Fishing Report

Late season rock salmon on the Umzimkulu

Late season rock salmon fishing waters of the mighty Umzimkulu River

Late season rock salmon on the Umzimkulu

Late season rock salmon: Usually, we target and catch rock salmon down on the Umzimkulu River estuary, in winter times. In the clear water. 

But, another late season rock salmon was caught recently from the marina! The angler’s name was AJ Koortzen. He is from Durban. And caught his awesome rock salmon on a little fish head. Good fight. Great experience. The fish went a good 3kg’s or so. 

AJ Koortsen and his lekker Rock Salmon
AJ Koortsen and his lekker Rock Salmon

Those icy cold winter evenings on the water can test your endurance and patience. But, if you sit it out long enough, you almost always get your reward. It’s mainly night time fishing we do. Out on the good ship Umzimkulu, our licensed 28 ft river cruiser. Or from the bank right out front of the lodge.

Live bait is first prize and luckily there are all sorts on offer. Sometimes we catch huge prawns, of all varieties. Grunter jump on a well-presented prawn live-bait. In fact, all the fish in that river do. Here is a quick list of the fish you can catch in the mighty Umzimkulu;

  • rock salmon
  • grunter
  • GT
  • big eye kingfish
  • blacktip kingfish
  • oxe-eye tarpon
  • zambezi shark
  • flagtail
  • shad
  • perch
  • square tailed kob
  • daga salmon
  • snapper salmon

We don’t even list the inedibles, but there are plenty too.

All the above fish will jump on a live-bait. But. They also take a well presented and placed lure. The advent of plastics brought about new zest as we started catching on these versatile and fun artificials.

Kob love them. Rock salmon too. All the kingfish. Shad obliterate them.

At the Umzimkulu Marina, we make our own powerful and high-performance jigheads. Using technology from the aerospace industry, the late but legendary Brian Davey devised a lure that made a dead bait appear swimming like a live bait. This tech was adapted to the dropshot fishing sensation and work perfectly. These lures make the plastic bait swim and veer and jump and splash, all just by variating your retrieve and rod tip action.

The MYDO factory is upstairs in the boathouse, ask to take a look when you are there.

You can read all about the MYDO Luck Shot at the following link…

MYDO Luck Shot

You can place an order online, and pay by EFT. Delivery takes a few days to a week sometimes more. We use the Post Office, or there is a PostNet option, for reliability and convenience.

If you want to spend some time fishing the Umzimkulu, looking for those late season rock salmon, the river is still crystal clean

Guest angler Dejan and his powerful rock salmon caught at 3am in the mouth area of the Umzimkulu River
Guest angler Dejan and his powerful rock salmon caught at 3am in the mouth area of the Umzimkulu River

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