Fishing Report 22 October 2018
During the afternoon the wind will swing to the SE gusting 7. Partly cloudy with a max of 21. Wave height 3.3 -3 period 12 barometer 1029-1027.
High Tide 02.03 Low Tide 08.59
NNE gusting 14 then we have a gentle swing to the NE late morning gusting 21. Sunny all day with a max of 25. Wave height 2.5-2.3 period 11 barometer 1027-1022.
High Tide 02.52 Low Tide 08.57
NNE gusting 20 most of the day. Sunny with a max of 29. Wave height 1.7 period 10 barometer 1020-1016.
High Tide 003.21 Low Tide 09.25 full moon spring.
NE gusting 13 swinging later in the day to an E gusting 16. Sunny skies with a max of 31. Wave height 1.1 period 8-5 barometer 1015-1013
High Tide 03.52 Low Tide 09.54
Although the water is very muddy this has not deterred the Kob and Javelin Grunter from feeding, unfortunately the Kob are not making size much to the frustration of the anglers and the biggest recorded recently was 53cm. Some paddlers trawling picked up some gills nets and ripped them out , later on they came across some people setting nets who tried to claim they were swimming unfortunately for them the paddlers did not buy into that and the parks board were called. With no rain forecast this week the water should begin to get its normal colour back.
This has been a tough one to fish over the last week however some fish have been caught. One of my informants caught a size sole only to receive a phone call a few minutes after that with news that she was a Granny and mother and baby were doing well, what a great way to end a fishing session. A few part time informants (holiday makers) made the most of being at the coast and tried really hard to catch fish but the side wash got the best of them, one of them got a Milky Shark and the other a small Cob. Saturday and Sunday were a blowout. Hats off to the guys for trying, great respect. Equinox can stand like a real Penguin and is topping the scales at 2.85kg.
The last boat that went out was on Tuesday and the skipper said the mouth channel has moved to 11 o’clock however we expect the big wind and storm during the week may have pushed it back to where it was, right against the side heading north. While sitting on anchor facing South a mother and calf whale approached the boat from the east and they watched them rolling over and playing and as they got near to the boat they sounded and one of the whales grabbed the anchor rope and yanked the boat hard to the Starboard and started pulling the boat with them, I Quote “another 10m we would have been on a plain”. Luckily the skip had presence of mind to cut the rope, when he cut the rope it shot into the water with so much force it was like firing a shot into water…..there ended the trip and they returned to base somewhat shaken but not stirred.
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.