With the weather and sea conditions leaning more towards angler’s preference over the last week, there was no shortage of fish being caught throughout the coast.
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Kosi Bay – Kosi Bay has had a bit of a quiet spell with the inedibles over the last week, allowing anglers to spend their time concentrating on edible species such as Stumpies and Wave Garrick. These fish were targeted on small Chokka baits on light tackle. Most anglers fishing in the lakes managed a few decent Kingies on fly and dropshot as well. As the water starts to heat up we will start to notice a big difference in the feeding patterns and the number of fish being landed, so keep a few days of your summer open for a trip up to Kosi Bay.
Cape Vidal – Reports suggest massive numbers of Shad in the area, which have been making good size and also proving to be working very well as bait for larger flat fish such as Diamond Skates, Honeycombs and also a few Black Fin Sharks. Live Shad slid out has also produced a number of Garrick.
Richards Bay – There have been good catches of Kob and Garrick around Richards Bay, as well as a number of Flatfish of all sorts. The Bay has handed over many a Grunter to anglers fishing from boats and from the side, most of which have been much larger than previous weeks. Going with what we have seen thus far, our summer should be hugely productive.
Zinkwazi / Blythedale – Grey Sharks have been targeted in the evenings by anglers using spinning outfits and medium sized throw baits. Quite a few fish have been caught, mostly coming out in twos and threes. Blue Rays and better size Shad have been caught in the mornings along this stretch.
Ballito – Anglers in the Ballito area have been catching smaller Shad and the odd decent size fish, and with plenty of peckers around, most baits do not last too long.
Virginia -There have been extremely good catches of Shad on Japanese Mackerel in the mornings and early evenings. This would be a spot to keep an eye on for a personal best Shad in the weeks to come.
Blue Lagoon – Still good catches of Shad on spoon in the mornings, and with the recent catches of Garrick off the bricks, the amount of anglers fishing has doubled in the last week. The presence of these Shad has created easy pickings for the Garrick. There have been a few Kob off the North bank in the mornings and evenings being caught on McArthy Paddle tails and also baits.
Durban – Millions of peckers attack many of the baits being thrown in hope of hooking into Blue Rays and Grey Sharks off Durban. The main culprits being Eel-tail Barbel and Maasbunker. The few Blue Rays that have been landed have been larger specimens, weighing between 12kgs and 15kgs. Smaller Grunter and Stumpnose have been landed closer to Blue Waters Pier, most of which have been caught on Sardine baits.
Bluff – A somewhat quiet week for the anglers on the Bluff, despite the amount of Karanteen and Shad in the area. Anglers sliding have had little to no success.
Toti/Warner Beach – On a good day the Shad seem to be plentiful, but other than that most anglers will be lucky to get one or two. A few lonely Garrick have found the hooks of anglers using live bait.
Umkomaas – Umkomaas River mouth has produced good numbers of smaller Kob over the last week, and along with the Kob have been the Snapper Salmon. These fish are all taking small Chokka and Red Eye baits. Many anglers have caught a few Grunter as well as the odd flat fish.
Scottborough – The odd Blue Ray has been landed off the point, and quite a number of Grey Sharks which have been caught on Shad Cutlet baits and Mackerel head. An angler using McArthy Paddle tails landed a decent sized Kob to the left of the point during the week.
Port Shepstone – There has been an abundance of Shad, Bronze Bream and Kob from the Port Shepstone area, along with a few good size Shad up to 4kgs and a number of Garrick around as well. Excellent catches of Stone Bream and Blacktail have also been reported.
Trafalgar – Along with the plenty of Bronze Bream that have been landed along the Trafalgar stretch, the Blue Rays have been wild and most anglers to spend time in the area have landed a fair amount. There have been good reports of Brusher from this area too.
Port Edward – This week began with perfect seas, skies and no wind and needles to say, the rocks were packed with fishermen. Shad have been coming out continuously accompanied by a number of Garrick, all caught on live shad. Large Kob are also on the bite and one weighed here was 22kg caught by local angler Gerrard Powell. The Shad season comes to an end in two weeks’ time at the close of September and from then till the first day of December one will have to resist the temptation of keeping Shad. Penalties for not sticking to the law regarding this are severe and yet as with excessive bag limits at the moment many take their chances in the hope of not being caught.
Over previous years, Garrick have been around well after the closed Shad season, so rather go for other species as live baits such as Blacktail and Karrenteen. A common practice is to go to the river mouths and net a few Mullet which have proved to be excellent live bait for Garrick and other predatory fish. Shad caught out of season must be returned to the sea without any hooks attached. Ardent fishermen begin to target other species of fish during the closed Shad season the most popular being Bronze Bream and catch reports of this delicious table fish begin to flow in.
Harbour – Durban harbour has been fishing relatively well and anglers who have spent time along the banks would have been rewarded with at least a couple of good sized Grunter. For those who enjoy fishing for inedibles, there have been a good number of Flatfish on the banks too, eating Cracker as well as bigger Red Eye baits. The Kingies seem to have disappeared over the last week with only one or two being landed earlier on in the week, by an angler casting small Strike Pro diving lures around the Yacht Moll. Large Shoals of Mullet have also been seen around Batt Centre and Wilson Wharf, with a lot of activity around them, which may be Kingies or Garrick.
North – Richards Bay down to Tugela has produced good numbers of Garrick over the last week, mainly in the slightly bigger seas. These fish have been landed on most baits such as Mackerel, Shad and Pinkies. The latter of which seems to be the preferred bait. One of the aforementioned baits rigged on a Mustad big gun size 4/0 or size 2 treble trawled as slow as possible on the backline will almost guaranteed get the bite. Tuna have been landed in the Zululand region, on Rattlers and on surface lures as well. The bite seems to have slowed down somewhat and anglers find themselves searching for fish.
Local – Tongaat down to Umhlanga saw many good catches of bottom fish, the majority of which being Geelbek and Daga. Also a lot of Rock Cod and Mussel Cracker have been landed on larger baits. When targeting Mussel Cracker, be sure to use the strongest hook available to you, such as a Mustad Hoodlum or Cat Fish hook. These stand less of a chance of being crushed or opened by these immensely strong fish. Durban has fished well for bottoms but failed to see much game fish activity. The current is relatively strong so make sure that when fishing deep that your choice of sinker is adequate.
South – Protea Banks have fished extremely well with many anglers hooking into good Amberjack on a variety of presentations. Live bait seems to be the preferred method for the larger fish.
Carp – Albert Falls has kept anglers busy with smaller Carp in the Pelican Bay area, mostly on conventional tackle. The public Slip ways/day sites have been fishing well as well, with many reports from locals of fish ranging between 2-8kgs. Nagle dam, anglers fishing during the day have been doing well, with reports of Yellowish on smaller baits. Anglers looking to hook bigger Carp have been forced to use larger baits. The river section has been the most productive area. Inanda fished superbly for conventional anglers targeting smaller fish, with the biggest fish weighing in at around 9kgs. There is a noticeable change in temperature and activity in the water which is a good sign of summer coming along; one can only wait for the smaller fish to move through in full force.
Bass – After a tough week of Basing at Albert Falls, weekend anglers were surprised by a few good sized Bass. Reports suggest that from Thursday onwards, the water came to life and each angler had excellent fishing fun. Smaller fish fed well in the shallows and the larger fish were landed on frogs and surface lures such as Strike Pro Thai Stick lures. Inanda was slower to take off but anglers fished well on Sunday and were lucky enough to land a few fish over 2kgs. A noticeable difference in fish activity was seen as many anglers using surface lures such as frogs were hit hard by even the smaller fish. The cliffs fished very well with most reports of large fish being from this area.
Fly fishing – Now is the time to go fishing for Scalies in our river systems. The rivers are clear, and not running too strong. Using a tungsten bead dropper and the normal Hot spot, PTN and Copper John are a few of the deadly combos which one can use to entice the bite.
Do not forget about Xplorers “Natal Scalie Clinic” at Highover Lodge on the Umkhomas River which is being held on the 26-28th of September. Learn techniques and tactics test the new Guide 11 Extenda rods and be a part of the Scaly fly tying demo. Book now, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 0315647368.
Don’t forget The Kingfisher’s “Biggest Shad Competition”. The heaviest Shad for September 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. Please remember there is a bag limit of four and the minimum size is 30cm. Please also remember that the season closes at the end of this month and you need to always carry your fishing license with you when you go fishing.
Check out ASFN on Monday evening, this 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 send any info about fishing, fish caught or competitions in your area to email@example.com or fax 031- 368 4007 and for the latest KZN fishing news presented by O.J., tune into East Coast Radio at 5.40am Monday – Friday.
Have a look at the new Kingfisher web site: www.kingfisher.co.za (it’s a lot more interactive) and become a member. Membership is totally free and there are great prizes to be won every month.
The Kingfisher’s trading hours are Monday, Wednesday to Friday 8:00 to 17:00, Tuesday 8:30 to 17:00 and Saturday 8:00 to 13:00 and we are closed on Sundays.