Kingfisher report

2008-06-21 00:00

Sardines have finally arrived and with it came the usual rush of thousands of people wanting to see and get their hand on some fish. From an angling perspective the run has not produced as many fish as expected. There has been the odd big bronze whaler and spinner shark but nothing on the scale that anglers experienced a few years ago. On Friday evening Lloyd Pereira from The Kingfisher caught and released a spinner shark of about 140kg’s. So far this is the heaviest shark that we have heard landed during this sardine run. Lloyd was using one of the new Poseidon HMG 6-9oz rods and his trusty Daiwa Saltist reel filled with Kingfisher Giant Abrasion line. This fish was hooked from Green Point on the South Coast and was landed two hours later on the beach about one kilometre north. Lloyd was using two Natal sardines tied together with a big piece of foam, as throw bait. After a few photos this great fish was released alive back to the water (this was after Lloyd had received a nice cut on his finger when he was taking out the hooks. Lloyds finger required eight stitches, so please be careful when you guys are removing the hooks, it could spoil your fishing trip)

Sardine action began in the Port Edward area on Wednesday when the first attempt to net failed and a large pocket of sards moved to Southbroom and Ramsgate. More pockets passed Port Edward and were netted at Leisure Bay and some even “beached”. On Thursday a pocket passed Black Rock and two cuta were landed, one of 25kg’s caught by Craig Jollife. A large bonito was also taken at Splash Rock. A big bronze whaler was lost in the gully at Splash after a long fight. Young angler 'Eknows' landed a raggie of 124kg’s and a grey shark of 50kg’s that evening at Splash Rock. In the days following not much action has been had and small shoals are passing by. The excitement is that all of this has deposited plenty of shad here the super fresh sardines around is proving to be deadly as bait.

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