After two weeks of excellent weather conditions for fishing, last week took a turn for the worst and our coastline saw a large amount of the week being hit by Westerly winds and rain. At the moment the weather and fishing remains steady and good catches should be reported throughout the week.
Rock n Surf:
Kosi Bay- Seems to be one of the spots that was heavily affected by the Westerly winds, having very few reports of inedibles. There were a variety of smaller edibles that were caught in the shallows just south of Kosi; however there was nothing to write home about.
Cape Vidal – Is fishing well and has had a few excellent catches of Stumpies and Pompano. Anglers using drop shot have landed a number of Kingfish, particularly in the afternoons just before sunset. Here’s one for the boys, 81 year old Ian Barton – Hobbs landed a Sandy of 91kgs after a four and a half hour fight, now that’s a great fish.
Richards Bay – Has had a good run and continues to surprise us with the quality of fish being landed. Some excellent Honeycombs and Diamonds have been caught, with hundreds of Milkies in between. South of Richards Bay towards Mtunzini, anglers had fun with the smaller edibles such as Grunter, Stumpies and Pompano, as well as a large amount of Diamond Skates and Sand Sharks for anglers targeting inedibles. A very nice Java Shark was landed in the area too, caught on a Diamond Skate swim bait on a Daiwa Saltiga 60 Lever Drag. Reports of Brown Skates and smaller Sand Sharks have also been common in this area.
Ballito – Is also producing some good sized fish, being mainly Grey Sharks, Brown Skates, Diamonds and Sand Sharks.
Umhlanga – In the Umhlanga area there has been a real bruiser of a Shark, giving anglers a hiding on slide baits. Time to bring out the Saltiga!!
Blue Lagoon – Is having some good catches of Shad lately, as well as a few Brown Skates. The spinning enthusiasts will be happy to know that there are a few Snoek being landed from the North bank of Blue Lagoon. These fish have been taking spoons cast out as far as possible. Most anglers have resorted to using as low as 10 or 15lb braid to get the distance that is required.
Durban – The Durban beachfront has again had a mixed bag of Stumpies, small Pompano, Shad and some smaller Skates, although no monsters have been landed, the catches have been consistent. The basin has also had good catches, but the fish have been on the smaller side, however there is a wider variety of species being caught of late. Species include Rock Salmon, Stumpnose, Grunter, Shad, Kingfish, Springer, a variety of flat fish and also some huge Sharks.
Bluff – The Bluff has been a bit quiet with edibles apart from the odd Kingie and Grunter, and has had only a few reports of Grey Sharks at night.
Unkomass – Umkomaas anglers have reported a large amount of Grunter catches at the mouth on smaller baits, whilst anglers throwing larger baits managed to hook into some excellent sized Kingies. Small Brown Skates have been caught in between the Grunter and Kingies and according to reports, there have been a few massive Sharks patrolling the back line.
Scottborugh – Scottborough had a limited selection of target species and fished very well for the Grey Sharks in the Westerly winds. Plenty of these Sharks were landed, many being over 10kgs. Hibberdene has had an up and down week with some Shad and some small Kingfish.
Port Shepstone/ Margate – Port Shepstone has seen lots of Shad and some nice Bronze Bream. Hound Sharks have been on and off the bite throughout the week. Margate is also getting some Bigger Shad and Bronze Bream on the low tides.
Transkei – Port St John’s north has seen plenty of Raggies, Kob, Bronze Bream and bigger Shad. Lapatana has been especially good for Shad, with reports suggested that the majority of fish have been over 1kg and fish of 4kgs are not uncommon. South of Port St John’s anglers have landed some lovely Zambezi Sharks and Raggies on large slide baits. The bigger and bloodier the better. Mustad Demon Circle hooks have been doing an excellent job for these toothy critters! Non edible anglers are hooking into some very nice Garrick, as well as some nice Bronze Bream. The junior anglers are getting into some excellent Bronze Bream at the moment, mostly on Chokka baits and Crayfish baits.
Harbour – Saltwater fly fishing has taken a slump over the last few years; however it is definitely gaining popularity again with Richard’s Bay Harbour being a popular spot amongst anglers. Numerous species of game fish are caught on fly and Garrick can be found year round. Bait produces fish of up to 20kg so a big popper or brush fly could produce fish of equal size if the time and effort were to be put in. Kingfish, Springer, Queen Fish, Oxeye, Tarpon and Queen Mackerel are just a few species that are known to have been caught on either fly or spinning equipment. Be prepared with both when travelling to Richard’s Bay.
Ski Boat – Sodwana Bay through to Cape Vidal is fishing very well at the moment, and with a weeks’ worth of flat seas and pleasant fishing conditions, it is no wonder so many fish have been landed. Most of the fish which have been landed are Couta, Dorado, Tuna or Wahoo. Kingfish have also been plentiful and are not shy on size! Sailfish have been on the cards for most anglers fishing in the deeper water, with Marlin unfortunately being a bit scarce. The water has been extremely clean in these areas so the use of fluorocarbon is absolutely crucial. Live bait requires a thinner fluorocarbon to avoid line detection.
Zinkwazi has produced a few Couta in the 18-25kg mark and have been reported taking live baits over the wrecks and pinnacles. Ballito is still producing healthy numbers of Tuna on Rattlers, along with some very nice Dorado which have been taken off the Ballito wreck on live baits. This area has probably been the most productive stretch along our entire coast line and will continue to fire for the next few weeks.
Umdloti down to Blue Lagoon has slowed down slightly but has continued to produce a decent Snoek for the die-hard anglers. Durban has been fishing well recently as well, with catches of Dorado and Wahoo off the Ships as well as along the colour lines.
The Bluff is fishing well for Game fish as well as bottom fish and has produced some very nice sized Couta during the week. Deeper along the 50m mark, quite a few Dorado have been landed in the warmer water on Konas and live baits.
Toti and Umkomaas have both managed to produce good catches of Snoek, which the Paddle Skiers have taken advantage of over the last week. Most of these fish have fed in off coloured water and have not been spotted in the clean water at all. Over the last two weeks, the colour line has been within 1km from shore, making this entire area a deadly spot for game fish. Pulling along through this colour line will get Tuna, Dorado, Wahoo and even Sailfish. Pulling Rattlers a bit slower than average through this colour line will get a bite from a wide variety of species including Couta and Wahoo. Normal speed for trawling these colour lines is around 8-10km/h.
Bass fishing – Reports from Kick Boat anglers at both Hazelmere and Shongweni have been nothing but pleasant and positive. Some excellent catches have been made at both Shongweni and Hazelmere during the week, proving that if time is out into the sport, the angler will reap the benefits. Water levels are as follow; Albert Falls Dam 75.8%, Inanda Dam 95.91% Midmar Dam 76.1% Nagle Dam 72.49% Hazelmere Dam 48.16%. With the rains experienced over the weekend, we will definitely be seeing another step up and will hopefully be seeing Inanda reach capacity.
Albert Falls has been fishing well and has not suffered from fishing pressure as much as it’s neighboring dam, Midmar. Shongweni Dam has seen a few fish up to around 2,4kgs and a fish of 1, 2-1,4kgs has not been uncommon. Artificial Frogs have got fish in both Shongweni and Hazelmere throughout the week and smaller jerk baits have done well.
Carp – Shongweni Dam has raised some concern recently with anglers arriving early in the mornings only to see a surface covered in algae. This soon dissipates as the sun comes up and after the wind starts to blow, the algae only accumulates on the surface once the water settles, which is generally at night. Anglers have fished in waders to avoid coming in contact with the algae, which is a relatively inexpensive option at around R550. This will not only come handy in dirty or polluted waters, but also in winter. Landing a fish involves getting wet, and waders are the best way to avoid this. Shongweni has seen little Carp action of late but has picked up recently and will hopefully continue doing so for the coming weeks. Midmar fished well over the weekend despite its lack of action on the Basing front. Baits that were reported working well include Tiger nuts in FX and Bun spice. Larger Tiger nuts have got larger fish in most situations. Albert Falls has been slow in terms of Carp angling and only a few smaller fish were reported from the Bon Accord end of the dam.
DURBAN FLY TYERS
Come and join us for a fly tying demonstration during the morning of 7th March. This will take place in the FLYFISHING section of The Kingfisher, 53 Hunter Street Durban from 8.30 to 12.30 and will cover fresh and saltwater flies. Watch flies being tied in sizes from 5 mm to 100 mm by the members of the Durban Flt Tyers club and hopefully they can attract you to join them.
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 email@example.com 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.