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Fishing at Park Rynie and Kelso, Umdoni Coast, KwaZulu-Natal

Fishing at Park Rynie & Kelso, Umdoni Coast, KwaZulu Natal

Park Rynie, is a small village along the Umdoni Coast part of the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal.  Limited fishing tackle and bait is available. There is a hotel and a few caravan and camping parks. Rocky Bay is the main bathing beach and a caravan park, situated right on the beach is ideal for anglers.

Kelso is just 5km south of Park Rynie and has an excellent caravan park situated between the beach and the railway line. Accommodation can  be found in chalets located along the beach.

Fishing spots

Park Rynie has a few ideal fishing spots – Abraham’s Rock opposite the village is a small rocky peninsula.  Anglers should take note that fishing can be dangerous here. Take some time to study the rocks carefully before venturing onto them – waves have been known to wash anglers off the rocks..  This is a good spot for Shad (elf), however Kob and Garrick (leervis) have been caught from this spot in deeper waters.

The Gully, the best known spot in this area is situated between Abraham’s Rock and Rocky Bay. Competition anglers are attracted by the good catches of Sand Sharks and larger than average Dusky Sharks. Edible fish in this area include Shad (elf) and pan fish such as Blacktail and Stonebream.

Rocky Bay, south of the village, you can expect to catch Shad (elf). The Old Whaling Station, among the rocks on the north side of the bay catches includes Shad, smaller pan fish and the occasional Kob.

Shoals of Springer sometimes come into the bay in the later afternoon to feed on scraps – they are excellent fighters. Smaller pan fish, the occasional Bronze Bream and Galjoen are also caught here.

South of this area is the long sandy beach between Mzimayi River and the rocks opposite the Happy Wanderers Caravan Park.  During summer anglers can catch sand sharks, skates and Natal Stumpnose during the day and some large Kob have come out of these water at night.

The rocks opposite the Happy Wanderers Caravan Park are good for Shad (elf), Garrick (leervis) on live bait.

In Kelso the Station Bay is a sheltered bay in front of the Kelso railway station. Station Bay is a very popular spot for Shad (elf) fishing and become quite crowded when the fish are running.  This is a fairly deep fishing spot and using a live Shad could catch you a big Garrick.


More info on the town of Scottburgh More info on the Umdoni Coast area