Shad run is the best in years

2010-08-28 00:00

AS mentioned in previous columns, there is still a lack of game fish and sharks, which are normally associated with the sardine run, but there are plenty of shad around as well as a lot of diamond rays.

This year’s shad run continues to be a bumper one and is the best in several years from all the way south in the Transkei up to northern Zululand.

The Kingfisher is hosting a competition for the biggest shad caught during August and again in September.

First prize looks as if it might be wrapped up with a beast of a shad of 7,55kg, but who knows. There are of course still great prizes for second and third, which are still open. First prize for the heaviest shad for each month is a 14-foot Kingfisher Poseidon 5pc graphite rod valued at R1 589, the second a Daiwa SL 50SHK reel valued at R998 and third a Daiwa Opus Plus 6000 reel valued at R498. Note that all shad (fresh) must be weighed at The Kingfisher, 53 Hunter Street, Durban, during trading hours, and remember that there is a bag limit of four and the minimum size is 30 cm.

There are a lot of garrick around and anglers targeting these fish are getting some good numbers up and down our coast.

Brusher seem to have entrenched themselves along the south coast with some areas producing numerous good-size fish.

When targeting these fish your tackle should be stepped up a grade or two to that of shad angling.

These fish are found among rocky ledges and points and for this reason your tackle should ideally be heavy. Your nylon should be in the 35lb range; Kingfisher Giant Abrasion is a good line, and a heavy action rod like the Poseidon medium/heavy is advised. Hooks should range from a 6/0 to a 8/0 Mustard Kendall Round and the trace line should be no less than 30lb: Siglon fluorocarbon 33lb or 40lb will do the trick.

Reels are also important and should be in good condition. Machine reels, the Daiwa SL50 and the Daiwa Grandwave 50, are ideal as they have the pulling power and speed to get big ­specimens out and away from rocks.

Baits can vary, as these fish are not fussy eaters. The main bait is a live crab, but sea lice, crayfish, whole mussels, chokka and even sardine heads work very well.

The published results on the local angling union’s website have been updated. The original publication of the results for the round had not been sorted in ascending order, but have been corrected. Check it out at

Last Thursday early afternoon the fish came on the bite along the Durban South Beach, and a large grey shark and numerous adolescent spinner sharks were landed.


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SO I woke up extra early this morning and I believe there were polar bears lurking around in my garden because it was 5ºC and all I was wearing was my fishing shorts, shirt and a pair of crocs.

My feet were curling into the little bit of material that the footwear offered.

The highlight of the day was driving down my mountain to the city. I was listening to I Wanna Be a Billionaire … and it was about then that the heater in the car started having an effect and warming my frozen toes.

As far as the fishing went, there were many hammerhead sharks around and the north-east wind was howling at its best and there was a big swell.

Collecting live bait, we did well with plenty mackerel, mozzies and shad around.

We caught several hammerhead sharks, one of at least 80kg, two albatrosses and a petrel who gave me a solid nip.

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Mnini Dam, located within 15 km of Amanzimtoti, is hosting its fourth annual bass classic on the weekend of September 4 and 5.

Thousands of rands are available for the heaviest bass and for the heaviest bags of five bass on both days. Entry fee is R150 per angler, maximum two anglers per boat, for both days. Terms and conditions apply. For more info, phone Ron at 083 300 7528.

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The Kingfisher’s trading hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from eight to five, Tuesday from 8:30 to five and Saturday from eight to one.

The Kingfisher, at 53 Hunter Street, Durban, hosts free fishing clinics on its premises conducted once a month by Markham Pollard.

To book for a free clinic, phone the Kingfisher at 031 368 3903.

Anglers with any info about fishing, fish caught or competitions in your should send it to or fax 031 368 4137, attention Mike.

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