Fishing licence increase is the latest pain for anglers

2010-03-06 00:00

A SUBJECT that is on all anglers’ minds now is the issue of the dreaded fishing licence increase. The ridiculous increases brought in by the authorities will result in anglers having to fork out as much as 400% more in some cases. On the positive side, the authorities have realised that angling is one of the country’s favourite pastimes and slapped the subsistence angler with a R1 increase, from R5 to R6 per annum.

Big flatfish are still on the bite on the Zululand beaches for those anglers who target these fish. The Cape Vidal area has also come to light recently with some good edible fish being reported.

Closer to home, there is a mixed bag available as shad have started making their presence felt. These fish are being caught at places such as the Durban piers, Bluff, Toti and Winkle rocks during the early morning sessions.

Although sand sharks remain a bit elusive, anglers are still catching their fair share of big skates on both the north and south coast. Drop-shot enthusiasts are getting their fill and wave garrick are being caught. The estuaries here are producing good-size pick handle couta and rock salmon on these plastics.

Tacklenet’s Christine landed a few pony fish using prawn as bait also in the estuary, but the shad are few in the Port Edward area.

Further down the coast, angler Jonathan Timm caught and released a monster kob of 66 kg near the Haga Haga area. He caught this fish on light tackle as he was fishing in quite heavy seas and targeting smaller rock species.

A successful Women’s Division Nationals tournament was held at Mossel Bay on January 27-29, with 10 associations represented by 53 anglers.

Day one, fished at Boggomsbaai, produced 249 fish, with Sharene Berry from KZN catching a diamond of 47,31 kg and Marianna Mostert from West Coast catching a diamond of 23 kg.

Only 31 fish were landed on day two. The biggest fish of the day was a smooth hound of 16,74 kg landed by Christelle Oosthuizen from Boland.

Day three saw the anglers back at Boggomsbaai for a long haul. Liezel Steenkamp from Zululand landed a diamond of 48kg.

TEAM POSITIONS

Team Zululand: Gold. Team Southern Cape: Silver. Team KwaZulu-Natal: Bronze

SASAA is proud to announce the selection of a Protea and President ladies team.

The President Ladies team will be competing in the Gus Kollner tournament during October.

PRESIDENT TEAM

Manager: Ed Clur (Border), Marianna Mostert (W/C), Elzanne Cronje (S/C), Louise Herisson (KZN), Michelle vd Merwe (KZN), Carol Kurz (Bor), Liezel Steenkamp (Zul)

There are two major fishing competitions coming up for Fishing Ski and Jet Ski anglers. The first one is the Umhlanga Challenge, which takes place on March 20-21, 2010. This is quite a unique competition in that anglers fish “open boundaries” and can launch anywhere between Zinkwazi in the north and Port Shepstone in the south. The weigh-in will take place at the Umhlanga Ski Boat Club on both days.

The second one is the Annual Paindane Species Competition which is held at the Paindane Resort in Mozambique.This competition runs from May 3-7. For more on both of these competitions anglers can log on to info@stealthkyakfishing.co.za.

The Wartburg Angling Club is hosting their annual barbel competition on March 20, 2010 at the Albert Falls Dam. For details, anglers can call Gary at 079 692 1478 or Edwin at 082 971 2003.

The Kingfisher hosts free fishing clinics on their premises once a month. These clinics are there to help beginners and experienced anglers to see what the sport is all about.

The Kingfisher is also hosting a bass clinic on April 10 at their premises, 53 Hunter Street, Durban, from 9 am to12 noon. For more information call 031 368 3903.

 

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