Traditional game fish yet to pitch, despite swinging sardine run

2010-08-07 00:00

THE sardine run is in full swing as the silver cloud continues to make a showing on the south coast. Durban is experiencing one of the better seasons, while the traditional venues along the south coast, such as Isipingo, Umkomaas and Toti, have eventually started producing good hauls.

The one thing that is missing from this run is the lack of traditional game fish and sharks that are normally associated with it. Anglers are getting their fair share of garrick and the odd kingfish and kob, but those anglers that target the big bronze whalers, diamond skates and other shark species have been greatly disappointed. These fish have just simply not shown up or are going to eventually come to the beaches.

There have been sporadic catches of geelbek salmon when sardines have been holding in a particular area. A good few nice size fish were caught at Isipingo and at Reunion beaches during the early evening sessions.

Shad angling on the other hand has been prolific and the general size of the shad coming out now seem to be a bit bigger. In some cases some monster fish up to the 4 kg mark have been landed. Garrick have also come out in numbers, particularly along the St Winifreds and Illovo stretches, with Winkle high rocks also producing a fair amount of fish.

Anglers who brave the cold weather at night have recently caught some nice size kob, particularly along the Umgababa and Umkomaas stretches. This particular area also came alive with yellowtail kingfish during the course of last week as some in the 5 kg range were landed. Garrick, kob and shad have also been caught in fair numbers along the Port Shepstone stretch.

Terry Nel from Port Edward reports that the shad are still full up in the area and seem to be a little larger and more of a legal size this week.

Garrick are also back at Splash Rock. A nice bronze bream was caught at “Lucky Dip”, weighing in at 2,5 kg, by Des Davis from Port Edward.

River estuary angling has produced a number of large perch mostly taken on sardine bait. Anglers fishing along the north coast areas should soon run into some garrick as shad have star­ted moving into the well-known northern beaches. Pla­ces to watch will undoubtedly be the Umgeni North Bank, La Mercy and Tongaat Long Beach stretches.

KwaZulu-Natal Coast Anglers’ Union results for Postal Round six have been pos­ted on the union’s website. Visit

Ski Boats are also in on the action with some good bottom fishing being reported. Kob and Geelbek have started feeding, but general bottom fishing is capitalising on fair-sized Red fish and Rock cod.

Toyota Angling Club fished its fifth round for the 2010 season on Sunday, as reported by Nat Govender:

A total of 85 anglers and only three fish were landed over the 1 kg mark, which the club regards as a catch to obtain weight points. This was an open boundary (i.e. no limits) and the times were from 6 am to 11 am.

The presentation took place at the Illovo River.



In order of position, name, team, specie, weight (KGs), caught at

1. Sanjee Elliah TDM Grey 12,7 Glen Ashley

2. Vees Naicker A Plant Grey 8,5 Umdoni Point

3. Billy Lourens Engine Plant Barbel 1,6 Toti

Top Anglers for this round:

Position Name Team Weight Points

1. Sanjee Elliah TDM 12,7

2. Vees Naicker A Plant 8,5

3. Billy Lourens Engine Plant 3,2

Largest Edible For This Round: Billy Lourens of Engine Plant with a Barbel of 1,6 kg

Largest Inedible For This Round: Sanjee Elliah of TDM with a Grey of 12,7 kg

Top team for the Round: TDM with 12,7 weight points.


With one more round to go for this year and the possibility of any of the top five teams winning, it is all going to depend on the results of the last round.

Don’t forget to watch the action packed ESA fishing shows on TV on SuperSport1. The ESA Saltwater show will be broadcast weekly on Thursdays at 7.30 pm and the ESA Freshwater show will air weekly on Tuesdays at 7 pm.

Join Xplorer Fly Fishing and Bells whiskey for their second Scaly open weekend at Nyala Pans Lodge on the Umkomaas River on August 27 from 3 pm. The success of the first one-day event for Natal Scaly has prompted them to organise a three-day spring event. There will be three assisted fishing sessions and two open fishing sessions. Meals and soft drinks are provided as well as a tips and tactics talk on Friday evening.

Contact Xplorer Fly-fishing on 031 564 7368 to book. Accommodation is not included, but is available in the area. Contact Karl on 082 455 2218 for accommodation.

The cost is R700 per person and places are limited, so book early.

The Kingfisher starts its “Biggest Shad Competition” on August 1. This year it will be run over a two-month period over August and September, with prizes for the first three heaviest shad caught. Please note that all shad (fresh) must be weighed at The Kingfisher, 53 Hunter Street in Durban, during trading hours. There is a bag limit of four and the minimum size is 30 cm.

Well done to Amith Sinath on landing a monster shad of 7,555 kg on Wednesday morning. This great fish was caught at the Sandpit in the Port Shepstone area. Amith was using his Daiwa SL50SH reel and Kingfisher Poseidon rod. The bait used was red- eye sardine and chokka mix.

Kingfisher trading hours are Monday and Wednesday to Friday 8 am to 5 pm, Tuesday 8.30 am to 5 pm and Saturday 8 am to 1 pm. However, we will be closed on Monday August 9 for Women’s Day.

The Kingfisher hosts a free Fishing Ski Clinic on their premises once a month, conducted by Markham Pollard. Rock and Surf clinics are run by Ivan Stopforth.

To book, phone the Kingfisher on 031 368 3903. You can send any information about fishing, fish caught or competitions in your area to Mike at or fax 031 368 4137.

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