Nasty weather brings tough times for anglers

2009-11-07 00:00

WITH the shad ban still firmly in place and some very adverse weather and sea conditions, anglers are having a tough time. However, some of those lucky enough to have free time during the week have found there are still some good fish around.

Gamefish in the form of garrick and kingfish are being caught in the Park Rynie and Sezella areas. There are also favourable reports of garrick down at the Sandspit at Port Shepstone. Kob are also around and anglers able to put in a couple of hours at night are being rewarded with a few good fish. Brusher and bronze bream are being targeted as they can be caught in almost any weather conditions, their habitat being in and around rocky ledges and bays.

Ski boats have started catching good numbers of dorado, mainly off the deep reefs off Durban, but quite a few have recently been caught on the shallower north and south coast reefs. The Cape Vidal area is also fishing well, with reports of dorado, wahoo, sailfish, small tunny and the odd couta being boated. Fishing on the Aliwal Shoal and the Protea banks has also picked up. The odd sailfish has been seen, but no confirmed catches have been reported.

Anglers venturing down to the Transkei are finding conditions a little harsh at times, but when a good window of weather presents itself, fishing is as good as it can get. Those looking for edibles are getting good catches of garrick in and around the Port St Johns area. Kob, on the other hand, are not as prolific as previous years, but those who persevere with Strike Pro-type lures at night are being rewarded with the odd big kob. The river itself at Port St Johns is still steadily producing some fine catches, mainly of grunter and the odd kob. Most of these fish have been caught at night and around spring tides. The Hole In The Wall area has produced some good catches of bigger sharks recently, most of them being hammerheads and the odd big ragged-tooth shark. There are also reports of catches of big kob.

Despite conditions keeping most anglers at home, some of the more hardened are seen along rocky ledges fishing for brusher. When targeting these fish, your tackle should be stepped up a grade or two to that of shad angling.

Brusher are found among rocky ledges and points and for this reason your tackle should be of a heavy nature. Your nylon should be around the 35lb range; Kingfisher Giant Abrasion is good, and a heavy action rod like the Poseidon Heavy is advised. The new Kingfisher Classic 13’ 6”, three-piece is a very good, less expensive rod. Hooks should range from a 6/0 to 8/0 Mustard Kendall Round and your trace line should be no less than 50lb. Reels are also very important and should be in good condition. Reels like the Daiwa SL50 and the Daiwa Grandwave 50 are ideal as they have the pulling power to get big specimens out and away from rocks. Bait can vary, as these fish are not fussy eaters. The main bait is live crab, but sea lice, whole mussels, chokka and even sardine heads also work very well. Some big specimens have come out in the south coast, and the north coast has also yielded some good catches.

News from Port Edward’s Terry Nel is that in the past few days, not too many fish have come out except some shad and bronze bream. It’s reported that these shad are being kept — and not only by a certain group of fishermen often criticised for this deed.

Rough seas, wind and rain have kept most fishermen at home and the tackle dealer is suffering the consequences of the current weather disorder.

Don’t forget that the crayfish season closed on October 31 and permits will have to be renewed again next year when the season re-opens.

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. The latest ESA magazine is out and on sale at The Kingfisher for R19,95. This issue it is packed with great features.

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

The Kingfisher hosts free fishing clinics at its premises once a month, and 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. It also shows anglers what equipment to use and elaborates on safety. To find out more about these clinics and to book a seat, phone The Kingfisher’s sales staff at 031 368 3903.

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