FISHING REPORT 18TH NOVEMBER 2015.
With much better weather expected in the upcoming weeks, anglers are red -lining with excitement and hoping to end a dry spell which has been caused by some horrid weather conditions over the last two months. The heavily anticipated Kingfisher Annual sale (from the 26th to the 29th November 2016) has led to even more excitement, as many anglers will be fishing ideal conditions with newly acquired tackle purchased at a heavily discounted price.
Rock n Surf:
With the sea settling somewhat in the northern areas of the Natal Coast, the fishing has been rather staggered, with some days producing good numbers of fish, with other days yielding absolutely nothing. Once the weather settles completely and the fish become active again, the fishing will become a lot more productive and we will begin to see more of the summer fish moving down.
Kosi Bay has seen very few fish of late and has seen a few disappointed anglers return home empty handed. The lakes have been fairly productive with a lot of Pick Handle on lures and small live baits.
Cape Vidal fished a lot better in the surf, producing many Pompano and Wave Garrick. Sealice or smaller Chokka baits have worked well for both species; however there have been various reports which indicate that there are a large number of Wave Garrick coming out on Dropshot and small spoons too. For those who are targeting the larger fish such as Sharks or flat fish, there have been a few around which have found their way to the patient anglers who have had their lines in the water through the rough seas or strong winds. Honeycomb and Diamond Rays have been feeding very well on Mullet baits, which have also been responsible for the capture of a few Blackfin Sharks.
Richards Bay is doing very well at the moment with Grey Sharks and smaller Kob coming out on Mullet baits, live bait and also Mackerel cutlets. Pompano, Wave Garrick and Rock Cod have been caught all over Richards Bay on smaller baits, as well as some very large Stumpies coming to the party too. On the inedible side of things, there were good catches of Sand Sharks, Honeycombs, Diamonds and Brown Rays.
On the South side of Richards Bay, the Spinner Sharks have been all over the show, giving anglers a tough time. Luckily enough, there have been a few larger species around which have not been shy to feed on the larger baits. Hardy baits such as Bonito head, Yellowtail head etc. have been a far better option in this area. Brown Rays have been feeding on the smaller baits and the Honeycombs have made short work of the larger baits.
Zinkwazi has been fishing quite well for most of the week and saw some lovely Grey Sharks coming out on throw baits and grinder outfits. In these situations where there are only smaller species such as Grey Sharks, Lesser Sand Sharks or smaller Hammerhead Sharks around, the size 4500 reels are more than sufficient. The Daiwa Saltist Nero 4500 has been tried and tested through these conditions and have come out on top each time. Loaded with 40lb or 48lb braid, this combination is deadly and can be used not only for bait, but heavier spinning too.
Ballito has also had a decent Grey Shark run and it seems that they are feeding best on Mullet, preferably fresh and unfrozen.
Beachwood had a fair number of anglers spinning in the mornings and have seen decent catches to show for their efforts. Snoek have been coming out on most mornings and have been taken on the Kingfisher Anchovy spoon as well as the Sea Iron Super Sprat. Maria Mucho Lucir spoons have once again produced a few bites during the mid-day hours which have comprised of mainly Kingfish and Pick Handle Barracuda.
Durban has done well and despite its bad reports for the previous weeks, has managed to produce more fish than anybody could have expected. The piers have seen more Pompano than any other spot along the coast, as well as a few very good sized Grunter which have also taken Sealice which has been used for the Pompano. All Beaches have had a lot of Shad action and although in the middle of the banned season, anglers are having plenty of fun catching and releasing these large specimen. A lot of these fish are also being caught on lures, mainly the Daiwa D minnow which has been used excessively over the last few months.
Toti was another hot spot with a few Garrick, Shad and inedibles being caught daily. Again in this area, the Daiwa D minnow has been responsible for catches of Shad, Pick Handle Barracuda and also Garrick. For those using bait, there are plenty of Pompano to target in the Toti area, so make your way down with a Sealice net and get in on the action. Scottborough has seen good catches of Sand Sharks, Brown Rays and Shad. Mackerel baits have worked extremely well in this area for most species caught.
Port Shepstone fished well for most of the week apart from one or two days that saw very little action. Shad are in their millions, Garrick are feeding very well and Kob have been seen on most days feeding on throw baits in the deeper water. Mullet seems to be the go-to bait in these times of banned Shad baits. Live Mullet has been responsible for a lot of the larger catches along the South coast.
The word is out, Durban harbour is on fire at the moment and producing some excellent fish. After a long period of time where there were very few Pick Handle Barracuda around, there have been hundreds caught on light spinning tackle around the harbour on the boat and off the side. Batt Centre Pier has been one of the more productive spots in the last week, seeing plenty of light tackle enthusiasts getting their fair share of fish between 0,5kgs and 2kgs. Most anglers have made use of smaller Mc Arthy paddle tails in natural colours, fished relatively slowly. Poppers have been working well too, mainly on the calm days where the poppers are noticeable. Spoons can also be used; however a slower retrieval is required. All of the above mentioned lures can be used for other species but need to be fished slightly faster or with a more erratic action. On the piers too, anglers have had plenty of fun when targeting flat fish such as Diamond and Brown Rays. Cracker Prawn has worked well for these fish, however, a slightly larger bait such as Red Eye cutlet baits have also been working very well. The boat anglers have also run into some rather large flatfish over the last week whilst targeting Grunter in the shallows. A few good sized Grunter have also been taken on Cracker on the banks as well as in the deeper water around the mouth. Closer to the rocky areas near the mouth, there have been quite a few Rock Cod taken on bait during the evenings.
The North Coast has been setting the bar high for the rest of the coast over the last week, with Dorado catches up to 24kgs in the deeper waters on Konas trawling for Sailfish and Marlin. Many Dorado between 15kgs and 20kgs were landed in the deeper waters too, which lead to more time spent on the water and a good few Sailfish and Marlin coming out too. Tuna have also been seen in the deeper waters, averaging around 40-50kgs. These are also being caught on Kona’s trawled for Marlin. The Larger Tuna have also moved down the coast and can be seen all the way down to Richards Bay in the deeper water and off the drop offs. There have been some lovely Marlin sighted and caught off Cape Vidal over the last week, some of which have been over 200kgs. Dorado, Snoek, Couta, Wahoo and Tuna have been rampant in the Richards Bay area’s down to Zinkwazi, seeing many happy anglers. With the improved weather conditions forecasted for the next few weeks, anglers can expect a lot more time on the water enjoying some summer fish.
Westbrook has had a good run of Tuna over the last week, seeing the Paddle Ski anglers getting the bulk of the catches. Live bait off the Stud Rock area seems to be doing well for the smaller fish around 5kgs.
Durban is heating up with the game fish, seeing a few Dorado, Tuna, Snoek and Wahoo coming out on the days with decent weather that allow the anglers to run to the deeper waters. The bottom fishing from Salt Rock down to Durban has not been what it should be over the last two weeks, leaving many anglers battling to come back to shore with fish in the hatch. Hopefully with the clearing weather, the sea will become more productive for bottoms.
Toti has fished well for Snoek all the way to Winklespruit along the backline, with anglers using Strike Pro Magic Minnows and Sprat spoons coming out on top. Further down towards Aliwal Shoal and Shelley Beach, the Tuna have been wild and have been caught in large numbers on Rattlers and Halcos in the shallow diving models in the brighter colours such as Pinks and Chartreuse. Yellowtail have also been coming out on the odd occasion, along with a number of Wahoo in the Pennington area. Again, pink Rattlers or red Rattlers working best in this area. Remember a length of Number 6 Steel trace behind your lures to avoid being bitten off by these Wahoo.
At Albert Falls have been feeding well at the moment and although the water level has dropped below 50%, there are still decent catches occurring throughout the day. The windy conditions for these areas seem to produce a lot of bites if the angler is willing to stick it out and keep on fishing through the bumpy waters. The deeper waters have produced a lot of fish in the windy conditions, particularly on the drop offs using heavily weighted Spinnerbaits. In the shallower waters, generally the wind creates a predominant colour line, which is the muddy waters converging with the cleaner waters from the deeper drop offs. This is a prime spot for Bass to congregate and hunt small baitfish. A Spinnerbait, Jerkbait or Crankbait will work particularly well in these areas, with a weightless Fluke being one of the preferred approaches during mid-day. Inanda Dam has slowed down substantially and has been extremely cold over the past week. As the weather cleared and the surface temperature began to raise, the fish came back onto the bite and anglers all over the dam started to have great success. When the bait fish started to show in the shallows, the Spinnerbaits started to work extremely well.
The local dams that are fortunate enough to still have some form of decent water level, like Inanda and Shongweni have been far better than the lower levelled dams such as Albert Falls, Hazelmere and Goedetrou.
Anglers using conventional tackle in Inanda, Albert Falls, Midmar and Shongweni have all had fair success towards the end of the week. The water did take a bit of a temperature fluctuation which set the fish into lock jaw mode for a while. Luckily, those who spent time at the dam for the whole week managed to squeeze some last minute fish in to end their holidays on a good note. Many of the fish landed on the conventional tackle made 5kgs or more, with the average fish coming in at around 3kgs. Inanda Dam did particularly well with Specimen anglers over the course of last week, with a fish of 18kgs being seen from the Camp site. In the deeper waters up at the top of the dam, the Specimen anglers also did extremely well, one angler who managed to land three fish over 15kgs claims that the fish went into a feeding frenzy and he managed to land all three fish over 15kgs in under two hours. Around a dozen fish between 5kgs and 10kgs were also caught by the other angler in on the site fishing with smaller baits.
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