The fishing has been a bit slow on the saltwater front. The freshwater side of things has seen many happy anglers. Let us hope that the sea sees fit to grant some Father’s Day specials to all the ballies.

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Ray’s tip: Slides for edibles Sliding a livebait for an edible is a great way to target predatory fish such as kingfish, garrick and kob.  There are two main types of slides that we use when targeting edibles with livebait and they each serve a different purpose. The non-return slide does exactly what it says and slides down the line and cannot come back up. The return or “nappie pin” slide can slide quite freely up and down the line. We use the non-return when we want to slide a bait into a deep hole and keep it there. This is particularly effective for targeting kob that will hold in one area. This clip allows you to keep your bait in the strike zone and can be used in fairly rough water as long as you maintain a tight line. The return clip is used for garrick almost exclusively as it allows the baitfish to move up and down the line.


This works very well for garrick that actively hunt in the shallow water just behind the lip. The trick is to not throw your sinker too deep as this shallows out the angle of your line. Throw a short throw and the bait will slide quickly in to the strike zone.



Rock and Surf:

The surf fishing has moved over exclusively to edibles. Someone forgot to tell the honeycombs as there were a number of these brutes hooked this past weekend. Fishing can be a little unpredictable at times…


North – The north coast has been a big mix of species and the only place that is still producing a decent inedible bite. If you are missing the summer fish and want to test your backing knots, take a trip up north and put a big bait in to the deep water.  For the rest of us, the edible fishing has been really good up north. With the warmer waters, you can expect a lot of different species and luckily they all eat much of the same bait. Keep your bait box full of chokka and prawns and you are good to go. If you want to target the bigger reef fish then you will need to add in some redeye sardine or mackerel. Fish towards structure or working water and you should be in with a shot of success.


Central – The Durban coastline has been producing a large amount of shad from the piers and at the Umgeni mouth. The fish have been largely undersized but a few decent specimens have been landed in between. With the sardine shortage anglers have had to resort to Japanese mackerel as bait but this has not reduced the catch rates at all. There have been some garrick landed at the Umgeni mouth/ Durban North areas. These have all been on live shad. Read Ray’s tip for this week for some advice on sliding baits for garrick and other edibles.


South – The south coast has been fishing very well over the past few weeks. The scratching fish have been loose and many anglers have been enjoying their fishing a lot more since going back to scratching. This form of fishing is best done with lighter tackle as the fish are generally smaller but require some accurate casting and lighter lines. The gullies and ledges have produced stone bream, bronze bream, lanterns, kob, stumpies and brusher to name a few. All these species enjoy crustacean baits so make sure you have some quality pink prawn in your box and finish it off with some cracker or sealice.


News from Mtunzini: “The lagoon fished well for some and not for others, I was with a group that did not have one run we had mac fillets, chokka, mac heads, live mullet but got nothing. The lucky others got some nice size pickhandle barracuda, river bream and river snapper. Up at the mouth the diamonds were on the sand banks on Saturday afternoon with an angler nearly stepping on a “monster of a diamond” and getting a hiding from another that took his Rapala. From the surf, Friday some big shad and spinners were caught then the weather turned for the worse making fishing on Saturday very difficult and on Sunday we were faced with a screaming side wash that made short work of a 8oz sinker, however that did not deter young Jonah who is on holiday from near Cape Town, while drift bait fishing he managed to land his first spotted pompano, we done young man, I think you were the only guy to catch a fish on Sunday. On Saturday we are hosting a shad Competition starting at 6 am till 5 pm, you may fish for as long as you like during that time. Entry fee is R15.00 per angler and will be used to fund a meat hamper which will be first prise. Boundaries are from the south bank of the river mouth to pass the chalets. Your ticket will be issued on Friday evening. To win you need to send a photo via WhatsApp to me with your ticket and fish on top of a ruler; we are measuring from the mouth to the fork in its tail. Reports from Richards Bay ski boaters that braved the sea and weather fishing was tough with a lot of boats getting no fish, one of the charters managed 1 kob between all the anglers, the guys put it down to the water been very green and cold”. Thanks Nic Maitland from Mtunzini Fishing Shop for this report.



The offshore fishing has been very patchy along the coast and success has been largely determined by the water temperature. There is still plenty of bait around so livebait fishing is the best method to catch any of the predatory fish.


North – The north coast has seen some decent fishing for the guys on boats and skis. The backline zones have held some snoek but the pickings have been rather slim. Best bet is to troll some fillet baits just beyond the backline before and beyond first light. You can pair this with either throwing a spoon on a light flick stick or with a couple lipped lures trolled amongst the fillets. This is the best thing to get an early morning bite, but once the sun comes up you are better off heading deep. The deeper reefs and drop-offs have seen quite a few tuna being hooked but many finding their way to the taxman. Make sure you are using stout tackle for these fish and get them away from the main structure where the taxmen hang out.


Central – The central zone of the KZN coast has had much the same activity of the north. The snoek have been around the Umgeni river mouth and the same methods mentioned above will see you in with a chance of an early morning bite. The bottom fishing has been particularly good off the Durban coast and the season of geelbek and daga does not seem to be slowing down. The recreational, charter and commercial boats have been having great success off Durban. Add some form of glow to your bottom traces and see how much quicker you get the bite. You can do this in many ways, including glow beads, glow sticks, Centro luminous crimp protectors or luminous squids/skirts.


South – The south coast is the first to see any sardine action. There have been a few fish boated out deep that have had sardines in their bellies. This is a great sign that the pilot shoals are moving through in the deeper water. If the water remains fairly cool, we could be in for a bumper run…hold thumbs! The areas to the far south have been fishing slowly with only a few tuna to quench the offshore thirst. The guys fishing bottoms off Toti have had some decent catches including some giant rockcod. A frisky mackerel is the best bait to lower down to the depths when you are looking for these bigger bottomfish.



The dams and rivers are still producing good catches of bass and carp. The Stillwater’s are on fire (but cold) with many anglers breaking their PB trout record. The colder months are not a time to hide away; they are a time to play!


Info from Jan, The Kingfisher in PMB – The last 2 weekends have seen the start of the winter Stillwater trout season off with a bang – The Kamberg Trout Festival followed by Leg1 of the Tops Corporate Challenge this past weekend – and now this weekend see’s anglers gearing up for the Boston Fly Fishing Festival.  Wishing all the anglers Tight Lines and May The Trout Be With You…

With the precipitation, and light snow received on The ‘Berg at the end of the last month, the fish have kicked into spawn mode.  While it may not be numbers game at the moment, some submarines have been brought to hand, including a magnificent 67cm / 26” rainbow hen caught by ASFN’s Andre Henn in a Nottingham Road water.  We haven’t been let in on what fly did the business (!), so feel free to give him a shout and tap him for the secret…


Last weekend’s TCC Leg1 event also saw its fair share of picky fish – again, not big numbers but some big fish, including some magnificent fish of 54 and 55cm / 21-22” caught by local ladies team, Women in Waders … see The Kingfisher-PMB page on Facebook for pics of these great fish!

Targeting these spawning fish, that clearly has other things on their mind apart from food, requires patience and full fly box of patterns ranging from large, chunky streamers to itty-bitty small nymphs…and a range of colourful sparklers in-between.  Change is the name of the game and if your rig isn’t producing, change something: position (on the water), fly selection, or style of retrieve…or all three!


Summer is usually the time to target our local yellowfish (scaly’s), but the winter fishing, while slower, can produce some cracking fish.  The lower reaches of the Umkomaas and Bushman’s Rivers have given up the goods recently.  With the lower water temperatures, the level of insect life will be down so small is the way to go – weighted nymphs (e.g. Gold-ribbed Hare’s Ear / Pheasant-tail Nymph / Zak) in size 14 and down are best for this time of year.


Don’t forget to pop into your favourite Kingfisher store for the best advice in tackle … especially for the man in your life for this weekend’s Father’s Day!


Bass – The bass are starting to feel the cold and many anglers have unfortunately decided to pack it in already as the summer action has cooled down. The fish are still there to be caught; they just require a slight change of tactics. Fishing with a bait that will trigger a reaction bite is something that comes in to its own at this time of year. Try your hand at fishing a jerkbait that suspends in the water. Fishing these baits with a slash/pause retrieve can be extremely effective on bass with no tendency to feed. Also, you can try fishing more finesse baits and techniques such as shaky heads or dropshots. These methods keep the lures in the strike zone for longer and can produce big hauls from the dams when the fish are not feeding well. Keep your colours more natural with watermelon red and green pumpkin being the best of the colours.


Carp – The carp fishing has moved away from the quick pace summer action of the past few months and has moved more towards a slower but bigger winter bite. The specimen anglers are seeing much bigger fish but the bites are fewer and further apart. The conventional guys are still producing big hits but the action is starting to see a more winter pattern. The sweeter flavours have still been the winners for the guys targeting the smaller fish. Strawberry and black magic have been the two flavours that have produced on all the KZN venues lately (and for the past few years). Floaties and mielies in the same flavours with a ground feed dosed with some banana concentrate will see you in the fish quickly. The specimen anglers have had all the bigger bites on tigernuts and boilies. Make sure you feed the area you are fishing properly and avoid putting in too much bait that reduces your chance of getting the carp’s attention.


Trout -The trout season has come for the Stillwater’s! The trophy fish have been littering Facebook and some real giants have made to the nets with some even bigger fish being lost. This time of year requires heavier tackle than the usual Stillwater gear and I would recommend a 5-6wt rod with a fairly quick action and some proper backbone. If you are in the market for a new stick, look at the new range of Snowbee fly rods. In particular the G-XS range of Prestige Fly Rods with their ground-breaking Graphene technology. The heavy rods will throw the bigger sinking lines and heavier/bulkier flies needed at this time of year. Strap on a big woolly bugger or zonker/baitfish pattern on to some 1x leader and probe the deeper waters for that giant brown or rainbow you have been dreaming of. Tight lines and screaming reels.


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