The fishing has been very good over the last week for all facets. There have been carp and bass in the freshwater reports, trout for the fly guys, late season summer fish for the rock and surf crew and couta for the offshore boys. 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:


Ray’s tip: When rigging up a bait for couta, be it a live or dead bait, you need to use the right treble hooks for the job. Firstly you need to make sure you are using at least 4x strong trebles. This will allow you to put pressure on the fish and pull hard enough to get them out without fear of straightening a hook. Secondly, you need to look at the bait to determine the colour of treble to use. If the bait has a dark back like a mackerel or a bonnie, then you need to use a black treble to blend in. If the bait is very shiny like a walla, shad or mozzie, then you need to use a silver hook. Thirdly and finally, you need to make sure you are using the right size hook for the job. The general rule is as follows: small mozzies (size 6 silver); big mozzies and small to medium mackerel (size 4 silver or black); big mackerel, shad, bonnies and walla (size 2 silver or black).

Ski Boat:

The offshore scene has been firing over the past week with numerous reports of good fish being hooked and landed. The tax has been rather high but the rewards have been very sweet. On the Ski Boat side, a reminder that the Umhlanga Ski Boat Competition is this weekend, on the 16th and 17th June and the anglers can’t wait. This is another competition that pits Ski Boats, Jet Skis and Paddle Skis against each other. Visit to enter and see the amazing prizes they have in store. Tight lines and screaming reels to all the anglers.

North –The lower North Coast has seen some snoek feeding around the river mouths, there have also been garrick for the guys targeting them behind backline. For garrick you want to use a nice frisky livebait, normally a mackerel or a shad. A short piece of fluorocarbon will prevent being rubbed off and will produce more pulls. To this you snell a 6/0 Mustad Tuna circle and you are in the game. Now troll the bait as close to the backline as you dare. Please make sure to always have someone watching for waves as this can be very dangerous fishing. The upper north coast has also been producing some good fish. There have been some big couta off Zinkwazi, a few fish have been very close to the 30kg mark.

Central – 52kg Tuna on popper off Durban, yes you read that right. This is a spectacular catch! Very well done to the angler on landing this beast. The central zone has been fishing well for the offshore guys. The river mouths have produced some snoek on both fillet baits and spoons. When spinning for these fish, try to use the smallest spoon possible as they are feeding on small sprats and will bluntly refuse bigger lures, a spoon like the Kingfisher Anchovy spoon has been doing a lot of damage. The wrecks and reefs have been producing both good bottom fish and gamefish. The bottoms have been the usual customers of reds, rockcod and daga. Livebait, fleshy fish baits and squid are the way to go when fishing these areas. The gamefish have been around most of the spots and it is definitely worth pinning a mozzie or mackerel on the trap stick while catching bait.

South – The water temperature down south has been at an extremely exciting 20 degrees. This is where we need it to be if we want the sardines to appear on our coast. The lower water temps have seen the amberjacks feeding well down south. These brutes are extremely strong fish and require very strong tackle. Even with 100lb braid you will still lose more than you land. There have been snoek down south at all the hotspots. These fish have mainly fallen for small spoons and lipped lures trolled or thrown close to backline around the river mouths. The tuna have also been feeding well and any of the main methods, be it trolled lures or live bait fishing has produced the pulls.

Rock and Surf:

The last week has surprised most with the flourish of late-summer fish. There have been great edibles and inedible fish landed all along the coast. There are some new rods that have just been launched! The Daiwa BG range of surf rods are on our shelves. There are two models, namely a 13’6” 3-5oz and a 14’2” 4-6oz. These are both grinder rods and throw incredibly well. Come in and have a look.

North – The North Coast has seen the bulk of the edible action. This is due mainly to the structure in the area that can be fished in almost any sea conditions. The Cape Vidal and Mission Rocks stretches have yielded some very good edibles. The main species coming out are eel-tail barbel, speckled snapper and rockcod, but other interesting species that have been landed include lemonfish, rubberlips and sweetlips. Fishing in these areas is perfectly suited to circle hooks. All you need in the bait box is chokka and redeye sardine. There have also been a flourish of summer fish along the lower end of the north coast zone. There have been sandies, diamonds, brown skates and honeycombs coming out. These fish have been feeding well on mackerel baits and have preferentially chosen this over other baits.

Central – The fish mentioned above (the inedibles) have been on the upper central coast as well. These fish are best targeted with a large bait, be it slid out or thrown out. The use of a bite trace is recommended as there are also shad and grey sharks around that can either bite through the nylon trace or damage it. The fishing has been productive along the beachfront and off the piers. The best fishing has been after a day or two of NE wind. The guys spinning off the beaches have been having some luck with the odd snoek and garrick falling for their offerings. The lures of choice have been bullet spoons for the snoek and needle-nose Chaos plugs for the garrick. We currently have a wide selection of surf spinning rods designed specifically for targeting these fish. Come into one of our branches and have a look.

South – The South Coast has seen some good garrick fishing at all the usual spots. Any of the deep-water points or river mouths have produced fish over the past week. Using either a live shad or live mullet as a bait is the best way of targeting these fish. You can either slide these baits out or throw them. Make sure to let the garrick feed for long enough before setting the hook. These are very clean-fighting fish so they do not require very heavy tackle. There have been some very good inedibles coming out. The honeycombs have made an appearance on the lower south coast along with some blackfin sharks. The honeycombs have been enjoying a mackerel bait while the blackfin have favoured a live mullet. Make sure to use enough steel wire for the blackfins as they are renowned for breaking and rolling off once they are hooked.


The harbour has been very kind to the grunter guys. There have been some cannons coming out from the center bank as well as from the wading bank. These fish have all fallen for crackers shrimp fished on as light a sinker as possible. The mullet have also been keeping the anglers busy. Remember that these fish love white bread. Make sure that you do not squash the bread when you put it on the hook so that it doesn’t sink. This fishing is a game of patience, but the reward is worth it.


The freshwater side of things has been focused around the good Stillwater trout fishing that has been happening for the past few weeks. There has also been action in the carp fishing scene but the bass side of things has started to quieten down.

Bass – The bass fishing has started to cool down, much like the weather. With the colder air and water temperatures, the fish stop feeding as ferociously and tend to hug close to structure in deeper water. When the fish are hugging structure the need for accurate casting is vital. You need to get your lure in front of the fish and keep it there for as long as possible. This is the realm of the dropshot rig. Put a small worm of sorts on the rig and drop it in front of the bass and shake it gently until he attacks it. Alternately, if the bass are in tree-type structure, you can use a Texas rig with a pinned sinker to pitch the baits in to the heart of the structure. If you are new to bass fishing or are wanting to upgrade your starter kit, pop into our branch in Durban and have a look at our combos that we have rigged and ready to go. We have spinning, baitcasting and spincast (push button) combos to suit your fishing and your pocket.

Although things are a tad quiet on the bass front, reports indicate that there are still some fish coming out of the river inflow at Albert Falls Dam. As expected, dam levels are starting recede.  Albert Falls is still over the 50% mark at 56%, Spring Grove just below FSL at 95% and the front of the wall at Midmar is staying wet at 100% level.

Carp – There have been some good carp coming out at all of our bigger dams. Albert Falls has produced some bomber fish over the past week, one of which was caught on fly (well done to the angler). Most of the carp coming out at Inanda have been to the specimen guys while Shongweni has been the home of the conventional angler. The sweet flavours are still producing very well, but the peanut oil flavours and the sweetcorn flavours have produced the bigger fish last week.

Trout – Stillwater’s are the words on everyone’s lips. Conversations have been focused around the size of the fish coming out at the moment. There have been some cracking fish landed in our bigger Stillwater’s. These fish have fallen for bigger flies and minnow patterns have been the outright winners. A paparoach is a close second to the minnow patterns but needs to be fished slowly in likely areas. The slow strips must be interspersed with quick, short strips to entice a take. Make sure you make use of your sinking lines to get down to the fish and shorten your leaders to keep the fly at the same depth as the line. This weekend passed saw the official start of The Midlands winter Stillwater “competition” season with the TOPS Kamberg Trout Festival, this year being the 22nd iteration.

Some chilly early morning starts notwithstanding, some excellent fish were recorded, many over the 50cm / 20in march. Only fish over the 60cm / 23.5in could be brought into the weigh station as a potential double figure (10lb), all others were released to fight another day. Top individual anglers were current Protea Captain, Daniel Factor and Hillcrest local, Brett Giles, with 31 and 32 fish respectively. Daniel however just pipped Brett to the title with a total length of 1,240cm of fish caught to Brett’s 1,133cm. Team Split Cane (captained by Brett Giles) took the team honours with a total of 3,086cm of fish. The biggest fish recorded were 64 and 63cm / ~25in, both of which came out of EKZN water, Highmoor.

This weekend coming sees the next wave of events, namely the Boston Fly Fishing Festival and Leg 1 of the TOPS Corporate Challenge. The weather forecast looks positively balmy and with morning temps in the late single figures and afternoon temps in the mid to high teens. Yours truly will be partaking in the TCC, and I look forward to reporting on some good fish (Fingers crossed)!!

This report from Dale Tribe about the recent trout compo held at the Matatiele Mountain Lake:

“It felt like just the other day that we hosted our annual fly fishing competition at the Matatiele Mountain Lake. But once again it was time, and on Friday the 18th of May anglers from all over started making their way up to the Mountain Lake, which was described as an adventurous trip by some as the road has been damaged by the recent good rains that Matatiele had received over the past months, much needed of course. Much of Friday night was spent reminiscing about the last Compo and catching up with old friends that had not been seen since the last Compo. New flies were shared, tactics discussed, plans for the week-ends fishing were laid out, truthful or not one begs to differ as we all know a fisherman can tell a long story whether it be jokes about cats, pigs or fishing. That’s why we love this sport. After the briefing, we had 39 fishermen from Durban, Sheppie, Pietermaritzburg, Howick, Maclear, Kokstad and Underberg. Not a bad turnout at all. Most anglers disappeared quite early to the tents to go and get ready for the much-anticipated start at 6 am the next morning, but as usual some of us hung around the braai fires just chilling until we eventually also turned in.

First light saw many anglers already on the water waiting for the siren start at 6 am. The siren sounded and the game was on. A stunning sunrise greeted the anglers. With the sunrise in the background and a slight mist bank in the foreground one can just see why we are so passionate about this place called The Matatiele Mountain Lake. By lunch only a few fished had been weighed in, one to take notice of was a rainbow hen of 2, 26 kgs weighed in by Sheppie angler Stan Park. By the end of the day a credible 15 fish over 50 cm had been weighed in. 6 pm the spits had been done, and everyone was sitting around enjoying a good meal and generally having a good time and sharing the day’s antics with one another, about the could haves should haves, fish caught and lost and planning the next day. Most anglers turned in early but as usual some of us hung around and enjoyed ourselves with some of the town folk that had joined us for a meal, eventually we also turned in. Sunday morning WOW what an awesome sight. By the time we could see the lake most anglers were already fishing. Fishing seemed a lot tougher that the previous day with only 7 fish over 50 cm weighed in. With the blink of an eye the siren sounded and that was the end of yet another Compo. All that was left was prize giving, to our surprise Mr Lionel Whittle the founder of the Competition had arrived to enjoy the festivities with us.


Juniors        John Holl, 1.82 kgs Rainbow (Matatiele)

Ladies                   Bianca Luther, 1. 54 kgs Rainbow (Sheppie)

Men             Stan Park, 2.26 kgs Rainbow (Sheppie)


Total fish recorded 162 of which 22 over 50 cm and 7 Brown trout. This drew the end to yet another successful Compo. We would like to thank all our sponsors for their generosity and continued support, without them we could not give the prizes we do, which makes our Competition unique.”


Thanks Dale, always a great compo.

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