Flyfishing report: Saltwater - South Coast

Date of Report: Friday, 7th June 2024
Name: Arthur Cary
Email: caryaj@xsinet.co.za
Phone: 076 3120417

Bait anglers, who are targeting Kingfish, Kob and Garrick, have had success all along the KZN South Coast in the past week or so. Those targeting shad, have been less fortunate, as the main shoal of these has not yet arrived. The latest update of the Sardine Run 2024, (June 6th ) states that the last sighting was at Mdumbi (north of Coffee Bay) before the storms that hit the Wild Coast over the week end at the beginning of June. Isolated pockets may actually have slipped past, as gannets were seen to be flying south on 6th June in the Anerley area.

Regarding fly fishing, there has been very little saltwater activity, while outings to local bass dams have yielded a mixed bag of results. In mid-May anglers in the Paddock area, landed over 10 fish each on a short morning’s outing; fish only averaged 8 inches to 10 inches in length, which is the norm for this area, as farmers keep the dan well stocked, in order to attract anglers for the annual money-spinning bass compo, which is held in February. On a visit to the same dam ten days later, 6 angles could only catch 20 fish between them, again only small fish were caught.

South Coast Fly Anglers soon have one of their regular visits to the Kokstad area and expectations are that they will have the usual high degree of sport with the feisty trout that this area produces.

The Event Calendar for the South Coast Fly Anglers Association.

Date

Event

Venue

Time

7 to 10 June

Trout outing

Wattle Crane

06h00 at Paddock

12 June

Fly tying workshop

Neil’s home

18h15

23 June

Saltwater outing

Mzamba

Early

27 June

Monthly meeting

Umtentweni Tennis Club

18h00 for 18h30

10 July

Fly tying workshop

Dick’s home

18h15

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South Coast scene.