KZN South Coast Fishing

KZN South Coast Fishing

Brad Cartwright

 

The South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal has long been a favoured destination for both local and international tourists. The laid-back holiday vibe, slow pace of life, inviting beaches and the excellent fishing all play a part. I remember as a small boy, watching mesmerised as a fisherman tussled for hours on Scottburgh Beach and then finally pulled the biggest shark I had ever seen, including in the movies, onto the sand. Then he put it back. I’ve loved fishing ever since.

The South Coast offers endless angling opportunities. Small species like Blacktail, Karanteen and Pinkies are a favourite with younger kids in the shallower areas and rock pools. Larger game fish, sharks and skates can be targeted in deeper water from well know points like Nyoni Rocks in Amanzimtoti, Widenham High Rocks, Umdoni Point as well as Splash Rock and Ladder Rock on the lower section of the coast. Kob, Grunter, Perch and Rock Salmon are just a few of the species that can be enjoyed in the larger rivers, including the Umkomaas, Mtamvuna, Umzimkulu and Mpenjati.

Good deep-Sea fishing charter operators can be found in Umkomaas, Shelly Beach and Rocky Bay, with a number of private ski-boat clubs scattered down the coast that welcome visitors with their own boats. Favoured species to target in the big blue, include Tuna, King and Queen Mackerel, Dorado, Bonito and Sailfish. Shad are a firm favourite in these parts and can be found along the length of the coast. When they’re on the bite the excitement on the beach is palpable.

Only four Shad a day may be kept, and they must be longer than 30cm. No Shad may be kept in the off season, which is 1 October to the end of November. Fishing permits can be obtained at any Post Office. Practice catch and release wherever possible and enjoy your time on the water.

For more information about KZN South Coast fishing hotspots, enquire with, Brad Cartwright, Tight Lines, www.Wildflytavel.com, brad@wildflytravel.com