Weather favourable for angling all along the coast

2010-04-03 00:00

WEATHER predictions for Easter look favourable at this stage, and those anglers who are travelling up and down the coast during the long weekend should have good angling conditions.

The only areas that seem to be doing relatively well as far as shad are concerned are Durban and ’Toti, Winkle and uMkomaas on the south coast. With the Easter holidays in full swing these spots are going to be crowded.

Port Edward is back on the map with a kingfish of 28 kg landed on chokka by Buks Lindeque just south of Splash Rock. Other reports from the area are that a few hound sharks have been caught at night along with the odd few bronze bream. Some shad are reported from Glenmore and holidaymakers are targeting smaller reef-dwelling species.

The inedible species, however, are keeping anglers busy. There are reports of good catches on both the north and south coasts. Sand sharks and skates are giving anglers great fun because these fish can be in excess of 80 kg, especially the sand sharks. Make sure that your tackle is in tip-top shape. Your reel should have a good drag system with lots of power; reels like the Daiwa Saltiga (especially the new Daiwa Saltiga Hyper with a 15 kg drag rating) and Daiwa Saltist do the job very well. The Kingfisher Poseidon HMG heavy rod is ideal for these hard fighters.

A few nice-sized sand sharks were caught in the Tinley, Ballito and Tongaat areas recently, along with some brown skates. A few above-average honeycomb rays have been reported from the Illovo and Greenpoint areas.

Reports of good catches of both sand sharks and skates have come from the uMdoni area.

Anglers travelling to the Transkei should have good conditions as there are favourable reports coming in from Port St Johns and Hole in The Wall. Shad seem to have entrenched themselves there and at most other known spots. Anglers targeting sharks could also be in for some fun and excitement as excellent catches of hammerhead, grey and spinner sharks are reported.

Anglers fishing well known rivers down there at night are getting some small kob and grunter.

The Zululand and far northern beaches should offer diamond skates, with big sand sharks at Amatikulu and Port Durnford.

Ski boats could be in for a busy weekend as there are numerous competitions on the south coast. These competitions are for fishing skis, jet skis and ski boats.The annual Pennington Easter Classic is on until Tuesday. Phone Tracy at 083 657 4852 for details. The Hibberdene Competition is on until Monday and details are available from Peter Richards at 083 249 4131. The Umtwalumi annual competition is also taking place. For details, phone Bruce Deghale at 082 555 0907.

One of the bigger competitions takes place at Port Edward on April 30 and May 1 and is hosted by the Marlin Ski Boat Club. For further information, contact Peter Phillip at 083 375 3553 or John “Duffer” at 082 490 1495.

The Aliwal shoal and Protea banks have really lived up to their reputations recently as a large variety of fish have been caught there in the past few weeks. Mostly average-size yellowfin kept anglers busy, but dorado, wahoo, couta and even a few rainbow runner have also made up bags here.

Fishing skis are also in on the action and reports coming from the ’Toti and Scottburgh areas suggest that fishing has definitely picked up over the past two weeks.

The Kingfisher hosts free fishing clinics at its premises, 53 Hunter Street, Durban, once a month, covering shore angling, off-shore angling, fresh water angling and diving.

The clinics are to help beginners and experienced anglers find out what the sport is all about and how to target certain species of fish.

It is also hosting a bass clinic on April 10 at its premises from 9 am to noon. Garth Liefeldt and Grant Herwitt, KZN BETT League champions for 2007, 2008 and 2009, will be sharing the secrets of their success. They were also the Inanda Bass Classic team champions in 2008 and 2009. Booking for this bass clinic is essential. To find out more or to book, you should phone The Kingfisher sales staff at 031 368 3903.

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