Anglers have had much better conditions to fish in over the last week, resulting in some excellent catches of edibles and non edibles, particularly on the North Coast, up in the Zululand area and also the Umhlanga stretch.

Rock n Surf:
Kosi Bay – There are still high volumes of edible species off the surf and some very nice fish in the lakes as well. The size of the Kingfish has definitely increased over the last week or so, leaving anglers itching for more. Live baiting has been the more effective method of catching these bigger Kingies, but anglers using plugs have also managed a fish or two off the ledges. The Grunter in the lakes are feeding on all Prawn baits, Crab, Chokka and Sardine baits.

Cape Vidal – Although the bay is pretty sanded up, there are still good catches of Wave Garrick and small Grunter. The water has been relatively dirty which hasn’t provided for great fishing. Hopefully within the next week or so of lighter winds we will start to see better water conditions.

Richards Bay –   The Harbour has had some good catches of Snapper Salmon and Kob recently, all on Cracker or Sardine baits.  The Grunter have remained on the bite and have been feeding well on Cracker. On the surf side, Spinner Sharks and Brown Skates have been taken on Red Eye and Chokka baits.  Big surf has had an effect on productivity over the last week but the conditions are predicted to settle.

Tugela – The rains have added some colour to the water but anglers fishing earlier on in the week managed to catch some nice Kob on McArthy Paddle tails and some of their smaller cousins, the Snapper Salmon, on small baits.

Zinkwazi – Big seas and strong side wash has kept fishing to a minimum recently. Anglers braving the conditions managed to land and release some huge Shad and also some Kob on baits. Good Cave Bass have been seen in the area too.

Ballito – Ballito produced some good Blue Rays earlier on in the week, along with some bigger Grey Sharks. The bigger seas towards the end of the week caused fishing to slow down substantially.

Umhlanga – Choppy seas brought on the Brusher in the Umhlanga area, being caught mainly on Crab or Mussel baits. Remember that for fish like these with strong jaws, anglers should not compromise with the quality of tackle used. Siglon Fluorocarbon bite traces and Mustad Big Gun hooks are a must. Alternatively, a Mustad Kendal Round will do the job. In the evenings, many anglers hooked and landed Grey Sharks on Mackerel baits. Most of these fish were caught in the evenings.

Glenashley – From Glenashley through to about Blue Lagoon, many anglers have been catching Garrick on artificials. Plugs and McArthy drop shot has been working the best but the odd spoon has worked well too.

Durban – Although there have been terrible seas to compete with, anglers still made their way down to the beaches to try their luck.  Most anglers on the piers hooked into nothing but Shad, and as luck would have it, extremely large Shad in the banned season.  The Ushaka stretch produced Grey Sharks and Blue Rays throughout the week, mainly in the evenings and early mornings. There have been a few bigger runs but anglers were cut off on either Moyos Pier or the nets. It is nice to know that there are bigger fish in the area.

Toti – Not too many reports of fish from the Toti stretch, as the big seas moved in and limited fishing. Some smaller Stumpies were landed along with a few Blacktail and Shad.

Umkomaas – A bit of colour in the water made fishing difficult, but the Kob seemed to hang around and take most baits that they stumbled across.

Scottborough – Greys, big Shad and a few Skates for anglers eager enough to fish in the rough conditions. Later on in the week, Shad were the only fish in the area. Reports came through of two Brusher which took Crab off the point later in the week.

Trafalgar – Anglers have targeted Bronze Bream where possible in the Trafalgar area, fortunately to good effect. Some nice catches of around 2-3kgs were reported.  Other species such as Stone Bream and Blacktail have been caught in between.

Port St John’s – Hammers, Grey Sharks, Shad and Kob have been on the loose.  The Transkei area has been extremely productive recently.  Chokka slide baits have worked for most species including bigger Kob. McArthy Paddle tails have been responsible for most of the Kob and Garrick catches. Early morning has been the time of choice when targeting Garrick and other edibles.  For anglers targeting bigger Sharks, the evenings have definitely been more productive.

Durban Harbour –  Fishing has been tough for most over the last week but some anglers have done very well in the Bay, particularly with Grunter which have been caught in various spots on fresh Cracker. The start of summer has brought on a few more Kingies as artificial lure anglers have started to spend more time on the water in search of these good fighters. With the introduction of McArthy 2″, 2, 5″ and 3″ Paddle tails, catches have already increased for anglers in the Bay.

Here’s something for the family, this goal is evident in many aspects of the Expo’s program of events, perhaps none more so than in the Family Fun Catch & Release competition scheduled to be held on Sunday 2nd November.


The competition is open to all ages, but is geared specifically towards the younger members of the family, with prizes to be awarded to those aged 16 and under. Event organiser Dean Pretorius has praised the competition as an opportunity to instill a catch and release ethic in young anglers, thereby teaching them the value of fishing sustainably in order to safeguard the future health of our oceans. Additionally, he hopes that competitions like these will cause older generations to alter their perceptions about catch and release fishing practices, therefore inspiring fishermen across the age spectrum to release their trophies to fight another day. Mr Pretorius believes strongly in the value of this approach to recreational fishing, saying that “it is imperative that we as anglers promote this format of fishing in order to ensure the future sustainability of our sport”. The conservation aspect of the Family Fun Catch & Release competition will be reinforced with prizes offered for the best fish handling practices on the day- while parents are encouraged to flatten the barbs on all hooks used to ensure easier release. All competitors must have a bucket in which to keep fish prior to release. The competition will take place on Baggy Beach (just south of the Scottburgh swimming pool) between 9am- 11am; while registration will be take place at the Expo from 7:30am. Entrance fees will be R10 per angler, with a maximum fee of R40 per family. The fishing competition is just one aspect of the Africa Marine & Leisure Expo that makes it the perfect day out for children. Kids of all ages are sure to love the event’s Beach Sport Fun Zone as well as an onsite bouncy castle- while parents will find plenty of opportunities for retail therapy and refreshment at the event’s Craft Market, Boat & Outdoor Lifestyle section and Food Truck Revolution Market respectively. For more information, please contact Vicky at, or call 082 812 7944.


Ski Boat:   With the seas being as big as they were over the last week, it is only expected to receive few reports of fish from ski boaters. Luckily, there will always be the die-hard anglers out there braving the sea trying to attain bragging rights. St Lucia had fairly decent fishing for a few anglers, all the way from St Lucia itself through to Richards Bay.  Tuna and Amberjack have been caught in as little as 15m of water in certain areas on live baits. The water is still greenish but should clear up over the next week.

Umhloti and Glenashley have still seen good Garrick activity on live baits in the rough seas. In the rough seas, the Garrick will more often than not be willing to venture further out into deeper water as the bait fish tend to do the same, seeking refuge in the choppy water. From Durban all the way down to Toti, anglers have hooked into small quantities of Snoek on the backline. If the Snoek are feeding shy, downsize on your bait and spoons and you will be amazed with the results. Protea Banks should start to produce good numbers of Game fish soon, when the water settles and increases in temperature.  Wahoo have made a surprise appearance with a few boats managing a fish or two off Shelley Beach area.

We have just received some news of great  fishing in Malaysia, fishing from Boat 1, Adrian Verhagen, Michael Gradwell, Trevor Gwillam and Jeff Raasch, boated 89 sailies on a four day trip. Boat 11, with Nick Grey, Steve Slatter, Alan Russell and Paul Ferreira boated 68 sailies, now that’s awesome fishing, if anyone is interested in fishing in Malaysia, give Henry Gradwell a call on 083 3000 504, he’s got the right contacts to put a trip like this together.


Fresh water:
Bass – Inanda has come out tops this week, with reports from many anglers of good catches. Weightless flukes fished in the shallows will get the bite according to reports, with spinner baits and frogs coming in at a close second. Albert falls has also fished well recently, although at 82%.  Hollow bodied frogs fished in the grass towards Kyalami Bay, followed up with a spinnerbait has been a winning combination. Strike Pro Thai Sticks fished fast along the surface off the primary points has also been deadly.  Midmar produced a lovely fish of 5,7kgs recently as well, which should be motivation enough for anglers to fish the Midmar Fish Offs. Hazelmere has dropped to a disappointing 47% and is chocolate brown with mud. The only way to fish these conditions is with crank baits and spinnerbaits.

Fly fishing – At this time of the year, when the water heats up and the Trout become less active, many anglers will venture into estuaries and harbours to find more active quarry.  Most anglers would prefer to use a 7-9 weight outfit as the flies used are often smaller patterns such as Crazy Charlie’s etc. There have been some very nice Kingfish around, with the odd Sea Pike feeding as well. For these fish, a Flipper or other style of Popper will do well. The Springer will be arriving soon, and will be caught on the same patterns. These species should be targeted using a light fluorocarbon leader of about 15lb, with Maxima Ultragreen used for the poppers to avoid diving. A fast retrieve will attract more attention and result in more bites.


PETRI DE WET’s Hier Gaan Ons Alweer fishing show is back to kykNET, channel 144. This series runs for the next three months, the primer is at 17.30 on Mondays, with re runs during the week. The first show, this Monday the 6th, is catching Tiger Fish (the cover of this month’s Stywe Lyne) and Bream with Daiwa Laguna rods and reels. The new series has been filmed in HD so should be great. Also, 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 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: (it’s a lot more interactive) and become a member. Membership is totally free and there are great prizes to be won every month.

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