FISHING REPORT 25 November ’20 November 26, 2020 by The Kingfisher I can see clearly now the rain has gone…With all the rain in the recent past, it is nice to see the sun out. With the rain comes colour in the water, floating debris and faster growing grass that needs to be mowed before you can go fishing! It is BLACK FRIDAY time again. This year we are going big with all our branches running the sale this Friday, Saturday and Sunday! Pop in to your nearest Kingfisher branch to make the most of the awesome deals. The dates and times are Friday the 27th 8-5pm, Saturday the 28th 8-1pm and Sunday the 29th 8-1pm of November at all of our branches. Thereafter, The Kingfisher’s annual Clearance Sale will take place on the 4-6th December (NB. At 53 Hunter Street only). Samples, Soiled Trade Show Stock, Seconds, End of Ranges etc. All to be offered at massive discounts. A reminder that all branches will be open for trading on Sunday the 29th November as well as all Sundays in December 8-1pm. We will also be open on Wednesday the 16th, 8 to 1pm. Thursdays the 24th and Thursday the 31st, 8 to 1pm. 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. Ray’s tip: Sharp hooks! I will get straight to the point! If you are fishing with blunt hooks you need to sharpen up. Enough of the puns…A sharp hook is one of the most important pieces of kit that you need in your bag. Hooks can be sharpened with a sharpening stone or a hook hone (file). Test the sharpened point on your nail. If it slides then it is not sharp enough. Once you have sharpened the points use a permanent marker to put a coating on the newly sharpened point. We do this because the sharpening process removes the anti-corrosion layer on the hook. Offshore: The rains have pushed some lovely structure and colour in to the sea. This has been great for dorado and snoek on the Durban area. North – North of Umhlanga the fishing skis have been doing some damage. Snoek, tuna and couta have been the main hatch-fillers. The snoek have been feeding very well after the recent rains. The flush of dirty water not only creates a brilliant hunting area for these predators but it also flushes the smaller estuarine baitfish in to the sea. The snoek love feeding on the glassies that inhabit all of the KZN estuaries. Fillet baits have been the ticket for most of the snoek action but spinning with small spoons on the backline has been the most fun. Central – The Durban coast has produced some good catches of snoek at Blue Lagoon, tuna at most of the bait spots, dorado at the shops and a host of bottom fish at secret locations. The tuna have favoured a live bait over all the other methods. Drifting over the bait marks with a live bait slowly kicking along is a great way to target these speedsters. A circle hook is the way to rig a live bait and allows the bait to stay alive longer if you bridle it. While drifting, you can either catch more bait or you can throw lures like poppers, jigs or stick baits. The dorado have been out deep but their numbers should start increasing soon. Look around the big container ships or any floating debris when looking for these fish. Toss a live bait or lure in the vicinity and hold tight. South – The south coast has also seen a few dorado out in the deeper water. Most of these have been caught trolling higher speed lipped lures and skirted lures. This generally requires heavier tackle so the fight is not as much fun. The shallower areas have produced a couple of couta but overall they have been very scarce this season. The bottom fishing continues to produce really good quality catches with some bomber rockcod being brought up from the depths. The geelbek and daga are still keeping the commercial guys busy while the charters target the closer reefs. Please stick to your limits no matter how wild the fishing is… Rock and surf: The summer season is in full swing and the shad season is almost open again. There have been some big fish hooked and landed along most of KZN this past week. North – The hot north has been just that, hot! The fishing has been good and the sunburns even better… please remember your hat! The beaches up north that allow wading on to banks for a further throw are starting to produce bigger hauls of flatfish. Durnford is starting to see good numbers of diamonds, so make sure to watch the weather and head there when the conditions line up. The deep water points are producing a lot of grey sharks in the evenings. A decent throw and fleshy baits are needed. You do not need heavy tackle for these fish, medium will do just fine. Central – The beachfront has seen its fair share of both edibles and inedibles. The piers have been the place to go if you are wanting an edible. Prawn and cracker baits have been the most successful. The main species have been stumpnose and grunter. When the conditions allow, a longer trace with lighter hook snoots allow a lot more movement of the bait which will get you more bites. The inedibles have been limited to grey sharks, small sandies, blues and the odd diamond ray. Smaller baits have allowed for better casting distance while the bigger baits have survived the peckers longer. So the choice is yours. South – The south coast has still produced a few brusher this past week. It has been a great season for these fish. If you can’t collect any crabs in the area you are fishing, try using an occie leg as the brusher will still eat this. The beaches and points down south have been much the same as the central section of KZN. The early evening and very early mornings have been the most productive for both the edibles and the inedibles. Redeye sardine and mackerel continue to produce the best results either individually or combined. News just in from Nic, Mtunzini Fishing Shop “People often come into the shop and say “I am going to the lagoon what can I catch”, this is an extremely difficult question to ask as I have no idea what is going on down there as conditions and fish behavior change by the tide and by the tide, so I often answer back with “what do you want to catch?” then at least we can help with bait, lures set ups etc. This lagoon is great for species fishing and many folk catch first timers here. The record is 8 different species in 8 casts, this is achievable due to the fact we have about 40 different species that visit the lagoon if we include Eels, Sea Snakes, Crabs and Flat fish. On Sunday using a Pouter as live bait young Caiden hooked into a 2kg Shad near the mouth and after a good fight he go it next to the boat when the fish bit the hook off and made off, this would have been his biggest Shad caught in the lagoon. The town is still taking about the big Tiger shark caught at the Banks last week, I cannot believe people are wading there still hahahaha. At the moment most of the big Sandies are coming out there as well as some Diamonds and Big Shad. Saturday morning early saw a 4kg Kob been caught in front of Forest Lodge on jerk bait however when he got his second fish his leader knot came loose and he had to retire to come back to the shop to buy another one. During the Holidays Chris will give a talk at the shop about trace building and how to handle big fish without hurting them he will also talk about general traces The big fish he caught during the week took a team of 6 to handle, lucky there were some guys from Mondi fishing at the Banks that could help them unhook and release the fish. Not much offshore fishing has been done over the past week, Willie tried to launch and on his way out the front pontoons tore off the hull and the water flooded the boat , they tried fishing but the sea was upside down and they limped back home, young Michael tried to get out that same day but gave up in the mouth and returned, the following morning they got out and struggled for fish, they got a nice Morph grunter and a few Slinger, the weather does not look good for deep sea for a few more days”. Thanks Nic. Freshwater: The freshwater fishing has been good one all fronts. The trout are still fighting hard, the carp are vacuuming up any bait they find and the bass are eager to attack something that looks edible. Bass – The bass are feisty! Rattles and vibrations have been a key feature in the most successful lures over the last while. Baits with blades are ideal when one needs some flash and vibration. Blades jigs and spinnerbaits are both great lures to throw at this time of year. The blades jigs produce more of a reaction bite whereas the spinnerbaits will target the fish feeding on the fodder fish. Colour wise is up to the individual but natural or white are the best in my opinion. On the very hot days, you will be better suited targeting the deeper areas where the bass will seek cooler water temperatures and more oxygenated water. These areas are suited to most soft plastic methods as well as deep cranking. Carp – The specimen fishing might be a little quiet but the conventional anglers are more than making up for it with the number of fish they are catching. Albert Falls is the current favourite of the KZN venues for the conventional anglers. Banana and honey continue to produce the goods. Accurate fishing has been the best way to secure consistent bites as the fish are not having to find the bait each time. This means doing your best to feed one area and to cast as close to it as possible on each recast. The specimen angling has been the most consistent at Inanda but most anglers have preferred to fish private waters. Particles have been the preferred feed of choice with tigernuts doing the bulk of the heavy lifting. Trout – The trout fishing has still been worth it in most of the midlands. The fish are still feeding well even in the warmer conditions. With the winds blowing more consistently, the best place to fish has been either at the head or tail of the dam. Fishing a terrestrial pattern at the tail (where the wind is blowing to) of the dam can provide some very good surface action. Fishing smaller buzzers and nymphs on longer leaders at the head (where the wind is coming from) of the dam can save a day when more aggressive methods are not producing. Those who prefer a little more action while fishing will be best suited targeting the deeper water with a streamer and a type 3 sinking line. Dredging the deeper channels can often produce the biggest fish in the dam. Remember to keep your eyes open for insect activity and match the hatch if possible. News from our very own Jan, the Kingfisher in PMB – “The rains have slowed down, and the weather seems to settling into the standard summer pattern of hot days followed by a thunderstorm … last week’s massive storm and LARGE hail was a little out of the ordinary to say the least! The rivers are fining off, and while still on the high side, some excellent fishing has been had. Reports tell of good browns from The Bushman’s, taken on weighted nymphs with the current water flow. The Mooi River on the Thendela Community beats just below Kamberg Nature Reserve recently held the SAFFA Trials, also yielding some good fish, primarily on nymph. No reports coming in from the Stillwater’s, but they should be filling up / full after the rains, and still probably on the warm side. By all reports, Albert Falls has been slow on the bass front, but the fly guys have been doing will with carp feasting off the surface. Reports also mention Red-breast Tilapia. Midmar on the other hand, has apparently been fishing well, also the fly anglers having success with the bluegill and “Blou Kurper”. No yellowfish / scaly news incoming over the last week”. Thanks Jan. The latest series of Hier Gaan Ons Alweer (series 19) with Petri de Wet premieres Monday’s at 17:30 on kykNet, channel 144. There are a number of repeats during the week, Tuesday at 9:30, Wednesday at 10:00, Thursday at 10:30 and Friday at 14:30. As most of you know, Petri and his guests cover various angling styles (fresh and salt water) around Southern Africa, but with the Covid-19 pandemic taking over and putting a damper on travel, this year’s focus is on fishing in South Africa. 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/c/TheKingfisherFishing The Kingfisher’s trading hours are Monday to Friday 8:00 to 17:00, Saturdays 8:00 to 13:00. Go to www.facebook.com/thekingfisherdaiwa and “Like” us on Facebook to catch reviews, videos, fishing reports, great promotions and lots more. Please send any info about fishing or fish caught in your area to email@example.com The latest series of Hier Gaan Ons Alweer (series 19) with Petri de Wet premieres Monday’s at 17:30 on kykNet, channel 144. There are a number of repeats during the week, Tuesday at 9:30, Wednesday at 10:00, Thursday at 10:30 and Friday at 14:30. As most of you know, Petri and his guests cover various angling styles (fresh and salt water) around Southern Africa, but with the Covid-19 pandemic taking over and putting a damper on travel, this year’s focus is on fishing in South Africa. 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/c/TheKingfisherFishing The Kingfisher’s trading hours are Monday to Friday 8:00 to 17:00, Saturdays 8:00 to 13:00. 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