Sardines remain ever elusive

2010-06-12 00:00

THERE are still no confirmed sightings of any sardines along our coastline, despite numerous reported false alarms. Even as far down as East London, there is still no sign of mass congregations of fish or sea birds.

In the meantime, there are quite a few fish around to keep anglers busy. Shad are now biting well along the coast at places like Green Point, Umkomaas, Winkle and Toti, particularly in the early morning sessions. Umkomaas north bank has been a steady performer lately with anglers getting a variety of fish. Grunter, pompano and shoal kob are also keeping anglers busy at this venue.

Anglers targeting garrick are finding the odd fish here, but it is the Illovo stretch where most of the action has been. Early morning and late afternoon seems to be the best times and live shad is doing the trick as far as bait goes. Anglers fishing the Twini ledge at night are now starting to get some good stumpies and the odd shoal kob.

Anglers travelling down to the Transkei, however, are finding plenty shad at most of the big points. The odd kob is coming out in the Port St John’s area, but sharks are still giving anglers some good fun.

Some specimen caught at Mezeppa Bay area were over the 150 kg mark. If you intend fishing for these sharks, really big baits and top class heavy tackle should be used to subdue these big boys.

Anglers using lesser tackle will hook up, but a one-hour fight could last up to four or five hours. This also puts stress on the fish, which could end up dying.

The attraction with shark fishing is the fight these big fish give anglers and, more importantly, the pleasure releasing them alive gives to anglers. A good combination of tackle to use is the very strong Daiwa Saltist or Saltiga 50 reels filled with 600m of 45lb Kingfisher Pro Braid and 200m of 40lb Kingfisher Giant Abrasion or 38lb Daiwa Tournament nylon. A strong rod like the Kingfisher Poseidon HMG Heavy would work particularly well.

Dave Nisbet from the KwaZulu-Natal Coast Anglers’ Union has informed us that the results for Postal Round 4 have been posted on the Union’s website.

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The Quattro Finance Go Fish Classic was held over the weekend at magical Pumula Beach Hotel. Organised by Go Fish magazine and Dirty Dog Eyewear SA, the event was a resounding success and was represented pretty evenly by jet skis and kayaks with about 35 competitors from each field. Title sponsor of the event was Quattro Finance from Durban.

The weather was perfect and the fishing was tough, but fruitful. Not a lot of fish came out, but what did come out was well worth it for the competitors. Cliff de Klerk won with the biggest couta weighing in at 19,6 kg, with Wesley Moolman taking a second-place 17,4 kg catch. Biggest fish of the weekend was won by Frank Casasola with a 32 kg wahoo. All three of these fish were caught off fishing kayaks. Larry Brown, off a jet ski, caught the largest couta at 15,6 kg which put him in third place.

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A reminder to ski boaters, jet skiers and fishing skiers; ORI have deployed a few “drifter buoys” off our coastline. These are black buoys with a material substance hanging below them. Their basic function is to gather information for ORI as far as offshore currents and the KZN Bight are concerned. If any of these buoys are encountered, anglers are asked to leave them alone (satellite tracked) or phone the relevant people at ORI. If they are encountered in the surf zone a call would be appreciated by ORI so that they can be deployed in a more suitable area. Contact Lisa Guastella on 082 860 4043, UCT Oceanography Sean Fennessy on 073  648 4804 or Lisa Hancke 082 713 0270.

On the fresh water side, we received this feedback from Johan Visagie about the Belfast Fly Fishing Association’s 8th Annual Ladies’ Fly Fishing Competition, which was held from May 21 to 23.

Thirty-nine ladies competed in the main competition this year, of which four entrants have fished all eight competitions. There were nine new competitors. The fishing was tough this year with only 26 trout being caught by the ladies on Saturday and eight in Sunday’s couple’s competition, but a great weekend was had by all. The ladies not only received “goodies bags” at registration, but also received a lucky draw bag at the prize-giving dinner. Next year’s competition is scheduled to take place from May 20 to 22. If you are interested in competing at the event, please contact the assocation on 013 253 0748, fax 013 253 1096 or e-mail

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Don’t forget to watch the action-packed ESA fishing shows on TV. These shows feature both saltwater and bass fishing and are aired on SuperSport 1. ESA Saltwater will be broadcasted weekly on Thursdays at 7.30 pm and ESA Bass airs weekly on Tuesdays at 7 p7 pm.

Hier Gaan Ons Alweer is back on TV. This very interesting show is hosted by Petri de Wet and covers many different fishing spots, fresh and salt water, in Southern Africa. This fishing show is on kykNET (Dstv channel 111) every Wednesday at 7 pm with reruns during the week.

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The Kingfisher’s trading hours are Monday and Wednesday to Friday from 8 am to 5 pm and Tuesday from 8.30 am to 5 pm. On Saturday the Kingfisher trades from 8 am to 1 pm. Please note, it will be closed on Wednesday June 16 (Youth Day).

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The Kingfisher at 53 Hunter Street in Durban hosts a free Fishing Ski Clinic on their premises once a month with 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 shows anglers what equipment to use and elaborates on safety.

Over and above this they also hold Rock and Surf clinics run by Ivan Stopforth. 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.

If you have any information about fishing, fish caught or competitions in your area, please send 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 from Monday to Friday.

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