North coast re­mains a fish­ing gold mine for all an­glers

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO SPORT - Richard Springo­rum

THE north coast is still a gold mine that just keeps pro­duc­ing a large va­ri­ety of fish of nu­mer­ous sizes to keep an­glers busy.

De­spite the larger waves over the past week, an­glers still man­aged to record some awe­some catches that in­clude snoek, couta, tuna and do­rado.

For the an­glers bat­tling with nau­sea, take some sea­sick pills and get out there, as no an­gler wants to miss this epic ac­tion.

The snoek have been dom­i­nat­ing pro­ceed­ings in the lower end of the north coast re­gion and are of var­i­ous sizes.

These beau­ties are com­ing out on small lipped lures such as the small Rat­tler in the white and pink along with a fil­let bait on the other stick.

The re­main­ing catches have been a com­bi­na­tion of tuna and couta.

The tuna have been com­ing out on trolled lipped lures, with the couta be­ing caught on ei­ther drifted or slowtrolled dead and live baits.

The best live bait trace to use is a Mus­tad Hood­lum 2/0 as a lead hook with a 4x strong tre­ble near the rear of the bait.

Com­bine this with a no.5 wire as the leader and no.7 wire between the hooks with the all-im­por­tant green glow bead in front of the lead hook.

As for the rock and surf guys, the up­per end of the north­coast has been pro­duc­ing the goods.

Cape Vi­dal and Maphe­lane have seen eel-tail bar­bel, rock­cod, cave bass, lemon fish, speck­led snap­per, king fish, pom­pano, stump­nose and wave gar­rick com­ing out.

The best bait for this time of year is fresh mack­erel.

If you are not able to cast the bait, go back to slid­ing.

Lo­cal an­gler Lyn­ton Prem­lall with his gi­ant catch dur­ing a re­cent shing trip

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