No sardines yet, but there’s plenty of other action

2009-05-10 00:00

BY now, hopes of sardines are pretty low and it would seem that they have travelled past in the deep and the dark. However, that is why the run is one of the Seven Wonders of the World — everybody wonders where they are!

Seriously, though, they could pop up out of nowhere at any time and all the experts could be wrong. It has happened before.

One thing we can look forward to is a good season. There has been plenty of action, with garrick and shad being the main catches.

Bronze bream have been plenty, even though the sea has been very calm and there is little white water. However, what the limited run did supply is some nice quality fish.

Shad are now well entrenched at all known spots and the average size is getting better, although there are still some undersize specimens around.

The Durban area in particular has over the last week or so produced good numbers of shad, a few garrick and some snoek at the Umgeni Mouth and North Bank. On the South Coast, things are much the same, with a lot of shad being taken at places like Toti, Isipingo and Winkle High rocks.

These venues have also produced good numbers of garrick recently and the odd big kob has been landed by anglers fishing into the night. A little further down the coast, the Umkomaas River Mouth and North Bank area has for the past few weeks really produced a variety of quality fish.

Apart from the shad and garrick that are being caught, shoal kob, grunter and queen fish are keeping anglers busy on this stretch. Anglers fishing the sands pit area with Strike Pro lures at night are still getting their fair share of kob at night.

Fishing in the Transkei has also stepped up a gear, with reports of garrick being caught in the Port St Johns and Poenskop areas. Live bait seems to be a problem at these venues and anglers are going to great lengths to collect shad at different spots and transport them back.

The Lighthouse area has been producing some fine results of kob by anglers using spoons at night. The river here has equally not let anglers down and some steady catches of grunter and kob are being reported.

On the drop shot scene, the McCarthy Drop Shot Plastics range has been increased considerably. This new drop shot lure has hit the market with a vengeance and has shown that drop shot lures don’t have to cost huge amounts of money to catch fish. Being a proudly South African produced product, McCarthy’s shapes and colours have been picked specifically for South African waters. Check out the range at your nearest tackle store or at The Kingfisher. Some great fish have been landed using these products.

Ski boats have turned their attention to bottom fishing as the couta season seems to be drawing to a close. There are only few reports of these fish being landed.

The first of the daga and geelbek salmon have been reported, which should interest most ski boaters. These are also some good red fish and rock cod around.

Fishing skis are now targeting mainly snoek. A lot of these fish are being caught along both north and south coasts.

The TV coverage of The Durban Ski Boat Club Festival competition will be shown at the following times:

Tuesday, July 21, on SS1 & SS1A at 7.30 pm(Premier).

Wednesday, July 22, on CSN, SS1 & SS1A 12.30 am SS6 and at 8.30 pm. Thursday, July 23, on SS1 & SS1A at 3 pm.

Friday, July 24, on CSN, SS1 & SS1A at 4 am.

Monday, July 27, on CSN, SS2 & SS2A at 10.30 pm.

Tuesday, July 28, on SS6 at 1.15 pm.

Wednesday, July 39, on SS6 at 7 pm.

Please note that these are subject to change

Catch the ESA team doing battle on ESA Saltwater at 7.30 pm on Thursday and don’t miss the bass show at 7 pm every Tuesday on SuperSport 1 (unless mentioned otherwise – check your DSTV guide for details). The latest ESA magazine is out and on sale at The Kingfisher for R19,95. This issue is jam-packed with great features.

The Kingfisher’s trading hours are Monday, Wednesday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, Tuesday 8.30 am to 5 pm and Saturday 8 am to 1 pm.

Shane from Freedivers is holding a clinic on diving (spear fishing and cray fishing) at The Kingfisher, 53 Hunter Street, Durban, on July 25. This clinic is free and like all of the clinics, booking is a must.

The Kingfisher hosts a free fishing ski clinic on their premises once a month by Markham Pollard. These monthly 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 focusses on equipment and elaborates on safety.

They also hold 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 one of these free clinics phone the Kingfisher on 031 368 3903.

Please send any information about fishing, fish caught or competitions in your area to, or fax 031 368 4137, attention Mike. For the latest KZN fishing news presented by O.J., tune into East Coast Radio at 5.40 am Monday to Friday.

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