With improved weather conditions, shore-based fishing has stepped up a gear. Anglers fishing in the Sezella and Umdoni areas have landed some very good pompano recently. Fish up to 10kg were landed at these venues. Anglers spinning off the rocks at Umdoni point have landed quite a few snoek and a few smaller garrick were also accounted for. Shad seem to have gone a little quiet as most of the well known spots seem to only produce a few of these fish during the early morning sessions. The river mouths, with Illovo and Umkomaas in particular are producing good numbers of shad but these fish here are very small and only a few will make the legal size. Garrick are now being caught at the Sandspit down at Port Shepstone and anglers here seem to be getting more fish on artificial baits such as Strike Pro poppers. These methods work particularly well during the early morning and late evening sessions. A few nice size kob have also been coming out at night by anglers using Strike Pros. The Durban areas have also produced some nice fish. Snoek are still being caught off the piers on small spinners and the drop shot method. Anglers fishing along the Umgeni stretch are getting some fair size grunter and the odd stumpie. Shad in this area are rather erratic but when they come on the bite some sizable fish are landed. As far as the much anticipated sardine run is concerned there seems very little information with regards to any of these fish moving up the coast. There was however some reports of activity from the southern areas of the Transkei but at this stage no confirmed reports have come in to substantiate any of these claims.