Fishing has been great over the last week. We have had great reports from the freshwater side all the way through to the offshore guys. There have been bottom fish, game fish, carp, bass and giant sharks…what more could you ask for?

Ray’s tip: Use your eyes! A set of polarised sunglasses can be an invaluable tool for any fisherman. Not only do they protect your eyes against harmful sun rays but they give you a glare-free view of the water you are fishing. if you don’t have a pair as yet…it’s time to pop in to your nearest Kingfisher store and get your hands on a pair. Using your eyes can make the difference between a good day and a great day. Scratching for example; if you blindly fish a rocky gully or ledge because it is the first gully you come to, you might catch a fish or two but you could be missing out. Walking the area you are thinking of fishing and spending some time looking at all the likely areas will quickly reveal where the fish are. For bream, keep your eyes open for dark shapes and flashes as the waves move over the rocks. For predatory fish, keep an eye out for panicked baitfish. This could be fish jumping or tightly packed schools of baitfish moving at speed.


The bottom fishing has been great over the last week or two. There have been plenty of full catch registers and even more smiles at the launch sites. The game fish have not been as prevalent as they have been in previous weeks, but there have been enough to keep us coming back.


North – The North Coast, Tugela in particular has had some decent bottom fishing action. The high points have also been producing fish with a mix of amberjacks to separate the men from the boys. The game fish have been around but only two species are feeding consistently. The snoek are feeding well on backline (still!) and a fillet bait trolled slowly behind the boat at first light will put you in good stead to catch a lovely spotty. The deeper areas have had the tuna to keep everyone busy. These have been great fighting fish but the sharks do love sushi, so bring them in quickly.


Central – Durban’s charter boats have been fully booked for the last week and any gap in the weather has seen good fishing. The big seas have had some green faces on the boat, but the catches have been good. The backline guys have managed their share of shad, snapper kob, stumpnose and rockcods. Most of these fish are caught on the drift and do not require heavy tackle. The mini deep charters have had much the same but with the inclusion of some tuna on the trap sticks and daga in the deeper spots. The brave that have ventured far offshore have seen the bigger fish. Daga and geelbek have been the main targets and some have had great success while others have only been taxed. This is big fish territory and the sharks will snack on any offering reeled up too slowly from the bottom. Get your hands on a good strong rod and KP with braid to give yourself the best chance at landing the fish.

Our Daiwa ambassador, Tyrin Bayne and his dad Jeremy took some time away from the giant sharks of the sardine run and went offshore. Tyrin showed his angling prowess and landed some very good tuna off Durban. Well done Tyrin! Now let’s see some bass, trout and carp…


South – The South Coast has been plagued by schools of baitfish. There have been all sorts of species of bait and the fish have had a large selection to choose from. This has made the fishing hard but the guys from the south have still managed some decent catches. There have been couta in the shallower waters. These fish have been favouring the bigger baits. shad, walla-walla and bonnies are the go-to baits at this time of year. If you can fish them live then hang on to your underwear! For the guys going deeper, the “shoal” has been producing wahoo, there have been some absolute giants hooked and some slabs landed. A live bonnie is the only bait you need, so make sure you have plenty of small spoons and daisy chains to get your deadly baits ASAP. Have your rigs ready and pin the bonnie straight away. Then hold on tight…


Rock and Surf:

The sardines have still been the talk of the rock and surf scene. They are still netting sardines up and down the South Coast and there is still plenty of action moving up from the south. The sea has been a little messy of late, but there have been fish to be caught for the anglers willing to put the time in.


North – Nic Maitland from Mtunzini Fishing Shop sent in this report, when you are in the area pop in and say hi to Nic, he knows that area like the back of his hand. “The Lagoon is probably the best place to fish for the early part of the week till the sea settles as we approach the weekend. It seems to have gone quiet on the malabar rockcod front however diamonds, browns and little honeys are bending rods and the shad are still there. In the area from the Steel Bridge going inland is a monster fish, the guys fishing on the North bank tell me it is a fish and not a Crocodile or flat fish, they were in the shop buying 36kg line that we buy for deep sea bottom fishing, these guys know there fishing as they have been fishing that stretch for years. Here is the challenge, go catch it take a pic and you can win a spool of line.


Anything under 50kg does not count…….The Surf fishing was very slow going over the weekend with mainly milkies been caught but not as many as the week before, there was a side wash to contend with and that makes fishing tough. Port Dunford was by far the most active area. During the week some are coming fishing and will be launching their baits with a tube, this sounds interesting and I am going to try joining them for an outing and seeing how they get on. Any Ski Boats in the bay will be advised to wear their helmets at all times. For the Ski Boat guys, with the conditions as they were and going forward to the week, the best place to fish would be in Richards Bay harbour with the channel between Pelican and Naval Island being a hot spot. While my informant was observing the activity from the Island he managed to hook into a fair size kingfish only to drop it during preparation to land it. The boats seem to be using razor bellies as live bait and were targeting garrick. The Umlalazi Ski Boat club is planning to hold a Bottom Fishing Competition in September on the weekend of the 22 September, it is a long weekend.”

The rest of the north coast has been either scratching in the bricks for the abundance of edibles species, sliding live baits and spinning for garrick or swimming live sharks for zambezi’s. All of these methods have produced great results over the last week and it is your pick as to which facet you prefer. The zambezi’s have been hungry up at the banks, so if you are wanting to tackle one of these beasts then that is the place to be. The garrick have been at St Lucia and Blue Lagoon, so pick your spot accordingly. The scratching for the edibles has been good from Umhlanga all the way north. Choose which of these exciting facets you would like to do and go out and give it a bash.

Central – The piers and beachfront have not been on fire…the fishing has not been bad, but it has been slow. The piers are full up with shad but you have to wade through 10 undersized shad to get one to make size. There have also been a few pompano and stumpies feeding on cracker and prawn combo baits. The basin and the rest of the beachfront beaches have had loads of small shad with only a few grey sharks for the inedible boys to target. Best bet is to make a move north or south and get your hands on the freshest bait possible to give yourself the best chance of hooking in to some good fish.

South – The south is still full of sardines! The sharks are still all around the nets when they are brought in and amazingly, they still have place enough in their stomachs to fit some sards. These are all giant fish and require the strongest tackle to be subdued. The Daiwa/ASFN Ambassadors have proven that the Daiwa tackle is more than capable of landing these beasts. The Grinder side of things has seen the Saltiga Dogfight paired to a Saltist Elite Grinder rod showing the sharks who is boss, while the guys that favour a multiplier have been able to produce the goods using the Daiwa Saltiga Dogfight LD60 with a combination of 80lb Triplefish Gator braid and 100lb Daiwa J-Braid paired with the 8-12oz Daiwa Saltist XHB rod. Both of these setups have tamed the giants of the sardine run and they are available at any of the Kingfisher branches or specialist tackle shops nationwide.


The freshwater side of things is starting to hot up. The bass are getting bigger, the carp are starting to feed consistently and the trout are still giving a great account of themselves.

Carp – The weather in KZN has started to calm down and become more settled. This stable weather has seen some great carp fishing over the last week. Shongweni dam has been a no-go zone for the last while with protest action and looting, so stay clear of this dam to avoid any issues. The dam which has been shining in KZN is hands down Inanda. It has produced some very good fish for almost all that have visited. Success has been reported on most flavours and the most important facet has been to find the fish (look for action). Both conventional and specimen anglers have done well in most of the dam. Albert Falls has also seen some good fishing, but the fish have been smaller on the whole. Make sure to follow The Kingfisher on Instagram, subscribe to our YouTube channel and like us on Facebook to keep up to date with all our freshwater videos and posts. Our carp expert, Gilbert Foxcroft is keeping our social media feeds full of all sorts of informative content.

Trout – The trout side of things has continued on the good run. It is a bit late in the season to be using orange as your primary colour, but a touch of orange (be it a tail, hotspot or bead) is always a good idea. Keep your eyes open at this time of year and look what is happening around you. Have a look in the marginal waters and see what the insect and prey life is. If you see mainly damsels, put on a thin fly with lots of movement (a key aspect of damselfly nymphs), if you see mainly dragonfly nymphs, put on a nice chunky nymph. Watching and learning can teach you so much about how to retrieve your flies (mimic the prey) and what to use.

Bass – The bass have moved up on to their nests and have been defending them with gusto. Fishing for these nested fish can sometimes be a bit of an ethical conundrum. As long as the fish are handled well and released in the same area that they were caught, there should be little to no harm done. The fish have been responding well to bulky baits with lots of movement. Adding a replacement skirt in front of your bait can drastically increase the amount of presence your bait has in the water. Black, black and red, and black and blue have been the chosen colours over the last few weeks. If you are going to target the nested fish, using a brightly coloured bait can help you spot the bait in the water. Get the lure in front of the fish and annoy them with some shaking. The bites are fast and they do not hold on to the bait for long, so stay in contact with the bait and set the hook fast.

Other – The scalies have also been making a good showing of themselves over the last few weeks. These are great flyrod targets and one does not need tons of flies and ten rods to be able to catch them. If limited to one fly, a hotspot nymph is all you need. A 3 to 5 weight rod and floating line and you are set to catch one of KZN’s most underrated gamefish. Jan Korrubel from The Kingfisher in PMB, reports that the recent spell of warmer weather has brought out the yellowfish, with anglers reporting fish to be had on the lower Umkomaas / Nyala Pans.  Water temps still on the cool side, but small bead head nymphs (PTN / GRHE etc.) doing the business. Last weekend’s Berg Wind conditions kept many off the water, with only the die-hard anglers putting line to water in the Kamberg Outdoor Challenge and most opting for a cold beer in a sheltered spot…  Again with the warmer conditions, the bugs are coming out and a variety of patterns, ranging from small nymphs to woolly buggers and baitfish, have been successful.  Most popular colours at present are olive and black, fished with orange in the form of hot spots or blobs. The weather guys are showing a large front over the country at present, with some light rain and snow forecast for The Midlands and the ‘Berg this week, but clearing by the weekend just in time to get a line in the water. Tight lines and screaming reels


A reminder that the Kingfisher Biggest Shad Competition has kicked off. This year it will be run over a two month period, August and September, with three prizes each month. The heaviest Shad for each month will receive a Daiwa BG 5000 Reel filled with Daiwa 8 weave 30lb J Braid, valued at around R3000.00, the second heaviest Shad will receive a 13’6” Kingfisher Coastline 5pce (L, M & H tip) Graphite rod, valued at R2,000.00, and third heaviest Shad will receive a Daiwa Laguna 5000 spinning Reel valued at around R1,000.00. Please note that all Shad (fresh) must be weighed at either, The Kingfisher, 53 Hunter Street, The Kingfisher in Ballito, The Fishing Tackle Shop (The Kingfisher) Warner Beach or Tackle Centre, Old Fort Road, during trading hours. Please remember there is a bag limit of four and the minimum size is 30cm and that the season closes 30th September, re-opens 1st December 2018.

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