Fishing Report 31 January 2020
Weather for the weekend.
NE all day gusting 20 at its peak. Sunny with a max of 25. Wave height 1.7 to 2 period 14 barometer 1012-1005.
High Tide 07.15 Low Tide 00.56.
SW gusting 17 swing to an S gusting 8 around midday before settling as an E gusting 4 by the evening. Sunny with a max of 28. Wave height 1.9-1.6 period 13 barometer 1010-1012-1010.
High Tide 07.53 Low 01.28.
NE gusting 13 swinging to an E gusting 22 during the afternoon. Sunny with a max of 32. Wave height 1.5 period 12 barometer 1013-1009.
High Tide 08.44 Low 02.07.
River Snappers are still been caught regularly and here is Kens tip. When you anchor the boat use 2 anchors, put your live baits out near structure then use poppers and keep casting and retrieving them this makes a noise and brings the fish closer to the bait, while doing this you also get a chance to catch fish on the poppers so this way both bases are covered. The conditions in the river are still good as we have not had any rain that was forecast.
Plenty of Shad are been caught but please do the right thing and put the small ones back, they will grow and towards the end of summer you will be catching them at 40cm plus and then they will be a decent size to eat. On the non-ed side a Zambezi (217kg) and a Java Shark (80kg) were landed but no Diamonds in the Mtunzini area people ask why does Chris keep catching sharks when those around don’t I put it down to where he fishes and his positive attitude with stacks of patience. Port Dunford is fishing well but the Banks are very quiet. The water temperature is a bit cooler than it has been but still no Diamonds for some reason. Yesterday a Turtle washed up on the beach and we got a call from Willem who was fishing at Doggies asking for assistance by the time we got to it was dead but to confirm it we called Dr Craig Pike to confirm this , he came down and confirmed it was dead and offered to do an autopsy so we had to get permission to remove the turtle from the beach and park to his surgery and we watched the autopsy which was very interesting to say the least, samples were taken of the organs to be tested but the initial findings were it died of Peritonitis and Septicaemia, it measured 112cm (190kg) which as big as a Green Turtle normally gets to however specimens can weigh over 300kg. We returned the turtle to the park and buried it, it was kinds sad as if we could have found it a day earlier we might have saved it.
Fishing has been very quiet over the last week with very few fish been caught both from here and Richards Bay, yesterday Stefan went out and caught nothing not fun at all. I seems as though the run of fish 2 weeks ago was a false dawn but that is fishing for you.