Angling Report – 13 January 2017

There were overcast skies for much of last week with some rain at times, especially during the weekend. The weather was also windy at times with the winds blowing mostly from the south which is not the ideal as the north easterly is the preferred wind.

I saw only a few of the regular locals fishing from the rocks and the beach this past week and these guys said that there was nothing caught that was really worth mentioning.

The only fish that I saw caught in the rocky areas were a couple of stone bream, some small blacktail and one or two very small shad. Anglers said that they were fishing mainly in the shore break for mullet and small wave garrick or three spot pompano. A couple of the mullet were of a nice size and looked in really good condition. These fish were caught just after first light in the morning.

The Durban North beaches were also quiet with only one or two small shad, some mullet and wave garrick coming out. Apparently, there were just a few anglers fishing in the normally crowded Virginia and Glenashley areas.

This is to be expected because when these beaches are crowded, most anglers are fishing for shad which are scarce in the surf at present.

Apparently the odd grunter has been caught on the Umgeni north bank at night but the anglers are having to be patient. Sealice has been the preferred bait because any fillet bait cast into the water is stripped from the hook in no time at all by the swarms of peckers in the water.

The anglers fishing up north have had the best catches recently although most of the fish caught have been the inedible species such as big rays and sandsharks and a few other shark species. Up at places such as Cape Vidal, anglers fishing from the beach are finding small shad a real pest whilst there are plenty of three spot pompano about, as well as kingfish that have given anglers some excellent sport.

Offshore anglers fishing up north have experienced some excellent fishing recently with barracouta averaging 12 to 15kg being caught along with sizeable dorado and plenty of big yellowfin tuna.

Unfortunately sharks have moved into the areas where the game fish have been feeding and it is a case of boating one or two fish then moving elsewhere to try again. Last year it was hammerheads that were troubling the anglers and this year it seems as if big zambies have moved into the area.

The anglers fishing the deep bottom reefs have also had some nice catches of big reds, rockcod and salmon.

Anglers fishing the local deep sea grounds have caught a couple of tuna and dorado but the fishing seems to have gone quieter than it used to be at this time of the year. Normally anglers would find nice sized couta feeding on Stud Rock off Westbrook beach during the month of January.

It was always a race to see who could be at the water’s edge first so that there was no delay in launching and pushing into the surf just as the horizon began to turn grey. This was done because boats would come from far and wide to fish on the reef and the trick was to put a few fish into the hatch before the area became crowded.

In recent years this area has been quiet, delivering just a couple of fish at times.

A few years ago divers went onto this reef to try and see why the game fish do not frequent the area anymore and they reported that the reef was alive and found a lot of tackle and garments that had been offered up in prayers on the reef.

So maybe there is something wrong with the water.

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