Heat makes for good angling

2008-01-05 00:00

Ideal hot and humid weather over the Xmas period made for some very good angling. Shad seem to be the main target for holiday-makers and locals alike.

Local angler Howard Westcott caught a magnificent five-kilogram shad on Boxing Day. Howard was fishing at Glenashley early in the morning and landed this great fish using Daiwa Saltiga 40 reel and chokka bait.

Although most are still on the small side, a few sizable fish are still around. Places like Toti and Winkle Rocks are steady performers, but overcrowding makes it virtually impossible to fish.

With consistent easterly winds, those anglers targeting flatfish are getting some very good results on both the north and south soasts. Sand sharks and skates are giving anglers some great fun, as these fish can range from the five-kilogram 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 some very good results with these fish.

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

Besides the dorado, ski boaters fishing the inshore reefs for couta are finding things a little tough as the consistent easterly winds have brought in some very cold water and have temporarily put these fish off the bite. Even places like the Aliwal Shoal have for over the past week or so performed quite badly. Westerly winds have been predicted for today, so chances are good that the warmer water should push in and things will change rapidly.

Thanks to Bill Simson for supplying us with the UHTFC fresh water fishing reports last year, they are as always very informative.

Fishing has been good in both rivers and dams, in spite of very hot weather. Best times to fish are early mornings and late evenings. The Umzimkulu is in very good condition and several fish over 1,5 kg have been taken from it. There are many visitors from up country and bookings for the different waters have been brisk.

The Kingfisher hosts a free fishing ski clinic on their premises once a month. 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 also elaborates on safety. They also host fresh and saltwater fly-fishing clinics and rock and surf clinics, which are very informative and cover all the basics, including equipment, knots, bait presentation, and tactics. To book for one of these free clinics phone the Kingfisher on 031 368 3903.

The Extreme Sports Angling guys are at it again on Tuesday at 7 pm (bass), and Thursdays at 7.30 pm (saltwater). This angling show is on DSTV’s SuperSport channels, with reruns during the week.

For any info about fishing, fish caught or competitions in your area, e-mail Mike at kingfish@iafrica.com or fax 031 368 4137.

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

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