Forget sardines — garrick are looking good

2009-08-08 00:00

WELL, the brief bit of sardine activity seems to have come to an end, but who knows … we did think it was over before last week!

Last weekend’s spell of bad weather did keep most fair-weather fishermen indoors, but a few reports have come in.

This is the time of the year for bronze bream along the KZN coastline, and many reports have come in about this tasty table fish. Bronze bream enjoy reefs with rough, turbulent white water and can be targeted when conditions don’t permit any other form of fishing. Spring is also a known time to target brusher, but brusher fishermen tend to keep their lips sealed about their catches so there are no recent confirmed reports.

Garrick have been caught all along the KZN coast, and of course the Transkei coast. The change in bag limit from five fish per angler per day to two fish per angler per day is definitely paying off as last year’s garrick run was outstanding and this year’s seems to be following in the same pattern. These fish can be compared to homing pigeons in their predictable travel patterns. They don’t leave the South African coastline and it’s easy to see results from the restrictions. The south coast has been producing extremely well for the last two months and the Tugela Blythdale area has also been fishing well. Those anglers prepared to make the effort to catch live bait are generally rewarded as garrick will favour it.

There have, surprisingly, been a few reports of sandys, despite this being the completely wrong time of year. A couple have been landed down the south coast. Quiet a few diamond-shaped skates have been coming out as these “winter diamonds” generally follow the sardines.

The boats have been catching kob on a regular basis off some of the deeper wrecks, but mostly at night. One or two have been reported from rock and surf anglers.

The geelbeck showed their faces several weeks back, but haven’t returned yet. The coming long weekend shows promise for good weather so hopefully they will come back on the bite. Bottom fishing in general has been pretty good, and lots of rock cod, several black muscle cracker and even a couple copper steenbras have been boated off the Illovo coast.

On the light tackle side, John Connellan caught a new South African light tackle record in Durban Harbour on Tuesday. He boated a black saddle goat fish of 1,86 kg using 4 kg Kingfisher IGFA nylon.

On August 1, the Kingfisher started its “Biggest Shad Competition”. This year it will be run over two months, August and September, with three prizes each month. For the heaviest shad caught in each month the angler will receive a 14-inch Kingfisher Poseidon 5pc graphite rod valued at R1 925, for the second-heaviest shad, a Daiwa SL 50SHK reel valued at R1 189, and the third-heaviest shad a Daiwa Opus Plus 6000 reel valued at R567.

Please note that all shad (fresh) must be weighed at The Kingfisher, 53 Hunter Street, Durban, during trading hours. Remember that there is a bag limit of four and the minimum size is 30 cm.

Catch the ESA team doing battle on ESA Saltwater at 7.30 pm on Thursday and don’t miss the bass show at 7 pm every Tuesday on SuperSport 1 (unless mentioned otherwise — check your DSTV guide for details). The latest ESA magazine is out and on sale at The Kingfisher for R19,95. This issue it is jam- packed with great features.

The Kingfisher’s trading hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, Tuesday from 8.30 to 5 pm and Saturday from 8 to 1 pm.

The Kingfisher hosts a free rock and surf clinic on its premises once a month run by Ivan Stopforth. These monthly clinics are intended 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 elaborates on safety. It also holds a fishing ski clinic conducted by Markham Pollard and a drop shot clinic run by Lloyd Pereira.

These clinics are very informative and cover all the basics, including equipment, knots, bait presentation and tactics. To book for one of these free clinics, phone the Kingfisher at 031 368 3903.

Anglers with any information about fishing, fish caught or competitions in their area should send it to kingfish@iafrica.com or fax Mike at 031 368 4137. For the latest KZN fishing news presented by OJ, tune into East Coast Radio at 5.40 am from Monday to Friday.

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