Time for a last shot at Kingfisher’s heaviest shad prize

2010-09-25 00:00

SEPTEMBER is the final month for The Kingfisher’s Biggest Shad Competition.

The angler with heaviest shad will receive a 14’ Kingfisher Poseidon 5pc graphite rod valued at R1 589, the second-heaviest shad a Daiwa SL 50SHK reel valued at R998 and the third heaviest a Daiwa Opus Plus 6 000 reel valued at R498. Note that all shad (fresh) must be weighed at The Kingfisher, 53 Hunter Street, Durban, during trading hours, and remember there is a bag limit of four and the minimum size is 30cm.

So far we have weighed one shad in September — Hadley Naidoo’s 2,95 kg specimen that he caught on the Durban beachfront.

It seems the sardine run is officially over as there has been no reported activity of these fish for the past week.

Seasonal winds have started and anglers will just have to put up with adverse conditions for a few more weeks. However, this time of the year can be very productive when a window of fair weather presents itself. Winter fish are still around, with garrick, kob and shad making up the main target species, but those anglers who target brusher and bronze bream can also expect some good results. These fish can be sought in almost any conditions as they feed in turbulent white water from mainly rocky ledges and outcrops.

With only less than a week left until the annual shad ban comes into effect, anglers are out in full force targeting probably what is the most sought-after species of fish.

Shad seem to becoming a little scarce as anglers are not getting the numbers that were being taken a few weeks ago.

There are, however, a few outsize fish being caught at night. The annual garrick run is also starting to taper off on the south coast as reports suggest that fewer of these fish are being taken there, but anglers on the north and Zululand coasts are still getting their fair share of fish.

Favourable reports are coming in from the north coast with anglers experiencing a good fun with garrick at Seoula and Barracouts Rocks. The Tongaat Long Beach stretch has also produced some good catches and at night a few average-size kob have been accounted for.

Further north, the Tugela and Amatikulu stretches have had equally good results. Anglers fishing the Richards Bay piers have also had some success with garrick, kob and shad over the past few weeks

The Umgeni north bank worked well during the night sessions and a variety of fish were caught. Edible and non-edible fish alike were feeding and quite a few nice big kob were reported. Some fair-size shad and grunter made for enjoyable angling.

Night fishing along the Umkomaas north bank has produced some good results as far as kob are concerned. Anglers putting in the time are being rewarded with some good-size fish.

Further down the coast, the Port Shepstone area has produced steady results over the past few weeks with shad, garrick and kob. Port Shepstone in particular has yielded numerous good kob at night.

Anglers venturing into the Transkei have had some exceptional angling as reports coming from the Port St Johns and Hole in the Wall areas suggest that fishing for edible and non-edible species has reached a peak. Some good-size sharks have been landed at both these venues over the past two weeks. Garrick have also given anglers something to smile about as some very big fish have been landed at Poenskop and at the Lighthouse.

Ski boats have changed their focus from game fish to bottom fishing. Good catches of daga salmon and geelbek salmon are being reported from both north and south coasts.

Last Sunday Lloyd Pereira from The Kingfisher/ESA and Joss Lourens and Rhett Williams fished the evening session. They managed to boat five geelbek and a very nice cat-faced rock cod, and Pereira landed a lovely black cracker of 15 kg.

Fishing skis are now basically targeting snoek as the couta season seems to have ended. Some good catches have been reported from the Tinley and Westbrook areas.

The Kingfisher’s trading hours are Monday, Wednesday to 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 O.J., tune into East Coast Radio at 5.40 am weekdays.

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