2009-12-05 00:00


DUE to the weather we have been dealt over the past two weeks, fishing has been slow, and anglers haven’t had much of a chance to get out and wet a line.

This time of year we usually begin to see the bigger game fish like couta as well as dorado and other summer fish. Rock and surf anglers have the mighty flatfish to look forward to in the summer. According to the weather reports, things should settle and clear into this coming week.

Terry from Port Edward reports that at last there is something to report. He was beginning to wonder if he ever would have material for the fishing report. A large number of bronze bream have been caught at the local beaches to the north of Port Edward this week.

Reports are that some anglers have been taking much more than their bag limit; please guys, stick to the limit.

There have been a lot of reports of shad coming out, and are beginning to eat well, so it looks like the shad season will open with a splash. A 60,5 kilogram Zambezi shark was caught by one of the locals of Splash Rock when the water temperature was cold.

Sunil Piyarlall landed a 2,1 metre (180 kg) female spotted ragged-tooth shark at Light House, Port St Johns, recently. The tackle that Sunil used was a Kingfisher Poseidon HMG Extra Heavy (Staffie) rod, Daiwa Saltiga 50 reel, 200 lb carbon- coated wire with 10/0 hooks, power slide and a 1,5 mm tapered leader. The bait was a yellow head and this fish took about 40 minutes to land.

The conditions were a light north- easterly wind with a flat sea (1,4 m waves) and the water was a gingerbrown colour. Sunil landed and successfully released two other raggies, one of 210 cm and the other 185 cm. Both were landed at high tide. As the tide got lower, the landing became more difficult because of the rocks in the area. Nine fish were hooked, but of these only two were landed.

THE Mtunzini Diamond classic, a fund-raising initiative by the Zululand Juniors to raise funds for their national tournament to be fished in Zululand next year, will be held tomorrow in conjunction with the annual turkey, with prizes totalling R450 000. E-mail or for a pre-entry form at R180 per entry.



EXTREME Sports Angling have reluctantly postponed the inaugural ESA King of the Bay fishing competition.

The competition, which was meant to be held in Richards Bay this December, has now been postponed until 2010. The event, which will still offer prizes with a combined value of over a million rand, has had to be restructured after an unexpected influx of entries from local Richards Bay and KZN North Coast anglers.

Armando Costa, ESA’s executive producer, said that “while we are of course disappointed that we cannot hold this event when we had hoped, there are many other fishing events that anglers can enter this festive season”.

Costa said that “when we planned the event, with the entry fee included in the various accommodation packages, we had not anticipated such an overwhelming response from the local anglers, and this has necessitated a restructuring of the contest”.

Costa commented that “the strong relationship that we have built with Protea Hotel The Richards, Protea Hotel Richards Bay, The Bayshore Inn and Protea Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris will only get stronger, and will allow us to provide a bigger and better inaugural King of the Bay event in the New Year”.

The event will still provide land- based, offshore and bass fishermen a chance to test their skills, as well as an opportunity to learn from the pros at multiple ESA fishing clinics. Check the ESA website, www.esawor, for updates on the revised date for the event.



THE Kingfisher hosts free fishing clinics on its premises once a month, Booking is essential.

These 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. It also shows anglers what equipment to use and elaborates on safety. To find out more about these clinics and to book a place, phone The Kingfisher’s sales staff at 031 368 3903.

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

The Kingfisher’s trading hours for the festive season are every Sunday in December and Wednesday the 16th, Saturday the 26th and Sunday, January 3, from 9 pm to 1 pm.



AS the year draws to a close, the crew at ESA have been working (and playing) tirelessly to bring breathtaking angling action to our screens.

The hour-long ESA saltwater show consists of three sections, namely land-based sports angling (LBSA), drop-shot sports angling (DSSA), and offshore sports angling (OSSA).

The ESA bass show is 30 minutes long, and consists of various anglers and guests exploring both small and largemouth bass angling.

Some of the highlights of the upcoming ESA saltwater shows include the launch of the Aqua Cat off La Mercy by Ray de Bruyn. Ray and fellow ESA member Zeyn Habib are rewarded for all their hard work as Zeyn pulls in a 120 kg Zambezi shark!

Wave-runner fishing has added a whole new element to the ESA Saltwater show, and fans can tune in on December 10 to watch Craig Stubbs as he attempts the first-ever drop- shot sports angling off wave runners on ESA. Craig and ESA regular Mark De La Hey quickly master the art, and as a result pull into some amazing ambers off the coast of Mozambique.

Richards Bay, the setting for the upcoming ESA King of the Bay fishing competition, is given a thorough inspection by Mark De La Hey and his guests in the show on December 17.

They have an incredible offshore angling experience as Mark and his guests catch a variety of fish such as tuna, dorado, and a beautiful marlin, a perfect setting for what promises to be a massive event!

The final ESA saltwater show ends off the ESA season with a bang on Christmas Eve!

Take a journey through the most memorable angling of the year, this including amazing catches such as Ray’s 110 kg raggie in Mazeppa on LBSA, Mark’s 30 kg dogtooth tuna off the wave- runner on DSSA in Mozambique, and Lloyd Pereira’s 200 kg blue marlin in Richards Bay. Do not miss this one!

For the freshwater fisherman out there, do not worry as the four ESA Bass episodes lined up for the remaining Tuesdays in December are just as action-packed as the ESA saltwater shows. Some highlights include the ESA crew fishing at Goedetrouw Dam in the rain, and smashing some prize largemouth bass thanks to the anglers’ perseverance.

ESA guest angler Jason van der Wath bags his personal best at Goedetrouw, an impressive 5,1 kg largemouth bass.

Also not to be missed is the duo of Rob Fisher and Howard Johnson, who are at it again, this time at Inanda Dam.

The pair can be seen catching some monster bass, while ESA cameraman Duncan Grant shows the boys that he, too, has a trick or two up his sleeve as he pulls in a good-size bass.

Mike Laubscher of Nikao Fishing Adventures sent us an informative report, which can be read on

THE latest ESA magazine is out and on sale at The Kingfisher for R19,95. This issue (with Craig Stubbs on the cover) is jam-packed with great features.

Action-packed ESA highlights shows are airing this month.

Eight action-packed ESA highlights shows, featuring both saltwater and bass fishing, are to be aired this month on SuperSport 1. The ESA Saltwater show will be broadcast weekly on Thursdays between 7.30 pm and 8.30 pm, and the ESA Bass show will air weekly on Tuesdays between 7 pm and 7.30 pm.

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