Having fun with sand sharks and skates

2009-01-02 00:00

Hopefully with the consistent easterly winds that we should have at this time of the year, anglers targeting flatfish will start getting some very good results on both the north and south coasts.

Sand sharks and skates give anglers great fun as they can range from five kilograms right up to the 50 kg mark, especially the sand sharks.

Big deep-water points on the south coast such as Green Point, Scottburgh and the Park Rynie area have recently yielded some very big sand sharks. On the north coast the Tinley and Tongaat Long Beach area have also produced very good results.

Still on the north coast, the Tugela area has recently fished very well for both edible and inedible fish. Anglers going for big fish have landed some big diamond skates and Zambezi sharks recently. The edible fish range has been just as good, with anglers here catching some nice size lobotes, grunter and smaller kob. The same can be said for the St Lucia and Mapelane areas, where anglers have also had some rewarding catches.

Ski boat fishing is excellent when conditions allow. Most boats are targeting game fish, notably dorado and couta. Boats fishing from Shelly Beach are now catching a good variety of game fish.

Reports coming from down there suggest that some sizeable tunny, wahoo and even some good couta have come out at this venue recently.

Ski boat and jetski anglers are finding that fishing in the vicinity of the Aliwal Shoal and Scottburgh has picked up dramatically. There are a lot of tunny around and wahoo have also made a welcome appearance.

All in all it looks as though deep-sea anglers are going to be in for a very good season.

Fishing skis are catching fish all along the coast now. Couta have been caught in fair numbers on both the south and north coasts. The Umdloti area in particular has produced numerous fish.

In and around Durban a few snoek have been coming out. Lloyd Pereira of The Kingfisher landed four nice snoek from his paddle ski before work on Wednesday, and Michael Rodger, also of The Kingfisher, landed two snoek from the Durban piers on drop-shot tackle. These fish seem to be just over the 2kg mark.

To book for any one of the Kingfisher’s free fishing clinics, phone the Kingfisher at 031 368 3903.

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