Fishing report

2008-08-09 00:00

Fishing from both rock and surf and off the boat has really started to pick up nicely over the last couple of days. Some good reports of shad at most of the popular spots being landed, with sizes starting to improve. The Kingfisher has had a nice shad of 3 kg’s weighed in by Verej Ramharak for The Kingfisher “Biggest Shad Competition”, we will have to wait and see how this fish will feature in the top three shad for the month of August. Last month the winning fish was a shad of 2.6kg’s caught by Daddy Naicker, so the sizes seem to be improving. The odd garrick have started to make an appearance, however they are still on the smaller side. Places like Toti, Warner Beach and Winkle High Rocks have for the past few weeks produced some good fishing. Shad are coming out in good numbers and on most days garrick have come out by anglers using live bait. Garrick are coming out at most known spots on the South Coast and a few good specimens in the 10 kg range have been caught in the Green Point area. Salmon have also started to feed in the lower South Coast area, with some nice sized fish coming out around river mouths, with Sandspits and Uvongo River probably the best bets. Here chokka baits and fresh shad fillets are working best. Don’t discard the spoons this should always produce a kob or two when conditions prevail. Thanks Mark from Tackle Box for the info.

In the Port Edward area Terry reports that during this week shad have been on the bite continuously and have been a fair size. A few garrick have been taken at Splash Rock with the fishermen using live shad as bait. Kob are also being caught in the Port Edward area and two of 5kg were recently caught. The North Coast has also started producing some garrick with Tongaat Long Beach featuring quite prominent. The odd fish has come out further north at Barracouta Rocks but it will still be a few weeks before things hot up at this venue. The Durban area itself has also come to light with anglers getting their fair share of shad along the Piers and the Umgeni Mouth area, but these fish seem to be on the small size. Some garrick have also come out here but anglers fishing at night on the Umgeni North bank area have accounted for some nice shoal kob. Grunter and stumpies should be coming out in the Durban North Beaches as well.

However anglers going down to Port St John’s area have reported excellent catches of these fair fighting fish. Anglers returning from Port St Johns reported some excellent catches of grunter at the Lighthouse, the smallest fish being around the 4kg mark with the other fish coming in at the 6-7kg mark. These fish were all taken on sardine fillets.

Guys fishing at The Hole in the Wall are still reporting extensive sardine activity with fishing being excellent. Good sized sharks are being landed at both Mpuzi and Mhloguwana with plenty of shad at both Mbolompo and Queens.

The KZNCAU Postal Round 6 was fished recently and some big weights were caught especially down in the Transkei.

Top club for the week end was Tuna with 605.7 weight points.

Results are as follows:-

1st Tuna 605.7, 2nd Leviathan 491.0, 3rd Umkomaas 433.3, 4th Nkwazi 272.0, 5th Benders 236.9, 6th Glenmore 222.6, 7th Flying fish 217.5, 8th Umzimkulu 198.5, 9th Uvongo 197.7 and 10th Hibiscus 186.1.

Some of the better catches made:- These are the top three fish.

Rob Malin, ragged tooth shark of 235cm, 257.3 kg’s.

This catch by Rob Malin is possibly a new raggie record. Well done Rob!

Lance Grobler, ragged tooth shark, 200cm, 151.6kg’s.

Gary Boulanger, ragged tooth shark, 195cm, 140.0kg’s.

Interesting stastics:-

25 clubs fished in the Transkei.

10 clubs fished the North Coast.

10 clubs fished the South Coast.

3 clubs fished the Zululand area.

1 club fished the Durban area.

E mail received from Nirvani Singh. “Hi Mike. Your KZN fishing report dated 2 August refers: (check out fishing report on Website: Details regarding Nem Singh’s accident is incorrect. Attached is a more realistic account of what really happened. Nem Singh lost his footing whilst fighting a 120kg ragged tooth shark and subsequently fell off a 15m cliff onto rocks and then into the sea. He was rescued by the anglers whilst fighting for his life and been bashed against the rocks by the current. Nem sustained very serious injuries and had to be manually carried up the steep path (over an hour long ordeal). He was taken to a hospital in Umtata and later driven to Durban by his brother Nerash Singh because of the unavailability of an ambulance or helicopter to airlift him. Kind Regards Nirvani Singh”.

Unfortunately big Westerly winds are expected this week-end and with the guys fishing the KZNCAU common venue competition on Saturday, fishing conditions are not going to be very conducive.

From the boats, geelbeck salmon have really turned on with most boats reaching their quota. Please remember each angler is only allowed two fish per person. Tuna have also being biting well on Protea, but good old Mr Shark is taking his fair share with most of the larger fish being converted within minutes. The smaller fish around the 10kg mark are plentiful and are far quicker to get onto the boat. Yellowtail are still being caught down at the Wreck but still most fish hooked are being lost. Some good sized cracker and kob are also being hooked on the Wreck.

The UHTFC are holding a river fishing challenge on 31 October, 1 and 2 November 2008. This is limited to 50 entries, entry fee R2500 without accommodation, R3000 with accommodation. First prize R30 000 to angler with greatest accumulated total length of trout caught. Limited to beats on the Umzimkulu allocated by lot, with 1 beat per rod. Other prizes and auctions etc. Full details and entry forms as well as commercial opportunities on Club's Website: Thanks Bill Simson from UHTFC for the info.

Don’t forget The Kingfisher is running their “Biggest Shad Competition”. This year it will be run over a three month period, July, August and September, with three prizes each month. The heaviest shad for each month will receive a 14’ Kingfisher Poseidon 5pc Graphite Rod, valued at R1,585.00, the second heaviest shad will receive a Daiwa SL 50SHK Reel, valued at R998.00 and third heaviest shad will receive a Daiwa Opus Plus 6000 Reel valued a t R448.00. 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 30cm.

Also don’t forget to tune into SS1 on Tuesday at 19.00 for ESA bass. In this weeks show we join Xavier and Warren Rick-Hanson on Goedetrouw Dam next week where Xavier shares a lot of information regarding new techniques and manages to catch a few healthy looking bass. Later we join the ESBA Far North anglers at Tzanneen Dam.

On Thursday at 19.30 in the ESA salt water section, Ray and Abel are in Xai Xai staying at the Eco Estate, due to terrible weather conditions they head off to Zavora. Here Ray catches the best fish of the day which is a 32kg kingfish.

Don’t miss the DSSA next week where Dean catches a 30kg sail fish! Among many other different species the boys manage to catch a half moon rock cod, cat faced rock cod and peacock rock cod.

We then cross over to OSSA in Zanzibar for a luxurious and exhilarating fishing expedition on the Riviera – Armando and Andre are in luck and land 2 black marlin, one of 85kg and the other a 95kg marlin!

The new ESA mag is on the shelves at The Kingfisher and Abel has made the cover with a magnificent duckbill ray.

A reminder that The Kingfisher will be open on Saturday the 9th August from 8am to 1pm.

The Kingfisher hosts free fishing clinics on their premises, 53 Hunter Street, Durban once a month. They host a Paddle Ski Fishing clinic by Markham Pollard, a Rock and Surf clinic run by Ivan Stopforth and a Drop Shot clinic by Lloyd Pereira. These Clinics are very informative and covers all the basics, including equipment, knots, bait presentation, and tactics. These free 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 also elaborates on safety. These are very popular so book early to avoid disappointment. To book for one of these free clinics phone the Kingfisher on 031- 3683903.

Any info about fishing, fish caught or competitions in your area e-mail Mike at or fax 031 368 4137.

For the latest KZN fishing news presented by O.J., tune into East Coast Radio at 5.40am Monday - Friday.

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