With bad weather creeping up, most anglers made an attempt to get as much fishing in as possible over the last week, having to deal with fairly decent conditions, some good catches were seen from a number of areas along our coast.
Rock ‘n Surf-
Kosi bay has been productive with plenty more species being seen throughout the area. Honeycombs, Sand Sharks, Greater Barracuda and Snapper Salmon were seen frequently for the majority of last week, with most fish being of decent size too. Chokka and Mackerel baits seemed to have worked better than most baits, Sand Mackerel also proved deadly amongst other baits. Sand Mackerel head is a deadly bait for many flat fish and a fresh cutlet cannot be left alone for long, sometimes out performing many other baits.
At Cape Vidal, Honeycombs, Sandies, Blackfin Sharks and Diamonds have been feeding well on the North side, mainly on bigger baits. The south side produced lots of smaller edible fish. Mainly Cave Bass, kingies and small Shad. A few large Speckled Snapper were also caught slightly further south.
Lots of brown Skates and small Spinner Sharks have been landed at Richards’s bay over the last week, mainly on Mackerel heads presented with cutlets bound to the sides, with most Browns being caught on Prawn and Chokka baits.
At Ballito, Duckbill rays have been landed on most points on most small Chokka slide baits. Spinning enthusiasts were kept busy with a few Snoek and Kingies on small spoons such as Kingfisher Anchovy and Chase spoons.
Westbrook and Umdloti saw a few Spade fish off the beach which are normally speared rather than caught on bait. Other species which have been landed include big Grey sharks, many of which have been lost due to light tackle being used with intentions of landing Stumpies and Pompano. Bone fish have also been landed and are being enjoyed many light tackle enthusiasts.
The North banks of Blue Lagoon have had good reports of Pompano, Grunter and Kingies. Grunter have been taken on small baits in good weather conditions and the game fish such as kingies have been taken on spoon and dropshot mainly. After the weekend of strong winds, the week to come seems to be even worse off and rains are to be experienced as well.
Durban Piers have quietened down somewhat, only producing smaller fish on Sardine, Cracker and Chokka. Local Pompano specialists have managed to put a few Pompano on the pier, however these have been few and far between.
Beaches seemed to be much more productive over the last week, with more catches of Pompano and Grunter. Many smaller Shad all being landed on baits and spoons being targeted off the piers in the mornings.
Illovo has been properly worked over the last week and produced plenty of Grunter and Pompano.
Umkomaas has seen Shad, Kob of the smaller variety, brown Skates. And the odd Grey Shark. Most fish have been landed on the outgoing tide.
Scottborough point has produced a few Diamond rays, Shad and smaller Shark species. The point has been producing more fish than the bay area of late.
Port Shepstone through to Trafalgar has been keeping spinning enthusiasts busy with Kob on paddle tails, with the lure of preference being the McCarthy Olive Deceiver 5″ paddle tails fished on a 1oz jig head.
Splash rock has produced a few Kob on baits and paddle tail too, with some surprisingly good sized fish this early in the season.
Port st John’s has seen Kob on paddle tail, big sharks off the Gap area and Shad off the points. Poenskop is producing big Raggies on slide baits. Preferably Shad slide baits. Brazen head has seen some massive Sharks taking baits, with few being landed.
Ski Boat –
Up North, there have been good catches of big Couta, most of these fish have been caught on big dead baits such as Wala Wala. Richards bay has seen half a dozen or more Couta over 20kgs being landed in the last week alone. These fish have been caught throughout the water spectrum, so it is advisable to keep one bait down rigged and one on the surface at all times. When targeting bigger Couta, as a rule of thumb, fish deeper water or shallower water than one usually would. Most old sea dogs will recommend 10-15m of water, or 40-50m of water. When fishing deep, try vary the colour of your skirts, try glow skirts and bright pinks such as Yamashita squids.
The wind seems to be picking up over the week but the weekend seems to be in order for a gap to fish, but keep a look out on your favourite weather site to keep up to date on what is happening with the wind.
Sodwana has produced many Couta and bill fish recently, on Rattlers and live bait. Yellowfin tuna have been on the loose throughout the zululand stretch, with many fish tipping the scales at way over 20kgs.
Westbrook has seen some good gamefish for those who have travelled from Durban, along with the odd bottom fish coming out for those who have had no luck with game.
Umhlanga Barge saw some good Queen fish action over the last week, with plenty of the fish hooked being eaten by Sharks, a fair amount have still been landed.
Durban has seen excellent catches of bottom fish on many of our reefs and drop offs, which is exciting news that indicates the arrival of our winter bottoms. The water has cooled down substantially and has been recorded as low as 19′ Celsius. Fish such as Geelbek and bigger Rock cod have been landed more regularly on live baits and fresh Mackerel. Mackerel flapper baits have worked well. Still many Yellowfin around Durban, which have been followed closely by sharks. Heavier tackle has come in handy in these situations, which means that the new Daiwa Exceler 7ft flick stick will come into play as it has more than enough power to pull a bigger Tuna away from the Sharks. Snoek have been caught on our rips north of Blue Lagoon, mainly on smaller spoons, Clark spoons and smaller diving baits. These fish are taking fast moving baits so don’t be scared to wind your spoon as fast as you can. A few small Snoek being landed at blue Lagoon itself but not as many or as big as hyper by the sea and Virginia.
Queen fish have been coming out on Aliwal Shoal on live bait. A good way to target these fish when they are active, is on artificial lures. Smaller trawling lures or McArthy drop shots work well fished deep. Still the odd Dorado and Wahoo being landed on faster moving artificials. Most of these fish have been landed in the warmer, cleaner water.
The big Ski Boat Festival is right around the corner!!!! The Durban Ski Boat Club is really looking forward to hosting you all over 29/30 April and the 1st May. Please remember that as the 1st May falls on a Sunday, Monday the 2nd becomes the public holiday. There are R1, 500,000.00 worth of sponsorship and other prizes. To those that have already entered… they look forward to seeing you, to those that haven’t, now is the time to GET YOUR ENTRY IN!! Available at The Kingfisher or visit their Website: www.durbanskiboatclub.co.zaTel: (031) 337 9506 Fax: (031) 337 7673.
Down to some detail!
- They have kept the early bird entry fee at the low figure of R475, and late entry at R600—-we know how costly fuel and other things are at it is their way of thanking you for your amazing support of many years.
- All early bird entries will get a goodies bag valued around R260—cut off is 31/3/2016.
- They have added a sealed weight prize that “will” be won as the target weight will be under 20kgs.
- They are enhancing the lucky draw prizes—–remember you must be there to win; otherwise the chant will be ONE TWO SORRY FOR YOU.
- They will be offering camping for our out of town anglers——this is limited so it will be allocated on a first come first served—————–it will only be confirmed on full payment.
- Besides splitting the beach North and South, they will also allow self launching which will once again be limited. The area set aside will be away from the main area. There will also be a separate Jet Ski launch area, and finally there will be a push in facility. The overall objective is to get you into the water quicker and into the refreshment area as quickly as possible.
- Please don’t forget a little something for the NSRI. They also need you to write on the form if (a) you want to self launch (b) You are a Jet Ski operator and (c) you require camping and finally if you want (d) To be push poled in.
Carp- Shongweni has seen some action after a bit of a quiet patch, seeing some good fish taken on Boilies and tiger nuts.
Inanda has produced more fish of decent size over the last week, with 2 fish being weighed in at over 10kgs, both on fx flavoured tiger nuts.
Albert falls is also doing well with anglers using floaties with a lot of success around the Slipways at the day sites. The Pelican Bay area has seen very little Carp action with one camper having caught only one fish over a week’s stay. With the popularity of fake baits on the rise, and the effects of it being seen country wide, Korda popup Maize and Dumbells have exploded into the kit of many anglers country wide. Many anglers seem to be preferring fake baits in the pink colour, which has been fish in most dams with huge success.
Fly fishing – All the dams in the Kamberg area, Southern Drakensburg and Swartberg area are fishing extremely well. Most anglers will be using bulky patterns in attempt to lure the fish into eating a nutritious meal. If one opts for a more finesse presentation, and does not wish to use the preferred bulky flies such as wooly buggers and papa roach’s, then flies such as Red eye damsels and GHRE flash back nymphs should be used.
Bass- Moving into winter, the water temperature is dropping like a rock, the fish will become less active and many anglers’ catch rate will drop substantially. With some fine tuning, most anglers will be able to adapt their current style of angling to the winter months to be able to catch fish even in the toughest conditions. The first and most important rule for winter fishing is to fish slower. The fish will be less willing to burn off precious energy in winter, which means that they will find a slower moving bait more appealing. Currently, most of the dams are in the stage where the fish are active and are feeding on just about anything they can find, bait balls are forming and are being attacked, surface lures are being hit, fast and slow lures are being taken, if you can find the fish, you will be able to catch them.
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