Shad about in big numbers

2010-07-03 00:00

SARDINES have once again become a no-show barring the few nets that were taken in the course of last month.

However, there is still plenty of action along the Transkei coast and some shoals have been spotted as far up as the Grosvenor area just south of Port Edward.

Shad have moved in along the coast and are feeding exceptionally well along the entire coastline. The Umzumbe area in particular produced some really big fish during the week with some fish exceeding the three-kilogram mark.

Garrick are now starting to come on the bite and a few good specimens have been caught along the Illovo and Karadene stretches. These fish have also made an appearance along almost the entire south coast with a good few fish being taken at the Sandspit in Port Shepstone and at Umzumbe.

With strong early morning offshore winds, kite anglers have come out in force, particularly at the Umkomaas car park. These anglers have had a measure of success lately with the odd above-average size sharks being landed.

Toyota Angling Club fished their third round for the 2010 season last Sunday. They had a total of 83 anglers (brave ones considering the weather) who attended and only two fishes were landed over the one-kilogram mark, which they regard as a catch to obtain weight points.

This was an open boundary (i.e. no limits) and the times were from 6 am until 11 am. First was Billy Lourens of Engine Plant, who caught a cat-face rock cod 54 cm long and weighing two kilograms at Umgababa. Second was Farouk Sayed of B Plant, who caught a pompano 40 cm long and weighing 1,2 kg at Eastmore. The presentation was held at Illovo River.

Terry of Port Edward informs us that shad have been on the bite all week and many spots on our coastline here have produced fish almost all day long, while others are only active early mornings. Garrick are being taken from the deeper points over the few days that the sea has been fishable as the cold front has also brought rough seas. A large kob of about 30 kg was landed from Splash Rock by a local angler.

The Transkei is fishing extremely well as far as shad goes, with anglers getting their quotas very quickly. The Port St Johns area at this time gets very active and many anglers flock to this spot to catch mainly garrick and big kob. Fishing at The Hole In The Wall has also produced some good angling as reports from here suggest that the garrick have been feeding well.

Volume two of the Ray de Bruyn bait encyclopaedia is now available. This volume covers all the baits you could wish to make using mackerel. If you can’t find it at your nearest tackle store, ask them to order it from The Kingfisher in Durban at 031 368 3903.

Ski boats are getting some good bottom fish and game fish.

Bottom fishing has generally picked up with the first geelbek and daga salmon being reported. Couta, although slowing down a bit, are still being caught on both north and south coasts.

With sardine activity along the south coast, anglers can soon expect some good couta fishing, particularly in the traditional Scottburgh and Park Rynie areas where game fish seem to congregate at this time of the year.

A reminder to skiboats, jet skis and fishing skis is that the Oceanographic Research Institute has deployed a few drifter buoys off our coastline. These are black buoys with a substance hanging below them and 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 (they are tracked by satellite) or phone ORI. If they are encountered in the surf zone,ORI would welcome a call so that the ­buoy can be repositioned. Contact people are: Lisa Guastella at 082 860 4043, Sean Fennessy of UCT Oceanography at 073 648 4804 or Lisa Hancke at 082 713 0270.

Don’t forget to watch the action-packed ESA fishing shows on TV. These shows feature both saltwater and freshwater fishing and are aired on SuperSport 1. The ESA Saltwater show will be broadcast weekly on Thursdays between 7.30 pm and 8.30 pm and the ESA Freshwater show will air weekly on Tuesdays between 7 pm and 7.30 pm.

The Kingfisher at 53 Hunter Street, Durban, hosts a free fishing ski clinic at its premises once a month, conducted by Markham Pollard. These monthly clinics are to help beginners and experienced anglers to see what the sport is all about and how to target certain species of fish. To book for one of these clinics phone the Kingfisher at 031 368 3903.

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.

Any info about fishing, fish caught or competitions in your area? Send it to or fax 031 368 4137 for the attention of 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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