Fishing takes a knock as wild weather wreaks havoc in KZN, but some anglers get lucky
JAN Korrubel from The Fish Eagle reports that the recent wild weather has put a dent in the fishing of late, but those that have taken the gaps have been rewarded.
There are still some excellent bass being taken at Albert Falls dam and last weekend’s Midmar Classic also provided some good fish. Customers report that the Zoom, and the new Cullem range plastics are well liked by the fish!
The Midlands has received some good rains over that past week, and this week’s storm brought some snow to the central and upper ’Berg, which will give the dams and rivers a good push. The brown trout are on the prod in the rivers, with a 50 cm fish being reported recently.
While stream fishing is mostly the domain of the dry fly, those anglers fishing subsurface nymphs are currently producing the goods.
Some good fish also being reported from the Stillwater’s; your “go to” patterns currently are woolly buggers, dragonfly/damselfly nymphs, along with the usual suspects in the nymph range like Goldribbed Hare’s Ear and Pheasanttails.
Bass: fishing in Hazelmere has been excellent the past few weeks as many fish have been landed from float tubes/kick boats on the water. Dead ringer four and 6sixinch worms have been getting the most bites throughout the day; the fish are not very big so light outfits would be most appropriate.
Fishing from the bank has also been producing fish but not as many as out on the water.
Some of the guys have been frogging and throwing swim baits hoping to entice a bass of size but with very little success as less than a handful of big bass have come out on these methods.
Inanda has been mediocre the past few weeks with minimal reports of decent fish being caught, there have, however, been quite a few smaller bass coming out mostly from the bank.
The Zoom junior flukes and top water lures have been doing a lot of the work enticing the fish in the early mornings; small frogs and senkos have also been getting some fish around the water grass in the camping area. A slow to medium retrieve and action has been most successful when fishing with these lures.
Carp: fishing in Shongweni seems to be going nowhere slowly with very few reports coming in of carp being caught. There have, however, been a handful of carp playing their part by falling victim to tiger nuts now and then but, apart from that, it’s been rather quiet.
The fishing has started to pick up the past week at Nagle Dam as reports of a few decent carp have come in.
The stronger flavours such as Gumtree and Perdeby have been the ones to choose as most of the reported fish have been caught on them. The feed is generally plain and oozing with protein and is also quite visible.
All particles have been doing great as hook baits. Corn, tiger nuts, giant maize and chick peas have been favoured hook baits all year round for this dam. Critically balancing all these baits has been a crucial part of all the success. The latest series of Hier Gaan Ons
Alweer (16) with Petri de Wet premieres on Monday evenings at 5.30 pm on
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The repeats are on Tuesday at 10 am, Thursday at 4.30 pm, Friday at 12.30 am and Saturday at 1 pm. Series 16 runs for three months, ending on December 25, 2017. As most of you know, De Wet and his guests cover various angling styles (fresh and salt water) in and around Southern Africa.
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