FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Saltwater - South Coast

Date of Report: Friday, 12th February 2021
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Name: Arthur Cary
Email: caryaj@xsinet.co.za
Phone: 076 3120417

Fishing for salt water and yellow fish species on the KZN South Coast has really taken a back seat in the last few weeks. Heavy rains in January resulted in the spots adjacent to the mouths of the larger rivers, Umzimkulu and Umtamvuna, being totally unfishable. The areas to the immediate north and south of these rivers were also adversely affected, depending on the wind direction at the time. As is the norm, the water actually cleared very quickly, but the fish have not returned and members of the South Coast Fly Anglers (SCFA) are not even trying their luck. Bait anglers are also few and far between.

   A scheduled trip to the Umzimkulu River near Paddock by SCFA members was cancelled as the river was too dirty and remains so, due to consistent rain in the Underberg catchment area.

    Farm dams have been producing a good number of bass, virtually on any fly that is presented, but the vast majority are very small; a sure indication that the dams are over-stocked. The owner-farmers are however unwilling for these small bass to be culled, because they are a big attraction for young anglers when an angling competition is held by the local Farmers Associations. These competitions are a large money-spinner for the Associations, so their reluctance to do the “correct thing” is understandable.

 

Event Calendar for the club.

Date

Event

Venue

Time

10 Feb

Flytying workshop

Neil’s home

18h15 for 18h30

21 Feb

Saltwater outing

Trafalgar

06h00

25 Feb

Monthly meeting

Tweni Tennis Club

18h00 for 18h30

6 March

Prize giving

Steve’s home

16h00

7 March

Saltwater outing

Shelly Beach Ski Club

06h00

10 March

Flytying workshop

Neil’s home

18h15 for 18h30

15-19 March

Yellowfish outing

Qwantani

TBA

25 March

AGM

Tweni Tennis Club

18h00 for 18h30

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The Umtamvuna estuary