Another year has come and gone. What a fantastic year 2018 was! One of the best sardine runs in a very long time, the start of the diamond smashes and some edible fish that needed to be seen to be believed. Roll on 2019…

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Ray’s tip: Neat freak.

There is nothing worse than looking for your bag of traces or your sliding sinkers etc. and they are not “where you left them” in your pile of fishing paraphernalia. This is normally because everything is packed in a heap somewhere in the corner of the garage or the shed and in no state of order. Not only is this bad for the tackle, it is bad for your sense of humour (which is likely to fail after the first hour).

Pack your stuff neatly! Your significant other has said it enough times… It is a pain to do but it is highly satisfactory once everything is in a designated area and packed in the appropriate containers. Start with the old traces that are rusting their lives away and put them out of their misery. Organise your sinkers in weight classes and melt down the old battered ones. The rods that you only use on a rare occasion need to be washed properly and treated with a light coating of silicone spray and then packed in to a protective cover of sorts. Same goes for the reels, ideally service them and then store them in their boxes in a safe place. Look after your tackle and your tackle will look after you.


The offshore guys had a wonderful year with many personal bests and some amazing fish brought to the boat. Let’s hope that 2019 brings with it some more action and many fantastic days on the water.

The last days of 2018 brought with it some choppy seas but some good fish as well. There have been a large number of GTs caught along the coast and the tuna have been around almost every day to keep the sharks busy.

North – The north has seen some very good fish and a few hidings. The billfish and tuna continue to feed well when the right water is found. The deeper waters off Richard’s Bay has seen some amazing fish in the past few weeks. Faster trolling has been the most productive in the northern waters. This means either small lipped lures, lipless lures or Kona-type skirted lures. Make sure that the lure is designed to run at the speed you are going to be trolling it at otherwise you will just end up with jumping lures and headaches. Purple, red, green and black are the favourites but colour is often more of a personal choice than anything else.

Central – The Durban coast has produced some good fishing when conditions have allowed the boats to launch. Tuna have been the main catch with bonito following close behind. Bait has been extremely scarce and has been the difference between catching fish and watching people catch fish. Add small bites of bait on to your bait jigs and chum the area you are fishing to get the baitfish excited and feeding freely.

South – The south is not a place to take lightly. The holiday season claimed its fair share of boats and luckily only tackle. Please ensure you know the launch site well before you venture out and especially that you know where to approach when coming back to dry land.

Rock and Surf:

The heat of summer is starting to play a major role in the decision to go fishing. If you do venture out on a hot day, remember to prepare yourself. If you are fishing on a beach, pack in a pair of shoes to walk on the hot sand, blisters on the feet are not fun!

North – The north has been the producing for the inedible anglers. There have been large numbers of diamonds coming out at the banks and surrounding areas as well as some welcome surprises as well. These include a few java and zambezi sharks as well as some big edibles (kingies and kob) as well as some other inedibles such as sandies and honeycombs. All in all, if you are looking for a bigger bite, the north is the place to go with the heavy tackle.

Central – The Durban coast has been a very difficult place to fish over the last few weeks with all the crowds. The piers have offered the only respite from the chaos and thousands of people. The piers have not disappointed with the superb edible fishing they have given the guys over the last few months. Stumpies have been shoaling and many fantastic specimens landed. There have also been some size blacktail and pompano. Baits of choice have been chokka, pink prawn, mussels and cracker prawns.

South – The south coast has been similarly busy over the festive period which has made many of the fishing spots too crowded to attempt to fish. The guys that have fished their secret spots have caught some very good fish with both edibles such as pompano, kingfish and stumpies while the inedibles have been keeping the rods bent and the reels screaming. The main inedibles landed have been honeycombs and sandies during the day and the ever-present dusky sharks making an appearance at night.


The Durban harbour has been producing fast and furiously. There have been some proper grunter landed in the last few weeks for the guys fishing with crackers. Remember to keep your hook snoot nice and light to avoid spooking these wary fish. The artificial fishermen have been having a ball with the kingies and tarpon. There are plenty of fish to be had and the summer weather will have the action heating up.


The dams, lakes and rivers have been very busy over the past few weeks. There have been fish for all the guys from the scalies and trout for the fly fishers to big carp for the conventional and specimen carp anglers.

Bass – The bass fishing has been amazing! The bass have gone in to full summer mode and are feeding with reckless abandon. Soft plastics have produced the most bites aver the last few weeks. Any colour with a splash or flash of red in the mix has elicited a strike. Watermelon red is a timeless colour that every angler should have in his or her box. Have a look at the new range of Kingfisher Reaction plastics as an affordable alternative.

Carp – The carp fishing has been up and down over the past month. The hot and cold snaps have put the fish in a mood which has made the fishing a bit hit or miss. Still, the guys that have done well have been putting in the effort and the results have shown. The sweeter flavours have come in to their own over the last month. Strawberry, honey, black magic etc. have been driving the carp wild. All of the waters in KZN have been producing good fish so make sure you get out to your nearest water and get stuck in to some lovely summer carp to get the New Year rolling.

Trout – The trout fishing has been very good in the streams. Most of the higher altitude rivers and streams are running low and clear but the fish are feeding well. All of the usual patterns are producing results with the new craze of the “Gun Nymph” producing many fish. For the dry fly enthusiasts, the elk hair caddis is a reliable favourite. Keep the tippets light and avoid drag at all costs. The Stillwater’s have slowed down, but they are still producing fish. Focus your fishing in the early hours of the day before the heat sets in and also in the afternoon when it starts to dissipate. Fish deeper in the heat and keep your eyes open for fish.

The scalies are full up! The rivers are producing very good numbers of these hard fighters. Small nymph patterns are the way to go with black and olive being the preferred colours. Don’t be afraid to throw some bigger flies, you may well be surprised.

News from our Jan Korrubel in PMB:

So, here we are at the start of a brand New Year – trust that y’all manage to get out and throw a line at your favourite fishing’ hole over the holidays, and that a PB got reeled’ in…if not, you have 360+ days to fix that!

The hot spell that was most of December luckily had some cooler day’s in-between, and the odd spot of rain which has kept water temperatures down.

With most anglers keeping their cards close to their chest, the holiday reports have been few and far between.  Some good trout in the 4-5lb range have been reported from The Midlands Stillwater’s however, with a sprinkling of “monster” break-offs, as is usually the case!  Lake fishing in summer usually takes the form of “deep and slow”, with flies in natural colours of olive, brown and black.  It is suggested to step up leader and tippet sizes (e.g. 3X, or 4X minimum) in order to get fish up from the depths and not have them break off.

With the water table presumably still down, the rains up in the catchments haven’t provided much in the way of run off, so apart from the odd big thunderstorm, the rivers have been running low and clear.  Dry fly (emerger style patterns like a Klinkhamer) is the name of the game in the shallow and riffle sections, but nymphs can be productive to get to the fish at the bottom of the deeper pools and runs (plenty mayfly crawlers under the rocks at present, so a Zak or PTN will do the trick).

The bass have also been about, with reports of lighter colours (e.g. watermelon) working at Albert Falls (and reports of a 5.12kg fish), and darker colours (e.g. Junebug) getting the bite at Midmar and Baynesfield.

Sterkfontein has also been on fire of late, with reports of some excellent fish been taken on a variety of dry fly (e.g. hoppers and of course, the obligatory beetle) as well as nymphs (e.g. weighted and unweighted GRHE).

The Kingfisher would like to take this opportunity to wish all our customers TIGHT LINES and look forward to being assistance for the year ahead.

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