With closed season for Shad creeping up fast, many anglers have been thrashing the water in hope of getting that one big fish. Remember the Shad competition at The Kingfisher ends at the end of the month so be sure to keep a bait in the water. 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. The majority of the catches over the last week however, consisted of edibles as Shark anglers found themselves spending long hours on the beach with very little success.


Rock n Surf:

Kosi Bay –
Early in the week before the big seas rolled through, Kosi saw some good catches of edible fish on the high tide. Reported catches include Stumpnose, Kob, Shad and plenty of Wave Garrick. The lakes have still managed to keep anglers busy with fair sized Grunter and Kingfish. There have been a few smashes on the surface in the lakes, which have sent Mullet and other small bait fish flying in every direction. When this happens, make sure to keep a rod and reel ready to throw plugs or poppers to try hook into one of these Kingfish which are hunting bait. Rattler stick baits and poppers will do the trick.

Cape Vidal has been producing dozens of undersized Shad recently, with the odd Kingie coming out on smaller spoons in the bay whilst spinning for Shad. Anchovy spoons and Kingfisher Bonnie spoons have been working well, skipped fast along the surface. Live Mullet has also caught the odd Kingie.

Very good catches of Grunter, Salmon and Garrick have been reported from the Richards Bay area over the last week, with a some excellent Garrick coming out, some even as much as 18kgs, taken off the surf, on a live bait. These fish have showed no sign of slowing down and even with the good weather expected over the next week, anglers should consider staying within the bay for safety, and hopefully land a few hungry Garrick while they are still around.

One of the only hot-spots for inedibles over the last week, Ballito has certainly been at the top of the list for spots on the North Coast for species such as Grey Sharks and Brown Rays.  These came out mainly later on in the week in the flat seas but remained on the bite at intervals during the rough seas. Other edibles were slower to bite but good Bronze Bream and Stumpnose were landed throughout the days on Chokka baits and Prawn baits.

Local – Anglers had good success at Virginia throughout the week fishing for Shad on bait, with a decent amount of larger Shad being caught towards the end of the week on live baits and larger Sardine baits. The odd Brown Ray found its way to shore but nothing else as far as reports indicate.  Anglers at Blue Lagoon spinning close to the second bridge had fun with juvenile Kingies on McArthy dropshot and also small spoons during the week. A few Shad have also been landed from the rocks on bait and some smaller specimen on spoons. Closer to the end of the week, anglers experienced mayhem with the bigger Shad on bait, some up to 4,1kgs.

Durban beaches fished relatively well throughout the week with the exception of the stretch of beach from North Pier to Ushaka which seems to be very silted up with a black sludge which sticks to line and guides. Fishing has come to a standstill but after the good seas predicted mid-week, the sea should be back to normal and fishing well again by the weekend.

South – Much of the same for Toti from the previous weeks, which has produced Shad, Garrick and Brown Rays throughout the week. Brown Rays have been on and off the bite bit have been making good size. Red Eye or Mackerel cutlets have been doing the trick.

Grunter and Kob have been caught on a fairly regular basis throughout the week in the Umkomaas area, with good numbers of Yellowfin Kingies in the mix too.  Most anglers have opted for medium sized Chokka baits but a few also took to the water with McArthy paddle tails and managed some nice Kob and also some Kingies. There is a large concentration of small Shad on the South Bank which is probably the cause for the high numbers of game fish in the area.

There have been a variety of fish being caught off Scottborough Point, including some small Kingies, Garrick and also Sandies just south of the point. Along with these, anglers have seen Blue and Brown Rays, and many Grey Sharks whilst diving. Definitely the place to visit soon!

Plenty of Garrick on live baits in the Port Shepstone area last week along with many Kob which have been caught on Rattlers, Rapala magnums and McArthy paddle tails.  These fish need to be targeted in the white water if anglers are fishing during the day, as the cleaner less oxygenated water holds very few fish. At night time the fish tend to venture out of this area but it is absolutely necessary to fit your baits with rattles to assist in the location of your bait.

Hundreds of Shad along the Margate stretch recently, slowly dying off in the rough seas. Bronze Bream have made a huge appearance over the last week and anglers who managed to fish on Saturday caught some lovely size Bronzies. Small Kob and Garrick have been caught throughout the day but prefer the morning sessions.

At Port St John’s, there are still plenty of Kob and Garrick being caught on paddle tails.  Kob have also been smashing Chokka baits during the evenings, close to ledges in the white water.  There has been no shortage of Shad which helps out with a decent bait for Garrick too. With the sea increasing in size over the next week, anglers may find themselves in the rivers and estuaries in this area as well. Standard running traces with 0,40mm hook snooting and a Mustad Chinu size 2 or 4 will suit a sand Prawn bait perfectly for these areas.

Harbour – Durban harbour has seen few anglers recently but the few anglers to set out have caught some very nice fish. Decent size Grunter and Stumpnose have been landed near the E7 buoy throughout the week. The number of Stumpies has increased a lot over the last two weeks and a few fish of over 2kgs have already come out. Rumours of a few Garrick have been circulating, and the stories seem to be true. With no shortage of live bait in the harbour, targeting these Garrick should be easy enough. The amount of Kingfish in the harbour is increasing daily, and they have now reached the furthest corners of the bay. With anglers catching Kingies on fly, dropshot, spoons and even live bait, be sure to head down to get involved with the fun.


Ski Boat:

North –
Sodwana has been the most productive spot up north recently, with reports of Yellowfin Tuna and quite a few Kingies on popper too. There have been a few issues with Sharks in the area so be sure to fish with decent tackle and strong hooks to prevent tackle failure. Mustad Kaiju hooks are perfect for hook replacements on all sizes of poppers and stick baits.

Cape Vidal and St Lucia have both had fairly decent weeks fishing. The main species being targeted has been Snoek which were caught on Strike Pro Magic Minnows and small spoons towards the beginning of the week. Most of the fish have been smaller with the exception of one or two fish over 5kgs.

Local – Umhlanga and Blue Lagoon saw a fair number of anglers targeting Snoek. Smaller fish were landed in the afternoon sessions and the slightly larger fish have been caught at first light on strip baits.  With the Snoek being smaller, the best hook will be a 4/0 Mustad 34007ss for the ultimate hookup.

The bottom fishing off Durban has just got better and better by the day. Excellent catches of bottom fish of all sorts have been taken from the local spots off Durban, including some very nice Daga Salmon. With big seas on their way, anglers will have to take the next few days to make up some traces and stock up on tackle.

South – The South Coast stretch has produced a few Prodigal Son over the last week, as a by catch whilst targeting Tuna. Although these are a difficult fish to specifically target, they have been known to prefer a live Mozzie down rigged in between 10m and 40m.  Rattlers and other diving lures will also get a bite on a good day.  The Tuna that have been caught are not the largest but there have been good numbers and the odd Wahoo between them. Bottom fishing has been productive throughout the week and there has been a surprising amount of huge Slinger around.


Fresh water:

Carp –
Anglers at Inanda have done well over the last week and have managed to land quality fish. Groups of anglers who have fished the dam wall area, traveling by boat managed to land some very nice Carp on conventional tackle.  Caramel or FX was their flavour of choice, rigged on a Mustad Carp hook on a Rietvlei trace using Supercast ground feed. Nagle fished well towards the end of the week, when two fish over 10kgs were landed towards the back of one of the very deep bays on 18mm boilies. Camp site fishermen used conventional tackle on light setups and managed some excellent light tackle catches up to 8kgs.

Albert Falls had very few anglers with the exception of the day visitors who managed a few fish between 2kgs and 7kgs.

Bass – Albert Falls has had quite a few anglers recently and the catch rate is increasing by the day. Anglers using paddle tail flukes and big brush hogs caught some very nice fish towards the ridge whilst bouncing their lures weightless around the underwater structure.  Mustad weighted hooks were also used in the deeper water with much success.  Frogs have worked well in the back of Pelican Bay surprisingly, and up near the river mouth. Spinnerbaits have also produced the goods all over the dam. Inanda had a bit of a quiet patch as anglers struggled to catch large fish over the last week. Many smaller fish were caught in the shallows on finesse worms and baby brush hogs. Again, dropshot has been the go-to presentation and has been responsible for most of the damage in the last week.

News from Shongweni will be very slow in the upcoming weeks due to a massive hazardous spillage in the area. The dam is still open to the public; however there have been warnings about swimming, fishing and paddling in the dam.

Trout – Trout anglers around KZN have found themselves landing decent fish in most of our waters, with the streams in particular fishing very well. The wind has played a role in which dams are fishable but most anglers fishing streams and rivers have been able to hide from the wind easily. Small nymph patterns and DDD’s have done very well for anglers, landing a few Scalies and Yellowfish in between.


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