FISHING REPORT 23RD AUGUST ’19 August 21, 2019 by The Kingfisher Snoek on the spoon, sharks and rays on bait. The month of august has been all over the place in terms of weather, but some anglers have managed a fish or seven. 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: Geelbek. Geelbek traces and tricks are often a closely guarded secret. These fish can come in their thousands and gather on one spot. They are ferocious predators in their own right and will eat most baits. The trick with geelbek is to get them out past the sharks… Finding the bek is the first problem you will face and unfortunately there is no secret to this (best to ask a friend). Fishing with a double (or more) hook trace will get you more fish but it also makes lifting them much slower and thus you end up losing fish to sharks. When the sharks are a problem and you cannot move, the only chance is to change to stronger tackle and a single hook. Hook-wise circles are the best for all bottom fish! Offshore: The geelbek and daga have been keeping the KPs spinning while the amberjacks have made some interesting sounds come out of the guys attempting to wrestle them from the depths. North: The north coast has seen bottom fish in the form of daga and geelbek. The deeper areas off Sheffield have been a hotspot with plenty of boats shooting up to try their luck at finding the bek. The gamefish have been mostly absent. Snoek and tuna have been the only gamefish coming out. The snoek have been the early morning fish with the tuna keeping the guys busy for the rest of the day. The snoek have been best targeted with fillet baits and Clarke spoons. Troll these on the backline at first light and you should see yourself in to a lovely snoek or two. Central: The Durban coast has seen much of the same as the north with the exception of some red steenbras coming to the lucky few. The geelbek are best targeted using 9/0 circle hooks with sardine baits. The daga and steenbras are best targeted using the same hooks but with livebait. The tuna that have been coming out have mainly come out on the trapstick while fishing for bottoms. The guy’s preferring to target them with a more active method have gone for the popper approach. The medium to large size poppers are the ones to use. Keep an eye out for any activity and throw the poppers in and around the action. South: Amberjacks have been coming out on the south coast. The lucky few have managed to land a few fish but most have been beaten by these powerhouse fish. The Long john jigs have been the way to go to get the lures to the fish. The heavier options are the best bet to get down to the fish. Geelbek have been coming out off Park Rynie. Use much the same methods as the north and central coast. Bait has been more prominent down south than anywhere up north. Add pieces of sardine to spice up the presentation. Rock and Surf: The rock and surf scene has seen the arrival of some of the summer brutes. These are early season fish so look for the north east wind and go throw a bait. North: The north coast has seen the arrival of the summer fish. The banks and port Durnford are already seeing some diamond action which is exciting news for the next few months. The rest of the usual summer spots up north is much the same, with a few honeycombs and sandies starting to peel drag of reels. Success is being split between guys casting baits and those choosing to drone their baits. Bonito, mackerel and redeye sardine have been the deadly trio. The north has also seen some edible action in the form of snoek on lures and scratching fish in amongst the reefs and ledges. Central: The central and upper south has seen quite a bit of gamefish action for the spinning guys. Queenfish, kingfish and snoek have been the primary targets, with shad being a bycatch. Small spoons that you can throw far enough to get over the back sandbank are the ones to throw. Mix up the retrieve speeds until you find what they want. Keep your eyes open as the snoek love showing themselves in the form of splashes or jumping. South: Far south has seen plenty of shad action. Places like splash rock have seen the bulk of this frenzy with plenty shad being used as live bait for kob and garrick. Some of these have been picked up but no big catches have been reported. Please remember that these areas can be very dangerous in a big sea and to take every precaution when fishing these spots. If the locals aren’t there, there may be a reason why… The south coast, much like further north, has seen a fair amount of summer inedibles landed. Honeycombs and sandies have been the bulk of these with fish being caught on droned and cast baits. Bonito and mackerel have been the pick of the baits. Freshwater: The trout, bass and carp have all been feeding well with the onset of warmer “spring” weather. This happy news is overshadowed by the ecological disaster that occurred recently. A vast amount of oil was “spilled” in to the Dusi river…let us keep our scaly brethren in mind as they fight to survive this disaster… Bass: The bass are starting to go in to spring mode. This means harder hits, faster fishing and hungry bass! The minnow imitations are going to be the winners for catching numbers of fish. The soft plastics may still land your PB but if you want to fill your card you are going to have to put some minnows in the water. My personal favourite would be a jerkbait. These zippy lures get the bass in to a craze that is hard to beat. The rapid jerking of the lure combined with the sudden stops normally draws bites from active or inactive fish. Natural colours are the way to go if the fish have clued in on a particular baitfish but keep some bright and flashy ones for the stubborn eaters. Other options for this time of year include crankbaits, spinnerbaits and swimbaits. All of these have their merits and most are peoples’ favourites. Choose what makes you happy and fish with confidence. Carp: The carp are feeding well with many PBs being broken. The same techniques as have been working for the last few weeks are producing the bites. Inanda is still the most productive of the KZN dams. Tigernuts being the most productive baits for the specimen guys and honey floaties producing the goods for the conventional anglers. With spring getting the better of the winter cold, the fish should start feeding with a bit more vigour and the number of fish getting caught should increase. Once again look for the activity and do not discount the zig rig for the spring fishing as often the fish head higher in the water column when the sun warms up a bit. Trout: Spring and warmer weather means deeper water and fishing close to weed beds. The warmer/stronger sun means the weed beds will produce more oxygen and thus attract the fish to the shallows in the earlier hours of the day. Once the sun goes too high in the sky, the water warms to a point that is uncomfortable to the fish and they seek refuge in the depths. Apply your fishing times and area selection to this and you should see more fish. The warmer weather will see more insects hatching and thus some surface activity for the dry fly fishers. The rivers are almost “open” again so dust off the light rods and the fine tippet and get ready for a bumper season. This report from Jan at the Kingfisher PMB. It appears that winter might be in for an early end and judging by the buds on trees, Spring might have already sprung! The early warm spell should bring on some activity with the “fish fodder” and if the larder is starting to show itself, the fish will be feeding. On the flip side, a rapid change in season may also have the fish wondering what exactly is happening, and have them appearing disinterested in much of anything…the only way to find out is to put your choice of “bait” (fly / lure / spinner) into the water and see if the players are game… J The weekend weather looks to be a pearler, which should please the anglers fishing The Finals of the Tops Corporate Challenge – no icy fingers and frozen waders to contend with! With the lack of rainfall, waters are still crystal clear, and reports are varied with favoured flies like the woolly bugger, dragonfly and damselfly nymphs, and minnow patterns all accounting for fish, along with a sprinkling of the smaller nymph patterns (an indication that the sub-aquatic insect life is starting to move). By the time you read this, it will be a week or so till the opening of the River Season on 1 September – I know more than a few anglers that already counting sleeps! Ideally, we would like to see a good early spring shower to give the river a flush of the winter sluggishness and settlement…if we all have a little rain dance, maybe that will put the weather gods into the right frame of mind. Spring is spawning season for bass, and with the current weather conditions making it seem that way, most (if not all) large female fish will be egg-laden. Some tips for those practising Catch-&-Release: change your trebles to singles and debarb if you want to go the extra mile, get the fish in quickly, applying the proper principles of holding fish correctly and “Keep ‘em Wet” when getting a snap of your prize, and let her go to carry on with the spawn. We look forward to seeing you in your favourite Kingfisher Tackle Store to assist you with the VERY BEST in tackle and advice! The Kingfisher’s trading hours are Monday to Friday 8:00 to 17:00, Saturdays 8:00 to 13:00. 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