Jan Korrubel
4 minute read
8 Jul 2022
07:12

Fishing takes off in the KZN Midlands again

Jan Korrubel

After two weeks of iffy fishing to say the least, the weather has improved (or rather stabilised) and the fishing has taken off again.

Anglers are finding it difficult as the low temperatures continue.

News from our Jan, The Kingfisher in PMB. “So, after two weeks of iffy fishing to say the least, the weather has improved (or rather stabilised) and the fishing has taken off again. Some great fish have been reported from The Midlands, so let’s get stuck into it…

Winter is, of course, primarily trout Stillwater season, and member of the Natal Fly Fishers Club have been hard at “work” … if you can call it that! Prior to the weather settling last weekend, conditions were pleasant enough, but the fish weren’t amenable … I suspect some underlying processes were at work to stymie even the best efforts…

This week’s returns, however, paint a much better picture, with the fish back on the prod again … the smallest fish(es) reported being in the 43-48cm / 17-19inch category, and the largest fish(s) just shy of 60cm / 23.5inches!

The Norwegians have the weather forecast looking stable to the weekend – good news for those anglers taking part in Leg3 of the TOPS Corporate Challenge taking place around Nottingham Road this weekend.

Having made the Finals in Leg1, I will head up for the opening proceedings and then prizegiving on the weekend … and most importantly, cast a beady on the fellow competitors making it through as we will be seeing them again in a month’s time.

The biggest fish so far in this year’s event pulled the tape to 62cm / 24.5inches in Leg1, with Leg2 producing a fish of 60cm / 23.5inches … there be monsters in them waters! If the fish continue to be on the feed as they seem to be currently, let’s see if that tape can be stretched a bit more.

It seems that last week’s tips were well received, so herewith a few more for the angler with a (slight) technical bent… (primarily aimed at the Stillwater trout angler, but useful in other facets too).

• Look for (spot and find) the fish … BEFORE randomly checking a line. Trout in winter favour the shallow areas e.g., spillways and other areas with open rock / shale like inlets, and rocky dam walls, generally tend to have cruising fish. With winter’s clearer waters, much more fun to be casting at sighted fish!

• Top water first … especially if fishing the early morning around sunrise. Fish will still be close to surface (and in the shallows) from the night’s darkness.

• Float Tube later … when the sun gets up, the fish might move off the banks that you are pounding, and now it’s time to go and get ’em offshore

• Use The Hang … also called Inducing a take. At the end of your retrieve, stop for a short period, let the line settle and the fly subside, then lift the fly vertically … if a fish is following, the prey is now escaping and you may just get a take at the death.

• Fish where the fish ARE … coming back full circle to point 1 above, where you see fish is where the fish are. Obvious as it may sound, if you catch a fish in an area where there are reses, don’t abandon the area immediately … there will be more.

The bass social media continues to be rather quiet – lots of wishing for summer and warmer water, but no mention of catches. After an early flurry, much the same from the Yellowfish anglers … no bragging reports to be seen on the socials”. Thanks Jan.

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