The sardine madness is beginning to fade…

The huge shoals that have made KZN their home for the last few weeks are starting to dissipate. The fishing is still crazy, but how long will it last?

Ray’s tip: Kob…make it loud!

When fishing for Kob, you need to make sure your bait or lure has two things; movement and sound. These two essentials ensure that you drive the kob’s senses in to overdrive. When it comes to lures, you cannot go wrong with a paddletail. The wiggle and vibration sent from the tail gets the Kob in an aggressive feeding mood. Adding a rattle in to the lure accentuates this. For the bait side of things you have two main options; either live bait or artificial movement added to the bait. Live bait is pretty straight forward. The vibration and movement of the panicked baitfish makes the Kob go dilly. For the dead bait, you need to give it movement. The best way to do this is to add tentacles to the chokka bait, utilise high-density foam and add a rattle in to the foam to give off a noise. These three ingredients will guarantee you more bites.


Tuna and snoek have been the flavour of the week, and what a tasty flavour these two magnificent gamefish are…


The north coast has seen an amazing run of bomber snoek over the last few weeks. These fish have all been over 5kgs and some have been double that. The majority of these bus snoek have fallen for small spoons. The smaller the spoon, the more snoek the guys have managed to hook. This requires light tackle and long casts. The ultimate setup for this is a 1500-2000 size Daiwa grinder spooled with 8lb J-Braid on the Daiwa Exceler 7ft MH rod. This allows you to enjoy the fight while still allowing you to throw the small spoons a looooooong way. Make sure to use as little wire as possible and to make it a short bite trace. Retrieve the spoons nice and quickly and you should tie in to a good snoek or three.


The Durban coast has seen many a happy ski boater beaching. The tuna have been full up and the deep has seen some big boys. The best way to find these speedy predators is to troll some lipped lures around to find the feeding shoal and then fish in the area. For a more relaxed method, drift over any of the bait spots with a live bait drifting behind you either free-swimming or under a balloon. These are oceanic predators with good vision, so avoid the use of wire if at all possible. The ideal setup is a fluorocarbon leader snelled on to a circle hook. The circle can either be bridled or simply hooked through the top lip of the live bait.



The south has been a little different to the rest of the KZN coast. This is more than likely due to the large concentration of sardines. The fish have been bullied off the sards by the sharks, so anglers have had to move off of the pockets to be able to get anything out. There have been snoek, couta, tuna, prodigal son and wahoo for the southern guys. The key has been to fish the normal grounds and forget about chasing the sards. This means fishing for couta with your standard baits, trolling a bonnie for wahoo and spinning for the snoek while trolling fillet baits. The sards have attracted the fish to the south coast, now all you have to do is catch them…

Rock and Surf:

As mentioned above, the sardine run is coming to an end. The fishing over the last few weeks has been something out of a dream with most anglers shattering their previous Pbs and adding some new species to their catch record.

Tyrin Bayne…Our new Daiwa Ambassador has been on fire in this sardine run. Tyrin has managed some magnificent fish on his trusty Daiwa Saltiga Dogfight LD60 paired with the beast of a rod that is the Daiwa Saltist 8-12oz. Well done Tyrin! Keep it up (but also leave some fish for the rest of us…)


The north has been fishing surprisingly well over the last few weeks with many edible species being landed. Scratching in the rocky areas with chokka baits on circle hooks has seen some good fish landed and some monsters lost. There has also been a large number of snoek coming out at places like Seola for the spinning guys. For these snoek, you want to scale down the braid to get as much distance as possible. This is often the difference between watching tv and getting the bite. Blythedale and Zinkwazi have also been full up with grey sharks and the occasional flat fish. These are great fish to target and a brilliant way of introducing people to rock and surf angling as they can be caught in large number and they put up a good account of themselves.


The central coastline has been the quietest section of the KZN coast. There have not been any inedibles to speak of and the edibles have been few and far between. Of the fish that have been coming out, the best have been a few decent Kob landed on live baits. The shad have been frequenting the piers and the odd stumpy has fallen for a well presented bait fished on one of the numerous sandbanks.


This has continued to be the place to go if you are wanting to tussle some goliath sharks. There have now been quite a few sharks over the 300kg mark landed and safely released. Well done to all the anglers on the fish of a lifetime catches!

There have also been some great edible catches made over the last few weeks. On the top of the list are the yellowfin tuna that have been landed on live shad slid out off Umdoni point this past weekend. There have also been some very decent prodigal son caught in amongst the sharks. There have been plenty of Garrick for the slide anglers as well, with all the major points and beaching producing fish.


Durban harbour has been producing a great assortment of fish over the last few weeks. The Garrick are still around but in much lower numbers than previously. Live mullet are producing all the bites for these gamely fighters. The grunter are feeding well on the banks and cracker shrimp are their downfall. Remember to fish as light as possible for these skittish fish to increase your bite rate and to enjoy the fight more. There have also been a large amount of mullet hanging around in the harbour. These are fantastic fish to target on ultralite tackle and are fairly easy to catch. White bread and a float and you are good to go.


The freshwater scene has been cold over the last week or two. Winter has set in and the mornings and evenings have left everyone looking for their “special” gloves and jacket. The chill of a winter breeze has also meant many have opted for the snooze button instead of the early morning boat launch.


Junebug has been the colour of choice at Midmar. A large junebug fluke fished slowly along the trees in Pylon bay has seen some very good fish boated over the last week. In other dams, the jig has been the lure of choice. Fishing a bulky jig with a decent trailer has resulted in some winter pigs coming out. A trailer needs to have a good solid point through which the hook can be placed along with a large amount of movement. A “pig” is the go to for most anglers and the “jig and pig” has won many a tournament in the USA. Locally, a Fat Albert grub from Zoom has been a more popular option with the twin tail Fat Albert being particularly good. Come in to any of our stores and have a chat to out salesmen if you haven’t given jig fishing a go or if you are wanting to get a few tips and tricks about fishing with a jig.


The carp fishing has started to pick up in KZN. This is more than likely due to the more stable weather conditions we have been experiencing. The conventional guys have been enjoying some great fishing in all the local dams with plenty of fish falling for the good old-fashioned mielie pip on a baby-shoe trace. Scaling down and reverting to tried and tested methods can often bring the bite when the fish go quiet. The specimen anglers have also had a good run of late with some decent fish being brought to the net. Albert Falls is starting to fish better with the submerged weed a lot less prominent than it has been in previous weeks. This means you are able to land the fish before they wedge themselves in the weed. The sweet flavours have produced the pulls at Alberts while the more coastal dams are still favouring the spicier mixes.

Jan from the Kingfisher in PMB had this to say. The trout have continued to steal the freshwater show. These time of year, orange is your friend. A very important tip though is to limit the amount of orange on your fly, especially on pressured waters. These fish have hundreds of flies thrown at them on a weekly basis and they tend to become weary of garish orange things. This means that instead of a solid orange woolly bugger, try a pancora or orange bead head. This subtle change will increase your strike rate by still stimulating the orange feeding fish while reducing the bright in your face orange flash effect.


Last weekend saw the weather turn pretty decent, nice and balmy after the sub-zero start to the week – and the Midlands trout decided to come out and play along nicely.  The weekend saw the 3rd Leg of the Tops Corporate Challenge record some 354 fish brought to the net, with 5 elusive stillwater brown trout among the flurry of ‘bows.  The largest fish brought to hand was a rainbow hen of 58cm, just shy of 23 inches, caught by Simon Giles of Durban.  There were, of course, the obligatory multiple tales of monster break off’s and fish dropped or lost…the biggest fish are always the ones that don’t get to the net!  As happened in the 1st Leg, there was a tie for 5th place, so there are 6 teams going through from this leg, making a total of 17 teams that will be competing in The Finals at the end of August. Will be an interesting 2 days fishing, depending of course on what the weather man has in store for us…we had a monster cold front come through mid-August last year that dumped some good snow on The ‘Berg, kept water temperatures low and gave the rivers a good flush before Opening day on 1 September.


With the spell of moderate weather, there have been some anglers targeting winter scaly’s (Natal Yellowfish) on the lower sections of the Umkomaas and Bushman’s Rivers.  Natal Fly Fisher’s Club will also be hosting a Yellowfish Clinic at Highover Lodge at the end of September, so anyone interested in up skilling their yellowfish river techniques, get in touch with the NFFC.


The bass fraternity will be gearing up soon – competitions start again early next month so be sure to stock up on your favourite tackle and lures before the rush starts!


Don’t forget to visit your favourite Kingfisher store for the best in tackle and advice! Tight lines and screaming reels to all this weekend.

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