FISHING REPORT 17TH MAY ’19

The conditions have improved but the water quality has dropped. The pumps that deal with the raw sewage have broken and replacements have been ordered from overseas. This has left raw sewage flowing in to Durban harbour at an unprecedented rate.

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.

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Ray’s tip: Braid leader knots. Joining your mainline braid to your braid leader can be done with a number of knots. As with all braid knots, choose the one you are confident tying. You can use the FG, PR, Slim beauty, French or Uni to Uni, to name a few. Each knot has its strengths and weaknesses. Joining the braid leader to your terminal tackle can also be done in a number of ways. The most used is the Palomar knot, but you can use a Uni knot or figure of eight as well. Tutorials of how to tie these knots are freely available online, but if you pop in to any of our branches, one of our friendly staff members can assist you with the step-by-step instructions.

Offshore:

The baitfish have made an appearance and that has drawn a rise in launches from the Vetchies beach.

North – The north coast has suffered with some dirtier water of late and the fishermen have struggled to find cleaner water. There have been plenty of bigger snoek for the guys fishing on the colour lines near the river mouths. Our very own Markus Potgieter has been slaying the snoek and has landed a few bus specimens over the past week. A fillet trace with a redeye sardine fillet trolled along this colour line in conjunction with a smaller lipped lure like a Strike Pro Magic Minnow or a Rattler will put you in with the best chance of success.

Central – As mentioned above, the sewage leak has put many off fishing the Durban area. The bottom fishing has been very good of late with plenty of species coming out. There have been geelbek, daga and all the reds coming out. Try to avoid fishing with more than 2 hooks as the shark tax has been wild. Fishing with more than 2 hooks is only going to slow down the ascent time of your fish which makes them easy targets for the grey suits. If the tax is very high I recommend reducing to 1 hook per trace and after that, leaving to another area.

South – The south coast has had a similar issue to the north but the dirty water has dissipated sooner. The host of Interclub competitions currently under way has seen some beautiful fish coming out including some bus amberjack and a few decent tuna. There have also been some good snoek around the backline zone and all the tactics mentioned above will see you in some action. The bottom fishing has also been good off the inshore reefs for all the usual suspects.

Rock and Surf:

The rock and surf fishing has started to pick up for the abundant edibles. The weed that was washed down by the rivers is still around, so you need to survey the area and find a spot that is clear in order to fish without hassle.

North – The north coast has been a scratcher’s paradise. Not in terms of number of fish, but in terms of number of species. There have been more species landed on the upper north coast than I can count…and I went to school. The baits of choice have been prawn, crackers, sardines and chokka. If you are stuck for space, just load as much chokka as possible. Chokka is a very easy bait to change and shape how you want. You can make a small bait or a big bait with it and everything eats chokka. The hook needs to be a circle to avoid getting stuck in the rocks.

Central – The central zone has been a bit quiet due to the massive amount of raw sewage which has flushed out the harbour and made its way to the beachfront. Lucky the sea is a very diverse place and there are plenty of organisms that can deal with this. The beaches are cleaning up and the water should be safe to fish. I would highly recommend not eating any fish from the Durban area for the next couple of weeks. The piers have produced a few grey sharks for those still looking for the summer fish. There have also been a few diamond rays mixed in. Get your hands on some mackerel and you are set for these fish.

South – The bream are here! The bronze bream have made an early appearance on the south coast so if you enjoy catching these tricksters, the time is now. Watch Ray’s video on the secret bream traces and get your crackers and pink prawns. The rest of the south coast has been a scratching zone with plenty of edibles coming out. The main culprits have been rubberlips, cavebass, bream, stone bream, and rockcod. These will all eat chokka if prepared in the right way so make sure you have some in your box.

 

News from Mtunzini: “By the sounds of things the lagoon was giving nothing back to the anglers, a group of us went to the main car park for an evening session and had live baits out for nearly 5 hrs. and not a sniff, the braai was good fun though. Moving on through the weekend some juvenile river bream were caught and those ever present thorn fish, it is time for the river to give back to the anglers. Over the weekend we got given a demonstration on how to catch prawns without using a net by one of the local fishermen, it is very simple but basically what you do is walk fast in a circle to muddy the water, the prawns don’t like the muddy water so they settle on the bottom and you then use a cupped hand with fingers closed and put your handover them and pick them out of the water, apparently they go into a group in an indentation on the river bed and you can get handfuls at a time. This is not good for bait sales hahahahaha but try this next time you fishing, you need a muddy patch, we are now selling muddy patch coordinates. I have just heard some kob were caught in the river yesterday probably near the mouth, we have no further details.

The surf zone was not very productive either and on Saturday the most interesting catch reported was a puffer. On Sunday there were 3 anglers on Doggies Beach and they spent a lot of time cleaning the sea of weed, we thank you guys for the effort which will allow us a week of no weed fishing. During the weed clearing operation a small shark was landed and one angler managed something for the pot as reported to us by Prof, he could not see from where he was what type it was. Prof did manage a lesser sand shark amongst his weed cleaning. We have no news from the Banks and Port Dunford area although anglers left from the shop to fish there.

On the offshore side, Gert and Giel managed some nice bottoms but no couta however Janie fishing the Edwards area managed 3 couta, well done young man. Most of the bottoms caught were squaretail kob, slinger and some yellow belly rockcod and rubber lips. We are not sure about what the boats got out at high point. We will try find out during the week.

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.

Freshwater:

The freshwater scene has been going well for all the facets. The carp specimen anglers are having a ball with the big fish at most venues. The bass have continued on their feeding spree and the trout in the Stillwater’s are coming in to their feeding season!

Bass – The bass fishing has been very good at all the KZN venues. Inanda continues to be the pick of the dams if you are looking for bigger fish. This is a large dam that requires a bit of knowledge to discover the good spots. Talk to the local fishermen and explore. Your best tool is your eyes to look for evidence of fish. Keep moving until you find the fish. The more inland waters are also producing for the bass guys. Albert Falls and Midmar have both shown their worth over the past few weeks with multiple fish over the 4kg mark being splashed on to social media. If you haven’t fished these dams in a while, make a trip. It is definitely worth it.

Carp – The carp fishing is going well in all three of the dams mentioned for bass. The daytime bite has been surprisingly good and most of the better fish have come out in the day. Once again, your eyes are your real weapon here as you need to scan the water in the early hours (and throughout the day) for signs of activity. Look for wakes from fish moving, jumping fish and bubbles. Do not be afraid to move as 20 mins in the right zone is far better than 3 days in the wrong one. The conventional guys have been landing plenty of smaller carp. Banana and Spiderman have been the choice flavours. These fruity notes have kept the smaller fish in the area feeding hard and need to be in your bait box.

Trout – The Stillwater season is upon us! Get out your 5 and 6 weight rods and dust off your 1x tippet. Put away your hand-crafted bamboo wand and delicate 7x leaders. The big fish are feeding well and you need the backbone of the heavier rods to subdue them. If you have not booked your holiday yet, the time to do it is now. The trout are going in to their spawning season and will be feeding hard now on the larger food forms in order to bulk up for spawning and winter. Keep your fly box full of streamers and bigger terrestrial patterns. Do not make the mistake of only having these though, as the trout can get finicky and turn on to a mayfly hatch and leave you holding pole.

 

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