Good catches of shad on south coast as shore angling improves

2009-12-19 00:00

A FEW good fish have been landed in the Durban area, although the fishing has been a little patchy. Shore angling is improving, with some good catches of shad being reported along the central south coast.

Although there are some big specimens around, most fish are just making size. Small shad are feeding at most spots, but it’s mainly the south coast stretch that is attracting them. The river mouths seem to be the place to fish for them. At this time of the year — and if the small shad are in this area — huge kingfish tend to feed along the bank areas. Shad are certainly the preferred bait for these kingies and if you are lucky enough to have a live one out, chances are good that you will get challenged by one of these hard-fighting fish. A few in the 20 kg region have already been landed.

Don’t forget to have the correct tackle for these fish. Daiwa have a range of reels that are ideal. The Saltiga and Saltist top the list, but the Grandwave and Sealine will do the job very well.

Apart from the kingfish, several other species can now be targeted along the south coast. Other edible fish that are being reported from there include quite a few pompano and good-size stumpies in the Sezella and Umdoni areas, and the Umkomaas area at this time of the year produces some very good angling.

For those anglers wishing to target some big fish, reports have come in of very big rays being caught along the south coast recently. Along with these fish, a few big sand sharks and brown skates have also been caught. Fishing has started to improve, with Stebel finally coming up with diamonds, sandies and a spotted eagle of 97,8 kg landed yesterday by Kevin Blackmore of Pietermaritzburg — an awesome fish. Traditional places such as Errol Hays, Scottburgh and Umdoni points are also fishing very well for these big fish.

There are still quite a few good brusher around and some big specimens are being caught along the Twini ledge, Isipingo and at Doonside.

Anglers who are willing to take a quick trip to the north coast will almost definitely be rewarded when the right weather comes along. After a few hot days and light north-easterly winds, anglers can expect a great day’s angling as there are excellent prospects for flatfish and shark. The same can be said for the Amatikulu and Port Durford areas, but at these two venues anglers rather target the diamond skates that are already being caught, though not in any great numbers.

The ski boat and fishing ski anglers have since last week had some good results as far as game fish are concerned. Dorado in particular are being caught all along the coast, with the deep-water grounds off Durban working particularly well. The only regular catches come from the Aliwal Shoal and Scottburgh areas, where some quality fish over the past week or so have been reported. Some big dorado have been landed along Sheppy Backline on skip baits, and a a couple of wahoo on Protea, but the sharks are wild

The latest ESA magazine is out and on sale at The Kingfisher for R19,95. This issue (with Craig Stubbs on the cover) is jam-packed with great features.

Eight action-packed ESA highlights shows, featuring both saltwater and bass fishing, are to be aired this month on Super sport 1. The ESA saltwater show will be broadcast weekly on Thursdays between 7.30 pm and 8.30 pm, and the ESA bass show will air weekly on Tuesdays between 7 pm and 7.30 pm.

The Kingfisher hosts free fishing clinics at its premises once a month, but booking is essential. These clinics are to help beginners and experienced anglers to see what the sport is all about and how to target certain species of fish. They also show anglers what equipment to use and elaborate on safety.

To find out more about these clinics and to book a place, phone The Kingfisher’s sales staff at 031 368 3903.

The Kingfisher’s trading hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 am to 5 pm, Tuesday from 8.30 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 8 am to 1 pm. It will be open on Satuday, December 26, and Sunday, January 3, from 9 am to 1 pm.

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