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 Posted: Mon Nov 21st, 2011 10:14 am
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Fishaman
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Hi Guys,

Which KZN estuaries can one go fishing on with a boat these days. Used to go to St Lucia, but unfortunately that's not an option anymore, at least until the mouth opens up again one day^^...

Would like to take my son fishing, like we used to when i was young. Need a family friendly place, with enough navigable water to make towing a boat 400+ km worthwhile.

Kosi Bay-  Nice but a bit far...
Mtunzini-  ?
Zinkwazi- ?

Fishing doesn't have to be spectacular, grunter, bream, perch even "strepies" wil do nicely.

Thanks!

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 Posted: Mon Nov 21st, 2011 12:57 pm
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Parasite
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Location: Durban, South Africa
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Equipment: Variety(salt and fresh water)
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Get in contact with Dean(from old ESA programs). He lives on the South Coast and is very familiar with our rivers and estaries. I'm sure he would be more than willing to advise you. His e-mail address is ondaddean@vodamail.co.za

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 Posted: Wed Nov 23rd, 2011 06:31 am
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Ben REINERS
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Hi Fishaman - From Richards Bay down to Tugela u have a few that u can visit. Its only the regulations that u need to know of each piece of water wrt registration of yr boat/craft. 

RICHARDS BAY - (Regulated) Lovely waters for lots of species from small to large.
Richards Bay Ski Boast club  - 035 7532516 or try get hold of Zulu-x Treme on the forum.

MTUNZINI - Craft need to be registered if over a certain length.  Just as gr8 waters , though best advice is to ask local fisherman upon arrival whats on the bite and where. One can spend the whole day catching nothing if u try at random. Gr8 waters for kob, shad at times , grunter , rock salmon , perch etc and huge flatfish. All in the lagoon.
U have large waters to cover in the lagoon.

AMATIKHULU - One is allowed to use a boat with electric motor (Sneaker motors ).
Here u will find rock-cod, rock-salmon, perch ,springer, pick-handles , gurnards , grunter, small kobs etc. The upper reaches of the river from the NCS site on the Southern side towatds the N2 highway bridge has gr8 deep channels & for drop-shot/lure/bait fishing.
This piece of water is limited ito size & dept.

Or call 033 8451999 for detailed info on NCS controlled resorts ie MTUNZINI & AMATIKHULU.

I will PM my cell nr & give u more answers over the phone if u interested.

Good luck

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 Posted: Wed Nov 23rd, 2011 06:58 am
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Fishaman
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Thanks Ben,

My boat is Cat R registered, and I also have a Cat R skippers license. Mtunzini sounds good, been ther before but without the boat,wasn't sure how big / deep the estuary was.

Will contact you when we want to go, probably around April next year..

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 Posted: Thu Dec 8th, 2011 04:16 pm
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ebvahed
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Hi Ben... Are there any good, safe areas where one can fish from the banks along the river/estuary in amatighulu?
I've fished in umlalazi nature reserve,cought a few under size grunter and kob. Any advice on these areas in terms of spots. Safety extremely important. Plan to fish during the day. Thanks boet

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 Posted: Mon Dec 12th, 2011 07:58 am
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Ben REINERS
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To be honest - no place or spot is safe.   :fbash     
Today & tomorrow & for the next days or weeks it will be safe & quiet , no incidents , :SSS:::S  only to find the next day something horrible has happened , or its once off    :fbash:fbash        - U know that !!

Any spot or place is as safe as we make it. The more anglers/visitors you have frequenting an area , the more attention is drawn to the "would-be criminals" residing or operating in a particular area.   :fishn::cop:::cop:::cop:::cop:::cavmn::cavmn::gas:::gas:::gas:::gas:::gas:      If there are guards or eyes and ears around watching out for tell-tale signs to alert anglers , then its a bonus.

I suppose we all do as most other anglers , and fish the quiet  areas and avoid the sneaky and questionable ones - which is totally against my belief. :fbash:fbash:fbash:fbash    Sorry had to explain that !!!!!


To come back to yr quest : AMATIKHULU now days and the recent past has seen break ins to cars , theft of tackle etc on the beaches , one shooting incident early 2011 on the beach.  Then I must ad that these incidents occur when there is no one in sight near their property/tackle/cars etc. The criminals are still scared of a good head banging. This happens during the day.  Imagine what can happen during the eve ?

Along the banks of the river its fairly safe I would say if you fish in a small group , not till late after dark , and don't abandone your property to far from you.

From the river mouth on the westerly side up past the old prawn farm is good fishing for smallish size fish - springers/grunter/small GT's /Pickhandles/Perch/kob/gurnards etc. Keep looking for channels/banks & bays.

I have had no reports of late since the large amount opf water that came down & subsequent fishing. Will have to get updates and post.

 

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 Posted: Mon Dec 12th, 2011 09:20 am
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ebvahed
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Much appreciated Ben, very informative. Totally understand your belief and share the same point of view. We usually travel in groups. As I was unable to put together a group to amatikulu, I ditched the idea and I decided that I'm gna try my luk at some dropshot in durban harbour...will post if anythings worth posting.... Thanks again

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 Posted: Wed Jun 6th, 2012 10:34 am
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Sammy the Seal
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Howzit Guys,

We have a new place in Tugela River Mouth. Great sport round there with Lobotes, Garrick, Kob, Grunter, and for the more daring plenty of shark. Check out the facebook page and remember to like to be kept up to date with reports and offers.

http://www.facebook.com/TugelaMouthChalets

Tight Lines :wfish

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 Posted: Tue Oct 6th, 2015 11:51 pm
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garrick@venuepages.co.za
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Hi.  Thanks for this info.  I'm planning a trip up that side soon.  Where's the best place to stay, close to launch site family resort (chalets preferable)

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 Posted: Wed Oct 7th, 2015 08:01 pm
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Fishaman, from your initial post Mtunzini will probably be the best bet with regards to your requirements. Possibly the safest and boat friendly one(seeing as you do not want to fish St Lucia).

Amatikhulu, is nice and quit but safety could be an issue.

Very shallow depending on time of year and water level. One time we where there, went with canoes all the way to the mouth/beach when we came back the water was so low we had to push the canoes most of the way.

As Ben mentioned Richards bay may be another option but Mtunzini is good with lots of species in the estuary and also good beach fishing opportunities. Probably one of the healthiest estuary systems still left on the KZN coast.

Good variety of accommodation available as well. Get in contact with them before the time to clear up what is required for your boat.


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