A generally tough month has passed with the fish only turning on the bite again recently, luckily most tactics proved successful and many anglers had some very good fishing sessions.. Things just seem to be getting better and better! Remember the Kingfishers annual Shad comp which starts on the 1st of August, which has some lovely prizes up for grabs. With the amount of Shad coming our recently, this year’s comp should be a cracker!

Rock n Surf:
– Kosi has had some excellent fishing fun for anglers fishing for edibles, with the catch comprising mainly of Bonefish and Stumpnose. The sea has settled somewhat and the water clarity is good. Non edible anglers saw a handful of Black tip Sharks come to land earlier in the mornings as well, most of which took Bonito and whole Mackerel slide baits.  Most anglers have been successful in the Cape Vidal area and surroundings, with the Vidal beach stretch to the left of the launch site being the main area of concentration due to the high concentration of Shad and Kingfish.  Shad have been caught along this stretch on Falcon spoons early in the mornings and at intervals throughout the day, whereas bait has been producing the bigger fish easily making size. At Richard’s Bay many anglers have tried their luck at Garrick angling over the last week and have been successful. Anglers using live Shad and Mullet have been hooking into good fish. Other than that, nothing much to write home about. Anglers in the bay have hooked into nice fish as well, using small live Mullet. Tugela has been quiet lately up until last week when there was an outbreak of Garrick and Kob. Many anglers have had success on live baits and the odd Garrick has been caught on plug too. The water has been very clean and there has been a strong current, besides that, not much has got in the way of anglers getting what they have gone for.  A few lucky anglers hooked into some decent Shad off the Dave’s Rock area and surroundings and for the anglers targeting a larger variety of fish, a good run of Grey Sharks in the evenings. Anglers fishing around Tongaat River mouth have hooked into a few Snapper Salmon and Half Kob in the late afternoons and into the night. The fish seem to come and go throughout the day so don’t be scared to wait it out if things are quiet. Along with these fish, there have been larger Kob, Garrick and also Shad.

Local – Shad have been caught in numbers in the general Umhlanga area. Most of these fish have been landed in the mornings but evenings have been relatively productive as well. At Blue Lagoon last week, a few anglers saw good action with Shad and Pompano which have recently moved in. Anglers have had success with Kob on live Shad on the south side of Blue Lagoon closer to the piers, and one or two anglers have had Garrick follow their plugs. Shad have been more plentiful by the day and with the sea conditions forecasted for the week to come, we will all be in the hot seat for a Garrick and some good sized Shad too. Durban Piers and Beachfront has produced hundreds of Shad on baits and spoon. Grey Sharks have been plentiful on Red Eye baits and also Mackerel baits.  There have been good reports of anglers targeting Stumpies off the banks too. Reports of Kob on the Bluff have been better than the previous weeks, with nothing else to really write home about.

South – Reports of Garrick from the Toti area have come in, including some good size specimens being landed on live Shad. Not as many fish have been landed but the size of these fish are better than before. South of Toti is seeing quite a bit of action, with the Kob action starting at Warner Beach and further south as well. Most of these have been caught on live baits and on McArthy Paddle tails. Small Grunter and Shad have been landed regularly over the last week off the Pier at Umkomaas.  There have been a few smaller Rays in the area as well. Kob have been caught on McArthy Paddle tails. Shad and Grey Sharks have been the main species around the Scottborough area of late. Most Grey Sharks have been around 8kgs and are proving to be awesome fun on light tackle. Most fish have been caught on whole Red Eye baits. At Port St John’s there have been excellent catches of Kob and Garrick on live baits as well as McArthy Paddle tails.  Fish have been coming out on mostly the river mouths with a few fish on the deeper points. Non edible anglers have been stretching their arms with Hammers and Greys on smaller baits.

Harbour– Good news from the harbour this week is that anglers using live Shad and Mullet have caught Garrick off the Centre bank early in the mornings. For those who missed the tackle tips on how to catch these fish, there are many different techniques one can use but the most simple is the inline float trace. This trace is tied up as a standard running trace would be, with a size 5 Power Swivel roughly 1,2m above the hook.  The leader material should be either a 0,50mm- 0,60mm Siglon Fluorocarbon or 0,60mm Maxima Ultra Green. Hooks vary on the size of the live bait but the preferred hook over the last year or so has been the Mustad Kevin Van Dam signature series in a size 2 or 1.  An elastic band is connected to the swivel and a balloon to the band. The bait is then let out with the wind no less than 20m from the boat or bank. On the Grunter front, things have heated up a bit, providing hours of fun to anglers on the boat and off the banks.  Some anglers have hit it big and have caught numerous Grunter of decent size in a session, fishing with Cracker from the banks.

Ski Boat:

North – Good catches of Sailfish up North in the Sodwana area and at Maphelane. Most fish have been caught on Kona’s in the deep but there have also been a few reports of anglers hooking into fish in the shallows on baits.  Conditions have not been that great but for the anglers that have spent time in the water, fish have been caught accordingly. Tuna on the North Coast have been eating live baits as well as Rattlers. Zinkwazi has started to produce catches of Garrick on back line. These fish have been caught on Shad and Mullet.  Remember to keep casting plugs or lures such as Rattler poppers or Chaos plugs into the surf zone to draw the fish out towards your baits, this can increase your strike rate massively.
Local – Durban has had its ups and downs but anglers seem to have come out on the top once again with many catches of Tuna, Snoek and some very good bottoms as well. Anglers on backline have reported sightings of Garrick as well.

South – Good reports of Prodigal Son in 30-40m of water off Toti to Hibberdene. Anglers fishing into the evenings and throughout the night have been rewarded with good catches of Geelbek and Daga on the wrecks.  There have been a number of Sharks around so be sure to upgrade to at least 100lb braid to apply maximum pressure to these fish. Daiwa J Braid is available in an extremely strong 80lb and 100lb that will do a great job. Good catches of Wahoo on Aliwal Shoal, which have been caught mainly on live Bonito trawled with heavy wire trace Couta traces. Many anglers will prefer the use of bleeding wire steel trace or even down rigger cable.  Most anglers have caught their Bonnies on Daisy Chains.

Fresh water:

Carp – Carp anglers around Natal will be happy with their results as we move on in winter. Confirmed reports of quite a few 10-14kg Carp being landed at Shongweni over the weekend leads us into temptation to go target these bigger fish with the good weather conditions on the way. Even better still is the lack of crowds to be expected as schools are back and our local dams will be free of holiday makers. Tiger nuts have been used by many anglers at Midmar over the last week and they have, without doubt been the right choice of baits. Many good reports of fish being caught on the outskirts of the Yacht mooring area. The flavour doing the trick seems to be FX, with Honey being a close second.  Inanda has been good to anglers and with catches exceeding 8kgs regularly, shows no sign of slowing down any time soon.

Bass – After a slow start to the week, Albert Falls and Inanda have picked up nicely and have both produced good catches of fish over 3kgs.  Extremely cold conditions have made it difficult for both angler and fish to get out of bed so be sure to fish extremely slow in the mornings and opt for a larger more bulky presentation.  Spinnerbaits fished early in the mornings and when the wind picks up has been a summer technique for most, but anglers have been chucking up their Spinnerbaits with grubs or brush hogs and have fished them very slow and deep with huge success. Strike Pro have released a range of affordable Spinnerbaits that have been tried and tested with great success in our local waters.

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