Balmy days make angling more comfortable

2010-10-23 00:00

WITH warmer weather and sea conditions improving slightly, anglers should get some more comfortable fishing done.

There have been some good rains along the coast recently and a few rivers have began to discolour the ocean.

This is good news for anglers who are out to target some early season flatfish. There are already reports that some skates and the odd average-sized sand shark have been accounted for. Rock and surf anglers will be interested to hear that a few decent-sized sand sharks have made an appearance on the Nonoti stretch.

With the shad ban in place, the usual activity on the beaches has abated, but those anglers fishing for brusher in particular have had good results in the Twini and Doonside areas and along the La Mercy stretch in the north. Garrick angling along the north and Zululand coasts is still in full swing.

Fair catches of kob, garrick and geelbek have been reported from Durban all the way up to Richards Bay. The garrick have been taken on live bait like mullet and karenteen, which have both been working well. News from Dean on the south coast is that boat anglers have been heavily taxed by some huge sharks and have found it extremely difficult to land quality fish.

Further south, fishing in the Transkei is still good, but the garrick and kob have gone off the boil. As far as shark angling is concerned, catches of average-size hammerhead and grey sharks have been reported in the Hole in the Wall area. Ray reported that Trankei anglers have been really fortunate with the deep-water points producing large sharks. Big slide baits have worked best for these toothy critters.

The offshore angling has been superb with some giant coppers landed off Hole in the Wall. Yellowtail have been busting tackle and leaving anglers with seriously sore backs.

There have been reports of some good-sized pig-nosed grunter in the Mazeppa area.

It is good to see these beautiful fish making an appearance, although stocks are in danger of being depleted.

Ski-boats are mostly concentrating on bottom fishing, and the daga and geelbek salmon are the main target species, but marauding sharks have also made for some interesting fishing.

Mike Laubscher’s new project can be followed at www.fishingadventures.co.za/index_files/fishingcollege.htm. There will be comprehensive fishing courses with plenty of practical application and theory available to anglers. Fishing College will cover all the fundamentals you need know in detail.

Anglers who are interested should contact Mike at 076 299 9445 or e-mail catchmorefish@fishingadventures.co.za.

The documentary The End of the Line, which aims to raise public awareness about threatened fish stocks and stimulate political will and consumer action to secure a sustainable fishing industry, was released yesterday at Nu Metro Pavilion. For more details, visit www.wwf.org.za/sassi.

The Kingfisher at 53 Hunter Street has introduced a fancy new item — the fluid key lock. The lock can be easily attached to different locations on your car, providing a safe and secure place to store your car keys or immobiliser while enjoying the outdoors. The locks are available from The Kingfisher for R395 each.

Don’t forget to watch the action-packed ESA fishing shows on TV. These shows are aired on SuperSport 1. The ESA saltwater show will be broadcast weekly on Thursdays from 7.30 pm, and the ESA Freshwater show will air weekly on Tuesdays between 7 pm.

Send any information about fishing, fish caught or competitions in your area to mike.pereira@kingfisher.co.za or fax 031 368 4007, attention Mike.

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