FISHING REPORT 14TH APRIL 2017 April 13, 2017 by The Kingfisher This weeks fishing seems to have slowed down at an alarming rate for rock and surf fisherman but continues to get better and better for the ski boat anglers as large amounts of big game fish have been showing while the rock and surf anglers are scratching for grey sharks with little success. The weekends weather seems to be a bit rough for most anglers but the few brave enough to take it on will surely be rewarded with some decent fish. Ski Boat: North – 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 Kona’s and throwing surface lures. The bottom fishing along Zinkwazi proceeds to be good with a wide variety of fish being caught daily. Local – 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 because most of the time you will hook the Snoek in the front or in the corner of the mouth. You will also get a lot more bites without wire than you will with wire. Lots of average size Tuna has been coming out in the vicinity too on live bait hooked with a Mustad 6/0 Tuna Circle. 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 Kona’s. South – Moving South the fishing has been picking up quite nicely the past week. A few Sailfish have been 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 have been coming out of Shelly beach mostly on plastics and live baits. Don’t forget the famous Durban Ski Boat Festival is going to be held on the 19th & 30th April 2017. There are R1.5 million worth of sponsorship and other prizes. Visit their Website: www.durbanskiboatclub.co.za or give them a buzz on Tel: (031) 337 9506, for more info as well as the entry forms. Rock n Surf: North – The good news is that there has been Raggies at Cape Vidal/Maphelane. There are also lots of edible fish on drop shots mainly Kingies and Three Spot Pompanos in the Kosi Bay area. Richards Bay North seems to be a place of note with some beautiful specimens of Pompano coming out best bait being Sealice. These bigger specimens are hard fighters and we would definitely recommend abrasive resistant line as they are often found near rocks busting on Mussels beds. Richards Bay South, there are lots of Spinner Sharks on Chokka baits. Tugela North, there are a few reports surfacing of some Kob coming out, however they are on the smaller side and I am sure it’s not long now before the bigger ones appear. Once again Chokka is king here however any live bait will definitely entice these fish. Zinkwazi / Blythedale, there were a few Brown Rays and the odd Sandy come out which were mainly caught on bloody Mackerel baits. There were a lot of small Greys and Spinner Sharks in the Ballito vicinity averaging between 5-10kgs hopefully they will get bigger and anglers will get stuck into the 30kg range fish that will give them a proper workout. Local – Pompano and small Shad seems to be plentiful along this stretch. A few decent Pompano have been caught regularly on Sealice as well as the occasional Grunter with the same bait. The odd big Grey Shark has also been around and Blue Lagoon did produce some small Browns as well. South Pier has fished well throughout this week with a host of fish being reported. South – Warner Beach/Ilovo, once again this is definitely the place to be as some big Honeycombs were reported in access of 60kg. This is the perfect time to fish for them as they are most abundant during the month of April. These fish are difficult fighters and the bigger specimens have known to strip 300-400m of line on their first run so heavy tackle is definitely required. Umgababa/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 Zambizi Sharks have been harassing the guys trying to land their Kob at the mouth but unfortunately they have only been landing half Kob. A couple of Greys were caught at Scottburgh but spinning enthusiasts did well with the Snoek that were available from the side. The Anchovy 50g spoon definitely encountered for lots of these Snoek. Bazley/Umdoni, the Spearfishing guys have been complaining about the big Blackfin Sharks that are harassing them so if you fancy seeing some acrobatics and want to get stuck into these big boys this would be the place to be. Port St Johns north, there are a few Hammerheads and small Greys coming out and Port St Johns South, Shad and Bronze Bream have been abundant and feeding freely. Harbour: Fishing in the harbour continues to be quite successful with a lot of our anglers still getting some very decent fish including Kob, Grunter, Kingies, Torpedo Scads, and some big Sand Gurnards. The Kob, Kingies and Torpedo Scads are being taken predominantly on artificial baits such as bullet spoons, paddle tails and small Strike Pros. Where your Grunters, Kob and big Sand Gurnards are being taken on bait such as Prawns, live bait and Chokka strips. Colours of the artificial baits being used varies from Freshwater: Bass – The Bass fishing continues to excite the Bass anglers as it continues to be extremely productive at almost all the Bass dams in KZN. As the water is clearing up now after the excessive rains we had the past few weeks and approaches to catching this aggressive fish have been changing continuously from colours changing, size of the lures, retrieval and targeted depths! A lot of the anglers are now switching to more natural colours such as Watermelon seed and Crystella. C-tails and spinner baits are being used more and more often as the Bass are very attracted to the movement. Bass will take shelter under structure more often now as the water is cleaner and don’t want to be seen. Fishing with surface lures around structure and Frogs on Lilly pads is one of the more successful ways of targeting Bass in clean water as you can almost be sure that there will be Bass in those areas. Carp – Winter is approaching and the average temperature is starting to drop drastically causing the Carp feeding habits to change, we do however have the upper hand as we know how to target them in these extreme conditions. Inanda Dam has started producing a few decent size Carp in the deeper water using high protein feeds and baits. Hi visibility pop up boilies is the preferred bait in between the high protein mix feed. The point of this is for the bait to stand out from the rest of the feed to get the Carps attention. Shongweni Dam after all the hassles with the land claim and spillages there seems to be a few fish still coming out not to our surprise as Carp can survive the worst conditions and situations. The Carp coming out aren’t big nor are they in abundance. The standard critically balanced tiger nut bait is still the preferred bait as that’s what the Carp here are used to feeding on. The water still isn’t of the highest quality so it’s recommended that if you have a cut anywhere on your body that you do not get in contact with the water. Trout – On a recent trip to the Southern Berg, we found that they have had plenty of rain in that area, the rivers discoloured and the dams nice and full. Some of the dams however have also been discoloured on the feeder streams. The Trout seemed to be more in the shallows and over the weed beds where they are feeding on Minnows. Frogs and Nymphs. The usual pattern of Mrs. Simpson Minnows, Hamills and Wooly Buggers will produce fish. The evenings and mornings are a good time to use a floating line and patterns like large Hoppers and Hi float foam Hoppers, just let the fly remain static and keep your line straight the fish will come to the fly. This is a very exciting way of fishing by sight. 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