Trout on the fly and sardines in the net

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One of many sardine nets pulled up at Winkelspruit on Monday.
One of many sardine nets pulled up at Winkelspruit on Monday.
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News from our Jan at The Kingfisher in PMB. “So we reported the BEST news last week — some light rain and snow — but as the saying goes, be careful what you wish for!

“With the TOPS Kamberg Trout Festival looming, the cold snap early in the week was just what the doctor ordered, but for it to continue AND kick into high gear with howling wind to boot right to the end of the week and start of the KTF was just uncalled for!

“While the shocking weather has settled somewhat, current reports indicate that the fish are still somewhat ‘iffy’.”
Jan Korrubel, Kingfisher, Pietermaritzburg

But so it goes in the land of events, and fish we must …

“The combination of pre- and post-frontal conditions certainly had an effect on the fish, and they were scarce to say the least. As is always the case however, there were some larger specimens with suicidal tendencies.

“Over the four fishing sessions, the biggest fish clocked ticked over from late 50 cm over the first two sessions, then striking the 60 cm mark in the third session, but it ain’t over till the Fat Lady sings and the tape was stretched further to a cracking 62 cm in the final session.

“While the shocking weather has settled somewhat, current reports indicate that the fish are still somewhat “iffy”.

“We live in hope that the weather will continue to stay stable for the Boston Trout Festival which takes place next week June 17-19.

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That weekend also sees the start of the TOPS Corporate Challenge which runs June through August.

“Note that the trout streams are now closed to August 31 for the spawning period. We are already looking forward to September 1 Opening Day.

“There have been some good reports of winter scaly (Natal Yellowfish) recently. The fish have retreated to the lower stretches of the rivers, with nymph fishing being the primary tactic to target these “freshwater bonefish”.

“There are still bucketmouths being reported from Albert Falls Dam, while Midmar has been quiet.

“Last week’s rain had Midmar overflowing again, but that has subsided to just shy of 99,5%.”


Sardines! What more is there to say? The first shoals of the sardine run of 2021 have been netted at Ushaka and with the colder weather around; we should be seeing a lot more action. The Durban coast has not seen the most hectic action in comparison to the south. That being said, there have been consistent catches of shad, garrick and grey sharks on most days.

The shad have been full up on most of the beaches but Umgeni mouth and the beachfront have been the two prime spots. The garrick have all been taken on live bait with only a handful on lures so far this season.

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A live, legal shad has been the most productive bait for these gentlemen gamefish. The grey sharks have been there for those looking for a stronger pull. All of the beaches have produced greys in the night. Fleshy baits and deep water is recommended.

The primary shoals have already made it to Durban so any day now we could see the first of the big shoals.

In terms of the fishing, there have been no massive fireworks yet but some good sharks have been landed. Most of these have been grey sharks. If you are wanting to chase the sards, make sure you are well prepared. Start at a central point but always be ready to move.

Toti is a great starting point for those from further north, Scotties and Pennington for those further south. Keep your eyes open and you back ready. Tight lines and screaming reels.

And as always, please leave the areas that you fish in a better condition than when you got there. Take a few moments to pick up some litter and take it to the nearest bin.

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