FISHING REPORT 12TH APRIL ’19 April 11, 2019 by The Kingfisher The fishing has taken a bit of a dip lately. The ski boats are not landing as much as previous weeks and the rock and surf side of things has calmed down. 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. 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: Match the hatch: Matching the hatch is a term used in fly fishing whereby the angler attempts to use a fly that matches the insects that are hatching as closely as possible. This can be taken to real extremes! In saltwater, we do not experience insect hatches, but we do get fish keying in on certain bait forms. For example, during the sardine run the fish feed more freely on sardines than on anything else. This does not mean they will not eat anything else, but they will definitely scrutinise something that isn’t a sardine a lot more than a sardine. In the salt it is more important to match the size of the bait than the colour. Use your eyes and see what the fish are eating and attempt to use something that matches its profile. Offshore: Beautiful weather, flat seas and plenty of fish. Well the first two are true… the fish have not been playing ball but the conditions have been idyllic. The big one is coming up…The Durban Ski Boat Club Festival! This is a biggie so get ready, 19th to the 21st of April. Stay tuned for more details… The prizes are being sorted and the pile is huge. Make sure you get your tickets ASAP. This is a biggie, so get ready. North – The north coast has been the only section of KZN consistently producing couta. The areas south of Westbrook have been hit and miss (more missing than hitting). Livebait has been king as usual and getting your hands on some lively mackerel has almost guaranteed success. Make sure you have enough stock of bait jigs and add a little bit of bait on to the jigs if you are struggling to get a bite. The geelbek have been feeding well for the night time launchers. These fish love a bit of glow around the bait so get your glow in the dark squid skirts and a box of sards and hit the water for some epic bottom fishing. Central – Queenfish, these acrobatic gamefish have been thick along the Durban coast. They are fish to target on the lighter tackle as they are clean fighters. Queenfish are particularly fond of a small livebait. Pin a small mozzie on a circle hook and you are in the money. Alternatively you can target them on smaller lipped lures, spoons, poppers and on the fly. There have also been tuna around for the guys pulling some faster lures or drifting bigger livebaits around the wrecks. South – The south coast has seen a lot of frigate tuna, bonito and yellowfin. These have all been big fish for their species. The frigates and bonnies have all been over 5kgs which is great fun to fight but not ideal when you are trolling for livebait. These fish are lovely to target if you are looking to have some fun offshore. Pop in to Kingfisher Durban and have a look at the affordable skirted lure range we have just unpacked. The small bullets are particularly good! Rock and Surf: The rock and surf fishing has started to shift away from the usual summer catches and more towards the winter quarry. Houndsharks, kob and garrick are starting to make their presence felt on the KZN coast. North – The north coast is the only section of the coast that is still producing summer fish consistently. This is the usual case as the north never really has a winter… Edibles such as pompano and stumpnose are still coming out in good numbers on the upper north coast while the inedibles have been a bit more scarce, but are still there to be caught. The edibles can be targeted using pink prawn, chokka or sealice while the inedibles will love to get their teeth on some juicy bonito or mackerel. Central – The central section along the Durban beachfront has been quiet. There have been plenty of shad around all the piers and the mornings have seen many people making the pre work effort to catch a few fish. This is best done with a gold Falcon spoon so as to avoid rocking up at work covered in sardine or Japanese mackerel. The piers are also a great place to target some of the other edible species or to take your kids to target the smaller fish. Pompano and stumpnose are the main targets for the edible anglers, but the methods used to target them will also see blacktail, stonebream and a host of other fish come to the side. South – The south coast has had the coldest water and has therefore seen the more winter species start to make a real appearance. There have been a few garrick that have been spotted but only a few have been caught. There are still plenty of stumpies on the south coast and the bronze bream are also around in the gullies. Keep a look out for musselcracker and have a go at targeting these shallow water beasts. Make sure you have strong, sharp hooks and quality tackle to avoid disappointment. Freshwater: The freshwater fishing has continued on a solid basis with plenty of decent bass coming to the net, a lot of fat trout falling for a bugger and some big carp finding a boilie too tasty to pass up. News from Jan Korrubel, The Kingfisher in PMB – “The rains keep coming! Not that we *dare* complain, but just when you think it’s all over, another flurry of storms make their appearance… Good rains were had in The Midlands over the weekend, and earlier this week, so the rivers are back in spate and Midmar’s overflow which had slowed right down to a mere trickle barely making the dam wall damp, is now topping over again. With higher flows, the nymphers (aka “Bottom Draggers”) have been getting stuck into the trout in the river, while the dry fly guys (aka “The Purists”) have been left a little behind. Flows generally settle in only a few days, so The Purists will have their time shortly. Reports note that the fish are now to be found in the shallower, riffle sections, indicating that the fish are starting to move up for the spawn. We urge anglers to avoid targeting actively spawning fish (i.e. those thrashing about in the riffles) and to avoid wading through these areas to safeguard the redds and eggs that have already been deposited. With a nice little pre-winter nip in the air over The Midlands, Stillwater water temperatures are sure to start dropping quickly now, putting the fish into big feed mode to cover the winter period. Minnow patterns are currently flying off the shelf at present, a clear indication that the fish are feeding on larger prey. Other popular patterns are of course the ubiquitous Woolly Bugger (“Speedcop” and olive being the top flavours) or a dragonfly nymph pattern (e.g. Papa Roach or Filoplume Dragon). Any trout anglers up in the Central ‘Berg over Easter period, don’t forget about the “Royal Natal Mahai Easter Fly Fishing Challenge” taking place at the Mahai Rest Camp Dam, Royal Natal National Park, on Saturday 20th April. A Grand Cash Prize of R10, 000 is available for the biggest fish of the day…so get your best flies out and May the Fishing Gods favour you on the day… Dam levels are looking good from the rains to date. Midmar is still pushing over at 100%, Spring Grove is sitting just shy of 75%, and Albert Falls has come up nicely to 41%. Event 3 of the Joey’s Towing Tournament Trail was held last weekend at Midmar Dam. The tournament events (8 in total) have a five-fish limit, 30cm minimum fish length with a maximum of 2 anglers on each boat. The weather didn’t quite play ball and the fishing was tough. The 4th instalment of 2019 takes place at Albert Falls Dam later this month. The Sterkfontein season is drawing to an end. David Weaver reports that the Amur Falcons have started leaving on their long migration back to the Amur Valley in northern Russia … when they leave the fishing at Sterkies is all but over. The weather should be fining off from now on out – so now is the time to get out and make good use of the break in the weather – any time outside beats the pants of office time! Don’t forget to stop by your favourite tackle store for the BEST in tackle and advice!” Thanks Jan. Bass – The bass fishing is slowly moving in to a cold-water state. The fish are still feeding like its summer but they are starting to feel the cold. Midmar is generally the first dam (of the big three) to go in to winter mode followed by Albert’s and then Inanda. Remember that colder waters mean fishing slower and generally deeper. The bass are feeding well in all of the bigger dams and the farm/private waters are seeing some true giants come out. Try your hand at the early morning top water frog bite in the shallows. You will be surprised how shallow a 3kg beast can go. While the heat is with us and the sun is shining, we must make hay. So get your tackle out and hit the water before the winter blues keep the duvet wrapped too tightly around you to get out of bed. Carp – The carp fishing has been decent. The syndicated Shongweni continues to produce the goods and the anglers on this water have been having unbelievable fishing lately. The smaller waters such as Lake Eland have been showing what good maintenance and management can do for these lake, producing large healthy fish on a regular basis. The big dams like Albert’s, Midmar and Inanda have produced bigger fish than the smaller waters but the fishing has been much harder and only the dedicated anglers have seen the real results. Baiting your fishing area well in advance and keeping the feeding zone topped up throughout your fishing is of the utmost importance. Tigernuts and boilies are still the best big fish baits. With Banana and almond shining as the best flavours. Trout – The trout fishing in the Stillwater’s is really picking up. The bigger dams are producing some real tackle testers and sometimes 15lb tippet material is in order! Your best bet is to book early as most of the venues are already booked, so hurry up. Fly-wise, the bigger flies are still the best way to go if you are after the bigger fish. Olives and blacks are the colours to focus on. In the flowing water, the rains have kept the rivers flowing well and the upper areas of the catchments have been consistent enough to plan a fishing trip. Keep the patterns sparse and with minimal flash for the best results. The gun nymph has taken the river fishing by storm and deserves its place in every box alongside the immensely popular Zak nymph. Add a couple of elk-hair caddis dry flies and a stimulator or two and you are set for the rivers. Tight lines and screaming reels The Kingfisher’s trading hours are Monday to Friday 8:00 to 17:00, Saturdays 8:00 to 13:00. Go to www.facebook.com/thekingfisherdaiwa and “Like” us on Facebook to catch reviews, videos, fishing reports, great promotions and lots more. Please send any info about fishing, fish caught or competitions in your area to firstname.lastname@example.org Free Fishing Reports Subscribe to our weekly fishing reports We respect your privacy.