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Sunday, 14 October 2012

Rock, surf, estuary, and deep sea fishing.

The Natal south coast is justly famous for it sea fishing. Fishing from the beach, from rocky points, in estuaries and off shore, (deep sea) are all practiced. The species available are almost to numerous to mention, if you fish deep sea most of the well known game fish can be caught, sharks, barracuda, tunny, and many more. From the shore you can catch shad, (blue fish) grunter, etc. From rocky points that have deep water close in many of the game fish can be caught.

Estuary fishing can be very exciting especially with an incoming tide, which brings many of the surf fish in, Salt water fly fishers love fishing in estuaries and species such as grunter and springer are targeted. I'm told that a two pound springer will take you into your backing several times. I think springer is also called a lady fish.(?)

There are restrictions on the number and size on many fish species, and there is a closed season for certain species, eg, shad. 

This boat above was about a mile out to sea, it was a rainy overcast day
with quite a swell. The boats used here are called ski-boats, and they are launched from the shore, through the surf. To take a boat out to sea you need a skippers licence, your boat must be seaworthy and licenced, (boats are checked regularly for seaworthiness). In recent years strict laws have been passed as to what is considered seaworthy, boats must have enough floatation materials, (usually something like styrofoam) to float even if the boat capsizes or is swamped, a minimum of two outboard motors, etc.

Only after I edited this photo above I noticed that the guy on the left is playing a fish, his rod has a nice bend. The chap on the right is standing ready with the gaff to land the fish.   If you click on the photo to enlarge you will see the action clearly. There are many charter boats available, and for a reasonable fee the skipper will take you out to fish.

These three Indian anglers are preparing to fish in the deep water just off these rocks. On the horizon a cargo vessel can be seen heading south. South bound vessel sail far of the coast so as to catch the south flowing Mozambuiqe current. North bound vessels travel closer to the coat to make use of the northward flowing counter current.


Mark Kautz-Shoreman said...

We could use some more regulations on boating here in the states. Might help reduce accidents and stop some of the accidental moving of invasive species. They try, but I don't think they do enough. It's a money problem as usual.

ketchikanalaskafishing said...

I'm kind of afraid with fishing trips in deep sea, I think I got phobia in it.

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