FISHING REPORT 12TH OCTOBER 2018

With the northeast winds blowing for a few days and the dorries starting to make an appearance, all the angling fraternities are in a buzz. Let us hope that the sea plays her part and the weather allows us to go fish…

 

Rays tip: What knot to not.

Knots are a hotly debated topic. Which is the best leader knot? Which is the best backing to top shot knot? Is the PR just an FG? The list of questions goes on. The main thing with knots or at least the best knot is the one that you can tie the best. This doesn’t mean the most complicated knot where you need both legs, one hand and your ear. It means the knot you can tie without looking at your hands at 4am after fishing the entire night and the knot comes out perfectly. Knots need to be practiced and the best thing to do is to sit with a piece or two of line and go through the knots you struggle to tie. If you need a demonstration, pop in to The Kingfisher and one of us will be able to show you how to tie the knot the right way. If all else fails…figure of eight!

 

Offshore:

The dorries are here! This has been the most exciting news in the ski boat sector for quite some time. The arrival of the dorries signals the start of the simmer game fish season.

 

North – The north has seen some great fish being landed. Of these have been some very big couta, some sailfish, dorado and tuna to name the most prominent. Obviously each has been caught using different methods, so pick the method most suited to your target species and give it horns. The big couta for example require a bigger than usual bait. Using something like a walla-walla as a dead bait or a shad or bonnie as a live bait is the best way to purposefully target these fish. Upgrade your wire and keep the hooks at least 4x. The tuna, dorado and sailfish can be targeted with trolled lures or live baits (mozzies, mac, etc.). This is best done on a 6/0 circle hook on a length of fluorocarbon.

 

Central – The central region has been dominated by bait and tuna. The bottom fishing has also been very productive for the charter crews. The tuna have been eating almost anything. A live bait slow-trolled around the wrecks has been the downfall of the bigger tuna while the smaller guys have been pouncing on trolled lures. The dorado have also made their presence felt. They have arrived early and with the warmer water they have been feeding very well with some prized specimens being landed. They have been around the boats but with the rains we had, there should be a fair amount of debris that will attract them once it has floated offshore. Best method for these tasty fish is a live bait slowly trolled around the ships. This can be complemented by throwing lures on the other rod to attract the fish to you.

 

South – The southern region of KZN has been very quiet. The guys fishing off Aliwal Shoal have had mixed success but the only great reports have been coming in from the bottom fishing crews. There have been good hauls of geelbek, rockcod and various reds. This type of fishing is best done with a KP and a standard bottom fishing trace. The use of different size hooks allows you to target multiple species with the same rig. The movement has gone across to circle hooks over the standard J-Hook and the hook-up rates have increased.

In other news – Nic Maitland from Mtunzini Fishing Shop reports that lots of catches of small Kob, Grunter both Javelin and Spotted were made over the weekend however a good size Grunter of 3 – 4 Kg was caught on Sardine strip bait, this Grunter was picking up the bait and the angler could not set the hook after about the 4th time he got it and after a good fight managed to land it, this fish was caught on the Estate in the picnic area. I joined some informants on Friday night at the main car park and we only managed to catch a crab all the baits and bait combos came back neater than the way they went it, win some loose some.  With the big ground swell in the latter half of the week made ski boat fishing very difficult on Friday and Saturday however yesterday a few vessels went out and managed some nice size bottom including a Kob of 8kg, although game fish was to target none were boated. On Saturday the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance came to Mtunzini to speak about the effects of Oil Exploration will have on our coast line and village.

 

The information can be down loaded from www.sdcea.co.za or from www.petroleumagencysa.com, from a point of view of our whales this does not look good as they spend and 2-3 months every year resting in our bay, some years ago off the coast of Madagascar they had to stop this type of exploration because over 100 whales beached……..ExxonMobil have given the Government R110 million to rehabilitate negative impacts during exploration…Umlalazi Ski Boat club is hosting a Bottoms Competition on the week end of the 10-11 November (11th been the reserve day) Please note this event had to be POSTPONED. 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 Mtunzini Fishing Shop.

 

Rock and Surf:

 

The highly anticipated summer season is upon us and the fish are already starting to come out in much larger numbers than before. The weather is stacking up well and the bigger inedibles are starting to pop up in the catch reports.

 

North – Well done to Mo Hafiz (Daiwa/ASFN Ambassador) for landing a lovely raggie on the north coast on a recent trip up the coast. The fish worked out to be around 100kgs but proved to be the best fish of the night. Mo was using his Daiwa Saltiga Dogfight 8000 reel, filled with Daiwa J Braid 40lb and his Saltist Grinder Elite rod. Well done Mo! The rest of the north coast has been a bit of a mix. The conditions have been right but the fish have not fired as yet. With all the predictions in place and the easterly blowing as this is typed, it is only a matter of time before a big diamond smash happens.

 

Central – The central coastline has been full of reports of edible fish with the occasional inedible. The ineds have been mainly blue rays. These are the flatfish that are responsible for most of the “spikings” that occur each year, so please handle them safely. If you are not sure how to go about handling these or any other fish, please consult one of our friendly salesmen and they will show you the do’s and don’ts of fish safety. The edibles have been based around the usual culprits, stumpies and pompano with the odd mussel cracker. Use the freshest bait possible and put in the time if you want to pursue these fish.

 

South – The south has been the true mixed bag of the coast. It has reported garrick on lures and live bait, cracker on mussel man crabs, stumpies galore, bronze bream on pink prawn and a scattering of inedibles for the guys fishing big. So if you don’t know where to go or you want to target “everything”, the south coast is calling your name. If you are wanting to catch multiple species, make sure to pack good prawns, chokka and a fleshy bait like sardine or mackerel.

 

Harbour:

The fishing in both Durban and Richards Bay harbour is beginning to hot up. There are multiple reports of kingies feeding well on most artificials as long as they are retrieved with a fast, erratic action. Small spoons are essential in your bag as they provide you with an option if you need to throw further or if the wind is up. These along with some soft-plastic minnows and buck tail jigs and you are set. For the bait guys, the bar tail flathead have been quite rampant on the sandbanks but they are good fun on the lighter tackle. There have been a few springer and oxeye tarpon around in the afternoons and early mornings as well. The grunter have been a bit quiet, but a well-presented cracker in the right area will put you in good stead to hook in to a spotty.

 

Freshwater:

The freshwater scene has been dominated by carp and bass over the last week. The trout are still feeding well but are being quite selective; just like the scalies.

 

News from Jan Korrubel, The Kingfisher, Pietermaritzburg – The weather has been somewhat topsy-turvy the last little while, and put a spanner into the fishing works.  For those that can get off at the drop of a hat, however, the nice days in-between have yielded some good fish.

 

After a promising start, we are in need of the summer rains – the rivers are low and slow, and the upper reaches of the trout streams are crystal clear with the fish skittish and wary of any movement overhead … keep low, and your false casts to a minimum.  Water temperatures are also getting up already, ranging from high single figures in the mornings, to mid-double figures in the afternoon.  For fish sitting in the deeper pools that are reluctant to come up to the dry fly, weighted nymphs (e.g. GUN) suspended below a strike indicator have been producing.  The crystal water at present does however make for good dry fly fishing as the fish have a clear view to the top!

With the waters warming, the bass have been on the game.  Albert Falls has been fishing well recently.  Popular colour at present has been watermelon in all its varieties.  A reminder that PMB Bassmasters is hosting another “Triple Skins Bass Challenge” this weekend on Saturday 13th October.  The next event will take place in December.

 

After a spate of some very good fish over the past couple weeks, the yellowfish (Natal Scaly) seems to have gone off the boil somewhat.  Reports indicate that are fish already quite high in the systems, having moved up out of the dams – as the waters warm and flow rates increase with the summer rains, there will be a concerted move upstream.

The weather gods have a small frontal system moving through later this week, but the forecast is for rising pressure all through the weekend, so time to get out there and wet a line!  Don’t forget to stop by your local Kingfisher store for the latest and best advice and tackle!

 

Bass – First a congratulations must be sent to Dayle Mack (Daiwa/ASFN Ambassador) for breaking his previous PB bass record over the weekend landing a fish of just over 4kgs. Well done Dayle, now we need to see one over 5kgs! Dayle was using his Daiwa Laguna 2500 spinning reel and his Daiwa Crossfire 7’ spinning rod.

The rest of the bassing community has been keeping themselves busy with the aggressive bass. All the dams are fishing well and there is no bad choice if you want to go out and catch a few fish. The bigger fish, however, have been coming out of Inanda. Darker colours and more finesse presentations have been the winning recipe for these bigger fish. Fish slower than you think you need to and keep constant contact with your line. If you are in the market for a new bass rod or wanting to get started with a proper setup, come in to one of the Kingfisher stores and check out the fantastic Daiwa Fuego bass rods. The range comprises of three rods, two medium spinning, a 6’6” and a 7’ and one 7’3”medium/heavy baitcaster. They are light and powerful and look the business!

 

Carp – The carp fishing has been good of late. Much like the bass, the big fish are all coming out of Inanda. This dam has produced some beasts of late and some very beautiful fish as well. The conventional guys have been doing well at most of the dams as the smaller carp are really in a feeding mood after the cold of winter. Most of the flavours will work well for these fish and I tend to favour the sweeter flavours when targeting these smaller fish. Remember that the Kingfisher Durban stocks a very large range of the Conoflex products which are perfect for all your conventional carp needs. The specimen guys have all had success on their methods of choice, and the main difference between success and failure has been time spent fishing. Make sure you put in the effort preparing your baits and baiting the area. The fish will come.

 

Trout – The snow melt from the higher regions of the berg will push some nice cold, oxygenated water in to most systems and the inlet in to the dams is the place to concentrate if you are looking for the better fish. The fish have been favouring the bigger flies and an olive dragonfly nymph pattern of sorts has been the best fly hands down over the last week or two. Fish these flies in an imitative manner (mimic the dragonfly nymph movement). Short, sharp strips with a long pause in between. The other news for the long rod wielders is that the scalies are abundant in the rivers. These are fantastic fly rod targets and available to most anglers in Kzn. The scalies love a hotspot nymph pattern and if you are stuck for only one fly, the hotspot has to be it. The main problem with fishing for them, which is the issue with any river fishing, is getting the fly down to the fish. This is best achieved with a heavier fly that is used to get the smaller fly down to the right depth. Tie this control fly on a circle hook and use a tungsten bead. This will get you in the zone and limited the amount of times you snag the bottom.

 

The latest series of Hier Gaan Ons Alweer (17) with Petri de Wet premieres Monday the 1st of October at 17:30 on kykNet, channel 144. There are a number of repeats during the week, on Tuesday at 10:00, Wednesday at 10:00, Thursday at 16:30, Saturday at 13:00 and Sunday at 23:00. Series 17 runs for three months, ending on the 24th December 2018. As most of you know, Petri and his guests cover various angling styles (fresh and salt water) in and around Southern Africa. The first session is the guys fishing in Angola when they landed some amazing fish; you got to have a look at this show. The specimen carp session should be very interesting, our very own Gilbert Foxcroft joined Petri in this session and they managed some awesome carp in Inanda Dam.

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