Definitely one of the most productive recreational angling spots on the Wild coast, whether it be shore or deep sea, bowy or flatfish, resident or migrating fish, heavy or light tackle, bait feeders or game fish, Wild Coast is your spot. At least 60 species are landed every year by anglers, ranging from the more abundant species like Kob, Shad and Grunter to rare species such as Snapper, Job fish. The10km stretch of coastline between the Mdumbi and Umtata rivers has a unique combination of features attracting numerous marine species to the area. Remoteness – Mdumbi a small village which has escaped the attention of developers, giving you unspoilt nature in the true sense of the word. The mud banks of Umtata river is the harvesting ground of the famous Swimming Prawn The mouth of the Umtata River, one of the biggest rivers in South Africa, is both breeding ground and nursery for Baitfish and hunting ground for game fish. Flat sandy beaches attract crustacean feeders, most species of which prefers murky waters around river mouths. Wall to wall reefs, stretching from backline (6m) to mud banks (40m). Deep Sea Angling is above average throughout the year and more often than not, your bag limit, rather than absence of fish, will return you back to shore. The abundance of reef yields good catches of resident fish such as Rock Cod, Reds, and Lantern fish. You are virtually assured of your bag limit of Salmon (various lob species) throughout the year. Shad can be caught throughout the year, and swimming one is almost guaranteed to produce a tackle buster. Bring your own boat – you will not be disappointed. Shore Angling also produces above average results throughout the year. While different species are more abundant at different times, you can expect results throughout the year. This is why Coffee Bay is a popular venue for club competitions. Your options are varied, ranging from light tackle in the river mouth to doing battle with a tackle buster who had picked up your live bait in the surf. Night fishing is very popular since it produces bigger fish. Fly fishing is also gaining momentum in this area. Fishing Calendar All year – Resident fish such as Rockcod, and Reds can be caught throughout the year. Salmon(collective name for various Kob species) are also abundant throughout the year. Winter – The annual migration of pelagic fish (Sardine, Herring and Anchovy species) and game fish makes winter our peak fishing season. It is peak season for Mullet, Shad, Kob, Garrick and other species usually associated with colder waters (even Cape fish like Yellowtail and Geelbek). Spring – Shad and Garrick in abundant. You can also cash in on the yearly migration of Grunter. The river mouth becomes particularly productive for smaller species of Kob, Stumpnose, Perch and Kingfish, but many outsize Daga Salmon landed on live bait. Summer Umtata River becomes the playground for sharks and game fish. Queen Mackriel, Wahoo, Bonito and Tunny, Dorado.
Nenga River Lodge The Best Fishing Spot
Located in Coffee Bay