Low-impact sardines have run their run

2009-09-12 00:00

EVENTUALLY the sardines made an appearance on our coastline, but from a tourist and marketing perspective they had little impact as the “run” basically lasted two days. All the netting took place between Umkomaas and Warner beach and crowds normally drawn by these fish were nowhere to be seen.

Anglers, however, found some fish among the shoals, but the action was restricted to Umkomaas and Umgababa where some good catches of garrick and yellowtail kingfish were made.

According to Port Edward’s Terry Nel, fishing is much the same down there and shad and garrick are “fish of the day” almost every day.

Bronze bream weighing over 2 kg are being caught at Trafalgar and a nice baardman was taken at Spiro’s, Port Edward.

It would be a brave person who’d predict any further sardine nettings or beachings, although there are still some big shoals out at sea. With the presence of sardines, angling has generally picked up, but for whatever reason, shad have become scarce and places that normally produce good catches at this time of the year are performing badly, except for the Durban piers and Umgeni mouth areas where some good catches are being reported.

Fishing on the south and north coasts has recently produced some good catches of garrick and kob.

The Kingfisher’s “Biggest Shad Competition” is in full swing. The heaviest shad caught in September will receive a 14-foot Kingfisher Poseidon 5pc graphite rod valued at R1 925, the second heaviest will receive a Daiwa SL 50SHK reel valued at R1 189 and third heaviest shad will receive a Daiwa Opus Plus 6000 reel valued at R567. Note that all shad (fresh) must be weighed at The Kingfisher, 53 Hunter Street, Durban, during trading hours. There is a bag limit of four and the minimum size is 30 cm.

Shane of Freedivers is holding a clinic on diving (spear fishing and cray fishing) at The Kingfisher on October 25. The clinic is free and booking is a must.

The Kingfisher hosts a free fishing ski clinic at its premises once a month, run by Markham Pollard. These monthly clinics are to help beginners and experienced anglers. It also holds rock and surf clinics run by Ivan Stopforth and a drop shot clinic by Lloyd Pereira. These clinics are informative and cover all the basics, including equipment, knots, bait presentation and tactics.

To book for any of these free clinics, phone the Kingfisher at 031 368 3903.

Any news of fishing, fish caught or competitions in your area? Send it to kingfish@iafrica.com or fax Mike at 031 368 4137.

For the latest KZN fishing news presented by OJ, tune into East Coast Radio at 5.40 am Mondays to Fridays.

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