Settled seas promises weekend of wet lines

2010-05-07 00:00

IT LOOKS like the sea will have settled down by the time this report gets published so we anglers will, at the very least, be able to wet a line this weekend. Today is forecast to be the windier of the two days, while tomorrow promises pretty good conditions with a light northerly blowing all day.

Starting down the south coast, Dean Pretorious tells me there are quite a few shoal kob coming out along the lower south coast between Port Edward and Margate.

The fish, which range from between two kilograms and 10 kg in size, have been caught mainly around the points and rocky areas on the low tide. Shad have apparently been coming out at Port Shepstone, but that is unconfirmed.

The Port Edward ski boat competition (hosted by Marlin Ski Boat club) last weekend was a huge success. One hundred boats participated and 77 couta were weighed, with the average fish weighing 17,68 kg.

The winning fish was a magnificent 34,48 kg caught by Wayne Beissner. Roger Allchin boated the biggest other game fish, a kingfish of 41,16 kg. The top junior was Jacob Plenary with a 14,24 kg couta, while top lady Jessica Jarvis landed a 18,76 kg couta.

Aliwal Shoal keeps producing large numbers of wahoo. The bonito have been “wild” which is why the fish are hanging around there. In between the wahoo, very large couta and some yellow fin tuna have been caught. Aliwal seems to be a very healthy reef and I’m sure this is due to the bottom fishing restriction. You don’t hear of catches around Durban anymore that can compare with what is being caught at Aliwal and on the upper north coast.

The blacktip kingfish on the upper south coast are starting to wind down, but I did hear some rumours of the north and south piers in Durban holding some large specimens and even some big GTs (giant trevally).

Up north, from the shore, there isn’t much to report as the sea has been on its head.

Sharks and skates are disappearing as the winter conditions are far from ideal for these species. The large kob will begin to appear out at Tugela soon, if they haven’t already.

When targeting these fish it’s best to use live mullet or shad during the night.

The ski anglers have been catching some serious couta up the north coast, and, even better, the sharks seem to be absent.

Richards Bay has been producing some serious “gas bottles” (yellowfin tuna) with some fish in excess of 70 kg. Warren Bennet managed to boat one in the 70 kg range among a few other fish.

There have been more reports of pilot sardines shoals in the upper Transkei, which is promising, although good early season signs have been reported in the last two seasons, so we can only hope.

Hier Gaan Ons Alweer is starting to air on Wednesday evenings at 7 pm on Kyknet, channel 111. This entertaining TV series will run until the end of June. Stywe Lyne /Tight Lines are doing a series of articles on this fishing series.

The ESA Saltwater show will be broadcast weekly on Thursdays at 7.30 pm, and the ESA Bass show will air weekly on Tuesdays at 7 pm, on SuperSport1.

The Kingfisher hosts free fishing clinics on its premises once a month, which cover shore angling, off- shore angling, fresh water angling and diving. These 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. Phone the Kingfi­sher’s sales staff on 031 368 3903.

The Ray de Bruyn Bait Encyclopedia: No More Secrets is available at R49,50 from the Kingfisher in Durban, or you can ask your nearest tackle store to order one for you.

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

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

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