Never mind the weather, let’s tackle the rocky ledges to­gether

The Mercury - - SPORT - The King­fisher

LO­CALLY, con­di­tions have kept most an­glers at home as the sea­sonal wind and rain are spot on for this time of the year. How­ever, some hard­ened an­glers are seen along rocky ledges fish­ing for brusher.

When tar­get­ing these fish your tackle should be stepped up a grade or two. These fish are found among rocky ledges and points and for this rea­son you should use heavy tackle.

If you fish with con­ven­tional tackle, your ny­lon should be around the 35lb range. The King­fisher Giant Abra­sion is very strong and a heavy ac­tion rod like the Po­sei­don Coast­line, three-piece, 13’6” Heavy is ad­vised. Hooks should range from a 6/0 to an 8/0 Mus­tad Ken­dall Round and your trace line should be no less than 50lb.

Reels are also very im­por­tant and should be in good con­di­tion. Ma­chine reels such as the Daiwa SL50SHK and the Daiwa Grand­wave 50SHVK are ideal as they have the pulling power to get big ones away from the rocks. Baits can vary, as they’re not fussy eaters.

Cray­fish sea­son closes on Oc­to­ber 31.

Kosi Bay has started to pick up slowly, with a few more re­ports than pre­vi­ous weeks of de­cent fish landed by spin­ning an­glers as well as the bait an­glers.

Sod­wana Bay to Vi­dal, there have been bronze bream, stone bream and black­tail landed on prawn baits. There have also been re­ports of a cou­ple of kob caught on live bait and chokka baits. This area has also pro­duced a few brown rays, as well as black fin and Zam­bezi sharks in the 80kg re­gion.

Slid­ing or swim­ming small ed­i­ble fish are usu­ally most suc­cess­ful when tar­get­ing black­fin sharks, but we have found that small sharks have worked bet­ter when tar­get­ing Zam­bezi sharks.

From Cape Vi­dal to Richards Bay, fish­ing is still pro­duc­tive with re­ports of di­a­mond rays, snoek and a few kin­gies for the an­glers fish­ing in that area.

Re­ports say big kin­gies are com­ing out in the evenings on the live baits and di­a­mond rays on mack­erel heads.

There have been a cou­ple of gar­rick caught in the Tugela mouth area early in the day on live mul­let.

The odd kob has also been caught on chokka baits and live baits around the mouth in the evenings. Fish­ing in Zinkwazi is still medi­ocre with only a few re­ports of fish landed.

Bal­lito, the fish­ing is still quite good in this area with re­ports of bronze bream and stump­ies caught off the rocks, best baits for these fish are sea lice and chokka. There have also been a few kob here and there caught on live baits and chokka blobs.

Fish­ing in our lo­cal wa­ters has started to pick up the past week for non-ed­i­bles, a few brown and di­a­mond rays and grey sharks com­ing out on the beach­front on most soft baits.

An­glers fish­ing for ed­i­ble fish have been catch­ing stump­ies and grunter be­tween the piers. Seal­ice and cracker have been the pre­ferred baits for both these species.

There has also been a kob or two around the mouth at Blue La­goon on sar­dine baits, while at Warner Beach the fish­ing has been good with re­ports of de­cent fish be­ing caught through the day and evening.

Win­kle­spruit has been do­ing very well as re­ports of gar­rick and kob have been com­ing in. These fish are mainly caught on live baits; maas­banker, mul­let and karan­teen are the baits of choice.

At Scot­tburgh point, there have been a few grey sharks and blue rays landed in the evenings on softer baits such as sar­dine and fil­lets off the point and red eye sar­dine cut­lets has been do­ing most of the work on a small din­gle dan­gle.

At Port Shep­stone the ed­i­ble fish­ing has been good the past few weeks and the non-ed­i­ble fish­ing has started to pick up too. There’ve been re­ports of bronze bream and kob caught on prawn and chokka.

It’s that time of year again for our ski-boat an­glers when the warm Mozam­bique cur­rent pushes closer to our shores, bring­ing shoals of do­rado to our KZN coast­line.

Yel­lowfin tuna are present al­most all year now. Shoals of bonito are ar­riv­ing and sight­ings of our Natal snoek should im­prove es­pe­cially along in­shore colour lines cre­ated by re­cent rains.

Bot­tom fish­ing when the weather al­lows vis­its to the deep, con­tin­ues to be fruit­ful with geel­bek, kob, slinger, solid­ers, rock cod and cracker be­ing landed.

We ap­peal to all an­glers to stick strictly to bag lim­its, min­i­mum sizes and closed sea­sons.

Dur­ban Bay is still fish­ing well with dif­fer­ent species of fish caught on bait as well as on ar­ti­fi­cial baits.

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