Sardines head for the bright lights of Durban

2010-07-31 00:00

SARDINES seem to have missed the traditional south coast venues and have turned up in full force along the Durban and Durban North stretches. These fish have been netted for quite a few days now and it seems as though there is no letting up.

Seine netters along these stretches have had some very good hauls and seem to be rather relieved that eventually their efforts are being rewarded.

In among all of this action, anglers have had a lot of fun with flat fish.

Lloyd Pereira of The Kingfisher/ ESA landed four diamonds weighing between 15 and 55 kg on Tuesday afternoon and evening in the South Beach area.

On the south coast, however, it is a different story, with lots of sardines sitting just behind the breakers out of the netters’ reach.

A few lucky netters have had some limited success down here. During this time of the year, most anglers’ attention turns to garrick and shad, which are associated with the sardine run. Shad in particular have been prolific and the the shad that are coming out now seem to be bigger. In some cases, some monster fish of around four kilograms have been landed.

Garrick have also come out in very good numbers, particularly along the St Winifreds and Illovo stretches, with Winkle high rocks also producing a fair amount of fish.

Anglers fishing along the Twini ledge and at Isipingo have experienced an excellent run of garrick and shad as well.

In the course of last week, this venue produced a few geelbek salmon, which at this time of the year seem to venture close inshore in pursuit of the sardines.

Anglers who brave the cold weather and fish at night have recently started getting some nice-sized kob, particularly along the Umgababa and Umkomaas stretches. This area also came alive with yellowtail kingfish in the course of last week and some in the five-kilo­gram range were landed.

Garrick, kob and shad have also been caught in fair numbers along the Port Shepstone stretch.

Anglers fishing along the north coast areas should soon start getting into some garrick as shad have started moving into the well-known northern beaches.

Places to watch now will undoubtedly be the Ungeni North Bank, La Mercy and Tongaat Long Beach.

Anglers venturing to the Transkei now can expect some excellent fishing as reports coming from this area suggest that there are lots of shad, garrick and kob around.

Bigger sharks have given anglers some excellent angling, particularly in and around the Hole in the Wall and Port St Johns areas.

Most of the bigger rivers down there are also producing some good fish. Mainly big grunter are being caught, but smaller garrick and kob have also been landed.

Ski boats are also in on the action with some good bottom fishing being reported.

Kob and geekbek have started feeding, and general bottom fishinghas also been good with some fair- sized red fish and rock cod.

The game fish season has stared tapering off, but those anglers who pursue these fish are still getting the odd couta in the Zinkwazi area.

It is now the snoek that have returned in good numbers along the north coast.

The Tinley, Westbrook, Umdloti and Umgeni areas have been steadily producing good numbers of fair size fish.

Lloyd Pereira of The Kingfisher has landed a few of these great eating fish this past week fishing from his paddle ski.

Further south, the Aliwal Shoal and Protea banks are producing some good catches of yellowfin tunny and wahoo.

KwaZulu-Natal Coast Anglers’ Union results for Postal Round 6 have been posted on the union’s website, www.kzncau.co.za

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 is broadcast on Thursdays between 7.30 pm and 8.30 pm and the ESA freshwater show airs on Tuesdays between 7 pm and 7.30 pm.

 

Zululand Bass Classic

This prestigious bassing event is due to be held next weekend at the private Redding Dam, which is a pearl of fresh water located just outside Empangeni, and huge prizes can be won. The prize for the biggest bass is R15 000, biggest bag R15 000 and top team R10 000. Entry forms are available at zulubassclassic.yolasite.com. Contact Paul Pereira at 079 574 5792.

The Kingfisher starts its Biggest Shad Competition tomorrow. This year it will be run over August and September, with three prizes each month. Note that all shad (fresh) must be weighed at The Kingfisher, 53 Hunter Street, Durban, during trading hours, and remember there is a bag limit of four and the minimum size is 30 cm.

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

The Kingfisher hosts a free fishing ski clinic at their premises once a month, conducted by Markham Pollard. These monthly clinics are to help beginners and experienced anglers see what the sport is all about.

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