The weather and the sea have not been friendly over the last week. Only the determined (foolhardy) have managed some decent fishing. With the weather not looking too good for the weekend to come, it might be time to sort out your tackle box and tie some traces at home…

Ray’s tip: Slippery when wet! Rocks can be incredibly dangerous to fish off of. One slip and you can find yourself in a lot of trouble. Therefore, wearing the right shoe when you are on the rocks is of paramount importance. Luckily, when it comes to what shoe to wear, the answer is simple. All you need is a pair of cut-down gumboots. You can purchase purpose-built gumboots with studs and fancy linings, but the truth is that the normal gumboot from a reputable protection wear store will do the job perfectly. Remember to always drill holes in the boot to allow water to drain out and rather go too big than too small. The Kingfisher stocks the Shova fishing boot, exactly as explained above, available in sizes 5-12. A gumboot that is full of water and not easy to kick off is like a pair of lead shoes if you get washed off the rocks. Remember, be safe and fish smart.


The dorado are starting to become more common in catch reports and on the Facebook pages. The sea has been friendly on some days and vicious on others, so choose your days off appropriately.

North – The north, particularly Cape Vidal, has been a hub of gamefish activity. There has been everything you can imagine popping up in the catch reports. Couta, tuna, sailfish, dorado, wahoo, jobfish…to name but a few. All of the usual gamefish methods have been working, so adjust your methods to the species you are wanting to target. For example, if you are after the sailfish; keep a live bait rigged on a circle hook with a fluorocarbon leader ready as you troll around with some smaller Kona’s. As you see the bill or any sign of the sailfish, you can flip the live bait in front of him and you are almost guaranteed a bite.

Central – The central zone has been producing three of the most sought after game fish, dorado, wahoo and sailfish. These have been keeping the ski boaters busy for most of the week. The sailfish have been falling for the smaller Kona-style lures trolled on the temperature changes. The biggest so far has been estimated at over 45kgs! That is a giant saily. The dorado and wahoo have been coming out off the boats. Mostly on live baits and some on trolled lipped lures. The key with this type of fishing is to keep yourself mobile and to move from ship to ship to find the fish.

South – The south has seen various success in both the gamefish and bottom fishing scenes. The bottoms have been mainly of the rockcod and red variety. The deeper reefs have been producing the better hauls as would be expected. The shallow side of things has produced the better variety although the fish have been smaller on the whole. The gamefish have been mainly taken on live bait or trolled lipped lures. The Kingfisher Rattler in the purple with black stripes has been devastatingly good and has accounted for many good fish over the last few weeks. The baitfish have been full up down south, so fishing in the vicinity to these shoals with a live bait puts you in the right spot to catch one of the patrolling gamefish.

Rock and Surf:

The sea over last weekend made fishing incredibly difficult. The surge saw many anglers pack up without wetting a line. There were some fish caught, but no fireworks…

North – The north coast has seen many making the trip/pilgrimage to the diamond grounds. This time of year combined with the NE wind generally results in some wild action. Unfortunately no big hauls have been made yet, but there have a few raggies mixed in with the diamonds that have been caught, so take your FMJ traces with you. As we move further into summer, we can expect more and more action to start up north. The best way to choose when to go is to wait for at least two days of solid NE wind to blow and to pair that with a flattish sea. If you get all of that and some hot weather…hold on to your rod!

Central – The central zone has been one of the only fishable areas in the unfavorable seas of late. With the piers protecting the beaches from the vicious side wash, anglers have been able to fish fairly unhindered. This has seen some decent fish landed and some big fish lost. As most of these anglers are targeting edibles on light tackle, the skates that also favour a chokka or prawn bait are almost never landed if they pick the baits up. The fish that have been landed are the usual shad (that must be put back), stumpies, pompano and blacktail. Most of these fish have been taken on chokka or prawn baits. Of the inedibles that have been caught the two main culprits have been blue rays and grey sharks. These both love a soft mushy fish bait and a piece of chokka with an inside-out sardine belly is sure to get you a pull.

South – The south section of the KZN coast is blessed with many bays and gutters that can be fished even when the sea is on its head. This means that you can still scratch a fish even in a monstrous sea. The anglers that have persevered in the rough conditions have landed some very nice bronze bream and stone bream. For this type of fishing, braid is a must as its sensitivity allows you to feel the bite even if your line is being pulled all over the place. This is best done with a light spinning setup as you do not need to throw far, but you do need to cast accurately. Make sure to keep your baits small and your hooks sharp. The fish generally do not peck at the bait in these conditions and instead will swipe at it. If your hook is buried in the bait you could miss the bite completely. The guys desperate for an inedible are best suited to waiting for the nigh time to throw a grey shark bait.


The freshwater has seen many good catches over the past week. Even with the dreadful conditions, some have decided to slog it out in the cold and wet and have managed some pretty decent fish from the dams and rivers.

Bass – The bass fishing has been particularly good this season with many people beating their previous personal bests. Some of these catches have been made on the new Kingfisher Reaction plastics which have taken the bass world by storm, with their strong scent and very reasonable price tag. The fishing has been good in most of the waters. The bigger dams have made finding the fish much more important than the actual method whereas the smaller waters have seen the bass clued in on a particular method as opposed to a particular zone. The weight-less fluke has claimed more bass in the last week than any other type or single method. This is most likely due to the realistic action created by the lack of weight and also due to the fact that it forces you to fish slowly. Remember that The Kingfisher has just released a new range of bass rods that are unbelievably good, so pop in to your closest outlet and give the Daiwa Fuego a go.

Trout – The trout fishing has continued on its good run even in the colder conditions. The fishing has been harder of late, but the anglers with a few tricks up their sleeves have managed the better fish on the day. Do not be afraid to use larger dry flies. The added attraction and buoyancy of the larger flies often results in more pronounced takes and a solid hookup. If you combine the larger dry with a more subtle nymph suspended below, you are in for some good fishing. If the fish are reluctant to feed on or near the surface, it’s time to head deep. This means a good sinking line and a baitfish, nymph or leech imitation. A line of the type 3 sinking kind with a “direct core” will be the best bet to fish properly at depth. Remember to fish the pattern as true to the organism you are imitating as possible.

Carp – The carp fishing continues to increase as the summer draws closer. Make sure to take your bug spray with you if you are planning a trip to the dam as the mozzies are out in full force. The fish have been smaller of late, but the numbers have been much higher than the winter catches. The specimen anglers have been landing the larger fish through the use of selective methods. By this I mean using baits such as boilies that the smaller fish cannot physically get in to their mouths. This means that only the bigger fish can actually get caught while the smaller fish eat away at the feed and get the area buzzing. The sweeter flavours are really coming in to their own as the heat gets turned up and I would not go to one of the KZN dams without some molasses in the bag. Tight lines and screaming reels


News from Jan, The Kingfisher PMB – All anglers have to wonder at the great magnetic attraction that THE WEEKEND has for THE WEATHER…as the weekend nears, so another weather system looms…!  Last week’s weather system brought only a modicum of rain, but the cold and falling barometer put the brakes on the fishing.

This week’s system brings with it some spits and spots of rain that are forecast to last through to the weekend.  While the iffy weather isn’t really the problem, the barometer is one to watch : any sharp dips and dives tend to put the fish away, while a rising barometer puts them back on the bite.  Of course, that being said…the fish apparently don’t read the same books we do, so any day fishing is better than a day working!


While last week’s rain wasn’t anything for the record books, the Umgeni is running dirty and cool, so the scaly action is slow at best.  Best flies currently are sub-surface nymphs and wets, the dry fly action will pick up when as the waters warms and hatches start.


Upstream, the catchments are needing rain as the headwaters are running crystal clear and low, and already on the warm side at 13/14degC.  While there are fish about in the upper reaches of the rivers, the trout are waiting for some more water before they move up.  The dry fly has been working well in the upper sections, with emerger and caddis patterns.


Not much news coming out of the trout Stillwater’s at present.  The stable of summer patterns should include woolly buggers, along with dragon/damselfly patterns.


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 specimen carp session, (the next two) 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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