August is the month of winds and it seems to be off with a bang with our entire month thus far seeing fluctuating pressure systems and a number of fronts pulling through. Many anglers have utilized the changes in pressure to their advantage and have had great pre frontal sessions. For those fishing the NE after two days, success has been slower but still worth the effort. Remember The Kingfisher’s Annual Shad comp which is already under way with one entry of 650g caught last week.
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North – From the most northern stretch of Kosi Bay through to Cape Vidal there have been thousands of Shad all between 25cm and 40cm in massive shoals frequenting the shallows throughout the day. These fish travel way into Mozambique and can be caught throughout the season up until around the end of November or even into December. As the water heats up these fish move back down the coast towards the Transkei where they will spend the summer months.
Kosi Bay has been a very popular spot over the years for live bait fishing with live Shad as bait. Species to be expected are Kingfish, predominantly the larger sort such as the Giant Trevally (Caranx Ignobolis), Sharks such as Black Fin, Kob and even the occasional Garrick. Over the last few days Kosi Bay has really started to come alive and has proved to be a far more productive spot than over the last few months.
Reports at Cape Vidal suggest a large spread of Shad in the low light sessions, on bait only. As the sun rises they have also taken Falcon spoons. A number of reports included Garrick sightings and a few that have been landed as well. These fish have been landed on live Shad. Smaller Kob have been landed during the evenings on Chokka throw baits.
Richards Bay Harbour has produced some fine angling over the last week yielding some excellent Kob and Grunter. The main target species however seems to be Garrick which have taken surface lures and live baits. Anglers should take as much time as possible on the water at this time of the year as the Garrick tends to move on quite soon. Angling off the surf has been fruitful as well with good catches of Kob and a few Garrick.
Tugela has with no surprise been on top form with many reports of Kob up to 15kgs and also good Garrick catches along the stretch of the South Bank. There had been a slight issue with debris in the water from the river which seems to have subsided now. Angling has become a pleasure in this Tugela area and the days to come should make thus your number one destination if Kob and Garrick are on your list.
Zinkwazi has been a bit quiet over the last week, with the last days of the week being the most productive days angling with reports of Grey Sharks and Shad being landed on smaller baits.
Some nice Kingies of between 1 and 3kgs were landed in the bay at Salt Rock over the last week, on baits and McArthy paddle tails in the 4″ range. There were also a few nice Grey Sharks caught off the point of the pool.
Ballito has had its ups and downs throughout the week with the fishing going in the Shad anglers favour with Falcon spoons once again being the culprit. Anglers using Red Eye or Japanese Mackerel as bait have landed bigger fish.
La Mercy locals have used bait boats to drop baits out deep for bigger species with great success. Using Bonito as bait, anglers have hooked into some serious Black Fin Sharks using this method.
Local – Plenty of Shad on bait in the Blue Lagoon area with decent numbers being landed on spoon as well. There have been more sightings of Garrick recently which seem to be in full force now, as the water settles and clears, we will be seeing a lot more catches Anglers should be making use of the Chaos plugs at this time of the season, as they are pre rigged with Power split rings, Power swivels and super sharp and strong Mustad Tarpon hooks. The combination of these components will ensure you will not be bitten off by Shad or Snoek in the case of one picking up your plug. The conventional Kevlar or Dacron hook snooting’s often gets bitten through.On the inside of the mouth and up the River there have been many catches of good size Perch which have been landed on Sardine or Red Eye. In Durban there have been reports of some small Tropical Yellowtail being landed off the piers on baits and live baits. Shad anglers have had their load of fish daily and sizes still seem to be around 300mm-350mm or so. Stumpies have been coming out of Vetch’s Reef in the evenings. Best presentation seems to be drift Sealice on a Mustad Big Gun 2/0. Kob have been sighted around Addington Wreck and Vetch’s Pier as well, which should be on the bite with this week’s weather forecast. Good conditions to be expected throughout this week to favour the Bluff anglers. Tuesdays Westerly will put the Kingies on the bite and hopefully some nice Bronze Bream too. There have been reports of Kingies between 1kg and 3kgs that were landed on baits intended for Kob. Catches of Kob have been few and far between but still there none the less. The Kob that were landed ranged between 3kgs and 7kgs. Some very respectable Bronze Bream were landed closer towards the South Pier around the Diamond Fields area.
South – Anglers around Toti found themselves having fun with Shad throughout the week, with catches of Garrick being slower than before. Smaller fish have been landed over the last week, but plenty all around the Warner Beach area. Kob under 5kgs were seen by a few, landed on Chokka and Red Eye throw baits. Garrick were landed on live Shad in the mornings and later on in the afternoons a few anglers had some fun with the Blue Rays.
At Umkomaas, water conditions have been good recently and this has resulted in good catches of Kob and also Garrick. There have been reports of good sized Kob in the river which have taken live mullet and McArthypaddle tails as well. Anglers who targeted inedibles also hooked into a few Shad and Grey Sharks on the South bank of the river.
Good action for the fishermen off Scottborough Point on the weekend and some excellent fun with Grey Sharks and Shad during the week. Smaller Kingies have been targeted heavily on paddle tails and spoons throughout the week, and reports suggest many strikes have been had on a faster retrieve. These fish hunt at high speeds and cannot be given much time to scrutinise the lures. A faster retrieve will almost always get a better bite.
Mtwalume River towards flat rocks has been relatively quiet with a few small edibles running and at the Station; a few Shad were landed on bait. There have been plenty of Karanteen from the rocks which is good news for anglers looking to target bigger species with live bait. North of the tidal pool anglers hooked into good numbers of Zebrafish and Blacktail. Spring tides allowed for plenty of Crayfish exposure so anglers lucky enough to get their hands on some of this awesome bait will be first in line for some Brusher and Bronze Bream.
From Port St John’s and down, the main target species has been Kob. There have been large concentrations of Kob throughout the Transkei coast which have been caught on bait and lure. Anglers using Rattlers with weighted hooks are having great success with the bigger Kob whilst the Mc Arthy paddle tails have got awesome numbers for the anglers fishing for quantity over quality. Garrick have been caught on live Shad before any other bait. This seems to be the best bait for the job; you will find that if the Shad is fished in an area with a high concentration of Shad then the chances of success increase. Chaos Plugs have worked steadily for the smaller fish, and although smaller, the lighter tackle proves to be better fun than the heavier tackle used for sliding. Smaller species such as Zebrafish and Bronze Bream are also feeding well and the latter of which has reached weights in excess of 5kgs. The bigger Blacktails have been great fun for the youngsters too. Good reports of Brusher have come through from various spots along the coast.
Harbour – Durban harbour is fishing well at the moment, and can only be expected to improve with this week’s conditions. Plenty of reports of smaller game fish around the Coaling Wharf have come from various anglers who spent time on the water last week. Shad have been plentiful in the Bay and it is becoming relatively easy to obtain a few as live baits for the Garrick. Sabiki bait rigs with Sardine chunks work wonders around the rocks near the Coaling Dumper. Grunter have been on the bite further up the Silt Canal and off the center banks as well. Some decent kingies were landed on Strike Pro shallow diving lures in the Silt Canal as well as Pickhandle Barracuda and also a Kob.
Our North Coast fished well over the weekend, with weather conditions not being as bad as predictions indicated. Sunday saw the a bit of wind come through only hours after it was forecasted to move over, which meant that anglers could fish the morning session in pre frontal conditions before the wind hit.
Maphelane did not see too much activity over the weekend but had decent catches of Snoek, Tuna and a few Couta throughout the week.
Cape Vidal was kind to the Jet Ski anglers who caught some lovely Snoek and Tuna on the inside. Charter boats around St Lucia did well with the smaller Tuna and also Couta.
Local – Durban Paddle Ski anglers did very well on the bait marks fishing for Tuna, one of which tipped the scales at 20kgs. Smaller fish around the 5-7kg mark were plentiful and most Paddle Ski anglers and Ski Boaters got in on the action. Snoek went off the bite early in the week and the few that were caught lacked size but the Geelbek and Daga were in full force and some very large fish were bolted on the deep marks. General bottoms were caught over the weekend before the wind picked up but with most anglers targeting the bigger Salmon species, few reports came through of decent catches.
South – On the South Coast, Wahoo have still been sharpening their teeth on ski boaters steel traces and getting away with it. The few that have been landed have been over 15kgs and extremely aggressive. There are plenty of Bonito in the water and these Wahoo have gorged themselves to the gullet which has meant that the fights are lasting extra-long. Be sure to use adequate tackle for the job. Tuna around Shelley Beach have been around 7kgs and took anything from Rattlers to Kona’s. For the bottom fisherman, the Redfish were plentiful and a good number of Cracker were landed in between.
Bass – Bass anglers have much to look forward to as the Albert Falls Bass Classic is upon us. On the 25TH to the 27TH of August anglers will set out onto one of the most beautiful dams in KZN in search of the biggest Bass of the weekend. Be sure to register online and be a part of this prestigious event.
Albert Falls has been relatively quiet of late, with hardly any results from boaters who fished there last weekend. With the water colour a bit off, anglers struggled to find a pattern that worked. With the water clearing up towards the end of this week, things will be looking better and anglers should see far better catches. As the water starts to heat up and the days become longer, Bass will start to feed heavily in anticipation of the spawn.
Inanda has been fishing well, towards the mouth on shallow banks and drop offs. The water has been relatively clean and crank baits have been working well.
Carp – As we move into prime time for the monsters, we have received some excellent reports from locals at many of the dams, with Shongweni coming out on top. With so many of these bigger fish coming out at the moment it is important to be aware of how fragile these fish can be. Another reminder to anglers to take extra care of the fish from this point on as they will start filling up with eggs and will be prone to bruising and rupture. A Carp of 16kgs can be anywhere up to 20years old, so a bit of respect is always due. For those who are having trouble landing the bigger fish, try the range of Mustads Curved Shank Elite range of hooks. These hooks are the prefect specimen hook for an angler on a budget and have all the features of the best on the market. With a Camo finish and Mustads legendary Ultra point business end, this hook has definitely made its way up in the rankings.
Fly fishing – If it is Scalie action you are after, then look no further than the Umkomaas River. From now until the first heavy rains fall, we will be in for a whopper of a time. With waters slowly warming up and water visibility staying good, these fish feed aggressively in the shallows similar to the behavior we see mid-summer with Yellowish. Using a 4 weight rod and a decent floating line such as a Snowbee XS 4/5weight line, fish a heavy caddis pupa and trailing hotspot or any other flash back nymph. A strike indicator is a must as the fish can often feed and not swim off, resulting in a spat out fly. In the slower moving pools, an intermediate line with small nymphs works wonders. Anglers must remember that Scalies love dragon fly nymphs and crabs too, so do not be hesitant to try these patterns out. Be sure to check out Snowbees new range of extra distance lines just which have just arrived. These are available in 5wt and 6wt in a floating, intermediate and sinking.
On the 1st August 2016, The Kingfisher started their “Biggest Shad Competition”. This year it will be run over a two month period, August and September, with three prizes each month. The heaviest Shad for each month will receive a Daiwa SL 50SHK Reel, valued at R2, 145.00, the second heaviest Shad will receive a 13’6” Kingfisher Coastline Medium, three piece, 4-6oz Graphite Rod, valued at R1, 389.00, and third heaviest Shad will receive a Daiwa AG 6000 Reel valued at R769.00. Please note that all Shad (fresh) must be weighed at either, The Kingfisher, 53 Hunter Street or Tackle Centre, Old Fort Road or The Fishing Tackle Shop, Warner Beach during trading hours. Please remember there is a bag limit of four and the minimum size is 30cm and that the season closes 30th September, re-opens 1st December 2016.
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