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Big edible fish in big seas

The recent rough seas and windy weather conditions off the KwaZulu-Natal coast haven’t put a damper on fishing. 

Dean Reddy getting in the Snoek action on the KZN North Coast
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(Pictured above: Dean Reddy getting in the Snoek action on the KZN North Coast)

Anglers in KZN have been catching good fish, including plenty of edibles, despite the challenging weather conditions. 

There’ve been reports of big catches off Durban, the KZN North Coast, the South Coast, and the Midlands. These catches include Garrick, Shad, and Kob. 

Offshore anglers have caught Tuna, Snoek, and Amberjack, while freshwater reports indicated active Trout and Bass patterns. 

Also in this episode of the Angler News South Africa podcast, we’ve got our first spearfishing report, in collaboration with Don Solomon, plus fishing tips from experts to help you improve your strike rate.

Listen to all the details, plus predictions for where the best action will be this weekend, in the KZN Report episode below.

Ledane Pillay
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Pictured above: An angler to watch out for in the future, Ledane Pillay (age 7) landed himself a Shad almost as big as himself! 

Pictured below: Mike Pereira enjoying the Stillwater season with a Rainbow Trout.

Mike Pereira enjoying the Stillwater season with a Rainbow Trout
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Offshore: Plenty of fish for all. Whether you prefer the fast-paced predators or the strong-pulling bottom fish, there is something for you!

Rock and surf: The shore-based fishing has been the only hot thing in KZN at the moment. Whether you prefer to throw lures or big baits, there have been amazing fish for all facets!

Freshwater: The freshwater has been fishing very well with the trout and bass being the headliners of the freshwater news.

(Pictured directly below: After listening to the Angler News SA reports, Uven Pakkiri was inspired to get back into fishing and landed himself his first Garrick.)

Uven Pakkiri
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Pictured directly below: Bradley van Zyl showing that we can still get stunning Carp off Albert Falls even when fishing slowed down in this facet.

Bradley van Zyl with a stunning Carp off Albert Falls
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Meanwhile, in the Expert Series episode, we looked into the mindset necessary for successful fishing. Vinesh Soogreem sat down with John Otto, a seasoned fishing manager with 45 years of experience, to understand what it takes to keep motivation levels alive after hours on the water with no bite. 

John (pictured below) talks about the importance of a strong mindset and how it can often outweigh sheer skill in achieving success. 

The two also cover strategies for managing different types of anglers and ways beginners can improve their fishing skills, even if they did not grow up fishing. Listen below:

John Otto
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Meanwhile: Ever wonder why some days you catch fish all afternoon, while others leave you with an empty cooler? The secret might be written in the stars (and the tides). In Monday's Expert Series edition of the Angler News SA podcast, fishing expert Dave Irvine discusses how moon phases and tides impact fishing. 

Dave offers detailed insights into the optimal times and locations for fishing based on tidal movements and lunar cycles. 

Listen below.

Find more episodes of Angler News SA in the full channel below:

More about the Angler News South Africa (ANSA) podcast:

ANSA is Africa's only fishing podcast that focuses on the latest fishing reports, whether they're hot or not. ANSA delivers true and accurate content from the country's most prominent anglers every week on various facets of angling.

• The KZN Fishing Report (Thursdays, 3 PM)
The fishing report kicks off down the Lower South Coast with Adam Lyon, who covers everything fishing-related from Port Edward to Port Shepstone. The news then flows down to the Kingsburg/Illovo stretch, where Gary van Sluys gathers content from the rocks every morning.

For the Durban report, we have two correspondents: Mike Vlcek, a seasoned competitive angler, and Brad Grobbler, known as the East Coast's Davie Jones for the time he spends on the water keeping anglers up-to-date on the week's activities.
North Coast reports from Tongaat to Richards Bay are covered by Jesse Schubach, who not only delivers reports but also provides detailed advice on various aspects of angling. The fishing report rounds off in the Midlands with Jan Korrûbel reporting on all facets of freshwater angling..

This weekly report ends with Vinesh and his reporters sharing their predictions for the upcoming weekend.

• Expert Angling Interviews (Mondays mornings)
Dive deep into the world of fishing with Vinesh's in-depth interviews. Each week, he chats with leading anglers and industry experts, tackling topics that are on every angler's mind. Learn how to read tides and weather, master specific techniques, and even explore the path to becoming a protea angler.

Meet your host, Vinesh Soogreem!

Vinesh Soogreem is a legend in the South African fishing media scene. With over two decades under his belt, he's not just an angler who's explored the KZN waters extensively, but also a passionate communicator who's shared his knowledge through books, magazines, and now podcasts and social media. Vinesh lives by the motto "Fish for the future," reflecting his dedication to both the sport and conservation.

Vinesh's authority on KZN fishing is unmatched.  Actively involved in the community since the 90s, he's competed at club and social levels, covered major angling competitions, and earned the trust of the media during the Sardine Run. He currently serves as the National Media Liaison for the South African Surf Casting Association, solidifying his reputation as a key figure in the South African fishing scene.

Vinesh Soogreem with a Natal Snoek caught at Blue Lagoon


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