Kingfisher report

2008-06-28 00:00

It seems like the many prayers of anglers across the country have been heard. Earlier on Tuesday morning Tony Outa managed to net about 15 to 20 baskets of sardines at Umgababa on the south coast and on Wednesday morning, sardines have been netted at Amanzimtoti main beach (Inyoni Rocks), Mark Christie managed to net 20 to 30 baskets. It seems like a small pocket did come in close enough for them to drop a net. Soon after that another net was taken at Pipeline just north of Inyoni Rocks. The netters however were not prepared for the heavy current which swept the net one kilometre down the beach.

This was a much larger net which almost took two vehicles into the water. The current was very strong forcing the netters to use four vehicles to try and pull it out the water. Fish activity was very slow, at least closer inshore it was as most of the activity was fairly far offshore. The boys from ESA were there as well but except for two snoek which got stuck in the net no fish were landed. Winklepsruit main beach was the spot where the next small net was taken but here again no fish were with the sards. Garrick were also taken here but only a few and at least one of them weighed 12kg.This is a good sign for those anglers hoping to bag the bigger garrick. Mid morning saw the first net at Warner Beach come out and both Raymond De Bruyn and Abel Alexandre of ESA go “ON DAD” with two fantastic snoek, these snoek were easily in the 8-10kg class and looked more like couta at first glance.

Reports look favourable as many of the netters have reported sighting masses of sardines heading northward along our coast. Thanks to the guys at Absolute Angling for the update. East Coast Radio reported earlier that pockets of sardines were spotted at Umhlanga Light House so if all goes well and the water keeps clearing we should be in for more sardine action this coming weekend. The sea conditions have been favourable and have flattened out considerably over the past three days, this along with the water clarity will play the most vital role in ensuring those silver bullets arrival on our beaches. With all the recent sardine activity up and down the coast anglers were battling to find any substantial fish with the passing shoals. However, during the course of the week anglers fishing amongst shoals in the Green Point and Widenham areas were justly rewarded. Anglers using the ‘Jig and Drop’ method landed some fine kob, garrick and some sizable kingfish. Big sharks have not been as prolific as in recent years although a few big bronze whalers, grey sharks and spinners have been accounted for.

Allen Pillay landed a 71.3kg grey shark at 6pm on Sunday evening. Allen was using his Daiwa Saltist 50 reel filled with .55mm Kingfisher Giant Abrasion line and a Kingfisher 6 - 8 oz fishing rod. After waiting about twenty minutes at Nyoni Rocks, Amazimtoti, the grey shark took Allen’s live karenteen and the fight was on. Shore angling has certainly stepped up a few gears along the South Coast as now a nice variety of fish are being caught. Shore based anglers fishing along the Illovo to Isipingo stretch have landed some notable fish that are seldom landed off the beach. Some nice size geelbek salmon were taken at Pipeline Beach by anglers fishing for shad, even a lemon fish and some good size sweet lips were landed in the Doonside area. A fair amount of cat face rock cod have also been landed in this area. Shad are now being caught freely at almost all known spots and the size of these fish is notably bigger. Game fish in the form of garrick and yellowtail kingfish have also got better and anglers fishing at Inyoni Rocks have landed some good amounts of garrick recently. It certainly looks as though the sardine run has finally brought along exactly what anglers were waiting for. The weather for the week-end does not look too promising with a cold front predicted. These conditions sometimes do not deter the sardines or fish preying on them and anglers should not be put off by adverse weather conditions at this time of the year.

Further South, Orange Rocks has been producing a few fish, but mainly at night or early morning. Anglers fishing on Sunday evening managed to land a few shoal kob and a number of sea barbel. The sharks seem to be eluding anglers on the lower south coast which is probably due to them sitting offshore and gorging themselves on sardines. Terry Nel from Tacklenet in Port Edward reports that after floods wreaked havoc down there and up the coast, he is amazed just how quickly sea conditions returned to normal and even the dirty water is rapidly cleaning up with fish moving back in. Shad are back on the bite and during the nights many fishermen are getting the taste of ragged tooth sharks over the 100kg mark on the end of their lines but alas, more are being lost than landed. Seems that small yellowtail cutlets are working the best there.

For previous fishing reports check out www.kingfisher.co.za and click on to fishing report.

The Durban Beachfront Piers had quite a bit of action on them, except it was not the fish action we were all hoping for. Due to the horrific weather conditions KZN experienced over the past week many anglers and their families came out in force and the piers resembled The Pavilion Shopping Centre Forecourt.

Ski-Boats and Fishing Ski’s on the other hand are finding that there is a lot of bait and sardine activity but with cold sea conditions game fish seem to have gone off the bite. Conditions should get better after the predicted South Westerly and hopefully fish come back on the bite. On the North Coast however boats and skis are getting some nice snoek and a few couta in the Tinley to Westbrook areas.

Heer Gaan Ons Alweer is back on TV. This very interesting show is hosted by Petri de Wet and covers many different fishing spots, fresh and salt water in Southern Africa. This fishing show is on kyknet, channel 35, every Thursday at 18:00 with reruns during the week. Check your TV guide for details.

Also don’t forget to tune into SS1 on Tuesday at 19.00 for ESA bass and Thursday at 19.30 for the ESA salt water section, great viewing.

Lloyd Pereira (as see on ESA) will be hosting a drop shot clinic at The Kingfisher, 53 Hunter Street, Durban. 9:00 to 12:00. These clinics are there 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 also elaborates on safety. This should be a very popular clinic so book early to avoid disappointment. The Kingfisher also hosts a free Fishing Ski Clinic on their premises once a month by Markham Pollard and a Rock and Surf clinic run by Ivan Stopforth. These Clinics are very informative and covers all the basics, including equipment, knots, bait presentation, and tactics. To book for one of these free clinics phone the Kingfisher on 031-3683903.

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

For the latest KZN fishing news presented by O.J., tune into East Coast Radio at 5.40am Monday - Friday.

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