|Date of Report: Friday, 7th February 2020|
|Name: Martin Smuts
Phone: 078 9620111
Now that January is done and dusted, I believe our plans can now be put into action to spend more time pursuing our finned quarry.
Very few, if any, reports of fly caught fish have come in from our coastline over this past month. Reports of Shad action being on and off, with two or three days of action followed by a week of blanks has even the bait fisherman scratching for fish.
Umgeni River mouth saw a couple of really good size Springer coming out on bait on occasion but of recent it has been very quiet.
A couple determined fellas have been making their way out, as far as possible on foot, at Vetchies during the spring low tide at night and have been rewarded for their efforts with Stumpies and Blacktail on bait.
On the freshwater front, our fellow fly fishers Robert Stanton, Roger Gur and Mike Bossie made a trip to Mnini Dam, located inland from where the N2 crosses the Mgababa River and just outside of Umgababa town south of Illovo. The trip was a success even though the water was discoloured. Surface tactics with sliders and flippers were the order of the day, rewarding the lads with a dozen or so Largemouth Bass, up to 350mm in length, being landed and an equal number if not more missed takes. The facilities at Mnini dam are pleasantly accommodating, with mowed lawns, braai areas, ablution blocks, thatched lapas and slipways for launching. The dam is large, so a watercraft of sort is essential, a bass boat, canoe or kayak will give you access to a lot more fishable water which is not accessible from the bank side.
So it is, we are heading into the second month of this year with high hopes, trusting that our plans will fall into place and we find ourselves at the water’s edge once again with fly rod in hand ready to test our skill against the residents of the depths. Until next time, tight lines.
Springer or Skipjack