FISHING REPORT 13 August ’21 August 12, 2021 by The Kingfisher The Kingfisher’s trading hours are Monday to Friday 8:00 to 17:00, Saturdays 8:00 to 13:00. We are pleased to inform our customers that we will be open on Sundays from 8:00 to 13:00. The weather has been amazing but the sea has been a bit grumpy. The gaps in the bigger seas have made for some great fishing with plenty of fish caught. Garrick plugs There are two main types of surface plugs used for Garrick. These are the chiselnose and needlenose plugs. Both types catch fish but they are designed for different conditions. The chisel is a wider more aggressive head that creates a lot more noise on the surface of the water. This is more applicable in rougher conditions. The needle is a more finesse approach that has a little bit more of a natural swimming action. The needlenose also casts better as it is more aerodynamic. So if the sea is up or you are fishing in the surf, look at using the chiselnose. The needlenose is more of an all-rounder. Make sure you have both so you can change if need be. Offshore: The sea has been a bit big but the boats have still been out in full force with the promise of good fishing. North: The north coast has mainly seen gamefish action in the form of some decent kingfish species, couta, tuna and some lovely snoek. The snoek and kingies have been feeding on the backline. It seems they are still feeding on the sardines but there are other baitfish around as well. Look at fillet baits trolled right behind the backline waves. Just be careful! The couta have been deeper on the reefs and wrecks. Umdloti has been the pick of the lower north spots. Trolling a live mackerel in the deeper (20m +) water has been the key to the bigger couta. Central: The Durban coast has seen a lot of action from the charter and commercial anglers. Most of the fishing has been focussed on the bottomfishing. The mix of species is numerous. Of the bigger fish being landed, the poenskop and rockcod have been the most impressive. These larger reef predators prefer a love bait and require some strong tackle as they know where every rock and ledge is. The tuna have also frequented the catch reports with poppers being the preferred method to use for these speedsters. South: The south coast has slowed down with the sardines starting to dwindle. There is still a good mix of fishing to be had down south with bottoms and gamefish on offer. The rockcod, reds and geelbek making up the bulk of the bottomfishing catches. Sardine and chokka have been the baits of choice for these species. The bigger bruisers down south have required tempting with livebait dropped to the depths. The couta have been keeping the anglers busy down south with plenty of decent fish being brought to the gaff in the last week. Rock and surf: The shore based angling has been dominated by the Garrick and shad for the past while. This is not a bad thing but many are hoping summer comes soon… North: The north coast has seen some bigger inedibles but the fishing has been centered around edibles much like the rest of the coast. The inedibles have been caught from the deeper points around the Ballito area. Mackerel and redeye baits made as aerodynamic as possible for distance have been the most successful. The edibles have been caught on the edges of sandbanks or in the rocky ledges. The sandbanks have mainly been kingfish and stumpies. These fish love a chokka bait with tentacles. The rocky areas have been a mix of species with smaller chokka baits proving deadly. The spinning guys have done well this past week with snoek, kingies and garrick being caught in good numbers when the bait shoals are found. Central: The central coast has seen a lot of shad action in the mornings and afternoons. Most of the coast has seen fish so rather focus on getting up early than worry about the spot. These shad have then been used as livebait for the garrick. The south coast has seen more of the garrick action but some good fish have been caught along the Durban coast. The beaches have seen some good stumpies caught on sealice and prawn baits. Use lighter hook snoods to ensure a more natural look. South: The south coast has seen some good garrick caught on both lures and livebait. The areas around toti have been the most productive. The vast number of karanteen have made getting livebait easy even if the shad don’t want to cooperate. A simple Christmas tree trace with small hooks and slivers of sardine will quickly get you a few karanteen. The lures that have worked for garrick have been the ever popular bucktail jig and the various surface plugs. The south coast is still producing good numbers of bronze bream. So if you prefer a walk on the beach with some lighter tackle and the chance for a fish for the dinner table, the bream is the one to target. Freshwater: The freshwater fishing has been great! The fly guys have scalies and trout on the menu, the bass guys are still catching monsters and the carp are getting summer ready. Bass: Ned rigs have fished particularly well over the past few weeks. With the unstable weather, the fish have been on the shy side and this finesse approach seldom fails to catch a good couple of fish. The ned rig is basically a smaller soft plastic bait rigged on a jighead. It is ideal that the soft plastic be buoyant so that it stands up straight off the bottom. This rig is fished either very slowly on the bottom with plenty of pauses for the ultimate finesse, or it is fished with short hops to attract fish from further away. Hazlemere continues to produce fish of impressive size for such a small venue. Inanda and Midmar have done well but Albert Falls has been the best of the further inland waters. Carp: The carp are starting to feel the warmth of summer and have moved in to a more summer pattern. They are enjoying the warmth of the shallow water adjacent to the drop offs. Look for bays of shallow water and keep an eye open for activity. Carp like to give away where they are, you just need to know what to look for… Midmar has been producing some decent fish at the river entrance to the dam. The sweeter flavours have done well and so has adding red in to the feed mix. Albert Falls has also seen some good fishing with most anglers catching good numbers of fish. Trout: The trout fishing continues on a fantastic high with fish being caught in most venues. The bigger stillwaters have seen some absolute units! Both brown and rainbows have been taken close to the double digits (with some going over 10lbs). Streamers have done well for those who like more active fishing. The buzzers have managed fish when the times have gotten tough. The scalies are in full force and although it is still early, the season has started extremely well. This is a lovely fish to catch on fly and is an endemic species that needs attention and conservation. We have a world class fishery waiting to be explored. News from our Jan, The Kingfisher in PMB So we reported that summer was already making inroads, but as they say, “Never say Never…” – if the Norwegians and rest of the Weather Gods have it correct, winter has a lovely late surprise headed this way … that being said, if the forecast pans out as predicted, the rain and snow will be welcome as The Midlands is currently looking like a desert zone. If we get some moisture, followed by some warmer temps, we will be in for an awesome green Spring pop… The winter season has simply flown by – a mere 3 weeks to the Opening of the River Season on 1 September. No reports on conditions in the upper trouty beats as yet, but as mentioned, if the weather forecast delivers, the rivers will hopefully get a flush and give a great start to the season. The stillwater trout scene has been a bit quiet, especially the middle Midlands waters, while some of the higher altitude waters have been producing. Water temperatures are still on the cold side, most still sitting in single figures, with one of 2 waters above the double-figure mark. Smaller flies seem to be on the menu of late – nymphs (e.g. PTN and hotspot) and bloodworm fished in tandem with a small attractor or booby. This weekend see’s Leg 3 of the TOPS Corporate Challenge on the water in and around Nottingham Road – wishing the anglers Tight Lines – looking forward to the reports please as yours truly is fishing Leg “2” at the end of the month which was moved due to the last period of Level 4 pandemic restrictions. Last weekend saw Albert Falls Dam hosting the Finals of the FLW (Fishing League Worldwide – now MLF : Major League Fishing) tournament – local anglers Kirk van Reeuwyk and Tiaan Odendaal taking top honours, winning themselves a trip to represent FLW South Africa at the FLW Series Championship in the USA – Congratulations! The scaly (Natal Yellowfish) anglers are showing up with some excellent fish of late. The lower Umkomaas towards Richmond, and the middle Tugela are proving to bet the current hotpots. Reports indicate that fish are “glued to the bottom”, so a heavy nymph rig is required to get down to the fish … CdC collar nymphs and the so-called “jig buggers” top of the menu right now. For the best in tackle and advice, pop into The Kingfisher 8am-5pm Mon-Fri, 8am-1pm on Saturdays and Sundays – NOTE NEW SUNDAY OPENING HOURS! Please remember to leave the areas that you fish in a better condition than when you got there. 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