FISHING REPORT 25TH MARCH 2015.
Some more good results across the board this week for Rock and surf anglers, fresh water anglers, and also a few very lucky Paddle ski anglers! Record breaking, sweat breaking and back breaking fishing has taken place over the last week!
Rock n Surf:
Kosi Bay – Has been fishing a bit slow for this time of year, with anglers speaking about a sand bank along the front of the bay, which has limited two things, firstly it has limited anglers fishing with outfits that have a limited cast, as well as limiting the ability to land a decent fish. Anglers have spent hours attempting to pull larger fish over the bank and have ended the fight with a leader that has parted from coming in contact with the bank for extended periods of time.
Grinder outfits spooled with a decent quality 50lb braid such as Gatorbraid 8 x, with either a tapered leader or a braided leader of 150lbs have done a lot better in these conditions.
Cape Vidal– has seen excellent numbers of edibles on small baits. Again Vidal has been productive in the early morning sessions with Shad being caught on spoon. Drop shot fun for the early risers using McArthy 4 and 5″ Jerk Minnows.
Richards Bay – There are still a few decent Sandies coming out, however the numbers have dropped and Richards Bay has seen lots of Milkies around to keep anglers busy, but will become a pest to most anglers after a while. These Milkies take almost any bait thrown, no matter the size. When conditions were right, there have been a few Browns and Honeycombs as well, which have fallen victim to Red Eye baits and large Mackerel bait.
Salt Rock area – North of Salt Rock the water has been clean but full of sand, and there has also been a lot of smaller fish in the area to contend with, but there are still a couple of fish being landed on a well-presented Bay Squid or Red Eye bait.
La Mercy mouth area has seen a few big Sharks again being caught using bait boats and taking out bigger baits. Both Black Fin and Zambezi Sharks taking these bigger baits. It is nice to see a large Zambezi Shark landed on the Grinder outfit! There are still many smaller fish being landed on small Chokka baits and also Sea lice. Not too many inedible species have been landed over the last week but with the forecasts being strong North East winds this should change.
Durban – Virginia has been quite productive with a very nice trough being present which has produced many edible species such as Pompano and Grunter. During the week, some excellent Pompano were landed. Durban Piers have been less productive than the previous weeks with less fish being landed, but some nice Grunter being taken between the smaller fish. These fish have been landed late in the evenings along with a few Grey Sharks. Durban beach front, mainly near Addington has kept anglers busy with some Pompano, Stumpnose and Grunter all on smaller Chokka bait and Red Eye.
Bluff saw some nice Black Tip Kingies being landed on live baits, mainly Karanteen or smaller Black tails. This style of fishing requires extra heavy tackle and an incredibly good sense of balance to keep upright when being pulled flat by one of these powerful fish. Most of these anglers are being cut off on the rocks due to their tackle being too light. Small Shad and Grunter for the edible anglers and countless Milkies being landed by the anglers fishing for bigger inedibles.
Scottborough – Has also produced some fish and a few Grey Sharks if the fish can locate the bait before the weed engulfs the line. The river has been chocolate brown and a lot of debris has made its way down.
Margate – Has been offering a few better sized Shad, Fish Tail Barbel and some nice Bronze Bream. Most of the lower south coast spots produced very little fish due to the unsettled seas and strong winds. Bronze Bream, Hound Sharks, Small Shad and Stone Bream have been the main species being landed. Some decent Hound Sharks of 20kgs plus have been landed almost daily.
Transkei – Has seen no sign of the Sardines yet, but hopefully some cooler water will get them moving up the coast. Most points are still producing Grey Sharks and Hammer Head Sharks. Most estuaries have seen some very nice Kob coming out, as well as a few Garrick.
Harbour – Over the past month or so, large Grunter have been slow and have not been caught as much as they should have been over the closing stages of Summer. Fortunately, last week saw a large number of good sized Grunter caught on Cracker off the banks and in the deep. Paddle Skis did incredibly well over the shallow sand banks on the spring tides, and managed to out fish anglers on boats and off the banks. The element of surprise is key and ultra light finesse bait presentation has been the reason why so many of these anglers on Skis have done so well.
The internationally trusted Daiwa Sensor Monofilament is now available in a 6lb option, and will be welcomed by many a finesse angler. This light line has an incredible abrasion resistance, good stretch, excellent knot strength and best of all, is very affordable. On the weekend, Emma Harber managed a fine Brown Skate of 14kgs on a Daiwa Megaforce 7ft Light action rod, loaded with 8lb Daiwa Sensor Monofilament. Emma was using a Cracker as bait on a Mustad size 6 Carp hook, targeting Grunter when the energetic Skate picked up the bait and kept her bent for the next half hour.
Charter boats have had some good luck in the N shed area, as well as the wharf around I &J. Most anglers have caught Grunter of decent size, however many other species such as Flat head, Stump nose, Snapper Salmon and Perch have been caught. There are also large numbers of Pouter on the banks, which can be annoying. Anglers are urged to move to another spot once this shoal moves in.
North – As the weeks have gone by, the northern areas of the Natal coast line have definitely been the more productive, producing better quality fish and a lot of them. As with the weeks before, Sodwana, Maphelane, Cape Vidal and Richards Bay have been good to anglers, producing fish such as Couta, Tuna, Wahoo and Dorado. Most fish have been caught on lures or small live baits on colour lines in relatively shallow water.
Snoek have been biting very well in the Maphelane and St Lucia area, taking Strike Pro Magic Minnows. The main news starts at the Richards Bay area, where anglers have had extremely good Tuna fishing in the deep fishing on 50 and 80lb outfits. Targeting Marlin on these outfits has become a waiting game for Tuna and Tuna only. Very few boats have hooked into Marlin north of Durban over the last week, but the amount of Yellow fin between 30kgs and 70kgs has made up for this.
Further south into the Zinkwazi region, there have been plenty of anglers who have been hooking into Tuna with the Dolphins, which have strangely enough been followed by Sharks. Anglers are urged to fish with heavier outfits with a higher strength braid in the 80-100lb class. The size of the Tuna is also a hot topic at the moment, with boats averaging catches of between 25kgs-40kgs. One angler in the Ballito area managed a fine specimen of 35kgs on a Daiwa Grandwave 7ft rod matched with a Saltist 4500 loaded with 55lb Saltiga boat braid. This fish towed the angler around for an hour before it was brought to the Ski. Every angler has a day on the water that they will never forget, whether it’s because of the company, the location or a once in a lifetime fish.
Durban – Jason Jearey, whilst fishing off Umhlanga on his Kayak, hooked into what he thought was a Sailfish and fought the beast to the gaff in 28 minutes. Jason was met by a once in a life time, colossal beast of a Wahoo which weighed in at 42,7kgs. Jason hooked this fish on straight fluorocarbon and treble hook, which makes this catch even more amazing. Well done Jason, you are envied by many!
Other anglers in the Umhlanga area were not as lucky, but still managed some lovely fish on Rattler Poppers with the Dolphins. Some of these fish weighed in at over 30kgs and were caught in twos and threes. Further south in the Durban area, Snoek have been caught off Blue Lagoon and Virginia. Most of these fish have been landed on finesse fillet traces and small Strike Pro lures. Halco Jelly Prawn lures have worked well as well.
The ships have also produced a good number of Dorado and a large number of large Wahoo. Spear fishermen have done extremely well in the Umkomaas area with large hauls of Wahoo, Prodigal Son, Couta and Tuna. Plenty of Kingfish have also been sighted.
Bass – Inanda Dam is the talk of the town at the moment with its stabilised levels and increasing visibility. Reports have given anglers an idea of what is to be expected for the weeks to come, and it seems to be lighter colour lures and low profile presentations will be more effective. Spinner baits with white, baby bass or even clear skirts have been most effective. Jerk baits with as natural a profile as possible have also been extremely effective. All of the best baits fished at the right spots in perfect conditions can still leave an angler fishless if the wrong tackle is used. Many an angler has come home empty handed wondering why he was the only one on the boat without fish, despite using the exact same baits and style as the angler next to them. The main difference between an angler who catches and an angler who doesn’t can be something as simple as line diameter, or retrieval speed.
Whilst using Jerk baits, a thicker nylon will limit the diving depth of the lure as well as killing the action. In other situations, thicker nylon can be used to the angler’s advantage, by decreasing the float rate of a floating presentation. The choice of these components is often overlooked by the average angler, but can substantially increase your catch rate if time is taken to take all factors into consideration.
The 18th “Inanda Bass Classic” angling tournament will be held on the Inanda dam which is situated 42 km from Durban in the Valley of a Thousand hills, on the well known (dragon dam) it will be held on the 2 & 3 may 2015. Friday the 1st May is a public holiday and our registration day, the captains meeting will be held at 7pm that evening. This popular bass fishing tournament is one of the biggest in South Africa and has attracted anglers from all over South Africa and neighbouring countries.
In past years some features of our classic event are free “t” shirts and cloth badges for each competitor, tackle and all fishing gear on display and on sale in our giant marquee on registration day, full catering and bar facilities are available.
The first prize of R60, 000 and many other prizes will be on display on registration day. Weigh site to handle and weigh the bass which are released immediately back into the dam, specially organised split starts for quick get a way’s each morning, split finishing times to ease congestion and delays. Efficiency and good organising is planned throughout the tournament.
The competition is for the largest bass and prizes will be given down to 15th place, the main prize for the largest bass will be R60,000 total prizes are valued at approx R140,000 and include sneaker motors, generators, fish finders, camping equipment, fishing tackle and many other fabulous prizes. Prizes will also be given for team bag prizes. Ladies and juniors will also qualify for all prizes spot prizes and raffles are also to be won.
Boat live wells are required on all boats to keep the bass alive and in good condition only live bass will qualify and all bass will be released after weighing. Camping is done by booking with Msinsi there are plenty of camping sites available with plenty of room for everyone at the Msinsi Mahlabathini camp site which have the usual toilets and showers for your convenience.
Book early to avoid disappointment. Entry forms are available from our web site www.inandabassclassic.com entry fees are R700 per person,
for further enquiries contact Ken Ainslie (tournament chairman) 031-2053777
Carp – Carp anglers have been patiently awaiting the colder conditions in hope of landing some large fish in the more productive dams such as Shongweni and Inanda. There has already been an increase of catches in Inanda Dam and Midmar on specimen tackle, and with the visibility of the water improving day by day, the anglers who have been using low profile and smaller baits have been getting best results. Fluorocarbon hook links or braided hook links are essential in this clean water. Korda Goo Smoke has been a popular option in these conditions, and had been used by many a specimen and conventional anglers. Albert Falls has become more productive since last week, and many anglers have hooked into good fish along the slip weighs number two and three.
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.
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