FISHING REPORT 11TH MARCH 2015.
Good reports have suggested an all-round good week for fishing last week, competitively and socially, along the entire KZN coast. Well done to the Natal A team for their win in last week’s fishing nationals, we hope to see many more!
Rock n Surf:
Kosi Bay – Has seen plenty of action over the last week, with reports from numerous anglers who have had fun with Black fin Sharks of all sizes on throw baits. Bonefish have been plentiful as well, and may be the reason for the high concentration of Black fin Sharks in the area. These Bonefish make excellent bait, so be sure to take a heavy outfit down with you to slide a larger Bonefish bait.
Cape Vidal and St Lucia – areas have seen more visitors lately due to the reports of the Kingfish in the area, which have been in full force over the last week too, allowing many anglers to enjoy these awesome fish on light tackle. Some good size Speckled Snapper have also been seen in these areas, which are the main attraction as far as edibles are concerned. Most of the lower Zululand stretch up until Mtunzini have fished well and seen a fair amount of Sharks and flat fish, which have fed almost daily for the last week and during the weekend.
Tugela – Has been a bit quiet, due to the sea conditions being a bit uncomfortable to fish, however the report of large Sharks which have been hooked are coming in regularly.
Ballito – Saw a handful of Skates and some Greys in the evening off the Tidal pool in the evening. Zinkwazi also saw a few Brown Skates and smaller Sand Sharks. The best spot seem to be the gullies and reefs near Boys town, which have produced some good Grunter, Stumpies and Pompano.
Durban area – Umhlanga has also been on the Greys, although no fireworks, some decent sized specimens were caught.
Virginia – has gone off the bite recently, with some anglers fishing the last few evenings with no bite at all. The only good news has been in the form of Shad which have been plentiful.
Blue Lagoon – has had quite a large wave set at around 6ft, and very few fish besides a few Lanterns and smaller Rock Cod in the morning. Further down near the bathing pools, there have been some very nice Pompano which have been caught on Sea lice.
Thekweni Beaches – has been a hotspot for Grunter and Pompano.
Addington Beach– has been a bit quiet lately, but has still supplied anglers with some decent Gunter, Shad and bigger Lessers.
Toti and Warner beach -is also a bit off, and has only produced a few Shad and small Kingies in the mornings.
Umkomaas / Scottborough – Has had better fishing than the Durban area, producing good numbers of Grunter and King Fish, another has been no shortage of Brown Skates and Sand Sharks. Snapper Salmon have been plentiful and have been considered pests by Grunter anglers. The ledges have been a bit bare but started to pick up towards the end of last week.
Scottborough had plenty of Shad around, but unfortunately a lack of other species to be seen. The odd Grey Shark was landed on Mackerel head, as well as some smaller edibles in the front.
Hibberdene / Port Shepstone – Had its Locals fishing for Shad for the lack of other fish in the area. Port Shepston has suffered in these times of rough seas, allowing very few anglers to land fish. The lack of Kob suggests they have moved further down the coast.
Transkei – Port St John’s is working well at the moment, and had plenty of good feedback from the estuaries in those areas. Kob, Garrick, Kingfish, Rock Salmon and Perch have all been in full force. Most of these fish have been caught on the Strike Pro Sprat stick on ultra light tackle. Live baits have also worked well for the larger fish. Non edibles off the bricks have made a good showing for anglers and have been biting consistently throughout the week. Raggies, Grey Sharks, Hammerheads and the odd flatfish have been regular catches mainly over the weekend.
Harbour – With the game fishing in the Harbour slowing down over the last week, anglers have been fishing with bait flat out. Grunter have been caught in good numbers but have been lacking in size, apart from a lovely fish of 4,9kgs which was landed on a Daiwa Procaster 2500 on a Laguna 7ft rod, using only 8lb nylon. This fish took more than half an hour to land and almost cut through the leader material with its Gill plates. This is why the use of Fluorocarbon leader is important, so make sure that a good quality fluorocarbon is used. Siglon, Maxima and Kingfisher have an excellent range of Fluorocarbon which covers most requirements.
Anglers targeting larger fish in the deeper water have landed some excellent Rock Cod and have had equal amounts reef them. These are not small fish and care must be taken to make an effort to use heavier tackle to get these brutes out of their holes. Live baits work well, as well as a simple Cracker for reasons that remain unexplained. Most anglers have resorted to using either heavy bottom fishing KP reels or even Jigging outfits in an attempt to boat some of these massive fish.
Up North after heavy winds and big seas, not many boats managed to launch during the course of last week. The anglers who managed to get a gap and launch in decent seas did manage to hook into some lovely fish in the Sodwana Bay area. The main species caught was Couta, followed closely by Dorado and surprisingly enough, Sailfish. The amount of Sailfish in the Sodwana area has been phenomenal over the last month and only seems to be improving day by day. Most of these fish have been caught as by catch whilst targeting other species such as Dorado. Wahoo have made a surprisingly high count this week and have been caught by anglers targeting Couta on live baits mainly.
Some nice Marlin between 60-120kgs have been landed on the boats as well as Jet Ski anglers over the weekend, which is an uncommon occurrence, especially off the Jet Skis. There seem to be a large number of Billfish around, so this would be the time to target these fish if it is on your bucket list.
From Richards Bay Harbour, anglers have been launching on any day fishable in order to target Billfish and Tuna, and have had some excellent catches. Dorado have also been plentiful in these areas and seem to be much bigger than before. Most of the bigger Tuna which have come out over the last week have all been on live baits and have been mostly from Zinkwazi down to the Westbrook area.
Some of the bigger fish have been landed from Westbrook down to Durban; however these have been with the Dolphins using either live bait or Rattler Poppers etc. The beauty of live bait fishing is the angler is playing an open field and has the ability to fish one bait and target a variety of species at the same time. Durban has had some very good days of fishing over the last week and anglers who braved the less than desirable conditions were rewarded with some good fish. Umdloti had everything from Dorado to Couta, Sailies and Tuna. The problem was the sharks. Other than that, many fish were landed. In these situations anglers need to remember to use slightly heavier tackle in order to avoid wasting fish. Number one saw some small tuna early in the mornings and anglers who traveled to the ships caught some very nice Tuna and Wahoo.
Aliwal Shoal has produced a mixed bag of game fish over the last week. Species like Snoek, Couta, Tuna and Kingfish have all been landed. Artificial lures produced good results in the deeper water whilst live baits produced some very nice results in the shallows. In the dirtier conditions which we have been experiencing recently, a small green duster in front of your live bait will almost guaranteed to get a bite quicker than a plain live bait.
The last couple of weeks has seen some good Jet Ski fishing up and down our coast. With Ballito producing some good fish with Tuna in the 30kg mark coming out almost on a daily basis. The Dorado are still in full swing up there and anglers are coming in with mixed bags of both species. Further south in Durban the guys are getting into the action with some nice Tuna and Dorado for the guys that are getting out early. The Couta are showing their faces but not as much as everybody would like. With only the guys that have really put in the time that are seeing the rewards.
Durban itself has produced some Wahoo over the past weekend with some odd Tuna showing their faces. The Couta have been very slow in the area but they are there and again the guys that have been putting in the hard work and time to be on the water have been reaping the rewards. The Shoal has produced some good fish over the past couple of days with report of Wahoo, Tuna and some very good Couta in the regions of 30kg coming out.
But the catch of the week will most certainly go to Mick Clark from Umkomaas that managed to land and release a good Marlin launching from his home grounds at Umkomaas. Here is a short story on how it all went down and the tackle used.
After hooking and losing a few Marlin in the past on a Jet Ski, on March 6th 2015 I eventually got the chance to land one off a Jet Ski due to a perfect calm 26 degree sea just off Umkomaas. Fishing for Dorado and Tuna in the previous days I had been bitten off twice on leader so I decided to use a no 4 wire with a no6 bite trace.
Hooks were Mustad big gun no2 on the front and a tiny no4 treble on the back. Live bait was a cigar scad as that was what was available on the day. After catching and releasing two Skipjack Tuna I had a strange bite where the rod pulled round, tapped a bit and then sprang back. I left it for a few seconds and then the reel screamed and the holy grail of fishing leapt clean out of the water…Marlin I screamed. Game on! My first thought was to get a video as it would soon break me off. Anyway nearly 2 hours later and still kicking I eventually landed the Marlin took a few photos and then let this magnificent specimen swim back off into the depths so that someone can also share that incredible experience that I had.
TACKLE USED: Rod Kingfisher Poseidon Jet ski 15-18kg. Kingfisher Giant Abrasion .045 30lb white nylon No2 Mustad Big Gun J hook and No4 Mustad treble.
The Durban Ski Boat Club is hosting their annual Ski Boat Classic in April on the 25th and 26 where there will be a limited amount of Jet Skis allowed. We have some awesome prizes this year and the guys will stand a chance of winning one of two boats this time around. In May we see the guys from Go Fish hosting their Pumula Comp where it will be decided who is the King Of The Sea. This comp we have the Ski boat, Jet skis and the Paddle ski boys against each other for the top honours. This comp will be on the 23 and 24 of May.
If there is anybody wanting to get into the sport of fishing from a Jet Ski they are welcome to contact fritz via email at email@example.com he will
gladly help where he can.
Carp – Slip ways 3 and 4 at Albert Falls produced far less fish than in the previous weeks, however the Pelican Bay and Bon Accord stretches fished extremely well and had plenty of action. Smaller baits seemed to work well, as well as more subtle flavours such as plain and Banana. Most bites occurred during the evenings and into the early hours of the morning, with the occasional fish being taken during the day as well. Fish which were caught during the day were located substantially deeper and fed on larger baits.
Towards the Kyalami Bay area, anglers have been having fun on fly, fishing off a boat targeting Carp on the surface with dry flies. Along with the Carp, the same anglers have managed to land some big Tilapia in the grassy areas on fly too. Midmar had an average run and apart from two nice fish between 8-12kgs, nothing spectacular has been reported.
Inanda has picked up somewhat and apart from the excellent Bass fishing, the Carp have been feeding extremely well and most anglers have had more than enough to brag about. With the water level stabilised and the fish permanently back in the shallows, fishing has been out of this world in certain areas. At 96, 56% full, the fish would have moved back onto their original holdings and started to settle in again. In the case where a dam has risen substantially, any grass or reeds which would have dried up, or alternatively any new grown plant life which grew due to rising water levels, anglers are urged to fish with a line class which can withstand abrasion or snags. Daiwa Sensor Monofilament has proven itself time and time again in these conditions and is trusted by millions worldwide. Be safe, don’t take chances and remember that a lost trace is often a fish killed.
Bass – The South African Basing fraternity has long awaited the arrival of the all new Daiwa Tatula Bait casting reels, which has had incredible reviews and feedback from thousands of users in the States. Hitting our shores at an unbelievably affordable price, the Tatula boasts some of Daiwa’s legendary features combined with revolutionary upgrades which have been dubbed “game changers” amongst tackle enthusiasts. The introduction of Daiwa’s T Wing System or TWS has been a long awaited feature which will allow anglers to gain 15% more distance on the average cast due to the T Wing line guide which allows free movement of line once the freespool is engaged. The Tatula also boasts a 6kg drag system and oversized drive gear which increases smoothness and power. With such powerful internals, framework and main side plate have been crafted from high quality aluminium, which make for an ultra-light and ultra powerful reel. With a 6, 3:1 retrieve ratio, versatility is the Tatula’s strong point, so whether it be Frogging, punching, soft plastics or crank baiting, the Tatula has what it takes to be your next favourite reel.
Inanda dam has been fished excessively over the last week, by anglers from the banks, from boats and even by anglers using fly tackle. Anglers on fly managed to rack up decent numbers on the northern side of the dam using olive wooly buggers with orange tungsten heads. On lure, some larger fish were landed around the Car Body and Cabbage patch areas in the shallows. Hollow Body frogs and Thai Stick top water lures came out tops for the week, landing some excellent fish with a very slow twitch-pause retrieve. Anglers fishing the Woodstock Dam Comp struggled for numbers, with many boats blanking or only managing one or two smaller fish. The only three teams that made any significant weight were anglers in first, second and third place with bags over 5kgs each.
The Matatiele Mountain Lake Fly Fishing Competition is on again this year, fishing will be on Sat the 21st and Sun the 22nd March. 1st prize is R3, 000.00, 2nd is R2, 000.00 and 3rd is R1, 000.00, plus many more prizes. Entry fee is R 425.00 and that includes Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast as well as tea/ coffee and Rusks. There is a very limited cash bar and camping and ablutions are available. For registration of enquires contact Lionel Whittle on 039 737 3170, Shane Sweetnam 083 299 4996 or Dale Tribe on 081 401 0027.
ASFN, season 4 premiers on Monday nights on Super Sport 8 (channel 208) at 19h30 be sure not to miss it, there will also be six rebroadcasts during the week.
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, closed on Sundays.
Please send any info about fishing, fish caught or competitions in your area to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.