Wind and rain for the next week, time to tie traces and visit the local tackle shop.
Rock and Surf:
Kosi Bay has seen a bit of a quiet run with the inedibles over the last week, allowing anglers to spend their time concentrating on edible species such as Stumpies and Wave Garrick. These fish were targeted on small Chokka baits on light tackle, caught in the shallows off most sand banks. The Stumpies preferred a Sardine head bait. Most anglers fishing in the lakes managed a few decent Kingies on fly and dropshot as well, including some good sized Grunter and Rock Salmon on bait. As the water starts to heat up we will start to notice a big difference in the feeding patterns and the number of fish being landed, so keep a few days of your summer open for a trip up to Kosi Bay.
Cape Vidal’s reports suggest high numbers of Shad in the area, which have been making good size and also proving to be working very well as bait for larger flat fish such as Diamond Rays, Honeycombs and also a few Blackfin Sharks. Live Shad slid out has also produced the odd Garrick which have been present recently. Artificials have also been fairly productive in these areas too.
There have been good catches of Kob and Garrick around Richards Bay, as well as a number of flatfish of all sorts. The bay has seen many a Grunter for anglers fishing from boats and from the side, most of which have been much larger than previous weeks. Going with what we have seen thus far, our summer should be hugely productive. The Kingfish and Springer are well on their way through and will make an appearance in the harbour shortly.
Zinkwazi / Blythedale has had Grey Sharks targeted in the evenings by anglers using spinning outfits and medium sized throw baits. Quite a few fish have been caught, mostly coming out in twos and threes and making good size. Shad and Garrick have been caught in the mornings along this stretch.
Anglers in the Ballito area have been catching smaller Shad and the odd decent size fish, and with plenty of peckers around, so most baits do not last too long.
Sheffield has had good looking water but very few fish being landed. Tongaat has seen some excellent Bronze Bream and Brusher over the weekend in the bad weather.
There have been extremely good catches of Shad on Japanese Mackerel and Sardine in the mornings and early evenings at Virginia and Blue Lagoon, although has not had as good a run as in previous weeks. Due to the drop in catches, the amount of anglers fishing has lessened in the last week. The presence of these Shad has created easy pickings for the Garrick. Keep an eye out for larger Shad and Garrick in this area. There have been a few Kob off the north bank in the mornings and evenings being caught on McArthy paddle tails and also Shad baits. Thousands of peckers attack many of the baits being thrown in hope of hooking into Blue Rays and Grey Sharks off Durban. The main culprits being Eel-tail Barbel and Maasbunker.
Some very good sized Shad were caught around the Addington stretch at night during the week. Smaller Grunter and Stumpnose have been landed closer to North Pier on Cracker and Sardine baits.
A somewhat quiet week has passed for the anglers on the Bluff, despite the amount of Karanteen and Shad in the area. A remainder that the The Kingfisher’s “Biggest Shad Competition” finishes this month, heaviest Shad for September will receive a Daiwa SL 50SHK Reel, valued at R1625.00, the second heaviest Shad will receive a 13’6” Kingfisher Coastline Medium, three piece, 4-6oz Graphite Rod, valued at R1145.00, and third heaviest Shad will receive a Daiwa AG 6000 Reel valued at R598.00. Please note that all Shad (fresh) must be weighed at either, The Kingfisher, 53 Hunter Street or Tackle Centre, Old Fort Road or The Fishing Tackle Shop, Warner Beach during trading hours. Please remember there is a bag limit of four and the minimum size is 30cm and that the season closes 30th September, re-opens 1st December 2015. Well done to all who weighed in Shad so far for the September Shad competition, the current standings are as follow:
1 – Carl Newman 5.58kgs
2 – Nazeer Suleman 4.44kg
3 – Bryan Raddy 3.44kg
Anglers sliding have had little or no success recently but Toti / Warner Beach has had a fair amount of action, on a good day the Shad seem to be plentiful, but other than that most anglers will be lucky to get one or two. A few Garrick came out on live Mullet and Shad during the week.
Umkomaas river mouth has produced good numbers of smaller Kob over the last week, and along with the Kob have been the Snapper Salmon which seem to be making another appearance. These fish are taking small Chokka and Red Eye baits. Many anglers have caught a few Grunter and the odd flat fish in the right weather conditions.
Scottborough Point saw the odd Blue Ray off the point, and quite a number of Grey Sharks which have been caught on Shad cutlet baits and Mackerel head.
At Port Shepstone there has been an abundance of Shad, Bronze Bream and Kob from the rocks, along with a few good size Shad and a number of Garrick around as well. Excellent catches of Raggies and Grey Sharks have also been reported. Along with the plenty of Bronze Bream that have been landed along the Trafalgar stretch, the Blue Rays have been wild and most anglers to spend time in the area have landed a fair amount. There have been good reports of Brusher from this area too.
We would like to welcome Craig Pretorius to the lower South Coast, he has taken over Tacklenet, (the fishing tackle shop in Port Edward) from Terry Nel, thanks Terry for all the fishing reports for the last number of years, it is appreciated and we would like to wish both guys good luck for the future.
With the sea and weather conditions less than favourable fishing has been exceptional. Plenty of Shad have been coming out at all the spots with Splash Rock and Lucky Dip producing some fine specimens of around the 3kg mark, Kob and Garrick have also been landed. Four nice Kob where caught over the weekend in the reef at Trafalgar. The gully’s and bays have produced lots of Bronze Bream and some exceptionally large Blacktail. With the days getting warmer the rivers are starting to produce, catches of Sea Pike, Perch and Rock Salmon been caught in the Umtamvuna River. Let’s hope the weather plays ball and the good fishing continues. If you are going to visit the lower South Coast and would like a bit more info about what’s been caught give Craig a call on 039 311 3013.
Durban Harbour had a great weeks fishing for many anglers. Various anglers and charter boats reported quality Grunter caught throughout the week and with this week’s windy and rainy conditions predicted, many more anglers will find themselves on the water targeting a few of these fine fish. The largest Grunter reported over the last week came from the deeper water close to the Coaling wharf, and weighed in at over 7kgs. Another Grunter of 6kgs was landed off the banks close to St Ives channel on the low tide. Both of these incredible fish were landed on Cracker and a small size 6 Mustad. Along the Centre banks, the catches of Flat Head (Sand Gurnard) have been keeping anglers busy on the incoming tide, with a variety of smaller fish also being caught on Cracker. For those who enjoy fly fishing, a small Crazy Charlie or fly similar fished on the bottom on the banks will produce excellent results. Along with the Flat Head on fly, anglers can expect to hook into a variety of fish including Kingfish, Stumpies, Pouter, Perch and even a smaller Grunter at times.
An extremely slow week of Ski Boat fishing has passed, as many anglers have been made aware that we are in the windy season and time on the water is going to be rather limited. For those who will be braving the windy conditions, be sure to set ETA’s with your family and friends as a safety measure. If you come home to the wife late, make sure you have fish to avoid getting in trouble!
Sodwana has been the top spot for two weeks running now, with good catches of Couta, Snoek and Wahoo. Charter boats have done particularly well with their local knowledge, putting clients on fish almost daily. There have also been various reports from the North Coast region which indicate that there are a few large Yellowfin Tuna around, which have been taking poppers and live bait mostly. For those looking for extra power when fighting these monster fish, take a look at the new Daiwa Saltiga Range of Spinning reels. These reels have been engineered to handle any fishing the ocean and with advancements in the design, have been made even stronger and smoother than before. Due to the high seas experienced over the last week, not much fishing was done from the Boats and Skis; however there was a fair amount of fish caught between Zinkwazi and Durban. The majority of the fish were smaller Snoek and Garrick, both caught at most river mouths. Bottom fishing the same stretches in the deep also produced some excellent bottom fish including Copper Steenbras, Daga Salmon, Geelbek and Cracker. In the deeper waters, good catches of Trawl Soldiers were seen. The Current has been erratic, screaming at 7km one day and dead the next day. Fishing shallower would be a safer bet.
Durban has seen good bottom fishing as well, with many boats landing good Copper Steenbras and Cracker. The Daga have been exceptional this year and the Barge saw a fine specimen of 46kgs speared. Further south, the Cutting saw a few good Daga too, many of which were taken from Paddle Skis.
The South Coast saw good numbers of Yellowtail, Cracker, Copper Steenbras and general Reds. A few good sized Wahoo were also landed down the coast, as well as the odd good sized specimen being speared.
Albert Falls has kept anglers busy with smaller Carp in the Pelican Bay area, mostly on conventional tackle. Specimen anglers are catching some decent fish in the river section on Tiger Nuts and 18mm Boilies. The public slip ways/day sites have been fishing well as well, with many reports from locals of fish ranging between 2-4kgs. Bun spice and Aniseed seem to be working well for these smaller fish.
Anglers fishing during the day at Nagle have been doing well, with reports of Yellowish on smaller baits. Anglers looking to hook bigger Carp have been forced to use larger baits. The bigger baits have subsequently attracted larger fish, which have been averaging around 8-10kgs. The river section has been the most productive area for these larger fish on big baits. Inanda fished superbly for conventional anglers targeting smaller fish, with the biggest fish weighing in at around 9kgs. There is a noticeable change in temperature and activity in the water which is a good sign of warmer conditions coming along; one can only wait for the smaller fish to move through in full force.
After a tough week of Basing at Albert falls, weekend anglers were surprised by a few good sized Bass. Reports suggest that anglers fishing in the overcast conditions on the weekend had far greater success than others during the week, and the water came to life with each angler having excellent fishing fun. Smaller fish fed well in the shallows and the larger fish were landed on frogs and surface lures such as Strike Pro Thai Stick lures. The spawn seems to be well on its way, with a few fish settling in the shallows.
Inanda was slower to take off but anglers fished well on the weekend were lucky enough to land a few fish over 2kgs. A noticeable difference in fish activity was seen as many anglers using surface lures such as frogs were hit hard by even the smaller fish. The cliffs fished very well with most reports of large fish being from this area. The shallows are also producing large fish with an angler fishing from a kick boat landing a lovely fish over 3kgs.
Fly fishing –
Now is the time to go fishing for Scalies in our river systems. The rivers are clear, and not running too strong. Using a tungsten bead dropper and the normal hot spot, PTN and Copper John are a few of the deadly combos which one can use to entice the bite. Many Trout dams will be booked out for the next few weekends, which gives anglers time to experiment with other facets of fly fishing to keep themselves busy.
There is a new TV channel that has just been launched called Wild TV. This is a dedicated 24 hour Outdoor Channel/Network on Open View. Open View is the opposition channel to DSTV and this is what we have all been waiting for as there will be no monthly subscription whatsoever, just a once-off purchase for the HD decoder and the installation. These decoders offer a total of 18 channels and is available from most big retailers including, Game, Checkers and Makro.
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