Man lands 174-kg raggie

2009-10-17 00:00

THERE have been reports of garrick coming out off Siola and Tugela, as well as at the Tongaat and Umdloti river mouths on the north coast. On the rock and surf front, some decent flat fish have been caught. A huge 85 kg eagle ray was landed on Thomson’s Bay beach on Tuesday by Wille van Dyk. ESA was there to help land and safely release the fish.

On the south coast, after the stormy weather earlier this week, there is finally some colour back in the water. Port Edward’s Terry Nel reported a rare catch by Dean Pretorius at Splash Rock. A bullnose guitarfish of over 50 kg was landed by Pretorius and is the biggest of three landed in this country. Pretorius was using a Poseidon “Staffie” HMG with a Daiwa Saltiga 40 reel.

A few hound sharks also came out of Splash in Port Edward. We also received reports of garrick and a 50 kg round ribbon-tail ray also came out in the same area. For info about fishing in the Port Edward area, give Terry a call at Tacklenet at 039 311 3013.

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Mike Laubsher of Nikao Fishing Adventures went deep-sea fishing off Durban with a father and his three sons. They reeled in a triple catch of yellowfin (black tip) kingfish in the three-kilogram range. They went over the same marks and got another of four kilograms. Along the back line they caught about 30 small shad, one torpedo scad and several eastern little tuna. Laubsher changed to medium tackle with some larger lures. Further offshore they got another triple hookup with three eastern little tuna. Phone Laubsher at 076 299 9445.






LINDA Gorlei, secretary of the KwaZulu-Natal Fly Fishing Association, sent in this report:

Our junior team returned from their national event in the Boland on Saturday, all rather exhausted but absolutely relishing in their experience in the Cape waters. They did us proud and finished fourth overall out of the nine teams, missing the bronze by just one point. Their skills have improved over the past year and how they are developing into skilled and passionate young anglers.

We spent a vital two days in preparation at Dwarsberg on the beautiful Holsloot River where it took no effort to get them motivated to train and work together. I wish I had a video camera to film some of the remarkable skill I witnessed (and on fewer occasions some of the not-so-remarkable). Off the water, they were a pleasure to have around and there were times when I laughed until tears streamed. Each has taken the art of fly-tying to another level and they spent every evening huddled around their vices producing some impressive flies.

I am happy to report that Matthew Cave was one of the five winners of the fly-tying competition adjudicated by Dr Tom Sutcliff. Matt Gorlei received excellent comments on his flies.

Fishing was tough, with very few fish coming out of the still-water sessions, especially on Lakenvlei. The boys relished the river sessions and although results don’t always give a true reflection on ability, it was encouraging to have the marshals comment on how well they worked the beats they drew.

The seniors depart on Monday for the same waters. We wish them tight lines and happy memories.

THE Matatiele Mountain Lake is hosting its fly- fishing competition on October 31and November 1. First prize for a tagged fish is R10 000, second is R5 000, third is R2 500, fourth is R1 500 and fifth is R1 000. There are many more prizes to be won. Entry fee is R350 and this includes your entry, Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast. There is a cash bar, and camping facilities with ablution blocks are available. For registration and bookings, contact Shane at 083 299 4996, Lionel at 039 737 3170 or Dale at 082 331 7262.

Dale’s report will hopefully whet your appetite:

“With all that out of the way, we hope to see you fishing here this year. The fishing has been the best that I have seen. We had a 5,3 kg brown trout caught three months ago and I caught a four kilogram rainbow last weekend, with the average catch of fish ranging between 2,5 to three kilograms. We have just recently stocked with browns and rainbows. The lake is clean and cold, and an absolute pleasure to fish in at the moment.”

THIS week in the ESA Show, Ray and Dean share some secret LBSA baits at Trafalgar Beach on the south coast. In OSSA, Mark and PJ Botha tag and release sharks.

Don’t miss the ESA Saltwater Show at 7.30 pm every Thursday on SuperSport 1.

On Tuesday, Howie and Rob are at Inanda. ESA Bass is on Tuesday night on SuperSport 1 at 7 pm.

The Kingfisher is open Monday and Wednesday to Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, Tuesday from 8.30 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 8 am to 1 pm.

SHANE of Freedivers is holding a clinic on diving (spearfishing and crayfishing) at The Kingfisher, 53 Hunter Street, Durban, on October 25. This clinic is free and booking is a must.

The Kingfisher hosts a free fishing-ski clinic on its premises once a month conducted by Markham Pollard. It also holds rock and surf clinics run by Ivan Stopforth and a drop-shot clinic by Lloyd Pereira. To book for one of these free clinics, phone the Kingfisher at 031 368 3903.

Any info about fishing, fish caught or competitions in your area? Send it to or fax 031 368 4137, attention Mike. For the latest KZN fishing news presented by OJ, tune into East Coast Radio at 5.40 am.


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