Fishing Report 23 September 2018
SW gusting 17 first thing but drops to 8 by the early afternoon and then drops further as the sun goes down. Max temp 25 cloudy all day. Wave height 2.1 period 7, barometer 1014-1012.
High Tide 03.11 Low Tide 09.27
NNE gusting 18 peaking at 25 before dropping off late afternoon. Partly cloudy with a max of 36, yip a hot one. Wave height 1.8 period 12 -8, barometer 1008-1001.
High Tide Spring High New Moon 03.48 Low Tide
SW gusting 20 in the morning swing to a S gusting 15 during the afternoon. Partly cloudy with a max of 22. Wave height 2- 1.6 period 8, barometer 1011-1017.
High Tide 04.15 Low Tide 10.21
NE gusting 14 picking up to 25 during the day. Sunny with a max of 34. Wave height 1.6 – 1.4 period 14, barometer 1012- 1003.
High Tide 04.45 Low Tide 10.48
To the guys who were drinking Lion Larger that you for putting your bottles and rubbish in the bin provided but the guys drinking Castle Light that my friend is why you drink it. My pet hate is cleaning up a fishing spot before I can start fishing be it at the lagoon or beach, sis man what does your house look like. Enough of that. Due to the massive side wash and the SE blowing (not a good fishing wind in our bay) my informant and I headed for the Steel Bridge area to see if we could get hold of the mysterious monster lurking there, we put 3 rods out using a 9o , 1o and a number 5 hook using Mackerel and Sugar Bait we had masses of bites in my short time I was there, my informant managed to land 1 massive Thorn Fish that gave a drawn out fight from bite to landing was all of about 4 seconds, this specimen measured smaller than a bic lighter. Shortly after I left 2 size River Bream were landed, just my luck.
Late morning the SE came through in a big way before dropping down enough to walk on the beach but not to fish as it lifted the swell and made a very strong side wash on top of the side wash that was already there. Upon arriving at the main car park to see if anyone had arrived to fish the social we were met by another informant leaving the beach telling us that not even a 10oz grapnel will sit. There were a group of guys who had come down from Doggies beach who experienced the side wash there but wanted to see what the main beach was like (unfortunately when we have a side wash in the bay it is like that on all the fishing spots) We went and sat at the viewing platform and yet more guys were leaving, it is so sad to see this especially on a long weekend and the surf is not due to improve till next week. During the week one of my informants grabbed a box of Sard and headed to Doggies, they were rewarded with 2 small Kob, a Diamond of 40kg and Lessor Guitarfish not bad going for a evening fishing session.
Our Monday’s charter was moved forward to yesterday, this is how fast the weather changed from doing our planning on Thursday Monday was looking the best day and in 24hrs the whole scenario changed, I believe our boat was the only one and the guys battled to catch fish, they were out the whole day and managed a handful of mainly Squaretail Kob maybe the whales were eating the fish, who knows.
News from the Shop
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, 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.
We planning a Kiddies clinic for Saturday the 29 September 2018 starting at 2pm in the main car park finishing at 4pm this is free and fun for the kids to get together while the folks chill.