FISHING REPORT 27TH SEPTEMBER ’19 September 25, 2019 by The Kingfisher 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). With some foul weather and big seas, the fishing has not been idle but the gaps in weather have seen some good fish landed. Ray’s tip: Back to basics! In the fishing world, whether you are a competitive anglers or a weekend warrior, it is very easy to get your head spinning with ideas. Trying the newest fandango rig before you know how to effectively fish a piece of water is only going to leave you more confused and unhappy. Get to grips with the basics before you charge off to buy the latest and greatest rod thinking it will solve your lack of catching. Speak to people in the know and learn why we do what we do. Everything is done for a reason and every cast is made at a target. Walk before you run. Offshore: The offshore fishing has been plagued with big seas and unfavourable conditions. The hardened skippers have managed to stay on the water and have been rewarded with some better fish. North – The north coast has been the place to be if you are after gamefish. Sodwana Bay and Cape Vidal are the two hotspots on the north coast but most of the spots north of the Umgeni have produced fish. Much like the previous weeks, the snoek have been the main target in the early mornings. Fillet baits trolled behind the backline at the break of dawn have been met with a fair success rate. Once the morning bite has slowed, the hunt for tuna begins and this has been the main target for the guys heading offshore. Some have been lucky enough to hook in to some other species such as kingies, jobfish and the odd billfish. Central – The central area has been much the same as the north coast. The snoek have been around the Blue Lagoon mouth from the river mouth itself all the way to the Umhlanga Lighthouse. Fillet baits, small lipped lures and spoons are all deadly for these feisty fish. The wrecks and reefs offshore have been very kind to the bottom fishing guys. The main catches have been daga and geelbek being caught both at night and during the day. The red fish have also made an appearance and make a welcome change to the flavour of the bottom fish catches. South – The south coast has been much the same as the central coast. The seas have been less friendly down south and great caution needs to be taken if you are going to launch at any of the south coast spots for the first time. The lower south coast has been flooded by bigger shad on the offshore bait marks. These are a blessing and a curse as they make a good dinner guest but they claim their fair share of hooks and traces with their sharp teeth. The shark tax has been very high down south and with prized catches like coppers and cracker on the end of the line; you better pull hard and rely on your tackle. Rock and Surf: Inedibles are starting to make a more regular appearance in the catch reports, snoek are being landed by the determined spinning guys and the shad are going out with a bang. Summer is almost here and the excitement is palpable! North – Snoek from the beach! That has been the main talking point on the north coast. The beaches and deep water points from Umhlanga all the way to Zinkwazi (and beyond) have hosted the anglers hurling spoons at the horizon as the day breaks in an attempt to snatch an elusive snoek. These picky eaters can drive one insane and the low light hours are the best time to trick these predators. Bullet spoons are essential to get the required distance and a fast retrieve is needed to get them excited. This of course all goes to pot when the fish are feeding on sprats close in and anything will catch them… The north coast is definitely starting to heat up with plenty of summer fish starting to bite and the banks are already producing some bigger hits of diamonds… hurry up summer! Central – Of the central coastlines spots, Blue Lagoon has been the pick of them. This past week saw a lot of action at this humble spot including quite a few shad over 2kgs (as well as our current leader), some garrick, a host of other edibles and some inedibles mixed in. This spot can get crowded so remember to fish courteously and that right of way goes to the first angler there. The shad have been feeding better at night and all the bigger fish have been caught at the onset of darkness. The shad have definitely zoned in on bait with lures not proving as successful as usual. South – The south coast catches have been dominated by shad and bronze bream. When the shad are feeding, anything will work for them but a spoon is your best option. The bream have favoured the rougher waters around gullies and ledges with a pink prawn sprayed with our new Loutjie Louwies Signature Series Saltwater dip proving too tasty to leave. The bigger inedibles have been around but not in big enough numbers to successfully target, yet… Harbour – The Durban Harbour has been quiet on the fishing front this past week. Aside from some very nice grunter that found a cracker shrimp on a small circle hook irresistible, the action has been slow. The artlure anglers have managed a few different species but the main catches have been kingies during the day and walla walla at night. Lures that can be retrieved quickly work well for the kingies while the walla prefer a slower, more vibrating lure like a paddletail. Freshwater: The spring time of year offers great fishing for all freshwater facets and the past week has seen some good catches. Bass – The bass fishing has been on fire! All the dams in KZN have produced some epic catches over the past couple of weeks. The warmer weather has spurred the fish to increase their feeding and this has meant very aggressive, hungry bass. This hunger and active mood has been taken advantage of by anglers using minnow imitations such as jerkbaits, crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Colours in the box should include white, chartreuse and white and variations on the natural colours. Search the shallows as the sun rises for cruising fish looking for fodder and you may start your fishing day off with a proper bang. Carp – Much like the bass, the carp have also enjoyed the weather warming up. The hotter temperatures and warmer water increases the activity in the dams and rivers. Inanda continues to be the venue of choice whether you are going conventional or specimen. With the large variation in depth of Inanda, you can always find an area where the fish are held up. Garlic and honey are the two flavours doing particularly well at this venue currently and floaties or boilies with this flavour combo should be in your box. The other dams in KZN have not let visitors down. Midmar and Albert Falls have been producing quality fish for both specimen and conventional anglers. Cinnamon and banana are two of the most reported successful flavours. Trout – The trout are still keeping the fly rods bent in the berg. The bigger Stillwater venues are your best bet if you are after some of the midlands trophies. The vast expanses allow fish plenty of place to hide and grow to “one that got away” size. In any Stillwater, look for areas of activity to focus your efforts. If you cannot see any, look for areas where the old riverbed runs or areas with deep water adjacent weed beds. The rivers on the other hand allow anglers to pit their skill and finesse against the wily fish which call these running water home. Depending on where you fish, the population will either be rainbow or brown dominant. Similar tactics will work for both but the browns are generally more finicky. Zak nymphs, gun nymphs and any other small nymph imitation with movement will work well. If trout isn’t for you, try your hand at targeting scalies. News from Jan, The Kingfisher in PMB – “Once again, the weather man finds himself in a quandary: what do we throw at the anglers this week…? From near 40degree hot and humid bergwind conditions on the weekend, to the current light dusting of snow on the southern ‘Berg…just what are the fish supposed to think? Unfortunately, the dusting is very light, and will melt away very quickly with hardly any input into the rivers that so sorely need it. I have a yet to be substantiated indicated that we will received rain within the next 2 weeks or so – a mate who has a birthday on 11 October says it ALWAYS rains on his birthday…so fingers crossed that what “Simon Says…” holds true! So currently still not the best of conditions for the trout streams, but there are fish being reported by those putting the time on the water. But as indicated last week, perhaps best to wait it out a while till we get that rain (hope Simon is correct…), a fresh flow will get the fish moving. In the meantime, 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…” Again, nothing much more than the odd murmur from the Stillwater trout guys – with the flux of hot-cold-hot, perhaps fish are perhaps the same iffy frame of mind as he weather man – but as water temps increase, fish will be feeding up as the bugs start to move. From the anglers getting their flies wet, Dragonfly nymphs (e.g. Papa Roach) seems to be the current flavour, but any of your larger flies (e.g. woolly buggers, minnows) will also get the attention of the fish. This weekend see’s the Natal Fly Fishers Club holding a Natal Yellowfish (scaly) Clinic out at Nyala Pans in the Umkomaas River Valley. The Clinic will be presented by Shaun Dickson, KZNFFA Team angler, who has been having great success with the scaly’s in recent weeks, and is happy to share his take on the spoils. We wish the anglers a successful weekend and look forward to reporting on the Clinic next week. Some EXCELLENT bass are being reported from both Albert Falls and Midmar. A monster 6.61kg bucket mouth came out at Albert’s, taken on a triple tail minnow fished on a Texas Rig. Local angler Kirk van Reeuwyk boated his PB at Midmar recently on a Jerk Bait Special. Another report from Midmar indicated a fish of 3kg. Congrats and well done those anglers! 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. 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