Garrick and kob on the bite as windy weather deters anglers

2010-10-09 00:00

GARRICK are still being caught all along the coast, and garrick anglers have also landed some good-size kob as well as the odd big grunter. Strong winds have been a big factor in the scanty fishing reported.

On several days last week, the rocks and beaches were deserted and normally sheltered spots proved difficult to fish. Over the years this seems to be normal for this time of the year, although we should have had a lot more rain by now. I’ll bet that as soon as conditions settle, shad will come on the bite, but that will be too late because the season is closed until December 1. A remarkable thing, though: for two months shad change species and are no longer called “shad”. In line with our struggling economy, I don’t think any of us can waste money on stiff fines, and “burrowing” bream are off the keep list for now.

Terry Nel of Tacklenet in Port Edward informs us that a fine prodigal son of 34 kg was landed in Port Edward on Sunday. Top-water fishing has been producing very well in the estuaries and perch are the main predators. However, this might change after the rains we have just had.

During the week a not-so-common grey chubb of 37 cm was caught on sardine and some bronze bream were taken in the Trafalgar area.

Fishing along the Zululand coast should improve once the weather settles down. Anglers can expect some good flatfish angling, particularly along the Amatikulu and Port Durnford areas. The far northern areas such as Black Rock and Rocktail Bay should also come to life as the annual giant kingfish run normally starts in early November. Big honeycomb rays and giant sand sharks can also be expected.

When the weather permits, the Transkei coast usually fishes well, with garrick, kob and the odd brusher biting at most of the popular spots. Grunter and kob feed particularly well at night.

Ski boats, when the weather allows, are likely to get some fine catches of daga and geelbek salmon. Reef fish angling has also picked up well. Mike Laubscher reports that as far as ski boat fishing goes, the weather has been lousy for the past week, with the first rains arriving, and frontal system after frontal system travelling up the coast.

In Durban a fair amount of snoek has been caught. Garrick are also being taken on live mackerel near the backline along the north coast. Mapelane is still having a good snoek run. Richards Bay is where all the action is taking place with reports of several blue and black marlin catches all over 200 kg.

The Kingfisher’s Biggest Shad Competition for the month of September was won by Hadley Naidoo with a shad of 2,95 kg that he caught on the Durban beachfront.

Hadley takes the first prize of a Kingfisher Poseidon 5pc rod valued at R1 589. Second place went to Dr Atom Dilraj with a shad of 1,63 kg. He takes a Daiwa SL50 HK reel valued at R998. Third place, winning a Daiwa Opus Plus 6000 reel valued at R498, was Ismal Essa with a shad of 0,716 kg caught of at Brighton Beach.

Shane of Freedivers is hosting a diving/spear-fishing clinic at The Kingfisher, 53 Hunter Street, Durban next Saturday from 9 am to 11 am. To book, phone The Kingfisher at 031 368 3903.

Don’t forget to watch the ESA fishing shows on SuperSport 1. The ESA saltwater show will be broadcast weekly on Thursdays at 7.30 pm and the ESA freshwater show will air weekly on Tuesdays at 7 pm.

Send any information about fishing, fish caught or competitions in your area to or fax 031 368 4007, attention Mike.

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