Umhlanga on a awesome day

I often go fishing and diving from Umhlanga, my in-laws have a flat there so that is a big bonus as I have cool accommodation in Umhlanga. My mission at umhlanga is listen to the sea from the flat early in the morning and if it sounds good rush down and go out to sea. I normally do a few laps along the back-line. There are some rocks just out from the lighthouse. If you get there early you can pick up a a few kinds of fish. I have managed to catch some king fish, sea pike, shad and snoek. The other place is south of the light house, just off the car park opposite from from the hardware shop. You get a lot of fisherman there and the bait in the water attracts the fish. The one time I collected lots of shad traces there as the guys must have been having a shad run and lost a lot of traces. There where corks floating all over in the water.

After that I head out to sea to the barge, it is about 1.2 km out and in about 24 meters of water. Normally there are lots of other boats around as this is where lots of ski boat fisherman come and get bait. I caught a very nice grunter not the way I am used to catching them. I was fishing for mackerel using a yozri, i managed to catch a few so I popped on on live to a bottom trace and sent it down. I was using a circle hook so all new to me. I had a good pull and as with circle hooks you don’t strike I just hung on. What a great fight and soon I had the grunter in the hatch.

So that is a quick sneak into umhlanga and later I will be posting more stories on my fishing and diving in this area.

The pictures of of me and my brother in-law at umhlanga on an awesome day. If I remember we did not catch anything.

Fishingski in the surf

A little bit about my fishing

I am a very passionate fisherman and was lucky to have some great mentors along my way. My grandfather was a big fisherman and that was in the days of pioneering South Africa. My uncle was another one that I have learnt so much from. All the people that I have meet along my journey had something to share and now I continue this adventure with my 2 daughters and son. Not to mention I still have so much to see and learn.

I lived on a farm outside Eshowe in the Kwa Zulu Natal area. Started with fishing in the rivers catching red tails using bamboo as our rods. Later getting fishing rods and doing bass fishing in the local farm dams and the dam on the farm. My grandfather even had king carp in the dam that would catch using pap. We would go to Kosi Bay for our annual holiday. Such good fishing and lots of fun. My grandparents have a place on the St Lucia lake called Makakatana we would go there on school holidays in July and catch Salmon. I remember having such fun catching bonies (glass nose) with hand-line and then I would hook them up as live bait and catch springer. It was such fun using a scarborough reel, you would just let the live bait swim out and soon enough it would pick up speed and you would know you where on.

I tried rock and surf but it just was not my scene. We would go to Amatikulu with my uncle and spend the night doing rock and surf, but being kids we would have such fun playing in the dunes. When I got older I started going deep-sea and bottom fishing. We would either launch from the beach or through the mouth at Amatikulu. I have done deep-sea at Sodwana, Mtunzini, Mapelane, Cape Vidal, Amatikulu. My father bought a 14ft6 ski boat, so I got my skippers licence to go out to sea. I have also fished in Mozambique which is such a fantastic experience because I am so big into art lure fishing.

I found out many years back about fishingski’s and was hooked! My first fishing ski was from erics’s canoe shop. I had this for many years and patched it a few times. It went to Cape Town with me and I did lots of paddling but no fish, I did have fun catching crayfish. Moving back to Durban I did some fishing on my ski from the south coast all along the north coast. I once even got a lift on a dive boat at Sodwana to nine mile and we paddled back catching bonnies and using them as bait on the way back to the point. That was a trip I will never forget as the guy I went with was later eaten by a shark as he was diving.

All this time I was doing a lot of bass fishing, if there was water I would throw a line in it. Before our move to Capetown I lived and worked at Mtunzini. I would drive up the beach to the mouth and do a lot of fly fishing or just casting lures, those where the days when you could still drive up the beach. I caught some kingfish and moonfish, it would always be such fun as you never know what was going to attack your lure.

I have so many fishing stories and I think I am going to post them on my blog. My aim of this blog is a few things. I want to share my fishing stories and I am going to sell kayaks as they are such affordable boats to allow you to get to fishing waters that a lot of people don’t even know are out there. Because it is so quiet I have also see some amazing fish long before they knew I was there. Keep watching this spot.