The rivers are all still fishing well with the trout and scalies feeding eagerly on our feathered offerings. Keep your patterns simple and make sure you have versions with and without flash. The Zak nymphs and Gun nymphs have been the answer for the deeper water.
The shallower runs have been excellent to fish with a dry fly. The Elk hair caddis is probably one of the best generic patterns for this type of fishing and should be kept in a few colours in every angler’s box.
The stillwaters are fishing well with some big fish falling for the fly. Streamers stripped with an erratic retrieve are an extremely productive. Fish these on an intermediate or sinking line and a short leader to keep the fly at the right depth.
The colour of the fly is not as important as the correct retrieve and the correct depth, but focus on browns and black coloured flies.
The bass are on a mission to stay in the spotlight, the carp are starting to get bigger in the reports and the cold weather means the trout fishing is on the rise.
Albert Falls the pick of inland dams
Conventional carp angling has been very productive in all of the KZN carp waters. Albert Falls has been the pick of the venues for the conventional anglers as the fish have been feeding very well in the shallower areas of the dam. Honey has been the most reported flavour with floaties out fishing mielies.
The specimen anglers have been doing very well at Inanda. Hinged rigs have made the most of any bite. Tigernuts and pop-ups have been the most successful baits reported.
The bass fishing in KZN is going very well. Most of the bigger dams are still producing fish at the same rate they were during the heat of summer.
The smaller farm dams and those further inland are starting to cool down and require a bit more finesse type fishing to get the fish excited. A spinning rod with some light braid and a nylon leader is fantastic for this light presentation work. A weightless worm rigged wacky-style will get bites where other presentations will fall flat. If all else fails, resort to the Ned rig!
For the offshore anglers, the geelbek and daga are starting to make a real appearance on the reports from the bottom fishing guys while those targeting gamefish have managed to land some impressive fish (including late season dorado).
Heavy Couta offshore
Couta have been the main species targeted up north and for good reason. For those who don’t know, a “crocodile couta” is a fish which has gone over the 20-kg mark (at least) but normally closer on the 30-kg mark.
These bigger fish do require some stronger tackle. Look at using 30lb Maxima Ultra green nylon on a reel with a good, smooth drag system (Daiwa Saltist Black/Blue) and a rod with some decent backbone like the Poseidon Offshore Couta Ski rod. The waters offshore of Durban are producing some epic fishing.
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The tuna have made up the bulk of the catches with some beasts being landed. Live bait has been the most successful method of targeting these bigger specimens. Although, catching them on poppers is a lot more exciting!
A 6/0 circle hook on a section of fluorocarbon is all you need as a trace for these tuna. Tight lines and screaming reels.
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