Big surf has not been ideal for fishing

2013-08-23 00:00

THERE have been some big seas and strong winds, which haven’t made for ideal fishing conditions.

Anglers are still putting their best foot forward in terms of the August Shad competition, with the current leading fish being 1,60 kg.

Rock and Surf

Upper Zululand area: Reports have been more positive for the edible anglers. There have been a number of stumpnose, nice shad and some garrick caught last week.

St Lucia/Cape Vidal: There seem to be a few more shad coming on the bite and at least these fish are bigger than their cousins in the Durban Central area.

Maphelane: There are good reports of shad and garrick.

Richards Bay : There are good reports of garrick, which means there is shad. The odd Zambezi shark has been seen near the beach.

Ballito/Zinkwazi: Both these beaches are having a mini-shad run. The current record holder in the shad competition was caught at Zinkwazi.

Umhloti: Although there are still kingfish around, they are not as plentiful. This could be due to the weather. Some nice stumpnose in the four-kilogram range were caught in the late evening sessions.

Westbrook: Last week saw nice catches of bigger shad in the morning, while late afternoon and into the evening, small grey sharks and the odd flatfish were caught from the beach.

Umhlanga: Grey sharks are still here for the non-edible anglers, but numbers dwindled last week. Early morning, spinning enthusiasts were rewarded with some nice shad.

Durban piers: Shad fishing has picked up with more prolific catches, plus better sized fish.

Beachfront: There has been the odd blue ray coming out, as well as smaller grey sharks.

Bluff: Reports indicate good catches of shad, which are limited to morning sessions. There have been sightings of garrick.

Toti/Winkelspruit: The weekend saw a fair amount of activity, where garrick were caught on live baits. There has also been the odd kob caught at night.

Umkomaas: Shad and grunter have been on the bite, with grunter being relatively small. During the week, smaller kob were caught near the river mouth.

Scottburgh: There are still a few skates in the area and smaller grey sharks off the point. The bay area has produced some shad.

Uvongo: There have been some nice catches of kob in the late evening and into the night, with a few rare catches during daylight hours.

Margate: Fishing has been poor in the past couple of weeks, but a fair number of shad have been recorded. The odd garrick has been observed.

Ski Boat and Paddle Ski

Skippers and paddlers have battled with conditions. There have been reports of some snoek, with some areas producing more fish than others.

North: Been a few garrick on the backline. There have been some daga targeted at night with shallow wrecks.

Central: Not many boats and paddlers took to the water, resulting in a few daga and snoek caught when the weather and waves allowed launching.

South: Greenpoint produced a couple of snoek last week, between three and five kilograms.

Durban Bay: Due to adverse weather, this somewhat secluded spot can always be relied on to produce fish.

Freshwater

Fly-fishing: Good reports of bass and trout being caught on fly. Hazelmere saw bass caught and the Swartberg area also fished well. River anglers can look forward to the season opening on September 1.

Carp: With winter soon a thing of the past, good catches are still present.

Bass: Target fish with methodical casting patterns and be prepared for unexpected bites due to fish being lethargic.

Tiger-fishing: With water temperatures cooler than summer, tiger fish seem to be deeper in the water.

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