Kingfisher report

2008-09-20 00:00

Brusher seem to have entrenched themselves along the South Coast with the Isipingo and Doonside areas producing numerous good size fish. When targeting these fish your tackle should be stepped up a grade or two to that of shad angling. These fish are found amongst rocky ledges and points and for this reason your tackle should ideally be that of a heavy nature. Your nylon should be around the 35lb range, Kingfisher Giant Abrasion is a good line and a heavy action rod like the Poseidon Heavy is advised. Hooks should range from a 6/0 to a 8/0 Mustard Kendall Round and your trace line should be no less than 30lb, Siglon fluorocarbon 33lb and 40lb does the trick. Reels are also very important and should be in good condition. Machine reels, the Daiwa SL50 and the Daiwa Grandwave 50 are ideal as they have the pulling power to get big specimens out and away from rocks. Baits can vary, as these fish are not fussy eaters. The main bait however is a live crab but sea lice, crayfish, whole mussels, chokka and even sardine heads work very well. The Winkle High Rocks area has also to a lesser degree yielded some good size specimens, however it is shad and garrick that are featuring prominently on the entire KZN coastline. Some really good size shad, up to the 3 kg mark have been reported from areas such as the Blue Lagoon and Toti areas. The Durban area itself has for the past few weeks fished very well with anglers getting their quotas of shad very quickly. When the weather permits garrick and shad are now feeding freely along the Durban piers as well as the Durban North beaches. Anglers fishing with live bait are getting some garrick particularly along the beaches at the Umgeni mouth. A brusher of 7kg’s was landed at New Pier in Durban last week by Kisten using a whole mussel as bait, this a is great fish to land from a Durban Beachfront pier.

Amongst the shad anglers here have also caught some grunter, small kob and now the odd pompano. On a more positive note, anglers chancing their arm at early summer flatfish have been pleasantly surprised as some small sandsharks, up to the 15 kg mark have been landed in the Illovo and Umkomaas areas during the course of last week. Hopefully we have a better run of sandies this year as the last season produced only a handful of these hard fighting fish. Small dusky sharks have also made an appearance, mainly on the South Coast and can make angling miserable for anglers fishing for the bigger shad and kob at night, never the less there are anglers that fish hard for these dusky sharks and can provide hours of fun.

Terry Nel from Port Edward informs us that some bronze bream have been caught in the area now and as the shad season draws to a close, these delicious panfish will be targeted more and more. Bush bream (a new species at this time of the year) will still be caught and more so at night when patrols are minimized. Garrick are very much still in the area and are being taken at the end of a spear or on rod and line. J.C.van Vuuren landed one at Lucky Dip in the evening last week but hard fishing over the next two days with plug did not produce a fish. Hopefully soon, we will have good rains to flush all the estuaries out and the summer estuary fishing will come alive. If you are thinking of visiting the Port Edward area to fish, get hold of Terry at Tacklenet or phone him on 0393113013, he will be more then willing to help you.

The Transkei is now probably in the prime season for edible fish as garrick and kob are feeding are feeding well in known areas such as Port St Johns. Some exceptional garrick, some in excess of 20 kg have been reported from the lighthouse area and a few very big kob have recently been landed in the Poenskop area. A little further down, the Coffee Bay and Mpolompo areas have started producing some cape yellowtail. Sharks, mainly hammerheads have also made their presence felt along this coastline.

Ski boaters are still having a wonderful winter season as daga and geelbek salmon are still feeding freely on both North and South Coasts. Big sharks are making for difficult angling as many fish are being ‘taxed’. This is happening mainly on the South Coast and it seems hordes of sharks are accompanying the shoals of salmon. General bottom fishing is also producing some very good results of mainly reds and rock cod. A few boats that have ventured out to the deeper grounds off Durban have reported that there are a few dorado around already.

ESA has another action packed week of angling entertainment in store for you. In ESA Bass, Xavier and Wayne Wagner fish Drie Koppies Dam in windy cold front conditions and produce good quality healthy fish on a variety of techniques. In ESA Saltwater, the LBSA team is still fishing the Transkei waters at Mpame where they target edibles. DSSA takes us to Caprivi where Abel and Raymond target nembwe bream.

In OSSA we meet up with Mark and his team as they head out on a Rodman for some night fishing targeting daga and geelbek.

Don’t forget The Kingfisher is running their “Biggest Shad Competition”. The heaviest shad 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. A couple of massive shad have been landed recently. Craig Haimsworth land a 3.95kg fish at Pennington, Ashneel Ramkissoon landed one of 4.06kg’s at Mapalane and Siva Govender landed a shad of 4.796kg’s at Scottborough.

The Kingfisher hosts free fishing clinics on their premises, 53 Hunter Street, Durban once a month. They will be running a spear fishing clinic on the 8th November, this clinic will be run by Shane from Freedivers and will cover all aspects of spear fishing, book early for this clinic as it should be a good one. The Kingfisher also host a Paddle Ski Fishing clinic by Markham Pollard, a Rock and Surf clinic run by Ivan Stopforth and a Drop Shot clinic by Lloyd Pereira. These Clinics are very informative and covers all the basics, including equipment, knots, bait presentation, and tactics. These free 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. These are very popular so book early to avoid disappointment. 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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