FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Saltwater - Upper South Coast

Date of Report: Friday, 29th September 2017
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Name: Roger Gurr
Phone: 082 464 6350

Hello Everyone,

                              Please forgive me for not reporting on fly fishing in the upper south coast area, but during the last two months or so, no one or rather very few fly fishermen have been to the water’s edge.

I’m not sure what’s going on but I do know that the weather has been downright lousy and sea conditions have been either very bad or very unsettled.

The few fly fishermen that have braved the conditions have fished mainly in Durban harbour with little to cheer them up. Just a few small Kingfish, and Torpedo Scadd and one very good size Sand Gurnard caught by Martin Smuts.

Marius and I have fished the Illovo River mouth two or three times and I think the only fish we caught was one small Cob at the beginning of September, even though the mouth opened twice and this should have attracted some predators.

Shad have disappeared except for the occasional one caught by bait fishermen.

I did see a photograph of a Springer that looked to be about 4Kgs caught in Durban Harbour as well as the odd Grunter but fishing in general has been poor to disheartening altogether

Peter Lehman fished Umhloti estuary also without any fish coming to the fly.

A group of us fished Mapelane last weekend. We had very strong south east winds on Friday, Rain and strong Westerly winds on Saturday and strong easterly winds on Sunday as well as Monday morning.

Total fish caught for the weekend by seven fishermen was about ten fish.

There was also a massive beaching of Krill so I guess the fish were fed-up, so to speak.

Hopefully the weather will warm up, the seas settle down and the fish have a healthy hunger lust in the coming weeks.

Till next time,





Fishing at Durban harbour