Enjoying the best of both seasons

2009-10-03 00:00

THE windy trend associated with spring has certainly kept up with tradition as howling winds from the north and south are nearly a daily occurrence. However, angling at this time of the year can be very rewarding, as we still have the winter fish as the first of the summer fish start arriving, mostly in the form of flatfish and sand sharks.

The Transkei starts producing some big sharks off most of the deep-water points, but for the moment the focus down there is still garrick and kob. The main areas are the Port St Johns and the Hole In The Wall areas. Anglers targeting kob in these areas at night with Strike Pro-type lures are also having a good measure of success with some big fish.

This week the shad season closes, so remember that your bag limit is zero until December 1.

The north coast and Zululand beaches are providing anglers with fair catches of garrick and kob. Anglers targeting bigger fish in the form of some early season sand sharks have also had some good returns, particularly in the Port Durnford area. Locally, there are still some garrick around with the odd kob coming out at night, but anglers who are now targeting busher and pompano have had the odd catch in the Doonside and Twini areas.

Ski boats are still having a great season as far as bottom-fishing is concerned, as there are plenty of daga and geelbek salmon coming out on the north and south coasts. Black muscle cracker and rock cod reds generally make up ski boaters’ bags. Fishing skis have also had to change as the rather dismal couta season has seen most ski anglers chasing snoek in the backline. The snoek have really come to the party this year and some good numbers and above-average size fish have been caught on the north and south coasts. There is still some good bottom-fishing to be had and recently anglers have had some fine catches of big daga salmon in the vicinity of the Barge at Umhlanga and at the close reefs off Toti. Dorado are the next to target for the ski boats and fishing ski anglers.

Mnini Dam, 15 km from Amanzimtoti, is hosting its third annual bass classic this weekend. Thousands of rands are available for the biggest bass and the heaviest bags of five bass caught today and tomorrow. Lucky draw prizes will also be handed out on the presentation day tomorrow. Entry fee is R150 per angler and covers both days. Inquiries: Ron at 083 300 7528.

The Matatiele Mountain Lake is hosting its fly-fishing competition on October 31 and November 1. Entry fee is R350, which includes Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast. Inquiries: Shane at 083 299 4996, Lionel at 039 737 3170 or Dale at 082 331 7262.

The Kingfisher’s “Biggest Shad Competition” is in full swing. All shad (fresh) must be weighed at The Kingfisher, 53 Hunter Street, Durban, during trading hours, and remember that there is a bag limit of four and the minimum size is 30 centimetres. So far, first place goes to Ettienne Rampaul, second place to Raveen Ranjuam and third place to Steve Roulon

Shane of Freedivers is holding a clinic on diving (spear fishing and cray fishing) at The Kingfisher on October 25. The Kingfisher hosts a free fishing ski clinic on its premises once a month run by Markham Pollard. Rock and surf clinics are run by Ivan Stopforth and a drop-shot clinic by Lloyd Pereira. Inquiries: 031 368 3903.

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