FISHING REPORT 31STMARCH 2017.
The weather has been getting better over the past week and fishing has started picking up, for edible anglers anyway. With the calming of the sea more and more anglers have started fishing again now that the tackle boxes are stocked from the previous week’s bad weather and fishing has gotten a lot more productive, and thankfully so.
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Starting off at Kosi Bay, a couple of edibles have been caught in the area such as Stumpies, Three Spot Pompano, Bonefish, Snapper Salmon and copious amounts of Kob. Bait used for these edibles predominantly consists of Chokka and Sardine combos as well as live bait. The guys spinning in the area have also been getting some very nice size Kingies as well as some decent Springer on bullet spoons and 3 inch neutral colour paddle tails.
From Cape Vidal to Richards Bay the fishing has been very productive with kob and Three Spot Pompano been coming out. Fresh bait has stood more than usual the past while as the guys that have gotten their hands on fresher bait have been somewhat more successful than the rest. Some Raggies have also been coming out from the guys fishing with big baits, 10/0 hooks and 150lb coated wire.
Moving to Ballito, there hasn’t been much happening as only a few small Greys have been coming out and the occasional Stumpie. Some Snoek have also been coming out on the deep water points by guys throwing bullet spoons and small plugs.
Umdloti has been rewarding a lot of our anglers with Snoek off the rocks most mornings. Some of the guys have been swimming small Grey Sharks and been quite successful with hooking up into some decent fish but not as successful with landing them.
Over to Durban, fishing has been very productive as more and more Grey Sharks are coming out with the sizes being quite impressive. The guys fishing for edibles haven’t been as successful this week as only a handful of Stumpies coming out on our beach front.
The guys spinning along Blue Lagoon have gotten a few Snoek as-well as the occasional Shad. Lots of Greys Sharks are still coming out on a 6/0 hook tied to a bite trace with a section of 90lb wire tied with a back to back figure eight knot to 21kg Maxima line.
Amanzimtoti and Warner Beach have both still been producing some decent fish with the addition of Kob starting to come out. Guys have started fishing with live bait for the Garrick even though it’s still a bit early but have been picked up mostly by Grey Sharks and Kob later in the evening. Some nice size Diamond/ Butterfly as well as Honeycomb Rays have been coming out on flapped Mackerel on heavy tackle.
Umgababa to Umkomaas has had a lot of activity the past week as loads of small Spinner and Grey Sharks have been coming out on all baits mostly intended for edible fish. Some bigger Zambezi Sharks have been harassing the guys trying to land their Kob at the mouth but unfortunately they have only been landing half Kob.
Over to Port Shepstone and Margate, the river is still flowing quite nicely and has brought some colour to the water and with no surprise the fishing has started picking up. Some decent Kingies have been coming by the guys targeting Snoek with their small bullet spoons. Kob have been coming out near the mouth as they have been feeding on the smaller fish hiding in the dirty water.
The fishing in the Bay has been getting better on the edible side of things the past while as more Grunter have been coming out as well as more Kob. The Grunter have been taking swimming Prawns Cracker as well as Chokka strips. As for the plastics, the small Kingfisher Rattlers have really been performing in the harbour enticing Kob, Kingies, Pickhandle Barracuda and Torpedo Scads. Surface lures have been doing the trick for Springer, Perch, Pickhandle Barracuda as well as some nice size Perch.
The Sodwana and Maphelane area has been quite successful with reports of Couta, very big Tuna and large amounts of Snoek all coming out on strip baits, live baits and occasionally on hard plastics. The guys getting the bigger Tuna are predominantly using poppers for them. The Snoek coming out on artificial baits have been picking up the Kingfisher Bonnie spoon and very small Rattlers and Strike Pro Magic Minnows. There have also been a few Dorado cruising around that the guys have been hooking into trawling small konas and throwing surface lures.
The bottom fishing along Zinkwazi proceeds to be good with a wide variety of fish being caught daily.
Umdloti has been very productive with large amounts of Snoek coming out daily on Clark spoons, Halco Twisties, standard bullet spoons and strip baits. It’s not necessary to use wire in front of these spoons as you won’t get bitten off too often. You will also get a lot more bites without wire than you will with wire. Lots of average size Tuna have been coming out in the vicinity too on live bait hooked with a Mustad 6/0 Tuna Circle hook. Our local waters are still proving to one of the better areas to fish as you don’t have to travel far to get some decent fish.
Some very big Tuna in excess of 30kg have also been coming out near the Barge on live baits and big Halco poppers. The guys targeting Snoek are trawling small Rapalas and Strike Pro Magic Minnows. They are also casting/trawling small spoons such as the Halco Twisty and Clark spoons. Guys trawling for the bigger game fish have been a bit more successful than last week with some Sailfish and the odd Marlin coming out on big konas.
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Moving South the fishing has been picking up quite nicely the past week with a few Sailfish landed in the area on live Bonnies. Aliwal Shoal has produced quite a few fish as Wahoo are taking guy’s lures and live baits as well the odd Couta picking up on big spoons and live baits. Lots of Tuna have also started coming out in the area on hard plastics and live bait. Guys have started vertical jigging in the Shelly Beach area for the Amberjack and Tuna. Lots of small to average size Tuna were coming out of Shelly Beach mostly on plastics and live baits. So it’s safe to say that fishing has been very productive in comparison to the past couple of weeks. The weather is much better now than it was, which is resulting in a lot more people fishing on the beaches which results in polluted beaches so watch out for hooks lying around and broken glass. It goes without saying that you must please clean up after yourselves for the sake of our marine life as well as the animals and birds that roam around on the beaches.
News from Jan at The Fish Eagle in Pietermaritzburg is that “Fishing is still going slow with the colder weather starting to affect the fishing at an alarming rate. The handful of fisherman that know how to change their tactics for freshwater fishing in winter continue to produce fish across all facets of fresh water fishing. The frontal system and rains that came with it on Friday evening put a spanner into many an anglers plans last weekend. Those that got in early managed some fishing on Friday afternoon, and for the most part, that’s where it ended. The cool, overcast weather of Saturday wasn’t at all accommodating for a day on the water.
The central ‘Berg was the hardest hit, receiving hail along with the rain. The rivers came up and fish were lost in the fast, angry water. The local Midlands rivers also received some input, but reports are that water levels subsided as fast as they came up, and some great fishing was had on the Bushman’s River with Brown Trout in 20+ inch range being brought to hand on the dry fly. Popular patterns are stimulators/hoppers (with rubber legs), RAB / Para-RAB, and Elk-Hair Caddis. Winter is definitely trying to get a foot in – the last couple of mornings in the Midlands have a definite bite to them, and even a report of frost (little bits) yesterday morning! The stillwaters remain on the warm side however; we are playing the waiting game for the fish to into spawning mode and come into the shallows. For the time being, Woolly Bugger and Rabbit Zonker patterns in Olive and Black will be your staples. Brighter colours, and the ubiquitous “egg patterns” will come into their own as water temperatures head south. Midmar and Mearns are still producing Bass (Mearns is sitting at 20deg.C on Sunday), and the Horny Toad from ZOOM (in White and Watermelon at the moment) just keeps flying off the shelf. The fish appear to be mostly in the shallow flooded margin of the dams, so surface or just below is the way to go. There nothing to beat the surface take of a small popper or Deer-hair bug plopped on the surface for the fly anglers! The long-term weather forecast is looking great for the week ahead – only a couple mm predicted later tonight and clear for the weekend”.
The Carp at Inanda Dam have been showing here and there on the specimen and conventional side of Carp fishing. The guys fishing specimen have been successful on higher protein baits and fishy flavours as the colder weather puts the Carp off feeding. Most of the Carp are still being picked up on long distance marks such as drop offs, submerged trees, gravel patches etc. but are now also coming quite close to the side in front of the reeds at night on small particle baits. The conventional side of Carp fishing has slowed down the most due to the smaller fish disappearing to the banks and the inlet seeking warmer water. Feed being used is a variety from whole kernel mielies and hemp seed to standard Supercast mielie bomb. Baits being used are slightly stronger smelling baits such as the old faithful brown bread and onion and fermented tiger nuts. Flavours that have been doing the trick are still aniseed and gum tree. Traces predominantly used are the fixed Rietvlei and Baby Shoes traces.
The past week the size of the Bass have increased quite a lot as more fish over 2kg are coming than over the few months. When targeting these bigger Bass its recommended that one uses a minimum of a 20lb braid or 15lb line for all round fishing as Bass will often pick you up like a speed train and pull your lure straight into intense structure and causes you to break off more times than not. When fishing these dams and rivers and you find nothing seems to be working, try changing the size of your lure to either a small lure or bigger lure. Changing what depth you fish at can also result in a quick bite as the bass are often congregating at a certain depth.
Nagle Dam has been somewhat successful with some decent Bass in the 3kg region coming out on crank baits and spinner baits in bright colours being reeled in quite slowly. The guy’s frogging are being smashed very aggressively but are unfortunately losing the majority of their fish due to these Bass around the structured areas being quite large in comparison to the also quite large 3kg Bass. Lots of smaller fish have also being coming on junior flukes and small senko worms in the shallows.
There have been good reports from Jozini with a decent amount of Tigerfish coming out mostly on bait. Braid is mostly used when targeting these fish due to the directness and the fact that there is no stretch when setting the hook. These fish have incredibly hard plates in their mouths and catching them can prove difficult without the correct tackle. A fast action stiff rod would need to be used with a minimum of a 15lb braid. The key is to use a hook that is thin as possible but still very strong. A thin hook is needed in order to penetrate the rock hard jaws of the Tiger fish but still needs to be strong due to Tigerfish having extremely strong jaws and fight very aggressively and put a lot of strain on all your tackle. Conventional Shad and Snoek traces are often used for Tigerfish as they are nearly perfect for Tigerfishing for either a drift bait or bottom bait.
Trout anglers who have been braving the colder weather have been getting some nice fish on the smaller flies such as your small Nymphs in shallower water, there have also been reports of some decent Browns and Rainbows coming out in the streams around the Underberg area. In the early morning most reports are coming back with fish taking on most dry flies. For those lucky enough to have a float tube or kick boat getting to the secluded parts of the dams and fishing a big wet fly will yield the best results for catching trophy fish, often these bigger fish lay right on the bottom of the dams, away from the heat and open areas. You can often also find them hiding in the reeds and water grass. These fish are more alert and if you are fishing in a popular dam, these bigger fish have most likely been caught before adding to the pressure on these bigger fish making them so much more of a challenge to catch.
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