FISHING REPORT 18TH JANUARY 2019 January 16, 2019 by The Kingfisher The fishing has been very productive in most of the facets over the last few weeks. The sea has been friendly on most days and allowed the guys to launch or fish without too much hassle. The year has started off well for us fishermen, let us hope it keeps on rolling… 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: Gloves Gloves are a vital fishing tool for many reasons. They either provide sun protection, grip or abrasion resistance. Sun protection can be very important when fishing from the shore or a boat. Your hands are always wet and sun screen does not stay on your hands for long. This is the place of the uv resistant sun gloves. Grip is another important aspect that can be very important in a slippery situation. Lastly, protection your hands from spines, scutes or rough skin can be the difference between having to end your fishing day early or enjoying your trip. We have a wide range of Mustad gloves for every application. Come to a kingfisher branch or leading tackle store to get yours now. Offshore: The offshore fishing has been very good over the past few weeks. The fishable days have definitely made up for the miserable weather and big seas that have limited the amount of days on the water. North: The lower north coast has been very kind to all the offshore anglers. Dorado, tuna, couta and snoek have been filling the hatches. The inshore reefs and the backline areas have been the spots for the smaller couta and the snoek. The north bank of the Umgeni has looked like a parking lot on some days. For these areas, not much can beat a fillet bait and shiny skirt combination. The flash and smell drive the fish wild. Combine this with a small spinning stick to throw spoons on and you are sorted as a backline hunter. For the deeper reefs and wrecks, there have been tuna aplenty. A live mozzie has been the order of the day for these hungry predators. Drifting with a livebait is a deadly method for most gamefish and you never know who is going to grab the bait. Central: The central zone has been a strange area. The fish and sea have played ball on some days and then decided to give the middle finger on others. It has been a hit or miss affair. The most successful method has been trolling a live bait slowly in the likely areas. This means either around the known bait spots, FADs, the ships or any offshore reef. There is no need for wire if you are after the tuna and the dorado. In fact, the less hardware around the bait the better. So you are best suited to using a small hook (single j-hook, Back-to-back J-hooks, treble hook or circle hook) pegged through the fish’s top lip and that connected to a good quality fluorocarbon. My choice is a 5/0-6/0 Mustad tuna circle and Siglon flurocarbon. The bottom fishing crews have slowed down in terms of the catch numbers, but there are still fish around. The geelbek and daga have been very patchy but the occasional yellowtail that has grabbed the bait has livened things up very quickly. South: The south coast has been full up of yellowtail. These extremely hard fighting fish are a real challenge on any gear. The bottom fishing crews normally hook these bruisers around the deeper reefs while targeting coppers or other predatory fish on live bait. Most of the boats have managed to return home with a few tuna on board. The rest of the gamefish have not been playing along and very few other species are making their way to the gaff. The odd snoek is falling for a fillet bait or small spoon but they are few and far between, making targeting them very difficult. There have been a few couta on the deeper reefs but the catches have been minimal. Rock and Surf: The inedible anglers have been going dilly over the hot weather and north east winds that have been blowing. These conditions bring prime big fish angling. The anglers dropping baits with the drones have been testing their backing knots properly. This is big fish territory, so don’t go in with a knife when you need a cannon. (Daiwa Saltist 8-12oz XHB). The Daiwa Tournament is finally out and the stocks are flying, get yours before they are all gone! North: When the conditions line up, the north has been wild. From Umhlanga to Richard’s Bay and beyond, the fishing for the big boys has been exceptionally good. The so called wrong conditions have reduced the bites, but the fishing has not stopped. Any larger fish bait has been the best bet to draw the fish in and get their attention. Mackerel and bonito/sarda are your best baits when it comes to inedibles up north. Remember that you need to fish for these fish with the correct tackle (fairly heavy) to get them out. The diamonds can be landed on light tackle but this is not possible if there is any kind of crowd. Fishing light in the crowd is a recipe for disaster, either tangles or cut-offs. FMJ traces are not necessary for the diamonds but the wire does give you two benefits. The wire means the sharks will not bite you off and the wire gives you added abrasion resistance (more than one fish on the trace). Central: The central zone of KZN has been fishing up and down. The sand dredging and pumping in the basin has largely ruled out fishing. The dirty water is too full of silt for most of the fish to move in. The rest of the bay has been fishing fairly consistently with the piers being the best choice for edibles and the beaches being the better bet for inedibles. The edibles have been favouring a neat prawn bait placed on to a sandbank or the edge of one. The flatfish and sharks have preferred a juicy fish bait in the deeper water. Keep your hook snoot as light as possible for the edible fish as this is more likely to entice a bite instead of putting them off. South: The south coast continues to have an influx of kingfish. The giant and blacktip kingies have been full up along most of the upper south coast. The guys using well-presented squid/chokka baits and the guys fishing with artificials have been hooking in to these brutes. A live shad or karanteen is also a good bet at hooking in to one of the larger specimens. These are very strong and dirty fighters, so do not fish too light for them. The rest of the south coast has had the usual catches. The points are fishing well for the inedibles with a few hidings being dished out. The gullies and sandy beaches have been the spots to go to for the edibles with bronze bream and kob making up the bulk of the catches. Freshwater: The freshwater fishing has been going well for both the specimen and conventional carp anglers. The bass fishing has ebbed and flowed but most days see the guys walking off with a smile rather than a frown. The Kingfisher stocks a wide range of tackle for every conceivable freshwater facet, pop in to one of our stores or give us a call/ring and get the right tackle for you. Carp: The Korda Kamakura hooks are doing incredibly well for both specimen and conventional anglers. These hooks are so sharp that the carp just look at the bait and they get hooked. The sweeter flavours are still out-performing all the others with Banjo shining in all the KZN dams. Albert Falls is producing the goods for all those that have fished there in the past few weeks. Inanda has started to cool down after the initial rush but it is still fishing very well for both styles. The specimen anglers have seen the best results fishing a sweet tigernut that has been critically balanced with cork over a bed of particles. The fish are feeding heavily in the warmer water so do not shy away from the feed. Tigernuts and hemp are the best bet to bring the carp in to your feeding area. Use your eyes and find the fish before you set up. Look for bubbles, muddy water or fish that are rising/jumping. These are sure signs that fish are feeding in the area. If you are fishing in a crowd, make your bait stand out from the rest. Use something like fluorescein to make your bait send up a plume of colour. Bass: The bass fishing has been out of control. All the KZN dams are fishing incredibly well. There have been some new records caught in most of the dams with Midmar having multiple fisah over the 5kg mark. These fish are vital for the future of the bass population, so treat them well and release them as quickly as possible. Soft plastics and bulky jigs with large trailers have caught most of the bigger fish. Getting your bait in to the thicker cover will often produce the bite. keep your colours natural and add a splash of colour in the form of a dipped tail or pincers. For the dams with more open water, a crankbait or spinnerbait is the best method of covering water quickly and efficiently. If you want a slower approach then fish a jerkbait or weightless fluke. Colours are always a controversial topic but stick to natural or outlandish (the choice is yours). Fish the likely spots (weed lines, points and structure) carefully and do not be afraid to fish the same area for a while if it looks promising. Trout: As the heat of summer intensifies, the trout start to sulk in to the depths to get away from the warmer water. This does not mean that they will not feed, it just means that you need to look for them where they are hiding. Find the cooler water. Cooler water has more oxygen and is more comfortable for the fish to be in. The best way to get down to the fish is to use a sinking line and a shorter leader. The sink speed of the line determines how deep it can efficiently fish at and the time it will take to get there. The shorter leader keeps the fly at the same depth as the line so as to avoid the line running deep and the fly sitting 9 feet above it. This time of year is best done with heavier tackle as you will land the fish a lot quicker and thus limit the stress put on the fish in the heat. The summer heat is not ideal for the fish in the dams and once the water is too warm, it is best to fish elsewhere as the fish will most likely be killed by the fight. The rivers are all still fishing well with the trout and scalies feeding eagerly on our feathered offerings. 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