Get­ting HOOKED

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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

Ray’s tip:

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.

A re­minder that the Umh­langa Ski Boat Com­pe­ti­tion is on June 16 and 17 and an­glers can’t wait. This is an­other com­pe­ti­tion that sees ski boats, jet skis and pad­dle skis pit­ted against each other.

Visit ww.ursc.co.za to en­ter and see the amaz­ing prizes they have in store.

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.

Send any info about fish­ing, fish caught or com­pe­ti­tions to mike.pereira@king­fisher.co.za

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