After the storm of last week many have packed up the fishing gear and waited for the sea to clean up. With the large amounts of debris in the water and the sea looking more like a field than a fishable area, this might not have been a bad call. The water has however started to clean up and fish are starting to come back on the bite.
Ray’s tip: Pink is the colour of choice at this time of the year. Wahoo have taken a particular liking to pink in the last few weeks.
North – The North Coast has been the only consistent spot to target Dorado along our coast. A few anglers have even been lucky enough to get stuck in to an early season sailfish while trolling for the tuna and Dorado. Remember, with the Dorado you need to keep one word in mind, STRUCTURE. Any type of debris or structure floating on the surface will attract the smaller fish which will in turn bring the dorries. With the recent storm donating many FADs to the ocean, it will not be too tricky to find a Dorado hotspot. Fishing the colour line on the edge of the brown and clear water is also a sure fire way of finding the game fish, be it Dorado, sailfish, tuna or couta.
The Paddle-Ski fraternity continues to have success with the snoek on the upper North Coast. These fish have been significantly larger than the average with fish averaging 4 kilos and up.
Central – The Bonnies have arrived! The best way to go about targeting these brilliant light tackle game fish is to troll a daisy chain (an inline chain of small squids) behind your vessel until you find the fish and then changing to a small spoon and spinning for them. The Dorado are starting to make an appearance in our local waters, to the great excitement of many. Although the water is still very dirty in the closer inshore waters, it means it will definitely be worth a trip out in to the deep blue pulling a few plastics and Kona’s. Ask one of our friendly sale staff about our cost-effective trolling packets for Dorado, sailfish and tuna (these would make a lovely gift for a ski boat friend…hint hint).
Bottom fishing has been consistent for the Scarborough anglers. Catches have been mainly dominated by geelbek and a few rockcod. The geelbek have been finding a fresh sardine irresistible and rigging a whole sardine through the head on a 10/0 tuna circle will be the ticket for a nice hungry bek. More and more guys are changing over to the use of circle hooks for their bottom fishing needs and the results are speaking for themselves. Higher hook-up rates and fewer fish lost makes for happy fisherman.
South – The south section of our coast has been rather quiet with only a few reports of game fish coming through. The bottom fishing has however continued to fire with many charters and recreational boats recoding very good catches of rockcod, reds and geelbek. The sharks have taken their tax and I would highly encourage you to move off the spot as soon as the sharks appear as continuing to fish only cause’s lost tackle and lost fish. Wahoo and smaller tuna have been the rewards for guys trolling lures in the south but the catches have been few and far between. It does still pay to troll lures between spot changes as you can’t catch a fish without a bait in the water.
Rock and Surf:
Ray’s tip: Bream. Ideal trace setup includes a supple hook snoot to give the bait a natural look and a small round orange float to lift the bait out of the weed and attract the fish (refer to our YouTube channel to see how to make this trace).
North – The North Coast has started to see an influx of our beloved summer species, anglers are starting to report regular catches of sandies and diamonds. These reports should start becoming more common as we get further in to summer, it is still worth a trip up north when the conditions are right (a few days of north east wind is the key ingredient). When specifically fishing for these larger fish remember to use stout tackle (a strong rod, reel with a capable drag system and well-tied terminal tackle). Full-metal jacket traces, large circle hooks and big bloody fish baits are on the menu for this type of fishing.
Central – The central region has seen very slow fishing this week. With the aftermath of last week’s storm still very apparent, people have taken this time to sort out their tackle and stock up on the necessities. Some reports have come in from anglers who managed to find fishable water. These reports included fairly good catches of bronze bream being caught on pink prawn and muscle cracker falling prey to crab-based baits. With the near shore waters still fairly turbid and brown, using mullet for the larger in-edible species is the way to go. This is because the sharks tend to focus on the many mullet that get washed out of the rivers with the increased water flow. Throwing a whole mullet or a flapped mullet will be the best option at this point in time.
South – This past weekend saw the last of the KZNCAU postal league rounds take place. The teams that fished the Transkei reported spectacular catches of ragged-tooth sharks and hammerheads. One club managed a combined weight for their 8 man team of over 1.2 tons of fish. It must be noted that all these sharks are well-handled and released safely for the preservation of our fish stocks and to catch again in the future. The baits used for these spectacular catches were yellowtail and bonito. Both of these are larger bait fish and allow you to build a large juicy bait which draws in the sharks very quickly. Sliding a whole bonito/yellowtail or throwing the head with some cutlets on will be the best bet and getting stuck in to one of these raggies. The rest of the South Coast has seen mixed results due to the brown water and unstable conditions, but anglers have still managed to entice the bronze bream and white mussel cracker. The bream have been favouring pink prawn while the brusher has loved the “muscleman” crabs (refer to our YouTube videos to find out from Ray how to make these traces and baits).
The Durban Harbour is starting to come right after the chaos of the storm last week. The water has cleared and the maintenance staff has been doing a fantastic job of clearing all the large debris from the harbour. Large mullet are present throughout the harbour and are great fun to catch on a float using bread. This is a great way of spending time with the family in a safe environment, all you need is a few slices of white bread, a float and some small hooks and you are good to go. For guys spinning with small lures and dropshots, bartail flathead and torpedo scads have made up the bulk of their catches. Our new range of reaction lures are a cost-effective way of getting in to the estuary spinning scene and with their attractive colours and swimming action, it will not be long before they find their way in to everyone’s tackle box.
Bass – There are some good bass coming out of Albert Falls, customers reporting that Zoom plastics, along with the new Cullem range, are doing the business. Hazlemere continues to be one of the better dams to fish in KZN as numerous reports have come in talking about the large numbers of bass coming out. The guys fishing from the kick boats and boats have been getting most of the action as they have been able to access the more remote areas of the dam. Senko-type stick bait soft plastics have been working extremely well. Although the majority of the bass being caught are not giants, anglers are reporting large numbers of fish making up their daily bag. So, for those of you wanting to spend the day out with the family and catch a few bass at the same time, Hazlemere is the place to be.
Carp – The carp fishing at Inanda Dam has been very productive here throughout winter and spring, keeping up to that reputation, the fishing is still going well. The conventional anglers have been having the most fun with many reports coming in of quality carp being caught on mielies, dough and floaties. Flavours that have been doing very well consist of Honey, Honey glow, Banana and Tutti fruity. Bol dips for your mielie bomb have become rather popular the past while as most of the guys catching at the moment have started using bol dips with great success. Flavours for the bol dips are very similar to the flavours one would use for the bait. At Albert Falls they have had very good fishing the past few weeks as the water level is very low, concentrating the majority of the fish. There isn’t much that isn’t working at the moment, most sweet flavours are being used as the temperature is rising and the sweeter flavours always do better in the warmer months. Tip: Buy a can or two of whole kernel mealies and use the juices of both can instead of water to mix your mealie bomb and also put half to a whole can of the mealies in into your mealie bomb before mixing it to give a strong scent.
Trout – While there are some suggestions that as a result of the recent rains (and snow in the ‘Berg), that the drought is over – however, a visit to the central ‘Berg (Giant’s Castle Reserve in particular) on the weekend showed a different picture. As the saying goes, YMMV (your mileage may vary) so while some areas have had more rain than others and there are reports of rushing rivers and overflowing Stillwater’s, for the most part the rain and snowmelt seems to have gone straight in – a good thing for the water table – but we need more rain to really get things moving again.
So while the flows in some of the rivers haven’t spiked as much as anticipated, the fish are around – plenty brown trout happily rising to the dry fly, and good fish for the most part. Even after the snow (and snowmelt) of last week, the river is running crystal clean and the water temperature was a respectable 15deg.C, warming to 19 later in the day. Dries used on the day included rubber-leg stimulator (great searching pattern), parachute RAB emerger, and one of the all-time favourites, the Elk-hair Caddis. The Stillwater’s are also warming up, and as we head towards the dog days of summer, early morning and later afternoons will be the best times to fish. If your only opportunity to throw a line is midday, then a sinking line and weighted fly (e.g. bead head woolly bugger) fished slowly on the bottom is your best bet. The long-term weather forecast shows a slight dip coming for the weekend, so get out there and make hay while the sun shines.
The latest series of Hier Gaan Ons Alweer (16) 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 at 10:00, Thursday at 16:30, Friday at 00.30 and Saturday at 13:00. Series 16 runs for three months, ending on the 25th December 2017. As most of you know, Petri and his guests cover various angling styles (fresh and salt water) in and around Southern Africa. This awesome series kicks off with Petri and the guys fishing in Angola, landing some amazing garrick and monster shad, well worth watching.
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