Target a wide variety of gamefish in the estuarine waters of the Umzimkulu River.
Umzimkulu Estuary Fishing
Fish with us on our 26ft River Cruiser. A 6 hour session on the boat gives time to get the feel of the estuary and how the channels, dropoffs and mangroves work for fishing.
Rock salmon (Mangrove Jack) and oxe-eye tarpon (click to watch video ) , kingfish, spotted grunter, perch, kob, shark…are some of our favourites…a more thorough list follows below…
Trophy fish like garrick and big salmon have been consistently encountered lately, with one Zambezi caught at Spiller’s Wharf, another at Royston’s Rock on a small strikepro rapala thing (video here), and another taking a shore anglers perch and biting it clean in half! The big momma must have cruised in a while back and given birth to a bunch of pup Zambezi’s – they are all the same size about!
Chucking a sardine head out there with a light running sinker puts you in the running for a host of species. Most estuarine fish are up for some juicy sardine blood and guts in a crunchy hard coating.
- rock salmon: marauding gangsters love sardine heads, and dropshots
- grunter: polite fillet of sardine, but take live bait readily, especially live prawn
- perch: yip, sardine head for the big ones, sardine fillet for the smallies
- kob: the biggest at 29kg’s by Ian Logie
- square tailed kob: bigger fish like bigger baits
- snapper: they come into the river in shoals, and when they feed, they take anything
- flagtails (flatheads): lures, baits, live baits
And then the lure fishing can be crazy…target…
- kingfish: bigeye kingies have been smashing our trolled lures
- seapike (pickhandle barracuda): as above
- garrick (leervis): on lure and on live bait, garrick wreak havoc in the winter time, especially if the mouth closes and traps them inside!
- springer (ladyfish): artificials have been proving amazingly successful as we move into winter clean water conditions.
Live bait is often easy to get hold off, and often produces a bigger strike…we cover all angles on the day for you.
It is all about the timing, and my availability. I work all over southern Africa, so please get in touch to schedule a trip with me. Accommodation is available at The Umzimkulu Marina. I am on WhatSapp +27 79 326 9671 or firstname.lastname@example.org.