Fishing Report 09 September 2018.
Weather for the week.
SW gusting 16 swing to a SE midafternoon gusting 7. Sunny skies with a max of 20. Wave height 3.5 dropping to 2.4 period 11. Barometer 1021-1018.
High Tide 04.02 Low tide 10.06
NE gusting 9 swinging to an E gusting 14 by the late afternoon. Sunny skies with a max of26. Wave height 2- 1.5 period 10 Barometer 1015-1010.
High Tide 04.38 Low tide 10.40
N gusting 9 swinging to an E gusting 5 at midday then later afternoon a SW gusting 28. Sunny with a max of 33. Wave height 1.5 period 9. Barometer 1007-1002-1006.
High Tide 05.12 Low 11.13
W gusting 4 and then swings to a SE gusting 10 by midafternoon. Partly cloudy with a max of 24. Wave height 1.4 period 9. Barometer 1009-1006.
High Tide 05.35 Low 11.45
At the moment the guys fishing with artificial baits both on the slow trawl and retrieve are been well rewarded with some fine catches. The most common species caught last week were, Big Eye Kingfish, Bartail/Flat Head/River or Sand Gurnard and Malabar Rockcod. It is breeding season for the Bartail until the end of November and we encourage you to release these fish, they only reach sexual maturity at 50cm, these fish like the River Snapper are ambush predators and hide in the sand waiting for prey to pass by, this is probably why the readily take artificial baits. They will also take Prawn and Sard. Kob have been a bit elusive. By all accounts the big fish breaking people off is still in the steel bridge vicinity, it breaks 35.6kg line, the guys are using it as hand line and we had a laugh with one of the guys in the shop showing us how he got broken off, his story was very animated.
During the week the guys went fishing most evenings targeting Kob and Garrick, apart from the Garrick that was caught at the mouth with live Mullet last Sunday evening no more were reported been caught however the biggest Kob was 3,5kg. On Friday evening during a lul in the weather 2 locals shot down to the beach for a quick session and were rewarded with a nice size Shad caught on a Maceral fillet throw bait, 65cm nice size. A bit Brown Skate (about this big…….) was among the non eds landed together with another Blue Ray, this is the 3rdone we have heard of this winter. The question a lot of Anglers are asking is why the big Shad are still here, could it be the fact that there are hardly any Garrick about this year and they are taking their slot in the food chain…..who knows.
Our boat went out during the week and by sounds of things more whale watching was done than fishing, at one stage there were so many whales around the boat breaching they worried one may breach and land on top of them, fishing was slow with a few bottoms caught but the whales seemed to make up for that.
We will be hosting a fishing clinic/social on Saturday 22 September at 2pm on the main beach in front of the Siyayi River, what we hoping to achieve is the anglers share tips and for people to meet other anglers.
Umlalazi Ski Boat club is hosting a Bottoms Competition on the week end of the 10-11 November (11th been the reserve day) Please note this event had to be POSTPONED. 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, 3rdthen 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.