Fishing expected to pick up in a few weeks but prepare for the cold weather

2017-05-02 06:01

THE carp fishing has not changed a lot since last week, with reports of a few carp being landed. That’s because the carp are still acclimatising to the cold weather coming through.

The fishing should start picking up in about three to five weeks from now. Now would be the time to start preparing for long sessions in the winter by stocking up on high-protein feed and high-visibility baits. It would also be a good idea to prepare for spending many days and nights in ice-cold temperatures. You can never take enough wood with you to your camping grounds as you will often stay awake all night and need to burn wood the whole night to keep warm.

The bass fishing has slowed down drastically with the colder weather that has come a bit quicker than anticipated. It hasn’t made it impossible to catch something but does make it a lot more challenging to get a bite. When fishing for bass in consistently colder weather one would start using braid as a main line as the bass don’t bite aggressively at all in comparison to the warmer months.

In terms of lures, one would start looking at using creature baits and brush hogs with a very slow retrieve on the bottom. Bass see this as an opportunity to eat a rather large bait while using minimal energy as the bait is moving very slowly.

The braid allows you to feel the smallest of bites and allows you to cast further, giving your bait a lot more time on the bottom before lifting during your retrieval.

Jozini is looking promising as the water is starting to clear up near the dam wall and guys have started catching tigers on artificial baits again. With off-colour water, one would use loud and visible lures. When fishing for tiger fish in winter, try fishing a bit deeper as the water tends to be warmer. Craig from The Complete Angler in Kloof sent in this report: “Bass fishing has been a bit tough at the local dams over the last week and Inanda has produced some small fish. The odd larger fish has been taken on flukes being fished slow and deep. Hazelmere, Mearns and Baynesfield have been producing lots of fish under one kilogram. Some good carp have been caught at Inanda dam on pop-ups. The Mooi and Bushmans rivers are still fishing well with decent browns reported. The Dargle Valley dams are also reporting good catches, along with Nottingham Road. A float tube is a good option for many of these dams which still have a lot of the summer weed growth.”

Don’t forget the Durban Ski Boat Festival is on today and Sunday. There are R1,5 million worth of sponsorship and other prizes. Visit www.durbanski
boatclub.co.za or phone 031 337 9506 for details and entry forms.

The St Lucia area has picked up for the ski boaters since last week as couta and snoek have been coming out. The guys targeting the snoek have been throwing bullet spoons, twisties and trolling a fillet with a flasher over it. The couta coming out have been coming out rather shallow as there are still reports of them being picked up right on the backline. Moving over to Richards Bay, big tuna have been coming out as well as big couta, with the occasional snoek being picked up. Most of the bigger tuna have been coming out in the deeper water on live bait and poppers.

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