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Fishing on the KZN South Coast

The KZN, South Coast offers some of the finest angling areas in the world. Here are a few of the famous and not-so-famous spots to try your luck: Famous Fishing Spots – Scottburgh & Pennington Famous Fishing Spots – Umzumbe & Port Shepstone Famous Fishing Spots – Margate Pier & Lee Rock Famous Fishing Spots – Pot Hole & Orange Rocks Famous Fishing Spots – Shirley Avenue, Ramsgate Famous Fishing Spots – Trafalgar Famous Fishing Spots – Palm Beach High Rock, Ladder Rock & Splash Rock, Port Edward The deep water spots can produce large sandsharks and a variety of rays especially during the hot summer months. Casting and fast retrieving of surface ‘poppers’ may attract Kingfish during summer although other species cannot be ruled out. Casting with ‘spinners’ in the early morning or late afternoon during autumn and winter may bag you a King Mackerel, Yellowtail, Kingfish, Garrick or Natal Snoek.... read more

Famous Fishing Spots – High Rock, Ladder Rock & Splash Rock

Fishing is much more than fish.  It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.  ~Herbert Hoover Palm Beach High Rock (S30 59.322 E30 16.500) This is a well known deep water spot to the south of Trafalgar. Whilst it is a productive fishing spot, it is an awkward fishing platform and not for the novice angler. Ladder Rock (S31 01.050 E30 15.177) This is a fishing spot which should only be visited by the novice with the purpose of viewing. Even the most experienced local anglers treat this deep water point with the greatest of respect as many a one has been unexpectedly washed off this point, most often with serious consequences. Be warned! Splash Rock (S31 02.989 E30 13.779) Any angler who has visited Port Edward will know Splash Rock. This presents a good, relatively safe deep water fishing platform... read more

Famous Fishing Spots – Trafalgar

Good things come to those who bait.  ~Author Unknown Trafalgar (S30 57.164 E30 18.051) This is a Marine Protected Area although fishing with a rod and line is permitted. There is safe daytime parking at Trafalgar main swimming beach, where the family can relax. Beach fishing is the order of the day and this is prime edible fish water (bream, rockcod etc.) and one should start fishing from the tidal pool and work one’s way south. Expect to find bays and lots of broken reef so take the appropriate tackle. Don’t venture into the fishing area alone as it can become a little isolated as you move... read more

Famous Fishing Spots – Shirley Avenue, Ramsgate

There are two types of fisherman – those who fish for sport and those who fish for fish.  ~Author Unknown Shirley Avenue (S30 54.236 E30 20.404) This is a deep water spot, situate just south of Ramsgate. A good fishing platform, but take care on spring high tide. Bring the family and a picnic basket. There is also opportunity to cool off in the rock pool close by. Relatively safe parking is close... read more

The Great Galleon ‘Sao Joao’

The story of the great galleon Sao Joao is the earliest and one of the most famous shipwreck epics from the disaster-strewn shores of Southern Africa. The Sao Joao, one of the largest ships of her time, on her maiden voyage and heavily laden with a cargo of pepper, Chinese porcelain and other merchandise, left India behind schedule for her return journey to Portugal. In May 1552, she encountered a series of severe storms off the South African coast. Her sails, mainmast and rudder were damaged causing her to drift helplessly towards land until she ultimately came to grief on the rocks. It is generally accepted that this event took place near what is now the town of Port Edward on the southern coast of KZN. About 500 people made it to the shore but some 120 of those who had been on board died in their efforts to... read more

Famous Fishing Spots – Pot Hole & Orange Rocks

Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught Pot Hole & Orange Rocks (S30 49.654 E30 24.210) These two deep water spots are found alongside each other between St.Michaels and Uvongo. Pot Hole can be a little challenging for novice anglers and the sea must be closely watched on spring high tides. Orange Rocks, immediately south, is an easier fishing platform with similar fishing opportunities on offer. Swimming beaches are a way off but take along the family and a picnic basket and simply enjoy the environment. There is ample safe... read more

Oribi Vulture Viewing Hide

Nature’s refuse collectors on our doorstep Vultures are usually associated with our wild open spaces and national parks, where they squabble over the rotting remains of a lion or leopard kill. However, the hinterland of our piece of paradise on the South Coast, is a haven for the largest of the African vultures, the Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres. Nine species of vulture are to be found in Southern Africa, all of which are under immense pressure for survival. Poisoning is a major problem, with large numbers of vultures feeding on carcasses that have been baited by farmers to control jackal, baboon or other predators. They quickly succumb to the ingested toxins. Veterinary drugs, such as Diclofenac, used to treat livestock, are also highly toxic to vultures. Indian vulture populations declined by 99 per cent as a consequence of Diclofenac. Another very worrying turn of events is that rhino poachers... read more

Sonny Evans Small Craft Harbour

“You have left your footprints, not only in the sand, but also in the sea”. Thus reads an extract from the book The Sonny Side of Life written by Hazel Lodetti, in honour of her late father, South Coast legend, ‘Sonny’ Evans, who was born in South Africa in 1910. These sentiments were expressed by the Acting Mayor of Shelly Beach on the occasion of Sonny’s 80th birthday bash held at Shelly Beach Ski-Boat Clubhouse back in 1990. Never were truer words uttered in recognition of a stalwart pioneer, a son of the South Coast, in fact, our very own ‘old man of the sea’, to whom the region owes so much. Long before anyone was enjoying the amenities now provided by the Sonny Evans Small Craft Harbour, this intrepid adventurer would set out to sea from the bay in front of his home to the north of the... read more

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