Fish­ing gold mine along north coast

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO SPORT - Richard Springo­rum

IF fish were the same value as gold, then lo­cal an­glers would all be su­per rich as the past week saw the north coast pro­duce a hub of ac­tiv­ity that kept both deep sea ad­ven­tur­ers and rock and surf ma­ni­acs busy.

An­glers fish­ing the deep blue were chal­lenged by sail­fish, do­rado, couta, tuna, wa­hoo, king­fish and snoek of var­i­ous sizes which put up some great fights that stuck in the mem­ory banks.

All game fish strate­gies have been work­ing for these hun­gry species, with a frisky live bait be­ing the best of the crop.

For fish­er­men who pre­fer a faster method of an­gling, trolling lipped lures has been a fan­tas­tic way to cover more ground and find the feed­ing fish.The talk echo­ing over the rock and surf scene up north, has been about the ar­rival of sandies, di­a­monds and rag­gies.

This type of fish­ing is not for the faint-hearted.

One needs strong gear to avoid dis­ap­point­ment and mus­cle to win the fight with the gi­ants that are cur­rently on the bite.

Big juicy baits al­ways do the trick for these bad boys.

A large num­ber of rag­gies and di­a­monds have been trolling the far wa­ters on the north coast.

Se­cret to suc­cess has been shorter throws with mack­erel baits.

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The la­goon has seen gi­ant di­a­monds giv­ing an­glers a hard time, snap­ping off line and lit­er­ally pulling rods into the water.

River bream and snap­per have also been on the in­crease in the la­goon, mainly at the mouth and the area of the steel bwridge go­ing in­land along the rocks.

Suc­cess­ful baits used were live mul­let or glassies.

The surf scene has pro­duced a va­ri­ety on the menu for lo­cal fish­ing lads.

De­spite a num­ber of rag­gies and di­a­monds com­ing out at the banks, a num­ber of ed­i­bles like kob, shad and snap­per have been landed.

There have also been small sharks, honeycomb rays and ham­mer­heads on the bite.

Mo­torised an­glers have been land­ing do­rado, rock­cod, sol­diers and slingers along­side some kob, thanks to the per­fect fish­ing con­di­tions over the past week­end.

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