Fishing Report 30 September 2018
NE gusting 18 first thing and starts dropping to 12 in the afternoon. Sunny with a max of 34. Wave height 1.8 period 11barometer 1014 – 1008.
High Tide 07.02 Low Tide 00.53
NE gusting 4 and it gradually picks up throughout the day to peak at 25 by the evening. Sunny with a max of 36. Wave height 1.6 period 8 barometer 1008-1001.
High Tide 07.59 Low Tide 01.49 Neap Tide
SW 22 picking up to 27 by the afternoon. Rain forecast late morning, max of 23. Wave height 2.1 – 2.4 period 8 barometer 1013- 1020.
High Tide 09.57 Low Tide 03.06
SW 14 then swings too an E mid-afternoon gusting 12. Showers forecast all day with a max of 22. Wave height 1.8-1.6 period 8 barometer 1022-1016.
High Tide ---- Low Tide 03.06
The lagoon has procured size Kob during the day even over the weekend as well as some good catches of Shad and Pickhandle Barracuda. The big Spotted Grunter can be caught on bigger baits and a fine specimen of 2.5kg was landed in the Steel Bridge area ( where the rocks are) one evening during the week making it the 2nd one my informants have told me about as usualy the big Grunter are caught after dark.
Friday afternoon’s buster ripped through earlier than forecast and brought the side wash with it, putting paid to any fishing for the remainder of the weekend. The sidewash has started settling already thankfully and anglers are going to fish this afternoon on the incoming tide. Shad season is closed till 1 December and the following species of Sad may not be caught; Mud Bream, Elf, Long Tooth Mullet, Sea Rats, Green fish, Blue Fish etc. Something we have noticed is the lack of Sea Lice and Ghost crabs on the main beach does anyone have any thoughts on this?
Fishing was tough on Friday and moving from reef to reef looking for fish added to the frustration a nice big Rubber Lips of over 5 KG was boated together with a lot of Squaretail Kob and a few Slinger, species wise it was a disappointment for most. Blue Top popped out for a quick session behind the wreck using artificials only the bagged Snoek, Big Shad and a GT which was released. To quote one of the crew “The reefs were full up with fish but did not want to bite” so at least we know there is fish out there. There are still plenty of whales in the bay to keep one occupied.
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.