Get­ting HOOKED

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THE big­gest news to come from our ocean last week was the ar­rival of the elu­sive sar­dines.

The shoals brought with them game fish and an­glers are making merry while the sar­dines last.

DEEP SEA: Quite a few couta were caught at Sod­wana. They were caught on down rigged mack­erel. Guys throw­ing artificial baits had suc­cess with tuna, a few do­rado and the odd sail­fish.

Maphe­lane to Cape Vi­dal pro­duced GTs. Spoons and drop shot was the way to go.

Live baits at­tracted the dagga salmon around the reefs.

Richards Bay was not as pro­duc­tive. How­ever, there were still some de­cent fish around. Some very big tuna were caught. Guys also spot­ted mar­lin in the area.

Nh­la­bane was quite ac­tive over the past week. Couta were caught on live bon­nies and mack­erel. The cold spell should bring in the dagga salmon. Try chokka baits for salmon. The kob can be found near the es­tu­ary mouth.

Amatikulu to Tugela has not been too ac­tive. How­ever, boats got their fair share of snoek and dagga salmon. Most of these fish were picked up near the back­line.

Princes Grant to Umd­loti con­tin­ues to pro­duce de­cent num­ber of couta as well as tuna. There are quite a few sharks in the area so be pre­pared to reel in half a fish. Lo­cal wa­ters were a bit quiet last week with only a hand­ful of couta be­ing caught. Bot­tom fish­ing was more pro­duc­tive with re­ports of rock cod, salmon and geel­bek be­ing caught. Guys fish­ing at the back­line caught quite a few de­cent size stump­ies and grunter.

Quite a bit has been hap­pen­ing down in Umko­maas with some de­cent catches in the Ali­wal Shoal area. Live baits, lures and drop shots have been work­ing. Gar­rick have been com­ing out from Shel­ley Beach to Port Shep­stone. The odd snoek also too the bait.

ROCK AND SURF: Lots of ed­i­bles were caught be­tween Kosi Bay and Cape Vi­dal. Wave gar­rick and kin­gies were caught on small 3 inch drop shot. Stump­ies and rock cod took seal­ice and small chokka baits.

Cape Vi­dal to Richards Bay pro­duced a sew smaller rag­gies and when the sea was right grey sharks came on the bite. Guys with spin­ning out­fits landed quite a few wave gar­rick. Early morn­ings and late af­ter­noons were the best time to fish here.

Lots of spin­ner sharks were ac­counted for be­tween Richards Bay and Bal­lito. Black­fin sharks were also hooked but few were landed due to their sheer size. on the ed­i­ble side, bronze bream and stump­ies were tak­ing prawn, seal­ice and chokka baits.

Lots of greys were caught from Bal­lito to Dur­ban. There were also small brown rays and the odd di­a­mond skate.

Dur­ban beach­front is still pro­duc­ing lots of stump­ies, pom­pano and grunter. Seal­ice and mus­sels are the bait of choice. Use a run­ning trace.

Some ex­cel­lent catches of kob, gar­rick, kin­gies and pom­pano were en­joyed from aManz­im­toti to Port Shep­stone. Most of the kob were caught to­wards the evening while the kin­gies and gar­rick went af­ter live baits.

Loads of kob came out be­tween Port Ed­ward and Port St Johns on drop shot. gar­rick took live baits.

HAR­BOUR: It was another poor week at the Dur­ban Har­bour. A few gar­rick and springers were pulled out. The gar­rick were caught mostly on live baits.

Send any info about fish­ing, fish caught or com­pe­ti­tions in your area to mike.pereira@ king­fisher.co.za

Un­til next week… TIGHTLINES!

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