Rock n Surf:
North – With the record breaking rains we have experienced over the last week, fishing has been more than difficult, it has been close to impossible. The rains have come down and even up till now the surf zone has been chocolate brown and has had a huge amount of trees, hyacinth and rubbish as far as the eye can see. Luckily over the last week days, things are looking up and have made for half decent fishing conditions.
Amongst one of the very few spots which produced fish over the last week, Kosi Bay was good to anglers and out fished all areas along our coast line. Chokka baits with a hint of Prawn added to the mix were the bait responsible for many of the catches along this stretch. Wave Garrick, Bonefish, Pompano and various Rock Cod species were seen throughout the week.
Cape Vidal had some good catches of Wave Garrick as well as two good sized Blackfin Sharks. The larger Sharks were all caught on larger slide baits.
Richards Bay has been quiet with nothing more than a few Shad and smaller Kob being caught at night. Garrick were spotted by divers slightly deeper off backline but have been slow to the bite.
Ballito had only some very few Shad coming through, some of which were of decent size and were caught early in the mornings. Pompano have been caught throughout the week around midday on Sealice or Chokka baits when anglers did make an attempt to go through. During the evenings, the odd Shad and Grey Shark of around 8-10kgs.
Local – Umhlanga saw some very large fish that were hooked but unable to be landed on Sunday evening when the water settled a bit, possibly some larger Sharks coming through the dirty water. Shad are making a positive appearance and have been present early in the mornings. Durban had a good run of Shad during the nights and most days. Strange enough, anglers fishing off the Piers also managed to hook into some decent Pompano during the evenings too which is very unusual. Pompano usually day time feeders, have been caught on Sealice and Sardine fillet baits during the evenings by anglers targeting Stumpies. Anglers fishing for Shad off the Piers have had good success with glow stick tied on just above their Sardine fillets, as well as with the double hook traces.
South – Toti has been very quiet, with only small Shad, Stumpnose and the odd Garrick being seen occasionally, however fishable days have been limited to one or two at most. Live Shad has been the best bait for these Garrick so far.
Umkomaas had Shad feeding all day throughout the fish able days although most have been undersize. Grunter have been caught on the low tide near the mouth on Cracker and smaller Chokka baits.
Scottborough point had only a few Grey Sharks at night on Mackerel head. Nyoni Rocks/ Shad Place had a bit of a decent run for some anglers.
Port Shepstone had an average week with a few Kob and Garrick coming out, with plenty of Shad 24/7.
Port St John’s north had a decent week with a few good sized Brusher being taken, along with Kob, Garrick and Bronze Bream on a regular basis. Port St John’s South saw some very large Sharks during the week, of which very few were landed due to the sheer size and strength of these fish.
Mazeppa Bay is fishing very well and can be expected to fish well in the week to come, producing plenty of Kob, Sharks, Garrick and other edibles such as Brusher and Bronze Bream. After the bad weather, rough seas and chocolate water, anglers can look forward to some great fishing, including some Snoek, Kob, Sharks and other species which enjoy a bit of colour in the water.
Durban Harbour – Believe it or not, the Durban harbour has actually managed to accommodate a bit of fishing and anglers who have made the effort to go down have caught fish in the dirty and debris filled water, however no fireworks. The odd lucky angler hooked decent Grunter closer to the mouth and anglers using Sardine as bait managed to catch a couple of Kob also near the mouth. Towards the end of the Silt Canal anglers had some fun with some good sized Perch on Cracker baits. Anglers fishing near Wilson Wharf saw what could possibly have been Garrick smashing small shoals of Mullet early in the morning during the week. Smaller Mullet are a very good bait for Garrick and other game fish and anglers fishing from the banks can easily target them.
Bass – With the weather being upside down for the last week, most anglers would have stayed in bed to avoid the rain and cold, however many of the dams did not experience rain and bad weather and the Bass fishing was surprisingly good. Good reports from Midmar Dam of a few fish of over 2kgs caught during the week. Midmar seems to be our quietest dam between our larger dams in KZN such as Albert Falls and Inanda, but seems to be doing very well lately. Weightless flukes fished off rocky points seems to be the technique of choice, followed by a deep running crank bait.
Inanda had an excellent run earlier on in the week with dozens of “keeper” size Bass being landed on dropshot near Taxi Bay and Cabbage Patch. Albert Falls is fast becoming the favourite of our local anglers due to its ability to surprise, particularly in these incredibly low level conditions. Many an angler has opted to wake up extra early to travel the distance just to spend time on this lovely body of water and this time spent on the water is second to none when it comes to local waters. In summer, it is not uncommon for a group of Durban anglers to spend a day at the dam and rack up a total of 50-60 Bass fishing from the shoreline or boat. It is genuinely the best public dam to fish from the banks and has seen unofficial records over 6kgs caught from the slip ways by unsuspecting anglers.
Carp – Carp fishing is bit on the slow side of late, with most anglers catching quality over quantity. Inanda produced some lovely Carp over 6kgs in Barbel Bay. Not many fish have come out but each fish has been a quality fish and before the weather turned bad, anglers did extremely well in various spots around the dam. Only tiger nuts and 12mm boilies were preferable, in flavours FX and Juana. Korda Goo has been added to the ground feed mix for the cold water conditions which has seemed to help substantially. Shongweni has fished well with numbers but has struggled with size, with the biggest fish reported being a touch over 8kgs.
Fly Fishing – Fly Fishing will begin to improve as we move into spring. Most of the spawning activity should by dying and the Trout will be spread out from the spawning beds and moving around into different areas in the dams. Flies that should be used are patterns such as Red Eyed Damsels, frog patterns, Wooly Buggers, minnow patterns such as Hamills Killers and Mrs. Simpsons. Our conditions in the Berg and surrounding areas over the last week were bitterly cold with snow in most areas. Very little fishing was done and most families opted to enjoy the weather indoors.
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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