FISHING has been very good for most of the facets. The sardines are making their way up the coast and with colder water temperatures we can hope to see a good run this year… fingers crossed!
Circle of winners. Using circle hooks when scratching is almost a nobrainer once you have done it a few times. With the design of the circle hook, the point facing inwards, the number of hook-ups on the rocks is reduced by a large percentage. The hooks simply bounce off the rocks whereas the same size J-Hook would see itself hooked solidly into the rocks.
This would normally result in the tying of a new trace and a drastic increase in frustration. This is why most competition anglers have shifted towards the use of circles to save time.
The Mustad Tuna circle has been tried and tested on all the common (and rare) reef fish, and it has come out smiling. The offshore fishing has been tough over the last week. There have not been many catch reports coming in and the ones that have come in have not made the best reading.
The tax has been hurting but there have been some good fish landed. The northern
KZN zone has seen the warmest water along our coast. Temperatures have been in the mid-twenties.
There have been some good couta and snoek coming out off Jex Estate. These fish have been coming out on rolled mackerel and fillet baits (mainly). The only issue has been the sharks. The tax in this area has been astronomical.
Some anglers have yet to get a fish out! The only way to beat the man in the grey suit is to move away from the area and make sure you tackle up.
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The central region has seen a lot of baitfish action, some of which has been the pilot sardine shoals. The pockets of bait have been mixed redeye sardines, mackerel and Natal sardines.
The game fish have not been smashing these shoals yet and this is probably due to the large amount of bait in the area. The tuna have been the only guaranteed game fish to target. For the bottom fishing crews, the fishing has been good. The rockcod have been feeding very well and the reds are plentiful off all of the usual spots (wrecks, reefs, etc).The South Coast has seen water temperatures drop below 20 degrees.
This is fantastic news as we need this cold water to get the sardines to move in to the inshore area where they can be netted. If the water remains at this temperature then you can bet that we will have a great run.
The far north (Vidal, Sodwana, etc.) has been fishing well for the edible fish. The stumpnose, speckled snapper and cat face rockcods have been the main culprits. These fish are all very strong and love feeding around rocky areas.
There have been some big inedibles mixed in to the edibles coming out, but most of these are not landed due to the lighter tackle being used for the edibles. For this type of fishing in the heavy structure and the chance of big fish, I recommend using strong Maxima hook snoots. I would use 0.7mm as my hook snooting and 0.8mm as the line between the swivels.
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