Good weather sees anglers reel in good results

2010-02-20 00:00

WITH the good weather, anglers seem to be getting some good results as far as the inedible species are concerned. Those anglers who have headed up to the Zululand beaches have been rewarded as far as the diamond skates and the odd big sand sharks go. Good catches have been reported from the Amatikulu and Port Durnford areas. The recent hot and humid conditions have made these areas an ideal venue for those anglers who like to target big fish. The Tugela North bank are­a has also been quite active recently; a good number of fair sized zambezi sharks have been landed by anglers who have used small live spinner sharks and diamonds for bait. Shad have been rather erratic, but things seem to be getting better as the month progresses. Locally, the inedible species are keeping anglers busy as there are good reports of fish on both north and south coasts. A few above average size honeycomb rays have been reported in the Illovo and Green Point areas. The Transkei is also fishing well, with favourable reports coming in from the Port St Johns and Hole in the Wall areas. Anglers fishing these venues at night are getting some small kob and grunter.

The results for Common Venue for round two have been posted on the website www.kzncau.co.za.

Barry Tedder sent us the following report of the doings of the Zululand Shore Angling Association:

The Zululand ladies team is still buzzing with triumphant success down in Mossel Bay recently. The hot favourites for the 2010 SA ladies shore angling championships took first place winning themselves gold medals. Finishing in the top ten was Liezel van Duyker, sixth overall, and Liezel Steenkamp with a first placing overall, which won the President A team call up. The Juniors SA championships event was hosted in Zululand this year, using Mtunzini as a base to accommodate the 12 various pro­vinces. On the angling side, Zululand ended up in sixth position after a real tough tournament, as the weather played up. Their morale was further broken when, on the last day with only a few hours to go, the Natal team and Central Gauteng team anglers landed two magnificent kob of 34 kg and 20 kg respectively, pushing them into first and second positions. Summer fishing at its best, where, those amongst the 76 anglers that turned up for their respective clubs landed 5 548,2 kg of fish. Zululand introduced a 20% no-gaff bonus for every kilogram on all fish over five kilograms not gaffed. Not one fish was gaffed. All fish are also measured, instead of weighed on a scale, and returned back into the water. The heaviest recorded fish was a honeycomb ray of 80,2kg caught by Garth Tedder of Tugela club. The heaviest edible was a dusky kob of 2,2kg caught by Etienne Gerber of Mtunzini club. Top junior went to Brendon Andrews on 123,4 points from St Lucia club. The top lady angler went to Heather Tiltmann on 206,58 points from Umzingazi club, and the top master went to Andre Botha on 111,9 points from Tugela club. Top senior angler went to Barry Tedder on 419,0 points from Tugela club. Tugela club ended up overall winners on the day with 1424,7 points.

CURRENT ZULULAND SHORE ANGLING STANDINGS

TOP 5 ANGLERS FOR THE LAST ROUND

1. Barry Tedder - 419.0 pts (10 fish)

2. Bollie Crouse - 399.7 pts (6 fish)

3. Neels Visagie - 359.4 pts (7 fish)

4. Kobus Scribante - 330.8 pts (6 fish)

5. Timothy Dunk - 298.1 pts (5 fish)

TOP 5 TEAMS

1. Tugela A - 1424.7 pts

2. St Lucia A - 1119.2 pts

3. Mtunzini A - 1087.5 pts

4. Umzingazi A - 905.4 pts

5. Richards Bay A - 678.0 pts.

Exciting upcoming ESA Saltwater shows are not to be missed. For ESA fans who need more than their twice weekly dose of angling action on Supersport1, ESA Pro Anglers and Presenters are also on Twitter and Facebook, and the ESA World Group on Facebook is open to everyone. ESA Bass airs on Tuesdays at 7 pm and ESA Saltwater is every Thursday at 7.30 pm.

The ESA talents are available on Twitter on the following links: http://twitter.com/Raycat99

http://twitter.com/Olivia Symcox,

http://twitter.com/robfishersa

The Kingfisher hosts free Fishing Clinics on their premises once a month. Booking is essential. Shane from Freedivers is hosting a diving clinic on February 27 at The Kingfisher, 53 Hunter Street, Durban. This will be a great clinic, especially as the crayfish season opens on March 1. To find out more and to book a seat, please phone The Kingfisher’s sales staff on 031 368 3903.

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