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Starting off at Kosi Bay we have had many anglers reporting catches of the smaller edibles mostly on Sardine and Chokka baits, a good way to prep this bait is to cut the Sardine belly cavity away from the fish, wrap it backwards around a foam body joining the shank of the hook and tightly wrap with latex cotton. Then take a piece of Chokka, hammer it out and fold it over the bait, once again wrap tightly. This will allow the bait to give off the smells and oils but not allow the smaller peckers to strip the Sardine belly from the hook.
Anglers around Cape Vidal have been catching plenty of Black Fin Sharks on medium size Chokka baits and live bait such as Blacktails.
North of Richards Bay anglers have been having lots of fun with the Brown Rays that are currently in the area as well as the odd Bonefish, all being caught on small Squid baits. Further down south of Richards Bay there are reports of Brown Rays as well as the bigger Diamond/Butterfly Rays. There are even a few reports of guys landing big Sand Sharks on big fleshy baits such as a flapped Bonito or Mullet.
Ballito is yielding plenty of Grey Sharks at the moment, most of these fish being caught later in the evening on bigger live bait and fillet of mullet and Bonito.
Anglers around Durban are unable to shake off the Shad during the closed season as there are so many around, Many anglers are reporting catches of Grunter around the Virginia area as well as Stumpnose and Pompano closer to the Harbour. Some small Diamonds have been testing the anglers tackle with many of them being hooked by guys fishing with Chokka for Stumpnose. There has also been plenty of Honeycomb Ray activity along the main beaches with anglers returning home disappointed being unable to land these fantastic fish.
Toti is having a fantastic run of Garrick this year with a few coming out last week, almost all these fish on live Mullet. There is also plenty of Shad harassing the anglers here with hopefully all going back, also good reports of big Grey Sharks all along the Toti Beaches.
Red Eye sardine seems to be the bait of choice in the Scottburgh area with plenty of Grey Sharks and Brown Rays only taking this bait. Down at Port Shepstone there seems to be very little action with only reports of small Shad and the odd Bronze Bream coming out. With all the Shad around, it is vital that we respect the law as anglers to allow the Shad a break during the closed season, or else one day there will be none left.
During this time of the year we get a lot of reports of big Brown Rays harassing the light tackle anglers who are fishing for Grunter, these Browns love bloody Sardine bait but will also take Cracker Shrimp. These fish are good fun on light tackle outfits such as 6ft rods, 2000 size reels and 8-10lb braid. Fishing like this can be very invigorating to the angler as it can be a true test of skill and angling ability when there is a big Brown Ray giving your tackle a real workout. There are a few Grunter coming out around the banks, many anglers have reported these fish coming on the bite on an incoming tide. There are lots of the smaller Kingfish coming out on artificial lures. A good way to target these fish is to kit yourself out with a 6/7ft light rod, 2500 size reel and braid between 8 and 15lbs, good lures to attract and hook these fish would have to be the Strike Pro range, this range is of high quality without the high prices. The Sprat Stick 45 in particular works incredibly well for this sort of fishing, with this lure being lipless and a sinking lure, you will be able to cater the movement to what the smaller game fish in the area will be after. There is still some Kob coming out in the deeper parts of the harbour with the odd Snoek coming out on spoon.
As always at this time of the year we really begin to experience the best that our oceans can offer, although weather and seas being a little rough, reports of our big summer fish have been coming in very strong.
Starting off at Sodwana, anglers have been rewarded with brilliant catches of Dorado, Sailfish and Tuna. Most anglers have reported these catches on pink and blue hard plastic diving lures, being trawled along dirty water lines.
A little further south by Cape Vidal and St Lucia the anglers are really getting stretched by big Tuna and plenty of Wahoo, the Dorado bites are also on the rise in the deeper water. Fast trawling orange and pink lures are working well for the Wahoo, anglers who are having problems with landing these fish and loosing lures are using a short length of single strand wire, such as American Fishing Wire, to allow the angler to get a better hook up without getting cut off by the incredibly sharp teeth that the Wahoo is known for.
Zinkwazi has been a Paddle Ski dream this past week with the water being slightly smaller, allowing paddlers and Ski Boaters alike to get good catches of Tuna, Paddlers fit enough to get into the deeper water are getting a few Dorado but with the Ski Boats able to get out to the ships, they are reporting good numbers of big fish in the area, with a few Sailfish in between, this is a good sign for a hopefully brilliant season. A few Snoek are still coming out on Sardine cutlets rigged with bright skirts.
Tinley Manor there is still plenty of Snoek around; bigger fish such as Tuna have been reported as well.
Durban has once again stunned us with what it has to offer with good catches of Tuna from Ski Boats and Paddle Skis, there are plenty of Dorado off the ships and a few billfish lurking around, a good trick to catching the Dorado is to use one live Maasbanker on a light spinning rod, small grinder and braid, throwing the Maasbanker directly at the shoal will create a lot of interest and a good fight. This is going back to basics with a light tackle touch; the fight will be outstanding and will be a good story to tell. Anglers on Paddle Skis are catching good amounts of Snoek with the Strike Pro Magic Minnow in the new UV clear colour; this lure shines a brilliant blue in the water attracting a lot of interest from the fish.
There are still a lot of good reports of Geelbek and Daga Salmon coming in from our bottom fishing anglers further down south, most catches now later in the evening. South Coast, there are still a lot of good reports of bottom fishing and even the odd Tuna coming out in the Port Shepstone/Shelly Beach area, anglers are also having fun targeting the 15kg odd Yellowtail that are cruising around the area often hitting guys bottom fishing baits either on the way down or on the way up. Double up on Yellowtail do occur quite often as most traces have more than one baited hook, these fish can give the angler a hard time as they are shoaling fish, they tend to fight together rather than against each other.
Albert Falls is having a good run of Carp at the moment for the conventional anglers catching plenty in the area of 2-6kg. There was a report of a Carp in excess of 12kgs picked up in the deeper area of the dam, proving that if you want the bigger fish, you need to fish deeper and further out.
Inanda has been producing brilliant fish over the last week for the specimen guys, catching a lot of fish in the deeper parts of the dam between 11 and 15kgs. If you are worried about your sinker and your hook sitting too close to one another when you cast, use PVA mesh which is the length of your hook link (considering the hook link is not too long) and load it with feed. Include your weight into your mesh, tie a knot above your sinker and hook your hook into the bottom of the mesh. The new Mustad BBS Carp Hooks will be perfect for this application without the worry of your rig having any ugly snags in the mesh. A good thing to remember about handling the bigger Carp is not too pick them up for too long out of the water, having your hand under the stomach area puts huge pressure on the vital organs and often can damage the Carp where the anglers cannot see. This is why if taking the Carp out of the water it should be done so in the gentlest manner possible, weighed on a weigh mat, a quick photo and then back in the water, this will keep the fish and angler very happy.
There have been plenty of big Bass coming out recently at Inanda dam on a variety of soft plastics heavily weighted and pulled quickly along the floor. The darker colours seem to be working well such as June bug and the McArthy Wazza colour, anglers using these colours from the side are rigging them Texas Rig, which uses a standard bullet head sinker free running from the hook and up a short leader stopping at a swivel. This rig allows the plastic to be thrown very far and also get to the bottom of the dam very quickly; some anglers are putting a small glass bead between the sinker and the hook, giving a new sound and vibration element to the action of the worm. To get this sound element, a quick jerk every 2 or 3 rotations of the handle on your reel will pull the sinker quickly back into the bead, thus creating a ‘tick’ noise.
There are the usual big fish coming out at Albert Falls on deep diving crank baits in the deepest areas of the dam. There are also reports of anglers catching good fish on using a wacky rig; these anglers are using Musted Chinu style hooks through a ring around the centre of a 5 inch dark coloured worm. This is a good method if you are able to fish from a boat. Nagle is producing a lot of smaller fish at the moment with lots of juveniles around.
There are still plenty of Tigerfish coming out at Jozini, live bait on a float is still the way to go when it comes to catching these fish, a Mustad Tarpon 5/0 is the perfect hook for these fish as it will penetrate the hard plate in the fishes mouth as it is incredibly strong and very sharp, we often rig these onto spoons, spinners and even use them to rig the live or dead bait. The bigger fish seem to be sitting deep at the moment with it being so hot; anglers are having to come up with new ways of getting their baits to the deepest parts of the dam. There seem to be a lot of Tilapia around at the moment so if the Tigers are off the bite, throwing small red and green spinners and even small flies can be a good way to have some fun, a mixture of floating and sinking flies can be used for these fish but a lot of guys prefer the violent takes on the sinking flies. San Juan Worms, Zulus, Woollie Buggers and Woollie Worm Red Tails would be the flies of choice, if you are set on throwing a floating line, we would be looking at flies like the Red Setter, DDD and any Popper Style of Pattern. These fish are exceptionally fun on light tackle, float and a small bread bait.
The Kingfisher and The Complete Angler are pleased to announce that Peter Brigg, author of the book “Call Of The Stream” will join us on Saturday 12th November 2016 from 9.00am till 12.00 noon at The Complete Angler in Kloof. Peter is a well-known small stream specialist and accomplished fly tyer as well as author and artist. “Call Of The Stream” will be on sale and Peter to sign copies of his book. A second book is with the publishers/printers right now and should be on the shelves in May 2017. He will also have some tying equipment so he can whip up a fly or two for us. This is a great opportunity to meet and chat with a very humble yet extremely knowledgeable man when it comes to matters regarding Trout. The venue is The Complete Angler, Shop 1, 6 Village Road, Kloof, and the telephone number is 031 764 1488.
The latest series of Hier Gaan Ons Alweer with Petri de Wet premieres Monday evenings at 17:30 on kykNet, channel 144 and there are a number of repeats during the week. The repeats are on Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:00, Thursday at 16:00 Saturday at 13:00 and Sunday at 23:30. Series 15 runs for three months, ending on the 26th December 2016. As most of you know, Petri and his guests cover various angling styles (fresh and salt water) in and around Southern Africa.
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