FISHING REPORT 18TH OCTOBER ’19 October 16, 2019 by The Kingfisher The north east winds have made the inedible anglers jump for joy while the ski boaters have grimaced when they have miss-timed the arrival of the wind and faced the bumpy ride home. There are fish to be caught and the weather won’t stop us! 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: Tools of the trade. Having the right tool for the job is not only essential for tradesmen, it’s vital for fishermen too. Depending on your type of fishing, you will require certain key tools. Fly fishermen (freshwater) should always carry a nipper and a pair of forceps. These tools allow you to cut your line and remove dainty hooks from delicate fish. Shore-based spinning guys should always have a pair of good braid scissors and a pair of pliers. Rock and surf anglers require a good knife, a pair of scissors and a set of pliers (wire cutter and long-nose).Without the proper tools you won’t be able to do the job properly. Offshore: The sea has been a cruel mistress of late. The waves have been big and the wind has been howling. The brief windows of good weather have been just that, brief. North – The far north coast has been seeing a lot of visitors. The promise of gamefish and the stories of great hauls has made the long trip go much faster. The stories have been embellished a tad but there are definitely fish to be caught up north. Most of the gamefish fishing has been done via trolling lures or live baits. This is still the best way of finding the fish. Couta have been very scarce but the tuna have made up for their absence. A few dorado have already made an appearance so make sure you keep an eye out for any floating debris. Central – The central coast has also seen some of the dorado action. Although there have only been a handful caught, it is definitely a good idea to keep a rod at the ready with a circle hook and a live bait. With the rains, there will be plenty of floating debris in the water. So if you see a log floating out at sea, flick a bait in the vicinity and wait for the dorado to leap from the water. The rest of the catches have been mainly tuna or bottom fish. The bottom fish hauls have been mainly daga, geelbek, rockcod and reds. South – The south has seen some lovely bottom fish caught. Chief of the memorable catches have been the coppers and black musselcrackers. These are slow-growing fish that should really be put back whenever possible so please think twice before you take it home. Best baits for the bigger bottoms is without doubt a live bait. Second to a live bait will be a fresh flapped fish (bigger is better). Use the heaviest tackle you are comfortable with to get the fish in quickly to avoid taxation. There have also been some garrick around for the backline hunters. Trolling a live bait just behind the breakers is a deadly method of targeting these hard-fighting fish. Rock and Surf: The presence of north east wind has made many very excited and for good reason. The summer fish are starting to become a regular occurrence on reports. Check your backing knots and go fishing! North – The north coast has seen a lot of edible action. The reefs and ledges in the far north have been a fantastic place to rack up a few new species on the list. The main catches on these reefs have been rockcod, bronze bream, stumpies, speckled snapper and a host of other fish. Most of these fish will eat a chokka bait and that is the first bait to throw. Make use of circle hooks to avoid getting stuck and to ensure safe release after the glamour shot. The beaches in the north and the deep water points have also treated the early risers to some amazing snoek action. These feisty fish love a small spoon worked at a rapid rate. Look for the action and let loose on those throws to reach them. Central – The central zone has seen a lot of inedible action in the basin area. The beaches from Addington to North Pier are a great place to learn how to catch inedibles as they usually occur in abundance here and are generally on the smaller side. This being said, there are some bruisers around and last week saw a duckbill ray of 75kgs landed in the basin. The rest of the catches have been mainly diamonds, blue rays and grey sharks which are all fun on the light tackle. Use fleshy baits such as redeye sardine or mackerel and look for the deeper water. South – The south coast has been producing some lovely cracker for the anglers persistent enough to target them. The process of holding pole for hours for one bite is daunting for most, but the hard-fighting cracker is a true prize. The most successful baits have been crabs, whole mussels and occie legs. The rest of the south has seen some inedible action from a variety of species as well as some late season garrick on the points. The scratching anglers have also enjoyed some fat bronze bream in and around the ledges. Durban Harbour: The harbour is blowing hot and cold. This is probably due to the shifting weather conditions. The determined anglers have managed some decent grunter on the banks and deeper holes. A light leader and hook snoot with as little weight as possible will get you more bites from these finicky feeders. Remember to play the fish gently on this light tackle to avoid breaks and pulls. The abrasion resistance of fluorocarbon is a real plus here and is the recommended material for the hook snoot, hands down! The artlure anglers have managed bits and bobs in the form of kingies and flathead but there have not been any real fireworks yet. Small spoons and poppers have been the most successful lures. News from Mtunzini – The fishing in the lagoon was good this weekend in spite of the wind on Saturday and Izzy landed a fair size Brassy Kingfish. On Sunday, Louis chummed an area at the main car park with old Chokka and Sard. They caught the following fish; River Bream, Russell’s Snapper, Spotted Grunter, an eel, Cape Moon Fish, Stumpies verities and something that nearly spooled him but luckily it dropped the bait. His dad even had a double up on Grunter and on Saturday it was reported that small Diamonds were caught at the mouth area from the Port Dunford side. Young Shaun reported the lagoon water is very clean i.e. a greener colour that a muddy brown colour, good news indeed. The Banks seem to be the place to be with reports of Snapper Kob and Square tail Kob together with some Spinner Sharks been landed, most of the other beaches were quiet as not many anglers fished in what turned out to be a okay day however Sunday was a blow out, it seems as though the diamonds we caught last month were just a tease as they seem off the bite again. We spent the whole of Saturday moving the shop around and please note the right hand door is now the entry point. Although the Ski boat competition was postponed, young Gert and Stefan went out for a quick trip and caught some nice bottoms, mainly Kob, they did stay in shallow water as they were expecting the wind to pick up and when it did they could run back in. Well done guys. Thanks Nic Maitland from Mtunzini Fishing Shop for this report. Freshwater: The dams, lakes and rivers have all had something to offer the freshwater fishermen lately. The rivers have seen some amazing scaly and trout fishing. The dams have seen giant bass and carp. The lakes have treated the berg fishermen with some proper Stillwater trophy trout. News from Jan, The Kingfisher in PMB – “The Weather Gods are still playing silly buggers and we continue to go round in hot / cold circles while we wait … not so patiently I might add … for the so called ”Spring Rains”. The Midlands has had a couple of evenings where it looked like, and sounded like, a thunderstorm was brewing but as they say, all hot air with nothing to show for it… Even the Stillwater’s are starting to show their bones, with anglers reporting “lowest I have ever seen it”. The fishing has been on and off as a result, with anglers some reporting great catches (there was another BIG brown trout of 63cm / 25 inches reported from a private water) and other saying “not a touch”. The anglers that he been catching are saying black is the colour, so the Woolly Bugger (aka “Speedcop”), Zonker Baitfish and even dragonfly nymphs in black are your “go to” patterns currently. The river / stream anglers are also reporting that water levels are shockingly low, but the fish are there and rising to the dry fly … patterns of choice are Elk-hair Caddis and a CdC “Mirage” fly. This last weekend saw the Inanda Bass Club Challenge held on Midmar Dam, with some good fish being reported up to 61cm / 24inches in the 3-4kg range. Albert Falls continues to provide some good fish, along with a couple reports of good size carp eating bass lures! While the rivers are low and clear, the Scaly (Natal Yellowfish) action is still going strong. 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. Carp – The excitement is palpable in most carp fishing circles as kingfisher has just announced it has acquired the South African agency for the UK bait giant, Mainline! Stocks will be available soon so get your orders in to your local tackle shops and get your hands on the best carp baits in the world! The conventional and specimen angling has been very rewarding lately. Albert Falls and Inanda have been the places to visit. Albert Falls has been the choice for the conventional anglers where they have been getting great hauls of smaller fish. This is not to say the bigger boys have not been there, on the contrary! The guys using the bigger baits have managed some decent fish over 10kgs. Garlic and honey have been the two best flavours at Albert’s with both mielies and floaties being effective. The specimen anglers continue to produce great results at Inanda (and Shongweni). Boilies and tigernuts have been the best baits for the bigger fish but the key has been setting up a decent feeding area. Hemp, mieleies and tigers have been the best feeds for the feeding area. Bass – The bass fishing has gotten better! The fish have been healthy and fat, making the bags weigh more than you think. This is a great time to go out and break your personal best. A number of methods have been successful at the various venues. Crankbaits and chatterbaits have been the best of the search baits. These both cover large areas and allow you to quickly find the feeding fish. Dropshot and weightless soft plastics have been the killers when fishing particular spots. Creature baits pitched in to the thicker cover have accounted for some real pigs. Make sure you use the best and strongest hook possible to avoid losing your prized catch. The colours of choice have been chartreuse and white (for the chatterbaits), bluegill (for the crankbaits) and watermelon red for the soft plastics. Trout – The trout fishing in the rivers has been very good in the past couple of weeks. The fish have been on the smaller side but the size is not as much of a reward as the success in catching these weary fish. The rivers are quite low, so the area needs to be chosen wisely. Use darker flies and some with a lot of built in movement. The Zak nymph and Gun nymph are the first choices. The Stillwater’s are producing the bigger fish. The higher altitude venues have been the better waters as the temperatures are still nice and cool. Look for the deeper pockets of water when the sun gets high in the sky and you should manage fish all day. The dry fly fishermen are also doing well as the water has been driving the insect hatches. Keep some generic dry flies like elk hair caddis and DDDs on hand for the evening rise. Tight lines and screaming reels The latest series of Hier Gaan Ons Alweer (18) with Petri de Wet premieres on Mondays at 17:30 on kykNet, channel 144. 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