FISHING REPORT 20TH SEPTEMBER ’19 September 19, 2019 by The Kingfisher The shad season is almost closed and the fish are still feeding well. The bigger summer fish are starting to make an appearance so dust off the heavy tackle and head to the beach! Almost the end of our shad season and our competition! 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. 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: Prevention is better than cure! Maintenance…it’s a word most of us associate with labour intensive work after a long day of fishing. No it is not the most fun thing to do with your fishing rod and reel, but it is important if you want to be able to continue using them for any length of time. Something as simple as rinsing your tackle with freshwater after a day at the beach can add years to the life of the gear. Remember to rinse your tackle off as soon as you get home to avoid corrosion and laziness. For reels you need to focus on cleaning the line roller, the handle and the line itself. For rods you should focus on the guides and the joins. Look after your tackle and it will look after you… Offshore: The folks heading away from the comfort of land in the wide blue yonder have enjoyed some good fishing of late. Snoek have kept the skis busy and the bottoms have kept the fresh fish coming in. North – The north coast has seen some decent snoek action for the ski boats and fishing skis. The areas around Umhlanga, Umdloti and Jex Estate have been on fire. The fish have been rather picky and carrying a few different options to tempt them is critical. Spoons need to be kept at the ready to be cast at any visible action. One trolling rod should have a small lipped lure or a Clarke spoon on while the other trolling rod is fitted with a fillet bait. This gives you the best chance at nabbing one of these delicious and frustrating backline predators. Central – The Durban area has been more focused on bottom fishing than any of the game fish. This is more likely to do with the absence of game fish than the abundance of bottom fish. There have been tuna around for the guys wanting a screaming run instead of a KP rumble. Fishing a drifted live bait on a 6/0 circle is a deadly method of getting the bite. Remember to free spool the fish for a few seconds to make sure he has engulfed the bait before tightening up. The bottom fishing has been a mix of reds and daga with some geelbek thrown in to the mix. Fresh bait or live bait is your best bet at a quicker bite. South – The south coast has seen a few bottom fishing competitions over the past few weeks, all of which have seen some very good results. The shad have been a menace for anyone going past the backline as they are out of control on the bait marks. The game fishing has been slow, much like the central coast but there have also been a few tuna and a couta or two for the guys putting in the effort. The far south and in to the Transkei has seen some proper copper steenbras and black musselcracker landed. These are true trophy fish that are very slow growing and we urge you to let as many go as possible. Rock and Surf: The shore-based angling has been getting better with every warm day that we get. The northeast winds are starting to blow with a bit more predictability so we should start seeing some summer smashes happening soon! Roll on summer… North – The north coast is the first section of the coast that sees the true summer fishing. This means hot days (and nights), flat seas and back-breaking action. The keys to look for are a flattish sea (less than 1.6m or so) and three days of northeast wind. This should see you in to some mega action. The banks and the north coast beaches have started to see some of the usual summer fish coming out. Large hooks (circle or J) and fresh bait will get you the pull and land the fish. Look for areas of deeper water and rips. Central – The central coast has also seen some of the summer fish. The same techniques and tips apply as mentioned above and previously. The shad are still around, so make sure you make the most of the season before it closes. Remember the fines are big if you keep shad out of season or undersize fish. The beaches and piers are still producing edibles such as pompano and stumpies. The best baits have been as follows: The stumpies and pompano have favoured a slightly longer hook snoot with a prawn and sealice combo; the shad have been loving a drift sardine (more so than spoons, lures and ground baits). South – The south coast has seen a lot of shad around the Winkelspruit and Toti areas. These have been true frenzies and the bait or lure type has not been important. Remember that in the heat of the moment it is very easy to keep too many fish so stick to your limits and let the extras go. The south coast has also seen a lot of brusher caught over the past few weeks and they are feeding heavily on mussels and muscleman crabs. Harbour: The Durban Harbour is fishing at a steady pace but there has not been much in the line of fireworks. The bait guys are getting plenty of the smaller kob, snapper salmon and grunter with the odd ray in between. The artlure anglers have managed a good couple of species with the various kingfish making up the bulk of the catches. Small dropshots and spoons are the best bet for success. Freshwater: The freshwater anglers are having a blast both in KZN and further inland. Follow our ambassadors of Instagram and Facebook to get your excitement peaked. Carp – The carp fishing has been amazing over the past few weeks. All of our dams in KZN have produced decent fish, with Inanda producing a few fish over 15kgs recently. Tigernuts continue to be the pick of the bunch for the specimen guys while garlic and honey floaties and mielies have been the choice baits for the conventional anglers. The spring time of year is fantastic for high-attract hook baits. Try your hand at using some bright popups on spinner rigs or short hinged stiff rigs. Colours to look at are pink, yellow, orange and white. This is mainly for the specimen anglers but the principal applies to the conventional anglers as well. Try using some brightly coloured floaties or a bit of fluoro in your bait mix. For those looking for a quality specimen reel, the Daiwa Windcast has been reduced to clear. These reels are amazing for distance casting and with their quick-drag function; they are a good tool in any armory. Bass – The bass fishing is in full summer mode (even though it is spring). Baitfish are getting hammered in the shallows as the bass attempt to fatten up after the winter. Have a look at your closest Kingfisher branch at the new range of Daiwa Prorex lures. We now have crankbaits, stickbaits, spinnerbaits, frogs and chatterbaits (bladed jigs). These lures are already catching some impressive fish so get your hands on them and see the results. Hazlemere and Inanda are the pick of the KZN dams and both are producing from the shore and the boats. Colours in the natural spectrum have been the pick of the bunch. Watermelon red is my personal choice for this time of year as the red flake seems to trigger a bit of aggression from the bass. Trout – The trout are starting to settle in to the deeper water, but the cool temperatures are still in their comfort range so the fishing is still excellent. The streamer fishing is still producing the bigger fish in the Stillwater’s while the “gun nymph” produces all the results in the rivers. Black and olive have been the two colours to have in your box so make sure you have yourself fully stocked to trick those elusive fish. Those looking to do something different should investigate the amazing Natal yellowfish fishing we have in KZN. These fish (scalies) are finnicky, strong and shy…the perfect target for the discerning angler. Pop in to one of our stores to get kitted out! News from Jan, The Kingfisher in PMB – “The Midlands is currently cooking under summer conditions – and we are finger crossed that the summer rains will follow shortly. Rivers are running (very) low higher up, with flows (very) slow lower down. Not the best of conditions for the trout streams at the moment, but reports indicate that there are plenty fish around … whether one wants to bother them under the current conditions is another story, perhaps best to wait it out a while till we get some rain and a fresh flow to get the fish really moving. If one must, a strong suggestion is to “tippet up” and get the fish in as quickly as possible with minimal fuss and bother, quick pic while keeping ‘em wet…and C&R with a kiss and a “See ya later in the season…” That being said for trout, the scaly’s are coming thick and fast … and BIG…a sure fire way to assuage one’s river itch! Some great fish have been reported from the Umzimkulu and Umkomaas Rivers, as well as the Tugela. Interestingly, the report from the Tugela suggested that while the water was still cool, the scaly’s appear to already be I spawn mode. Very little dry fly action to be had so far, fish are being taken predominantly on weighted nymph pattern (e.g. Hot-spot PTN, and a variety of flashback beadhead 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 get the attention of the fish. Some excellent bass are being reported from Albert Falls Dam. We look forward to seeing you in your favourite Kingfisher Tackle Store to assist you with the VERY BEST in tackle and advice”! Tight lines and screaming reels. 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