Umzimkulu Estuary Fishing

Umzimkulu Estuary Fishing


Target gamefish in the Umzimkulu River in Port Shepstone.

An hour south of Durban!

This healthy and heaving tidal river swells and drains with the tides that push through the Umzimkulu River mouth – flushing it out and carrying with it all kinds of fish, bait and organism.

Livebait is easily caught or netted, and is the effective option for hunkering down for the evening. We have a 28ft Cat with plenty space and cover, an ideal fishing platform.

However, the big revelation has been on artificials as the river has recovered and now encourages gamefishes to visit more often. We have been having a great time trolling tiny lures and Mydo Luck Shots around the place. Kingfish have been marauding up and down past the mangrove associates looking for pockets of bait to ambush. Those big prawns with the pincers have been prolific and can be seen cruising around the mudflats in the winter clean water.

In summer the water goes brown but it does not slow the fishing. Grunter, perch and rock salmon feed in the day and night in this water, you just got to get a decent live bait, or chuck out a sardine head with the guts hanging free for a good chance.

Use the link above or get in touch if you would like us to help you arrange your dream fishing holiday. We can fish the estuary and river. We can head down to the mouth and the sandspit. And if weather and waves play along, we may even be able to sneak you out to sea for a chance at the big ones.

Stay with us at the Umzimkulu Marina or pop in by appointment, for daytime sessions.

Contact Sean on 079 326 9671 or, to make an appointment with the fish…

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