FISHING REPORT 9 DECEMBER ’20 December 9, 2020 by The Kingfisher A reminder that all Kingfisher branches will be open for trading on 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. With summer in full swing the beaches are packed and the sun is blazing. Remember your sunscreen and make sure your backing knots are good because there have been some giants hooked already! 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: Climate Sports Scarves. As we are in the heat of the summer, sun protection is high on the list of essentials for every trip. Climate Sport Scarves can be used in many different ways (just look on the packaging). The main usage is to keep the sun off of your face and neck, as these are areas that often get neglected in the application of sun screen. They take a bit of getting used to, but the benefits far outweigh the initial discomfort. Whether you are on the boat, at the dam or on the beach, you can definitely benefit from wearing a Climate Sports Scarf for some extra sun protection. Available at all leading tackle stores nationwide for around R100, it just makes sense to have one. Offshore: The weather is starting to settle in to a more predictable pattern and with it so has the sea. The big winter swell is all but gone and the summer pelagics are here with a vengeance. The Umhlanga Skiboat Competition went off amazingly with a great turnout. Well done to Roscoe for winning the comp with a giant tuna off his ski! North – The north coast is always the first to see the true summer mayhem offshore. This has remained true this year as the start of summer saw the hordes head off to the north and many stories of double-ups and speeding pelagics came back. The dorado, tuna and sailfish have been the main species landed up north with Vidal seeing quite a few anglers land new personal bests of these species. The most successful method has been trolling lures to locate the fish and then either sticking to this method if in open water or switching to live baiting if close to structure. The summer fish are always hungry so most live baits will do but preference is always for mozzies or mackerel. Central – The Durban coastline has been kind to the anglers. The tuna have made up the bulk of the catches with some beasts being landed, Roscoe’s tuna weighed in at 31.48kgs. Live bait has been the most successful method of targeting these bigger specimens. Although, catching them on poppers is a lot more exciting! A Mustad 6/0 circle hook on a section of Siglon fluorocarbon is all you need in terms of a trace for these tuna. The dorado have also started to feature more in the catches and as the water heats up, they will definitely take over. The bottom fishing off Durban has been amazing sand poenskop have been the majority of the “spectacular” catches but the numbers of rockcod and geelbek has been fantastic. South – The south coast has also seen a good bottom fishing season with all manner of species landed and some boats landing more than their fair share of fish. The mix of different reds landed has been amazing with good size specimens coming to the boat on most days. Chokka and pota squid has been the most consistent bait for the smaller fish while live baits have produced the bigger bottoms. The game fishing down south has been focussed around Aliwal but some good amberjack have been hooked on the deeper wrecks and pinnacles with limited success. Most of this fishing is done with locked drags and 100lb braid so make sure you and your tackle are ready! Rock and surf: The rock and surf fishing is starting to pick up speed as the summer weather patterns helping to make predict fish movements a lot more. The north coast is on fire with activity while the south still has a lot of edibles to catch! North – The north coast has been dominated by the bigger summer fish. The sandies and honeycombs have been the main target species as well as the main reason for tears (of joy and sadness). The fresher the bait the quicker the bite, with this being proven time and again. The weather for this fishing is important with the most hectic action happening after a few days of northeast wind and a flat sea (not too flat). Get your hands on the freshest bait available and head to some deep water. Most of the longer beaches and points will present you with the chance to cast into deep water. Look for the darker coloured water as this is generally the deeper area. Central – The Durban coastline has produced some very good fishing this past week with some beautiful fish being landed. The beachfront beaches have been the most consistent producers of both edible and inedible fish. The inedibles have been mainly caught on shad and mackerel baits. Honeycombs, sandies, grey sharks, duckbills and diamonds have all been landed in the past few days. Much like the north, look for the NE wind and a settled sea for the best results. The edible fishing has been nothing to pull your nose up at. The stumpies have been of a very impressive size. The evenings have been the most productive with sea lice and occie legs producing the best bites. South – The south coast has seen a massive amount of bronze bream this past week. The bream have been feeding very well in the shallower waters around the rocky outcrops. The foamy white water is best fished with lighter tackle to allow the bait to move more naturally. Pink prawn and cracker have been the pick of the baits and once again, make sure to make a nice juicy bait to get the quicker bite. There have been some inedibles down south but the bulk of the action is definitely up north. So if you are wanting to test your tackle and your fitness, pack your best bait and head north! Freshwater: The dams and rivers have been very productive over the past few weeks. The bass are loving the summer heat. The trout are enjoying the summer insect activity and the carp are hungry… Bass – With the summer heat comes some hot times on or around the water. Remember to wear your hat and sunscreen… The faster moving baits have been putting the numbers in the boat. Crankbaits, spinnerbaits and walking surface baits allow you to cover a lot more water. These faster techniques have allowed anglers to quickly up their numbers before switching to soft plastics to target the bigger fish. Midmar has been doing very well for both the boat and bank anglers. The upper reaches of the dam closer to the river mouth have produced the bigger fish. Chartreuse and white spinnerbaits have done some serious damage. Albert Falls and Inanda have both been very consistent with good catches coming from both. Carp – Conventional angling has been very productive in all of the KZN carp waters. Albert Falls has been the pick of the venues for the conventional anglers as the fish have been feeding very well in the shallower areas of the dam. Honey has been the most reported flavour with floaties out fishing mielies. The specimen anglers have been doing very well at Inanda. Hinged rigs have made the most of any bite. Tigernuts and pop-ups have been the most successful baits reported. Adding some colour to the hook bait has also increased the success rate. Trout – The trout fishing has been up and down. The insect hatches have been very productive in the evenings with plenty of fish taking terrestrial patterns off the surface in the still of the evening. Look at fishing flies with foam as they float very well for long periods of time. This enables you to leave the fly out for longer while enjoying the sun going down. Colour is not as important as silhouette. Make sure to look at your flies from underneath to see what the fish is going to see. The streams and rivers are fishing very well with some notable browns and rainbows being landed. Covering water has been the most important thing mentioned so get your boats on and start wading… News from our very own Jan, The Kingfisher in PMB – “With the rains easing off over the last week or so, conditions are improving rapidly … now just to find the time to get out there! By all reports, the rivers are looking positively great … flows are still up, but clearing nicely. For the heavier water, a weighted nymph rig is suggested to the fly down to the fish … if fishing a single fly, a 3.5mm tungsten bead on a #12-#10 should do the trick … if fishing tandem; the trailer should have a smaller bead in the 2.5-3mm range. Epoxy-coated “Perdigon-style” flies can be used for the heavier controller fly, while natural flies (e.g. PTN / GRHE / Zak), without or with added legs, are preferred for the trailer. Depending on water clarity, large dry flies (e.g. foam hopper) placed in the eddy’s and back currents will also bring fish up. Not much news coming in from the stillwater anglers … with summer pretty much in full swing now, best times to fish would be early morning and later afternoon/evening when the water is cooler. Also, with the summer rainfall pattern, afternoon thunderstorms are a cause for concern when waving your “lightening conductor” about above your head… J Albert Falls made the news recently, unfortunately due to the dropping water levels, with the dam now sitting below the 30% mark. The Joey’s Tournament Trail PAL event was held last weekend at Albert’s. The biggest fish topping the scales at 3.43kg, and heaviest bag coming in at over 15kgg. Congratulations to those anglers. On the yellowfish front: Nothing much to heard from the locals “scaly okes”. With high winds and cooler water, Sterkfontein has had a slow start to the summer season … but ever hopeful, the opportunistic anglers have been up in the weather windows, and some good fish have been reported. With the rains we have had, a pity to see the news of the low water level at Albert Falls which has been on the back foot since the drought of 2015…we can only hope that situation will improve as we get some more of the summer rains. Current dam levels are as follows: Albert Falls 29%, Midmar just shy of 94%, Spring Grove 46%, and Mearns overflowing at 104%. Wagendrift on the Bushman’s River is also topping over at 101%”. Thanks Jan. 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