It’s definitely rock salmon time down here on the Umzimkulu River estuary system in Port Shepstone. The water has cleaned up great, and the winter chill is setting in. Exactlky what the rockies want…
The low level bridge, with all its features, holds many species but the meanest are undoubtedly the rock salmon. Some guys have been braving the traffic and have been having big fun spin casting off the bridge.
We can get there and fish much safer by boat. Our big 26ft cruiser is a great fishing platforming you can bring as much gear as you want. Rates vary, but a Base fee of R50 per person per hour works best for all. There are some cool package deals available too…click here for more.
It’s not only rock salmon this time of year either. The big-eye kingfish have been plentiful, and small kobbies in the 5kg range have been taken inside the river and off the beach regularly. The zambezi sharks keep us on our toes…and it’s very close to garrick time too. They love terrorising the mullet in the estuary in the clean water of winter time.
We fish live bait that we catch at the slipway, and artificials – soft baits and hard baits – Mydo Lures are manufactured in a small factory behind the lodge…designed especially for the fish we get here. And we always have a sardine head out somewhere – a truly reliable all round bait.
We have 4 self-catering chalets that sleep between two and five. Nicely appointed and kitchens well equipped. Braai places and safe off street parking. We can sleep a total of eighteen and we do allow the venue to be booked out completely. Great place for birthdays and celebrations.
Our Long weekend fishing report reads something like this;
local angler got a 5kg kobbie on a paddletail very early Friday morning
Steve and co from the UK stoked with his two sharp toothed catfish, an eel and a perch
Mark and co from Durbs got a nice kingfish for their hard work in the dirtiesh water
the bottom fishing guys on Niteshift caught some lovely bright red cardinal snapper and a big black steenbras
Gizmo skippered by Matt Wainwright lucked into some tuna and bought one tasty little yellowfin home
The news of the kob being back in the river mouth had many anglers lining the shore all weekend. Some were lucky, others not so much.
Whilst checking the launch conditions at the mouth, I am always on the lookout for sharks. Since we have seen so many lately. Big Zambezi’s swimming nonchalantly through the mouth and up into the Umzimkulu River, where they might give birth. Everyone is abuzz with these shark sightings, nobody really recalls ever seeing so many free swimming sharks. So, as I stop the car and stare across at some children who are swimming/playing, in the huge shorebreak of The Sandspit. I am still mulling this over in my head, when a 2 metre blackfin shark fully breaches and spins over re-entering the water in a split second. It was so fast. And nobody else seemed to see it. This shark was 20 metres from these free swimming idiot parented kids?!
KZN South Coast Bike Week accommodation available at The Umzimkulu Marina.
With our completely secure river side complex in Port Shepstone, we will make your holiday even more to remember.
When you are not out riding the hi-ways and bi-ways, you can;
relax and take in the magnificent Umzimkulu River and it’s locals, including Fish Eagles, Otters and the odd Zambezi Shark
fish for salmon and other gamefish right in the river out front
cruise the river on our 26 ft Catamaran with roof and plenty space
ease on down to one of the many Blue Flag beaches up and down the coastline
play a round of golf?!
visit a crocodile farm or nature reserve
learn to surf
So, if you are looking for a great spot to stay, get in touch soon as, we have three units available for the Bike Week weekend.
Ready to go…
KZN South Coast Bike Week accommodation available
The Umzimkulu Marina has been hosting traveling business people, tourists local and international, backpackers and keen fishermen for over a decade now.
5 Minutes from the bustling Port Shepstone CBD, Margate and Hibberdene are 20 minutes away each way. Scottburgh and Port Edward are 40 mins away. The Transkei Wild Coast is an hour south. Oribi Gorge 30 minutes inland.
The self-catering comfortable and well appointed and equipped units sleep 1 to 5 in all kinds of combinations. Some units can be joined together for larger groups. All units are river facing with their own braai areas and parking. Cutlery and crockery, towels and linen are provided. The units are serviced on request. Coffee, milk and tea is also complimentary.
KZN South Coast Bike Week accommodation available at The Umzimkulu Marina 2017.
Staying at The Umzimkulu Marina entitles you to one free river cruise on our 26ft Cat…
There have been a number of recent sightings of Zambezi Sharks enjoying the Umzimkulu River lately. A huge shark swam right up and almost into our boat early this morning.
A week or so back, two big mommas were cruising the outflowing chocolate water of the Umzimkulu after some serious inland rain. The catchment of the Umzimkulu is monumental and we feel any and all rain from inland.
It is these conditions that the momma Zambezis have been waiting for, to get way up the river, and pop out their pups, in a batch of about 12 at a time. Fully developed and ready to start eating.
Luckily the river is full of stuff for them to eat, and growing at between 7 and 10 kgs per year, they will eventually reach 2 metres or so, when they will leave the confines of the river, and head on out to sea. To colonise some unfortunate reef out in the ocean somewhere.
Rumour has it that these pups, when they are pregnant, will return, turtle style, back into the exact same river they were born in. And therefore, we have a lineage, of sharks out there, with the surname Umzimkulu.
Well if you can get out the mouth this time of the year, and if the weather gives you a gap, and if the swells aren’t so unruly…then it’s Yellowtail time!
The continental shelf is a mere 12 kilometres from the backline on the south coast of Natal, and yellowtail love to patrol up and down the reefs and canyons just on top of the shelf. They are also regular feeders on The Protea Banks, and can be seen and caught right in the backline sometimes.
A formidable fighter with bad habits like scraping against rocks and wrapping your braid up around pinnacles and the like. They are also partial to coming to the boat, and then heading straight back to the bottom where they came from, in a few beastly seconds!
Cut off low storm hitting Southbroom, KZN Jay Steenkamp nabbed us this great video clip of what a cut off low looks like as it strafes the lower south coast, since yesterday. Every river would be open like this by now and discharging countless mega litres of brown rain runoff. Neil Campbell out in Paddock, inland…
Final word on huge king mackerel run? Now that the bite has slowed down here on the lower south coast of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa – could this be the final word on this years huge king mackerel run? Well this fish could be. The fish of the season so far too…taken off Umkomaas on a…
The Hibberdene Fishing Getaway by Kiran Ramjiawan The Hibberdene Fishing Getaway was written for us by Kiran as he and his devout crew of shore anglers do their best over the last weekend, down on the south coast of KZN, South Africa. Thank you Kiran! It’s been almost seven months since our last weekend getaway and…