Lookin' good

2010-06-19 00:00

GREETINGS from the South Pole, that’s the message from along our coast. Icy westerly winds arrived early Tuesday morning and in the past these conditions have sounded the drums on the arrival of our elusive visitors from the south. The shad are on the bite again and many are coming out on spoon. Bait fish are shoaling all over. Anglers are going to have to get their jig-and-drop traces ready as well as cast nets for the imminent sardine run. The Kingfisher has a range of made-up traces called Salt Water Sport. One is a jig-and-drop trace and sells for R28,95 for two.

With ideal winter conditions for the past few weeks, anglers have had some good fishing for shad in particular. Anglers fishing the Durban and Umgeni area have had some very good days when shad have been biting well during both early mornings and late afternoons. Here anglers have also been getting some nice grunter, small kob and the odd big stumpie at night. On the south coast, places like Toti, Winkle and the Umkomaas beach stretch have produced some very good numbers of shad during the past few weeks. Here, as in Durban, some grunter and small kob have also been accounted for. Anglers targeting garrick have also been quite successful along the Illovo stretch and in the Greenpoint area. Further down the coast, the Port Shepstone area has produced some shad and garrick.

Other worthy fish have been a couta caught last week, which is a good sign of the season on our door- step. At most deeper water points, grey sharks are eating at nights and here is a chance for the aspiring “tag and release” artist to raise his score.

The Transkei is fishing extremely well as far as shad goes, with anglers getting their quotas very quickly. The Port St Johns area at this time gets very active and many anglers flock to this spot to catch mainly garrick and big kob.

Ski boats are getting some good bottom fish as well as game fish. Couta, although slowing down a bit, are still being caught on both north and south coasts. The Aliwal shoal has over the past few months produced some great angling as wahoo in particular have given anglers some great fun. Couta and yellowfin tunny are also still coming out, but shark activity has also increased and a lot of fish are now being eaten by sharks. Fishing skis are also having a good season and numerous couta are being caught, The lower south coast disappointed this year. The annual Mtwalumi competition, which normally produces good numbers of couta, was outdone by the amount of snoek caught at this year’s competition, although a lone couta of 16 kg was landed by Greg Thomson, which won the competition.

Mike Laubscher has sent in a report about fly fishing off Durban. Mike launched just after 8 am from Durban harbour, equipped with four fly rods. Mike took his guest to some of the bait areas south of Durban and let him get his sea legs while casting the 6wt for some bait fish. Mike got his first double hook-up ever on fly (two fish one fly) with two greedy little lizard fish.They went out to deeper waters, but found virtually no surface activity. The 9wt and 12wt rods were rigged with big flies on intermediate lines, but there were no takers. Mike had noticed on the finder that all the fish were holding deep and so they switched to fast sinking lines, which proved to be the correct choice as they immediately started hooking up small eastern little tuna. They were treated to an aerial display by a large manta ray. Realising that there were no yellowfin tuna around, they switched over to the 6wt rods with sinking lines to make the smaller fish more sporting. The smaller eastern little tuna proved to be an awesome quarry on the 6wt fly rods and in the end they must have landed about two dozen between them, all in the 500 to 1 500 grams range.

Don’t forget to watch the action-packed ESA fishing shows on TV. These shows feature both saltwater and bass fishing and are aired on SuperSport 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.

ESA Saltwater, june 17

The LBSA team explores the Zululand coast line for some denizens of the deep. DSSA brings you some exciting action off a very popular KZN spot. Westbrook produces some very exciting action in OSSA.

ESA Saltwater, june 26

Watch as the LBSA team fish Port Alfred. Ray, Lloyd and Andrew bring some amazing catches to the shore- lines of the Transkei in DSSA. In ­OSSA, our very own “OJ” targets couta alongside Craig.

ESA Saltwater, july 1

The LBSA team explores fishing in Port Alfred. Stay tuned for some exciting action as the DSSA team target kob in the Transkei. In OSSA, take a look at fishing off the bountiful coast of Richards Bay.

ESA Saltwater, july 8

Check shad action in Mazeppa Bay, while in DSSA they get stuck into some light-tackle angling. In OSSA, Craig targets edibles in Richards Bay and learns that beneath the surface there is more than meets the eye.

ESA Saltwater, july 15

On LBSA, Ray hunts for a giant, while the DSSA team looks at the fun of light-tackle angling. In OSSA, Craig and his guests are hot on the trail of snoek and yellowfin tuna.

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 saltwater in southern Africa. This fishing show is on Kyknet, Channel 111, every Wednesday at 7 pm with re-runs during the week.

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

The Kingfisher, at 53 Hunter Street, Durban, hosts a free fishing ski clinic on their premises once a month with Markham Pollard. These clinics are informative and cover all the basics, including equipment, knots, bait presentation and tactics. To book , phone the Kingfisher at 031 368 3903. Send any info about fishing, fish caught or competitions in your area to kingfish@iafrica.com or fax 031 368 4137, attention Mike. For the latest KZN fishing news presented by OJ, tune into East Coast Radio at 5.40 am Monday to Friday.

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