FISHING REPORT 25TH MAY ‘18 May 23, 2018 by The Kingfisher The weather and sea temperature have been kind to the rock and surf guys this week. The cold water has brought a flourish of late-season inedible fish which has had the competitive anglers up late most nights. As always, remember to subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay up to date with all our new video releases and to brush up on your species knowledge, tactics and tips/tricks https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8f8U0GjLGWFaEiUjs-n01w Ray’s tip: Dingle dangle These useful little devices come in three main types; 1-the very flexible dacron-type, 2-the slightly stiffer coated wire type and 3-the rigid single-strand wire type. Each type has its own benefits and negatives. The dacron-type dangle gives you great flexibility but can be bitten off. The semi-stiff and stiff dangles cannot be adjusted so you therefore need to carry a full range of sizes for the baits you intend to throw. Their big benefit lies in the strength and bite proof nature of the material used. If you have not used a dingle before or you are not sure how to use/make them, pop in to any of our Kingfisher branches and the helpful salesmen will be able to guide you through the construction of the dangles and the best type for your application. You can also purchase ready-made dangles at any of our stores. Offshore: The offshore fishing has been tough over the last week. There have not been many catch reports coming in and the ones that have come in have not been the best reading. Small fish, few bites and big tax… North: The north…it has been very quiet up north. There are still fish at Jex’s if you can get there. The snoek are around but not in great numbers. It is best to target these guys around the river mouths and to pull a combination of either small lipped lures like the Strikepro Magic Minnows and some fillet baits, or a fillet bait and a Clarke spoon. Garrick season is also upon us and the Garrick are starting to make a showing at most of the long sandy beaches and river mouths. The trick for them is to use a livebait on a circle hook with a long fluorocarbon hook snoot. Also, one needs to place the bait as close to the backline as possible. This brings you in to a very dangerous spot as it is very easy to forget about the waves and end up losing your tackle and dignity. On the deeper reefs, the bottom fishing crews have been doing well and the couta have made a slight showing. A live shad seems to be on their menu at the moment. Central: The bait has been thick of the Durban coast. The mix has been made up of cigar scads, bonnies, giant redeye sardines and mackerel. This is a good time to stock your freezer and to make sure that you prepare you bait properly to keep it fresh. Once you get your hands on that fresh bait, there are still plenty of tuna around and the couta are there if you know where to look. Rig your live baits on the surface in the morning and work your way deeper as the day progresses. Always fish two different depths if you are targeting couta. This will help you identify which depth they are feeding and then you can but both baits at that depth to maximise your chances. At this time of year, we start seeing some big boys around so do not be afraid of using a big bonnie or large shad as bait. South: There has also been plenty of bait in the south. The shoals have been mixed with the same fish as above represented. This makes it paramount to move between shoals to find the baitfish you are after. Keep that light spinning stick and small anchovy spoon at hand, because you never know when the bonnies or snoek will pop up. The south has also seen a good dose of bottomfish over the last week or two. There have been some good santer and other reds coming out as well as catface rockcod and the occasional daga. With these mixed bags, it pays to use a two hook trace with a smaller hook at the top for the reds and a bigger hook at the bottom for the rock cod and daga. My personal preference is to use a 6/0 Mustad tuna circle at the top and a 9/0 at the bottom. I would normally put a squid bait on the top hook and a fleshy fish bait like a whole sardine or mackerel on the bottom hook. Rock and Surf: The main news out of the rock and surf scene has to be that of the new South African angling record Giant Sandshark caught by well-known angler, Wesley Peens. This fished had a total length of 286cm which calculates out to a weight of 128kg! That is an extremely impressive fish! Well done Mr Peens on this phenomenal catch. North: In the far northern reaches of the KZN coast there are good reports coming in from the ledges and gullies. These have been from the edible fishermen that have been landing and releasing some beautiful rock fish. Closer to home the edible species variety drastically reduces in terms of numbers in the catch reports. The main three species being caught on the lower north coast are shad, pompano and stumpnose. Sealice and pink prawn are still proving to be the baits of choice for the pompano and stumpnose while the shad are feeding either on lures or bait, depending on their mood, Central: The action on the central part of the KZN coast is centred around the piers and the beachfront. The piers have seen the big honeycombs around but not feeding while the edible fishermen have been landing some fine stumpnose and shad. The beachfront area has been throwing the odd grey shark and flatfish, but the fishing has been slow. More than likely due to the sand pumping… South: The recent influx of cold water on the south coast has made for some spectacular late-season inedible fishing. Most of the big points and deeper beaches have been throwing good fish in amongst the shoals of grey and blackspot sharks. There have also been several blackfin sharks hooked while targeting Garrick which have ended with the shark winning 10 times out of 10. These are fish that can be targeted during winter and are extremely fun to catch. Make sure you have the right tackle otherwise you are going to lose more than you hook. The Garrick have been around and are starting to feed properly at most of the usual spots along the south coast. Green point and Winkelspruit are the hotspots at the moment but there are a few other places firing as well. The main thing at the moment is to get your hands on a nice frisky livebait (remember to make sure it is legal size!). Light Tackle Boat On the light tackle boat side the second round for 2018 was fished on Sunday 13 May. With favourable conditions predicted for a change, anglers headed out of the Durban harbour, fishing from 06H00 to 13H00. Baitfish were plentiful in the forms of maasbunker, mackerel and red eye sardines, with the boundaries been set from north pier to blue lagoon. As per usual most of the boats fished around the last shark nets just before Blue Lagoon, and quite a few fish were caught. After all the dust had settled, it was evident that team “Grumpy chicken” had out fished their opponents by quite a margin with 33 fish for 228.78 wt. points. Team “Candoo” came in next with 15 fish for 86.0 wt. pts. and third team “Go for it” with 12 fish for 70.0 wt. pts. Top individuals were first Theunis van der Westhuizen with 18 fish for 138.38 wt. pts. His catch included a grey shark of 22.6 kgs and a hammerhead shark of 15.08 kgs, bearing in mind these guys only use 4kg IGFA line!!! Second up was “Gellie” Geldenhuys with 15 fish for 90.4 wt. pts. – Smaller greys and hammers. Third was John Mc Donald with 8 fish for 48.0 kgs, fourth being D P van Gaysteen with 8 fish for 46.0 kgs and fifth Mike Allanson with 7 fish for 38.0 kgs. The next round will be on Sunday 24 June 2018. Freshwater: The time for bigger fish is upon us. Whether you are after trout, bass, carp or tilapia, now is the time to get your mitts on a big boy. Winter does mean slower fishing with bigger lures, but the reward is sweeter than castor sugar. Bass: Watermelon-red is the most sought-after colour at the shop in the last week. This is for good reason as this is hands down one of the best colours for soft plastics ever invented. The watermelon green colour gives the lure a lovely natural look while the little flecks of red glitter in the mix seem to trigger the aggressive nature of the bass. Flukes, lizards and creature baits have been working well in all our waters over the last week. Fishing any of these baits in the deeper areas of our dams with particular focus on underwater humps and trenches, will produce the goods. Rigs of choice would have to be carolina for the deep and a pegged Texas rig for pitching in to any visible structure. Carp: The carp fishing is in full winter mode. The fish that have been coming out have been bigger than normal but the bites are much farther in between. The spicier flavours are also working much better than the sweet. Garlic and cinnamon flavours have been the winners of late and have taken all the bigger fish. There has also been a shift in the group of guys catching the fish. The specimen anglers are taking the lion’s share of the fish as the bite is taking dedication to achieve. Trout: The still waters are alive and well! The fish are feeding strongly in all the big still waters and if you are wanting to plan a trout getaway to the berg, best do it before we get too deep in to winter. If you are wanting to fish in winter, remember that we sell an extensive range of waders and winter gear to keep you in the game while you pursue those coldwater trophy fish. Darker colours and flies that represent more nutrient-loaded food sources such as big nymphs, fish and frogs is the best way to get in to the bigger fish. Winter means the fish do not want to waste energy charging down a little morsel. They want to spend their energy wisely and get the most out of a hunt. Therefore bigger flies fished slowly. Give an olive zonker a throw and see what happens… Jan from the Fish Eagle had this to say. The overflow on Midmar has slowed to trickle, a sure sign that we are in the winter period, although the weather can’t quite make its mind up – last week’s snow on the ‘Berg sent temperatures plummeting, but we are right back in an “Indian Summer”. So while the trout river fishing is definitely on the slowdown (only 1 week or so left till season closes on 31 May), the stillwater fish are feeding up properly with large flies (e.g. woolly buggers / dragonfly nymphs / minnow patterns) doing the damage. There has been good flurry of 50cm / 20inch reported, with a handful topping the 60cm / 23inch mark. Reports indicate that there are still some good scaly (Natal Yellowfish) and carp moving about, particularly at the inlet of Albert Falls Dam. Scaly also to be found in the middle reaches of the Umgeni River between Midmar and Albert’s. With the fine and clear days, now is a great time to be on the water, so don’t forget to pop in to your closest Kingfisher to get the best advice and tackle. The Kingfisher YouTube Fishing channel features new content every Monday to Friday at 10h00. Fresh content on Product, Baits, Methods & Fishing. 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