Umzimkulu Estuary Fishing (per hour)

R120.00

Target a wide variety of gamefish in the Umzimkulu estuary and river mouth.

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Umzimkulu Estuary Fishing

The Umzimkulu is a functioning estuary - one of our last. Pelagic and local fish use the estuaries to feed, spawn and nurse their fry. At night time, baitfish boil as the gamefish round them up.
The Umzimkulu is a functioning estuary – one of our last. Pelagic and local fish use the estuaries to feed, spawn and nurse their fry. At night time, baitfish boil as the gamefish round them up.

Fish with us on our 28ft 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 strike pro 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, bucktails, poppers and dropshots
  • grunter: polite fillet of sardine, but take live bait rather, especially live prawn
  • perch: yip, sardine head for the big ones, sardine fillet for the smallies
  • kob: the biggest I can verify at 29kgs on a sardine fillet by Sean van Tonder
  • square tailed kob: bigger fish like bigger baits
  • snapper salmon (snotties): 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: little kingies have been smashing our trolled lures. GTs cause terror mainly at night
  • 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 of, and produces a bigger strike…we cover all angles possible on the day for you.

It is all about the timing…so please get in touch to schedule a trip. Accommodation is available at The Umzimkulu Marina.

I am on WhatsApp +27 79 326 9671 or umzimkulu@gmail.com.

We are on Facebook and we run an action-packed YouTube channel.

 

 

 

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