With the weather and sea conditions leaning more towards angler’s preference over the last week, there was no shortage of fish being caught throughout the coast.
Rock n Surf:
North – Kosi Bay has had a bit of a quiet spell with the inedibles off the surf region over the last week with the exception of a few flatfish, allowing anglers to spend their time concentrating on edible species such as Stumpies and Wave Garrick. These fish were targeted on small Chokka baits on light tackle. Most anglers fishing in the lakes managed a few decent Kingies on fly and dropshot as well. With the Grunter slowly but surely coming on the bite now, anglers will start to flock to these popular waters and try their luck at long lining.
Just a reminder that there are a high number of Toby’s which frequent the lakes too, which often leads to the shiny clear or white lines being bitten off during a fight with the Grunter caught on long lines. An easy way to combat this is to use a low visibility line with minimal shine such as the Daiwa Sensor or Kingfisher Nylon. The average reel needs to accommodate at least 400m of nylon for the long lining method, so be sure to fill your reels accordingly, 6-12lb is usually adequate. As the water starts to heat up we will start to notice a big difference in the feeding patterns and the number of fish being landed, so keep a few days of your summer open for a trip up to Kosi Bay.
Reports suggest massive numbers of Shad in the Cape Vidal area, which have been making good size and also proving to be working very well as bait for larger flat fish such as Diamond Rays, Honeycombs and also a few Black Fin Sharks. Live Shad slid out has also produced a number of Garrick.
There have been good catches of Kob and Garrick around Richards Bay, as well as a number of flatfish of all sorts. The Bay has handed over many a Grunter to anglers fishing from boats and from the side, most of which have been much larger than previous weeks. Going with what we have seen thus far, our summer should be hugely productive.
In the Zinkwazi /Blythedale area, Grey Sharks have been targeted in the evenings by anglers using spinning outfits and medium sized throw baits. Quite a few fish have been caught, mostly coming out in twos and threes. Sand Sharks and better size Shad have been caught in the mornings along this stretch.
Anglers in the Ballito area have been catching smaller Shad and the odd decent size fish, and with plenty of peckers around, most baits do not last too long.
Local – There have been extremely good catches of Shad at Virginia on Japanese Mackerel in the mornings and early evenings. This would be a spot to keep an eye on for a personal best Shad in the weeks to come.
At Blue Lagoon there have still been a few catches of Shad on spoon for those who have the time to stick around the whole day and be there when the fish are there. The presence of these Shad have created easy pickings for the Garrick which have been spotted by one or two anglers feeding in the extreme shallows.
There have been a few Kob off the North Bank in the mornings and evenings being caught on McArthy Paddle Tails and also baits. Millions of peckers attack many of the baits being thrown in hope of hooking into Brown Rays and Grey Sharks off Durban. The main culprits being Eel tail Barbel and Maasbanker. The few Brown Rays that have been landed have been larger specimen, weighing between 12kgs and 15kgs.
Smaller Grunter and Stumpnose have been landed closer to Blue Waters Pier, most of which have been caught on Sardine baits.
Ushaka has had some decent fishing, with a very respectable Thorn tail Ray of around 65kgs being landed during one of the evenings.
A somewhat quiet week for the anglers on the Bluff, despite the amount of Karanteen and Shad in the area.
South – On a good day at Warner Beach, the Shad seem to be plentiful, but other than that most anglers will be lucky to get one or two. A few lonely Garrick have found the hooks of anglers using live bait. The size of the Shad in the Warner Beach and surrounding areas has been incredible, with last week’s 5,96kg Shad being weighed in; another of 5,2kgs has hit the scales.
Umkomaas River Mouth has produced good numbers of smaller Kob over the last week, and along with the Kob have been the Snapper Salmon. These fish are all taking small Chokka and Red Eye baits. Many anglers have caught a few Grunter and the odd flat fish too.
The odd Blue Ray has been landed off Scottburgh Point, and quite a number of Grey Sharks which have been caught on Shad cutlet baits and Mackerel head. An angler using McArthy Paddle tails landed a decent sized Kob to the left of the point during the week.
At Port Shepstone there has been an abundance of Shad, Bronze Bream and Kob from the south of the Port Shepstone area, along with a few good size Shad up to 4kgs and a number of Garrick around as well. Excellent catches of Stone Bream and Blacktail have also been reported. Along with the plenty of Bronze Bream that have been landed along the Trafalgar stretch, the Blue Rays have been wild and most anglers to spend time in the area have landed a fair amount. There have been good reports of Brusher from this area too.
Harbour – Durban harbour has been fishing relatively well and anglers who have spent time along the banks would have been rewarded with at least a couple of good sized Grunter. For those who enjoy fishing for inedibles, there have been a good number of flatfish on the banks too, eating Cracker as well as bigger Red Eye baits. The Kingies seem to have disappeared from the banks over the last week with only one or two being landed earlier on in the week, by an angler casting small Strike Pro diving lures around the Yacht Moll. Large shoals of Mullet have also been seen around Batt Centre and Wilson Wharf, with a lot of activity around them, which may be Kingies or Garrick. Closer to the Piers, anglers with boat access will be happy to know that there are plenty of larger Kingies hunting in the area and are readily taking lures.
North – Richards Bay down to Tugela has produced good numbers of Garrick over the last week, mainly in the slightly bigger seas. These fish have been landed on most baits such as Mackerel, Shad and Pinkies. The latter of which seems to be the preferred bait. One of the aforementioned baits rigged on a Mustad Big Gun size 4/0 or size 2 treble trawled as slow as possible on the backline will almost guaranteed get the bite.
Tuna have been landed in the Zululand region, on Rattlers and on surface lures as well. The bite seems to have slowed down somewhat and anglers find themselves searching for fish.
Local – Tongaat down to Umhlanga saw many good catches of bottom fish, the majority of which being Geelbek and Daga. Also a lot of Rock Cod and Mussel Cracker have been landed on larger baits. When targeting Mussel Cracker, be sure to use the strongest hook available to you, such as a Mustad Hoodlum or Catfish hook. These stand less of a chance of being crushed or opened by these immensely strong fish.
Durban has fished well for bottoms but failed to see much game fish activity. The current is relatively strong so make sure that when fishing deep that your choice of sinker is adequate.
South – Protea Banks have fished extremely well with many anglers hooking into good Amberjack on a variety of presentations. Live bait seems to be the preferred method for the larger fish.
Carp – Albert Falls has kept anglers busy with smaller Carp in the Pelican Bay area, mostly on conventional tackle. The public slip way areas and day sites have been fishing well as well, with many reports from locals of fish ranging between 2-8kgs.
Anglers fishing at Nagle Dam in during the day have been doing well, with reports of Yellowish on smaller baits. Anglers looking to hook bigger Carp have been forced to use larger baits. The river section has been the most productive area. Inanda fished superbly for conventional anglers targeting smaller fish, mostly in the upper regions of the dam or in the bay to the right of the camp sites, with the biggest fish weighing in at around 9kgs. There is a noticeable change in temperature and activity in the water which is a good sign of summer coming along; one can only wait for the smaller fish to move through in full force.
Bass – After a tough week of fishing at Albert Falls, weekend anglers were surprised by a few good sized Bass. Reports suggest that from Thursday onwards, the water came to life and each angler had excellent fishing fun. Smaller fish fed well in the shallows and the larger fish were landed on frogs and surface lures such as Strike Pro Thai Stick lures. Inanda was slower to take off but anglers fished well on Sunday and were lucky enough to land a few fish over 2kgs. A noticeable difference in fish activity was seen as many anglers using surface lures such as frogs were hit hard by even the smaller fish. The cliffs fished very well with most reports of large fish being from this area.
Fly fishing – Now is the time to go fishing for Scalies in our river systems. The rivers are clear, and not running too strong. Using a tungsten bead dropper and the normal Hot spot, PTN and Copper John are a few of the deadly combos which one can use to entice the bite.
The Kingfisher’s “Biggest Shad Competition” had started and this month there will be three prizes. The heaviest Shad 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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