FISHING REPORT 14TH SEPTEMBER ’18 September 12, 2018 by The Kingfisher Summer is starting to make an appearance in both the shore and offshore scenes with some of the traditional summer fish starting to show up in the catch reports. The weather this weekend kept most of the anglers indoors but the weekdays have been firing. As always, remember to subscribe to our YouTube channel (it’s free) 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: Crabs. Of all the species of crabs, 4 of them are used the most for rock and surf fishing. The one most guys will have encountered is the ghost crab. Either the pink ghost crab down south or the greener horned ghost crab up north. These are brilliant bait for a number of species but are particularly effective for stumpies. Then there is the “Muscleman” crab. This red-coloured rock crab is more formally known as a xanthid crab. They are slow and strong and deadly for musselcracker. The next on the list is the swimming crab/s. Either the blue or sand-coloured version. They are aggressive crabs that do not like being picked up. The smaller ones are very effective as baits for most fish whereas the bigger relatives are very good to eat. The last common crab is the red rock/shore crab. They are found in the rocky areas along most of the coast. They have a flattened body and strong legs so they can hang on to any rocks. They are also a very good bait for musselcracker. Remember to have a valid licence when collecting them and also to use appropriate footwear on the slippery rocks as well as a good pair of gloves. Remember that there is no bait like natural bait. Offshore: With the water starting to warm up, there have been some summer fish beginning to make an appearance. The Kingfisher has just got its shipment in of Maxima Tuna Blue fishing line. This fantastic line has all the great properties of the other Maxima lines with some added shock absorption. So if you haven’t spooled your reels up for summer yet, you know where our shop is. Did we mention it’s blue?… North – The north has continued to fish well with anglers making the most of the good days. The sea has been fairly kind with some of the days being dead calm and others making the most seasoned anglers turn green. The snoek are keeping the guys inshore very busy and they have been uncharacteristically cooperative. These have not been the largest snoek of the season, but they have feed with vigour. They have mainly been caught on trolled fillets, but a few have fallen for lipped lures and spoons thrown or trolled around the river mouths. The tuna have also been loose on the north coast with places like Umdloti giving out plenty of sushi to the guys who can get the fish past the local grey suit brigade. The tuna are best targeted with trolled lures as this allows you to cover a lot more area than drifting or slow-trolling baits. The lipped lures allow you to move quickly through and area and see if the fish are in a feeding mood. If you find them but they don’t want plastic, change to a live bait and drift. Central – There have been a few dorado around. These fish have been around the ships and FADs. Working a surface lure in the vicinity of these areas is the best way to determine if the dorado are around. Once you have spotted them, tossing a live bait in will guarantee a take. These lively fish can be great fun on light tackle and especially on lures, but be cautioned that the occasional big bull will pick you up and show you who is boss. For this reason I tend to fish slightly heavier and keep the couta tackle to fish for these jumping gamefish. There have also been some other great catches in the Durban area. Tyrin Bayne landed a beautiful giant kingfish this past week. This guy continues to show how good the Daiwa tackle is! Much like the north, there are also a good few tuna around to keep the hatches full and there are also plenty of daga for the guys fishing at night. The bottom fishing is going well for the charter crews with lots of the usual suspects coming up from the depths. South – The south has been bait central. Most of the southern territory has been full of shoals of mixed baitfish with not much action with them. The fish are still trying to recover from the sardine feast so the stomach hangover is keeping them from looking at food for a while. The tuna have continued to keep the gamefish guys happy but the real fireworks have been the KP crews. The bottom fish have taken a bit of a hammering over the last week with most of the boats returning with full hatches. Reds and rockcod have been the main hatch-fillers, but there have been some other good catches coming to the gaff as well. The boys off Aliwal have hooked in to some good wahoo and landed some of these speedsters. Rock and Surf: Firstly, apologies to the third place winner of last month’s Shad competition (Raffic Razack). The report was not updated after you brought in your fantastic catch. Raffic placed third with a shad of 2.36kgs. Well done Raffic. We are looking forward to the results of this month’s competition, tight lines. The rock and surf side of things has started to get quite exciting as the summer inedibles have begun to bite. This is a great time of year as there is a transition between the winter and summer fishing and both edibles and inedibles are around in force (weather permitting). North – The north has been producing a mixed bag of fish. Much like the central zone, it has been dominated by edible fish. There have been some very good kob coming out. These have fallen for lures (paddle tails in particular), chokka baits and live baits. There have also been a fair number of stumpies caught along most of the north coast but the Umhlanga Lighthouse is always a hot spot. The Lighthouse area has also produced some of the only grey shark bites and is a definite area to concentrate on if you need a bite. The north bank of Blue Lagoon has produced a few snoek for the spinning guys. Make sure you have the right spoon to get the distance as these fish love feeding just out of casting range. Reduce your braid thickness and increase your spoon weight to get yourself in the game. Central – Concerning the fishing on North Pier (the northern breakwater of Durban harbour), it is legal but only to those with a Transnet permit. There is still a lot of uncertainty around this issue and contacting the harbour authorities or DAFF is your best bet at the truth. The fishing in the central region of KZN has been based around edibles. The beachfront at all the piers have been producing a large number of stumpies and some good fish have been landed. Fish up to and over 3kgs are becoming a regular occurrence. These fish cannot resist a cracker shrimp and prawn combo bait but the bigger fish love a sealice chokka mix or a well-presented crab (lookout on our YouTube channel to see how Ray does it). There have been a few inedibles but nothing to rush down to the sea for, mainly grey sharks for the guys fishing at night. Keep an eye on the weather though, as three days of North Easterly wind will have the summer fish feeding… South – The south has been producing some inedibles. This has meant that the summer brigade has been fishing flat out from Toti south. The grey sharks have been ravenous and have been eating all the baits they can lay their teeth in to. Anglers have been picking them up on prawn baits fishing for stumpies. Speaking of which, there have also been some very good stumpies falling for well-presented prawn baits. Fish over 60cm have been regular occurrences. The deep water points have been producing some unstoppable fish for the drone guys while the guy’s still throwing baits have been scratching in the gullies, with good results. The scratchers have had a good run of bronze bream, blacktail and tasslefish. All these fish eat prawn and crackers but the tassels and blacktail prefer a smaller hook. Try the size 2 Mustad Chinu hooks as these work for all three. Freshwater: The biggest news in the freshwater scene has been the Albert Falls Bass Classic. This went off this past weekend and saw the anglers fishing in some trying conditions. Despite the poor weather, some pigs were caught and some good weights were weighed in. The other news concerns the large number of carp that are making an appearance in the catch reports. The trout are also doing well for themselves. News from Jan Korrubel – “Big fish and big storms was the bottom line for last weekend’s Albert Falls Classic Bass Tournament, and some monster bass were recorded. On Friday’s opening day, one of the forums reported that the leader board changed many times in the course of the day…the winning fish eventually topping the scale at a massive 5.3kg. Well done that angler! The weather also couldn’t put a damper on some hardy fly anglers who took to the snow surrounded waters of The Midlands – it was properly chilly, but the fish were out and about and some good fish were reported from both the Stillwater’s and rivers. The Midlands received some good rain on Saturday night, which along with rapidly melting snow on Sunday should provide a good, albeit somewhat chilly, injection to the rivers. The Natal Yellowfish (aka scaly) are also starting to look up, with the first reports last week of fish being taken on the dry fly. The cooler water coming down from the snowmelt might put a slight damper on that activity, but it’s sure to pick right up again with the warmer weather ahead. Dam levels are looking good at this time: Albert Falls sitting at just below 50%, Midmar at 95% and Spring Grove at 83% – with some good summer rains we can expect the waters to be at their best. The weather gods of YR are forecasting a stable week ahead, so it’s time to dust off the gear, replace what’s necessary and don’t forget to visit your favourite Kingfisher store for the latest and best in tackle and advice!” Thanks Jan. Bass – The Albert Falls Bass Classic took place over the last weekend and the competition saw a great turnout (as usual). Some great catches were had by all and the weather did not seem to put the competitors off. Well done to all those that took part and especially well done to the sponsors for another great event. There have been some great bass caught over the past week. Despite the miserable weather of the past weekend, there were still some very good fish that came out at the Bass Classic. A few fish pushed the 5kg mark! The other dams have been fishing well, but not at the same calibre that Alberts has been shooting at. Inanda has come a close second but the fish have been harder to find. One thing is for sure, the new Kingfisher Reaction plastics have been irresistible to the post spawn bass. Carp – The carp are waking up and some have been seen jumping for joy at the first real sign of summer. Our Ambassador, Gilbert Foxcroft had a fantastic weeks fishing at Inanda dam with Petri De Wet where some absolutely amazing fish were brought to the weigh-sling. This fishing is going to be televised on Hier Gaan Ons Alweer later in the year, so keep your eyes peeled. The rest of the dam and the other dams in KZN have all been fishing well and good fish are coming out on both the specimen and conventional side of things. Garlic is still producing for the conventional anglers and combining the strong garlic flavour on the floaties with a sweet dip in the bomb is a little trick that will have the fish fighting to get to the bait. The specimen anglers have been doing very well on critically-balanced tigernuts. As long as the tigers have been prepped correctly and have the right amount of sweetness, they have produced. There have also been a fair number of barber caught in between the carp. These have mostly been the guys fishing with fishmeal boilies. Trout – The wielders of the long rod continue to shine even through the snow. The weather may be cold but the action is hot. There have been some big healthy fish caught over this weekend and most of the anglers that have ventured up to the berg have managed a good few fish in the net. The larger patterns are still producing the bigger fish. There have been a few guys that have managed the dry fly fish but the colder weather has put the fish closer to the bottom than the top. Your best patterns are those that have a lot of inherent movement combined with the ability to stay near the bottom (very important in the rivers). For this reason I favour a tungsten head woolly bugger or a zonker with a tungsten bead head. A touch of orange or red is always a good call as this can act as a trigger for the fish to strike. Tight lines and screaming reels The Kingfisher YouTube Fishing channel features new content every Monday to Friday at 10h00. Fresh content on Product, Baits, Methods & Fishing. Go to: www.YouTube.com/TheKingfisherFishing and register, it’s FREE The Kingfisher’s trading hours are Monday, Wednesday to Friday 8:00 to 17:00, Tuesday 8:30 to 17:00, and Saturday 8:00 to 13:00. 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