forecasted for the week to come, we will all be in the hot seat for a Garrick and some good sized Shad.
Durban Piers and Beachfront – This area has produced hundreds of Shad on baits and spoon. Grey Sharks have been plentiful on Red Eye baits and also Mackerel baits. There have been good reports of anglers targeting Stumpies off the banks.
Bluff – Reports of Kob have been better than the previous weeks, with nothing else to really write home about.
Toti– Reports of Garrick from the spearos, including some good size specimens being landed on live Shad. Not as many fish have been landed but the size of these fish are better than before.
Umkomaas – Small Grunter and Shad have been landed regularly over the last week off the pier at Umkomaas. There have been a few smaller Skates in the area as well and Kob have been caught on McArthy Paddle tails.
Scottborough – Shad and Grey Sharks have been the main species around the Scottborough area of late. Most Grey Sharks have been around 8kgs and are proving to be awesome fun on light tackle; most of these fish have been caught on whole Red Eye baits.
Port Edward – Shad have been on the bite in the Port Edward area and the only days where they were not so active were when the rough sea conditions were experienced. Fishermen on one day were all ‘taken to the cleaners’ when big Sharks moved in and reports of eight failures to land these fish after the big pulls came. The following day a Ragged Tooth Shark of 94kg was landed by a lucky angler. Large Kob are biting as well and most fish are being taken on live Shad as bait.
Port St John’s – There have been excellent catches of Kob and Garrick on live baits as well as McArthy Paddle tails. Fish have been coming out on mostly near the river mouths with a few fish on the deeper points. Non edible anglers have been stretching their arms with Hammers and Greys on smaller baits.
Harbour– Good news from the harbour this week, anglers using live Shad and Mullet have caught Garrick off the center bank early in the mornings. This is a common occurrence for a few weeks out of the year during winter and targeting these species can be extremely simple. There are many different techniques one can use but the most simple is the inline float trace. This trace is tied up as a standard running trace would be, with a size 5 power swivel roughly 1,2m above the hook. The leader material should be either a 0,50mm- 0,60mm Siglon fluorocarbon or 0,60mm Maxima Ultra Green. Hooks vary on the size of the live bait but the preferred hook over the last year or so has been the Mustad Kevin Van Dam signature series in a size 2 or 1. An elastic band is connected to the swivel and a balloon to the band. The bait is then let out with the wind no less than 20m from the boat or bank.
There is an increasing presence of pairs of Humpback Whales travelling north along our coastline this time of year. These Humpback Whales are seen as they migrate along our coastal waters between May and November en-route to their feeding and breeding grounds off Mozambique. Pregnant females will give birth in warm waters and then nurture their calves for a few months before leaving the area. According to the oceania.org website this was because at birth Humpback Whale calves have little body fat and would not survive in the icy waters of the Antarctic. The calves grow up here before they go back to Antarctica. They leave our waters around October, November and December. South Coast Ski boaters in the Port Edward area were advising it’s almost like rush hour traffic sometimes and one spends a fair amount of time giving way to these magnificent mammals some of which put on an incredible arial display clearing the water completely to return in with a massive splash.
Good catches of Sailfish up North in the Sodwana and at Maphelane areas. Most fish have been caught on Kona’s in the deep but there have also been a few reports of anglers hooking into fish in the shallows on baits. Conditions have not been that great but for the anglers that have spent time in the water, fish have been caught accordingly.
Tuna on the North Coast have been eating live baits as well as Rattlers. Zinkwazi has started to produce catches of Garrick on back line. These fish have been caught on Shad and Mullet. Remember to keep casting plugs and poppers such as the Kingfisher Rattler Popper 140 into the surf zone to draw the fish out towards your baits. This can increase your strike rate massively.
Durban has had its ups and downs but anglers seem to have come out on the top once again with many catches of Tuna, Snoek and some very good bottoms as well. Anglers on backline have reported sightings of Garrick as well.
Good reports of Prodigal son in 30-40m of water off Toti and Hibberdene, but remember, fluorocarbon is a must for these fussy eaters. Anglers fishing into the evenings and throughout the night have been rewarded with good catches of Geelbek and Daga on the wrecks. There have been a number of Sharks around so be sure to upgrade to at least 100lb braid to apply maximum pressure to these fish.
Good catches of Wahoo on Aliwal Shoal, which have been caught mainly on live Bonito trawled with heavy wire Couta traces. Many anglers will prefer the use of American Fishing Bleeding Wire steel trace or even down rigger cable.
Carp– Anglers around Natal will be happy with their results as we move on in winter. Confirmed reports of quite a few 10-14kg Carp being landed at Shongweni over the weekend leads us into temptation to go target these bigger fish with the good weather conditions on the way. Even better still is the lack of crowds to be expected as schools are back and our local dams will be free of holiday makers. Tiger nuts have been used by many anglers at Midmar over the last week and they have without doubt been the right choice of baits. Many good reports of fish being caught on the outskirts of the Yacht mooring area and the flavour doing the trick seems to be FX, with honey being a close second.
Inanda has been good to anglers and with catches exceeding 8kgs regularly, this dam shows no sign of slowing down any time soon.
Bass– After a slow start to the week, Albert Falls and Inanda have picked up nicely and have both produced good catches of fish over 3kgs. Extremely cold conditions have made it difficult for both angler and fish to get out of bed so be sure to fish extremely slow in the mornings and opt for a larger more bulky presentation. Spinner baits fished early in the mornings and when the wind picks up has been a summer technique for most, but anglers have been chucking up their Spinner baits with grubs or brush hogs and have fished them very slow and deep with huge success. Strike Pro have released a range of affordable Spinner baits that have been tried and tested with great success in our local waters. These, trailers by Zooms twin tail far alerts grub has been the recipe for success in the deep on a slow day.
ASFN is a great fishing show that is aired weekly on DSTV, it premiers on Mondays, Super Sport 8, channel 208, 19:30 to 20:00. Please check out your TV guide, sometimes Super Sport will change the channel that it is supposed to be aired.
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