Fishing stories everywhere! Thanks to the amount of anglers on our beaches over the last week, stories around the dinner table have been in no shortage, with plenty of fishing tales to tell from the rocks, beaches and off the boat. With the good weather predicted for the coming week, boaters as well and rock and surf anglers will be preparing for some excellent fishing.
Rock n Surf:
Kosi Bay – The areas between Kosi bay and Sodwana have seen some good fishing recently, with the bulk of the fish landed being Sand Sharks and some very big Kingfish. Most of these reports have indicated slide traces being used. When these fish are on the run and multiple hookups are expected, be sure to use a good quality line such as Kingfisher Giant Abrasion which will last longer and maintain its strength throughout the usage.
Cape Vidal – Cape Vidal and St Lucia have also seen plenty of fish, but more in the edible range. Plenty of fish have been landed on drop shot as well. McArthy Paddle tails in the 2-3″ range have proven deadly. Wave Garrick and smaller Kingfish have taken most drop shot as well as smaller baits in the shallows.
Richards Bay- Richards Bay north has seen an abnormally high number of Sandies and Honeycomb Rays which have been caught mainly on Mackerel or Shad. Bigger baits have got bigger fish in most cases. Richards Bay south has been quiet compared to the north side, yet a few species have been on the run in a big way. Hammerhead Sharks and Milk Sharks have been wild, eating most baits. For a longer lifespan on your trace, use a higher test carbon coated wire. Anything over 80/90lbs will last longer than one or two fish.
Zinkwazi /Blythedale –This area has seen many Grey Sharks early in the mornings on Mullet head or cutlet baits. A standard Mustad Big gun 6/0 on a 20cm bite trace of 80lb will do just fine for a few of these fish. There have also been reports of big Shad in the Zinkwazi area. Reports of some big Zambezi Sharks have also been received, from anglers using swim baits.
Ballito – Has some good fishing to be experienced at the moment, mostly on the deep points using Mackerel slide baits or throw baits for anglers using grinder setups. Sand Sharks and Diamonds have been feeding readily on Mackerel and the Brown Skates and Grey Sharks have been landed on Red Eye baits.
Local – The Durban North areas have all been fishing well and have produced some good catches of Honeycombs Rays and Sand Sharks. Mostly on big baits such as Shad head or cutlet. Shad have been feeding well off Blue Lagoon recently as well. Anglers along the beachfront near the Ushaka area have also had fun with Grunter, Bonefish and Shad with the odd Blue Ray biting as well. The preferred baits have been Red Eye and Chokka baits.
Toti – Toti has seen few fish, and the few have been Shad and Grey Sharks. There have been smaller edibles around the rocks as well as one Brusher reported.
Scottborough – Has seen plenty of Bonefish and Brown Skates off the point, with Sand Sharks being landed off the surf areas. There are still a fair amount of bigger Shad around too.
Margate – Anglers in the Margate area have only reported Shad, most of which have been targeted on drift Sardine.
Transkei – Port St John’s has fished well once again, with the likes of Shad, Garrick, Kob and a few bigger Sharks as well. The lower PSJ areas have experienced clean and cold waters, resulting in very few catches of Sharks or edibles.
Harbour- Some great news from Durban harbour, as more and more anglers report excellent catches of Kingfish and other species targeted on lure. Most fish have been caught on Strike Pro shallow diving lures and small poppers. Anglers on boats have targeted the Silt Canal heavily and have had huge success with a variety Kingfish and even Springer.
ZULULAND – Fishing at Vidal and Sodwana has over recent weeks been very productive with boats reporting a variety of good game fish. Yellowfin Tuna seems to be abundant and the main target specie here but the odd big Couta and Wahoo are also being landed. Anglers at both of these venues have also reported some excellent Marlin fishing with a mixture of both Blue and Black Marlin being caught and released. There are no reports of any really big fish although the average size of most fish is in the 100 kg range. St Lucia and Mapelane have also had some good fishing recently and a mixed bag of mainly Natal Snoek, Couta, Dorado and the odd Sailfish being reported.
DURBAN – Cold and off colour water here still persists but anglers fishing the Westbrook and Ballito areas have had some good fishing as far as Yellowfin Tuna are concerned. Some big fish in the 40 kg range have been caught in these areas. There are some reports filtering through of the odd big Couta being landed in and around the Durban area. Snoek are late and should be quite abundant at this time of the year along the Umgeni, Umdloti and Westbrook areas. There are reports of the odd fish being caught from fishing Ski’s but at this stage there are no fireworks.
SOUTH COAST – As in Durban the sea has stayed cold and off colour as well but there are some excellent reports coming in from the Aliwal Shoal and Park Rynie areas. Yellowfin Tuna at these venues are quite abundant with both Jet Skis and Ski Boaters getting in on the action. Anglers fishing with surface poppers and grinders are getting some really good results at Aliwal. There have also been some good catches of Wahoo along the Shoal but Couta here still remain elusive, however it should not be long before they make their presence felt. A little further south, the Park Rynie and Kelso areas are also producing some good Yellowfin and some unseasonal Cape Yellowtail. These fish, some in the 20 kg range are being caught relatively shallow and can test an angler’s equipment and ability to the maximum. It is rare to have the Yellowtail here at this time of the year but the persistent cold sea temperatures could be a contributing factor. Hibberdene and the Protea Banks have also produced consistent catches of Yellowfin, Yellowtail and a few Dorado have been reported here.
Carp – With most of our local dams full to capacity with holiday makers, fishing can become relatively difficult. This is the perfect time to teach the youngsters how to fish. The fish are more abundant than in the colder months, and although not as large as the average winter fish, are much easier to catch. Shongweni dam has fished well over the last week and has produced some fine fish during the evenings. Few fish have been caught on specimen tackle; during the evenings maize used on conventional tackle has been the best bait. Inanda dam has been busy during the days with motorboats and bathers, but has fished extremely well during the evenings. The commotion in the water during the day has a positive contribution to the fishing due to the amount of sediment which is churned up. Specimen anglers as well as conventional anglers have had good catches throughout the week.
Bass – Competitive anglers fishing Albert Falls over the weekend struggled with quality fish but managed to boat many smaller fish in areas close to the ridge and near the river mouth. Soft plastics were responsible for most of these fish. Inanda, still struggling with the water level, has performed relatively well and has seen a few good sized Bass over the last week. Anglers using crank baits have outperformed most others, fishing deep points around taxi bay and the cliffs. Shongweni dam has had few reports of decent fish but anglers fishing late into the evenings on float tubes have racked up some good numbers and size fish too.
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