Good catches aplenty for anglers over Easter holidays

2010-04-10 00:00

AS FAR as angling is concerned, the Easter weekend was one of the better ones, with the weather playing its part for holiday- makers and locals alike.

Shad came on the bite at most of the known spots along the south coast, and places like Toti, Winkle and Scottburgh saw hundreds of anglers fishing mostly for shad. They were not disappointed as these fish came on the bite during the early- morning sessions.

The Durban area also started producing shad and reports from the La Mercy area suggest that these fish have started making their presence felt there.

As far as the inedibles are concerned, anglers are still having great fun with the big flatfish on the north and south coasts. The Zululand coastline is still steadily producing diamond skates and a few very big sand sharks.

Terry Nel from Port Edwards reports that although fishing there is still quiet, some big pulls are being lost at night off deep water points — perhaps still a sign that baitfish are around and their predators are moving close inshore at night.

A holiday-maker landed a salmon of 12 kg, with a pic on his cellphone to prove it. Otherwise, only small reef species are being caught and the shad are late again.

Further down the coast, the Transkei deep-water points are yielding some great shark angling. A few oversize ragged tooth sharks have come out in the Port St Johns and Hole In The Wall areas. Other sharks that are coming out are some average size grey, hammerhead and spinner sharks. Shad down there are feeding freely at almost all known spots and some big fish in the 3 kg range are quite common.

Ski boats fishing in and around Aliwal Shoal over the past weekend had some fantastic fishing, as the shoal literally came alive with fish. Wahoo were abundant with most boats getting one or two. Some big specimens in the 30 kg range were also boated. There were also a lot of big couta, dorado and yellow-fin tunny.

The annual Pennington Easter Couta Classic was held in near perfect conditions, with over 30 boats and 88 anglers competing. The couta did not disappoint as most boats got good numbers and some nice size tunny.

First place could not be awarded due to a discrepancy, but in second place was a good couta of 20,08 kg caught by Jacques Hully. Third place went to Carl Hasseldt with a fish of 19,16 kg, and fourth place to junior Ryan Pellew with a catch of 18,6 kg.

Fifth position was also first place in the women’s section, which went to Maryke Du Plooy, who landed a good yellow-fin tunny of 14,22 kg.

Don’t forget to watch the action-packed ESA fishing shows on TV, which feature both salt-water and bass fishing and are aired on SuperSport1. The ESA Saltwater Show will be broadcast on Thursdays between 7.30 pm and 8.30 pm, and the ESA Bass Show will air on Tuesdays between 7 pm and 7.30 pm.

The Kingfisher hosts free fishing clinics on their premises once a month, which cover shore angling, off-shore angling, fresh-water angling as well as diving. The clinics show potential anglers what the sport is all about and, for the more experienced anglers, certain species of fish are targeted. Anglers are introduced to safety procedures and shown what equipment to use.

Raymond de Bruyn from Extreme Sports Angling recently released a very informative bait presentation guide, The Ray de Bruyn bait encyclopedia: no more secrets, which contains some proven bait presentations with large, full-colour photos and easy-to-follow steps. Volume one (just launched) covers baits made using sardines and includes some useful information on collecting and preserving your bait. This series will comprise 12 issues.

De Bruyn has done his best to share his vast knowledge, covering many bait combinations. The book is available at R49,50 from The Kingfisher in Durban or ask your nearest tackle store to order one for you.

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

For the latest KZN fishing news presented by OJ, tune in to East Coast Radio at 5.40 am Mondays to Fridays. If you miss that then phone the Kingfisher’s KZN Angling Hotline at 082 234 6362. This report is updated at 7 am daily.

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