FISHING REPORT 11TH MAY ’18 May 9, 2018 by The Kingfisher Fishing in KZN has been rather strange over the last week. The water temperature has been changing from warm to cool to hot. This has put the fish in to a mood on some days and made them feed on others. Conditions aside, there have been some lovely catches recently from all the facets. Offshore: The offshore scene is starting to buzz with news of some big couta that have started to make an appearance. The UKFC competition took place last weekend (see below) and the hotly-awaited King Of The Sea Competition is taking place this weekend (12-13 May). This competition sees a true battle between kayaks, jet skis and ski boats for the crown and bragging rights. The UKFC fishing competition has come and gone and a fantastic event was had by all. This is one comp that gets better with every year and is a highlight on every kayak fisherman’s calendar. A very well done to Rob Wacher for a magnificent 29,2Kg tuna that won him the comp. Congratulations to all the other winners for posting some impressive fish at the weigh-in. If you want more details about the competition and the results, please go to https://mailchi.mp/6f2cc4f463f6/ukfc-fishing-festival?e=[UNIQID. North – The north zone of KZN has been firing in certain spots. Jex Estate continues to produce good fish but has a major shark population that seems to love the dinner bell of a screaming reel. Mtunzini high points has also been a hot spot and has produced some quality couta over the last few weeks. Further north to Sodwana and Cape Vidal, there has not been much news coming in so one can assume that the catches are not up to scratch now, but it is more than likely due to everyone fishing the central zone in preparation for one of the many comps held recently. Central – The central zone saw the UKFC comp taking place and there were some very good fish landed including a tuna and couta close on 30kgs as well as a prodigal son of over 6kgs coming out. There are some bomber kingfish around and there have been many stories coming in of the big one that got away. Remember that these are extremely powerful fish and require stout tackle to be subdued. The tuna are still around in good numbers and their size has increased. The backline boys are also doing well with the snoek, just make sure to watch out for those rogue waves… South –The South Coast has seen some lovely fishing for all the offshore facets. The shoals of bait are still around, and the game fish are harassing them. Tuna, snoek and couta are the main culprits and anything small and shiny thrown in to the mix will deliver a pull. Make sure to get your fish out of the action as soon as possible as the chances are good that another fish could swim in to your line or a shark could decide to take his share of your luck. The upcoming King Of The Sea Competition takes place down south and will see some intense competition between all the different offshore facets. Tight lines to all the competitors, we look forward to some outstanding results. The Safire Insurance King of the Seas Classic 2018 is about to happen, this is one of the coastlines most prestigious offshore fishing events takes place on the 12th a 13th May down at Pumula Beach hotel on KZN’s South Coast. The Safire Insurance King of The Seas 2018 sees Kayaks, Jet skis and Ski boat anglers all vying for a shot at the title and to take home the lucrative first prize worth over R 80 000 including R 20 000 cash. There is also R 10 000 cash and R 20 000 worth in prizes up for grabs for the biggest fish for EACH section (Kayak, Jet Ski and Ski boat). Each angler receives a goody bag worth approximately R 800 but you have to make sure you enter and pay soon to get that goody bag; the first 150 anglers are guaranteed a quick dry, fishing event shirt. There is over R 400 000 worth in prizes up for grabs. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for entry forms or call Kirk on 082 440 5985. The Umhlanga Ski Boat Competition is also nearing and the excitement is beginning to build. This is another competition that sees Ski boats, Jet skis and Paddle skis pitted against each other. Early bird registration is R500 but closes soon (15 May). Visit www.ursc.co.za to enter and see the amazing prizes they have in store. Rock and Surf: Ray’s tip: The right hook can make all the difference. Choosing the right hook when faced with a wall of options can be a daunting task. There are a few basic rules and tips you can follow. Firstly, there is no such thing as one hook that is perfect for every species. Secondly, size of hook is extremely important and will be dictated by the target species. For example: the hook for bronze bream (Mustad Ringed Chinu size 1/0) is not the right hook for stone bream. This does not mean that you cannot catch multiple species on one hook, but that you should vary your hook according to the species you are targeting to get a better hook-up to landing ratio or to better present the bait to that species. Using the example above, a bronze bream enjoys and bigger prawn bait and has a bigger mouth than a stone bream. Therefore, it requires the bigger hook. A stone bream is a shy fish and has a much smaller mouth. This means that when we target the stone bream, we scale down the bait and therefore the hook to produce a more natural-looking bait that gets more pulls. Please see the last ASFN newsflash: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ELZ2m9zLoM Also, if you haven’t subscribed to our YouTube channel yet, you are missing out on tons of free information, tips, tricks and species knowledge that can improve your angling. With winter getting closer every day and the prospect of big fish peeling meters of line off the reel dwindling, it is the time for Rock and Surf anglers to start scratching. Scratching is an art form when it comes to angling. It is easy enough to catch the fish in the gullies when there are plenty of them around and they are feeding well, but when the fishing is tough, or the fish are not feeding, it takes a true angler to produce the goods. Have a look at Ray’s bait and trace demonstration for catching stone bream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijRzUve7_rA North – The North Coast has seen a host of species coming out to the anglers targeting the smaller inedibles and scratching fish. These include a few different kingfish species, some springer, rockcod and all the bream (black tail, bronze and stone). The rocky gullies and ledges in the north are the place to go if you are wanting to target any of these species. Using a double hook trace will increase your chances of a bite and can allow you to target multiple species at once. Generally, one would use a bigger hook at the bottom with a bait for a rockcod (normally a fleshy fish bait) and a smaller bait on the top hook for a bronze bream or other smaller fish (prawn or chokka bait). Using circle hooks drastically reduces the amount of tackle lost as they do not get stuck when being retrieved. Also remember to use a lighter sinker line so you can break the sinker off should it get stuck. Central – The piers have been producing the goods over the last week. The shad are around in good numbers and the sizes are better here than elsewhere. The resident honeycombs have also moved in and are attracting a lot of attention. There have also been some lovely stumpies and pompano coming out off the piers. Most of these fish have fallen for cracker shrimp, but pink prawn will suffice. South – This has been the zone with a bit of everything. There have been some hound sharks around for the lower south coast guys. These are surprisingly strong fighter and should be on your target list. The scratching crowd have been having good runs of all sorts of species. The stone bream are around in good numbers and are a blast to catch on light tackle. Scottburgh Point has thrown the most inedibles along the southern zone. The catches have mainly been grey sharks at night, but there have been a few flatfish in the mix. Redeye and mackerel have been the baits of choice for the inedibles while the edibles have been coming out on pink prawn and cracker shrimp. Freshwater: The freshwater scene has been doing well, with all facets reporting god angling. Big trout, fat carp and aggressive bass are things that can only bring a smile to the freshwater angler’s face. Trout – The Stillwater’s are producing some very nice fish. All the well-maintained dams in the midlands are worth a visit and this is the time to go (before the real winter cold sets in). The fish have been feeding very well and have not been shy. Throwing larger baitfish and dragonfly imitations has been the answer for the bigger fish. I would also suggest upping the strength of tippet used as the hits have been jarring. Instead of a wispy 5x, consider going as heavy as 1x or stronger for these bigger brutes. Carp – Finally! It has arrived. I am happy to announce that our SuperCast order has hit our shelves and we have a bucket load of carp food. We have brought in enough feed and floaties to keep everyone happy as well as some pre-cooked particles that take the hassle out of preparing them before you go fishing. The carp that have been coming out recently at all our dams have been in very good nick, nice and fat and very strong. The fishing is slower than it was during the height of summer, but the fish are bigger. So, while you might have to wait a little longer for a bite, the bite of one big fish is worth the nibble of many tiddlers. Bass – Albert Falls has seen some giant bass of late. These fish have been feeding on the abundant tilapia that has blossomed in the shallows. Consequently, they are nice and fat and susceptible to a crank bait or fluke-type soft plastic fished in the deeper areas close to the shallow margins. Hazelmere has still been producing lots of fish but they average catch is less than 1kg, one can go out and catch 30 fish in a single morning. So, if size is not your thing, get to this beautifully scenic dam with an ultra-light rod and a handful of lures and you will have a great morning catching these feisty bass. According to Jan from The Fish Eagle in Pmb, there is a definite bite in the air these days, flora all around dressed in fine autumn splendour – it’s almost time to break out the winter woollies and electric blankets! As the trout streams fast head for closure (only 3 weeks left till Closing Day on 31 May), we can report that it’s been a good, nay great!, season – with a number of excellent fish reported from those that put in the hours. The summer rains are pretty done and dusted, so if you still looking to get a river visit in, now is the time to head on out and have a throw in a cool, clear flowing stream before seasons close. Reports indicate that the dry fly game is still strong right now, the clear water and bright sunshine perfect for the fish to silhouette the food overhead. The fast cooling Stillwater’s are also producing some excellent fish as they feed up for the long cold slog through winter. Fish are starting to patrol the banks as per the winter spawning ritual, so be sure to have a proper look in the shallows before attempting to throw your line into the middle of the dam, or heading out in a float tube. If the fish are not into taking large prey on the day, switch to a small bright coloured attractor with a trailer nymph…There are still good bass coming out of Albert Falls and Midmar. Target areas have the drop offs where fish have been found hanging before heading up to into the shallows to feed. As mentioned last week, water levels are the best they have been for a very long time – Midmar and Spring Grove are both still over 100% and overflowing, and Albert Falls is now over the 50% mark. The weather has settled and it’s setting up to be a great autumn – a great time to get lines into water! Tight lines and screaming reels. The Kingfisher YouTube Fishing channel features new content every Monday to Friday at 10h00. Fresh content on Product, Baits, Methods & Fishing. Go to: www.YouTube.com/TheKingfisherFishing and register, it’s FREE The Kingfisher’s trading hours are Monday, Wednesday to Friday 8:00 to 17:00, Tuesday 8:30 to 17:00, and Saturday 8:00 to 13:00. 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