FISHING REPORT 31ST MAY ’19

May has come and almost gone and the fishing has been kind to us. The weather has been typical of May with plenty of calm days and flat seas.

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: Let it glow!

Glow lights and glow in the dark material is something which is vitally important to anyone that fishes at night. Some fish love it and some fish are scared by the light, so you need to know when to use it. Small fish are attracted to the light, so if you are trying to avoid peckers, stay away from lights. Fish such as lanterns, rockcod and eel-tail barbel love a glow in the bait. Try using some of the glow in the dark floats and shine them up with your torch before every throw. Kob love a subtle glow in the bait, so do not overdo it. Using a base of glow foam, build your chokka bait around it. This will let the glow of the foam shine through the bait and create an irresistible attraction for the kob. Finally, if you are drift fishing for shad or walla walla at night, use a glow stick. This will allow you to keep an on your bait in the water as well as attracting the fish.

 

Offshore:

The offshore scene has been a mixed bag of results. The competitions on the central and south coast have been very poor in terms of results, with not much being brought to the table. The north coast competitions on the other hand have been amazing with most teams landing a good fish.

Congratulations to the Maphelane Red team for winning the Maphelane 2019 Trophy. Well done to all those that entered and managed to land a few fish.

North – The north coast, as mentioned above, has been the place to go if you are looking for a bite. There have been plenty of fish for all anglers whether on a ski, boat or Jet Ski. The snoek have been around the river mouths as well as off Umdloti. The usual tricks of pulling some fillets or small lipped lures is the best way to get a bite early in the morning. The tuna have been around but are not as dominant as previously while a few lucky souls have managed some very late season dorado while targeting other species.

 

Central – Finding bait has been the key in the central section of the coast. Bait has been scarce and the fish have followed the small smatterings of bait very closely. There have been a couple small couta that have made an appearance but no big fish have made it to the gaff. Best method at the moment is to get your hands on some live bait and down rig it close to the bottom. Drift the likely areas and hold on for a bite. The bottom fishing crews have been having some very good results on all the usual spots along the Durban coast. The reds (slinger, dageraad, soldiers, etc.) have been full up along with the daga, snapper salmon and geelbek.

 

South – The south coast has not been a friendly place for the offshore anglers. There has not been much around and few boats have had success. The guys looking for gamefish are best suited to Aliwal as there have been a few wahoo and tuna around. The inshore anglers have not seen the bigger couta that are normally around at this time of year and we can only hope they appear soon. The sardine action on the Transkei coast is limited at the moment and we are holding thumbs that they start moving up in numbers.

 

Rock and Surf:

The rock and surf fishing has switched to a more edible focus at the moment. This being said, nobody seemed to mention it to ambassadors Roarke Hamilton or Prenelan Subrayen who have both been successfully targeting the zambies along the north coast. Well done to both of these anglers on landing these extremely strong and determined fish.

North – The north coast has seen a lot of edible fish coming out on the upper end of the zone. Cape Vidal, Mission Rocks and Nyoggies have all produced some very good catches of edibles. The main species have been cavebass/lanterns, ell-tail barbel, stumpies, speckled snapper and blacktail. Chokka is the only bait you need in your box, so make sure you have plenty packed when you head up north. Look at the traces on our YouTube channel and you are sure to improve your results. The north coast has also seen some big honeycombs being landed for the anglers who are still targeting them.

 

Central – The central zone has seen some impressive inedible action in the past week. There have been some giant honeycombs landed and a few more lost. These fish are extremely powerful and have been known to drag a fight out well beyond 10 hours. If you are going to tackle these fish, make sure you are ready and have enough water. This can also be said for the zambies that have been landed by our ambassadors in the past week. To land a fish north of 250kg is a special feat and deserves recognition. Well done guys!

 

South – The south coast has been an edible paradise. Garrick have made an appearance and a good few have been landed already. These fish took a real hit last year with plenty people keeping over the legal limit. Please release as many of these gentleman fighters as possible. The bronze bream have also made an appearance and the scratchers have been rejoicing. The kob are also around with plenty juvenile fish around the river mouths. These fish are very abundant at the moment along the entire coast and greedily eat a paddletail or chokka bait. Make sure to release them as they are the fish for the future.

 

Freshwater:

The dams/Stillwater have been producing fish for all facets from the fly guys to the papgooi kings. The bass have been lively, the carp have been leaping for joy and the trout are starting to feel frisky.

 

Bass – The bass have been feeding well even with the colder weather starting to approach. The cooler temperatures have meant the fishing has started to slow down in the higher altitude dams. Midmar is normally the first to see the cold slow down, out of the major dams. Midmar is however still producing good bags of fish. Spinnerbaits and chatterbaits in white/chartreuse are working particularly well at both Albert Falls and Midmar. This is probably the bass’ response to the oncoming weather and the need to eat bigger food items to put on a winter belly. Focus your efforts on the shallower regions where the first light of the morning sun will warm the water. As the day progresses, move to the deeper spots and focus on underwater humps and ditches. The fish will be looking for fish and larger food items, so use some bigger baits and fish them slow.

 

Carp – The carp have been keeping the guys honest in the inland dams. The bigger fish have eluded all but the most determined anglers. The smaller fish are feeding with real gusto and one can easily rack up a big catch in no time. These fish are great fun on the lighter tackle and are perfectly suited to out 10ft Daiwa Emcast and Black Widow rods. The specimen anglers have been getting great results from Inanda and Nagle. These two dams hold a bit of mystery and have some giants in the water. Plenty stories of the one that got away start at one of these dams. The sweeter flavours continue to produce the best results, with tigernuts fished over a bed of boilie crumb or hemp seed producing some very good results. Remember that winter is coming and that means boilies. So start stocking up.

 

Trout – The Stillwater’s are fishing incredibly well and many fish over 10lbs have been landed in the past week. The bigger Stillwater’s have produced the goods and if you have not booked a holiday yet, now is the time! The rivers are officially closed as of the end of the month, so pack away the 1, 2 and 3 weight sticks and get out the 4, 5 and 6 weights with the 1x tippet. The spawning season is almost upon us and some of the higher altitude browns have already started. Add some orange to your flies or fish an egg pattern if you wish. A pancora bugger is another deadly pattern at this time of year. Make sure to increase your tippet strength as the fish are bigger and stronger at this time of year and you do not want to lose a trophy.

 

News from Jan Korrubel, The Kingfisher in PMB – While winter appears to be a slow in coming, the days are now getting short and there is a definite bite in the air with the 1st frost occurring in The Midlands this week.  Water temperatures are now falling nicely – reports indicate that the Midlands Stillwater’s are hovering around the mid-teens, while the rivers (being fed from on high) are closer to 10 deg.C.  Dam levels are still up and looking healthy – Midmar continues to push over…just…at 100%, Spring Grove just shy of 89%, and Albert Falls is over half at 51%.

 

As we fast approach the close of the River Season for trout (31 May is closing day, closed season runs 1 June to 31 August inclusive, with 1 September the start of the new season), angling minds turn to Stillwater’s but the fishing is going strong on the rivers.  How long that will stay is anyone’s guess – when the fish have completed their spawn, they just simply disappear from the upper reaches of the rivers…literally from 1 day to the next … off like a light switch.  So if you are still in the need to bag a river fish before seasons close, NOW is the time…

 

On the Stillwater front, reports coming in are that the fish are feeding up properly with happy anglers already showing off some fat and feisty fish.  Top producing flies currently fall into the larger category: the ever-popular woolly bugger(s) in its various guises, minnow patterns and dragonfly nymphs.  Some reports of angler using the “bright and sparkly” attractor patterns usually associated with winter fishing, but nothing too definite as yet.  With water levels up and all dams in fine fettle, the winter Stillwater season should be an absolute cracker!

 

Surprisingly, there still some scaly’s (Natal Yellowfish) about – a local angler reported catching a few just this last weekend, but also said “it was difficult”.  It’s also their time for wee break and we get to tackle them again come summer…

 

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