FISHING REPORT 1ST APRIL 2015.
Another week has passed and many would agree that the fishing was as good as it gets not only for the Ski Boaters, but also the Bass anglers as well as Rock n Surf anglers.
Rock n Surf:
North Coast – On the upper north coast stretch, there have been good catches of the typical smaller edibles such as Stone Bream, Stumpnose, juvenile Shad and also a fair amount of Rock Cod. Anglers using drop shot in the shallows racked up a few Wave Garrick and smaller Kingfish.
When using light tackle, most anglers struggle to set the hook on most of these fish, which is why jig head choice is important. Anglers need to find the fine line between a hook with a fine enough gauge, but still have the strength to apply pressure on the larger Kingfish. Paddle Pro jig heads are available in all sizes and weights and have proved extremely popular not only with the Kob, but with a variety of the smaller species too. For the ultra-light enthusiasts, a range of Maria jig heads in 3,5g and 5g are also available.
The bigger species seem to be hanging around in the Richards Bay and Mtunzini areas, which have been hugely productive over the last week. Honeycombs have slowed down substantially and have been few and far between, however the amount of larger Diamond Rays in the area make up for the lack of Honeycombs. A few anglers have been lucky enough to hook into some decent Blackfin Sharks on larger baits. Smaller baits have been Milk Shark magnets and should be avoided.
Tugela saw plenty of anglers, and few fish. Anglers fishing off the mouth managed to land a few Grey Sharks and smaller edibles, but unfortunately nothing to write home about.
At Zinkwazi, Grey Sharks have been feeding well and are mostly in the 8-10kg range. Mackerel head rigged on a Big Gun 6/0 has been working well for these Sharks.
Ballito has also fished very slow over the last week but has produced a few larger Stumpies and Grey Sharks in the evenings. Reports suggest that the Diamond rays have been present and feeding well on Mackerel or Shad.
Central – Umhlanga Lighthouse has also had plenty of action with Grey Sharks and a few Diamonds, whilst the anglers targeting edibles have landed some lovely Stumpnose and Bonefish.
Virginia has also been a part of the Grey Shark hit, with some days producing some lovely results. On the edibles side, anglers have had a good time with the Pompano on Sea lice, which has also accounted for a few good catches of Stumpnose and Grunter now and again.
Blue Lagoon has produced Shad and Kingfish of the smaller variety, mainly in the mornings for the few anglers fishing before work.
Durban has had a mixed bag of Stumpies, Grunter and Pompano. Anglers off the Piers have hooked into monster Honeycombs and have not managed to land many at all due to the sheer size of these fish, which have all been way over 100kgs.
South Coast – Toti and Warner Beach is another area which has been hugely intermittent with its results, and there have been only a few reports of smaller edibles.
Umkomaas river mouth has been this week’s firm favorite yet again. With catches like Half Kob, Stumpies, Grunter, Shad, Kingfish and Pompano, this is definitely a hot spot at the moment.
Scottborough Point has had a few good days of angling and locals have managed to hook into some good size Kingies off the point on McArthy drop shot late in the afternoons.
Hibberdene anglers have landed some good Shad recently too, along with decent Bronze Bream.
Transkei – Port St John’s has a few Grunter to offer recently and have all been large fish. This is an easy fish to target at this stage of the year and should be targeted on light tackle using Prawn baits. Bigger Shad have also been on the loose and have even taken plugs.
North – Cape Vidal is still producing Yellowfin Tuna and Dorado. These fish are being caught on the 30m mark. Further south at Maphelane there have been decent Snoek catches mostly on Sardine fillets and Strike Pro Magic Minnows. There have also been decent sized Kingfish on the shallow reefs which are taking most live baits and the occasional Rattler trawled over the reef.
Zinkwazi down to Tinley Manor has produced Couta in far better numbers this week, and better size too. Wala Wala and Bonito have worked very well over the last week, producing fish up to 27kg. When targeting bigger Couta, good quality trebles, such as Mustad 9430A, and strong wire, such as AFW No.7, should be used and nothing less than a Number 8 Power swivel.
Central – Umdloti to Durban has seen good fishing over the last week with numerous Wahoo and Tuna being caught, particularly on The Kingfisher Rattler.
South – South of Durban bottom fishing has been good from the Bluff down to Scottsburgh, as well as some incredible game fishing around the ships and in the deep. Wahoo have been plentiful on the Ships and have taken lures before live bait 90% of the time. There have been numerous catches of Yellowtail from Durban all the way down into the Transkei region, which have fed off bottom traces. When targeting these strong fish, nothing less than 1mm nylon trace line should be used.
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 – Numerous reports have come through regarding the high number of Carp being landed in Shongweni, Nagle and Albert Falls Dams. Most fish are fattening up for the winter period and can be seen being extremely active in the shallows and in the deeper water on most scum lines. Most of these fish are on the search for larger food sorts and will not hesitate to feed on any larger baits put out. Because these fish will be moving fast to cover more ground in a day, baits with stronger flavors are preferred. Korda Goo has proven extremely effective in these months. Any strong flavors such as FX, Caramel, Garlic or Aniseed will get a good take. Albert Falls seems to be getting the Lion’s share of catches, which have been taken from Pelican Bay and slipway 4. Aniseed sweet corn has been the most popular for these fish. Inanda saw a good fish of 16kgs landed on Specimen tackle close to the river section. Anglers traveling on boat to their spots are hugely advantaged and have the opportunity to target unfished areas. Nagle has seen a few good fish up to around 10kgs in the shallows close to the wall.
Bass – Another week of good sized Bass from both Inanda and Shongweni. One of our Provincial anglers boating fish of 3,8kgs, 3,4kgs, 3,2kgs and a few just smaller too, all in one days fishing. These fish are feeding extremely well and have been taking Flukes, Senkos and also top water lures earlier in the mornings.
Albert Falls had anglers pulling their hair out over the weekend, with hundreds of smaller fish being landed. The odd fish between 1kg-2kgs was seen on Tim’s trees, so mid-day fishing with a crank bait should work. Children fishing in the shallows around Pelican Bay have used light line to catch dozens of smaller fish on chartreuse finesse worms and Fat Albert grubs. Light line such as Daiwa Sensor 6lb will be more suitable for this light application angling, in order to get more bites and give the lures a more natural presentation.
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
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, cclosed on Sundays. Trading hours for April are; Friday the 3rd, Monday the 6th, Monday the 27th April and Friday the 1st May 8 – 1pm.
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