MERCURY EDITORIAL 02nd SEPTEMBER 2011

The good weather, which prevailed on our coastline recently, has really put fish on the bite. There have been reports of shad being caught at all known venues and with the shad comes all sorts of predators. Garrick are biting well all along the coast and there are reports from areas such as St Lucia, Amatikulu and Mtinzini that the garrick are now firmly entrenched and being caught on a daily basis. Willy Foster landed a beautiful 3kg stumppie a St Lucia this weekend. The weather has been terrible with S/W blowing and lots of rain. Two Garrick were also landed at St Lucia this week.

Mike Roger from The Kingfisher caught a 8.5kg Garrick at Blue lagoon at around 6.30am on Tuesday. Mike was using a Daiwa Regal 4000I spinning reel and a Kingfisher 10€™6€ Drop Zone rod. There was a light north easterly wind and the water was slightly dirty. The garrick was caught with a 2oz chisel nose plug on a dropping tide. A small kob of about 2kg was also caught at the Blue Lagoon with sardine as bait. At night, anglers targeting kob are getting well rewarded for their efforts and a few big guts have been landed. Anglers fishing in the vicinity of Tongaat Long Beach are now getting their fair share. Live shad is at most time hard to come by at this venue but anglers using live mullet get some very good results.

Terry Nel from Tacklenet in Port Edward reports that during the past week, some nice sized garrick were caught and a few shad have also been biting. Bronze bream have been scarce but are on the bite. At the end of the week, cold water moved in and with it a lot of weed. Over the years, September has always been a good month for shad and hopes are that bad conditions improve for the last month of open season for these fish.

The Kingfisher is hosting a shad competition for the biggest shad caught for the month of September. The heaviest shad will receive a 14€™ Kingfisher Poseidon Gold Class 5pc Graphite Rod, valued at R1, 675.00, the second heaviest shad will receive a Daiwa SL 50SHK Reel, valued at R998.00 and third heaviest shad will receive a Daiwa Opus Plus 6000 Reel valued at R498.00. Please note that all shad (fresh) must be weighed at The Kingfisher, 53 Hunter Street, Durban during trading hours (8-5pm weekdays and 8-1pm Saturdays) and please remember there is a bag limit of four and the minimum size is 30cm.

The winning shad for the month of August was a fish of 4kg€™s caught by Mesigan Chetty while fishing in the Transkei, second place goes to Steve Fraser with a shad of 1.024kg€™s that was caught at Sheffield Beach and third place, goes to Arveen Paresaran with a fish of .536kgs caught at
Addington Beach, well done to all of you guys on your winning fish.As the water and weather steadily warms up anglers can expect the return of the traditional summer flatfish in the form of skates and sand sharks. Some fair size sand sharks have already been caught on our coast.

Ski Boats operating out of Durban have caught the first of the much-expected dorado which come to our coastline during spring and summer. Unfortunately the fish that are being caught now are out of reach to the average boat and anglers are just going to have to be a little patient before the warm blue water pushes in closer. Boats operating on the deep wrecks off Durban have had some good catches of geelbek salmon, but unfortunately, the sharks has moved in.

When conditions allow a trip out to the Aliwal Shoal or the Protea banks is a must as there are now some really good tunny mostly in the 20-kg range. Martin from Awesome Charters landed a beautiful 22kg yellow fin tuna. This weekend the water in the area is clean and the current is flowing at 2 €“ 2.5 knots.

Fishing Skis are now concentrating mainly on snoek when conditions allow. September is traditionally a very windy month which keeps ski€™s shore bound. Some Skis are venturing out in the vicinity of the Barge at Umhalanga and targeting big kob.

On the fresh water side Chris Rippin report good catch of tiger fish have been made by angler trolling orange fire tiger lures. The temperature of the water is 20c at present. Good catches are forecast for this week as there is good weather on its way. Bass has been quite due to the bad weather we had over the weekend.

See picture of Mike Roger and his 8.5kg Garrick.


The Kingfisher€™s trading hours
Are Monday, Wednesday to Friday 8:00 to 17:00, Tuesday 8:30 to 17:00 and Saturday 8:00 to 13:00.(This Friday we will be trading from 8;00 to 13:00)


KZN fishing news
For the latest KZN fishing news presented by O.J., tune into East Coast Radio at 5.40am Monday – Friday.


Any info about fishing, fish caught or competitions in your area please send to mike.pereira@kingfisher.co.za or fax 031- 368 4007.