Hopefully the warmer water should start moving in as it has been on the chilly side later. When this happens anglers should start seeing off the tail end of the winter fish and the start of the annual summer fish.
This is good news for anglers that are out targeting some early season flatfish as there are already reports filtering in that some skates and the odd average size sand shark have already been accounted for.
Fishing in the DurbanBay itself has for some time now produced some excellent angling as far as grunter are concerned. Some very nice fish have been reported and many average size fish are also being taken. They seem to be feeding later in the evening and early in the morning at the moment so make sure you check your tides correctly to maximise your chances. There are also reports of some very nice Garrick coming out in the bay and these have been taken on live bait and poppers.
At Kozi and Sodwana bay there were lots of Bonefish landed this weekend. These are incredible fighting fish for their size and on light tackle can be incredible fun. The new Megaforce light range of rods from Daiwa are perfect for this type of fishing and these can be matched with a light spinning reel like the new Daiwa Crossfire X. With light Kingfisher nylon or Triple fish braid one can have hours of enjoyment either flicking small prawn or Chokka baits for these fish or alternatively trying the McCarthy Dropshot range.
Grey Sharks are still on the bite at Zinkwazi bay as they have been for a while now and Ballito is now also starting to produce Grey Sharks and Garrick at Thompson’s bay. Quite a few Garrick have been coming out at Umgeni river and most of these have been taken on Live bait and also some on plugs.
This weekend The South Coast League Common venue annual meet was held from Hibberdene to Trafalgar. The sea was flat, clam and clean. The best area was the South Broom point as well as Trafalgar South. Most of the fish caught were Bronze bream but a few nice brown skates were also landed.
The warm water has pushed in close at Vidal and Sodwana bay. Lots of Dorado and Couta have been caught and this is hopefully a good sign of things to come.
In Durban the Daga Salmon are still coming out on live bait. Most of this fishing is at night or in the early hours of the morning and a few of the paddle ski guys have also climbed in on the action off the various barges. Marcelle, Alex and Juan from the Kingfisher had a great morning the other day and were rewarded with some nice edibles for their effort off the boat.
Off Umgeni and Umdloti, Snoek have still been coming out. There have been great shoals of Snoek reported but anyone who has fished for these fish can understand the pure frustration they can cause. They are definitely around so one needs to keep persevering, as they can turn “on” at the drop of a hat.
Bass fishing has been good again this weekend with lots of fish been caught on surface lures. Guys who ventured up to Goedetrouw Dam on the north coast were well rewarded and I believe two guys who went up there on the weekend released over 60 bass, the biggest of which weighed about 2.2 kg’s
Terry Nel from Port Edward reports some good news for the south coast. There has been a surprising amount of Garrick being reported. Live mullet have been producing results and is a much better option as please remember the Shad season is closed.
During the week, a number of these fish were landed and one can only guess where, as much as the fishing is kept secret at Splash Rock, for fear by the regulars of too many people coming to fish there, news travels fast and fishermen all come here to have their 'slice of cake'.
Some really nice sized Bronze Bream are also being caught at various spots along our coast here providing good fishing for the pot while the Shad season is closed. Hammer Head sharks are expected to come on the bite at this time of the year and a good tip is to 'dull' your sinkers mainly while fishing off points, as shiny sinkers do attract these fish and a sudden slack on your line with the loss of a sinker afterwards is common.
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