Last week had some decent reports of good sized fish coming out along our coastline, despite the bigger seas caused by the heavy winds on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday saw the sea settle a bit and the winds were again to pick up on the weekend.
Rock n Surf:
North – Kosi Bay has had some good fishing in most of the protected bays only, with very little to no fishing at all being done on the surf earlier on in the week. Smaller Stumpies and Grunter were landed on running traces with heavier sinkers, using Chokka and Red Prawn baits. There have been a few catches of Speckled Snapper just south of Kosi off the ledges. Again, in the rough seas, sometimes these species tend to feed a bit better once the sediment has settles and the rough water has exposed the food.
The Shad have been on the bite on the high tide in the bay at Cape Vidal, although most have been undersized, there have been a few which make pan size. Reports of a Kob or two from north of Vidal in front of the sand banks have been seen too. Chokka baits seem to be the best for these fish, as well as Octopus tentacle or even Crayfish baits.
The odd Kob and Garrick have been landed on the ever so plentiful live Shad off the North Pier of Richards Bay. Most Kob have been landed on Shad cutlet or Shad head. Garrick have been landed on Shad slide baits.
Tugela has been a whirlpool of rough seas, but despite the conditions, some decent fish have been landed. Off the southern rocks anglers have had a variety of species ranging from Sharks to Stumpies, with the major species being Grey Sharks.
If it is Grey Sharks and Blue Rays that you are after, then make no exception to Ballito. Most points and beaches have been producing these fish even in the rough seas. Remember a bite trace of 80lb when throwing your Chokka and Red Eye baits to avoid being bitten off as there have been plenty of Grey Sharks around too. Be sure to watch out when handling these Blue Rays, some of them are heavily pregnant and have been known to give birth once landed. Be sure not to drag these heavy females over the rocks and make sure that they are not flipped over onto their backs as this will kill the young. Make it a priority to release these fish back to the water as quickly as possible.
Local – Most of the sea around Blue Lagoon has been relatively unproductive over the last week as the sea picked up. The weekend saw very few anglers trying their luck. The only species to report has been Shad which have been few and far between.
Durban, being the only real protected grounds in the winds we have been experiencing, seems to have been the best spot all round. Anglers off the piers had a great time with some Shad and Grunter. Plenty of fish came out off Snake Park pier in the evenings too, mostly Shad, Stumpies and Grey Sharks.
Ethekweni beaches produced some large Grunter on Red Eye baits fished on Mustad Chinu size 3/0 hooks. This hook is perfect for these fish due to the needle sharp point and thin gauge wire for easy penetration.
Ushaka beach stretch produced Grey Sharks and Blue Rays in the beginning of the week. Big seas and strong winds stopped some anglers from fishing in the Bluff area. In the more protected areas the anglers using smaller baits managed to hook into good size Bronze Bream on Red Prawn baits. Along with the Bronzies came the Zebras and even a few smaller Brusher. Generally at this stage of the year anglers using Crab or Mussels as bait will start landing Brusher more frequently. Be sure to use a strong hook such as a Mustad Hoodlum, Big Gun or the trusty Kendal Round.
South – The protected bays produced a few Shad in the Toti area over the last few days. Smaller fish around the rocks were also landed, mainly Cave Bass, Snapper Salmon and flat fish.
Scottborough Point fished well for the anglers braving the big seas. Blue Rays were plentiful on grinder setups which allowed anglers to cast into the strike zone. Anglers who targeted these fish on multipliers struggled to get the distance and if they did, the drag on the nylon from the heavy wash didn’t allow the bait to stay put. Grey Sharks were present as well and proved fun on the lighter grinder setups too. A few Kob were landed as well, mainly on bigger baits such as whole Red Eye or Shad cutlet baits.
Yellowfin Kingies and the odd big Grunter around Umkomaas. Bait and spoons have been doing the trick for the Kingies and Red Eye baits for the Grunter. Blue Rays have been caught on baits thrown for Grunter.
Down at Port Shepstone, nice size Bronze Bream have been landed off the rocks, throwing bigger more juicy baits. Because the sea has been bigger making for more difficult bite detection, it is extremely important to use the sharpest hook possible. A Mustad Big Gun size 2 or Chinu size 1/0. A few Kob were landed in the areas which were not as rough and windy.
Throughout the Transkei, there have been a good few catches of Garrick, Kob and Hammerhead Sharks; some large Grey Sharks were also landed. In the gullies throughout the coast there were good catches of Bronze Bream which were caught on a variety of baits.
In the Port St Johns area, there has been an explosion of Grunter reaching anywhere up to 8kgs caught on either Anchovies or Sardine.
Harbour – Durban harbour has seen plenty of anglers over the last week and weekend. Good reports of Grunter and a variety of Salmon species have been landed around the mouth and off the banks. A surprisingly large number of Kingfish have been landed towards the Silt Canal on small Rattlers and spoons. Smaller Shad are being caught near the mouth, and a few of the bigger specimens towards the Coaling terminal. There are a handful of anglers who have been having fun with the flat fish such as Honeycombs and Brown Rays. Be careful when handling these fish, they are pregnant and need to be handled with care. If you are fishing from a boat, make sure that you do not lift the fish out of the water. Rather lift the head up and reach underneath the fish to remove the hook. Garrick have still been taken on live baits and lures. Even the trusty Rattlers have been doing the trick. Grunter have been plentiful off the banks, particularly at night time using longer, light action rods such as the Daiwa Crossfire 8ft rod.
North – Better reports of Tuna in Sodwana in the beginning of the week, most of these fish have been landed on either Blue or Green Rattlers and Halco Lazer Pro lures. The Tuna have been feeding well in 25-50m of water along the current lines. Be sure to try out the new range of Rattlers going into the summer months for these Tuna as well. As the seas picked up towards the end of the week, the fishing became slow and fewer boats launched.
All the way from Cape Vidal down to Zinkwazi the Garrick were still on the bite and we’re caught on backline using live bait. Shad seems to have been the prize bait last week.
Tugela had some awesome bottom fishing before the sea picked up with Kob, Geelbek and general bottoms.
Tinley Manor still threw a Snoek or two at anglers on the Skis, but mainly for the anglers using bait or Strike Pro lures. These fish were feeding slightly deeper than usual.
Local – Durban had excellent catches of Geelbek throughout the week and only slowed down with the big sea. The weeks to come should produce equally as well if not better. Most fish were caught at night between 6pm and 12am on the shallow reefs or wrecks. Sardine seems to be the best bait. Tuna have been slow but still around, taking Rattlers at Number One and live baits on the bait marks. The Tuna have been much smaller than previously and seem to be taking Rattlers or smaller Halco lures before baits.
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South – Lower south has been fishing a bit slow at the moment, probably due to the weather patterns. A handful of Mussel Cracker have been landed as well as Garrick in the shallows.
Carp – Albert Falls saw very few Carp anglers due to the amount of Bass anglers on the water. Shongweni saw some good angling from a number of anglers who braved the bad weather. Some bigger fish were landed along with a number of smaller fish. Hazelmere produced a good number of Scalies and smaller Carp around the river mouth area on small baits such as maize and popups. Midmar was cold with the cold front and no reports of better size fish were seen, smaller fish were landed in dribs and drabs.
Bass – Albert Falls Bass Classic took place on the weekend and despite the extremely low dam level. John Kelly was the winner of the competition, winning with a huge fish of 4,9kgs. Well done to all who participated and to all of the winners! Top results as follow:
Top Junior Fish – Chase Kelly – 1,615kg
Top Ladies Fish – Pat Godding – 1,505kg
Top Mixed Couples Bag – Nico and Juanita van Tonder
Top Junior/Senior Family Bag – John & Chase Kelly
3rd – Tommy Rainbird & Morne du Plessis
2nd – Craig Hay & M Botha
1st – Andrew Hendry & Mark Schmidt
John Kelly 4.910kg
Mark Schmidt 3.680kg
Marc Meyer 2.420kg
Andrew Hendry 2.285kg
Eugene Potgieter 2.210kg
Wayne Hancock’s 2.130kg
Graham Gauche 2.080kg
MC Botha 2.010kg
Basil Mayne 1.980kg
Tommy Rainbird 1.945kg
Fly- Fly fishermen had a bitterly cold weekend away as most of the dams in the colder areas saw cold and windy conditions. Fishing had been excellent in the beginning of the week at Crystal Waters and Camberg. Some dams are fishing well with egg patterns but the majority of the dams have fished well with big papa roach patterns and Mrs. Simpsons fished deep and slow.
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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