Fishing report

2008-05-10 00:00

With improved weather conditions, shore-based fishing has stepped up a gear. Anglers fishing in the Sezella and Umdoni areas have landed some very good pompano recently. Fish up to 10kg were landed at these venues. Anglers spinning off the rocks at Umdoni point have landed quite a few snoek and a few smaller garrick were also accounted for. Shad seem to have gone a little quiet as most of the well known spots seem to only produce a few of these fish during the early morning sessions. The river mouths, with Illovo and Umkomaas in particular are producing good numbers of shad but these fish here are very small and only a few will make the legal size. Garrick are now being caught at the Sandspit down at Port Shepstone and anglers here seem to be getting more fish on artificial baits such as Strike Pro poppers. These methods work particularly well during the early morning and late evening sessions. A few nice size kob have also been coming out at night by anglers using Strike Pros.

Word of sardines has awakened sleepy South Coasters but no news of positive sightings have come in yet, theories are many. A small garrick of 5kg was caught at Splash Rock this week as well as small shad there and good sized hound sharks.

Thanks Terry Nel from Tacklenet for the info on the lower South Coast as well as some sad news about the Gavin family: “If it's about fishing in my life, it's about an icon in the fishing world, a man who has always been a giver to angling and all that goes in the competitive club fishing in our country. He is a master rod smith and craftsman and has personally lent many a helping hand to me in the growing of my tackle shop. My heart goes out to Rob and Cathy Gavin and family of Gremlins Sports in Margate for the long and desperate fight they have had with Cathy and the terrible cancer that she has. Rob has exhausted his resources and everything they have tried to fight this have not yet been successful. Rob needs all the help and prayer he can get. Please pray for them and if anyone has any other help to give, Rob needs it.”

The Durban areas have also produced some nice fish. Snoek are still being caught off the piers on small spinners and the drop shot method. Anglers fishing along the Umgeni stretch are getting some fair size grunter and the odd stumpie. Shad in this area are rather erratic but when they come on the bite some sizable fish are landed. As far as the much anticipated sardine run is concerned there seems very little information with regards to any of these fish moving up the coast. There was however some reports of activity from the southern areas of the Transkei but at this stage no confirmed reports have come in to substantiate any of these claims.

Ski boats and fishing skis have noticed a dramatic drop in couta activity on both North and South Coasts. Although there are still fish around boats and ski’s are being restricted to one’s and two’s. Snoek on the other hand are still being caught freely and the size of these fish also seems to be getting bigger.

Some fresh water news, although the weather up in Underberg area has been cold, with rain and snow on the mountains, the river fishing has been excellent. Most rods reported full creels, with several 1, 5 kg trout being taken. There were several mayfly hatches which provided good sport with a dry fly.

Still water fishing was quieter but some dams produced many trout, with three above the 2kg mark. Strange to say, now that the holidays are over, the weather is perfect for fishing. Thanks to Bill Simson from UHTFC for this report.

Heer Gaan Ons Alweer is back on TV. This very interesting show is hosted by Petri de Wet and covers many different fishing spots, fresh and salt water in Southern Africa. This fishing show is on kyknet, channel 35, every Thursday at 18:00 with reruns during the week. Check your TV guide for details.

Episode 58 is fishing in Angola at Rio Longa for kingfish on light tackle. They also fish for tarpon and land one of about 50kg’s.

In ESA Saltwater we join the team, Ray, Dean Abel and Lloyd at Rio Azul as they travel to Diaz Island where they spend a night and catch some life bait to swim for bigger fish. They land a honey comb ray and black fin shark.

We then cross over to the ESA LBSA Pro Series Event that took place in Western Province at Silversands where Wilhelm Bouwer one of the most prominent anglers in this area walked away with first place.

For Drop Shop we meet up with the team again in Rio Azul. They land some salad fish and giant kingfish. For the DSSA Pro Series we visit Sheffield Beach on the North Coast of Kwazulu Natal where our regular achiever Dale Mack walks away with the first prize of R 5000.00.

OSSA happens on a Rodmans with Garth, Mark and Andy. They land some dorado; a hammer head shark, a milk shark and a wahoo.

The latest ESA magazine is out and on sale at The Kingfisher for R19.95. In this issue they discuss, jigging and plugging in S.A, the hound shark, extreme species of the month, bait demo on glow chokka, what is H.M.G?, dropshot for bass, and the five top fishing spots in Umkomaas.

The Kingfisher hosts a free Fishing Ski Clinic on their premises once a month by Markham Pollard. These clinics are there to help beginners and experienced anglers to see what the sport is all about and how to target certain species of fish. It also shows anglers what equipment to use and also elaborates on safety. Over and above this they also hold Rock and Surf clinics run by Ivan Stopforth. These Clinics are very informative and covers all the basics, including equipment, knots, bait presentation, and tactics. To book for one of these free clinics phone the Kingfisher on 031-3683903

Any info about fishing, fish caught or competitions in your area e-mail Mike at kingfish@iafrica.com or fax 031 368 4137. Our condolences to Markham Pollard and family on the loss of his sister after her long illness.

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

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