FISHING REPORT 31ST AUGUST ’18

With the weather starting to behave itself and the periods of settled weather being longer, the fishing is getting a bit easier to predict. That being said, the rough conditions have seen the scratching gurus land some amazing catches…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/videos).

 

Ray’s tip: Put the jacket in the packet! With winter still having a few things to say before the summer sun shines through and the windy months bearing their teeth, a jacket is an essential piece of kit. Jackets comes in many shapes and forms, from the fold-up splash-proof types to the “I imported this one from Siberia” type. A good quality jacket can make your days fishing so much more enjoyable, and a bad jacket can ruin it. If you are on a light-tackle trip with limited space then the thin parachute material type rain suit is the one to go for. These fold up in to a small bag and provide plenty of protection against the elements for short trips. If on the other hand you are needing warmth and rain protection, you will need a polyamide or toweling-lined jacket to keep the heat in and the rain out. Visit any of your Kingfisher branches to get yourself suited up.

 

Nic Maitland from Mtunzini Fishing Shop sent in this report. “What a weekend for those that could get to their secret spots, one particular angler using a surf board with his gear strapped on it manage 2 very nice River Snapper one it which was 57cm (ORI 4.66kg) and a nice size Malabar Rockcod and lost 5 other fish, he claims judging by the fight to be bigger River Snapper all were caught using live Tilapia as bait. More diamonds were caught up in the stone wall area but no decent size Kob, it is not long before we catch them as we are coming up to “peak season” for Kob, Surf, to the 2 guys who ventured onto the banks were rewarded with a couple of those bus Shad and using a Shad head managed to land a female Ragged Tooth Shark of 203cm (ORI 160.67kg) and they lost a bigger shark, they briefly saw the head when the hooks pulled it was not a Raggie but by all accounts we think it was a big Grey or even a Zambie it will remain a mystery. The Bank has moved closer to the shore over the winter making the wade a lot easier, they are going back their again this morning. The other spots along the beach produced some smaller Shad and some busses with lots of little Hound and Milky sharks to keep one busy, roll on the weekend. Ski Boat, Andre took Nanook out for a spin after coming back from a service and headed for Richards Bay with the hope of getting a Garrick and that they managed to achieve, the Garrick have been a bit quiet of late so it is nice to see they still in the area, we are not sure how long the season is going to last as they were late. Next events, Umlalazi Ski Boat club is hosting a Bottoms Competition on the week end of the 29-30 of September (30th been the reserve day). The format is the Comp will be fished on the Saturday with the Sunday being a reserve day, entry fees are R400.00 per angler with prizes been awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd then lots of other prizes with a lucky draw. We are hoping to make this an annual event and the reason we fishing it at this time of the year is that bottom fishing is at its best. Entry forms will be available in the shop.” Thanks Nic.

 

Offshore:

The deep blue has been very kind to the anglers in the last few weeks. This is in terms of catches and definitely not in terms of conditions. With some guys still recovering from their previous launches… the others have had great success for both the bottoms and the gamefish.

 

North – Snoek, snoek and more snoek! These prime light-tackle targets have been wild on certain days around the river mouths. Umgeni has looked like a traffic jam on some mornings with the ski boats and kayaks jostling for position. The Jex Estate area has been producing some real bombers for those who have access to the area. For these fish you need to fish light. The lighter you can go the better. Sharks are not as much of an issue on the backline as they are out deep so you can afford to play the fish a bit longer. Keep your fillet baits running close to the backline and keep an eye out for rogue waves. Also, keep a small spinning rod rigged with a small spoon ready to throw at any action you may see. The rest of the north coast has been a mix of couta, tuna and snoek. The Umdloti drop-off has also had a good run of couta, tuna and snoek for the last week or two.

 

Central – The central part of KZN has been a mixed bag of success and failure. There has been great bottom fishing from both the charter and recreational guys. The rockcods and reds have been full up on the popular spots with full hatches being a regular occurrence. The gamefish chaps have been getting dribs and drabs. This in the form of snoek and garrick mainly with the occasional tuna thrown in for good measure. The garrick have been feeding incredibly well over the last few weeks and are definitely worth pursuing. These are strong but clean fighting fish that cannot resist a live bait on a 6/0 Mustad tuna circle. Hotspots for these fish are around any of the river mouths or the entrance to a harbour.

 

South –The south has been doing very well. The bottom fish are loose on most of the deeper reefs and wrecks with some spectacular fish being boated. Some good crackers, steenbras and daga have all seen the inside of the hatches over the last week. A live mackerel has been the answer to targeting these beasts from the deep. For the boys targeting the offshore speedsters, the wahoo are still wild at Aliwal. Like I have mentioned before, you need to tackle up for these fish and make sure you do not go in under-gunned. The sharks of Aliwal will not mind if you take your couta tackle to fish for wahoo…A live bonnie, a rod with plenty backbone and a reel with a good drag and plenty of line is all you need. We have all the gear; you just need to catch the bonnie.

 

Rock and Surf:

The rock and surf scene has been flooded with images of giant’s sharks being landed by the father-son duo of Tyrin Bayne and his dad Jeremy. These guys have been putting the Daiwa tackle to the test on these denizens and have come out tops more than most. Well done team Bayne!

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.

 

North – The north coast has been a mix of results. The deep water points from Umhlanga to far north have all been throwing some good fish with the grey sharks being wild on some days/nights. A mackerel head and a 8/0 Mustad tuna circle on a FMJ trace is all you need to multi-target these early summer fish. The FMJ trace is more for protection around the rocks when landing the fish than actual bite-protection, but since you may get connected to a toothy critter, the wire might be needed. The wire also has the benefit of keeping the bait on the ground where the ray feeds. If however, you are fishing for greys, make sure to put foam in to your bait to float it up as this often makes the difference between holding pole and bending.

 

Central – The piers and the beachfront have seen some good edibles and ineds over the last week. The edible side of the catches has been much of the usual suspects. Stumpies, blacktail and pompano have made up the bigger catches while the shad have been mostly undersized. The inedibles that have been landed have either been blue skates, diamond rays, grey sharks or honeycombs. For these fish you need to wait for some north-east wind to blow and you are almost guaranteed a bite. Wade out a short way on the shallow beaches and put your bait in the strike zone. Then hold on!

 

South – The south has been a mix of the north and central zones. The points have been producing fish for the inedible anglers with many fish being landed and some proper size sharks being lost. The presence of the whale that beached itself in Toti did not seem to draw too much inedible attention, but this is probably due to the speed at which it was removed from the scene. The guys fishing on the points have been having success on mushy fish baits. Something like a mackerel head with redeye cutlets wrapped around it is always a good idea. The edibles coming out have been mainly the scratching fish. The most popular target at the moment is hands down the bronze bream (make sure to go back and watch the videos for some tips and trace secrets). Pink prawns and light tackle and you are set to target these beautiful fish.

 

Freshwater:

Carp and bass have been the main focus over the last week or so but the freshwater scene has been pumping with excitement as the river season is almost upon us for the trout and the Natal scalies are starting to make a good appearance on the Facebook catch register.

 

Carp – The carp have been feeling rather Italian over the last few weeks with anything garlic-flavoured seeing the catch nets or weigh slings having a good weight added to them. Pretty much all of the KZN carp dams have been fishing very well for the guys, both specimen and conventional. Midmar has been fishing particularly well and this usually difficult dam has seen more smiles and photos than frowns on the banks. Inanda and Albert Falls need no mention as the fishing has been fantastic (as usual). With the Kingfisher Durban having a huge amount of Korda products in stock and the new addition of the Conoflex carp range, we have all your specimen and conventional carp needs covered.

 

Bass – The new range of Kingfisher soft plastics (The Reaction plastics) are proving their worth more and more. There have been some great fish caught by the guys testing out these fantastic new lures. Each of the patterns has been responsible for a bass over 3kg already and some have seen the 4kg mark as well. These fish have come out of Hazlemere, Inanda, Midmar and Albert Falls so they are proving to be successful in all the local waters. Hurry up and get yourself a few packs to add to your arsenal. As mentioned, the dams are all fishing well and there is no water at the moment that is not producing fish if you put the time in. the best advice is to get out and put a few hours on or next to the water and you will get a few fish.

 

Trout/Fly fishing:

The trout scene is buzzing with the anticipation of the river season opening on the first of September. The Kingfisher in Durban, Pietermaritzburg and Kloof is celebrating by having a sale on a wide range of our fly fishing products. Trout flies less 33%, Rod and Reel Combos Less 20%, Daiwa 3 and 4pc fly rods less 20% and all Snowbee fly lines less 20%, and this promotion runs from the 30th August to the 1st September 2018. Make sure you come in a see the madness and low prices for yourself. Last weekend’s frosty mornings and daytime gale force winds, combined with a radical drop in pressure and full moon, threw a serious curveball into the trout fishing for The Finals of the TOPS Corporate Challenge that took place on the stillwaters around Nottingham Road in The Midlands.  While many anglers struggled in the conditions, those that were consistent in putting a fish or 2 on the board in each session came out top of the log – congratulations to Team Growler Brewing for taking the honours.  While there was some close competition, the biggest fish of the Challenge was still the 62cm / 24.4 inch fish that was recorded in the 1st session in Leg 1.

 

With the Albert Falls Classic 2018 taking place next weekend, the bass fraternity will also be gearing up as we speak.  Fishing takes place on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th of September, so practise is in full swing currently, and if reports are to be believed, there was a 5.73kg lunker that was hooked just last weekend.

 

With the waters starting to warm up across the board, the scaly’s are also starting to move with some good fish being reported from the Umgeni system below Albert Falls.

 

The hot news for the trout anglers at the moment, is of course that the River Season officially opens this weekend, Saturday 1 September!  After the 3 month winter break where the spawned fish are given a break, and the new alevins settle and develop into their environs, the river anglers are champing at the bit to get back to their beloved streams and rivers.  The early rainfall and late snow of the last couple weeks has put the rivers in good stead, so I for one, am looking to a cracking Opening Day.  Full report to follow next week…

 

In other fly fishing news, the scalies are starting to come out in great number and there have been many photos floating around of the success some anglers are having. As it is still quite early, your focus should be in the deeper pools as opposed to the rapids. As the water begins to warm with the onset of summer, the fish will move further up and in to the faster water, but for now a deep pool and slow moving water is where I would put my fly.

Tight lines and screaming reels

 

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