FISHING REPORT 15TH NOVEMBER ’19 November 14, 2019 by The Kingfisher Rains! The big rains have made fishing near any of the river mouths near impossible. Ray’s tip: Clean up. The recent rains have highlighted the amount of rubbish we as humans are putting in to the rivers (and other environments). The sheer amount of rubbish coming out of the drains and rivers is shocking. Although we might not be responsible, we can do our part to minimise the human impact on our environment. Keep a black bag with you, in your fishing box. Whenever you go fishing, spend an extra 5 minutes cleaning the area around you. You will be surprised how quickly that bag fills up! Offshore: The dorado fishermen are drooling over all this rain. The rain will certainly push some colour and floating structure in to the water which will see the dorado patrolling. The fishing has been good up north and the local waters have not been shy to produce a fish or two. North – This has been the place to go if you are after the summer game fish! The anglers (fishing ski and ski boat) that have made the trip have not left disappointed. Tuna have taken a bit of a back seat and the dorado have started to fill the catch reports. Variety is the spice of life and after months of tuna, dorado is a welcome change. The dorado have also been complimented by some beautiful sailfish. A few anglers have managed some magnificent specimens that have been safely released for next time. Remember when handling any billfish that the bill is very rough and the fish are very strong. Central – The central zone of KZN has been producing some good catches for both the game fishermen and the bottom fishermen. With the copper steenbras season being closed (opens 1 December) the bottom fishermen have been targeting the smaller species such as reds and rockcod. The occasional mussel cracker is a welcome battle. Bait for these smaller species is not too much of an issue and anything fresh will do. Some show preference to sardine or fleshy baits while others prefer squid. The anglers after game fish will be happy to know that the dorado are here! Find the colour lines and the floating debris and you should find the popcorn bream. South – The south coast has seen much the same as the central. There have been a few dorado caught but the main focus has been on the bottom fish. rockcod, rubberlips, slinger, soldiers, daga and geelbek have been the main catches. Much like the Durban guys, the choice of bait is up to you and each person will have their preference based on their previous catches. Rock and Surf: The summer fish are here and the chiropractors in Durban are fully booked! The rains will make for some interesting fishing in the next couple of days, but the introduction of some colour to the sea could bring some big fish in. North – The Zululand anglers have been fishing hard over the past month with great results. The sandbanks and reefs have been producing some prize edible fish. The reef fishing has been real close-quarter fighting with the leader knot often still in the guides when the fish is hooked. The target species for this method (dip sticking) is generally the reef residents such as stumpies, rockcod, rubberlips and friends. This is proper hit and hold fishing, so make sure your knots are good. The inedible fishing has been very good up north. The sandies, diamonds, honeycombs and a host of shark species have made the anglers attached to then very aware of how strong they are. Any fleshy bait and some deep water will see you in with a chance at a giant. Central – The central coast has been quiet on the fishing front. The rains have not made for the most pleasant conditions and the slow fishing has meant most anglers have stayed at home. The piers are still producing a lot of edible fish although the sizes have been a bit small. The Blue Lagoon pier has produced some lovely garrick over the past few weeks. These fish have all been taken on live bait and refuse to take a lure (not for lack of trying). Please remember the shad season opens on the 1st of December. South – The south has been a bit more productive than the central zone. The edibles and inedibles have been happy to scoff down any offerings thrown at them. The inedibles have been favouring the redeye sardine baits and this would definitely be the first bait to throw at a new spot. Look for the areas where the rips and currents suck water out to the deep. When these mix with deep water, the fireworks begin. Use the elastic cotton to tie up your baits. The cotton continues to squeeze the bait and pump out scent long after it hits the water. The edibles have been favouring prawn baits. The bronze bream have been around in the gullies and have started to feed with a bit more vigour. Use a bigger prawn bait for a quicker bite. Pink prawn with a spray of LL Signature Series Banana spray will get the bream in a frenzy. Freshwater: The freshwater facets have all been having a good run lately. The bass fishing is getting better by the day and most of the KZN waters are produces some giants. The carp fishing has become a real numbers game with full keep nets guaranteed. Bass – The bass are full in to summer mode with plenty of action at most of the dams in KZN. The guys lucky enough to fish the private farm dams have been hauling some true giants out of surprisingly small ponds. These farm dams are best fished with a top water frog that is weedless. The Kingfisher stocks a wide range of frogs perfect for this type of fishing. These frogs are best fished on straight braid and a medium heavy rod. It is your choice for a baitcaster or spinning reel but the braid is essential to avoid losing more fish than you land. The bigger dams have been doing well on a variety of methods. The fish have clued in on the fodder fish, so see what fish are in the water you are fishing and adapt your lure accordingly. Don’t be afraid to try some finesse work with smaller minnows or paddletails. Inanda and Midmar are fishing well from both the side and the boats while Alberts is only producing for the boat guys. Keep yourself rigged with some cranks and dropshots and you will not go home without some tales of luck. Carp – The carp have been on the smaller side, but they are much more willing to feed than their bigger brothers. Subsequently you can fill your keep net (or photo album) with lots of smaller fish. The sweeter the flavour the quicker the bite! Flavours such as honey or caramel are the winners at the moment with most of the fish coming out during the day. The specimen anglers have all but packed away for the summer due to the smaller fish but the persistent few have managed some giants. Inanda has been the place to go for these anglers and the results speak for themselves. Have a browse through social media and you will see these catches. Tigernuts continues to be the bait of choice but a quality boilie will also see you land some beauties. Trout – The trout fishing is shifted more towards the delicate art of river fishing. This is mainly due to the warmer weather making the Stillwater’s a more challenging task. The rivers are however very low at the moment and we hope that the rains will start to fill them up. Nevertheless, the fishing is still good in the rivers with the deeper pools holding the fish. The Zak nymphs and Gun nymphs have been the answer for the deeper water. The shallower runs have been excellent to fish with a dry. The Elkhair caddis is probably one of the best generic patterns for this type of fishing and should be kept in a few colours in every angler’s box. Tiger – The heat of the summer months has led many to head for the tiger waters. Jozini has been very kind to the anglers fishing there and some proper tigers have come out in the past few weeks. Fillet baits have produced the biggest amounts of fish but all of the usual methods have worked. The lure anglers have done particularly well with spoons and noisy crankbaits while the fly fishermen have had good success on articulated streamers and deceivers. Those lucky enough to head across the border have seen some amazing fishing. Tigers of over 20lbs are a regular occurrence and the method of capture is up to you. So if you prefer the fly or the fillet bait, come in to one of the Kingfisher branches and we can get you rigged up for a tiger fishing trip you will not forget, News from Jan Korrubel, The Kingfisher in PMB – “I think we can finally say that we can allow the excitement to mount … as it appears that the spring/summer rains may just have started. While nothing like the deluge that the coast has received in the last week or so, The Midlands has received some 35mm of rain on average over the last week, some area’s less, and others more. The extended forecast for the next week to 10 days looks promising, so we will keep those fingers crossed that the high lying catchments get some more to a) fill the water table, and b) finally get a proper flow going. So while we wait for that to happen, we must still caution that for the trout anglers, the rivers are very thin and warm at this stage, and will stay that way till we get some run off. Dam and Stillwater levels are dropping fast, and water temperatures are still up. So it is probably a good idea to give the fish a break till we get some rain. The major dam levels are dropping; percentages are as follows: Mearns 55%, Spring Grove 45%, Midmar 92% and Albert Falls 33%. Albert Falls Dam is on form at present with some solid bass in the in the 2-4kg range being reported over the past week. Last weekend saw the “The Complete Fly Fisherman (TCFF) Sterkfontein Experience” being held on Sterkfontein Dam – with the topsy-turvy weather, conditions were on the difficult side, but some great fish were reported: Smallmouth Yellowfish predominantly, but a few Largemouth made a showing. This year’s event hosted well-known international angler and fly-tyer Hans van Klinken (he of “The Klinkhamer” parachute dry fly fame), and his lovely wife Ina … as part of the advance party, Hans caught his first-ever Smallmouth Yellowfish … and not to be outdone, Ina made sure she caught two! The Scaly (Natal Yellowfish) action is still going strong, reports coming in of fish being taken on 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. The Kingfisher’s trading hours are Monday to Friday 8:00 to 17:00, Saturdays 8:00 to 13:00. 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