2008-05-17 00:00

Winter fish seem to be slowly settling in as reports of garrick are coming in from most known spots. Although there are not many fish around, these fish are now coming out at Umkomaas, Illovo and a few have been landed at Toti main rocks. Further down the coast the Port Shepstone area is still doing well. Another fish that has made a welcome return to local waters is pompano. These fish have been reported all the way from the Pumula area right up to the Tongaat mouth. Vinesh Bhagwanparsad landed a beauty of 9kg’s caught on Saturday at this spot. Vinesh caught in using 15lb Kingfisher line, sea lice as bait and it took 35 minutes to land after a strong fight. The main concentration however seems to be in the Toti and Isipingo areas where fish of up to 10 kg have come out.

Shad are still erratic probably due to garrick being around but some fair catches are coming out along the Durban Piers and the Umgeni mouth area. The South Coast seems to have gone a bit quiet but some fish are coming out during the early morning sessions. Anglers traveling down to the Transkei however are finding plenty shad at most of the big points down there. The odd kob is coming out in the Port St Johns area but hammerhead sharks are still giving anglers some good fun. The Port St Johns River is now fishing exceptionally well due to the fact that they have not had much rain down there recently and the river is quite clean when the tide pushes. Some big grunter are being caught at night and the odd big kob is coming out as well. We have been told that on a recent trip to Mozambique, Chris Holder landed a kingie of 40kg’s.

Ski Boats and Fishing ski anglers are now working hard for game fish on both North and South Coasts. There are still some fish around but numbers are dwindling. Shoal fish seem to be coming out in one’s and two’s. Reports from the Port Edward and upper Transkei areas are very encouraging with reports of good numbers of big couta being caught down there. This could very well be a good sign of an imminent sardine run.

Zululand areas such as the Richards Bay and Amatikulu are producing some very good catches of couta but the Cape Vidal and Sodwana areas are very quiet.

Heer Gaan Ons Alweer is back on TV. This very interesting show is hosted by Petri de Wet and covers many different fishing spots, fresh and salt water in Southern Africa. This fishing show is on kyknet, channel 35, every Thursday at 18:00 with reruns during the week. Check your TV guide for details. Episode 59 they are finishing in Angola and moving to Cahorra Bassa in Mozambique, they land tigers up to 9.1kg’s and vundu up 25kg’s on bass tackle.

Also don’t forget to tune into SS1 on Tuesday at 19.00 for ESA bass and Thursday at 19.30 for the ESA salt water section, great viewing. In LBSA, Ray and Abel, take us on a fishing adventure to Mazzeppa Bay in the Transkei – where they catch garrick with plugs and spoons. We later join our ESA Pro Series anglers at Cane Cutters on the North Coast – where a fun day is had by all. Ray, Dean, Lloyd and Abel take us to Rio Azul in Mozambique for drop shot fishing where among many other species they catch couta, queen fish and swallow tail rock cod. We then cross over to OSSA where Mark takes us on a deep sea fishing expedition on a Tom Cat off Durban and targets shark and couta.The highlights during the day are a 65 - 70 kg black fin and a 70kg bonito.

In ESA bass, Xavier and Tommy Van der Merwe take us to Maguga dam in Swaziland where they explore the dam and try different lures, throughout the show they catch bass ranging from 800g to 2.78kg. We then catch up with the ESA Pro Series bass anglers at Albert Falls dam to see what happened at the Pro Series held on the 3rd of May.

The latest ESA magazine is out and on sale at The Kingfisher for R19.95. In this issue they discuss, jigging and plugging in S.A, the hound shark, extreme species of the month, bait demo on glow chokka, what is H.M.G?, drops hot for bass, and the five top fishing spots in Umkomaas.

The Kokstad Fly Fishing Club is hosting the 10th annual Festival on the weekend of 6th – 8th June and will be giving fly fishermen the opportunity to fish some of the finest waters that East Griqualand has to offer. This year entrance will be limited to 100 fly fishermen on a first come first come basis, so get in early. For more info give Bruce a call on 083 306 7317 or Trevor on 083 462 3676.

We have heard the very sad news of Kathy Gavin and we all at The Kingfisher wish to extend our sincerest Condolences to Rob, Sara and Pete. Kathy suffered for such a long time but what courage and strength she showed throughout – You can all be extremely proud of a most amazing Woman.

The Kingfisher hosts a free Fishing Ski Clinic on their premises once a month by Markham Pollard. 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. Over and above this they also hold Rock and Surf clinics run by Ivan Stopforth. These Clinics are very informative and covers all the basics, including equipment, knots, bait presentation, and tactics. 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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