Seven months have come and gone, and the year is starting to pick up speed. The sardines have all but disappeared but there are still fish being caught and many exciting competitions on the go.

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The annual Kingfisher Shad Competition has begun (as of the 1st of August). This competition runs for the months of August and September. The competition is for the three biggest shad weighed in at any of the Kingfisher branches. The shad must be fresh and not frozen. There are prizes for each month so get your spoons and sardines and get an early entry in! Guys, please remember that the bag limit for shad is 4 and the min size is 30cm.

Ray’s tip: Footwear.

The correct footwear can make or break a fishing trip. Slippery rocks or fine sand are the two main enemies. Slippery rocks require a stout grip on the bottom of the shoe while fine sand requires as little access in to the shoe as possible. For the rocks, the best footwear is and will forever be the humble gumboot. Cutting down the gumboot to ankle height is very important for comfort. You can purchase them already altered. The boots also need drainage holes to allow any water out. These drainage holes also prevent a deadly vacuum occurring around your foot that would drag you down if you ended up in the drink. Hot or fine sand is best dealt with a slip-on shoe. A bootie that fits snuggly around your foot and prevents sand getting is ideal.


The offshore fishing has been a case of hit or miss over the past few weeks. The bottom fishing has made up for the absence of the gamefish but nothing can beat a screaming reel…

North – The north coast has seen the paddle ski guys landing plenty of snoek around the river mouths. Spinning with small lures or spoons has been the most exciting way of catching these fish but the fillet bait trolled slowly behind the backline has produced the goods time after time.

The upper north coast has seen some couta action but it has been slow going. The tuna have managed to keep some guys busy, but most of the die-hard game fishermen have decided to rather do maintenance on the boat.

Central – Much like the north, the tuna have been around the Durban area. There has been a big mix of sizes with fish ranging between 9 and 30+kgs. Various methods have been responsible for these catches but the popper is undoubtedly the best of the lot. Throwing a large popper on a stout rod around dolphins and baitfish will quickly result in a massive explosion and screaming drags.

The Durban area has seen a lot of bottom fish action over the past week and it has been very rare for a boat to come back without fish in the hatch. For the smaller bottoms, pota squid and sardine is more than enough whereas the bigger bottoms all prefer a frisky live bait.


South – The south coast has been quiet. Aliwal Shoal has seen some action, but it has been very hard work for those that have made the trip out, and the rewards have been small. The inshore areas have produced snoek for the anglers with the magic touch. The rest of the fishing has been the much the same as the two areas above. The bottom fishing has been up to scratch and there have been plenty of reds and geelbek landed along the south coast.


Rock and Surf:

The rock and surf scene has been dominated by three main species, namely kob, shad and garrick. These are the primary targets at this time of year.

North – The north coast has seen some inedible action in the past week. There have been plenty of blackfin sharks hooked (some landed) along the La Mercy beach. Most of these have been on droned baits but a few anglers have hooked them on slides and throw baits. A fresh mackerel is your best bet or a shad. Lengthen your steel trace in order to minimise your chance of being jumped off. The rest of the north coast has seen some other flatfish such as brown skates and honeycombs but most of the effort has gone towards shad, snoek and garrick. These fish are mostly being caught using artificials such as spoons and plugs.


Central – The beachfront area from Blue Lagoon to north pier has been a frantic mess of action. The mornings have been dominated by shad, which have been regularly coming on the bite at snake park pier and blue lagoon. These fish attract the attention of the garrick and a few have been landed on the live shad over the past week. Blue lagoon has also thrown a few bigger inedibles to the drone anglers. With the current bank structure making throwing a bait over the bank difficult, a drone is the only way to get the bait in to the deeper water. Grey sharks and honeycombs have been the main inedibles coming out.


South – The south coast has been rather quiet for this time of year. The shad are loose at most of the usual spots and an early morning spent with a light rod and a gold Falcon spoon should see you get your quota. The calmer bays and areas near the deep-water points should be your main focus. These shad can be used for live bait, and a few of these have been picked up by the garrick which have been popping up sporadically. The rest of the south coast has seen some kob action around the river mouths and most of these have fallen for a fleshy sardine bait. The inedible side of things has been very quiet although the formations at most of the points is looking very good for a big honeycomb…



The inland sea…

The freshwater scene has been filled with big bass, chunky carp and many beautiful trout. The winter time is a great time to focus on the dams and rivers.


Bass –Winter basing is dominated by slower fishing and bigger fish. All of the KZN dams have been producing trophy bass with many over the 4kg mark. Dropshot fishing on the offshore structure such as sunken trees and deep-water humps. These are best located using topographical maps of the dam or a decent fish finder. Fish these areas very thoroughly as the difference between a bite and a blank can be 30cm. Along with dropshotting, you can target these deeper areas using deep cranks, Carolina rigs with creature baits and jigs. Stick to the more natural colours such as watermelon seed and green pumpkin. Inanda continues to produce very good fish whereas Hazlemere has slowed down quick drastically.


Carp – Inanda has been a real hotspot for the specimen anglers. This in conjunction with Shongweni dam have been the choice venues for the guys wanting to get some beautiful mirrors and commons. Pink fake maize has produced the bigger fish at Shongweni where the barbel have been jumping on any boilie put in to the water. If you are wanting to limit yourself to the bigger carp, then you are going to want to try some pop-ups or fake food. The barbel tend to ignore these. The spinner rig has continued to produce the goods as it presents the bait over any structure. The conventional anglers have done much better at Albert Falls where the fish have been plenty but small. Banana and strawberry have been the flavours of choice with a stripe of garlic boldip on the bomb.


Trout – The trout fishing has been amazing! There have been some anglers that have landed three fish for a total weight of over 30lbs! These are phenomenal catches and the fish should be returned to the water as quickly as possible along with being handled with the utmost care. All of the bigger Stillwater’s are producing these beasts with the far to reach places being the key choices for the giants. Egg and blob flies are your best bet for patient fishing although most prefer a more active method. Personally I would recommend the use of streamer patterns with zonkers, minnows and paproach patterns topping the list of flies to try. Look for signs of fish and keep an eye open for the morning and evening rise to get a dry fly giant in the mix. Tight lines and screaming reels


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).



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