FISHING REPORT 4 November ’20

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.

 

Christmas is almost around the corner but we are already in the festive season of sales! The fishing has been on fire with plenty of special catches being landed. 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: Summertime… and the living is easy! The summer heat is here and with the warmer weather comes the summer fish. Protection from the summer heat is something which is very often overlooked when the prospect of big fish is in the air. For all of your summer adventures please make sure that you take the appropriate steps to keep yourself safe. This means taking enough water along for the trip and a little extra for when the fight goes on longer than expected. Having a decent hat and buff to cover your head, face and neck. Make sure that you wear light weight, UV protective clothing to keep everything covered. Last but not least, shoes! The sand gets very hot by midday so take a pair to walk back to the car with.

 

Offshore:

The sea has been choppy with the northeast wind but both the bottom fishing and game fishing has been worth the bouncy day out.

 

North – The northern sector of KZN has seen a lot of attention. Especially Vidal and Sodwana. Both spots are producing decent amounts of game fish. The shallows are delivering the snoek which are being caught on fillet baits and small lipped lures. The middle depth range is throwing a combination of tuna and couta. These are mainly on bait with the tuna being taken on lipped lures as well.  The deep has been a game of distance covering with lipped and skirted lures. The billfish, tuna and dorado have kept these depths busy. So choose your preferred depth range and go get some fresh fish.

 

Central – The Durban coast continues to produce good hauls of bottom fish. Geelbek and daga make up the bulk of the catches but the mix includes soldiers, rockcod and slinger. The switch to circle hooks has helped a lot of anglers increase their hook-up and landing rates. If you haven’t tried them yet, now is the time! The game fishermen have also been busy with the arrival of the dorado. The rains have pushed a lot of structure and colour in to the sea. Fish on these structures or colour lines as they will attract the dorries. Lures with pinks and purples work best for these acrobatic game fish.

 

South – The bottom fishing has been very good down south and further in to the Transkei. The copper steenbras were the main target but the shift has gone towards the black musselcracker. The closer to Durban, the more game fish become part of the reports. Tuna continue to be the main game fish caught along the south coast. Trolling lures is the most effective way to find the feeding fish. Lipped or skirted lures can be trolled around the most likely areas until consistent bites are found. A switch to live baits will then see a more targeted approach.

 

Rock and surf:

The coast has been productive over the past few weeks with more and more summer inedibles being landed.

North – The north coast points and deeper beaches have seen some good fish landed and a handful of giants lost. The drone anglers are getting a lot of fish at most spots along the north coast. Please respect the other anglers in terms of space. The deep-water points along the north coast have all been productive on the pushing tide. A fresh mackerel bait on a good throw off one of these points will put you in with the best chance of opening your summer account with a nice sandy or honeycomb.

 

Central – Much like the north, the attention has shifted from targeting the edibles to targeting the inedibles. The section of coast from the Umhlanga Lighthouse to North Pier has seen plenty of fish action. Most of the better bites have come on an afternoon pushing tide with the bites getting better in to the night. Mackerel and redeye sardine have been the most productive baits. Eastmoor beach is going to be one of the better areas to fish as the current formation is looking very nice. Those only interested in edibles will still have fun with the brusher, bronze bream and the stumpies which are all still around and hungry.

 

South – The south coast has seen a lot of edible fish action in the form of shad (remember the season is still closed) and scratching fish. The gullies and ledges in the Umkomaas area are doing very well with the stumpies and bronze bream. Both fish eat much of the same bait and pink prawn is all you need to multi-target these two. Fish in the working water around the rocks and do not be afraid to keep moving until you find the fish. The south coast has also had a small batch of inedible fish with a mix of sharks being landed off the deeper points and a handful of flatfish on the beaches.

 

Freshwater:

The summer sun is out, the insects are buzzing and the fish are hungry. Get out early and make the most of the beautiful weather!

 

Bass – If you want to catch a ton of fish then now is the time. Grab a light spinning rod, a handful of lures and you are ready to have a fantastically fun day at most of the dams in KZN. If you are wanting to catch a giant bass then the pickings will be much slimmer but the reward can be even more than the pile of small bass. For the smaller fish, the shallows are your friend. Fish the selected lures around the edges of vegetation and drop offs. For the bigger fish you will need to be a bit stealthier. Most of our waters are quite pressured so going finesse is an easy way to get them to bite. Whacky rigged worms or neko rigs will see you get much better fish in the deeper water. All of the KZN dams are doing well but Inanda continues to be the favourite.

 

Carp – The carp enjoy the summer as much as any other fish. The increased sun intensity and duration means more plant growth and more insects. This means there is more natural food for the carp to feed on.  The specimen anglers are still getting decent fish but the amount of feed needed for a single session has doubled. The smaller fish are full of summer energy and are vacuuming up any food they find. The same fruity flavors and brighter coloured baits are still your best bet to get the fish’s attention. The conventional anglers are doing very well at Albert Falls. The keep nets are being emptied half way through some sessions! Banana and honey floaters are producing the goods.

 

Trout – The trout fishing is still on a high. The winds are pushing the fish around a bit so shift around to find the feeding fish either at the end the wind is pushing towards or the opposite side of the water you are fishing. The same patterns are still producing fish with streamers being the most universal method used of late. The dry fly anglers are also getting a lot of fish in the morning and evening rises. Generic dry flies such as DDDs and elk hair cassis flies have been the most successful patterns reported. The streams and rivers are a bit low but the rains have lifted the levels a bit. High-stick nymphing has become a deadly method for trout and is something you need to try if you haven’t already.

 

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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.

 

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