FISHING REPORT 29TH NOVEMBER ’19

With less than a month to go to Christmas, the fishing is getting quite merry and most of the facets have seen some good catches this past week.

The Kingfisher annual Black Friday sale is about to start and will be running on the 29th, 30th of November and the 1st of December only (all branches). After this, The Kingfisher’s annual end of year sale will take place on the 6-8th December (53 Hunter Street only). Make sure to come to the shop early to avoid disappointment.

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: Bucktail jigs. These lures have been around for a long time. They are sometimes called hair jig (being made predominantly of hair). The popularity of bucktails over the recent years stems from their versatility. You can get tiny 1/16 ounce ones that you catch blacktail with in a gully all the way up to 6 ounce giants that you vertical jig for amberjack. The basic layout of the bucktail is a lead head jig with a skirt of bucktail hair tied on. That’s it! They can get very complex with 3D eyes, beautiful paint work and glow in the dark flash but they still have the same basic layout. How you retrieve them will vary depending on the target species. You can slowly bounce them along the bottom for kob, flathead our other bottom feeders; you can retrieve them extremely rapidly with a lot of twitches for faster predators like kingies; or you can use big sweeping jerks that allow the lure to shoot up and glide down, this is particularly effective for garrick. Make sure the jigs have quality hooks and then fiddle with the retrieve.

Offshore: The dorado are here! There have been plenty of these fish around but the sizes have been a bit small. The tuna are still on the bait marks and the ambers are breaking tackle down south.

North – The north coast has seen plenty of game fish action. If it’s dorado, tuna, sailfish, couta or any of the summer fish that you are after, the north is where you need to go. The best trace for these fish is a fluorocarbon leader with a single hook (wire snoot if you are after the couta). The hook you use is up to you. Some prefer a treble, some prefer a circle. If you are going to release your fish then I highly advocate the use of circle hooks. The circle can be bridled to your live bait with a cable tie. This is the best and easiest method in my opinion. For those fishing for the pot, a size 2 treble through the nose is hard to argue with but does do quite a bit of damage to the fish. Some very exciting news: The North Coast Kayak Fishing Club (NCKFC) is running a dorado competition for the month of December (1-31). The competition has two prizes, one for the biggest bull dorado (R5000) and one for the biggest queen dorado (R5000), only one prize per person. Entries are R100 and the competition is open to all members of the NCKFC. If you are looking for a club to join or enjoy fishing with a great group of guys, give the NCKFC a shout.

Central – The Durban stretch of KZN has been fairly pleasant over the past week. The sea has behaved for the majority of the week and the fish have been plentiful enough to keep everyone happy. The bait is still scarce so make sure you put some small bits of sardine on to the hooks of the bait jigs. This can often make the difference on the day. A live bait at this time of year is deadly. For those who prefer a faster paced life, trolling lures will quickly find the feeding fish. Look for any surface activity or areas with changes in depth, current or water colour. Lipped lures work very well at slower speeds and the skirted lures work better for the faster speeds. With the lures you are targeting active fish and you can catch multiple species. If you are after the dorado, add a little pink to your lure colours and you should see some leaping dorado soon. Dorado are fast growing pelagic species and can handle a lot more pressure than the bottom fish that people enjoy targeting. So if you are trying to decide what to go after, please consider the game fish first.

South – The south coast has been going very well for the bottom fishing crews. The copper season is almost open again (1st December) and you can see the excitement building. These fish are slow growing and long lived so they deserve respect and care. If you are going to go after these fish, make sure you have a release mechanism to get them back to their depths. Targeting them is amazing fun and they are definitely one of the strongest fish to go after. Drop a flapped slinger or bonnie head down on the deeper pinnacles or reefs for the best chance at success. Make sure your knots and tackle are up to the task. The dorado and tuna have been the main catches for the guys on the skis and boats. Those that have travelled further offshore have managed some sailfish and wahoo. Live bait is a little easier to come by down south, so fill your well early and head to your favourite spot to target your preferred species.

Rock and Surf:

Raggies are loose! The Zululand beaches have been producing an astounding number of raggies recently. This past week saw some good catch reports from the anglers that headed north. The shad season is almost open…

North – The north coast has received a lot of attention this week with the abundance of raggies. One night saw over 20 of these beasts landed. Most of the beaches that provide a wading bank and deeper water will have these fish present, so make a plan to go up to your favourite spot and put out a bigger bait for these fish. Your best bet is larger head bait with flash wrapped around it. Bonito, mackerel and yellowtail are the most common and successful. Your choice then comes to j-hooks or circle hook…this is a personal choice. A large single circle hook does a great job of hooking these fish and will be my choice. Strip the coating off your wire trace close to the hook to get a better hookup ratio. These raggies are strong fish but are a great introduction to shark fishing as they do not make long blistering runs or fight for hours. They do pull hard and you need to know how to pull them to get them landed. The rest of the north coast has seen plenty of other edibles landed including some kob and snapper salmon on chokka and sardine baits.

Central – The central coast has seen plenty of action around the piers and points. The local piers have seen some stumpies landed during the evenings and the occasional geelbek for those putting out bigger baits at night. Chokka and sardine have been the two most successful baits and their versatility allows you to target multiple species. If you are wanting to target the edibles only, I would add pink prawn in to the mix for added flavour. The shad have been around and the closed season has not stopped some anglers… The deep water points are working well for the guys wanting to target the inedibles at this time of year. The summer heat and the sound of a screaming drag go so nicely together! Look for areas where a current sucks out in to deeper water and you should get a bite quite quickly.

South – The south coast has seen a flourish of inedible action over the past few weeks. The sandies, honeycombs and brown skates have been loose on most of the south coast with the beaches and points producing fish. Chokka and red eye sardine have been the real producers but fresh mackerel goes a long way. Illovo Beach and Umkomaas ledges have been the best places for both the casters and the drone anglers. There has been a lot of bronze bream action on the south coast with pink prawn and crackers producing the best results.

Freshwater:

The bass fishing is kicking off with the fish feeding aggressively after the spawn. The carp are around in big numbers and the trout are large and in charge.

Bass – The bass fishing is kicking off in a big way. The post spawn fishing is happening at most of the KZN dams and the fish are hungry to put on wait after their spawning. These fish are a little sluggish and are after a food item that can put a lot of weight on. This means bigger baits moved slower along the bottom near areas where the fish have been spawning. The males are the smaller fish that are most likely guarding fry in the shallows. These fish are eager to eat and are generally very aggressive. If you want to catch a lot of fish, then the shallows are the place to go. If big fish are on your mind then the deeper drop offs and points leading to the shallows is the place to hunt the females. Try slow-crawling a jig or Carolina rig on the bottom. Alternately you can throw some deeper diving crankbaits in these areas but make sure your lure is touching the bottom.

Carp – The carp fishing is a numbers game at the moment with plenty of smaller fish making their way to the side. Banana and honey continue to produce the results on most of the KZN dams with Inanda and Albert Falls producing the most consistent results. The fish are all over at the moment trying to put on weight, so try your hand fishing the shallower areas adjacent to deeper water drop-offs. For the specimen angler, you can try fishing the deeper water areas with larger baits. The best bet will be tiger nuts (clumps) or larger boilies (20mm +). Use slightly larger hooks (size 2) and this should allow you to avoid catching the smaller fish. For the specimen anglers, look at fishing with more ground feed and keep the feeding area topped up as the smaller fish will empty the spot quickly.

Trout – The trout fishing in the berg is going well on the bigger Stillwater’s. If you are looking for a venue at this warmer time of year, consider the higher altitude areas. These dams will stay colder for longer and will be more pleasant for the trout. Use larger food items if you are wanting to fish the deeper water. A fly like a zonker or woolly bugger will be your best bet. This time of year is great for the dry fly enthusiast as the summer heat brings with it a lot of insects and surface feeding. Keep your floating line at the ready and keep an eye out for any surface activity. Flies for this type of fishing can be as complex or simple as you like. Identical matches of the natural fodder can work; alternately you can use a general pattern like a DDD.

 

News from Jan, The Kingfisher PMB – The summer heat is here, and still very little sign of the summer rains.  Getting later every year it seems, which puts strain on a system that is already battling from the dry winter spell.  The heat will push temperatures up in low waters, and we desperately need the input not only to top up levels but also to keep things on the cool side.

The (trout) river systems are still in dire need of rain in the catchments, so quite frankly, best to be avoided till we have had some (good) rains to give the systems a flush, and bring the flow back up.

The (trout) Stillwater’s are dropping by the day, and as indicated above, water temps are on the up driving fish to the bottom to seek refuge from the oxygen deprived warm water.  Reports from those anglers that are out and about corroborate this – (some) fish are being taken on full-sink lines at the bottom, with a black “Speed cop” woolly bugger being the fly of choice currently.

Recent catch images coming from Albert Falls show the dam level still to be down (the Umgeni Water levels page has been offline for some time now…), but some great fish (5kg+) are being reported.

With the warm spell, news from Sterkfontein is starting to filter through more regularly … the guides are setting up shop, so it seems that it’s all systems go there.

Its BLACK FRIDAY week – well, WEEKEND actually! – So make sure there is some tackle shopping time in your schedule this weekend.

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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