Sardine run brings big sharks rolling around Durban’s shores

2010-08-14 00:00

DURBAN’S biggest sardine run continues to surprise veteran anglers and saw plenty of diamond skates caught on Tuesday, while bigger blackfin and grey sharks are rolling about in the shallow shores of Addington beach in search of a bite.

Netting hot-spots can be found mostly at the Sun Coast area, uShaka and Addington.

This year’s shad run, from deep south in the Transkei all the way up to Cape Vidal, continues to be a bumper one and is the best seen in several years.

The Kingfisher is hosting a competition for the biggest shad caught in the months of August and September.

The first prize looks to be wrapped up, with a beast of a 7,5 kg shad landed so far. There are, of course, still great prizes for second and third which are still vacant.

Accoring to a fishing report from Dean Pretorious, Port Edward has been pretty quiet besides the shad.A yellowfin tuna of 13 kg and a kob of 17 kg were landed off Splash Rock in the last five days using live shad. These were two of very few fish caught among many anglers, so don’t get the impression that there were fireworks.

The Sandspit has been yielding a few nice- sized kob on live bait and artificial lures, but once again, few fish were landed among the many anglers.

It is the time of year when the bronze bream and brusher start to show. I haven’t heard much about the brusher, but bronze bream have been caught all the way up to the Bluff.

The garrick along the middle to lower south coast are relatively quiet, but there are some still being caught by those willing to go to the effort of getting live bait. Foster Road is till the name on the tip of most tongues.

In Durban it’s been all about the shad, sardines and the diamonds following the netters. Blue Lagoon has been full of shad when the banks are right, while uShaka has been abundant with shad almost every evening.

The deeper points have started to produce some snoek for the light tackle spinning anglers and will start to heat up over the next four months.

A spinning reel, light braid, a 10-or 12-foot rod and bullet spoons will put you in a ringside seat for this form of fishing.

Zinkwazi and the Tugela have been the hot spots for garrick recently, with the occasional kob being caught.

From the boats, kob and geelbek have been around, although not consistent. I think once the sardines have passed on, these fish will hold on to the structured reefs and wrecks and be easier to target.

The couta are pretty much gone for the season, and although the occasional fish has been reported, we can only expect to target these fish again around December.

Aliwal Shoal has been extremely quiet since the sardines moved on and took the game fish with them. Some tunny have been caught, but nothing like in the wonderful summer months that were experienced there.

There’s been a fair amount of snoek caught along the north coast, with most catches ranging from four to seven kilograms.

The paddle skis have been doing most of the damage with the snoek.

Mpalane have just hosted a snoek competition, but they seemed to be scarce as no great catches were recorded.

The bad weather has made for some bad fishing.

Looking at the websites, this weekend looks to be promising in theway of wetting a line and getting into the action, so I suggest you sharpen your hooks and change that old line as gaps of good weather must be taken full advantage of in the next four months of windy weather. Tight lines and happy fishing.

Don’t forget to watch the action-packed ESA fishing shows on TV. These shows feature both saltwater and freshwater fishing and are aired on SuperSport 1.

The ESA Saltwater show will be broadcast weekly on Thursdays between 7.30 pm 8.30 pm and the ESA Freshwater show will air weekly on Tuesdays between 7 pm and 7.30 pm.

ESA Saltwater, Thursday August 19: Hook up with Lloyd and Ray with edible action in Mazeppa Bay, while in DSSA they get stuck into some light tackle angling. In OSSA, Craig targets snoek, but learns that beneath the surface there is more than meets the eye.

ESA Saltwater, August 26: In LBSA, we take a look at the beginning of our journey chasing the sardine run, while the DSSA team looks at the fun in light tackle angling. In OSSA, the team target an array of different species.

Join Xplorer Fly Fishing and Bells Whisky for their second scaly open weekend.

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