Sardines appear only in patches, but the fishing looks good

2009-08-01 00:00

SARDINE fever has once again gripped citizens along the KZN coastline as some fair-sized shoals were spotted just behind the backline between Port Shepstone and the Mtwalumi area during the course of last week end. None of these shoals could be netted due to adverse weather and sea conditions, but were accompanied by hundreds of common dolphin and sea birds.

During the week, however, some shoals were in netting range in the Scottburgh area and only small pockets were netted. Hopefully anglers will get a chance of some good angling if the sardines stay along our coast for a few days. Angling in general has picked up well as shad have now entrenched themselves and with them the winter game fish. Shad are feeding well all along the coast and the Durban piers. The majority of these fish are now well over size and anglers seem to be getting their quotas fairly quickly during the morning and afternoon sessions. Game fish, mostly in the form of garrick, are also being caught in fair numbers, but mainly on the south coast. The hot spots now are certainly the Umkomaas, Karridene, Illovo and Toti areas, where anglers have caught some good numbers recently. The Umgeni north bank stretch has also performed well over the last week or so with a few medium-size fish being taken. Some good-size kob have also been reported on both south and north coasts, but these fish have been caught mainly at night. Yellowtail kingfish have also been quite active inbetween the shoals of garrick an a few good size specimens in the six-kilogram range have been accounted for. The Transkei has been fishing well for the past few weeks and some good catches of garrick and kob have been reported from the Port St Johns and Poenskop areas. Anglers braving the cold at night have in this area had some good returns of big kob being caught on Strike Pro type lures. The river here has produced many fair-size grunter and kob from anglers fishing off boats at night.

Today, The Kingfisher starts their Biggest Shad Competition. This year, it will be run over a two-month period, August and September, with three prizes each month. The heaviest shad for each month will receive a 14’ Kingfisher Poseidon 5pc Graphite Rod, valued at R1 925, the second heaviest shad will receive a Daiwa SL 50SHK Reel, valued at R1 189 and third heaviest shad will receive a Daiwa Opus Plus 6 000 Reel valued at R567. 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 30 cm.

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 SuperSport1 (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 it is jammed 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.

The Kingfisher at 53 Hunter Street, Durban, hosts a free rock and surf clinic run by Ivan Stopforth on their premises once a month. 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 shows anglers what equipment to use and also elaborates on safety.

They also hold a fishing ski clinic by Markham Pollard and a drop shot clinic by Lloyd Pereira. These clinics are very 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.

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