For the Ski Boat fishermen, Sodwana Bay has been productive over the past week with reports of decent fish being caught throughout the week. The guys on the Paddle Skis have been catching a few smaller Yellowfin Tuna, big Snoek and the odd Dorado has been coming out on Kona’s and small poppers.
Maphelane has also been fishing really well as per usual with reports of not many but big Snoek being caught on strip baits and Kingfisher Bonnie spoons. There have also been a handful of Dorado in the vicinity that the guys have been picking up on live baits and small plugs. The odd giant Couta has also been coming out on live Bonnies and Shad.
Moving down to St Lucia, fishing hasn’t been too bad with quite a few Snoek, Shad and small Couta being caught. The Snoek and Shad have been taking small bullet spoons and Toby spoons right on the backline. The Couta however have been a bit deeper picking up mostly on down rigged Mackerel and small Bonnies. There have also been a few reports of Kob coming out in the evenings on whole Chokka and live baits. There have been also been a few big Kingies in the area picking up the live baits.
Cape Vidal has also its share of action the past week as reports state that there has been quite a few big Couta in the area as well as big Snoek. The Couta have been picking up Kingfisher Rattlers in Sardine colour and also on live baits regardless of size. The Snoek on the other hand have been coming out on spoons and fillet baits. There are also reports of a few big Dagga in the area.
Richards Bay to Tugela has been very productive with some decent catches of Tuna, Couta, Snoek and even reports of a few bigger game fish giving the guys some hassles. The smaller Tuna have been coming out along the majority of our coastline. Apart from the Snoek being caught on strip baits the rest of the fish been taken on live Bonnies, Mackerel and Mozzies most down rigged some not.
Umdloti has started to pick up with quite a few reports of big fish coming out in the deeper water on live baits, Couta, Tuna, Dagga and the odd Kingie. The guys whipping spoons in the area have also had a bit of success picking up some of the Kingies and Couta.
Our local water has proven to be quite productive with a few nice fish coming out off shore, trawling and fishing bottoms. The guys trawling in the shallower water have had their hands full with Shad and small Grey Sharks whilst targeting Snoek. There have also been quite a few Stumpies and Pompano being caught on Chokka baits just off Lime Stone and near the mouth of the harbour. The guys trawling in the deeper water have also had bit of success with a few Tuna and Couta coming out on Kingfisher Rattlers around the bait marks. There have also been a few Dagga coming out around the wrecks in the Durban area on live baits.
Moving South to the Umkomaas area, the area proceeds to be quite productive with reports of Wahoo still coming out as well as Couta and Tuna. Lures being used to get these fish range from Halco Lazer Pros to Rattler poppers. Spinning with plugs and big spoons has been keeping a lot of the anglers busy with various species being caught.
Shelly Beach to Port Edward has also been a bit of a hot spot with very good reports of big Tuna being landed in the deeper water on big live baits as well a few hook ups of Sailfish! The Couta are not in abundance any more but there have some big ones coming out none the less. The Couta coming out has been on live baits and Pink Rattlers.
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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 weighed in so far for August is 0.600 kgs. 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.
Kosi Bay, as per usual, there have been quite a few Stumpies and Pompano around, Chokka and Sealice have been the baits of choice. The guys fishing live bait have been quite successful with GT’s and Kob. The guys sliding live baits for these fish usually fish quite a heavy main line as heavy as 0.58mm and a leader up to 1.2mm due to the GT’s aggression and the amount of structure in the area. The guys spinning have also had their fair share of action with Snoek and Kingies coming out on bullet spoons and small paddle tails.
Cape Vidal has been fishing really well the past week even though the conditions weren’t ideal, there are still quite a few edibles coming out. Chokka and Sardine combo baits have been the most successful as most of the fish have been falling victim to this bait. There have been quite a few Kob caught in the late afternoons and evenings on big paddle tails. Colours of choice being Chartreuse and Pearl, Hot Orange and Red Mullet.
Richards Bay, there have been a few big Dagga being caught on live bait and big Chokka baits in the evenings. Kingies and Snoek have been coming out in the area on the Kingfisher Bonnie spoons rigged with an assist hook and being jigged from the floor, up. There have been quite a few Grunter coming out on Prawn baits in the shallower water and around the banks. Small Sand Sharks have also been caught on big throw baits in the evenings.
Tugela, there was some very big Kob and Stumpies coming out on Chokka baits and Sealice. Tugela mouth has been rather successful with Kob as well as quite a few Zambezi Sharks! The guys fishing for the Zambezi Sharks has been using Kob heads for bait. The heads are both being casted out and slid out depending on the size of the head and strength of the current.
The Ballito area has not been too active with only a few fish coming out here and there. Small Stumpies and Pompano have been caught on Sealice baits in the mornings and the odd Kob and Grey Sharks has been in the evenings on Chokka baits and small live baits. The odd Snoek and Garrick has been coming out on bullet spoons and small plugs very early in the mornings and late afternoons.
Moving to our local waters, there have been quite a few smaller edibles coming out such as Pompano, Stumpies and small Kob. The Garrick proceeds to come out around Blue Lagoon Pier. There has been an abundance of undersize Shad being caught along our whole stretch of water. The smaller Kob being caught have been picking up small Chokka baits. The Stumpies and Pompano have been picking up Sealice and Prawn baits.
The Toti area has been doing very well the past while as most of the Sardine action has been in this area. There are still a few smaller shoals in the deeper water that the anglers can see form the beach keeping their hopes up quite high that a shoal or three might come in close, bringing in the game fish.
Scottborough has been just as active with reports of Kob and Garrick coming out. There have been a few Snoek and Kingies landed on bullet spoons off the deeper water points. The Kob and Garrick have been taking live Shad predominantly.
Shelly Beach to Port Edward has also been seeing quite a bit of action as many game fish have been caught on fresh Sardine baits and live Shad. There has been a few big Grey Sharks around in the deeper water that some of our anglers have been targeting with heavy tackle dropping their baits with a kite on the windy days and a drone every other clear day.
Fishing in the harbour has started to pick up for the guys spinning as quite a few species have been caught off the banks. The 3 inch Daiwa Prorex paddle tails have been doing excellent job in enticing the small Kob in the late afternoon and most of the other species throughout the day. The guys fishing bait off the boat have also had their hands full with the smaller species hanging around the structure near the sides. There have been a few decent size Grunter coming out of the banks in the evening on Cracker. Most of the anglers with a mindset leaning towards conservation are using circle hooks as these hooks will set in the corner of the Grunter’s mouth most of the time if used correctly. If fishing for Grunter with circle hooks it’s not necessary to fish with a circle bigger than a size 1 as even a size 4 circle hook, this has hooked and landed grunter over 6 kgs.
Midmar Dam has been rather productive with the smaller Bass the past week with reports of large amounts of fish being caught off the bank as well as off the boat. The guys fishing off the banks have been rather successful using the drop shot method with a Chartreuse and Baby Bass colours finesse worm. Small crank baits seem to be getting quite a few pulls too by the slightly bigger Bass. The guys fishing off the boats have been dropping jigs quite deep around the drop offs and holes.
Inanda Dam has been fishing quite well the past week with reports of decent fish being landed from the banks as well from the boats. The guys fishing off the banks have been catching an average size Bass of 800g with some Bass as big as 2.6kg have been caught! Most of the guys targeting the small Bass have also been drop-shotting small worms. The guys fishing off the boats have been getting some bigger fish in the deeper water on big Senko’s rigged with a heavy sinker in the colours California 420 and Black.
Shongweni Dam has been rather quiet the past week with not too many reports of big Carp being caught. There have however been quite a few fish in the 8 KG region coming out on Tigernuts and Giant Maize. Ground feed being a combination of Tiger Nuts, giant Maize, Hemp Seed, Chick Peas and whole kernel Mealies. Bites were about 2 hours to 5 hours apart in the evenings after the feed was dropped. Rigs generally used are Combi rigs and standard braided rigs. Fishing along the margins proved to be most effective over fishing in open water.
Tiger fishing at Jozini Dam has not been too productive with only a handful of fish coming out the past week. The fish that have come out have been on Sardine fillets, Tilapia fillets as well as live Tilapia. The guys fishing live bait of the Tiger fish have been fishing with a very sharp treble hook through the nose of the Tilapia or through the back. With spring just around the corner, natural colours are the way to go for the lure and fly throwing guys.
Jan from The Fish Eagle in PMB tells us that as expected, the snow brought MUCH excitement to the Midlands and surrounds – the lemming run up the hill was of the usual astronomic proportions! The snowfall was, however, rather light and it was pretty much all gone by Saturday afternoon, leaving only a few scattered patches of white here and there. The frontal system and snowmelt clearly had an effect on the fishing, cooling things down for a couple days. While slower than last weekend, the yellowfish were still about on the lower Umkomaas, small black Zak-style bead-head nymphs being the order of the day. We hope that much of the snowmelt percolated down into the water table and/or the run off ended up in the higher reaches of the rivers in the catchment areas – this will give the rivers a healthy push as we head towards the River Opening Season on 1 September…8 days and counting…!
Very much looking forward to heading out on the local streams in search of wild-spawn brown trout on the dry fly…recommended patterns are Rubber-leg Stimulator (excellent searching pattern), along with the RAB and Elk-hair Caddis…dry fly only for the purists! For those not-so-pure-hearted, nymphs (GRHE, Zak, PTN) suspended below an indicator (yarn or foam) or even a large dry (DDD) should do the trick. Reports indicate that the Stillwater trout are still at it however, with reports of larger patterns like dragonfly nymphs (e.g. Papa Roach) and baitfish patterns (e.g. zonker or polar-fibre minnow) doing the damage.
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