FISHING REPORT 8TH NOVEMBER ’19

With some foul weather around anglers have had to pick their trips carefully. The bad days didn’t put the fish off, with some real beauties being caught this past week!

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Ray’s tip: Fishery regulations.

Regulations are there for a reason. Whether they are size limits or closed seasons, there has been a calculated decision made after plenty of research has been done. These regulations are in place to protect the fish and to ensure the fish stocks remain healthy. Size limits are generally in place to protect fish that have not had a chance to reproduce. So the size of a shad for example is set at 30cm to allow the fish at least one season of breeding before it becomes “free game”. Closed seasons are put in place to protect the fish during their most vulnerable time. This is generally spawning season when the fish get together in big aggregations to breed. Many people disagree with a lot of the rules, but much like the speed limits on the roads, they apply to everyone and if we do not start limiting what we take from the sea we will see more and more species tightly regulated or banned.

Offshore:

The offshore fishing is starting to become more summer orientated and some of the much-anticipated gamefish are becoming regulars in the reports.

North:

The upper north coast, vidal in particular, has been a welcome break away from the local waters. The north has been producing some amazing summer gamefish catches for the paddlers and the ski boat anglers. Dorado have been the most sought after of the catches but tuna, sailfish, snoek, kingies and the odd couta have also been boated recently. Slow trolling a live bait on a circle hook with a fluorocarbon snoot will be the most productive method for most of the summer gamefish. The guys who prefer fast paced fishing will have a good time trolling lipped lures around.

Look for areas of changes in temperature, depth or colour. These changes generally aggregate the fish and are real hotspots for scouting.

Umdloti has been producing some nice size snoek on the backline. These fish have been eating most lures but a trolled fillet bait has been the most successful method for the bigger fish.

Central:

The Durban coast has seen a lot of boating action over the past week. The calmer seas have made long days on the boat or ski very pleasant.

Geelbek have been coming out in the upper central zone on most of the usual marks. Please remember that the limit on geelbek is two per person per day. These fall under the overarching total of ten fish per person per day. Also consider the shark tax as you catch as you are still removing the fish from the sea…

While on the regulations topic, the copper steenbras season is closed until the end of November. For the guys looking for the bigger edibles while the copper season is closed, there are still some good cracker on the deeper reefs. Pinning a smaller red on the bottom trace or a live mackerel is the best bet to get hooked up to one of these hard fighting fish.

A few lucky (persistent) boats have managed to hook an early-season marlin or three off of Durban. Let us hope this bodes well for the anglers fishing the OET.

South:

Dorries made a brief appearance in the Toti area. These fish must have moved in with the warmer water and it is definitely the time of year to start actively targeting them. A live bait on a circle hook fished in likely areas will be the best to target these fish. Alternately, trolling skirted lures on colour lines or depth changes will quickly find the school after which you can switch to drifting with live baits. With all the rain that we have had, there should be a lot of debris floating around. This debris will attract the baitfish which will in turn attract the dorries. These areas can be targeted using lures or livebait.

The toti area has also been producing some fine hauls of geelbek for both the commercial and recreational anglers. The bycatch has been mainly rockcod and rubberlips on the inshore reefs.

Rock and Surf:

Summer is here! The sweat, back ache and screaming reels associated with summer fishing have come with a flourish over the past week. The big inedibles have been landed on most of the KZN coast with some real giants getting the better of some anglers.

North:

The north coast has been producing good catches of both edibles and inedibles. For the guys looking for edibles, there have been bronze bream, stumpies, a host of reef fish and some bigger kob. These fish have been around the rocky gullies and ledges along most of the north coast with the variety of species increasing as you head further north. Chokka is the best bait to target all of the edible species. Its flexibility allows you to make any size bait. Prawn is always a good adage to chokka as is redeye sardine. Make sure you have plenty in your box.

The anglers wanting to sweat it out on the beaches and points hanging on to their rods as the line disappears in to the distance, your time is now! There have been plenty of bigger fish hooked over the past couple of weeks and some of the bigger ones are still taking string. Please make sure you are summer fit and that your tackle is strong enough to handle the punishment of summer fishing. Best baits for this time of year is undoubtedly a fleshy mackerel or redeye sardine bait. Find the deeper water or the areas where the rips empty out and you are in the pound seats!

Central:

Garrick at blue lagoon. The anglers fishing this point every morning with a livebait have managed to get a few of these special fish. The fishing has been a slow hunt but the reward is worth it. Using a 6/0 Mustad Tuna circle bridled through the eye sockets of your livebait with the use of a cable-tie will see you get more hookups.

The beaches in the Durban area have been producing a lot smaller inedibles in the form of blue rays and brown skates. These smaller inedibles are great fun on the lighter tackle. The new Kingfisher Poseidon Edible rods are in! These rods come in 14ft6 and 15ft and are great for throwing a 5oz sinker with a redeye sardine head a long way. For this type of fishing, you cannot go wrong with these sticks. There have been some proper fish hooked as well so be prepared for longer fights.

South:

The south coast has produced a lot of inedibles. A quick browse of social media will see plenty of tired anglers posed next to some giant flatfish. Whether your poison is droning or throwing, get your bait in to the deeper water behind the banks or in the rips for the best chance at a bite.

A lucky angler managed to land a proper GT on the south coast. The Sezela area has been producing some proper fish for the guys sliding livebaits. Make sure you have a strong enough hook snoot as the kingies will try their best to rub you off on the rocks.

Freshwater:

The freshwater fishing has been doing well on all facets. The summer season has kicked off in the bass fishing with the fish responding with aggression. The carp catches have increased in number but decreased in size. The trout are still hanging on in their post winter mode.

Bass:

The summer time bassing is kicking off. Topwater explosions are the order of the morning. Have a rod rigged and ready with either a buzzbait, walk-the-dog bait or a popper. Fish the marginal areas as the sun is coming up and focus on the areas that look the best for holding bass. The bass have come out of winter and are in a feeding mood, so give them something to eat. Large crankbaits, lipless cranks, spinnerbaits, bladed jigs and creature baits will all produce the bigger bites. If the fishing is slow in the watewr you are fishing, change over to the light spinning outfit with a dropshot worm or shakeyhead. Colour is not the most important with the baits at the moment but try to keep to the natural fodder fish colour. Look for colours that mimic the bluegill and tilapia that occur in the dam you are fishing.

Carp:

The size of the carp has gotten smaller but the number of fish being caught per session has gone up majorly. All of the KZN dams are worth a visit at this time of year. The frantic action once you find the fish can keep your alarms running on single tone all night and day. For the specimen anglers, this time of year can be a bit frustrating as the smaller fish can plague your feeding area. The choice is to either pack it in until next winter or to increase the size of your baits so the smaller fish cannot get them in their mouths. 20mm boilies are a great way to specifically target the bigger fish. Flavour-wise the fruitier scents will be the better choice for the summer time fish.

The conventional anglers are seeing great results at both Alberts and Inanda. The honey flavoured floaties along with the banana have continued to produce big hits of fish!

Trout:

The trout fishing is starting to taper off in the stillwaters as the water begins to warm up. Please note that fishing can become very harmful to the fish is the water gets too warm. Keep an eye on your thermometer and chat to the local anglers. The rivers and streams are on fire with plenty of anglers making their way in to the mountainous areas armed with twead jackets and light rods. These high-altitude rivers can be great fun with plenty of fish. Although these stream fish are generally smaller than their stillwater brothers, they are more feisty and have more beautiful colouration. Keep a good selection of nymphs and dries in your box with focus on the black colours along with olive.

This report form Jan form the Kingfisher in PMB.

As this is a family-oriented fishing report, I am going to keep the level of my language civilized and not speak my mind to the Weather Prophets as I am inclined to do … but simply say that it looks like they are trying … BUT TRY HARDER!  We are seeing some great forecasts for rain, but in the end, (very) little material follow through…

On the trout front : we must once again warn that the rivers are very thin and warm from the blistering days, and dam and stillwater levels are dropping fast – so probably a good idea to give the fish a break till we get some rain.  Simple as that.

The bass seem to be back in the game however, with some solid fish in the 2-4kg being reported from Albert Falls over the past week.  Last weekend also some excellent fish reported from Midmar, including a proper bucketmouth of 5.59kg.  Well done those anglers.

The summer season at Sterkfontein gets going this coming weekend with “The Complete Fly Fisherman (TCFF) Sterkfontein Experience” 7-10 November – wishing all anglers Tight Lines and we look forward to seeing and hearing results.

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.

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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