Weekend weather looking up for anglers

2009-10-10 00:00

AFTER a few weeks of really bad seas and poor weather, things look as though they are finally settling.

The forecast for the weekend looks favourable for angling, and with the shad ban in place, anglers are now targeting brusher, pompano and the odd bronze bream. Brusher have already made an appearance, mainly along the Isipingo ledges and the rocky stretches of La Mercy. Pompano are still hard to find and no reports of any fish have come to light, but it should not be long before catches start filtering in.

Locally, there are only some sketchy results as far as sand shark and skate action are concerned. The only real results are coming from the Zululand beaches where some good specimens of both sand sharks and skates are being reported. Angling up here now can be very rewarding as there are still some garrick around, as well as quite a few kob. Snapper salmon have also been caught in good numbers along the Amatikulu stretch, but the main area seems to be in front of the river mouth.

The Transkei, which is fishing very well now, also starts producing some very big sharks off most of the deep-water points. The main areas are the traditional Port St Johns and surrounding points and the Hole in the Wall areas, as well as Mezeppa Bay.

Jos Lourens, Matthew Dennington and Mike and Lloyd Pereira have just returned from a three-day trip to Mazeppa Bay. The conditions were favourable and they landed and lost some magnificent fish. The more notable fish landed were Matthew’s (first shark) bronze whaler of 112 kilograms, Jos landed another bronze whaler of 97 kilograms and Mike landed a beautiful raggie of 174 kilograms. This fish was landed at the point with the new 13’ Kingfisher “Donsa” HMG rod and a Daiwa Saltiga 50 reel. There where some small hammers around and the occasional grey shark.

News from Port Edward’s Terry Nel is that there were not too many crowds down there this weekend, and people have stopped targeting shad with the season closed until December 1. However, the odd shad being caught by “mistake” have been large. Bronze bream are now the top of the list of targeted fish and some nice fish are being caught in most of the shallow reef areas where bronzies are active. Splash Rocks’ “live bait fraternity” are still seen there just about all the time and one wonders sometimes if they remember to go home because their profiles seem to have become a very common sight at Port Edward. For information about the Port Edward area, give Terry a call at Tacklenet, 039 311 3013.

For the latest KwaZulu-Natal fishing news presented by O.J., tune into East Coast Radio at 5.40 am Monday to Friday.

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