Flyfishing report: Saltwater - Upper South Coast

Date of Report: Sunday, 10th September 2023
Name: Martin Smuts
Phone: 078 9620111

The weather is warming up nicely, water temperature in the sea and the rivers has picked up and the water clarity in the sea, the rivers and the harbour is very good.

The fish activity has also increased, and chases can be seen quite regularly in the estuaries. Down south, Warner beach, Illovo the sardines are still keeping things exciting, shoals are still showing up in the backline and even into the surf zone. Garrick too are still around and showing up all along the coast, especially where the sardines are. Numerous reports of garrick catches all along the coastline.

With spring season past we can expect our summer species to start showing up soon. Reports of double-digit catches of wave garrick in the surf and lots of small kingies taking the fly in the estuaries. 

The conditions are really great at the moment, and the chances of getting a big fish are high. So tight lines, until next time.


Umgeni mouth