FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Saltwater - South Coast

Date of Report: Saturday, 17th November 2018
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Name: Arthur Cary
Phone: 076 3120417

The Natal South Coast is still being plagued by unseasonal strong north easterly winds. At this time of year, the wind should pick up from mid-morning and drop towards the evening, but this year it is often blowing from before first light to well after dark.

This has resulted in cooler water than normal and consequentially, rock and surf fishing has generally also not been up to scratch.

Despite the unfavourable conditions, the odd kob and garrick are still being caught by those anglers who persist and net their quota of mullet in the estuaries. The occasional bronze bream is caught by those who fish the gullies, while sadly, shad are still around and when caught, few are returned, this, despite the fact that the season only reopens on 1st December.

    In the surf, fly anglers are catching the wave garrick and mooney when surf conditions permit , but nothing exceptional. Estuaries are not really producing much, although a kingfish of 1.4 kg was caught in the Umzimkulu River in the 3rd week of November.

   The South Coast Fly anglers are holding their Christmas bass outing at a dam in the Trafalgar area on Saturday 1st December. This will be the last club function for the year. Visiting anglers are welcome to join the group. Barbless hooks and catch and release. Contact dam owner and SCFA Treasurer, Stephen Brand 076 312 0417 for details.