Last week was fairly productive along our coast, seeing a massive increase in Shad catches in the main spots which prove popular throughout the Shad season.  This is an exciting time for anglers along the KZN coast, as it is not only the Shad that come on the bite. We have already heard reports of Garrick and Kob in the Durban area and further up the coast in good numbers. Most anglers will already have headed down to their local tackle stores to stock up on goods for the Kob, Garrick and Shad and have planned some leave.

Rock n Surf:

North – Kosi Bay was the last spot to get the colder weather, which meant over the last week, quite a few anglers were seen on its shores. Not much has changed from its previous week’s reports of edible fish catches, besides more reports of game fish such as Kingies being landed on Onda spoons, dropshot and poppers. Some decent Shad have made their way up this way and we are sure to see more of them in the weeks to come for those fishing on the surf side.

After much anticipation, Cape Vidal has seen a consistent supply of Shad which are making size, but prior reports suggested many Shad under 300mm were being landed. After our most recent cold front, one could expect the Shad to be here for good. Most of these fish have been caught on S bend spoons being thrown with light outfits. An 8ft rod with a 3000 size reel is more than ample for the task. Nothing more than a Daiwa Laguna 3000 and a Daiwa Laguna 8ft rod is needed. Braid is an option for those willing to spend a bit more, in which case a 20lb option is perfect. Daiwa J Braid or Gatorbraid 20lb will be the best option.

A bit of a break from the large shoals of Shad, Richards Bay has had its fair share of Spinner Sharks. Most of these catches have been in the evenings. The bay itself has been fishing well with good catches of Kingies on Strike Pro Thai Stick and Gobi Popper lures.

Zinkwazi seems to have been relatively quiet with only a few reports of Grey Sharks and some Shad for the early risers. Most Shad have been on spoon but bait has also got a good bite, and generally a bigger bite too.

The bay to the right of the swimming pool at Salt Rock saw some nice Blacktip Kingies come out over the weekend. These fish have been spotted more frequently feeding in the white water near the ledges and rocks.

Shad have been landed off Dave’s Rock in the mornings, mainly on spoon but the anglers who persist with bait have still got their fair share. At this time of the year, it is suggested that anglers take a few spoons to these areas and try their luck for the Snoek which tend to be of decent size.

Local – Closer to Umhlanga, Eastmore is fishing well as reports from last week roll in, with a few good sized Shad, Pompano and some Grey Sharks. The odd Stumpie and bigger Blacktail have also been landed.

Virginia / Beachwood areas have been quiet of late but towards the end of last week started to gain a bit of momentum with the Shad catches. By this weekend, the Shad and possibly Garrick could be expected in this area on a daily basis.

Blue Lagoon is starting to become a more and more popular spot by the day, despite the crowds at times. Kingfish of all species and sizes have been landed on a range of McArthy 2, 5″ Paddle tails. Most fish have been in the river, right up to the point. Shad have also been taking baits on a more regular basis recently, including a massive Shad of 6,3kgs! Some good sized Grunter and Kob have been taken during the evenings too. Other species to be landed over the last week include Stumpies, Grunter, Wave Garrick and Saladfish.

Durban Piers, plenty of Grey Sharks at night for the Shark anglers and Shad have been on the bite throughout the evenings and in the mornings to.

Beachfront angling has been a bit quiet but this I usual throughout the colder weather. Reports of the bite returning throughout Sunday’s fishing.

On the Bluff Kingies are still on the prowl, for those who can get the right live bait. Live Karanteen or Pinkies will do the trick. Kob in small numbers have been present, but a promising sight for the weeks to come. Spearos have spotted big Kob and Garrick near Cave rock area.

South – Toti saw some Garrick action on Saturday with a few smaller fish being caught, believed to have been caught on live Shad.

At Umkomaas some Snapper Salmon and small Kob on paddle tail, the odd Garrick on live Shad and a Kingfish or two have been reported all over the weekend.

Scottborough was fairly decent over the week, with a few anglers hooking into good sized Kingies on dropshot and spoon. Shad have been in the area too which gives anglers something for their efforts if no Kingies or Garrick are landed.

Hibberdene has seen better size Shad and Bronze Bream as well but the Shad seem to be preferring bait.

At the Transkei, many Kob have been reported and good catches of Garrick on live Shad. Hammer Head Sharks have been present as well. For the anglers looking at edibles, Shad have all been a decent size.

Harbour –  With the use of the McArthy 2 and 3″ Paddle tails recently, Kingies, Torpedo Scads, Wala Wala, Rock Salmon and other predators alike have been caught like never before.  So far the success on these small paddle tails has been mind blowing as the reports from many anglers using these lures pour in. Most popular spots have been the tip of the Yacht Moll, Batt Centre Pier, the usual spots around Royal Zulu and of course, boat anglers have been lucky enough to fish the Coaling Terminal area as well, with success. On the bait side of things, we see that the Grunter have remained on the bite, with some excellent specimen being landed on the weekend. At this time of the year, it is common for the Garrick action to start, which is a well awaited for event. A suggestion from the Pro anglers would be to start fishing for these fish as early and as often as possible. Nobody knows for sure when they come into the harbour so it is important to have a bait in the water in anticipation. Live Maasbanker, Pinkie or Shad will work well.

Ski Boat:

North –
Conditions have not been ideal over the last week, but Sodwana has produced the odd Tuna and Couta. Tuna seem to be hitting the Rattlers whereas the Couta have been taking live baits.

Maphelane fished decently with a variety of fish being landed, the majority of which being Snoek and Couta.

Zinkwazi is still producing one or two big Couta, the bite has come from slow trawled dead baits and live baits of the bigger variety.

The Westbrook area continues to produce good fish with some very nice Snoek, Couta and Wahoo coming out during the week, all the way down to Seabelle and even Umdloti. Live bait is working well for the Couta at Seabelle and the smaller Couta around 5kgs have been taken on Snoek Fillets on the backline by anglers targeting Snoek.

Local – Deep off Umhlanga there has been good bottom fishing, with species such as Rubber Lips, Rock Cod and Slinger being in abundance. Octopus tentacle or a full Squid on the bottom hook has got the bigger fish.

Durban has been fairly quiet recently and has only seen a few bigger Tuna and a few Snoek along the backline at Blue Lagoon and Virginia.

The Bluff has produced one or two Snoek per session for some anglers over the last week. With sea temperatures still being in the low 20’s, these Snoek can vary in size. Most of these fish however, have been of the larger size and have been caught on Magic Minnows, Clark spoons and also fillet baits.
South – Umkomaas / Aliwal Shoal area has given the anglers a bit of hope with some nice Kingfish and Tuna; most fish have been caught on artificials. Lower South Coast leading into Transkei will see some good Garrick fishing in the next two weeks or so, as well as some Sardine activity. We look forward to this occurrence on a yearly basis and hope to see this year’s Sardine run in full force.

Fresh water:

Trout – The Karkloof area has fished very well recently and reports from the anglers suggest that fishing had been difficult but productive. Fish were caught in the deep on an extremely slow retrieve, which has been a patience game. Successful flies used include Olive Wooly Buggers, Peacock Wooly Worms and large Papa Roach’s. All fish were caught on sinking lines in the deep. Remember that the most essential part of the sinking setup is the fluorocarbon leader material. This allows the fly to sink at the same rate as the line, allowing for better presentation, less bow in the line and of course better abrasion resistance from that trophy fish’s teeth. Kingfisher fluorocarbon is available in the perfect diameter for the application.

Carp – With the cold snap coming through late last week it seems that most shallow dams such as Hazelmere and private dams went into shock. Many reports of fish feeding in the deeper, larger dams such as Inanda and Albert Falls. Inanda produced some fine catches over the weekend of Carp ranging between 6 and 12kgs.  Hazelmere proved relatively quiet with larger fish but with the amount of pickups with no hookups, it is evident that there were many smaller fish present. Bites were all on Spice or Aniseed Boilies.

Bass – Over the weekend, anglers did extremely well at Hazelmere Dam on their Kick boats, particularly on fly. Zonkers and large Wooly Buggers seem to be doing the job!  Great reports from Inanda Dam with catches of Bass on top water early in the morning, most were taken on Strike Pro Thai Sticks. Many anglers have been fishing smaller farm dams as the larger local dams have slowed down somewhat and have become a bit difficult to keep the youngsters busy. Farm dams that are deeper will almost always be more productive in the winter as they stay warmer for longer and also allow for the Bass to sit tight on drop offs and structure which holds heat better during the night. In the farm dams, smaller fish tend to jump on soft plastics every cast at times, which could end up costly. In order to avoid this, anglers have started to use the Mustad Kevin Van Dam Grip Pin hooks. These hooks have a unique hold on the eye of the hook which holds the lure in place, so well that even after 3 or 4 fish on the same lure, the lure does not slide down the shank. This not only works out to be cheaper on plastics, but also improves hookup, as there is no bunch up of rubber in the bend of the hook when the angler strikes.

The Kingfisher in Durban celebrates 20years of trading on Wednesday the 22nd June and we will be closed from 12.00 – 5.00pm. This will include The Fishing Tackle Shop in Warner Beach, Tackle Centre in Old Fort Road, The Complete Angler in Kloof and The Fish Eagle in Pietermaritzburg. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

The Kingfisher’s trading hours are Monday to Friday 8:00 to 17:00, Tuesday 8:30 to 17:00 and Saturday 8:00 to 13:00. Please note that The Kingfisher and The Complete Angler will be closed on the Public Holiday, Thursday the 16 June 2016, but The Fishing Tackle Shop in Warner Beach and Tackle Centre in Old Fort Road will be open.

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