Excellent reports from all over the Natal Coast this week, with a definite increase in our summer species being seen particularly in the Durban and Zululand region.
Rock n Surf:
North – Kosi Bay has had good fishing all round for that stretch, but particularly impressive was the Banga Nek area producing excellent numbers of flatfish and a fair amount of Sharks such as Spinner Sharks and Black Fin Sharks. Best of all was the number of Honeycomb Rays caught throughout the week which ranged from around 20kgs all the way up to 90kgs. It is good to hear that most of these fish have been landed on Grinder outfits with a firm favourite being the Saltist 6500 matched with a Daiwa Saltist HMG Spinning 6-8 oz. rod.
New on the market but definitely making an impact is the Daiwa BG range of grinders which have been a huge success, proven to stand up to whatever the sea throws at them.
A fair number of catches have been seen north of Cape Vidal bay on small Chokka baits. The bulk of these catches have comprised of edibles such as Stumpies and Wave Garrick. Some smaller inedibles have moved in around the Vidal area, most of which are Brown Rays and smaller Honeycomb Rays.
Some light at the end of the tunnel through these tough conditions which have been experienced lately in the Richards Bay area, with plenty of choice for anglers in the Richards Bay area. Most anglers targeting Sharks have been lucky with the amount of Raggies in the area, which have ranged between 30kgs and 120kg.
South of Richards Bay has produced some bigger flat fish, predominantly Browns and Honeycombs. Bigger Sand Sharks have also been landed on bigger fleshy baits.
Some good general catches including a very nice Yellowtail have been recorded at Zinkwazi which has been unheard of in this area for some time now. There have been decent showings of Grey Sharks in the Ballito/Salt Rock area, as well as some small Sand Sharks. Shad have been caught on baits thrown for other species.
Local – Small Sand Sharks were caught throughout the week on small baits and spinning outfits, with some bigger Shad caught accidentally as well in the Blue Lagoon area on bait. Some good sized Stumpies and Pompano have also been caught in the area. In the bad weather experienced over the last week, many anglers had an extremely good time catching a variety of inedibles from the Durban beaches, including a few Sand Sharks, Diamond and Brown Rays. Honeycombs Rays were also caught in the same areas, but far smaller and lower quantities.
South – Toti has fished well, with plenty of Shad teasing anglers throughout the day, being caught on spoons used for other species and baits used for edibles.
Sand Sharks were caught on bloody baits and Brown Rays on smaller cutlet baits, there are still a fair number of Grey Sharks off Scottborough Point, caught more frequently by anglers casting further with Grinder setups. The Blacktail have been on the loose, cleaning up most baits in the water. Small Kingfish have been landed on smaller spoons and McArthy dropshot and Shad have been caught whilst targeting Kingfish on Kingfisher Anchovy spoons. Some very nice size Kob reported from the Port Shepstone area. The Garrick have been scarse but with the weather expected for the next week, we will be sure to see some more action shortly.
At Port St John’s, Garrick and Kob have been prolific in most if the popular bays and a surprisingly high number if non edibles such as Raggies, Bronze Whalers and large Grey Sharks, there have also been reports of Garrick being taxed by big Sharks when being fought off the rocks. Mpolompo has been producing good catches of Albacore as well, and most often rivers are fishing very well for species such as Kob, Garrick, Springer and Kingies. Most of these fish are being caught on Chaos Pro Plugs.
Durban Harbour – When there have been gaps in the wind, the harbour has been fishing very well. Anglers using small spoons, poppers and dropshot have caught plenty of Kingies from the Pier as well as boats around the moorings and the Coaling Terminal. Small Strike Pro Goby Poppers have been getting a more aggressive bite and better size fish too. Sea Pike have also made an appearance and have been taking most lures used for Kingies. Remember to slow your retrieve down somewhat when targeting the Sea Pike. On the Grunter side of things, some anglers have been lucky, fishing on the eastern side of the sand banks using Cracker, some nice fish up to 3,5kgs were landed in the rains last week.
North – As with the Rock n Surf angling, offshore fishing has been blessed with the arrival of the summer species. Various catches of Dorado, Sailfish and Wahoo have been reported from the Zululand stretch between Sodwana and Zinkwazi, with the odd Yellowtail being landed as well. Cape Vidal has seen plenty of Dorado which have been caught along colour lines trawling small Kona’s and Rattlers. It is from this point on that anglers should be concentrating on the Dorado, which will start to move down the coast and hold tight to any form at structure such as buoy lines, floating logs, bottles etc. Make sure that there is always a rod on the boat rigged with a popper to have a cast at these items of debris.
Local – Durban has started to heat up, with catches of Sailfish and Dorado near the ships. Most of the Dorado have been landed on Rattlers and live bait. Tuna have been landed off the Barge, as well as a number of Garrick north of Durban. Flat seas in the weeks to come will surely produce Snoek.
South – Further down the coast, anglers have caught Yellow Fin Tuna as well as a number of larger Kingfish on poppers and live bait. The bottom fish are feeding well if heavier sinkers are used to combat the strong currents.
Bass – Albert Falls has been producing a decent amount of fish off the ridges and to the back of Pelican Bay on Baby Brush Hogs and finesse worms, both in watermelon red colours. Fishing in the off coloured water towards the river section with a Strike Pro spinnerbait proved effective during the week as well. The trees are now all well exposed and surrounding areas have been fishing very well. The dam wall area has seen plenty good fish including some lunker Bass of over 3Kgs. Due to the low water level at Inanda; anglers have struggled to land decent fish as they have been searching for new structure. In these conditions, anglers should make a point of spending time on the water searching for new spots to fish. It is the ideal time to scan the surroundings of the dam and learn the structure. The majority of competitive anglers will use this to their advantage when fishing in competition, so there is no reason why it will not benefit the average angler. For the select few who were willing to launch a boat at Hazelmere over the last week, well done. The dam is at 66% capacity, with chocolate brown waters from the latest rainfall experienced over the last week. There are a few fish that are being landed, however, a rattle and shake approach has been taken in order to get a bite. Fine wire spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, large crank baits and curly tails with rattles in them are the only items that will get a decent bite in this dirty water.
Carp – Shongweni Dam has already started to see a drop in the size of fish being landed, this is due to the rise in temperature. The early summer bite of about 6-8kg fish is on, and although these fish are smaller, there are a fair number of them which are being caught with relative ease. Albert Falls has provided ample fun for anglers around the slip ways at the day visitor’s site, as well as food fun on fly when the flying ants are out. Most of these fish range between 1-5kgs and are plentiful. At this stage of the year we generally make an attempt to try for the smaller fish on conventional tackle which tends to be a lot more productive, particularly when there are youngsters involved who need to be kept busy. The bites are far more regular and tackle requires a lot less preparation.
The Kingfisher and The Complete Angler are pleased to announce that Peter Brigg, author of the book “Call Of The Stream” will join us on Saturday 12th November 2016 from 9.00am till 12.00 noon at The Complete Angler in Kloof. Peter is a well-known small stream specialist and accomplished fly tyer as well as author and artist. “Call Of The Stream” will be on sale and Peter to sign copies of his book. A second book is with the publishers/printers right now and should be on the shelves in May 2017. He will also have some tying equipment so he can whip up a fly or two for us. This is a great opportunity to meet and chat with a very humble yet extremely knowledgeable man when it comes to matters regarding Trout. The venue is The Complete Angler, Shop 1, 6 Village Road, Kloof, and the telephone number is 031 764 1488.
The latest series of Hier Gaan Ons Alweer with Petri de Wet premieres Monday evenings at 17:30 on kykNet, channel 144 and there are a number of repeats during the week. The repeats are on Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:00, Thursday at 16:00 Saturday at 13:00 and Sunday at 23:30. Series 15 runs for three months, ending on the 26th December 2016. As most of you know, Petri and his guests cover various angling styles (fresh and salt water) in and around Southern Africa.
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