With the healthy amount of northeast wind blowing and the summer fish feeding both inshore and offshore, the fishing has been great of late…


Rays tip: How many is too much?  The most fought about thing when it comes to rods is that we tend to have too many. So the question remains, how many rods do you actually need to be able to fish properly? Let us look at the competitive angler on the KZN coast: The KZN coast requires an ability to adapt. There are three main forms of angling (with bait) and therefore three main rods. You need to be able to scratch for the smaller fish, throw a big bait for inedibles and then a rod that can do both but that can deliver a bait to a far bank. The best rods for these are the the following: Daiwa Saltist 3-5oz (scratching), Daiwa Saltist Elite MH (All-round and best for long casting) and The Daiwa Saltist Elite Heavy (The best big fish rod!). So you can have three rods to do it all, but it is nice to have more…




The offshore fishing has been on fire this past week. The summer game fish are feeding very well and most of the game fish methods are accounting for fish. Any of the faster trolling methods are outshining the slower side of things, but anyone wanting to slow down can always target the bottom fish…


North – The north coast has produced some lovely fish over the last week. There have been sailfish, dorado, kingfish, couta and wahoo. Live bait has produced the best results in the shallower water. Targeting the toothless fish is best done on a fluorocarbon hook snoot and a good quality circle hook. Siglon flurocarbon and Mustad Tuna Circle hooks are the best recipe to land your prized catch. The toothy critters are going to require some wire but make sure to keep the wire usage minimal (as short and thin as you can). The best live bait is the one you can catch. Anything from lizardfish to live bonnies will catch fish, so stock up on some bait jigs and get a frisky livey in to the strike zone.


Central – The Durban coastline has been fishing very well when the conditions allow. The bait shoals are full up and they are mainly mackerel and red eyes. Time is running out to make sure you have a good stock of bait for the summer months, so get on to the water. The dorado have been the main prize along the central coast. The ships and FADs have been the places to try your luck for these fish. They are fantastic fighters that will get your heart racing and are also great to eat. The best methods have been trolling the likely areas with lipped or skirted lures and if this doesn’t get some action, to swop over to throwing live bait at the structure on a circle hook with a fluoro hook snoot. Pink is the best colour for dorado followed closely by chartreuse. If you haven’t caught one of these fish before, they are here and they are hungry…


South – The south coast has been the bottom fishing hot spot. The commercial and recreational guys have been having a good time with multiple species of fish and good trips being the norm. The best bait has been dependant on the species but live mackerel has produced the bigger fish while pota and chokka has produced for the smaller varieties. If you are wanting to give the bottom fishing a go, pop in to one of our stores and give the new Sea Strike rods a look. They are very well priced and you will be surprised how durable and strong they are. The game fish crews have also seen some decent catches with snoek, couta and tuna seeing the insides of the hatches. Lipped trolling lures have produced the goods for all these fish. The Kingfisher Rattle in pink and purple/black has been a winner.


Rock and Surf:

The rock and surf scene is buzzing with the introduction of the new Daiwa Saltist Elite Medium Heavy rod. This is a beast that compliments the insanely popular Heavy Elite (6-8oz) and is a more all-round stick. The medium heavy is available in 15ft and 14ft6 with a cast weight of 5-7oz. It is the perfect rod to compliment your heavy stick for summer. If you need backbone and a stick that can throw a mile, look no further…


North – The north coast has seen some decent fish over the last week. The reefs and ledges have produced some very good fish over the last week or two. The number and variety of fish has been phenomenal. Speckled snapper, lemonfish and cavebass have been the main fish being landed. These fish are best targeted with soft fleshy baits and chokka. Make sure your cooler box is packed with red eyes and chokka.

For the inedible guys there have been many raggies and flatfish around. If you are fishing in these areas, make use of a FMJ trace as you never know what is going to grab your bait. Also, keep the baits big and fleshy. Mackerel is the best all-rounder and a head with cutlets is a winner.


Central – The central zone has been an edible hotspot. The piers have been producing some very good fish. The grunter and stumpies have been the stars of the show and some great fish have come out over the last week. Crackers have been the best bait for these fish while chokka has been the next best thing. There are still plenty of shad around and while you are still allowed to catch them, you may not keep them or use them as bait (closed season). Guys please respect the laws…

The inedibles coming out along the central zone have mainly been blue rays and the occasional diamond. There are other species mixed in but these two have made up the majority of the catches. You do not need wire for these flatfish and you will get more bites using straight nylon. A Mustad Tuna circle between 6/0 and 10/0 is the best for these fish and a nice soft, fleshy fish bait is your best method of tussling with these surprisingly strong fighters.


South – The south coast has been fishing well, even in the terrible sea conditions. This is mainly due to the protective nature of the coast and the many bays and ledges that offer the fishermen some calmer water to fish when the deeper spots are unfishable. The scratching fish have been a mix of bream with some very good bronze bream coming out. There have been a few inedibles that have been landed most of which have been hammerheads and the odd bigger grey sharks which has fallen for a drone bait. Pink prawns and chokka have been the best scratching baits and you can use them individually or in combination. For the inedibles, mackerel is once again the best bait.



The Durban harbour is really starting to hot up. The bait and lure anglers are starting to report good catches throughout the harbour. The flatheads (gurnards) have been full-up on the sandbanks. Almost any lure fished just off the bottom will work for these fish, but they are partial to a small paddle tail. The springer and oxeye tarpon have also been testing the lure anglers. These fish have been hooked on all manner of method but few have been landed. Make sure your hooks are sharp.


News from Mtunzini:


Lagoon – Although the water is very muddy this has not deterred the Kob and Javelin Grunter from feeding, unfortunately the Kob are not making size much to the frustration of the anglers and the biggest recorded recently was 53cm. Some paddlers trawling picked up some gills nets and ripped them out , later on they came across some people setting nets who tried to claim they were swimming unfortunately for them the paddlers did not buy into that and the parks board were called. With no rain forecast this week the water should begin to get its normal colour back.


Surf – This has been a tough one to fish over the last week however some fish have been caught. One of my informants caught a size sole only to receive a phone call a few minutes after that with news that she was a Granny and mother and baby were doing well, what a great way to end a fishing session. A few part time informants (holiday makers) made the most of being at the coast and tried really hard to catch fish but the side wash got the best of them, one of them got a Milk Shark and the other a small Kob. Saturday and Sunday were a blowout. Hats off to the guys for trying, great respect.


Ski boat – The last boat that went out was on Tuesday and the skipper said the mouth channel has moved to 11 o’clock however we expect the big wind and storm during the week may have pushed it back to where it was, right against the side heading north. While sitting on anchor facing South a mother and calf whale approached the boat from the east and they watched them rolling over and playing and as they got near to the boat they sounded and one of the whales grabbed the anchor rope and yanked the boat hard to the Starboard and started pulling the boat with them, I Quote “another 10m we would have been on a plain”. Luckily the skip had presence of mind to cut the rope, when he cut the rope it shot into the water with so much force it was like firing a shot into water…..there ended the trip and they returned to base somewhat shaken but not stirred. Thanks Nic Maitland from Mtunzini Fishing for this report.




The bass and carp fishing is going incredibly well. Many recording new personal bests in both facets. The trout on the other hand have slowed a tinge in the Stillwater’s but the rivers are making up for that.


Bass – Bass fishing has been phenomenal over the past week or so. Midmar has produced some absolute slabs for the competitive guys while Alberts and Inanda have not been far behind. Every person who has reported catching some good fish has been using a different method. They two main methods that have produced the most fish have been cranking in the deeper water and fishing the weightless soft plastics in the shallows. The crankbaits that have been producing are those that can efficiently get down to the deeper depths (12ft at least). Targeting the deeper structure off points has produced the bigger fish. Remember to match the rod and reel to the application as well as the line. The soft plastic anglers have been doing the Reaction soft plastics proud. The flukes and the worms in watermelon red and green pumpkin have been the best colours. Keep an eye on your line and make sure to let the lure sink right to the bottom. Any twitch in the line is a sign of bass, so strike as soon as you can.


Carp – The carp fishing continues to grow from strength to strength. The guys putting the hours in have been seeing the rewards. Structure finding is vitally important and specifically finding fish-holding water. Remember to do this smartly and not to drive your bakkie in to where you are going to fish. The two main venues producing fish over the last couple of weeks has been Albert Falls and Inanda. Midmar has also produced some good fish, but nothing like the other two. The sweeter flavours are really coming in to their own with the onset of the warmer weather and specifically for the conventional anglers. The specimen guys have been doing very well on the “match the bait” method. In other words they are using the same bait they are feeding the area with. The more time you put in to preparation, the more fish you will catch. Tigernuts that have been critically balanced is by far the best fish-catching method. We have a wide variety of tiger nuts available as well as access to 90% of the Korda product range; get your orders in to The Kingfisher in Durban.


Trout – The river fishing is on an upward trajectory. Facebook is loaded with picturesque views and beautiful river fish. The Stillwater fish have started to feel the heat a bit and have become a little picky when it comes to what they will eat. In the rivers, weight (presence or absence thereof) and movement are your friends when it comes to the flies you use. CDC is an underused material for the legs of nymphs. In the rivers, the two main approaches are the dry route or the nymph. For the nymphs, a Zak nymph has always been a winner and should definitely be with you at all times. The new Gun nymph is also a fantastic fly but you have to tie them yourself or get friendly with a good fly-tier if you want some. For the dry flies, a whole host of flies will do the trick. Focus on the smaller side of things and pay attention to the insect life around you. DDD and mayfly imitators are your best general purpose flies.

Tight lines and screaming reels.


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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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