Better fishing results

2010-03-27 00:00

WITH continuing good weather, anglers seem to be getting good shad results, and most well-known spots are starting to produce better fish.

The Durban and the Umgeni areas have had good early morning sessions. On the south coast, Toti, Winkle, Umkomaas, Scottburgh and Park Rynie have picked up nicely too, also during early morning sessions.

Regarding inedible species, there are still a few above-average size honeycombe rays being caught in the Illovo and Green point areas, as well as the north coast. Last weekend Warren Pereira landed a honeycombe of around 25kg and a diamond of 40kg, and Jos Laurens landed a nice sandie of about 40kg from the middle north coast.

Sand sharks and brown skates are still being caught in fair numbers along both north and south coasts. Terry Nel reports that nice hammerhead, hound, grey and also a tiger shark have been landed in the Port Edward and Leisure Bay waters and have been in the 30-plus kg range, providing good evening fishing.

Most fishermen have turned to “scratching” for smaller fish in the reef areas, but bronzies are few. Some shad are eating in the Glenmore area.

A great kingie of over 29kg was landed from Spiros on Monday, caught on a chokka bait. It was released after the measuring. It’s always good to hear of fish like that being released back in the water. Well done to the angler.

When favourable conditions allow, Zululand still produces fair numbers of diamond skates and sand sharks.

The Transkei is also fishing well, with favourable reports from the Port St Johns and Hole in The Wall areas of mostly hammerhead, grey, and the odd big ragged tooth shark. Anglers fishing these venues at night are getting small kob and grunter. We have also heard of big raggies north of Richards Bay.

The results for Postal Round two have been posted on www.kzncau.co.za. Thanks to Dave Nisbet for the info.

Ski boats are still having a good game fish season with regular couta on the north and south coasts. Fishing at Cape Vidal has really stepped up a gear with a lot of shoal couta reported by ski boats and fishing skis. These fish have been missing for some time, and it’s an encouraging sign for the rest of the season. Dorado, tunny and reasonable size snoek were also reported.

Locally, the couta season has started picking up, with good fish reported in the Zinkwazi and Westbrook areas in the north, and the Scottburgh and Umtwalumi areas in the south. The Aliwal shoal and Protea banks have really lived up to their reputations and a large variety of fish have been caught at these venues for the past few weeks. Mostly average-size yellow fin keep anglers busy, but dorado, wahoo, couta and even a few rainbow runner have made up bags. Fishing skis are also in on the action and reports from the north and south coasts suggest that fishing has picked up over the past two weeks.

The Port Edward Ski Boat Club is hosting a couta classic from April 30 to May 1, with over R350 000-worth of sponsorship and prizes. First prize, for the heaviest couta is a Yamaha Seacat 510CC, fully equipped with motors, trailer and extras.

Entry fee is R350 from March 1 to April 25, and R400 thereafter. Entries close on April 29.

Shirts can be ordered for R200 if paid for before the end of March.

Launching is from Hibberdene to Port Edward only, with limited launching available at Port Edward, on a strictly first-come-first-served basis.

Phone Jenny at 072 429 8101, Peter Philip at 083 375 3553, John “Duffer” at 082 490 1495 or e-mail marlinskiboatclub@telkomsa.net

Don’t forget to watch the action-packed ESA Saltwater and Bass fishing shows on SuperSport 1. The Saltwater show is on Thursdays between 7.30 pm and 8.30 pm, and the Bass show is on Tuesdays between 7 pm and 7.30 pm.

Wartburg Angling Club host their annual barbel competition on March 20 at Albert Falls Dam with lots of prizes for men, ladies and juniors.

First prize is R10 000 for the biggest fish and ladies are eligible for this prize over and above their first prize of R 1 000. The junior section also has a first prize of R1 200.

For more information contact Gary at 079 692 1478 or Edwin at 082 971 2003.

The Annual Paindane Species Competition is held at Paindane Resort in Mozambique from May 3 to May 7. Go to info@stealthkyakfishing.co.za for more.

The Kingfisher hosts free fishing clinics at their premises once a month, covering shore angling, offshore angling, freshwater angling and diving. The clinics are to help beginners and experienced anglers see what the sport is about, to show what equipment to use, and how to target certain fish species. It also elaborates on safety.

Shane from Freedivers is hosting a diving, spearfishing and cray fishing clinic on March 27 at The Kingfisher, 53 Hunter Street, Durban. This will be a great clinic, especially as the crayfish season is now open. For more about these clinics and to book a seat phone 031 368 3903.

Raymond de Bruyn from ESA extreme sports angling recently released a very informative bait presentation guide containing proven bait presentations, with large full colour photos and easy-to-follow steps.

Titled The Ray de Bruyn Bait Encyclopedia, No more secrets, Volume one covers baits using sardines and includes very useful information on collecting and preserving bait. The series contains 12 issues where de Bruyn shares his vast knowledge and many secret fish-catching bait combinations. Collect the entire set and store them in the easy-reference file, available with volume six.

The Ray de Bruyn bait encyclopedia is available for R49,50 from The Kingfisher in Durban, or ask your nearest tackle store to order one for you.

De Bruyn will be at The Kingfisher on Saturday April 3 from 9 am to noon, to sign your purchased copy.

For the latest KZN fishing news presented by OJ, tune into East Coast Radio at 5.40 am, Monday to Friday.

If you miss that, phone the Kingfisher’s KZN Angling Hotline at 082 234  6362, which is updated at 7 am daily.

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