FISHING REPORT 22ND FEBRUARY ’19

The fishing has been on fire for all facets, with tuna, sandies and big carp all being reported.

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Ray’s tip: Wading clothing: Quick-dry. This is the key phrase you need to look for. The essential thing with choosing clothes specifically for wading is that they need to be fairly tight-fitting and need to dry quickly. A baggy cotton shirt will soon see you in trouble as the excess drag pulls you around. Now this is not too important when it comes to shallow wading where you don’t go deeper than your waist, but in the deeper areas where a bit of swimming is needed, the clothing can make the difference between a safe wade and disaster. Remember to always keep safe and to make sure you always wade in pairs to keep an eye on each other. Get your hands on some Lycra tights, quick-dry pants and a light quick-dry shirt and you are good to go. All the wading apparel you need is available at your nearest Kingfisher branch.

 

Offshore:

 

This has been where most of the social-media action has been taking place. The offshore guys have been landing some beautiful fish.

 

North – The north coast has seen a lot of success over the past week. There have been plenty of tuna, dorado, snoek and even couta coming out. The biggest factor in getting a fish is the angler’s ability to catch bait. If you can get your hands on live bait, you are guaranteed a bite. If not, you have a struggle on your hands but you can still get a tuna or two trolling some plastics. If you are targeting the dorado and the tuna, use a fluorocarbon leader to your hook as this improves the natural look of the bait. The fluorocarbon will get you more bites than using a standard wire couta trace for these fish.

 

Central – The central zone around Durban has been very kind to the offshore folk. The tuna have been the mainstay for the charter and recreational guys. They have pounced on almost anything, but have shown a distinct preference for a deep diver. My personal preference is for the Kingfisher Rattler range with the blue, pink and purple colours all producing in the past. If you are after the tuna, there is no need to have a wire leader, stick to an abrasion resistant nylon or fluorocarbon. This will increase your bite rate and you are unlikely to lose a fish. Make sure to use a good quality power swivel to avoid line twist.

 

South – The south coast zone has seen a fair number of fish over the past week. The Aliwal Shoal area continues to produce for the guys making a long haul. This spot can be very temperamental, so speak to the local anglers and the divers to see what the water temperature and the currents are doing as these severely affect the fish. The Shoal is best fished with a live bonito or frigate tuna. These feisty live baits work for most pelagic species. They are fairly fragile fish and need to be rigged and put in to the water as soon as possible. They are very fast swimmers and can be pulled at a faster speed than mackerel and mozzies. Use a slightly longer wire trace with these live baits as the wahoo love to chew up the line when they are hooked and even the fastest reel will not keep up with their runs.

 

News from Mtunzini:The river has settled down and has produced some very nice size river snapper, bream and flathead or bar tail. The Slipway area seems to be the hot spot at the moment , the tides are good for late afternoon into the evening sessions, bearing in mind the tide is over an hr. different front to beach in the main picnic areas due to the fact they are located about 6km inland. Because we are in the spring high cycle we expect with the big tidal difference fishing to be good. A point of interest, these are the following types of baits you can use to catch river bream: Chicken Hearts and Liver, live mullet or glassies, artificial lures, Cheddar Cheese, prawns live and dead, sardine, baby squid, chokka, bread, Mackerel  can anyone name some more baits?

 

Another slow weekends rock and surf fishing however the guys from Team Gauteng Central I think it was managed to get a diamond and I think they were the only ones fishing in our waters to catch one, The Banks produced a few small sharks and we are not sure what happed in the Port Dunford area. There are still big shad around but no little ones yet I wonder if the diamonds ate them. Using sea lice or ghost crabs will get you very decent sized southern or long fin pompanos, cast in front of the shore break to target these.

 

After the excitement of the snoek during the week, Saturday saw a few boats go out, fishing was slow and hard going with not many bottoms caught , the water was very clam and a bit cold I believe. Nigel told me he saw 2 birds diving and not at the same time so he went to see what was going on each occasion although he tried spooning there was nothing there. 2 boats came in during the late afternoon but I did not get a chance to see what they caught, we hope they got fish as they were out for a long time.

 

We have an 8 sleeper house (can sleep 10 as it has 2 double beds) should a group want to hire it, it is self-catering with ample bait storage space. Thanks Nic Maitland from Mtunzini Fishing Shop for this report”.

 

Rock and Surf:

The rock and surf fraternity is doing very well with the pompano, stumpies and the wide array of summer flat fish that have been testing tackle and backs. The chiropractors are very happy and hope the summer season continues…

 

North – The north coast has been the upper end of the action. The areas at the bottom end of the north coast such as uMdloti and Balitto have been the areas to focus on. There has been a lot of action for both the drone and the conventional guys ranging from sandies to zamebzi’s. The deep water points have been the spots to deploy a bigger bait if you are in search of a giant. Make sure your tackle (and body) is ready for the onslaught as the fight will be long and ferocious.

 

Central – The Durban zone has produced fish for both the edible and the inedible anglers. There have been plenty of pompano and stumpies for the guys looking for a quality edible fish. These fish both love a sealice or chokka/occie bait. Mix and match and try your best to put the bait on the edge of a working bank. The inedible guys have seen good results in the basin area as well as the Lighthouse area at Umhlanga. If you can get your hands on mackerel then you are in the zone to tussle some of the bigger fish being hooked. There are plenty of very large flatfish at the moment, so make sure you are mentally and physically ready for a few hours of …”fun”.

 

South – The south coast has been more of an edible zone than the central, but there have been a lot of fish for the inedible guys. The beaches have been producing stumpies, pompano and a lot of kingfish over the past week. Chokka is by far the best all-round bait for all of these fish, but make sure your box also has a good supply of prawns and sealice for targeting the stumpies on the deeper banks. The beaches were wading is possible have allowed the anglers the chance to put a bait in to the deep water. Here is where the bigger fish have all been hooked. There have been a good number of sandies and blackfin sharks hooked, so prepare for a fight. Mackerel and bonito have been the best baits for these fish, so get your hands on the freshest versions of these possible.

 

Durban Harbour – For guys spinning in the Harbour with small lures and dropshots, bar tail flathead and torpedo scads have made up the bulk of their catches. Our new range of Reaction lures are a cost-effective way of getting in to the estuary spinning scene and with their attractive colours and swimming action, it will not be long before they find their way in to everyone’s tackle box.

 

Freshwater:

The freshwater scene has been lovely. The warm weather has most of the dams packed with boaters, swimmers and fishermen. This can be a cause for conflict, but try to fish in the areas away from the crowds.

 

Bass – All of the KZN dams have been producing fish. Midmar is working for the guys but the fish are holding tight to structure due to the heat forcing them to hide in the cooler water. Hazlemere continues to be one of the better dams to fish in KZN as numerous reports have come in talking about the large numbers of bass coming out. The guys fishing from the kick boats and boats have been getting most of the action as they have been able to access the more remote areas of the dam. Senko-type stick bait soft plastics have been working extremely well. Although the majority of the bass being caught are not giants, anglers are reporting large numbers of fish making up their daily bag. Inanda has slowed down a bit, but continues to see the guys catching a larger number of fish with a good sprinkling of large fish in between. Watermelon red has been the only colour to use in this dam, so make sure you have the right lures in the box when you head there next.

 

Carp – The carp fishing has been good in all the dams in KZN. A small dam on the south coast has been throwing a large number of big fish in the last few weeks and is developing a good reputation for itself. The best results have been out of Albert Falls in the last week. This dam has been working for both the conventional and recreational anglers. Unlike Inanda, it has not required the same amount of preparation for each bite. The smaller fish have kept the conventional anglers happy as there is constantly a buzz of alarms along the bank. The specimen guys have had to work a bit harder for each bite, but the fish have been a lot larger. The anglers able to fish Shongweni have also had a great run of late, but as this is a syndicate, not everyone is privy to fish there. Keep it simple when it comes to flavours and make sure you have a banana flavour, a garlic and an almond. These are flavours that will produce results in all the dams in KZN and deserve a spot in your arsenal.

 

Tip: Buy a can or two of whole kernel mealies and use the juices of both cans instead of water to mix your mealie bomb and feed. You can also add these mielies to your bomb or use them as your hook bait.

 

Trout – The trout fishing is still in limbo. The warm water has dulled the fishing over the last few weeks. The warmer weather raises the water temperature and in turn puts the fish down in to the deeper water. The deeper water is not only cooler, which makes it a lot more pleasant for the fish, but it also holds more oxygen which makes the fish feel a lot happier as they can breathe. Fish these deeper areas with a quality sinking line and a short leader with a larger fly such as a paparoach or zonker. These flies when fished in the deeper water are deadly for fish in these deeper waters and often catch the larger fish in the dam. Use a quality leader and step it up for these bigger fish. In some dams it is recommended to step all the way up to 15lb tippet. Keep your eyes open and see if you can find the activity in the dam.

 

News from Jan Korrubel, The Kingfisher in PMB. “Some more good rains up in The Midlands last week, things are looking up for autumn…

With continued rains received last week, The Midlands is finally getting its fair share – just in time to set up for some great autumnal fishing!  The rivers are running full and high – definite tungsten water for the nymphers to get the fly down to the fish holding on the bottom, and larger than usual dry flies required for those fishing the riffle water to get the fish to move up through the flow.  Alternatively, look for quieter water and back eddies where there will be fish holding out of the main current.

 

With the rains bringing much needed relief to the Stillwater’s – water levels are up and water temperatures are down – the Natal Fly Fishers Club (NFFC) have re‑opened waters to fishing.  There is of course a (temporary) downside to the influx of water to the dams – muddy water – requiring a slight change in tactics, but no excuse to not get out there.  Dirty water flies are generally larger (range from a #6 up to a #2) and usually incorporate materials to create a lot movement; e.g. rubber legs or marabou or rabbit fur…these materials have a lot of motion and “noise” to help trout find them in the dirty water.

 

With the rains, dam levels are on the rise: Albert Falls up by nearly a precent, and Midmar up nearly 5%.  Spring Grove is up to 57% and Mearns is overflowing at 107%.  Of interest, Mearns has a new slipway that is much flatter, which helps vehicles without low range…but as with any launch, it is imperative to stay on the line of the slipway and the dry stuff as much as possible.

Reports indicate some good bass coming out of Albert Falls.  The current issue of “The Bass Angler” features Protea angler Neels Beneke with a 5.5kg Midmar Monster taken on a deep diving crankbait.  As water levels increase in the dams and the formerly dry grassy areas get flooded, weedless patterns fished in the shallows for foraging fish will be your go to rig.

 

The yellowfish action is still strong at Sterkfontein.  Keep an eye on the weather up there – all you need is a couple days clear skies with warm conditions, and the fishing will go off the charts.  Popular flies are caddis and emerger patterns, and don’t forget some BIG hopper patterns as these have been accounting for the largemouth yellowfish.

The forecast has some spits and spots of rain over the next week or so, no excuse not get out in-between and chase some tails…Don’t forget to pop into your favourite Kingfisher store for the BEST in tackle and advice”.

Thanks Jan.

Please remember to leave the areas that you fish in a better condition than when you got there. Take a few moments to pick up some litter and take it to the nearest bin. Tight lines and screaming reels.

 

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