FISHING REPORT 24TH DECEMBER 2014.
The combination of good weather and eager fishermen have made for an excellent weeks fishing, offshore and from the surf.
Rock n Surf:
Kosi Bay – Good reports have been received throughout the week of Kingfish being caught on live baits as well as plugs in the Kosi Bay region and towards Sodwana Bay. Some excellent Blue Fin Kingies are being landed on plug as well as drop shot in the shallows. The outfit of choice here has been an Exceler Saltwater series 10’6″ paired with a Daiwa Ballistic 4000. There have also been plenty of Bonefish throughout the week, which have taken smaller baits in the shallows and off the sand banks. Anglers who have used these as bait have managed to catch the odd GT or Shark. One of our top Zululand lady anglers, Liezel Steenkamp, managed to land a bus of a Blackfin Shark off a slide Bonefish. The Shark weighed in at a whopping 65kgs and was landed using a Daiwa Saltist BG 50.
Cape Vidal – Off the ledges, anglers have caught some nice Raggies at night on big bloody baits. Whole Mackerel slide baits have also been effective.
Richards Bay -The north side of Richards Bay produced a good number of Flatfish, with Honeycombs being the main target species. Along with the Honeycombs, a few Sand Sharks and Blackfin Sharks were landed too. On the South side of Richards Bay, anglers saw a few Diamonds, Browns and Sandies.
Zinkwazi – At Zinkwazi and Blythedale, the fish were not as abundant as the weeks before and due to holiday time restrictions, fewer anglers had lines in the water. At Ballito, the Sand Sharks were on the bite and anglers also saw some Honeycombs and Diamonds in the evenings. A few small Stumpies were landed during the night with smaller throw baits.
Durban – It is nice to see a high volume of anglers spinning from the Blue Lagoon north banks in the mornings, catching Shad and Kingfish of decent size. For anglers getting into spinning and are looking for a cost effective outfit, be sure to take a look at the new range of Poseidon Power Angler rods, which are available in a 3pce option for easy storage in any vehicle. These rods matched with a Daiwa Laguna in a size 4000 will have enough power to stop even the most stubborn fish.
There were good reports of huge Flatfish sighted off the piers, which are targeted far too seldom. Anglers who have targeted them have managed to land some beautiful Honeycombs up to 100kgs. Of course, bigger bloody baits are the way forward when targeting these fish, with care taken to use the freshest bait possible. If it is edible fish that you are after, then be sure to make your way down to Ushaka to target some of the many Stumpies and Grunter which have been in the area. Red Eye and Chokka baits or Sea Lice have been deadly.
Closer to the North Pier, on the extreme low tide the Stumpies have had a good run on Sea Lice and heavier tackle. Mustad Kendal Round 3/0 has been doing the damage. Mr Sanjay Bharioparsad landed a Pompano at Beachwood on the 18 Dec 2014, the weight reported was 8kg. In the Durban Harbour, Brian Naidoo landed a Grunter of 5.10kg on 20/12/2014 from the boat SAABIR, using cracker as bait.
Bluff – On the Bluff, the water has been a few degrees warmer than around Durban and the fish seem to be more active. Plenty of smaller Black Tip Kingies around, as well as Bonefish and Stumpnose.
Toti – This area has produced some very nice Shad recently, mainly on the weekend though. Umkomaas River is flowing strong and the amount if fish being landed in the area is impressive. Grunter, Kob, Stumpies and a variety of inedibles from Brown Skates to Zambezi Sharks but in the moving water, bigger baits are a must.
Scottborough – Scottborough Point is fishing well at the moment as well, if the tides are fished correctly. There have been good Lantern fish and Sea Pike off the point on smaller baits and Kingies off the pool on spoon or McArthy drop shot. Umdoni Point has had some good fishing in the mornings, producing good Bone fish and smaller edibles.
Port Shepstone – The Port Shepstone area has been quiet apart from some smaller King fish which have been landed.
Port Edward – The town has become very busy with fishermen from all over the country and they have been treated to some of the best fishing here for many years. Game fish are still being caught in good numbers. Yellowtail heading the catches taken on live Shad and others fishing for the Shad with drift baits are being ‘smashed’ up by these fiery feeders.
Garrick also fills the daily reports and so are caught with live Shad too. Shad are plentiful at most spots day to day, fishermen filling their bags and spooning is working as well as bait. A great relief is the availability of Sardines again after such a shortage over the past few weeks. Two rock and surf anglers hooked into Yellow Fin Tuna here, one landed over the 20 kg mark and the other took (Jonny Bravo) Dean Pretorious from Suicide Rock to the main beach nearly two kilometres down the line and when he finally had some command, it was eaten by a large Shark right on our swimming beach. Many onlookers witnessed the sad story.
Splash Rock presented junior provincial angler Byron Bennett with a Honeycomb Skate of 70kg’s and other catches of note are common there. Estuaries are also fishing well with a number of Rock Salmon fitting the bill. Thanks to Terry Nel from Tacklenet in Port Edward for the info, if you are down in the Port Edward area and want to find out a bit more about the fishing give Terry a call on 039 3113 3013 or pop in and see him.
Transkei – Hole In The Wall is the spot to be with fish being landed left right and center. Plenty of Grunter and other edibles around during the mornings and evenings. Mpolomo is also having a good run of Sharks on Sarda Sarda and whole Chokka slide baits.
Zululand – Fishing at Sodwana and Vidal has been very productive recently, positive results as far as good game fish are concerned have been excellent at both venues. Marlin, particularly at Sodwana have been quite prolific. One angler managed to land two Black Marlin in the 180 kg range and many more have been successfully released. Couta, Dorado, Tunny and the odd big Wahoo make up the rest of anglers catches. Fishing Ski’s at Cape Vidal have also been very active with good results of small shoal Couta and Yellowfin Tunny. Those Ski’s that are targeting big Snoek at first light have had some excellent results. The average size here is in the 6 kg range and can provide some exiting fishing for Ski’s and boats alike.
Central – Fishing in the Durban area has picked up to nearly acceptable levels for this time of the year. The long awaited elusive Dorado have finally made an appearance on the ‘deeper’ reefs off Durban. Some boats have reported catching double figures and the average size is around the 8 kg mark. When the current changes back to the NE these fish will surely come in to the closer reefs. Yellowfin Tunny are still being caught for Durban right up to the Ballito areas from Ski Boats and Fishing Ski’s alike. There are some sketchy reports of the odd big Couta being caught in the Westbrook area.
South Coast – This is where most of the action has been for the past few weeks with the Aliwal Shoal taking center stage for producing some excellent catches of fish. Yellowfin Tunny are still plentiful but the unseasonal Cape Yellowtail are still being caught in good numbers here, Park Rynie and as far down as Hibberdene. Quite a few Sailfish are being reported and local angler Johan Coetzer managed to land and successfully release a good size Black Marlin. With cleaner water and higher temperatures this venue is soon going to start producing Couta and Dorado, some of which has already been accounted for. Sharks have been a persistent and continuing problem here when bigger fish are being hooked.
Bass– The past two weeks have definitely slowed down on the Bassing front, having had minimal reports from various anglers fishing around Natal. Farm dams have fished very well, which indicated that the main dams have felt the pressure from boats and anglers over this festive season. Inanda Dam is fishing better than most other dams in Natal, with numbers and with size. The river section has produced most good sized fish and the areas around Cabbage Patch have been responsible for most catches or 300-700g fish. Albert Falls has failed to deliver any substantial fish up until the weekend where two anglers managed to boat fish over 2kgs on a Strike Pro spinner bait in the river section late in the afternoon. Shongweni has fished slow but consistent, producing fish between 500g and 1kg.
Carp – With the amount of baits in the water recently, it is no wonder the reports have been flying in. All of our dams are fishing well, as well as most river systems too. Anglers using conventional tackle have landed dozens of Carp between 3-8kgs from the day sites at Albert Falls and Midmar as well. Apart from the conventional tackle, specimen anglers have racked up some points with a number of large fish on tiger nuts and bigger boilies. Midmar showed us once again why anglers keep going back for more, with two fish of 17 and 19kgs on tiger nuts during the evenings.
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