Excitement all around on the beaches, anglers standing on the beach waiting to launch their boat, Bass anglers speeding across the water to their favourite spots, the heat of summer is definitely on and most anglers cannot wait to get on the water to take advantage of these conditions.
Rock n Surf:
North– Kosi Bay and surroundings experienced some extremely good Sand Shark fishing over the last week as well as the continuation of the Honeycomb Ray smash up along the Zululand stretch. Most anglers fishing for Black Fin Sharks also caught their fair share, mainly using bigger baits on slide traces. Most fish have been larger over the last few days and as a whole, last week produced many inedibles.
Anglers in the Maphelane area managed a variety of edibles such as Bonefish, Stumpies and Grunter. Anglers using artificials around the Cape Vidal area have had productive sessions with small Kingfish and Wave Garrick, particularly on the high tide when using small variations of spoons such as the Pro Jets or Spanyid Maniacs. Most spoons available on the market these days are rigged with single J hooks, which leaves little work to the angler in terms of rigging; however, there are certain brands which are sold with treble hooks. These hooks are difficult to remove from the mouth of a fish and are also known to damage the mouth. If the spoons are being used for catch and release purposes, then anglers are urged to change the trebles out for a sharp strong single hook such as a Mustad o’Shaunessy Bait hook.
Zinkwazi and Ballito – Have both reported a healthy supply of Grey Sharks over the last week, which have been caught throughout the day and feed more aggressively in the evenings. The Diamond Rays have made their way down to Ballito, giving anglers a chance to stretch their arms a bit. The La Mercy stretch has been very productive and has shown off some very nice Stumpies and Pompano. Salt Rock point saw a variety of species, the bulk of which were Grey Sharks which have been caught on Mackerel slide baits.
Beachwood and Virginia – Some extremely large Shad have been landed off the Beachwood and Virginia beaches, which have been released in anticipation for the reopening of the season on the first of December. Anglers spinning off these areas have also found themselves hooking into a fair number of Garrick on small plugs and McArthy Paddle tails in the 6″ range. Much the same is the Blue Lagoon area with more Garrick than in previous weeks. These fish have been feeding on live Blacktail and Pinkies, as well as Plugs and dropshot, large spoons in the 2oz variety have also been productive.
Durban – The beachfront will be receiving a lot of attention after the catches we have been seeing from this area. The Blue Rays, Grunter, Stumpies, Brown Skates and Bonefish have swarmed to the beaches and have been caught daily. For these areas, most anglers can get away with using a lighter setup as opposed to a 14′ outfit. A Daiwa Saltist 4500h spinning reel matched to a 12’6″ 4oz spinning rod will be a dream outfit for these medium sized fish.
Bluff and Umkomaas – All areas between the Bluff and Umkomaas have fished well, particularly for Garrick and Brusher. Smaller rock species have been more plentiful recently and most anglers have managed to put their youngsters onto a decent amount of fish in the gullies. Umkomaas has seen a few Half Kob and Snapper Salmon around the mouth, as well as good numbers of flat fish in the evenings. For best results, make sure to use bloody baits such as Red Eye or Mackerel cutlets.
Scottborough Point – This area has produced the goods too, with a number of larger Sand Sharks and Eagle Rays which have been targeted heavily using Red Eye and Chokka baits. Both of these species have been on the bite in the strong Easterly winds and feed in the working water.
Port Shepstone – Is making a name for itself with its excellent Garrick catches of late. Sandspit has been the number one competitor for Garrick and the last week was an example of how excellent the fishing can be in that area. Most fish were landed on live baits, with the odd exception of a catch on plug, spoon or McArthy Paddle tail. There have been far less reports of Kob in the area but as a replacement, the Bronze Bream have been on the loose and Red Prawn baits seem to be getting better bites.
Port St John’s – This has been a Kob hotspot recently which is the reason for the high volume of anglers. Despite the crowds on certain days, the pressure has not affected the catch rate. A few small Grey Sharks have been around for the inedible anglers, and Hole In The Wall has seen numbers of Bronze Whalers, big Greys and also Blackfin Sharks.
Harbour – Durban harbour has been the center of attention for spinning enthusiasts over the last week. Kingfish, Pick handle and even Springer have been caught every day of last week in the harbour, around the banks and off the piers. Grunter have been around as well, but have taken the back seat since the arrival of the Game fish. Light outfits and smaller lures will get many more bites. A Daiwa Crossfire or Laguna rod between 6′ and 7′ will be perfectly matched to a size 2000 grinder such as the Daiwa Laguna or Exceler, 10-15lbs braid will do the job.
North – The Cape Vidal and Sodwana areas at this time of the year are possibly one of the better areas to fish as far as Game fish are concerned. The first of the shoal Couta have made their presence felt here which is a good sign for the local Couta run. Apart from these fish there are also Dorado, Tuna and some Sailfish being landed. Billfish, especially up at Sodwana are also being seen and landed but no huge fish of any significance have been reported as yet.
Central – The North coast and the Durban area have also reported some fairly decent catches of Tuna and the odd Dorado has also been landed. Areas that should start producing soon would be the Highpoints, Ballito and Westbrook marks. As far as bottom fishing is concerned, anglers are still finding some significant catches of both Geelbek and Daga Salmon. General bottom fishing with regards to ‘Redfish’ and Rockcod has also been quite productive in these areas.
South – Much the same can be said for the Ski Boaters on the South Coast but the Shark problem here has recently become a growing concern. Aliwal Shoal has started producing some good catches of Yellowfin Tuna with a few good size Wahoo being reported. There have also been quite a few nice Sailfish being landed here and in the Park Rynie areas. Fishing further south, the Protea Banks at Shelly Beach are also yielding some good catches of Yellowfin Tuna.
Bass – Midmar produced the goods over the weekend with fish up to 5kgs being landed in the Fish Offs, and a number of fish between 2-3.5kgs were boated. There were no blanks out of the boats that launched and all boats had at least one fish of over 2kgs. Albert Falls has also done well over the last week, proving it can stand up to Midmar even when Midmar is on fire. Anglers off boats have had good catches near the dam wall and yacht club on Crank baits and Spinner baits in the cleaner water. Shongweni has seen plenty of good fishing for guys off the kick boats and float tubes, a lot of which managed a few fish over 1kg per session.
Carp– Shongweni Dam was the dam to be at over the weekend, having produced a variety of fish including Carp, Barbel and Bass. Carp anglers were lucky enough to hook into good numbers of fish between 2-6kgs on specimen and conventional tackle. Inanda Dam fished relatively well considering the level of water at the moment. The water is clean and visibility is extremely good. It is imperative to make use of decent camp gear and terminal tackle such as Korda components.
Petri De Wet’s latest series of Hier Gaan Ons Alweer fishing show is on kykNET, channel 144. The primer is at 17.30 on Mondays, with re-runs during the week. 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.
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