|Date of Report: Tuesday, 8th January 2019|
|Name: Roger Gurr
Phone: 082 464 6350
Welcome to 2019 and my best wishes to you all for the coming months. I trust you will all be blessed with good health and a fish of a lifetime.
Last year ended with some wonderful fishing in Durban harbour during November, but things quietened down during December with far fewer fish being taken. Also I think most fly fishermen were either busy at work as I was or taking care of their families during this festive season.
I had planned to fish with Dawyn, a visitor from Transvaal, however I was so busy during the first half of December that I never got to spend time with him. Dawyn my sincere apologies to you. I hope you enjoyed the time at Mtwalumi and as I am retiring this year, please contact me again should you come down on holiday again.
Martin Smuts fished the Bay this past weekend off the centre banks and was successful in catching some kingfish up to 35cm at the entrance to St Ives channel facing the container terminal plus a few needle scale queenfish, then moving to the end of St Ives facing Maiden Wharf he almost had his rod ripped from his hands by a GT of about 45/50cm which he landed and released, so once again Martin has out fished the rest of us in the Bay. I’m glad that he has because now I am keen to fish again this coming weekend, weather permitting.
Martin also fished a lagoon on the upper south coast with a friend and had fun catching Oxeye tarpon. These fish are much bigger that when he fished there earlier last year.
Off the beaches it seems only Shad are being caught, and only when they decide to turn up, so one would have to go down regularly to be successful.
On the fresh water side Chris Rothman fished Glen Rock last weekend landing a few nice rainbow trout but said the fishing was slow and he put in quite a few hours for his fish.
Marius Groenwaldt had some fun with bass in the Eston area, despite almost cutting off his fingers in a “Saw” accident earlier in December.