With no shortage of fish on the North Coast and the South Coast stretch, holiday makers seemed to have been blessed with what they came for! Shad have kept the whole family busy while bigger species seem to be more present for the more serious angler.
Rock n Surf –
Kosi Bay – It was nice to hear of a few Black Fin Sharks that came on the bite last week. The flatter, calm, clean water has caused these Sharks to start feeding. Shad have also been on the bite as well as other smaller edibles. The Westerly winds predicted should further flatten the seas and clean the water.
Cape Vidal – This area is a drop shot paradise at the moment for anglers targeting game fish such as Kingies, Shad and Wave Garrick. Most fish have been caught on smaller jerk minnows and paddle tails. Be sure to take a look at Daiwa’s new Laguna 11ft spinning rod, priced at around R750.00, this rod is real good value for your money. The Laguna has all the bells and whistles and is perfectly suited for surf spinning for species such as Snoek, Shad, Kob, Garrick and Kingies.
With a cast weight of 15-60g (0,5- 2oz), smaller spoons cast effortlessly with light braid, this makes it the perfect rod for casting smaller spoons for species such as Shad and Snoek which often prefer a smaller spoon.
Richards Bay – Shad are being caught daily in the Richards Bay area on spoon and bait. Most popular spots are producing bag limits and a few good sized fish have moved in. Spinner Sharks are also in the area and have had no issues with taking any baits in their path. Smaller Spinner Sharks have proven to be good fun on light spinning tackle.
Ballito – Grey Sharks, Shad and some very nice size Zebra fish and Bronze Bream have been landed over the last week at the Ballito and Sheffield area. Sharks have been caught on fleshy baits which have been fished early mornings and into the evenings.
Durban – Durban Piers are producing some fairly decent Shad and a few Grunter in between. Anglers will find that when the Shad are on the bite, almost every bait will be taken by them. When targeting other species such as Pompano, Stumpnose and Grunter, it is advised to use Sea lice as bait. This is one of the only baits that a Shad will hardly touch. The bait should be cast away from the crowds as well, as the mass of baits in the water create a feeding frenzy and the Shad take anything that hits the water.
Beachfront – Smaller Shad have been on the bite as the sun rises, taking bait but spoons seem to be producing few bites in this area recently. Grey Sharks in the dozens were landed in front of Addington on Mackerel and Red Eye baits. These fish were caught mainly on light tackle spinning rods which proved to be great fun. More towards Vetch’s pier there were a few good sized Grunter that were landed as well and some Stumpies. Divers in this area have seen many good sized fish including Kob and Shad in large numbers.
Bluff – Shad on the Bluff have been double up and most anglers have landed large numbers of fish whilst spooning and using the slow retrieve method. Anglers using bait have caught bigger fish but not as many. There has been an increase in reports of Kob off the Bluff and also a few Garrick. Some reports of decent Bronze Bream on small Chokka baits and Prawn baits.
Toti – Anglers are using live Shad as bait but few have had success with some small Garrick and a few Grey Sharks landed. Good weather predictions have been noted so hopefully our anglers will persist and get a Garrick or two in the days to come.
Scottborough – Blue Rays and Grey Sharks have been present in the Scottborough area as with the Shad and also the Parks Board representatives enforcing the necessary regulations. Be sure to stick to your limits and to carry your permits with you as you are bound to be asked for it at some stage of your trip. We have heard of a local fisherman getting caught with eleven Shad, this cost him R3500.00, guys please, it is not worth breaking the law.
Port Shepstone – Plenty of Shad in the Port Shepstone area over the last week, however most have been undersized. Garrick have been landed on live Shad and some good sizes have been reported. Prawn baits producing some nice Bronze Bream as well as bigger Black Tails and small Brusher.
Port Edward – Port Edward was a humdinger with the Shad coming out literally shot for shot off the rocks there and as the news travelled, fishermen from the northern parts of Natal descended on the town.
Sardines or I should say the shortage thereof, have been a problem and shops right along the coast were sold out even before the weekend was here. The small amount that bait dealers we were limited to on orders was sold out almost immediately as they arrived.
Reports of fishermen staying on the rocks even after they had made their bag limit and continuing to take many more shad were pouring in and somehow, one begins to feel ashamed at being a member of the human race.
Back to proper angling. Game fish are on the bite there and the points have been highly active with Kob,Garrick, Hammerhead Sharks and on the one afternoon, a total of five Sea Pike between 7 and 10kg were landed off Splash Rock. No sign of sardines in the sea, just rumours. Thanks Terry Nel from Tacklenet for the report.
Transkei – Port St John’s has had reports of Sardines in the area which is what we have all been waiting for. Kob have been prolific in the area and have taken McArthy Paddle tails willingly and Garrick have been taking live Shad on a regular basis. The Gap has been producing Black fin Sharks, Grey Sharks and Hammerhead Sharks, the odd Raggie has also been landed.
Durban Harbour – Still no reports of Garrick in the same numbers as we have had over the last few years. We would like to see a drop in water temperature of about 2-3 degrees to see the fish pull into the harbour. Boats are still doing well with good catches of Grunter throughput the bay, but attention seems to have been directed towards the center banks. Good reports from anglers fishing around the E7 buoy and towards St Ives channel. There have been some small Kob caught around the mouth area and NSRI. Most of these Kob have been caught on Cracker but anglers using bloody fish baits such as Red Eye have been getting more bites.
Ski Boat – Maphelane has been fishing very well over the last week with reports from the locals of Snoek and Tuna. Many a boat had excellent Snoek sessions with more than ten fish being landed per launch. With increasing numbers of catches of Mussel Cracker and Daga in these areas, it seems time to get the bottom outfits out for some fun and a good work out.
With the water temperature dropping more consistently over the last week in the Durban area, the Daga Salmon seem to be back in full force. These fish are being targeted between 15 – 65m of water on any live bait or dead bait such as whole Sardine, Mackerel or Maasbanker, but live bait will always produce a better bite and faster too.
These fish have extremely sensitive lateral lines that pick up the most minute of vibrations, so any live bait kicking around just off the bottom is going to be sucked in. To further increase your chances of a bite, a Yamashita green glow squid should be added just above the hook which will slide down onto your bait. This will also increase your chances of the fish locating ones bait. Remember that your limit on these fish is one fish over 1,1m and 4 fish under 1,1m.
Anglers further down the coast have been catching a few Snoek on backline, trawling small Strike Pros and Clark spoons, with most lures being hit close in just behind back line. Towards the Transkei area, boats have been catching Garrick on live baits also around backline. Remember that one should always use fluorocarbon for these fish on backline as it increases the bite rate over using standard leader or steel trace.
Carp – Over the last week quite a few anglers have hooked into decent fish, but Inanda in particular has been the money maker. Reports of good size Carp from the upper dam near the mouth and also the south section of the camp sites. Here’s some advice from a group of anglers that fish Inanda on a weekly basis and have been using this feed successfully. The “secret” mix consists of 4kgs of hemp, 4kgs of Maize, 2kgs of tiger nuts and in winter, 500g of boilies. This has been a successful mix for months and seems to work at Inanda and Shongweni as well. Try this over the next few months to ensure fish move onto your swim, it is all about the feed.
Trout – With the temperature of the water in the Midlands and Drakensburg dropping, the Trout fishing has picked up nicely with reports of very good fish being taken. As with your winter pattern, lots of anglers use tandem fly setups. This consists of a bright coloured fly such as an egg pattern, red setter, Alaskan omelet etc., and a very small dropper fly such as a flashback GRHE, or epoxy buzzer, black or olive and a floating line is used with a strike indicator. The coloured fly is there to get the attention of the fish but nine times out of ten the fish will take the nymph or dropper fly. This method has been successful throughout the Drakensburg area over the last week as reports suggest.
Bass – Waters have been extremely cold of late, which has driven anglers to fish deep and slow. More success has been seen at Inanda and Albert Falls on the ridges and drop offs. Bigger baits have been the key to success with bigger fish over the last week and many reports of good fish being landed on paddle tails. The reason why the paddle tails have been so successful is that they give off more vibration and can be easily located by the Bass, especially in the deeper darker water. Shongweni has been slow with only small fish taken on the weekend. Anglers on float tubes have done well in the river section in Hazelmere on June bug brush hogs and lizards.
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