Fishing Report 28 September 2018
Weather for the weekend.
NE gusting 11 for most of the day however early evening the SW or buster is going to come through gusting 34 bringing some rain. Sunny with a max of 37. Wave height 1.1 period 9 barometer 1007-1001.
High Tide 05.15 Low 11.17
SW gusting 19 by mid-morning then drops slowly throughout the day. Cloudy with a max of 20. Wave height 2.1-2.6 period 7 – 10 barometer 1081-1028.
High Tide 05.47 Low 11.48
NNE gusting 10 first thing and by late afternoon it will be gusting 24. Partly cloudy with a max of 23. Wave height 1.9-1.7 period 12, barometer 107-1020.
High Tide 06.22 Low 00.15
Live bait out , reel screams, fish on massive fight lasting all of a few seconds only to find a 20cm Shad took off with a mullet that took you ages to capture but hey that is the joys of estuarine fishing after all they are nurseries for juvenile species and unfortunately we have to put up with their naughtiness. The guys fishing with artificials are having fun catching River Snapper and Pickhandle Barracuda with the off cob on the slow trawl. One of my informants came into the shop after the long weekend to order some rods and while flipping through the catalogue he told us what happened to him “I had just caught a Pickhandle when put my bait out and started paddling when crack something took me and snapped my rod” he forgot to loosen the drag and he is not the first person this has happened to recently, please remember to loosen your drag because when something decent hits you they do it as speed (anyway we likes to sell rods). The baby Honeycomb rays are still in the lagoon and are great fun to catch and give a great account of themselves, please handle them with care and don’t tip them over, we think they practicing to fight so when they get big and are in the surf they can give us a right hiding.
Been very quiet in the beginning of the week due to the side wash, however as it was getting dark an angler got stuck into a bus of something that kept him busy for a long time only to be bust off when his line tangled with some reeds and roots, according to the angler this fish would have been his personal best and bossed him properly our guess by the description of the fight it could have been a big something……. He was using a Shad head with belly and surf board foam to float it, the Shad head was from a big shad, it was slid out to behind the shore break on the incoming tide. Early that evening the same Angler landed a small Shark on a “whole Baby Mac” this was next to the new sand bank that has formed in front of Forrest Lodge.
Today is the first “fishable day” since last Friday and all those who can have launched this morning at first light for a bit of Snoek hunting the later on moving to bottoms a few guys have flown down from Joburg and let’s hope the trip is worthwhile for them.
In order to accommodate the big boats the Bottoms comp has been moved to the 29/30 September 2018. The reason for this is because the silting from the slipway to the first corner has not been washed away as expected but settled there. The format is the Comp will be fished on the Saturday with the Sunday being a reserve day, entry fees are ( R350.00 - R450.00) per angler with prizes been awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd then prizes for biggest fish covering 5 Species. 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.