Bigger Shad and more of them! Anglers around KZN have had huge success with larger Shad in most Shad hot-spots, and along with the Shad have been Garrick, Sharks and everything in between. Congratulations to the winners of The Kingfisher Shad Competition for the month of August. In first place we had Gary Williams with a lovely fish of 3.060kgs. In at second was Jamie Wardell with a fish of 2.882kgs. Third place was Robyn Mc Neil with a 2.802kg Shad.
Rock n Surf:
North – Kosi Bay has been relatively quiet and has produced a few edibles and smaller Sharks. Edibles to be expected include Stumpies, Grunter and 3-Spot Pompano. The odd Speckled Snapper has been landed off the rocks on Chokka throw baits. There have been some good catches of Black Tip Sharks around Banga Nek, on big dead baits and slide baits.
Reports suggest that the Cape Vidal area and surroundings have been producing plenty of flatfish. Most of these fish have been caught on medium sized throw baits such as Mackerel head or Chokka baits. Remember your length of 80lb coated bite trace and strong hooks such as Mustad’s Big Gun 6/0 or 8/0 as there is always a possibility of a toothy critter picking up your offering. There have been a few Raggies and Diamonds in the area as well so be prepared with an outfit to handle a substantial fish.
The Hlobane area has been on par with Cape Vidal in terms of the non edibles. These fish have been a lot bigger the previously and seem to be more abundant. Anglers who have been sliding baits have managed a few pulls as well as the anglers using grinder setups. The grinder setups are allowing for an easier cast, more direct hook set, less drag in the current thanks to the braid and not to mention the excellent casting which allows the angler to cast a small to medium sized bait the same distance if not further than anglers sliding baits Be sure to check out Daiwa’s brand new BG range of coffee grinders, perfect for this style of angling!
Zinkwazi has had a fair amount of action with the likes of Grey Sharks and Blue Rays. Edibles have been slow to bite but have kept ticking. The Shad have beaten most fish to the bigger fleshy baits and a decent number of larger specimens have been landed, including a fine specimen of 5,96kgs!
The odd Diamond Ray has been landed on Shad head off the beach section at Ballito. Shad have been plentiful and the size has definitely increased. There is also a massive increase in the amount of Sand Sharks in the Ballito area, some up to 50kgs.
Local – Umhlanga Light House has been fishing extremely well over the last week, and despite the strong winds, has produced plenty of good sized Shad. The edibles have been feeding well and have been taken on Prawn and Chokka baits.
Blue Lagoon locals have been stocking up on Shad as the bite steadily increases throughout the month. Garrick have been sighted chasing Shad and a few have also been hooked. Time for those live Shad slide baits again! There have been good catches of Blue Rays and Grey Sharks off the rocks and the beach to the right of the point.
Grey Sharks have been landed throughout the Durban stretch, off the piers and beaches. These have been targeted with grinder outfits and 50lb braid. When targeting these fish, there is always the possibility of hooking into a much larger fish where the problem is stopping the fish before it swims into the Shark nets and cuts the line. This is why a reel with a strong drag such as the Daiwa BG 8000 is used along with 40lb/50lb J Braid. This combo has more than enough stopping power and can be used for anything from Shad to Honeycombs.
Along with the Grey Sharks off Durban, there have been good catches of Blue Rays, Grunter, Stumpies and also the odd Kob. Shad has been coming out on the high tide on the Bluff, with more success being had on bait than spoon. There have been sightings of smaller Kingies in the shallows, committing only to smaller live baits.
South – At Toti, Shad are on the loose and so are the anglers. Crowded fishing conditions have meant plenty of catches of Shad and a few Garrick too. The lack of Shad in the Warner Beach area has meant anglers have had to transport their own live bait to the beach in order to fish for Garrick. There have been a number of Garrick around and if there is a bait in the water, it’s likely to be taken.
Shad, small Yellowfin Kingies and hundreds of juvenile Grunter have been landed in the Umkomaas River mouth section. There have also been a few Snapper Salmon in the evenings for the anglers using light tackle.
At Scottborough Point, Blue Rays, Grey Sharks and the odd edible such as Lantern fish have been landed in dribs and drabs off the point. Up and down weather patterns may provide for uneasy fishing in the week to come.
Nice catches of Shad and also some bigger Kob were seen at Port Shepstone over the weekend and throughout the week and first light has been best for the Shad.
Better size Bronze Bream and Zebras have been caught along the Hibberdene coast recently. These fish can often be found to swim towards the angler once hooked, it is difficult to set the hook once this happens so and is often advised to use a Mustad Demon fine wire circle hook in a 2/0 or 3/0 size for the angler struggling to hook into the fish, whereas the Mustad Chinu is the preferred hook for the general bait used for these fish.
Orange Rocks has produced excellent catches over the last week and particularly on the weekend. Garrick, Shad, Kob and good Stone Bream were landed regularly.
At Port St John’s, most of the deep water points have been active with Greys, Raggies and the odd Hammer Head Shark. Plenty of edible fish have been landed around the river mouth section.
Harbour – Durban harbour saw a decent amount of action over the last week and despite the wind blowing as hard as it did, anglers found themselves hooking into some lovely fish. Many spots were baron and nothing but “sample” size fish were landed, the North facing bank produced a nice Kob between 6/7kgs on live mullet. More Stumpies were landed around the banks and in the Mangroves too. Generally the Grunter bite was slow but a few boaters managed some nice fish particularly off the banks near round Bush. It is good to see that the Kingfish are back in action and have been spotted around the piers in the bay as well as the South pier. A few of these fish have been landed around the Batt Centre on smaller spoons and on dropshot.
North – St Lucia has had some excellent Snoek fishing recently, with fish being in excess of 7kg in some cases; the bite has been on fillet strips with pink or live glow dusters. Rough seas have made the sea difficult to fish but as usual, committed anglers have reaped the benefits.
Maphelane has been much the same and has seen most anglers attempting to boat a few Snoek. Blacktip Kingies have been hooked around the Light House area whilst trawling Rattlers for these Snoek. Nice to hear that there are still a number of Cracker being landed on deep trawled baits.
Anglers around Richards Bay have had some good bottom fishing for bigger Daga and also the ever so plentiful Geelbek.
Zinkwazi produced a number of Yellowfin Tuna on Rattlers and Konas as well as with live baits. From Tinley Manor down to Umhloti there have been a few Tuna in the deeper water, 90% of which are being caught on artificials. The use of fluorocarbon will increase your chance of a bite, even more so if it is clean water being trawled in.
Local – Durban has been a bit quiet with the exception of the odd Yellowfin Tuna and Tropical Yellowtail. Both of which have been landed off Number One. Geelbek and Daga have been landed in the deep but as usual, Sharks have been an issue so remember to take extra traces.
South – On the South Coast stretch the bottom fishing seems to be the only real productive style of angling. Very few game fish have been landed apart from the Tuna. Geelbek and Daga have been the main target species and with no doubt, the most productive. In the shallower water there have been excellent catches of Rock Cod, which are taking bigger baits such as whole Mackerel etc.
Bass – With a noticeable change in temperature over the last two weeks or so, we will start to see a wider variety of food sources in and around our dams. Insect and amphibious life forms will start to thrive and by December our waters will be full of large shoals of bait fish and small Bass. It is the preferred time of year for the majority of anglers in KZN and it also becomes the best time of year to take the youngsters down to the dam. The fish become more active and prefer a faster moving bait, allowing out not so patient learners to have more fun. Albert Falls will fish extremely well around all of the slip ways, river section, the ridge and also Kyalami Bay. At Inanda the reed lines towards the north and south primary points of each bay will produce any strikes on weightless plastics such as flukes and frogs. It is also a lot easier to wake up in time for sunrise and to fish later due to sunrise and sunset times. Dams such as Inanda have already seen improved fishing in the shallows which is an excellent sign.
Carp – With the temperature increase, things are looking good for most anglers fishing at Inanda, Shongweni and Nagle. Shongweni has produced some big fish in the past week and should be going strong till the end of October where things start to taper off and smaller fish become more predominant. With Hazelmere dam reaching 60% or more, fishing this summer should be excellent!
Inanda has been more successful for anglers holding tight to structure, which will slowly start to change over the next month. Be sure to use a Korda sinking line or Daiwa Sensor in order to avoid being cut off by boats as the warmer water brings on much more boating and skiing activity.
Albert Falls has lead started to produce some smaller fish, but reports of some huge Carp have been heard. These Carp have been landed towards the back of Kyalami Bay from boat.
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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