Exciting times for many as Shad season draws to a close. With weather conditions playing its part this week, everything seems to be falling into place for some massive fish to be landed this week. A reminder that it’s the second installment of The Kingfisher Biggest Shad Competition. The heaviest Shad for this month (September) 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 and not frozen) 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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Kosi Bay, not a lot has been happening here with only a few reports of fish from the spinning and bait guys. There have been a few edibles coming out on chokka baits in the area and a few small kingies on spoon.
Sodwana Bay, the fishing has slowed down a bit in this area but there are still a few small edibles making their appearance in the white water on sealice and small chokka baits. The Mustad Soi Ring has been doing all the work for most of the fish coming out.
Cape Vidal, the fishing is still rather productive with continuous reports of diamond rays, snoek and a few small kingies landed. There have been a handful of snoek caught on bullet spoons and the kingies have been landed on drop shot and stick baits. The diamonds that have been coming out has been on sand mackerel.
Richards Bay, fishing has started to pick up as reports say kingies have started to be caught in the evenings on live baits and diamond rays on sand mackerel and sugar mackerel. The odd sandy and honeycomb has been landed on the same baits.
Tugela Mouth, kob has been one of the only fish coming out in this area the past while on baits as well as paddle tails. The guys fishing for the kob with bait have been using live shad and live mullet predominantly. When live bait was scarce, a chokka and sardine combo was the go to bait.
Zinkwazi the fishing proceeds to be rather mediocre with very few reports coming in. There have been a few grey sharks in the evenings on most soft baits put in the water. There have also been a handful of browns rays throughout the day on red eye cutlet baits.
Ballito the fishing off Ballito is still rather productive with many reports of bronze bream, stumpies and small mussel cracker coming out off the rocks. Baits being used for these species are sealice, crabs and chokka. The in-edible fish have also started making their appearance in the evenings on big flapped baits.
La Mercy, mediocre fishing proceeds with only a handful of reports coming in. There have been a few black tail, stone bream and bronze bream caught mostly on prawn baits and chokka baits. The guys spinning have been quite successful with the shad and wave garrick, small jerk minnows and small bullet spoons have been doing the job enticing the wave Garrick.
The fishing off Durban continues to produce fish both edible and non edible. There have been a few pompano, stumpies, grunter and small shad coming out between the piers on sealice, mussels, cracker, pink prawn, chokka and sardine baits. The inedible fish have started in the basin here and there on sugar mackerel and red eye baits.
Warner Beach area, the fishing here has been rather slow with very few fish coming out the past while. The few fish that have been caught have been bronze bream and a few stone bream on prawn baits and a standard bronze bream trace is used for the both fish. The guys throwing spoons have had their fair share of action with the shad too.
Winklespruit, fishing in this area has been good with reports of garrick and kob have been caught on live baits. Most live baits have been working for the kob and garrick, shad being the obvious preferred bait as that’s what they feed on predominately. The guys fishing with sealice have caught a few pompano and stumpies.
Scottborough, the grey sharks have been landed quite consistently in the evenings on sardine baits as well as chokka and live baits intended for kob. The guys spinning off the point have not had too much success with very little fish apart from the shad.
Port Shepstone, around here the fishing has been very good with reports of decent edible fish being caught on bait and spinning tackle. The guys sliding live baits have caught a few prodical sons, garrick, kob and kingies, shad and karenteen are the preferred baits to slide. The guys fishing lighter have been quite busy with blacktail, karenteen and bronze bream, the best bait used is chokka, sardine and prawn. A few small kingies came out on small bullet spoons and 3 inch jerk minnows.
The fishing in Port St Johns is still pretty productive with good reports of garrick and kob caught on live baits and occasionally chokka and sardine combos for the kob. The guys throwing plugs for the garrick have also been quite successful with the white and pearl Chaos plug.
Fishing in the Durban harbour has been rather productive the past week even though the weather wasn’t playing along. Some very nice grunter have come out on running traces with cracker bait and sardine baits. There have also been a few kob on sardine baits and also on chokka baits. The guys who have been spinning have also been rather productive with wala wala and torpedo scads caught on spoon and drop shot. There have also been a handful of kingies landed on drop shot and spoons. There is rumour that there are still Garrick in the harbour taking live baits around center bank and we have heard that circle hooks have been doing very well with the light live bait fishing in the harbour. When fishing with live bait in harbours and estuaries, the smaller the live bait the better as you get a much quicker bite than with a bigger live bait. Fishing weightless with live bait for garrick works very well depending on the area that you are fishing. When fishing for kob with live bait be sure to add a sinker to get the live bait deeper where the kob feed majority of the time.
Sodwana Bay, the fishing has been good with continuous reports of dorado, tuna and small snoek coming in. The guys getting the dorado have been trawling blue and purple Kona’s and flicking live baits and the tuna have been on Halco Lazer Pros in the 140 size.
Cape Vidal area, the tuna and dorado that have been boated have been on Kona’s and live bait, there have been a few reports of snoek also in the area.
Tugela Mouth, dagga, geelbek and garrick proceed to come out in spite of the weather, the geelbek and dagga have been quite big, taking most live baits sent down, but shad has being the most popular bait for them. The Garrick is still coming out, but not in abundance, also on shad baits.
Umdloti to Beachwood, this area is still rather quiet with very few reports of fish coming out apart from the odd snoek and geelbek. The geelbek have been taking whole sardines and live mackerel. Strike Pro Magic Minnows have been doing the work for the snoek.
Moving to our local water, there have been a few small tuna and snoek coming out as well as quite a few dagga and geelbek. The geelbek and dagga have been quite close on live baits, chokka baits, whole sardine and mackerel. There have been plenty of shad just outside the harbour mouth and around Lime Stone. The small tuna have been off the bait marks on live baits whereas the snoek have been just off Blue Lagoon on bullet spoons.
Umkomaas, there have been a few tuna around taking live baits; there have also been a few wahoo around taking colourful Halco’s. The bottom fishing in this area has also been rather productive the past while with quite a few reports coming in.
Port Shepstone, the bottom fishing here proceeds to do rather well with many reports of big fish boated. The kingies proceed to come out in this area on small drop shots and bullet spoons and a few garrick are still coming out on live shad quite shallow.
Inanda Dam – Carp fishing has been doing very well here as the conventional fishing guys have started to come right with many decent fish near the slip way and we have heard that floaties and dough have been doing the job. A hair rig fished under a mushroom sinker seems to also be doing the job as guys fishing that way have been doing very well with a single tiger nut under a big mealie bomb. The specimen guys proceed to clean up with big carp making their appearance on this side of the fishing. Tiger nuts and boilies have been doing most of the work in terms of bait and feed.
Shongweni Dam the fishing has started to pick up the past while as reports have started to flow in as the carp have started to come out again after a bit of a dry spell. The carp have been coming out on tiger nuts with a wet particle mix as feed, mouse trapping every few hours and standard hair rigs are being used to present the baits.
Fishing at Albert Falls Dam has been on fire the past while with many reports and pictures of proper bass being caught on the bank as well as off the boats. A variety of lures have been working to entice these fish, the zoom finesse worms, dead ringer worms, flukes etc. have all been working in the new motor oil chartreuse colour and most natural colours. Top water has been doing very well early morning and late afternoon as per usual when the water is calmest. Very small top water lures have enticed a few tilapia from the bank too.
Inanda Dam, the fishing has really started to pick with quite a few reports of decent bass coming out off the boat and a few smaller bass coming out of the banks. The guys fishing off the banks have been using a range of lures such as fat Albert’s in June bug and black, surface lures such as Strike Pro Gobi Poppers in purple and last but not least senko worms have been doing very well to. For the size bass coming out of the banks, a 8-12 lb. braid is used on a 1500-2000 size reel paired with a 6-6.6ft light rod.
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