FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Saltwater - Upper South Coast

Date of Report: Thursday, 19th November 2020
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Name: Martin Smuts
Phone: 078 9620111

So, our rainy season is in full swing here on the KZN East Coast. The sound of thunderstorms at random hours, rain that lasts for days and that cosy feeling that makes you want to spend all day indoors, has become somewhat of the norm. Those wishing to flick a fly would have to brave the weather or wait for a possibly better weather day, that usually happens to be a Monday of all days.

Nevertheless, Large Spot Pompano have been coming out along the Durban beach front recently. Flat sandy beaches and a low tide work best for this species. Flies, a few orange Charlies, some small chartreuse or pink clousers and you are sorted.

Paddling out in the harbour has also proved to be worth the effort. Although no really big fish were caught, the ones that were caught put a good bend in a 9 weight, so no complaints there. Half a dozen Kingfish, both GT & Big eye were caught in and around the area of the mangroves, average size of roughly 300mm. Some decent River perch from around the concrete wharfs and one Shad were also caught. Most if not all those fish were caught on a Green Mamba fly, which has proven very effective in taking fish in the harbour, especially when fishing over a muddy bottom.

Some big Spotted Grunter, 4.5kg & 6.5kg, have been coming out on bait, both in the harbour and in the surf. Down south in and around Amanzimtoti reports of big Shad, up to five kilograms are being caught on conventional tackle, so the potential to hook into Big Shad on fly is very high. Illovo and other rivers on the upper south coast have recently opened last week and this usually results in small kingfish being quite prolific in the shore break close to the river mouths.

Who knows maybe in the days to come, a report will come in that someone, near-by, has caught a monster Grunter, Shad, Kingfish or Garrick on fly. It is this that keeps me going back again and again. Until next time tight lines.


River perch


A small GT