The weather and sea have been up and down but there have been fish. The sardines have gone quiet but they are still out there…somewhere.


Ray’s tip: Water temperature


Water temperature is a big factor in the life of fish. Water temperature determines more than just areas of warmth and cold. Different species react differently to changes in water temperatures. Drastic changes are never a good thing, but slow changes can turn certain species on. Warmer water triggers the summer fish during winter and the opposite is true for the winter species. Keep a dairy of the fish you catch and the water temperatures and you will soon see more catches than blanks.




The offshore fishing has been a bit slow over the past few weeks. The changing weather patterns and sea conditions have made choosing days a bit tricky.


North – The north coast has produced some fish for the kayak and ski boat guys. The paddle skis have done very well with the snoek at both Jex Estate and Umdloti. Fillet baits of redeye sardine have been the most successful of the usual snoek catching methods. A live-glow snoek duster in front of the fillet aids in attracting the fish and in hiding the hook and terminal tackle. Trolling this around the backline area around river mouths will produce plenty of fish but is particularly deadly for snoek.


Central – The Durban section of the coast has seen plenty of baitfish activity over the past few weeks. The netters have managed a few nets of mixed baitfish. There have been snoek around the Blue Lagoon area for the guys who prefer the inshore work. The offshore guys have mainly targeted the tuna as the other gamefish have been missing. There bottomfish guys have had some spectacular catches made with reds and rock cod making up the hauls.


South – The south coast, where the centre of the sardine activity normally brings some impressive catches, has been quiet. The huge shoals of sardines have been missing from the inshore waters and there are a number of reasons for this. The lack of cold water is the most likely reason the sardines would seek deeper, cooler water. The snoek have also been around the river mouths, so the same techniques previously mentioned will work. The deeper waters have produced a few couta and the some tuna, but the fishing has been slow.

A reminder of Bobbies Annual Bay Fishing Competition this is scheduled to take place on the 10th August in the Durban bay. This is a fantastic competition for all light-tackle enthusiasts and is definitely one to put on the calendar. For more information please contact Brett Hibbert (073 104 2395).



Rock and Surf:

The weather has cooled down but the fishing has not. There are plenty of fish to catch, but the targeting methods need to change to suit the conditions.


North – The north coast has seen some inedible action. There have been some sandies, diamonds, grey sharks and blackfins caught over the past few weeks. The fresher the bait, the quicker the bite. The deep water points have been the best spots for these fish. The edibles have also been feeding well and the main species coming out have been stumpies, bronze bream, blacktail and some brusher. The spinning guys have managed a few snoek, garrick and some shad as well.


Central – The Blue Lagoon area has been wild with shad over the past week. Remember that the limit is 4 fish per person per day and the fish all need to be over 30cm in length. The lures of choice have been the gold Falcon spoon, the Daiwa D-minnow and the green top Kingfisher Rattler. These lures have produced a lot more fish than the bait. The piers have also produced plenty of shad and the excitement of a shad run is something everyone needs to experience. The rest of the central zone has seen some other edibles with a few grey sharks mixed in for good measure.


Also don’t forget about the Whaling Station Challenge that is taking place on the 27th July. With some big prizes and a small entry fee (R100), this is one to put on the list of things to do. Tickets are available at the Merebank Military Base. For more information, please contact Major Carl Schoeman (082 874 7475).



South – The south coast has seen plenty of edible action this past week. There have been plenty of shad around for the lure and bait guys. The ones that have been put out for the garrick have seen some action and there have been some garrick caught. The ledges and gullies have seen some decent bronze bream and a nice pink prawn bait is a good way of getting the first bite. These same areas have also seen some brusher action with more lost than landed, unfortunately.




The freshwater has seen plenty of carp action at most of the KZN dams. The bass have been bigger, but moody and the trout have been giant.


Bass – The bass have been big! The winter time is always a winner for the bigger bass, but the colder water means they are a bit moody when it comes to feeding. The lures need to be fished as close to the fish as possible as the big fish will not want to waste energy chasing down a meal. Best methods for this type of fishing are dropshot, flipping/pitching jigs and large soft plastics. Other than these, a reaction bite can be deadly and needs to be in your arsenal. A bright coloured jerkbait fished erratically but slowly in an area known to hold fish can be the difference between a blank and success.


Carp – The winter time is giant carp time. The winter is relished by the specimen anglers and for good reason. There are some exciting videos coming soon to our YouTube channel, so keep an eye open for them. Inanda has been a real drawcard for the guys going after the bigger specimens. Feeding spots and casting accuracy has been more important than the bait you are using. The free offerings used with the most success have been tigernuts, boilies and hemp.

The dams further inland that have been working have been Midmar and Albert Falls.


Trout – The trout have been supercharged and social media has been full of large trout of both the brown and rainbow variety. The bigger fish have been taken on blob and egg flies. The orange colour of these flies have triggered the trout that are feeding on the eggs from the recent spawn. For the guys who prefer a more active method of fishing can go for streamers such are the classic Mrs Simpsons, Walkers Killers or the more recent minnow imitators. Mix up your retrieve speeds and don’t be afraid to speed it up.



News from Jan, The Kingfisher in PMB – “While some effects of last week’s severe weather warning were felt on the weekend just passed (temps went sub-zero in The Midlands and Karkloof), there was still some good fishing to be had for those anglers that were out there braving the frosty conditions.


The Hastings Exclusive, held on the Stillwater’s of the upper Dargle Valley, brought up some excellent fish – the winning fish stretching the tape to 59cm / 23 inches, with a good showing of fish in the 50cm / 19 inch plus category.  The icy (well into the single figures), crystal clear waters made for some excellent sight fishing.  Small flies and light tippets were the order of the day – sometimes risky and not the best recommendation for cruising winter lunkers, but a must do when the fish get picky.


This weekend sees Leg3 of the TOPS Corporate Challenge taking place on the Stillwater’s centered around Nottingham Road …while the southern parts of the country looks like they are getting lashed with two big storms in succession, the weather gods are all smiles for The Midlands, so here’s hoping that the trout are out and about and play along!


Recommendations for winter Stillwater fishing are : fish from the bank from 1st light to mid-morning (the fish will be cruising the shallows, and your thermos / hip flask is close at hand in the car to keep the morning frostbite at bay!) BEFORE heading out on a float tube / kick boat for the midday session(s) (pre- and post-lunch), returning to the bank again to fish the late afternoon session through to sunset (when the fish return to hunting in the shallows).


Reports from Albert Falls Dam this weekend indicate that excellent bass were brought to hand on the weekend.


Don’t forget to visit your local Kingfisher store for the best tackle and advice”! Thanks Jan.


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