Over the course of last week, angling went from zero to hero and produced some of the best fishing our local anglers have had in years. Areas such as the Addington stretch, Kosi and Richards Bay produced tons of fish in the last weeks fishing, most of which have been inedibles such as Sand Sharks, Honeycomb and Brown Rays.

Rock n Surf:

North – Kosi Bay seems to have taken a beating from the strong North East winds that were blowing for the majority of the week, having very few reports of edibles.  There were a small number of smaller edibles that were caught in the shallows just south of Kosi; however there was nothing to write home about. The action started with the inedibles coming on the bite mid-week, seeing most of the anglers through to the end of the weekend.

Cape Vidal is fishing well and has had a few excellent catches of Stumpies and Pompano although there were fewer reports as the sea conditions worsened.  Anglers using dropshot have landed a number of Kingfish, particularly in the afternoons just before sunset. Most of these Kingfish have been Blue Fin or Black Tip Kingfish.

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 Rays and Sand Sharks for anglers targeting inedibles.  A very nice Sand Shark of 90kgs was landed in the area too, which was landed on a Shad head bait. Reports of Brown Rays and smaller Sand Sharks have also been common in this area.

Ballito is also producing some good sized fish, being mainly Grey Sharks, Browns Rays, Diamond Rays and Sand Sharks. For those looking to have some fun, there have been many Snoek around recently and a good number have been landed by anglers throwing spoons. Ballito and Umdloti seem to be the preferred spots along the North Coast.

Local – Blue Lagoon is having some good catches of Shad lately, as well as a few Brown Rays. 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, but have been using ultra soft braids such as the Daiwa J Braid or Mustad Wish braid in order to get the distances required.

Durban beachfront has again had a mixed bag of Stumpies, small Pompano, Shad and some smaller Rays, although no monsters have been landed, the catches have been consistent.  The basin has had most of its catches on the larger side, and there is also 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 which are not being landed due to their sheer size.

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.

South – 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 Rays have been caught in between the Grunter and Kingies and according to reports, there have been a few massive Sharks patrolling the back line.

Scottborough had a limited selection of target species and fished very well for the Snoek on spoon when the winds permitted. Plenty of smaller Sharks were landed, with many being under 10kgs.

Hibberdene has had an up and down week with some Shad and some small Kingfish.

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.

Port St John’s north has seen plenty 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 Tuna 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 Prawn baits.

Harbour- Saltwater Fly Fishing has taken the back seat over the last few years; however it is definitely gaining popularity again with Durban harbour being a popular spot amongst anglers. Numerous species of game fish are caught on fly in the harbour including some non gamefish such as Grunter, Flat Head and Rock Cod. Garrick can be found in the winter months so be sure to get your tackle ready and practice your casting in the meantime. 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, Queenfish, 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 the harbour with a boat. Pick Handle Barracuda have been running wild in the harbour recently, being caught on just about any Strike Pro lure thrown at them. Grunter have been a bit slow in the deeper waters and even slower in the shallows around the banks. Brown Rays seem to be the most common catch on come days.

Ski Boat:

North – Sodwana Bay through to Cape Vidal is fishing very well at the moment, and with a few days’ worth of flat seas and pleasant fishing conditions, it is only expected that 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 scarse. The water has been extremely clean in these areas so the use of fluorocarbon is absolutely crucial, so remember that your 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. Salmon Bay had many anglers bending with Couta, which weighed in at an average of 10kgs.

Local – Umhloti 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.

South – 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.

Fresh water:
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 put into the sport, the angler will reap the benefits. Water levels are as follows;  Albert Falls Dam 37,64%, Inanda Dam 80,78% Midmar Dam 46,83% Nagle Dam 82,23% Hazelmere Dam 35,36%. With the rain being put on hold for the next few weeks, we won’t be seeing much of an increase in levels.

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. Daiwa D Frogs have got fish in both Shongweni and Hazelmere throughout the week and smaller jerkbaits have done well.

Nagle Dam saw a lovely fish of 3,14Kgs come out on a Black McArthy 6″ Tiddler over the last week, caught by Jonathan Mills. Well done on this excellent catch!

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 the wind starts to blow, and only accumulates on the surface once the water settles,  which is generally at night or in very calm conditions. Anglers have fished in waders to avoid coming in contact with the algae, which is a relatively inexpensive option at around R600 a pair, irrespective of boot size.  This will not only come handy in dirty or polluted waters, but also in winter when the water conditions become unpleasantly cold. A decent quality pair of waders such as the Snowbee waders can make a huge difference. 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 Bassing front. Baits that were reported working well include Tiger nuts in FX and Bunspice. 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.

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