MERCURY EDITORIAL 09th SEPTEMBER 2011 September 9, 2011 by The Kingfisher Garrick and shad seems to be the target specie along the Transkei and the KZN coastline. Good catches of Garrick are also being reported from the Zululand beaches. Amongst the Garrick there is also the odd big kob and some nice size grunter. Much the same can be said for the North and South Coasts as well. On the North Coast, the Tongaat Long Beach and Barracuda Rocks areas should to be the more productive areas. Shad are now feeding freely along the Durban and the Umgeni stretch. Anglers fishing with live bait are also getting some Garrick particularly along the beaches at the Umgeni mouth. A couple of massive shad have been landed recently. We hope these guys take these fish to be weighed at The Kingfisher to enter them for The Kingfisher Biggest Shad Competition. The Isipingo to Karradene stretch is producing a variety of fish apart from garrick and shad. Some of the first brusher have made their appearance at the Twini ledge and at Warner Beach where some specimens in the 6 kg range have been reported. Anglers fishing these stretches at night have accounted for numerous good size kob. The Umkomaas stretch has produced some nice fish recently as well as a couple of queen fish. In the Port Edward area, Terry Nel reports that apart from a few shad being caught here and there, high winds and very rough seas have kept fishermen away and those trying gullies are not having much success apart from a few black tail and stone bream. The Transkei and Port St Johns in particular has for the past few weeks produced some very good catches of garrick, a few specimens in the 20 kg range were reported. Poenskop has also worked very well with good catches of big kob at night and Garrick during the daylight hours. As can be expected live bait at these venues is a problem but anglers who are willing to travel to collect shad and karrenteen are being well rewarded.Rough seas seem to be common now especially over competition weekends and fishing these conditions force anglers to ‘scratch’ in the gullies and previously what were considered to be “rats and mice” are now fish worthy of winning a round. Even those fish have been hard to find and only a few shad have been amongst these. As the warmer weather creeps in, hopes of active estuary fishing are here and summer fishing news should include more of this. Fishing this last weekend was dictated by the weather, big seas and strong south westerly winds. However some teams that fished early Friday evening in the Vidal, St Lucia area did extremely well. Congratulations to D.H.S Old Boys who got 260 weight points. 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.Ski Boats are still experiencing one of the better daga and geelbek seasons for many a year. These fish are being caught freely on both North and South coasts. General bottom fishing has also stepped up a gear with some nice catches of black muscle cracker and the odd copper steen bras being reported. Rock cod and reds have also given anglers some good fun. Ski boats fishing along the backline in the Tongaat area with live bait have reported some very good catches of garrick recently. Martin from Awesome Charters reports that due to the sea condition very few game fish have been caught. Water in the Shelly beach area is cold, green and the surf is still big.South Africa makes us proud at the World Carp ChampionshipsThe South African team has reigned supreme over the carp scene for the past three years. The title belongs to South Africa andthey have proven themselves yet again in 2011 taking the World Carp Championships title in Italy for a 4th consecutive year.There is no other sport where a country has been the champion for 4 consecutive years in a row. And this should make all of us very proud.The technical coaching staff consisting of Hennie du Preez and Andries Malan, they have been with the team on the podium for the last three years as anglers, but this year they were making the plans and leading the team. The pens were drawn, and the hot zones managed to escape the draw of the SA team, but with the experience and faith of theTeam, they took on their pens and made the best of them. The pens were as follow:A zone Pen 21 was drawn by Dean and Pieter.B zone Pen 14 was drawn by GP and Lappies.C zone Pen 6 was drawn by Loutjie and Gilbert.Our team manager was Johan Donald, and he kept us up to date with the standings, and always does a splendid job on lookingafter all of our guys. This is a really big event that has taken place in our lifetime, to see our sport and our country achieve four years in a row.Congratulations boys, we are truly proud of you. Words by: Francois Pretorius ASFN Representative. The Kingfishers trading hoursAre 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 newsFor 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 031- 368 4007.