Kingfisher: Outlook betteras storms abate

2009-07-04 00:00

RECENT cold fronts and storms have brought extremely heavy seas and high winds and made angling almost impossible. However, prospects for the weekend look much better, with low swells and light variable winds predicted.

There have been sporadic sightings of sardines. Small pockets were sighted along the lower south coast last week, but netters were unable to catch any. Huge shoals of sardines have been spotted off the upper Transkei coast. After the bad weather, these shoals seem to have got some direction and are moving up the coast at a steady rate, so hopefully there will be some action on the coast this weekend.

Locally, anglers can expect to catch some shad, which before the bad weather set in were being caught freely mainly along the south coast and in the Umgeni area in Durban.

Garrick should also come back on the bite and were caught in fair numbers on the south coast, some around the eight-kilogram mark. There are some reports that a couple of garrick were caught in the Ballito area on the north coast, so anglers up there should start targeting them rather sooner than later.

Raj Rajman of Verulam, caught a 10-kg pompano on Saturday morning, the June 20 at Sheffield Beach. Bait used was a sea lice and prawn combo and the tackle used was a Daiwa Sl30 reel with 20-pound Kingfisher giant abrasion line and 0,6-mm leader. According to Raj, this fish gave a very intense fight that lasted about 10 minutes.

For the full results of the KwaZulu-Natal Coast Anglers’ Union (KZNCAU) common venue round five, go to www.kingfisher.co.za. Check it out under the fishing report.

Ski boats and fishing skis have been shore-bound due to the bad weather, but this weekend things should return to normal.

Fishing skis have had a rather dismal couta run this year with the exception of skis fishing the deep reefs off Zinkwazi, where some really excellent catches of above-average-size fish have been caught on a regular basis.

On the south coast, skis have been restricted to a very good snoek run with only the odd couta being reported.

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 (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.

Shane of Freedivers is holding a clinic on diving (spearfishing and cray fishing) at The Kingfisher, 53 Hunter Street, Durban, on July 25. The clinic is free and, as with all the clinics, booking is a must.

The Kingfisher hosts a free fishing ski clinic on its premises once a month conducted by Markham Pollard. These monthly 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 offer tips on safety.

The Kingfisher also offers rock and surf clinics run by Ivan Stopforth and a drop-shot clinic conducted by Lloyd Pereira. The clinics are 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.

For information about fishing, fish caught or competitions in your area, e-mail kingfish@iafrica.com or fax Mike at 031 368 4137.

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

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