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Ray’s tip: Hydration.

With the summer season upon us and a lot of anglers hooking very big fish, hydration is something that is incredibly important. The summer heat and the exhaustion of fighting big fish for hours can drain you of fluids and you can quickly become dehydrated. Make sure that you always keep enough water on you to last the entire day or night. Fizzy drinks are great for a quick boost, but water is your best choice for hydration.


The waters off KZN have been productive. Sardines are still around and the baitfish have been plentiful if you know where to look.

North – The north is fishing well for the ski boat and paddle-driven guys. Tuna are by far the most popular of the catches. The exciting news is that a couple of dorado have already been boated! These fish are early but very welcome. Dorado are structure-orientated fish and will congregate around any structure out in the deep. Your best bet is to keep your eyes peeled for anything floating on the surface. These floating devices attract smaller fish which in turn attract the dorries. Remember that dorado love pink, so if you struggling to decide what lure to use…pick the pink one!

Central – The Durban area has been fairly kind to the ski boat anglers. Tuna have been the main catch for the game fish guys. These have mainly been caught on live bait, but a few anglers have landed some big specimens on poppers. Seeing a 20kg+ tuna engulf a surface lure is enough to get anyone’s heart racing. If you haven’t done it before, get yourself some poppers and head to your favourite hunting grounds. The bottom fishermen have landing some decent fish with the prize catch at the moment being a big cracker. With the copper steembras season closed, these are the next in the line. Remember these species are slow growing and deserve to be put back after you enjoy the fight. Heavy tackle, strong hooks and proper knots are the order of the day.

South – The south has been mainly reporting bottom fish catches over the past few weeks. There have been a lot of protea bream, rubberlips and rockcod on the closer inshore reefs. The ideal setup for these reefs will be a 8 or 9 inch KP reel with either braid (80lb Daiwa J Braid) or nylon (0.75mm+). This on a decent rod with good flex and around 8ft in length will be the perfect weapon for this type of fishing. The south has also seen its fair share of tuna. Most of the tuna catches have been while trolling lures while moving between spots, but some have been hooked on the trap stick while catching bottoms or bait.

News from Mtunzini – “The lagoon has been  very busy during the week and guys fishing artificial are getting into the action, young Christo had his hooks opened on his lures so has changed them for 4 x trebles, it seems the culprits are Brassy Kingfish. The prawns are in the river and the fish are shoaling them when you see this throw lures over the bait ball and retrieve threw it. When fishing around a bait ball try see what fish are in the ball and what size then match your lure in size and as near to the species as you can, the fish are focused on what is in the bait ball i.e. if they shoaling Sprats use the Kingfisher Anchovy spoon as they are similar size.

The rock and surf fishing conditions look great for the weekend. This week for the brave some fish were caught but conditions were tough, I quote young Dup “when the wind blows your tackle box over it is time to go” despite that he got a few rats and mice and a nice size Hound Shark of 1m 3.4kg. Young Willem fishing near him got a nice size Spotted Grunter. There are a lot of plans being made for the fishing this weekend let’s hope the fish come to the party”. Thanks Nic Maitland from Mtunzini Fishing Shop for this report.

Rock and Surf:

The summer season is here! Not only is the weather hotting up properly, but the fishing action is fiery as well.

North – The north coast has been producing some lovely edibles and inedibles. The lower north coast has seen the bulk of the inedible action with some giants being landed and some even bigger fish lost. The colder water has kept the blue rays around. Most of the beaches will produce a blue if you can get a nice mushy sardine bait in the strike zone. The bigger inedibles have been around on most of the beaches and deeper points where a mackerel or redeye sardine bait will see you in to your backing in no time!

The ledges and reefs in the far north have been the pick of the destinations for the edibles. Some anglers have managed some proper size stumpies and speckled snappers. These fish both put up a decent fight, with the speckle being the king of the ledges. Make sure your tackle is up to the task!

Central – The central coast has seen some late season garrick for the determined anglers pursuing them daily. The bulk of the fish have come off the Blue Lagoon area on live bait. This area has also produced some lovely stumpies and grunter off the big bank in front. Please remember that shad season is still closed and that any shad hooked needs to be returned to the water (even if it is dead). The central beaches have also been producing some quality inedible action with some big fish landed this past week. There have been duckbills, diamonds, thorntails, sandies and a few toothy critters. The bigger the bait, the better the chance of a bite. This has been due to the abundant peckers. Baits like head baits are the best bet when the peckers are wild. Look for the deeper water areas where a rip sends out between the sandbanks.

South – The south coast has also been producing some big flatties. Ray Thompson managed to subdue a giant of a honeycomb ray this past weekend. Ray managed to get this 96.2kg (converted) beast to the side in under 30mins due to his technique and tackle (Daiwa Saltist Elite 15ft, Daiwa Saltiga Dogfight 8000 and 40lb Daiwa J-Braid). Well done Ray, that is an awesome fish. The south coast has been seeing most of the inedible bites on the beaches where a bank is within wading distance. The wading banks allow you to put the baits in to the deeper water. The best baits have been the bigger mackerel that have been caught at the moment off Durban.


The freshwater fishing has been doing very well for all facets. The trout have been big and feisty; the tigers have been aggressively eating anything that moves; the carp have been gobbling tigernuts like sweets and the bass have been hitting lures with real gusto!

Bass – The bass are aggressive! This time of year sees the fish put their mean face on and start attacking with reckless abandon. This aggressiveness is something that the bass fishermen need to take advantage of. The best lures for this time of year will either replicate the natural fodder fish that the bass will be targeting, or the lure must create a reaction bite by annoying the bass. Spinnerbaits and crankbaits are a deadly way of covering a lot of water while still imitating the fodder fish in the dam you are fishing. Jerkbaits and chatterbaits will allow you to trigger the reaction bites from the less active fish as well as vary the retrieve speed depending on the area you are fishing. The pick of the dams at the moment is Inanda. This venue continues to produce bigger fish and big bags! Midmar and Alberts are not far behind and have the potential to produce a new PB for anyone that goes there. The new Daiwa Prorex lures are in stock. The extremely popular spinnerbaits are now available in 4 sizes and 5 colours. The introduction of the Toddler crank will see a host of PB bass in to your live well. These will be available at all leading tackle stores so keep an eye out for them!

Carp – The carp fishing continues on its good trend. The best of the fishing, much like the bass, has been had at Inanda. The depth variation and large expanses allow the carp to grow big and make targeting them a mysterious art. The fish in Inanda are also in amazing condition at the moment and their scaling patterns make for some amazing photos. If you have not yet fished this dam, what are you waiting for? Tigernuts have outshone most of the other baits. These crunchy and sweet morsels are loved by carp the world over. They are also very durable and will stay on the hook or hair until you pull them off. Hemp has been the choice of the feeds with a mix of other particles. Boilies are a good choice for the bigger fish although you are also likely to tie in to one of the barble in the dam.

Trout – The trout fishing has remained constant over the last few weeks with some beautiful fish coming out in the higher altitude venues where the cold weather remains for most of the year. The anglers in the Eastern Cape have managed some very big fish to rival any venue. Anglers have been having the best success with streamers that imitate bigger food items.

The new trend of articulated flies has seen some really big fish fall in to the net. These articulated flies have a lot of built in movement and with the addition of a rattle can make for an irresistible trout catcher. These bigger flies are not everyone’s cup of tea and the more orthodox among us will also see results on the traditional zonkers and matuka-type flies. The river fishing is also going very well and although the fish are smaller, the scenery is incredible and the fish and beautiful and wily. The rivers and streams are best fished with either a very buoyant dry fly or a jig-style zak or gun nymph. Olives and blacks are the choice in terms of colours.

News from Jan Korrubel, The Kingfisher in PMB – “If it’s not the temperature, and then it’s the wind … thought that August was supposed to the windy month, but we have had some rippers come through of late.  And then of course there the rain issue – or lack thereof.  It does seem to be trying – we are getting drips and drops here and there – and  it really should be raining at this time (I am getting daily Facebook “memories” of bucketing rain)…so we continue to be hopeful.

On the trout front: again we must warn that the rivers are still very thin, and dam and Stillwater levels are dropping fast – so probably a good idea to give the fish a bit of rest till we get some liquid in the system.

As the edge waters start to warm up, so will the fishing at Sterkfontein – prime fishing is usually to be had directly after spell of 2-3 days hot weather.

The Scaly (Natal Yellowfish) action is still going strong, reports coming in of fish being taken of small bead-head nymphs (#14 and #16) in natural (Hare’s Ear) and olive colours.

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.


The latest series of Hier Gaan Ons Alweer (18) with Petri de Wet premieres on Mondays at 17:30 on kykNet, channel 144. There are also a number of repeats during the week, Tuesday at 09:30, Wednesday at 10:00, Thursday at 02:00 & 10:30, Friday at 14:30 and Saturday at 17:30. Series 18 runs for three months, ending on the 30th December 2019. As most of you know, Petri and his guests cover various angling styles (fresh and salt water) in and around Southern Africa. Tight lines and screaming reels.


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