Flyfishing report: Saltwater - South Coast

Date of Report: Tuesday, 18th June 2024
Name: Arthur Cary
Phone: 076 3120417

In mid-May, reports of sardine sightings along the Transkei coast, started making their way into the news for about 10 days and then things went quiet and off the radar, until shoals were netted on June 9th in the Margate and Port Shepstone areas. The sardine shoals were accompanied, as usual by hundreds of large sharks, but unusually by shoals of shad. The shad normally only arrive about 2 weeks after the sardines have passed on to the north.

A number of members of South Coast Fly Anglers were up and about and took full advantage of the abundance of shad and managed to get a good number of these on fly. Fly anglers often struggle to find an open spot on the beach when the shad are on the bite, as bait anglers do not give one an opportunity to cast a fly. This year the shad were often well spread out and so the opportunity to cast a fly was seized with some great results.

Seven members of South Coast Fly Anglers also spent a weekend in the Kokstad area and landed over 40 fish in 3 days of fishing. As members of the club are obliged to fish with barbless hooks, all fish were safely released and will hopefully give pleasure to many more anglers over the coming months.   

The Event Calendar for the South Coast Fly Anglers Association.





23 June

Saltwater outing



27 June

Monthly meeting

Umtentweni Tennis Club

18h00 for 18h30

10 July

Fly tying workshop

Dick’s home



South Coast scene.