Fishing report

2008-08-02 00:00

Transvaal Ski-Boat club, fishing on Dream Catcher skippered by Mike Ross won the Shelly Beach inter-club Ski-boat compo fished over the weekend. Second place went to Durban Rod and Reel and third place to Makaria Blue. Makaria Red, Taratibo and Shelly Beach made up 4th, 5th and 6th places respectively. This was a 10kg line class compo. And apparently there were 5 marlin strikes during the compo but being limited to fishing the 10kg line class not much chance was had and all 5 strikes were lost. Top fish was a cuda of 20.80kg caught by R Hartley of T.S.C. with M.Ross also of T.S.C. boating a 19.30kg yellow fin tuna. R. Hand from Rod and Reel landed a 18.80kg tuna. Second top Skipper was Brendan Purin, with Piet Geldenhuis third top Skipper. Thanks Mark from Tackle Box, Shelly Beach, for the info.

Anglers fishing from the shore have recently accounted for some very good catches of shad despite continuing fresh Easterly winds. Places like Toti, Warner Beach and Winkle high rocks have for the past few weeks produced some good fishing. Shad are coming out in good numbers and on most days garrick have come out by anglers using live bait. Garrick are coming out at most known spots on the South Coast and a few good specimens in the 10 kg range have been caught in the Green Point area. An unconfirmed report was also received of 9 garrick coming out off the Umzumbe stretch of beach. Reports were also received of some kob being caught amongst the shad at Orange Rocks, so it looks like the winter fish and fishing has finally arrived. Terry Nel from Port Edward informs us that even with dirty water conditions there have been plenty of shad around and a garrick taken at Splash on live bait. Some small grey sharks have also come out. Terry informed us that the new Pro Bonded Braid from Kingfisher is awesome and is a pleasure casting with multiplier reels.

Further South, the Transkei is fishing very well for both edible and inedible fish. Some big sharks are being caught, namely ragged tooth sharks due to the cold water that the easterly winds have pushed in. These fish are being caught at most known points in and around Port St Johns. Garrick are coming out at the Lighthouse and at Poenskop but not in any great numbers, however the average size of these fish are exceeding the 10 kg mark. Anglers fishing for kob at night are being well rewarded for their efforts as some good fish have come out in the vicinity of the Lighthouse and along the beach stretch.

On the subject of sardines, there are still quite a lot of big shoals that seem to be holding out along the Transkei coast so anglers should not give up and think the run is over. A change in weather and sea conditions could quite easily get them moving and surprise anglers on the KZN coast.

This weekend was also the 6th round of the Natal Coastal Anglers Union Rock and Surf competition. Clubs that travelled to the Port St. Johns area were rewarded with some great angling with plenty of good sized raggies, garrick and kob being landed. With water temperatures averaging around the 18 degree mark and hardly any wind, conditions were set for some good raggie catches. Congratulations go to Tuna Angling Club who finished tops with some 670 weight points, followed by Leviathans in second place. More detailed results will be reported as soon as received. The dangers of fishing along the high points in the Transkei was highlighted this week end when well known KZNCAU and Benders member Nem Singh had an unfortunate mishap whilst fishing in a competition at the notorious Brazen Head. He lost his footing whilst fighting and subsequently fell onto a ledge and then into the sea. He was quickly picked up by his team mates and social anglers but had sustained some very serious injuries and had to be manually carried up the steep path which normally frustrates individuals walking up by themselves. He was eventually airlifted to a hospital in Durban. The Kingfisher, together with all his friends, associated clubs and KZNCAU wish him a speedy recovery.

The North Coast has also started producing some garrick with Tongaat Long Beach featuring quite prominent. The odd fish has come out further North at Barracuda Rocks but it will still be a few weeks before things hot up at this venue. The Durban area itself has also come to light with anglers getting their fair share of shad along the Piers and the Umgeni mouth area. Some garrick have also come out here but anglers fishing at night on the Umgeni North bank area have accounted for some nice stumpies and shoal kob. Amongst these fish the odd big grunter has also come out.

Don’t forget The Kingfisher is running their “Biggest Shad Competition”. This year it will be run over a three month period, July, August and September, with three prizes each month. The heaviest shad for each month will receive a 14’ Kingfisher Poseidon 5pc Graphite Rod, valued at R1,585.00, the second heaviest shad will receive a Daiwa SL 50SHK Reel, valued at R998.00 and third heaviest shad will receive a Daiwa Opus Plus 6000 Reel valued a t R448.00. Please note that all shad (fresh) must be weighed at The Kingfisher, 53 Hunter Street, Durban during trading hours and please remember there is a bag limit of four and the minimum size is 30cm.

The ESA boys are back after a few days in Mozambique, they landed a few great fish, a kingie of 32kg’s landed by Ray on light tackle was one and a salie of 25kg’s by Dean on his new Daiwa Exceler spinning reel.

Also don’t forget to tune into SS1 on Tuesday at 19.00 for ESA bass. In this weeks show we join Xavier and Abel aka “The Godfather” at Albert Falls. Watch the showdown between the saltwater and bass angler, despite the chilly winter conditions. On Thursday at 19.30 in the ESA salt water section, we join Ray and Abel at Warner beach and Mamba Alley on the South Coast for the last episode of the sardine run. We then cut to the North Coast LBSA Pro Series at Tugela Mouth. Later we join the DSSA team in Xai Xai at the Eco Estate. Here the boys land an array of rock cod species. In the OSSA next week be sure to join Mark, Garth and Trevor as they go out on a deep sea fishing excursion on a Rodman Sportfisher to Zinkwazi, among many different species they catch hammerhead sharks and couta.

The Kingfisher hosts free fishing clinics on their premises, 53 Hunter Street, Durban once a month. They host a Paddle Ski Fishing clinic by Markham Pollard, a Rock and Surf clinic run by Ivan Stopforth and a Drop Shot clinic by Lloyd Pereira. These Clinics are very informative and covers all the basics, including equipment, knots, bait presentation, and tactics. These free 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. These are very popular so book early to avoid disappointment. To book for one of these free clinics phone the Kingfisher on 031 368 3903.

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