Flour­ish of sum­mer fish in the north zone

The Mercury - - SPORT - The King­fisher

THE fish­ing has been good re­cently with carp and bass in the fresh­wa­ter re­ports, trout for the fly guys, late sea­son sum­mer fish for the rock and surf crew and couta for the off­shore boys.

Ray’s tip: When rig­ging bait for couta you need to use the right tre­ble hooks. First make sure you are us­ing at least 4x strong tre­bles. This will al­low you to put pres­sure on the fish and pull hard enough to get them out with­out fear of straight­en­ing a hook. Se­condly, look at the bait to de­ter­mine the colour of tre­ble to use. If the bait has a dark back, use a black tre­ble to blend in. If the bait is shiny like a shad or mozzie, use a sil­ver hook.

Fi­nally en­sure you use the right size hook. The gen­eral rule is: small mozzies (size 6 sil­ver); big mozzies and small to medium mack­erel (size 4 sil­ver or black); big mack­erel, shad, bon­nies and walla (size 2 sil­ver or black).

On the ski boat side, a re­minder that the Umh­langa Ski Boat Com­pe­ti­tion is this week­end. The com­pe­ti­tion sees ski boats, jet skis and pad­dle skis pit­ted against each other. Visit www. ursc.co.za to en­ter.

The lower North Coast saw snoek around the river mouths and gar­rick be­hind the back­line. For these fish use a frisky live bait, nor­mally a mack­erel or a shad.

A piece of fluoro­car­bon will pre­vent it be­ing rubbed off and will pro­duce more pulls. To do this you snell a 6/0 Mus­tad Tuna cir­cle. Now troll the bait as close to the back­line as you dare. Have some­one watching for waves as this can be dan­ger­ous fish­ing.

The up­per north coast saw couta off Zinkwazi, some close to 30kg. 52kg Tuna on pop­per off Dur­ban, yes you read that right. This is a spec­tac­u­lar catch! Very well done to the an­gler.

The cen­tral zone has been fish­ing well for the off­shore guys. The river mouths pro­duced snoek on fil­let baits and spoons. When spin­ning for these fish, use the small­est spoon pos­si­ble as they are feed­ing on small sprats and will bluntly refuse big­ger lures. The King­fisher An­chovy spoon has been do­ing a lot of dam­age.

In the wrecks and reefs the bot­tom fish have been the usual cus­tomers of reds, rock­cod and daga. Live bait, fleshy fish baits and squid are the way to go when fish­ing these ar­eas. The game fish have been around most of the spots and it is worth pin­ning a mozzie or mack­erel on the trap stick while catch­ing bait.

Lower wa­ter temps saw am­ber­jacks down south. These strong fish re­quire strong tackle. Even with 100lb braid you will lose more than you land.

In rock and surf ed­i­bles and ined­i­bles were landed all along the coast.

The main species were eel-tail bar­bel, speck­led snapper and rock­cod. Other in­ter­est­ing species in­cluded lemon­fish, rub­ber­lips and sweet­lips.

All you need in the bait box is chokka and red­eye sar­dine. There was a flour­ish of sum­mer fish along the lower north coast zone with sandies, di­a­monds, brown skates and hon­ey­combs feed­ing on mack­erel baits.

The ined­i­bles have been on the up­per cen­tral coast as well. These are best tar­geted with a large bait, be it slid out or thrown out. Us­ing a bite trace is rec­om­mended as the shad and grey sharks can ei­ther bite through the ny­lon trace or dam­age it.

The best fish­ing has been after a day or two of NE wind. The guys spin­ning off the beaches had some luck with the odd snoek and gar­rick fall­ing for their of­fer­ings. The lures have been bul­let spoons for the snoek and nee­dle-nose Chaos plugs for the gar­rick.

The South Coast saw gar­rick at the usual spots. Us­ing ei­ther a live shad or live mul­let as a bait is the best way of tar­get­ing these fish. You can ei­ther slide these baits out or throw them.

Make sure to let the gar­rick feed for long enough be­fore set­ting the hook. These are very clean-fight­ing fish so they do not re­quire very heavy tackle. There have been some very good ined­i­bles com­ing out. The hon­ey­combs have made an ap­pear­ance on the lower south coast along with some black­fin sharks. The hon­ey­combs have been en­joy­ing a mack­erel bait while the black­fin have favoured a live mul­let. Make sure to use enough steel wire for the black­fins as they are renowned for break­ing and rolling off once they are hooked.

The har­bour has been very kind to the grunter guys. There have been some can­nons com­ing out from the cen­ter bank as well as from the wad­ing bank. These fish have all fallen for crack­ers shrimp fished on as light a sinker as pos­si­ble.

Re­mem­ber that these fish love white bread. Make sure that you do not squash the bread when you put it on the hook so that it doesn’t sink. This fish­ing is a game of pa­tience, but the re­ward is worth it.

The King­fisher YouTube Fish­ing chan­nel fea­tures new con­tent every Mon­day to Fri­day at 10am. Fresh con­tent on Prod­uct, Baits, Meth­ods & Fish­ing. Go to: www.YouTube.com/ TheKing­fish­erFish­ing and regis­ter, it’s FREE. The King­fisher’s trad­ing hours are Mon­day, Wed­nes­day to Fri­day 8am to 5pm, Tues­day 8.30am to 5pm, and Satur­day 8am to 1pm.

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

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