Jozini Tiger fishing
There are many
different ways to
catch Tiger fish in Jozini Dam, and some techniques are much more
productive than others. Jozini Dam has a huge variety of tiger fishing
areas ranging from very deep water in the gorge (70m in places), to the
shallow flats in the north, on the Swaziland side of Jozini Dam. The
tiger fishing technique you use will differ from spot to spot.
Below I will discuss different
techniques used to catch Tiger fish in Jozini.
No fish can
be brought into Jozini dam from any other river, dam, aquarium or fish
farm. Fish brought in can introduce diseases into Jozini and threaten
fish populations. Irresponsible
fishermen who have no clue about this, bring in goldfish, koi and other
livebait to Jozini Dam to catch Tiger fish. This is illegal.
voracious, aggressive predators and fish form the largest part of the
diet of the Tiger fish. Jozini Dam has 28 different fish species in
Jozini, including the Tiger fish, which means that there is a huge
variety for the Tiger fish to choose from.
are a few
problems with using livebait in Jozini Dam. Firstly, it is often
difficult to catch livebait, and once you have bait, you still have to
find the Tiger fish. You can swim a perfect little bait for days
without a strike if you are not where the fish are.
fish for tiger fish with livebait are in the Pongola river section
between the Golela camping site and the railway bridge and the eastern
bank along the old Pongola river course. You can also try the inlets in
the gorge and the outside edge of the weed beds.
Livebaits can also
slowly. This tiger fishing technique is often more effective in Jozini
because you can cover a lot of ground in a short time. Keep your rod
tips low if it is windy, this will help prevent crossed lines.
You can also use the
drift along good lines with livebait with or without a float. Floats
can be wine bottle corks, fancy plastic floats or balloons, the Tiger
fish aren't fussy. I have a problem with the use of balloons when
fishing for Tiger fish in Jozini, because when they pop, pieces of
plastic end up in the water.
How to catch
livebait in Jozini Dam
way to catch livebait in Jozini Dam is with light tackle, a float, very
small hook and earthworms. Don't forget to use a short piece of steel
trace because little tiger fish also eat worms and they will take all
your little hooks. Fish for Tilapia and other small fish in the shallow
water where the water is dirty. In deeper water, use a small sinker and
a running trace. Tilapia stay alive for a long time if you look after
them. Keep the water in your livebait well oxygenated and do regular
Jozini Dam with bait is the most popular (but not the most productive)
way of catching Tiger fish. Tiger fish will take a range of meaty and
fishy baits including Tilapia and Barbel fillet, chicken and ox liver,
and sardines. While fishing for tiger fish in Jozini dam with bait, you
will also catch some big Barbel. You can prevent Barbel hookups by
keeping your bait off the bottom with a float. Keeping your bait off
the bottom will also save you tackle because of all the bottom
structure in the Jozini Dam. The problem with bait fishing is that if
you have chosen a fishing spot without fish, it is very slow fishing.
can also drift
in open water with baits, hoping that an open water monster Tiger fish
will find your bait. As a general rule, small baits will catch alot of
small fish, use bigger juicy baits for the bigger tiger fish. Chumming
the water for Tiger fish as you drift can also bring fish onto your
drifting line, or chum while you are at anchor.
tear bait off the hook quickly. Use cotton to tie your baits on. This
is also the best use for braided line when it comes to tiger fishing! I
discuss the advantages and disadvantages of braid in the 'Tiger fishing
Plastics and Drop shot
fishing for Tiger fish
for Tiger fish in Jozini can also be a very effective technique to
catch Tiger fish in Jozini. 1/4 to 1/2 ounce jig heads with 4" soft
plastics work best for bigger Tiger fish, but the little ones still
try, and rip your dropshots to pieces in the process. Green, red and
yellow and combinations of those colors work well.
fishing for any gamefish, including when tiger fishing Jozini Dam,
speed gets their hunting instinct going. You will never out-reel a
tiger fish! Dropshots retrieved slowly often attract the attention of
tiger fish, but they only follow. Retrieve the dropshot faster and the
Tiger fish doesn't have the time to have a good look at the lure and
eats it more often than not. When fishing in dirty water, retrieval
speed must be slower, unless you are keeping the dropshot on the
surface to create splashes to attract Tiger fish.
dropshot fishing for tiger fish in Jozini Dam is that you can fish deep
water effectively with dropshot. When the Tiger fish are in deeper
water you can get the dropshot down quickly and work it near the
bottom, keeping the bait deep.
disadvantages to dropshot fishing for Tiger fish in Jozini. When
fishing close to or over weed beds, the dropshot's jig head snags on
weed and all you catch is salad! You also have to take a good stock of
dropshots with you to Jozini because the sharp teeth of the Tiger fish
shred the soft plastics.
The most important
dropshot fishing for Tiger fish in Jozini is to fish in the right
places where there are concentrations of big Tiger fish.
fishing in Jozini
Fly fishing for
tiger fish at
Jozini Dam is increasing in popularity as the Tiger fishing improves
year on year. Leave your light tackle at home, because the Tiger fish
will destroy it. You need a rod which is at least an 8 or 9 weight with
a reel which holds a lot of backing. Have 2 rods rigged, one with
floating and the other sinking fly sinking line, both with heavy
shooting leaders. Casting distance and accuracy is important so that
you can put your fly onto ant surface Tiger fish activity you see.
Large flies, as
large as you can
cast effectively, which resemble fish work well. Adjust retrieval speed
according to water clarity. In clearer water, tigerfish will not see
the fly as easily, so retrieve slower. In dirty water, flies which
create surface disturbance work well. Often, the tiger fishing at
Jozini is better when the water is not crystal clean.
Good fly fishing
areas at Jozini
include the vast weed beds south of the Golela camping site. The
western shore of Jozini Dam is also has miles of weed beds to fish, and
make for good tiger fishing on fly.
This is my favorite
spending my days at Jozini Dam. If you spend time spinning and spooning
into good water, go can catch tiger fish all day long and have a huge
amount of fun. There is nothing better than seeing a monster Tiger fish
breaking the surface below your lure, grabbing it and running so fast
that your line tears through the water as if a Wahoo is at the end of
your line. Usually this is followed by the Tiger fish launching itself
out of the water and shaking so hard that your lure goes flying through
the air. I find this technique to be the most exciting and productive
tiger fishing technique at Jozini Dam.
The secret behind
spooning is perseverance and confidence in the technique, as well as
putting as many casts into good spots as possible. Work the spoon or
spinner erratically if you are not getting strikes with a smooth
retrieve of the lure. In dirty water, allow the lure to splash and plop
along the surface to get the attention of nearby Tiger fish. When
fishing in the deeper areas of Jozini, allow your spoon or spinner to
sink to the bottom and work it in the depths for a while before
retrieving it to the surface.
Good fishing spots
to catch Tiger
fish on spoon include the outer edge of weed beds and drop offs. Once
you learn the technique, you will find that it is easy to fish over the
weed beds if you don't allow the lure to sink. Retrieve the lure
keeping your rod tip high so that the lure runs just below or on the
surface. Where there are holes in the weed, slow down or stop
retrieving to allow the spoon to sink into sight of Tiger fish swimming
along the bottom.