Kingfisher report

2008-07-12 00:00

It certainly looks as though the sardines have finally disappeared from the KZN coastline as there are now no reports of any action along the Transkei and KZN coasts. "Breaking news from Riyadh." On Wednesday they received a call regarding a report that sardines showed up at Mamba Ally. This report was confirmed and that the sardines were passing Scottburgh point. Although no nets were taken the fish were within casting distance at some of the deeper points and a few sards were jigged. A few of the netters also confirmed this and apparently they will be out in force. We understand that the guys from ESA were there and landed a few nice size garrick. Expectations are high that a few nets will be netted before the end of the month which bids well for us anglers. According to the netters they presume that the sardines will more then likely show up along the Warner Beach or Amanzimtoti area Just whether they get close enough to net is another story. Conditions look good so let’s hope we see those silver bullets soon.

However what the limited run did supply is some nice quality fish. Shad are now well entrenched at all known spots and the average size is getting better although there are still some undersize specimens around. The Durban area in particular has over the last week or so produced good numbers of shad as well as a few garrick at the Umgeni Mouth and North Bank. On the South Coast things are much the same with a lot of shad being taken at places like Toti, Isipingo and Winkle High rocks. These venues have also produced good numbers of garrick recently and the odd big kob has been landed by anglers fishing into the night. A little further down the coast, the Umkomaas River Mouth and north bank area has for the past few weeks really produced a variety of quality fish.

Apart from the shad and garrick that are being caught, shoal kob, grunter and queen fish are keeping anglers busy on this stretch. Anglers fishing the sands pit area with Strike Pro at night are still getting their fair share of kob at night. Down in lower South Coast Terry Nel from Port Edward informs us that although their is a lot of muck in the water and the rocks and beaches have a stench of rotting debris, fishing has been active and some good catches have been made. Using Bloodworm on dropshot an angler landed two bronze bream over 2kg's each at Leisure Bay and it would seem that the reason for the shad being so inconsistent would be that a large number of ragged toothed sharks are in the area. In one evening, a visiting angler landed three of over two meters. A number of these fish were also lost and some grey sharks have also been taken. While swimming a live grey the same angler that landed the raggies lost what was suspected to be a large zambezie shark on the run. A nice brown skate came out at Splash Rock also, and two good sized kob were also caught at Black Rock here.

Fishing in the Transkei has also stepped up a gear with reports of garrick being caught in the Port St Johns and Poenskop areas. Live bait seems to be a problem at these venues and anglers are going to great lengths to collect shad at different spots and transport them back. The Lighthouse area has been producing some fine results of kob by anglers using spoons at night. The river here has equally not let anglers down and some steady catches of grunter and kob are being reported.

Ski boats have turned their attentions to bottom fishing as the couta season seems to be drawing to a close. There are only few reports of these fish being landed. The first of the daga and geelbek salmon have been reported and this should capture the attentions of the majority of ski boaters. These are also some good red fish and rock cod around. Fishing ski’s are now targeting mainly snoek as the couta season is slowly coming to an end. A lot of these fish are being caught along both North and South Coasts.

This month The Kingfisher starts their “Biggest Shad Competition”. This year it will be run over a three month period, July, August and September, with three prizes each month. The heaviest shad for each month will receive a 14’ Kingfisher Poseidon 5pc Graphite Rod, valued at R1,585.00, the second heaviest shad will receive a Daiwa SL 50SHK Reel, valued at R998.00 and third heaviest shad will receive a Daiwa Opus Plus 6000 Reel valued a t R448.00. Please note that all shad (fresh) must be weighed at The Kingfisher, 53 Hunter Street, Durban during trading hours and please remember there is a bag limit of four and the minimum size is 30cm.

Also don’t forget to tune into SS1 on Tuesday at 7pm for bass and Thursday at 7.30pm for the salt water section, great viewing. On next weeks show Xavier and guest angler Tineka De Jager continue fishing at the Inanda Dam. This action packed episode is followed by the ESA Pro Series at Injaka Dam in the Far North.

In the LBSA next week we join Ray and Abel for an exhilarating episode at Mazeppa Bay in the Transkei. Ray catches a 120 kg black fin shark! Carolien has an interview with Abel regarding the ESA record grey shark. We then cross over to the Western Cape LBSA Pro Series.

In the DSSA next week we join Mark, Ray and Dean in Kilwa Ruins in Tanzania where they catch kingfish, barracuda and rock cod, this is followed by the DSSA Pro Series in Zinkwazi. To conclude the show we join Mark and Andre in Tanzania on a Riviera, here they catch blackjack and rainbow runner.

The Kingfisher hosts a free Fishing Ski Clinic on their premises once a month by Markham Pollard and a Rock and Surf clinic run by Ivan Stopforth. These Clinics are very informative and covers all the basics, including equipment, knots, bait presentation, and tactics. Lloyd Pereira (as see on ESA) will be hosting a drop shot clinic on the 26th July at The Kingfisher, 53 Hunter Street, Durban. 9:00 to 12:00. 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. This should be a very popular clinic so book early to avoid disappointment. To book for one of these free clinics phone the Kingfisher on 031-3683903.

Two very good fishing magazines are out this month. The Fish Magazine by Hennie Papenfuss (second issue) is out and selling well at R25.00. In this issue they discuss Dropshop Basics, Insight into Tag and Release, Saltwater Fly Fishing in Zululand , Reading Water , Featured Fish – Blue Emperor, plus much more. The other magazine that is out and selling well at R19.95 is the ESA magazine. In this issue, a write up about The Stealth Supalite X 2010 Paddle Ski, Sodwana Bay – Extreme Destination, The Stick Bait, Bass Gear Test – Triton Boats and on the Ski Boat side – How to Release Fish Safely. The cover is a beautiful blue fin kingie caught by Ray.

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 to Friday.

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