Tight lines everywhere
WITH some good north-east wind predicted and a break from the rain, we could see some good weekend fishing, according to Jan from the Kingfisher in PMB.
The freshwater side of the angling world has been doing very well. The bass fishing is going great guns while the trout are keeping the river and dam guys busy and the carp keep the alarms singing. The weather is the only thing putting a dampener on the spirits (mood not drink).
The carp fishing has been fantastic. The new dips that have been brought out by Supercast have sold out so fast that the factory is having to produce more. The Kingfisher should have stock in a week or two.
The Spiderman dip in particular has proven itself to be deadly for most of our KZN waters.
Midmar has been producing some very healthy carp. A garlic bait mixed with something sweet has been the key to the success of the anglers up there.
The fishing has been a bit slower than the more coastal dams, so you need to sit it out to get the results. Inanda, Nagel and Albert Falls have all been fishing incredibly well over the last few weeks. Most of the regular flavours have been producing good results for the guys.
The difference in the success has come in the baiting. The guys that have put the time and preparation in a week before the trip have seen more consistent results. Tigernuts have been the best hookbait for the specimen anglers.
The bass fishing has been off the hook ... The dams are a little low, but the guys fishing the offshore structure have hauled out some giants over the last week. The same dams producing the carp are also producing the bass.
Hazlemere has dropped drastically due to the lower water levels. The bass have moved offshore to find refuge away from the shallow water.
Inanda and Midmar are fantastic at the moment. The Kingfisher Reaction soft plastics have the bass in a flat spin and the large amount of salt impregnated in to the plastic has them holding on much longer than some of the other brands. The best colours at the moment are the watermelon red and black. Whether it be a fluke or a worm, as long as they are one of those two colours, you are in the game.
The trout have slowed down in the dams over the last few weeks. There have still been some giants that have been landed, but nothing like the fishing we experienced this winter.
The river fishing, however, has been firing like the Siege of Ladysmith, with some beautiful browns and rainbows coming out of all the rivers.
Zak, hotspot and gun nymphs have been the order of the day for the guys crawling along the bottom while the guys on top have favoured an elkhair caddis or a DDD.
River fishing is all about hitting the pockets where the fish will be hiding and reducing drag. Drag makes the fly move unnaturally and needs to be avoided at all cost. Keep your tippets light and mend your line to get the best results.
The offshore scene has been really active over the last few weeks, with the summer fish showing up in big numbers and the catch records are reflecting some great fishing.
There have been plenty of sailfish to get the blood pumping and the short words flowing when they jump off. Boats have been recording multiple hookups and the landing rate is impressively high.
The guys specifically targeting the sailies have had great success using the smaller kona-style lures with most colours producing. Black and red is a personal favourite.
The shore angling has been a summer fest. The bigger inedibles are starting to turn up on the catch reports as well as some better edibles.
The inedible fishermen do not need to worry about where to go, just go north!The diamonds have not shown up in great numbers as yet, but the other inedibles have made up for their absence.
The harbour fishing is picking up as the heat starts to get the fish a little more excited.
Make sure to use as light a line as possible and to use small, naturallooking lures to fool these crafty fish. The flathead are very greedy and will eat almost anything, as long as it is moving close to the bottom.
They are a lot of fun on the light tackle and a great way to introduce people to the joy of estuarine angling.