Remember that The Kingfishers annual Shad Fishing Competition is already underway and is open to anybody with a Shad over 30cm. The competition ends at the end of the month and there are great prizes to be won.  Be sure to bring your unfrozen catch into the shop to be entered.

Rock n Surf –

Kosi Bay –
Kosi Bay has been fishing surprisingly well over the last week or two, with good numbers of Sand Sharks being landed on smaller slide baits and throw baits. This is unusual for this time of the year as these are generally summer time fish. The best bait for these Sandies seems to be Mackerel baits or a Chokka bait with Red eye cutlet addition. There are also many edibles in the area which include decent Stumpnose, Kob, Shad and Bone fish.

Cape Vidal – Reports of some very respectable King fish up to 25kgs. Two beautiful specimens were caught on live Shad, one of 15kgs and another of 25kgs. There were other reports of smash ups on lighter tackle which one would assume to be King Fish as well. The Shad have kept anglers busy throughout the week as well as some nice Kob which have been landed on Chokka baits.

Richards Bay – It seems the continuous North Easterly winds have turned on the summer species again, which have been welcomed by all anglers who have had lines in the water. The main species seen have been Milkies, Spinner Sharks and as far as edibles go, Snapper Salmon and Shad have taken first and second spot.

Tugela – If it is Garrick or Kob that you are after, be sure to head up to Tugela for some hot action. Reports keep coming in strong from anglers who have caught and released as many as 7 Garrick in one session near the river mouth. These fish have been landed on live Shad but don’t pack your plugs away, as the plugs seem to be more and more effective as we move through the season. Kob has not been targeted as much as the Garrick but with the amount of catches by anglers targeting general edibles, it is time for those bigger 20kg plus Kob.  With good weather predictions forecasted, Tugela might just be the spot to consider for a fishing trip.

Ballito – Anglers have enjoyed some light tackle fun fishing off Shakas Rock with the Daiwa Exceler Elite 11,6ft rod paired with Daiwa’s legendary Daiwa Oceano 4500j. Most of these Grey Sharks were landed on Shad head or smaller Red eye baits.  The abundance of Shad in the area seems to have brought the bigger Sharks in as well, with an excellent catch of a 120kg Raggie by one of our local anglers.

Blue Lagoon- the Shad catches have been intermittent throughout the week and with no real pattern to go by, anglers who have fished daily have had better catches. There have been less sightings of Garrick over the last week but they have been seen north of the mouth by anglers who have been plugging and spooning.

Durban – Our beachfront has been kind to us throughout the week, with catches comprising of Shad, Stumpies and Grunter.  Addington Beach has seen some decent Grey Sharks between the wreck and the pier. There has been an increase in the number of Kob being landed around the North Pier area from the Ski Boat Club beach and surroundings. Under these conditions, one needs to attain maximum distance to reach deeper water. Remember to use a lighter braid such as Triple Fish Gatorbraid 33lb on a  Poseidon 14’ Gold Class Medium, three piece 5-6 oz. rod, this is a great combination.  This will allow the angler to cast a 4oz sinker along with a Chokka and Red eye bait or a small live bait, the distance that is required. Reports of good sized Grunter have come from anglers fishing Vetch’s reef, some of which have weighed in at 6kgs.

Bluff-  Shad, Kob and Kingies have been feeding sporadically, going according to the weather patterns and sea conditions. The Kob have been more frequent on live bait and on McArthy Paddle tails at night.

Toti – Toti saw some lovely Shad coming out on Sunday morning, unfortunately leaving the Garrick elsewhere.   Smaller Grey Sharks were landed into the evenings which took Shad cutlets and also live Shad. Anglers at Warner Beach landed a few decent Garrick on live Shad. The bite on plug seems to be slow but as we move on in the season the fish seem to be feeding more aggressively and have showed more interest in the plugs.

Umkomaas – Kob have been coming out at a more regular rate recently, and to many a spinning enthusiast’s pleasure, have been taking paddle tails and larger spoons. There have also been good catches on bait but due to the style of paddle tail fishing, anglers cover more ground and pass more Kob whilst using paddle tails, this has resulted in a very high catch rate.

Scottborough – Scottborough has been the talk of the town over the last week as reports of various species flood to us. For anglers targeting non- edibles, there has been an increase in catches of Blue Rays off the point which is a good indication of the dropping water temperature. These fish  rarely attain sizes that require heavy tackle so dust off the Daiwa SL30’s  and get down to the water,  cast a Chokka / Prawn bait and hold on.

It is not uncommon to land up to 10 Blue Rays in a session in the right conditions which makes for excellent fun with the youngsters.  The trace is similar to that which we use for our warmer water Brown Skates, but in areas such as Scottborough Point one should use a section of Fishmate 60lb carbon coated bite trace, to avoid being bitten off by the Grey Sharks and Hammer head sharks. A Mustad Big Gun 4/0 is more than sufficient.

Port Shepstone – Some very nice Kob have been caught at Port Shepstone over the last week, on most smaller baits and of course, McArthy Paddle tails fished slowly on the bottom. The majority of catches have been throughout the night but anglers managing to find decent working water have landed some fine fish during the day too. Bigger Shad have been caught in the mornings on bait and bigger Toby or Falcon spoons.

Port St John’s – Locals at Port St John’s have been plundering the Kob daily. Catches of 5-7 fish per session have not been uncommon. The Garrick seem to have moved off somewhat but started to come back on the bite towards the end of the week. All of the deep water points are producing good Sharks, Hammer head sharks and Black tips have been the most common.

Harbour – Anglers who fished the bay over the weekend had more success than those who fished during the week, however no fireworks.  The odd lucky angler hooked decent Grunter closer to the mouth and anglers using Sardine as bait managed to catch a couple of Kob also near the mouth. Towards the end of the silt canal anglers had some fun with some good sized Perch on Cracker baits. Anglers fishing near Wilson wharf saw Garrick smashing small shoals of Mullet early in the morning during the week. Smaller mullet are very good bait for these Garrick and anglers fishing from the banks can easily target them.

Ski Boat:

Our upper KZN coast fished decently over the weekend but had below average fishing throughout the week. The odd Ski boater hooked into some nice Couta and Tuna but they were unfortunately few and far between. In the shallows, Snoek were plentiful and had it not been for the lack of fishable days, a big dent in the population would have been made.  There have been plenty of reports of excellent bottom fishing up North with catches of Mussel Cracker on live baits and also accidentally caught on deep trawled Couta baits. There were a number of Sail fish caught in the deep but nothing over 30kgs, all caught on Kingfisher Rattlers and Konas.

Locally, anglers have targeted Snoek, Tuna and bottoms with some success. The fishing has been tough but persistence has played off.  Snoek have been caught off Tinley Manor on Strike Pro Magic minnows and Halco divers. Bottom fishing is the main practice of late, with excellent reports from all over the Durban area ranging from Daga and Geelbek to Cracker and Slinger.

From lower down on the coast around Hiberdene there have been reports of Garrick by the Shoal being hooked on the backline. Smaller Shad (Please make sure they are size) have been used as bait as they are easily attained in the same area as the Garrick.  Bottom fishing has settled slightly as catches of larger species have been less common throughout the week except for the catches of Cracker and Yellowtail which have been plentiful.

Fresh water:
Bass – A surprisingly good report from Midmar dam of three fish of over 2kgs caught by the same angler on the same day during the week. Midmar seems to be our quietest dam between our larger dams in KZN such as Albert falls and Inanda, but seems to be doing very well lately. Weightless flukes fished off rocky points seems to be the technique of choice, followed shortly by a deep running crank bait. Inanda had an excellent run earlier on in the week with dozens of “keeper” size Bass being landed on drop shot near Taxi bay and Cabbage patch.

Albert Falls is fast becoming the favorite of our local anglers due to its ability to surprise.  Many an angler has opted to wake up extra early to travel the distance just to spend time on this lovely body of water and this time spent on the water is second to none when it comes to local waters. During the week a group of Durban anglers spend 3 days at the dam camping and racked up a total of close to 80 Bass fishing from the shoreline alone.

Carp – A bit on the slow side of late, with a bitter sweet funding of quality over quantity. Inanda produced some lovely Carp over 12kgs in Barbel bay. Although no more than 6 fish came out collectively, each fish was over 10kgs. Only tiger nuts and 12mm boilies were used, in flavours FX and Juana. Korda Goo has been added to the ground feed mix for the clean water conditions which has seemed to help substantially. Shongweni has fished well with numbers but has struggled with size, with the biggest fish reported being a touch over 8kgs.

Fly fishing – Fishing will begin to improve as we move into spring.  Most of the spawning activity should have stopped by now and the Trout will be spread out from the spawning beds and moving around into different areas in the dams. Flies that should be used are patterns such as Red eyed Damsels, frog patterns, Wooly buggers, and Minnow patterns such as Hamills Killers and Mrs. Simpsons.

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.


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