Sardines still netted in numbers, but game fish, sharks elusive

2010-08-21 00:00

THE sardines are still full up along the Durban beachfront where many nets were taken. As mentioned in previous editions, there is still a lack of game fish and sharks which are normally associated with the run, but there is plenty of shad around as well as a lot of diamond rays.

The other activity that anglers are experiencing is that there is still a lot of garrick around and anglers targeting these fish are getting some good numbers. The odd kingfish and kob are still being caught, but not in the numbers that have been accounted for in previous years. Those anglers that target the big bronze whalers and other shark species have been greatly disappointed as these fish have just simply not come inshore.

There are still sporadic reports of geelbek salmon — when anglers were still fishing off the old South Pier these fish gave anglers hours of fun as they milled around the pier for some time during the sardine run. Shad on the other hand are still coming out in good numbers on both North and South coasts. A number of very big fish have been accounted for, mostly in the two kilogram to three kilogram range but a specimen of over 7,55 kg was landed in Port Shepstone two weeks ago.

Anglers who brave the cold weather and fish at night have recently started getting some nice-size kob particularly along the Umgababa and Umkomaas stretches. This particular area also came alive with yellow tail kingfish during the course of the last few weeks and some in the five kilogram range were landed.

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 Umgeni North Bank, La Mercy and Tongaat Long Beach stretches. 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 also given anglers some excellent angling, particularly in and around the Mazeppa Bay area.

Ski Boats are also in on the action with some good bottom fishing being reported. Kob and geelbek have started feeding but general bottom fishing has also been good with some fair-size red fish and rock cod being caught.

In the Zinkwazi area, snoek have returned in good numbers along the North Coast. The Tinley, Westbrook and Umdloti areas have been steadily producing good numbers of fair-size fish.

Further south, the Aliwal Shoal and Protea banks are producing some good catches of yellow fin tunny and wahoo. The fishing ski’s are starting to wind down the season as couta seem to be a thing of the past and most anglers have now changed their focus to snoek.

The Kingfisher is hosting a shad competition for the biggest shad caught for the month of August then again in September. First prize looks as if it might be wrapped up with a beast of a shad of 7,55 kg but who knows. There are of course still lovely prizes for second and third (which are still vacant).

The heaviest shad for each month will receive a 14’ Kingfisher Poseidon 5pc Graphite Rod, valued at R1 589, the second heaviest shad will receive a Daiwa SL 50SHK Reel, valued at R998 and third heaviest shad will receive a Daiwa Opus Plus 6000 Reel valued at R498. Please note that all shad (fresh) must be weighed at The Kingfisher, 53 Hunter Street, Durban during trading hours and please remember there is a bag limit of four and the minimum size is 30 cm.

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 and 8.30 pm and the ESA Freshwater show will air weekly on Tuesdays between 7 pm and 7.30 pm.

ESA Saltwater: August 26, 2010: 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 while in OSSA the team target an array of different species.

Mnini dam, located within 15 km of Amanzimtoti is hosting its fourth annual bass classic over September 4 and 5, 2010. Entry fee is R150 per angler, maximum two anglers per boat and covers both days. Terms and conditions apply. For more info phone Ron at 083 300 7528

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

The Kingfisher at 53, Hunter Street, Durban hosts a free Fishing Ski Clinic on their premises once a month by Markham Pollard. These monthly 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. To book for one of these free clinics phone the Kingfisher at 031 368 3903. Any info about fishing, fish caught or competitions in your area, please send to kingfish@iafrica.com or fax 031 368 4137, attention, Mike. For the latest KZN fishing news presented by O.J., tune into East Coast Radio at 5.40 am Monday - Friday.

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