|Date of Report: Wednesday, 15th August 2018|
|Name: Roger Gurr
Phone: 082 464 6350
My apologies for the delay in reporting on the fly fishing in our area. Quite frankly there has been very little fly fishing in the last two months so I have to report on the success or failure of bait and lure fishermen.
Firstly, since my last report the sardine netters have been very very busy with a great deal of netting going on. The first few nets selling at R800 a crate and as more and more nets were being drawn the price going down to R100 a crate. Sardine shoals are still passing by but not big shoals, rather small pockets stretched out along the backline and further offshore. Very big, and many sharks have come soo close in after the sardines that they almost beach themselves, and this shows that you do not have to be far out to encounter sharks. Luckily no one has been attacked or bitten.
Shad fishing as usual is a hit and miss story so it is necessary to go down each morning if one is to have fun catching them. Talking or Shad fishing I witnessed a group of fishermen at Warner Beach recently and saw that they were catching a lot of Shad. The next day I heard from a local fisherman that one idiot had taken 98 Shad and then I saw a photograph of a group of Indian fishermen with a great many Shad posted on Facebook, so I reported it to a friend at Marine and Coastal and the next day 4 guys form DAF arrived at Warner Beach to check out the fishermen. Unfortunately, I did not have a cell number for DAF but I am going to try to get one so I can do something about it next time. These fishermen who take far more Shad than the daily limit of 4 have no thought for tomorrow or next year so I hope that some of them get caught and are made to pay heavy fines or even spend time in police cells.
Fishing in Durban Harbour has been a little better with some Garrick, Shad, Grunter and Snoek in the bay but one needs to go regularly to be there on the days that the fish are feeding. On my last outing the water/bay was very nice and clean so let’s hope it stays that way.
I am not sure of offshore fishing at the moment but I do see lights out at night so I guess the Geelbek are here.
Typical saltwater fly