With temperatures on the rise with some really hot days recently this is surely a sign of things to come. Although we can often expect a cold snap or two let’s just hope that some signs of summer fish start to appear soon and as more and more anglers venture out lets watch this space.
Sodwana has been rather productive the past week with some very exciting reports of decent size Couta and Tuna coming out. There have also been quite a few reports of big Snoek coming out on small Halco sorcerers being trawled on backline. A few GT’s have come out on Plug and also on live bait being flicked for tuna.
From Cape Vidal to Richards bay – Fishing has been rather mediocre as the fishing has taken a dip the past week with less reports coming in of fish coming out on backline as well as in the deeper water. There have however been a handful of Garrick and Snoek around coming out on sardine baits and live shad.
Tugela mouth has had its fair share of action with Kob coming out in the evenings and quite a few Garrick in the Mornings. The Garrick have been coming out on Live Shad and Mozzies early in the mornings predominantly but also throughout the day. The Kob on the other hand have been coming out on the same baits but late afternoon into the evenings.
Umdloti has started to pick up a bit the past week as quite a few big snoek have been coming out mostly on fillet baits. The big Couta are definitely still around but not in abundance. Down rigged Mackerel have produced a few of these Couta time and again.
Beachwood has not been very active with very few fish coming out. The only fish really coming out are the Kob and Snapper Aalmon right on the backline on chokka baits and small live baits. Whole sardine baits have also been getting a few bites but unfortunately the smaller sharks also find the bait very attractive.
Moving to our local water, there have been a few small Tuna, Couta and Snoek coming out as well as quite a few Dagga Salmon and Geelbek. The guys targeting the Snoek have been throwing Halco twisty spoons and trawling Strike pro magic minnow plastics. The Tuna coming out haven’t been taken too far out and the same applies to the Dagga and Geelbek. The Geelbek have been coming out around all the reefs and wrecks and also just off north pier. The Kob coming out have been coming out around lime stone on live Mozzies and Live shad.
Shelly beach has doing quite well with many reports of big Garrick and Kingies coming out on Live Shad and also on plugs and the new Daiwa Prorex Paddle tails. There have been a few very big tuna in the area that have been giving some the guy’s hassles on the lighter outfits.
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Kozi bay to Cape Vidal – There have been a lot of stumpies, pompano, bone fish and even a few speckled snappers. All of which have been picking up Chokka, Prawn, Sea lice and mussel. The guys that have been spinning have been very successful with reports of many snoek and bonito coming out. The guys throwing the Daiwa Prorex paddle tail have also been quite successful with many reports of big Kob coming out on live shad.
Cape Vidal to Richards’ bay has had a rather flat sea and nice fishing conditions. There have been quite a few brown rays coming out. There have also been quite a few black fin and Zambezi sharks the 80kg region around picking up slide baits and small swim baits. Sliding or swimming small edible fish is usually most successful when targeting Blackfin and small sharks for the Zambezi sharks. Live Grunter, Shad, Kob and Mullet are very good live baits to slide or swim for black fin sharks. Sliding the small edible fish is usually most successful as you can get them further out before they die.
From Richards bay South to Tugela there have been quite a few bigger Snapper Salmon and big Kob coming out on Chokka baits and live baits on the outgoing tide. There have also been quite a few small Milkies coming out on the low tide on most baits.
From Tugela to Ballito there been some very big Kob coming out in the evenings on big live baits such small grunter. Closer to Ballito there have been a few Stumpies and Pompano coming out on Sealice and Chokka as well as Grey sharks and small Diamond rays on chokka baits.
Moving to our local water, There have been quite a few undersize shad coming out, There have been some big Pompano coming out on mussel meat and sealice off and around the piers. There have also been a few bigger winter Diamond rays coming out around blue lagoon in the 50kg region together with a handful of blue rays. The Garrick are still around as quite a few have been coming gout at Blue Lagoon and also North bank.
The Toti area has been rather active with many reports of nice edible fish coming out. Lots of Kob and Garrick have been coming out on live Shad throughout the day but especially in the mornings and late afternoons into the evenings for the Kob.
Scottborough has had its fair share of activity with many reports of Garrick coming out in the mornings on Plugs and spoons. There have been quite a few Kob coming out on paddle tails and live bait. The guys throwing bullet spoons off the deep water points have had their fair share of success with the Snoek and occasional bonnie.
Shelly beach to Margate has also been doing very well with reports of many game species coming out on live Shad and sardine baits. There have been a few shoals of bait fish in the deep but nothing close enough to have a real effect on the fishing. There has however been big kingies in the area as well as the Garrick, the Prodical sons proceeds to come out regularly off the deeper water points on live baits.
Port Edward to Psj – Fishing has been exceptional as many Garrick and Kob have been coming out on live baits and Chokka baits. Mullet and Shad have been the live bait of choice for the Kob and the Garrick. Big blob baits have also been working very well for the Kob in the evenings. The guys dropping big baits for sharks and sting rays have also had their fair share of action with a quite a few big grey sharks coming out on yellowtail baits dropped with a kite as the wind has been too strong to fly a drone.
PSJ South has been just as active with loads of Garrick, Kob and Shad coming out. The guys throwing plugs and drop shot have been very successful with many Garrick, Yellowtail and Kob being caught. Some very big Grey sharks have been picked up on swim baits as big a 40kg. Outfits as heavy as 80lb marlin outfits are being used for these big swim baits and also to handle the size sharks that eats a 40kg shark.
Fishing in the harbour has been rather productive the past week with many reports of decent fish being caught on bait as well as on artificial baits. Centre bank has been one of the most productive areas in our harbour as the guys drifting with cracker have been getting some quality grunter in the evenings. Live mullet have been the live bait of choice for the guys fishing for Kob in the evenings and Garrick in the day. When fishing with live bait for Garrick it’s not necessary to use a heavy sinker as Garrick feed in all water columns unlike Kob that feed in deeper water closer to the bottom. The guys that have been spinning have been getting some nice Kingies on Bucktails and especially the new Daiwa Prorex paddle tails in 3 inch. The Torpedo scads have also been coming out but mostly on small bullet spoons with fast retrieve.
With reports of bass, barbel and carp on the bite at Albert Falls Dam, the balmy pre-summer spell of the last week has been good to the anglers. The scaly’s (Natal yellowfish) are also reported to be around on the lower Umkomaas out towards the Richmond / St.Josephines Bridge / Hela Hela area.
Crankbaits were the lure of choice for the bass and the barbel, while a combination of sunken nymphs (e.g. PTN’s and weighted caddis patterns) and dry flies (e.g. Elk-hair caddis) bringing the yellows to hand.
This, however, looks set to change as the forecasts have it go belly up this weekend, as a massive cold front makes its way up the country. We are keeping fingers crossed that this will not only bring the area some much needed early rain, but that the predictions are correct for a late snow in the uplands. This will serve to give the catchment areas a good boost as we drift out of the winter trout stillwater season, and the streams a shunt as we head straight into the spring/summer river season. A mere 16 days to the opening of the trout streams on 1 September … but who’s counting? I know I am…
Albert falls – Fishing has been very slow for most of our anglers as the cold water has been making life very difficult for most freshwater fishermen. There are however a handful of fishermen who have been making the most out of their fishing trips actually catching a few decent carp. The carp seem to be coming out in the deeper water predominantly a minimum of 200m out. A canoe, bait boat or inflatable boat would definitely come in handy to achieve this! Rather large baits have been doing the hard work of enticing the carp to feed.
Nagle dam – Fishing has started to pick up the past week as reports of a few decent carp have come in. The stronger flavours such as TCP and Perdeby have been the flavours of choice as most of the reported fish have been caught on them. The feed Is generally plain and oozing with protein and is also quite visible. All particles have been doing great as hook baits. Corn, Tiger nuts, Giant maize and chick peas have been favoured hook baits all year round for this dam. Critically balancing all these baits has been a crucial part of all the success.
Shongweni dam – fishing here has been mediocre all round. Bass have been coming out here but not in abundance. surface lures early mornings have been getting a few bites when the weather has allowed it. Black and Junebug colour baby flukes have also been getting quite a few bites towards the middle of the day. Small jigs with small trailers bounced along the reed beds have also been getting quite a few pick ups by the slightly bigger bass in the 3 kg region.
Hazlemere dam has been producing quite a few of the smaller fish in the shallower water along the banks. C-tails in Chartreuse have been doing quite a bit of damage. small spinner baits have also been doing very well in luring the bass out of their comfort zone to feed. The Strike pro spinner baits have been doing an excellent job the past few weeks in producing some decent fish in these difficult conditions to fish in. The Zoom watermelon red finesse worm has also been getting quite a bit of attention when drop shotted around the bank.
Jozini dam proceeds to be rather unproductive as not much has been happening the past week. The weather has been quiet calm tempting most anglers to get onto the water and fish very hard for the tigers but very few fish came out. The kids playing around with worms have been rather successful as they have gotten quite few Tilapia and barbel. The few tiger that have been coming out have been on live tilapia after a long wait and also on a few sardine stomachs tied together as a stomach blob bait.
Fishing will surely start picking up soon enough the weather has already started to turn as the sun had started rising slightly earlier and average temperatures have started increasing. When Spring starts most fish will start feeding again and fishing will be back to what it was. Hopefully with the Westerly wind coming through we might see a bit more sardine action in the week to come.
A reminder that the Kingfisher Biggest Shad Competition has kicked off. 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 BG 5000 Reel filled with Daiwa 8 weave 30lb J Braid, valued at R3000.00 incl, the second heaviest Shad will receive a 13’6” Kingfisher Coastline 5pce (L, M & H tip) Graphite rod, valued at R1998.00incl, and third heaviest Shad will receive a Daiwa Laguna 5000 spinning Reel valued at R998.00. 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 2017.
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