Kingfisher report

2008-07-19 00:00

Sardines made a somewhat welcome and surprising comeback last week when a few shoals surfaced out of nowhere to beach in the Warner Beach vicinity last Friday. Quite a few nets were taken but sadly not many fish were accompanying these shoals. Saturday anglers and seine netters alike were searching the coast for these elusive shoals but as quickly as they appeared they again did a disappearing act. Apart from the sardines, anglers are now generally finding some good fishing from the shore although not as prolific as in previous years. Sharks that are normally associated with the sardine run at this time of the year were far and few between and only a handful of these big sharks were landed. However shad have entrenched themselves all along the coast and some very good catches are being made at all known spots. Garrick are also being caught on the South Coast and in the Durban area. The Blue Lagoon has produced the odd garrick with angler Mahen Reddy landing one of about 10.5kg on a live mullet. Shad have made their appearance along all of Durban’s beaches with some excellent catches being reported.

The middle South Coast seems to be producing some good numbers with Green Point High rocks featuring quite prominently during the past week or two where a few good fish in the 15 kg range were landed. Anglers fishing at night are also getting into some good fish with some nice kob being landed in the Isipingo area. There are also a couple of diamond skates around and some were landed along the Illovo stretch. News from Mark sent in from Tackle Box in Shelly Beach is that shad have made a re-appearance on the coast since the floods with reports of good catches being made at most popular spots, with Orange Rocks at St Mikes, the Margate pier area, South Port and the Ifafa, Mtwalume areas being the most consistent. Orange Rocks has also been producing some good sized grey sharks in the evenings on either slide mackerel or shad. Stebel Rocks At Umzumbe has also been fishing well, with reports of good sized shark and flatfish being landed together with two prodical son’s, one of 18.5kg and one of 7kg, caught by the Blackmore brothers, Kevin and Craig from Pietermaritzburg. Charlie you need to look sharp, these boys are fishing better then you. Bronze bream are also biting freely with cracker shrimp being the preferred bait; however pink prawn and crayfish have also accounted for numerous fish, with the ledges at Shelly Beach Ski-boat Club, and along Manaba Beach being the hot spots. Ryan Preston did the South Coast proud by coming second in the ESA compo held at Illovo Beach on Saturday. Again fishing conditions were extremely difficult with very few fished weighed. Ryan managed to come second with a small lesser so fishing must have really been poor. Some good sized bronze bream are still being caught, with the prized bait being the cracker shrimp. Red prawn or crayfish will also do the job.

Down in lower South Coast Terry Nel from Port Edward informs us that rough sea and cold weather did not seem to have been hampering the fishing there and following last weeks good catches of raggies and greys, the shad are now eating readily and there are plenty of garrick in the area. Five were taken in a space of hours on Friday morning in rough sea. With everybody targeting shad, no reports of any other fish species have come in. Transkei, with the Port St Johns area in particular is now producing some good catches of garrick and kob. A monster couta of 38 kg was recently landed on the Transkei coast by John Leppan using a live shad. (We will have a photo of this great fish next week) Boat anglers fishing in the Port St Johns River are still landing some very good grunter and kob. The North Cost should now start producing some garrick as there are reports that a few fish have already been landed along the Tongaat Long Beach stretch as well as some shoal kob at night.

The Transvaal Ski-boat Club has just completed their annual Club Compo, celebrating their 50th Anniversary, which was fished off Shelly Beach, but with weather and sea conditions not being very favourable, not many fish were caught. However, the “Laughing Hyena” Conrad Edwards managed to boat an ignobolis kingfish on vertical Jig, weighing 27kg’s. This fish was caught on 15kg tackle and on a Diawa Exceler 4000 reel. This is a new club record and I am sure a new reel record for the Diawa Exceler 4000. (See photo) There as been some great fish landed on the Exceler spinning reels, I can think of a magnificent sailfish boated by Trevor Sweeney on an Exceler 3500, maybe we should start an Exceler club? Top lady angler, Helen Third landed a prodical son of 7.2kg’s and Chris Illing was top Junior. A great compo was held by all. This week is the turn of the juniors, with the Junior Nationals taking place from the 14th to the 18th July and hopefully Mother Nature plays her part and allows the kids some time on the water. Ski boats have had a good start to the annual geelbek and daga salmon season as good catches are being reported from Durban based boats fishing at night. General bottom fishing has also picked up well with good bags of reds and rock cod being reported. As usual hordes of marauding sharks are sometimes making fishing almost impossible.

Fishing skis have now turned their attentions to natal snoek as it certainly looks as though the couta season is slowly drawing to a close. Snoek are being caught along both North and South Coasts in good numbers.

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 19.00 for bass and Thursday at 7.30pm for the salt water section, great viewing. On next weeks show Xavier and guest angler, Gary Peter fights the odds at Goedetrouw Dam and lands some big bass in the ever changing conditions. In next weeks salt water episode we join the LBSA team for the beginning of the Sardine Run, Lloyd catches a 140kg spinner shark. The DSSA team say goodbye to Kilwa whilst the OSSA team are in Sodwana on a Tom Cat vertical jigging, here Mark manages to catch 17kg couta on a power jig.

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 - Friday.

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