Fish­ing takes a knock as wild weather wreaks havoc in KZN, but some an­glers get lucky

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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

kykNet, chan­nel 144 and there are a num­ber of re­peats dur­ing the week.

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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