FISHING REPORT 3RD AUGUST ’18

So, seven months of 2018 have come and gone. What a magic year of fishing we have had. The sards are still around and there is plenty of action being had by all…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: Circles for bottoms?! Yes you read that right. Circle hooks for catching bottom fish. Not only have circle hooks revolutionized the rock and surf side of things, but the guys who have used them offshore are starting to see their real potential. Hooking rates go up but landing is still determined by the sharks… the key with circles is to Snell the hook and make sure the line (hook snoot) exits on the inside of the hook eye. So the line comes out on the same side of the hook eye as the hook point. The other big benefit is that a 3/0 circle can catch a 3 kg slinger but it can also catch a 30kg daga. So multi-targeting becomes much easier. With circles there is no need to strike and one simply winds in to the fish. If you are fishing very deep, the fish will hook itself. If you need any help with the rigs or rigging, pop in to one of our shops and we can give you a hand. If you haven’t tried circles yet, now is the time.

Offshore –

The offshore scene has been awash with catches of good gamefish and a mixed bag of bottom fish. From the north down to our southern boundary there have been fish coming out and happy anglers all round.

North: The run of decent snoek continues up north. The anglers north of Blythedale have been having a ball with these fantastic light-tackle gamefish. The Jex Estate area has been producing some real bombers for those who have access to the area. The Umdloti drop-off has also had a good run of couta, tuna and snoek for the last week or two. The sharks have been patchy so the guys have managed to boat a good number of decent fish with very little being taken by the taxmen. Trolling lipped lures have been particularly effective. The purple backed Kingfisher Rattler with the black stripes has proved itself over the past week with some good tuna finding it irresistible.

Central – Bottom fishing has really picked up in the central KZN zone. Charter companies are fully booked and the recreational guys are having some good trips as well. There have been both daga and geelbek shoals off Durban and finding them is the key to success. Tackle for these fish is simple. You just cannot beat a KP when it comes to fishing for bottoms. Many have tried other reels, but the KP is king. The king of combos would be a 9 inch KP filled with 100lb Daiwa J-Braid and topped with a 1mm leader of Kingfisher Fathom line. This reel on a Poseidon Offshore Series Geelbek Ski rod will tame any beast that you manage to hookup to.

South – The Shoal has produced some magnificent angling in the last week or so. There have been some decent tuna landed and a sprinkling of wahoo and couta. There have also been quite a few anglers upgrading their wire by a size or two to land that elusive giant wahoo. The shallower grounds have also been producing some proper couta. The areas on the lower south coast in particular have been doing very well. A live shad has been the pick of the baits. This rigged on the surface in the morning and going deeper as the day moves on has been the recipe for tight lines all day. The snoek in the area have favoured a small sprat spoon (much like their northern counterparts).

Rock and Surf:

As we thought the sards were going to vanish and the coastline would quieten down, they start netting hauls of 1000 crates and more… just goes to show that the sardines are very difficult to predict. The fishing from the side has been going well for most and exceptional for others. There have been good catches of both inedible and edible fish up and down the coast.

North – The northern territory has seen a mix of action. The spinning guys have been doing very well with all sorts of species. The kingfish have been falling for soft plastics and surface lures while the garrick and snoek have favoured Chaos plugs and spoons respectively. The other edibles being landed up north have been eating chokka baits. These fish have been caught while scratching in the bricks and the number of species landed is too numerous to mention. While the inedibles have been a mix of flatfish, grey sharks and a zambezi or two caught on swim bait.

Central – The action along the Durban area has been focused around the piers and the Umhlanga Lighthouse area. The piers have been producing some very good edibles. The shad have been feeding well in to the darkness so make sure you have your glow sticks. The bites have come the quickest to the guys fishing with fresh sardines but the Jap macs have also accounted for fish. The other edibles have been feeding on any prawn baits on offer and some decent blacktail, pompano and stumpnose have been landed. The inedibles have favoured mackerel baits (including sand mackerel) and fresh sardine. The species being landed have included honeycombs, spotted eagle rays, brown skates and grey sharks.

South – The southern section of KZN has been the hive of activity once again. The action has been focused around the sardine netting for those of you wanting to target the big sharks. The edible fish however, have been staying away from the mayhem. There have been a lot of garrick caught on the south coast. Most of these have been on live bait but there have been a few crazy ones caught on chokka baits, at night! Just goes to show that there are no rules in fishing. The kob have also been around on the south coast. Fresh sardine has been the bait of choice with chokka falling slightly behind and paddle tails proving the winner for the lure anglers. Most of the river mouths and deeper rocky areas have produced kob over the last few weeks.

Harbour:

The harbour is flooded with mullet! There are some giants around and the guys targeting them are having an absolute blast with these hard-fighting fish. A white float, small hooks and white bread is the way to get stuck in to these fish. For the rest of the anglers, it has been rather quiet. There have been a few kingies, but they will be starting to make more of an appearance in the weeks to come. The grunter are also in a bit of a mood lately with only a few anglers reporting consistent success. The best thing to do at times like these is to fish lighter and use smaller hooks. This might produce the result over thicker lines with bigger hooks.

Freshwater:

 

News from Jan Korrubel is that the current spell of balmy weather bodes well for the fishing, as the Midlands waters start to warm and the bugs and baitfish gets active again.  Water temperatures in The Midlands 10 days ago at Leg 3 of the Tops Corporate Challenge were sitting at around 8deg.C – probably a degree or so up on that by now.  The Natal Fly Fishers Club has just released their latest set of Club members catch returns, and some good fish have been recorded.  Anglers are remaining tight-lipped about the working patterns, but word from the water is that something orange is still a recipe for success.  To cover the bases, the standard advice is to be fishing (at least) 2 flies that vary in shape, size and colour in the hopes that (at least) 1 will be the killer pattern that pulls the fish. The next leg to the Joey’s Tournament (bass) Trail takes place this weekend at Albert Falls Dam – while the weather forecast is looking clear with sunny skies, there are warnings of high winds, so a word to all the anglers to please take it easy out there.  Kingfisher PMB has a well-stocked plastics range, so do pop in to stock up for the comp … and what’s said to be setting up for a really good season. Reports of some good winter yellowfish are still coming in – the lower Bushman’s and Umkomaas Rivers, and also the Duzi, are the where the fish are to be found at present. Speaking of forecasts – while the weather is pretty balmy at present, we are expecting a late sting before winter head back to the north hemisphere.  Last year August, we received some good rains and a proper dump of snow in the ‘Berg – most welcome at the time after the dry winter and the snow melt gave the streams a thorough flush and clean out for the opening of the river season on 1 September.  Some precipitation would be most welcome right now as The Midlands is smelling dry and dusty like the central Sahara at the moment, and looking rather apocalyptic as the famers do their annual burn.

 

Carp – Inanda has been the pick of the dams for both the specimen and the conventional. The reports that have come in to the shop have included some big carp, some over 10kgs and one or two pushing 20kgs. The more summer flavours have been doing well but the absolute winners have been Black Magic and Cina 4. These two flavours have produced more big fish recently than any other. Albert Falls has also been doing okay for itself with some decent fish being landed and a few big bream as well.

 

Bass – For those who did their homework and scouted out the dams when the levels were low, the rewards are starting to pay out now. The likely spawning areas that were noted while the banks were exposed can now be fished with great results. This has definitely been seen at Hazlemere where the average size of fish being caught has increased drastically. Fish of over 3kgs are now being reported regularly from this venue. Albert Falls is also holding its own but the bass on the inland side of things are generally slower to move on to the nests than their seaside cousins.

 

Trout – The wavers of the long wands have had a great time with the trout in the last week or so. There have been good fish landed at all the “popular” venues. Flies with touches, splashes and whacks of orange are still producing the goods. Red setters, orange woolly buggers, egg flies and blob flies are the pick of the pops. Make sure to use a thicker tippet than normal as there are some big trout around. For the guys wanting to target the fish with other methods, stripping a nice bulky baitfish pattern around weed beds and drop-offs will be a good bet to tie in to the bigger, more aggressive fish. All in all, it is a great time of year for the trout so get out there and catch a few of these beautiful fish. Tight lines and screaming reels.

 

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