Kingfisher report

2008-09-06 00:00

Eventually the garrick have hit the South Coast with excellent catches of these fair fighting game-fish being caught at most of the recognised deep water spots. Anglers fishing with live shad at Splash Rock in Port Edward and The Pot-hole at Uvongo landed some nice sized fish with the Sanspits in Port Shepsone producing around 8-10 fish per day, however the anglers are finding a live mullet as the preferred bait at the Sandspits. Thanks to Mark from Tackle Box in Shelly Beach for the info it that area.

Shad were again prolific at Orange Rocks in Uvongo over the week-end, with the swimming pool at St. Mikes and the rocks to the left of the Pier in Margate also producing fish. Unfortunatley this time of the year the winds do not allow much time for fishing so when conditions are good, make use of that sick leave and get out there.

Geelbeck are still feeding freely when conditions allow for launching, with some very good sized tuna also starting feed. Sensational Charters returned with a good fish of around 20kgs being boated over the week-end. Plenty of smaller fish were also boated.

Fishing in the Transkei last week on Peter Hamilton Hoskins’s boat Gub Gub, Markham Pollard managed to hook and land a monster copper steenbras of 57, 5 kg. At this stage it looks as though it could be a pending new S.A. record fish. Photo will follow next week.

Just a reminder to all NCAU Club members, you are again fishing this week-end with the scheduled round of October having been brought forward, a communication by Dave Nisbet has been forwarded to all clubs yet it seems some club members are un-aware of the re-scheduling.

The 7th round was fished last weekend and the top four teams so far were, Uvongo on 605.6 points, Tuna on 400 points, Hiawatha on 392.5 points and Flying Fish on 389.1 points. Top anglers were Steven Rouillon with 250.1 points, Ravi Govenden with 193.3 points, Jonathan Laxton with 159.6 points and Marius Nortle with 155.6 points.

News from Terry at Taclkenet in Port Edward is that shad are still ruling the fishing spots and no reports of any other fish apart from the usual garrick all taken on live shad at the usual Splash Rock. On Friday four came out and it's pleasing to see that many are being tagged and released.

 Speaking of conservation, Terry is deeply troubled about the current war against the 'King' of all sports by "ultra-conservationists" who have made it their life's work to have a total exotic free environment at whatever cost and are striving to eliminate trout fishing from this countries recreational sporting agenda and for some cynical reason wiping out a national asset in our tourist industry. Trout have survived our tough weather conditions and have been native to our rivers and dams without any impact long enough to qualify them as accepted local species and to continue to provide that precious experience that those who have wielded a fly rod have had. Perhaps efforts by Wildlife to make an impact on us people should be directed to good sustainable eco-tourism and therefore job creation which is so much more needed and can bring about a 'marriage' of grace between these matters. 

Elinor Bullen who is the tagging officer from ORI has sent in some interesting recaptures of tagged fish. Ivo Gruler caught a garrick at Port Zimbali on the 27/08/08, it weighed 10.5kg’s and the length was 980mm fork. This fish was originally tagged in the Coega Harbour area ( Nggura ) on the 11/11/06 and measured 850mm. This one is very interesting, Llewellyn Scrooby tagged a dusky kob at the Gamtoos River area on the 10/03/1997, the fish weighed 9.31kg’s and measured 960mm. On the 31/08/2008 (over 10years later) Karl van Rooyen caught this kob at High Rocks, Palm Beach KZN South Coast. The kob had grown to 1480mm (54% growth) and weighed 34.72kg’s, an increase in weight of 261%, and the distance moved was 673 km. Thanks Elinor for this info, always

Join the ESA team this week for the following exciting episodes: The LBSA team, Dean and Abel are at Mpame on the Wild Coast where they target kob and the guys play a nasty trick on Able. Then we see how this area produces on Drop Shot with their main targeted specie black mussel cracker. In OSSA, the Tanzanian Riviera adventure continues where the guys catch a number of fish and end of the day with a prize kingie of around 35 Kg’s. Xavier takes us to Inanda dam where Ryan Kankowski and Jean Deysel compete in their final day for the biggest bag. Then we cross over to the ESBA Pro Series that took place in the Far North at Klipkoppies Dam.

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.The biggest shad for the month of August was a shad 4.17kg’s caught by Muhsin Shaik on the evening of the 12th at Issipingo Beach. Second is a shad of 3.83kg’s caught by Dylan Naidoo at Sezella on the !9th and third is a shad of 3 kg’s weighed in by Verej Ramharak for The Kingfisher “Biggest Shad Competition”.

 The Kingfisher hosts free fishing clinics on their premises, 53 Hunter Street, Durban once a month. They 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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