FISHING REPORT 13TH SEPTEMBER ’19 September 11, 2019 by The Kingfisher With the sea starting to behave and the weather being a little more predictable, we are beginning to see some lovely catches. 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: Paddletails for kob. Paddletails work incredibly well for catching kob. The large tails on the lures send out a strong vibration that the kob pick up on with their sensitive lateral lines. The jig heads allow the lure to be fished close to the bottom and any movement of the rod results in a darting action. Fishing the paddletails for kob is simple. You need some paddletails, preferably 6 inches in size. You pair this to the correct jig head (dependant on the rod you are using), normally 1oz with a 6/0 hook. This is cast in to a tasty piece of water and retrieved slowly along the bottom with a steady speed. Offshore: The offshore scene continues to be focussed around bottom fishing due to the absence of game fish. North – The north coast has seen its fair share of game fish action. This has been made up of three main species, namely snoek, garrick and tuna. The tuna have been there for the guys heading further offshore. Lures such as skirted or feathered high-speed bullets have been particularly effective at covering large areas but the lipped lures have come in to their own once the fish have been found. The anglers that prefer poppers have managed a few fish but lobbing a live bait at any visible action has seen more success. The garrick and snoek have been loose on the backline (read below). Central – As above, the garrick and snoek have been keeping the inshore anglers very busy. This inshore zone just behind the backline can be very treacherous so please exercise caution when fishing there. Although they hunt in the same areas, the tactics are very different for the two species. The snoek tactics have been heavily covered (see past reports for more). Garrick are best targeted using a live bait bridled on a circle hook. These can be slowly trolled along the backline whilst a top water lure or spoon is thrown in to the backline white water and worked to the boat. The lure usually gets the fish excited and they either eat the lure or peel off and hit the live bait. The areas around river mouths with plenty of current lines are the most productive. South – The south has seen a mix of the two sections above. The main species have been bottom fish. A few lucky anglers have landed some of the giant amberjacks. These are some of (if not THE) hardest fighting fish in the sea. They require very heavy tackle and a locked drag attitude. With the better weather and warmer weather around the corner, we can hope to start seeing some game fish. Rock and Surf: Northeast winds!!!!! This is what we have been waiting for. The excitement can barely be contained as anglers scurry around trying to find their summer traces and in search of the perfect mackerel. North – The popular north coast inedible spots have started to produce some pulls. Zinkwazi, Blythedale, Jex, The banks and Ballito are all producing fish. The action is not frantic yet but the presence of more north east wind will definitely get the fish going. Mackerel and bonito are still the pick of the bloody baits while chokka is the best of the white baits. The general purpose trace for these summer fish would be a 120lb carbon-coated wire FMJ with a 9/0 circle hook. This trace will cover most flatfish and sharks. If you are specifically targeting certain species, you can adapt this basic format. Central – The Durban beachfront area has not seen the most action over the past few weeks. The inedibles have been few and far between but there have been some greys, blue rays, diamonds and the odd sandy to get the heart pumping and the drag screaming. On the edible side, the piers have produced some lovely pompano and stumpies. Sealice has been the bait of choice with pink prawn coming up second. The shad have gone a bit quiet but some big boys are still being landed. The annual Kingfisher Shad Competition is in full swing. There are amazing prizes for September so get your spoons and sardines and get an early entry in! First prize is a Daiwa BG 5000 spinning reel, loaded with 30lb Daiwa J Braid valued at around R3000.00, second prize is the Poseidon Coastline 3 piece surf rod with two extra tips valued at around R2200.00 and third prize is the Daiwa Laguna 5000 spinning reels valued at around R1100.00. Guys, please remember that the bag limit for shad is 4 and the min size is 30cm. Remember your shad needs to be fresh to count (no frozen fish) and it can be weighed in at any of our Kingfisher branches. South – The south coast has seen a lot of brusher caught in the past few weeks. All the deeper rocky spots have produced fish. Muscleman crabs have been the pick of the baits. If you cannot get your hands on this wonder bait, you can use an occie leg or a whole mussel. These are very strong fish in some nasty terrain so make sure your tackle (and you) are up for the task. The rest of the south coast has seen a smattering of summer inedibles for the drone and throw bait anglers. The gullies and ledges have produced some bream and other edibles. Harbour: The action is starting to hot up in the harbour. Although the garrick have gone quiet, there are still a few around for the persistent guys. The springer and kingies have been eager to chase down the lures fished in the deeper water while the grunter have gobbled the crackers fished on light traces on the drop offs. The charter boats have nabbed some interesting species lately with rubberlips, concertina fish and a host of other unusual fish being caught. Freshwater: The freshwater fishing is on a high! The scalies are causing most to daydream at work, the carp are jumping with joy and the bass are hitting lures with some serious aggression. Carp – The carp fishing continues to pick up with trips now comprising multiple bites instead of one or two. The weeds in most of the KZN dams have caused some hook pulls and lost fish. So if the fish does get jammed in the weeds you can either take your boat out to try pull the fish up or slacken off and hope it swims out. Weedy situations call for heavier tackle and harder pulling. The conventional anglers have been having great success at Albert Falls and Midmar using sweeter flavours on their bombs. These waters can produce big hits of fish, so take enough feed with. The specimen anglers have been sticking to Inanda and Shongweni (for good reason). There have been plenty of fish and some proper slabs coming out. Tigernuts have been the pick of the baits with a healthy feed bed of hemp, maize and tigers proving the best. Bass – The bass fishing in KZN is in full swing mode. The bigger fish are there to be caught but one has to weed through the smaller dinks to get to the lunkers. Throw some bigger baits to entice that giant. Have a look at the new range of Daiwa Prorex freshwater lures and don’t be afraid to go back to the old faithful Kingfisher Reaction soft plastics if you need a bite. Hazlemere has been the pick of the waters for the bank anglers while Midmar, Albert Falls and Inanda have been the choice for those with boats. Crankbaits and chatterbaits have been working very well and need to be in your box. Fly fishing – Scalies, scalies and more scalies. These indigenous fish have been all that is spoken about in tackle shops, WhatsApp groups and Facebook pages for the past few weeks. These fish are strong for their size and can be picky eaters. Best of all, they are found in most KZN waters (streams and rivers). Pop in to one of our branches if you want to set yourself up for fly fishing for scalies (Natal yellowfish). The trout fishing has been playing second fiddle to the scalies recently but not because of the catches. The fish coming out have been giants and the fights have been monstrous. Streamers continue to be the flies of choice, although the smaller nymph patterns have produced when the action has gone quiet. News from Jan, The Kingfisher in Pietermaritzburg – “Last week’s mention of a late winter sting in the tail unfortunately fizzled out before it reached here. Very little precipitation in the way of rain was recorded in The Midlands (a case of merely settling the dust), while the Northern ‘Berg received only a very light sprinkling of snow. And now it seems we are back to full-on summer with the possibility of another dust-settling light sprinkle on the weekend. The upside (if you can call it that) of no rain means that the rivers stay low and clear – good news for the scaly (Natal Yellowfish) anglers, but not so much for the trout anglers. Water levels in the upper reaches of the trout streams remains very thin and it is probably best to give those fish a rest until we receive some rain. There have however been reports of some good brown trout from the middle reaches, where the slower, deeper waters are holding fish. If one is desperate to scratch the river itch, scaly’s are a great hard fighting target. Fish are still down in the lower reaches (no reports as yet from the upper stretches…they will move up as the water warms) and some cracking fish are coming out…a recent fish stretching the tape to 58cm / 23 inches and 3.2kg / 7lb; magnificent fish! Some dry fly reports are starting to come in (parachute Mayfly doing the business), but otherwise fish are predominantly being taken on nymph (e.g. Hot-spot PTN, and a variety of flashback bead head nymphs). Not much being reported from the trout Stillwater’s – with the flux of hot-cold-hot, perhaps fish are in a mid-season frame of mind – but as water temps increase, fish will be going into post-winter feed as the bugs start to move. Dragonfly nymphs (e.g. Papa Roach) is the current flavour, but any of your larger flies (e.g. woolly buggers, minnows) will start getting attention. Last weekend’s Episode 8 of the Joey’s Towing Tournament Trail held at Midmar saw some great bass coming out. No info on the successful lures with the comp guys keeping their cards close to their chest for next month’s Finals at Woodstock Dam. With the spring spawn in full swing, other reports indicate good fish also coming to hand from Albert Falls Dam. Dam levels are looking good: Mearns just shy of 70%, Spring Grove sitting on 66%, Midmar at 96% and Albert Falls at 40% – here’s hoping for some summer rains soon to bring them to capacity. We look forward to seeing you in your favourite Kingfisher Tackle Store to assist you with the VERY BEST in tackle and advice”! Thanks Jan. Tight lines and screaming reels The Kingfisher’s trading hours are Monday to Friday 8:00 to 17:00, Saturdays 8:00 to 13:00. Go to www.facebook.com/thekingfisherdaiwa and “Like” us on Facebook to catch reviews, videos, fishing reports, great promotions and lots more. Please send any info about fishing, fish caught or competitions in your area to firstname.lastname@example.org Free Fishing Reports Subscribe to our weekly fishing reports We respect your privacy.