August is the season of winds and it seems to be off with a bang thus far seeing fluctuating pressure systems and a number of fronts pulling through. Many anglers have utilized the changes in pressure to their advantage and have had great pre frontal sessions. For those fishing the NE after 2 days, success has been slower but still worth the effort.
Starting up North at Sodwana Bay there have been some very good reports with a couple of decent fish being taken on Rattlers and Halcos. A few big Tuna have been caught using the Halco poppers around the bait marks due to quite a bit of bait fish being in the area. A couple of Sailfish have also been picked up on Konas being trolled. Couta are still being caught along this whole stretch of water predominantly on live Mackerel and Bonito. Snoek and Bonito are still coming out in abundance by the guys spinning for them with very small bullet spoons using light spinning equipment such as a Daiwa Laguna 6.6ft spinning rod, a Daiwa Laguna 2000 size reel and 8lb Daiwa J Braid.
St Lucia has also had its fair share of decent fish the past week; there have been reports of Couta, Snoek and a few Tuna coming out. The Couta and Tuna have been taking live baits as well as hard plastics such as your Pink Kingfisher Rattler and Halco Lazer Pro 160 in the R15 colour. Snoek haven’t been too much of a mission to catch as they have been coming out on almost anything from live Mozzies, bullet spoons, Squid baits and fillets.
Richards Bay, the fishing in general in this area has been pretty good with Wahoo starting to show in between the Couta being caught. Big Tuna have been coming out on live bait mostly, giving the guys a decent run for their money, but you need to get the fish out the water quick enough not to let the Sharks get hold of it.
Moving towards Durban off Tinley Manner, the Garrick have started coming out on live baits, a few have come out on hard plastics but not many. There have also been a couple Dagga and Geelbek in the area, just a bit further out to sea.
A bit further South to Umdloti the fishing is still rather productive as there are reports of Snoek and Couta coming out. The Snoek are being taken predominantly on spoons such as Clark spoons, Halco Twistys and Kingfisher Anchovy spoons. The Couta are coming out on live and dead baits, mainly Bonnies and Mackerel, the Wahoo on the other hand have been taking the Pink Kingfisher Rattlers.
The local fishing in and around Durban has also been rather productive with a few Couta and Tuna coming out of the bait marks. The bigger Tuna are taking poppers more often than bait, unlike the shoal size Tuna that are screaming off with almost any live bait at the end of the guy’s lines. The Geelbek and Dagga are still being caught around the reefs and wrecks on down-rigged live baits.
Off Umkomaas and the Aliwal Shoal, there have been some GT’s, Wahoo, Couta and Tuna being caught, most of these bigger species prefer a bait over plastic, but persistence with artificials will always produce something worth a picture.
Shelly Beach to Port Edward has been one of the more productive areas with all the bait fish in the area. Garrick, Tuna, Couta, Wahoo, Kob and many more species of fish are being caught on Sardine baits. The Garrick has been coming out right on back-line and the rest of the fish, a bit deeper out.
Rock and Surf:
Kosi Bay area has fished very well with Stumpies, Pompano and also a few Rock Cod around, all of which have been picking up Chokka baits as well as on Sealice. There have been a few bigger flat fish around harassing the guys fishing for edibles. The guys spinning off the surf have also had their fair share of action with Snoek, Garrick and a few Queen Fish. The Kingfisher Onda has been doing most of the work with the Garrick and Queenfish.
From Vidal to Richards Bay the sea as been rather flat with nice fishing conditions. There have been a few small Brown Rays landed on cutlet baits and Bay Squid. There have also been Blackfin and Zambies Sharks coming out on small swim baits, the guys sliding baits have been sliding Grunter heads and small live edible fish for the Sharks. The Vidal area has been productive for the guys fishing artificial, bullet spoons and plastics such as the Kingfisher Rattlers have been getting a few fish ranging from reef fish to most game species.
From Richards Bay to Tugela there have been a couple of bigger Dagga being caught on live bait in the evenings, and the guys sliding baits have been picked up by monster GT’s that have been smashing them up. The spinning guys have also had their fair share of fun with big Kob and Snoek in the deeper water.
From Tugela to Ballito there been some very big Kob and Stumpies caught on Chokka baits, and towards Ballito’s side there have been a few Stumpies and Pompano landed on Sealice and Chokka. The guys fishing for heavier inedible fish have also their hands full with the smaller Grey Sharks taking their big baits as soon as they hit the water. The odd Blackfin Shark has been hooked on the bigger baits put out, but nothing landed yet.
Moving to our local water, there have been a few smaller edibles caught such as Pompano, Stumpies and Kob. We have also heard that the Garrick have also started coming out again around Blue Lagoon pier, there has also been an abundance of undersize Shad being caught along our whole stretch of water. The smaller Kob being caught have been picking up small live baits and Chokka blobs, the Stumpies and Pompano have been caught with Sealice and small Crabs.
The Toti area has been doing very well the past couple of weeks with all the Sardines coming through, there have been a lot of Garrick and Kob landed in the area on live Shad and fresh Sardine baits. The guys fishing for Kob in the dark have been fishing very close as the Kob have been feeding within 50m of the bank.
Scottborough has been just as active with many reports of Kob and Garrick coming out, there have also been a couple Snoek and Queen Fish landed on bullet spoons off the deeper water points. The Snoek that have been landed have been quite large to the extent where some guys are mistaking them for small Couta. The Kob and Garrick have been mainly taking live Shad, but live Karenteen in the evenings have also been attracting a lot of Kob and small Kingies.
Shelly Beach to Port Edward has also been seeing quite a bit of action as many game fish have been coming out on fresh Sardine baits and live Shad. The guys sliding baits for the game fish have been fishing rather heavy as the fish hooked have been very unpredictable. There have also been a couple of Snoek aught of the surf from the spinning guys throwing spoons.
The whole of the Transkei has been fishing extremely well with reports from all over of many and big edible and non edible fish being caught.
A reminder that on the 1St August 2017 the Kingfisher Biggest Shad Competition kicks 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.
Fishing in the harbour has started to do really well the past week as reports have come in of big fish being caught on artificials as well as bait. Fishing from the boat along the banks has been producing some very decent Kingfish and Torpedo Scads. The Kingies have been caught on drop-shot and bullet spoons where the Torpedo Scads have been coming out on bullet spoons and small plastics. The guys fishing live bait a bit deeper have also had their fair share of Kob action; a few in the 2-4kg range have been landed. Live Mullet has been the bait of choice, not only during the day but also at night and it seems to be that the smaller the Mullet you put out the quicker the bite.
Inanda Dam has probably been one of the more successful dams in KZN the past few weeks as reports have come in of big Carp being caught right across the dam as well as off the boats and the average size Carp is around 8kg. 90% Of the Carp being caught has been on specimen traces by specimen Carp anglers. The guys fishing off the banks haven’t been fishing too far out and boilies seem to have been doing the trick for most of the fish caught. A couple of the smaller Carp have been picking up on tigers balanced with pop up Corn or Maize. Shongweni Dam on the other has not been as successful but we have heard that there are still a couple of fish coming out along the margins in the evenings. The majority of these Carp have been caught on tiger nuts with particle mix feeding areas.
Hazelmere proceeds to produce some nice Bass the past week as anglers have picked up fish of over 2kg, and we have been told that grubs have been working in the shallower water in between the water grass. The bigger Bass have been caught on spinner baits and jigs with trailers, the smaller jigs have been rigged with senior chunks and the bigger jigs have been rigged with creature baits and craws. Similar colours are always preferred between the jigs and trailers. Nagle Dam has slowed down a bit in comparison to past weeks, but spinner baits have been getting most the action for Bass around the drop offs and structure.
The fishing at Jozini dam proceeds to get better as more anglers are reporting back with news of nice Tigers being caught, ranging from 800g to 2.5kg. The majority of the Tigers caught are being taken on live baits, the smaller live bait have been doing more damage than the bigger live baits as the guys are getting fish a lot quicker. However, if your interest lies more with fewer but bigger Tigers, then bigger live bait is the way to go.
It’s all systems go for the trout as we head into the Finals of the Corporate Trophy Challenge this weekend. It will make for interesting fishing, as the 3 leading legs gave no clear indication as to what flies provided the best catches and hold the most promise for the weekend. That being said, recent reports from our anglers indicate that there are minnows around, with caught fish regurgitating baitfish. Woolly buggers in black (aka “Speed cop”) and olive must remain firm favourites, along with attractor patterns and a small trailing nymph sigh-fished to those fish still stuck on the edges in spawn mode. It’s parched up in The Midlands, with some areas looks somewhat Apocalyptic post the recent block-burns – we urge all Midlands anglers to be extra cautious when putting out cigarettes and lighting any fires. Water levels are dropping fast as we make our way out of the winter dry spell, and while the daytime temperatures have been in the upper teens and early 20’s of late, water temperatures are still hovering around the 10 degree mark. Just to make things really interesting, there appears to be a dip in the weather with a maximum daytime temperature of 12 degrees for Saturday. The die-hards will fish to the bitter end, while those made of less sterner stuff; will no doubt head for the log fires of the Legendary Notties Hotel pub! Thanks Jan from The Fish Eagle in PMB for the info
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