Fishing Report 3 September 2018.
Weather for the week.
S gusting 19 first thing slowing down to 5 during the middle of the day before picking up to 19 late afternoon. Partly cloudy with a max of 22. Wave height 1.9 – 2.2 period 9 barometer 1007- 1012.
High Tide 08.18 Low 02.09
NE gusting 13 first thing before swinging to an E by the early afternoon gusting 19. Sunny all day with a max of 27. Wave height 2.1 -1.8 period 10 barometer 1013- 1008.
High Tide 10.03 Low 03.32
NE gusting 10 all day. Sunny skies with a max of 37. Wave height 1.4 period 9 Barometer 1008 -1005.
High Tide ---- Low 05.49
SE gusting 11 before swinging to a SW gusting 5. Cloudy all day with a max of 22. Wave height 1.6 period 9 barometer 1012 – 1006.
High Tide 00.15 Low 07.16
After the excitement of big River Snapper been caught during the week the weekend was a anticlimax for anglers hoping the River Snapper run would continue and the Anglers had to rely on small Grunter and River Bream to keep them occupied. My informants have not reported any exciting catches been made in the lagoon for the entire weekend perhapse they should be fired.
The inspectors were on the beach on Saturday and Sunday checking for fishing permits, please make sure you have your permit in your tackle box. I am not sure if you get a warning or a fine. The big Shad made their appearance on Saturday and Sunday, the biggest one I saw was 3kg (ORI) but most of them were 50 to 55 cm still nice size fish. On the Non Eds side a Blue Stingray was landed, these are not very common visitors to our beach. Some Lessor Sand sharks were also caught although not great fighters they are still fun to catch.
Again Garrick fishing proved successful in front of Richards Bay Harbor with one Garrick been caught on a Scarborough set up, you can imagine what fun that must have been. The boats that went out into the bay managed a few bottoms and one boat reported not having caught anything and to round the day off they got stuck trying to get back into the mouth. Reports from other Anglers although fishing was slow they managed some Kob and Slinger and stacks of Shad. A reminder Shad season closes from 1 Oct to 30 November. The channel in the mouth is running very close to the beach going north to Port Dunford for about 200m before you get a gap to take your heading out to sea, a few years ago whilst negotiating this channel a wave picked us up and dumped us on the beach, that is how close you must run. That day we did a surf and river mouth launch.
The shop will be hosting a fishing clinic on the main beach on the 24th September from 2 PM, for the experienced anglers it will be an opportunity to meet new anglers and brush up on traces for the beginners there will be people on hand to assist you set up and answer any questions, this is not a formal function but more of a get together.
Umlalazi Ski Boat club is hosting a Bottoms Competition on the week end of the 29-30 of September (30th been the reserve day). The format is the Comp will be fished on the Saturday with the Sunday being a reserve day, entry fees are R400.00 per angler with prizes been awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd then lots of other prizes with a lucky draw. We are hoping to make this an annual event and the reason we fishing it at this time of the year is that bottom fishing is at its best. Entry forms will be available in the shop.