FISHING REPORT 24TH NOVEMBER 2017 November 22, 2017 by The Kingfisher Don’t forget BLACK FRIDAY. 20% discount from all of our branches, (The Kingfisher, The Fish Eagle, The Complete Angler, Tackle Center, The Fishing Tackle Shop and Hook, Line and Sinker), this offer is excluding bait and any other product that is already on special. With the weather being typically on its head for this time of year, it pays to make the most of any time that the conditions suit your type of fishing. This coming weekend looks like it might be a pearler so polish your tackle, change those rusty hooks that you “have been meaning to change”, get some fresh bait and get on to the water. Offshore: Dorado, wahoo and tuna are on the menu at the moment. Make sure you have those trolling lures rigged and ready and when in doubt, put the pink one out. North – Sodwana Bay, need I say more? This is definitely the target area if you want to have a great day on the water. Reports from this area have included the rampant tuna that have been attacking most lures and live baits put out for the other species, dorado (caught on various lures but pink Kona-type lures trolled along areas of change in depth or temperature proving to be the best) and wahoo, these fish have not been small tadpoles but rather beasts. For specifically targeting these big boys, remember to up your usual game fish rod and reel combo to something with a decent drag and enough backbone. Also, it is definitely worth increasing the length and thickness of wire on your lures and traces as wahoo are known to bite through the thinner stuff. Do not go overboard with the upgrades as using no. 10 wire is not going to fool a wahoo. Another species which has made its presence felt up north is the majestic saily. These are great fun to target and can be caught using similar methods to that of the wahoo and tuna. Central – The Durban region has been fairly good to the offshore anglers. Reports that have come in have been positive with most of the guys returning to the beach with something in the hatch. Number 1 has been wild with smaller yellowfin tuna and the guys have been having a lot of fun with these little gas bottles. Dorado have also been around for the guys who put in the effort to target them. Remember that anything pink is the right way to go for dorries. Be it a pink Kona, pink lipped lure or a pink skirt in front of your bait. The bottom fishing crew have still managed a few fish here and there, but the season is definitely slowing down. Some of the better catches have been chunky yellowbelly rockcods and some better daga. South – Aliwal Shoal has been the hotspot for offshore angling this past week, anglers have been reporting extremely good catches. Dorado have been adding to the catches and guys are enjoying the acrobatic displays that these oceanic predators put on when they feel the hook. Although they do grow fairly large, Dorado can be caught on fairly light tackle which increases the enjoyment of the fight. They are also a great fish to get youngsters or the better halves in to, to experience why we spend “so much money” on fishing. The commercial bait catchers have been getting their fill of mackerel and bonnies (for the lucky ones). The bait shoals have been very thick at the moment and this causes the game fish to focus in on a certain prey type. At this point it is very important to use the freshest bait and where possible, the live bait that is in the area you are fishing. Ray’s tip: With the mackerel starting to become scarce and the redeyes coming in to season, it is really time to stock up on decent quality mackerel before summer gets in to full swing. Mackerel is a very useful bait and can be used to make big (head and cutlets) or small (cutlet bomb) baits. So, with one bait you can target multiple species. Rock and Surf: The rock and surf scene is starting to get properly hot with reports flooding in of inedibles and the shop being filled with anglers stocking up on big circle hooks and wire. This coming weekend sees the KwaZulu-Natal Coastal Angling Union host their final competition for the year, this being the annual meet of the Postal League. This competition will be taking place on the North Coast, let’s hope we see some record fish caught… North – The North Coast has been firing with inedible fish. A few lucky anglers have hooked in to some of the bigger edible species while targeting the inedibles and have been pleasantly surprised when a 30kg+ kob hits the beach instead of a diamond. As I have stated before, this is a big fish area. If you want to target a new PB, be it a sandy, honeycomb, diamond, raggie, zambie etc. then this is where you need to be. Hlobane has been cooking with the inedibles and anglers have been pulling out some spectacular raggies, sandies and hammerheads. Bonnie heads with cutlets or any large fish-based bait has been the ticket to the fight up north. This piece of coast can however be a bit dicey, so make sure you fish in a group and keep an eye out. As a side note: For the guys starting out and wanting to catch their first big inedible this summer please keep the following in mind. Make sure your tackle is up to the task (come in and speak to one of our experts and we can guide you through everything from casting to knots). Handle the species with care and caution (Keep them on wet sand, use barbless hooks, do not flip them over). See our YouTube channel for more. If you are going to be tagging your fish the above is extremely important. Also, if you haven’t read the manual on tagging (oritag.org.za ), make sure you do before your next outing. Central – The beachfront continues to produce fish and is definitely the place to fish if the conditions are not great for the further north area. With the piers, this stretch of coastline is fishable in almost any weather and sea conditions and night time is the best for fishing this area. For the edible fish, using sealice, prawn or chokka is the way to go and for the inedibles, mackerel has been outperforming all the other baits (even a fresh bonnie head). Mix and match your baits trying bigger and smaller baits until you find what the fish are after. Also, if the peckers are wild, wrap your mackerel head with a chokka blanket to keep it able to attract fish for longer before the peckers annihilate it. South – The kob have been thick at all the usual spots down the South Coast. With the water the colour that it is at the moment it is the right time to go and specifically target that trophy kob. Paddletails are the fastest way of testing if kob are around, simply spending a few minutes throwing a paddletail in some likely looking water will let you know if any kob are in the area. Once you have located the best ground to fish you can resort to the more traditional methods of either live bait or chokka baits. Kob are extremely sensory hunters, so incorporate as much movement and sound in to your bait as possible. The only other fish in the reports from the south have been bronze bream, stumpies and stone bream. These have all fallen for well-presented prawn baits fished either on the sandbanks for the stumpies or around the rocky gullies and ledges for the bream. Freshwater: Tilapia – There have been various reports of big tilapia being caught at Albert Falls Dam, on both artificial and normal baits and mainly from the banks. The guys using bait have been fishing with earth worms and bread as bait on a small size 4-6 hook being kept off the ground with a float/cork. The artificials thrown for them range from small grubs, small crank and jerk baits to small surface lures. Very light equipment is used for them due to them not getting too much bigger than 2kg on average. A 5.6ft to 6.6ft rod paired with a 1000-2000 size reel spooled with 5lb-8lb braid/line with a 8lb-10lb leader is all you need to target these fish. Tilapia will generally hang around water grass and structure like most predatory fish waiting for lunch to come along. Bass – At Nagle Dam, more and more anglers have started to take interest in this dam as it’s proven to have great potential in terms of quality bass. There have been a couple of bass over 5kg that have come out there over the past few months as more and more guys are trying for them. Due to Nagle not being fished as much as most of the other dams, the bass fishing doesn’t seem to be as challenging due to most lures being productive. Top water frogs and poppers are two of the favorites as the smashes on the surface are something to be witnessed. Junior and super flukes in both light and darker colours have doing very well throughout the day for most anglers. Cranks and Jerk baits have also put a number of fish away. Carp – Inanda Dam productivity has been rather mediocre the past week as reports have started to slow down in comparison to earlier weeks. The carp still seem to be coming out all over just not as big and abundantly. The specimen carp anglers are still getting picked up on their marks far out on particles as well as boilies and the conventional anglers have had an equal amount of moderate success from the bank fishing up to 140m out. Pineapple boiles, kaboem mealies and tigernuts on a KD rig and semi standard hair rig with 4-6oz lead latched on is one of the most used methods to target the bigger carp at long distances. On the conventional side however, floaties and mealie pap have been doing very well on slightly bigger hooks than what one would usually use for conventional carping. Jan Korrubel from The Fish Eagle in PMB sent in this report. “Last week’s frontal system brought some long-awaited summer rain – and a belated winter snowfall! Reports indicate some 40-50+mm of rain fell over the greater Midlands area, with the rainfall curve climbing closer to the mountains…excellent news for the catchments. The snowfall was light on the southern ‘Berg, and gone within a day or so. Good snow was had in the central and northern areas, with snow still visible in the deeper gulleys and south-facing slopes this week. While the rain and snow is most welcome as we work our way out of the drought, the runoff has impacted the waters somewhat, adding some colour and dropping the temperature a couple degree’s…while the colour might not be the best thing, the cooler water will extend the fishing before we hit the real doldrums of summer. On the Stillwater side, minnow patterns have been working well of late, as well as the tried and tested buggers in the summer liveries of black and olive. On the rivers, some cracking fish have been taken by drifting a weighted nymph below a strike indicator or dry fly…these can take the form of caddis patterns (e.g. rock worm) or a mayfly nymph (e.g. Pheasant-tail / Zak / Gold-ribbed Hare’s Ear). A weighted bloodworm (e.g. San Juan in chenille or vinyl) is also an effective dropper fly. There has been some good activity on Albert Falls with bass and kurper. Small jerk baits being reported to be the flavour of the day, along with the usual assortment of plastics. Report indicates that scalies (Natal Yellowfish) are also back on the move. This should pick up now as the waters warm up again with the main spawning run being over December and January. The forecast has The Midlands receiving spits and spots of rain over the next couple of days, nothing much over the double-figure mark so no real impact on the fishing. Time to get out there and beat the heat and enjoy some summer fishing!” Harbour: Fishing in the Durban Bay hasn’t been too bad the past week as a few reports have come in of big torpedo scads and kingies around the Yacht Mall Pier. Jerk baits, paddle tails, buck tails and spoons have been the lures of choice for these species early mornings and late afternoons. The kob are still coming out in the evenings on live bait and paddle tails in the deeper water. The colour of paddle working have been the lighter colours such as white and chartreuse pearl. Some nice grunter have been coming out on the banks at night as well as off the boats on cracker and sardine baits. 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