Fishing Report 8 October 2018
Right now the wind is pumping from the E at about 19kts. Sunny with a max of 25. Wave ehight a.4 period 11 barometer 1020-1016.
High Tide 03.06 Low Tide 09.08
NE all starting at 18kts picking up to 25 by the evening. Sunny with a max of 29. Wave height 1.5-2 period 9 barometer 1016-1010.
High Tide Neap High 03.41 Low Tide 09.42
NE gusting 25 by the afternoon. Sunny with a max of 25. Wave height 2.1- 2.3 period 9 barometer 1012-1008.
High Tide 04.14 Low Tide 10.15
NE gusting 19 climbing to 23 by mid-afternoon. Sunny with a max of32. Wav height 2 period 9 barometer 1011 – 1007.
High Tide 04.47 Low Tide 10.15
Lots of catches of small Kob, Grunter both Javelin and Spotted were made over the weekend however a good size Grunter of 3 – 4 Kg was caught on Sardine strip bait, this Grunter was picking up the bait and the angler could not set the hook after about the 4th time he got it and after a good fight managed to land it, this fish was caught on the Estate in the picnic area. I joined some informants on Friday night at the main carpark and we only managed to catch a crab all the baits and bait combos came back neater than the way they went it, win some loose some.
Unfortunately on Friday evening we had a drowning at the swimming beach, our heartfelt condolences go out to the family. The bather got caught in a rip during the rough sea and unfortunately could not get out of it. As anglers we are always on the lookout for Rips but what should one do when caught in one, your fist reaction is to try swim back to shore when in fact the opposite must happen, swim with it and swim slightly side ways to get out of however they do not go far out probably behind the back line at most, you should be out of it before then and then let the waves bring you back, this way you save energy which you will need to help you get out. How do you identify a Rip Current? When you have what I call a shooting sea, (that is when the waves wash up the beach stronger and go further up than normal) all this water needs to go back into the sea and with the next lot of water pushing in behind it it tends to make channel to the left and right of the point of the body of water, this channel then take water from the water next to it and it runs back to the sea with some speed, now when you have the big winter ground swell and the sheer volume of water lying higher up the beach the draw back picks up some force and the rushing water goes into the sea and pushes its way against the waves and incoming water gaining more and more momentum over time getting strong enough to knock an adult off their feet and take them out to sea, the deeper the water gets the weaker the rip becomes. Anglers like fishing next to or in the rip current as it helps get the bait into the feeding zone, please remain vigilant the rip is not a toy.
With the big ground swell in the latter half of the week made fishing very difficult on Friday and Saturday however yesterday a few vessels went out and managed some nice size bottom including a Kob of 8kg, although game fish was to target none were boated. On Saturday the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance came to Mtunzini to speak about the effects of Oil Exploration will have on our coast line and village. The information can be down loaded from www.sdcea.co.za or from www.petroleumagencysa.com, from a point of view of our whales this does not look good as they spend and 2-3 months every year resting in our bay, some years ago off the coast of Madagascar they had to stop this type of exploration because over 100 whales beached……..ExxonMobil have given the Government R110 million to rehabilitate negative impacts during exploration……. How do you rehabilitate a whale? Breed them in the Vaal Dam?
News from the ShopUmlalazi 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