MERCURY EDITORIAL 16th SEPTEMBER 2011

Anglers are enjoying a reasonable shad season and these fish are at most of the well know places. Although some are on the small side, the odd fish seem to be well oversized, just look at the results of The Kingfishers Shad Competition, there have been some big fish weighed in. Traditional shad spots are producing very well but crowds do become a problem from time to time. Besides the shad, this time of the year produces some excellent fishing as the winter fish are still with us and as the sea starts warming up, some of the summer flatfish have begun filtering through. Reports from the south coast area suggest that a few sand sharks and diamond rays have already landed as well as small brusher, bronze bream and blue skates at all the popular venues. Further south in the Transkei loads of hammer head sharks, kob and shad are been caught.

The Durban area and the Umgeni north bank in particular are producing some nice garrick and shad. Anglers fishing at this venue at night have recently landed some very nice kob and grunter. The Blue Lagoon area has steadily been producing some excellent catches of garrick. Further down the coast it business as usual. This area has over the past few weeks been yielding some very good catches.

Garrick has been coming out at a steady rate particularly along the middle south coast. Anglers that fish at night in these areas now stand a very good chance of getting stuck into some big kob. The North Coast is now also a steady performer with anglers getting their shad quotas in fairly quick time. We have also had reports of springer, bronze bream and garrick been landed.

Zululand at this time of the year really comes to life as shad, garrick and big kob are caught all along this coastline right up to the Cape Vidal area. Anglers looking for big flatfish such as skates and sand sharks will not be disappointed. The far northern beaches such as Black Rock, Rocktail Bay and the Kosi areas really produce some fine catches. Recently anglers fishing in this area landed the first of the giant kingfish, which now start coming into this area. These are remote areas and accommodation in these areas is limited so please plan your trips well in advance. The results of Postal Round 8 have been posted on the Union€™s website. www.kzncau.co.za.  However, they mention that these results could be amended, depending on action, if any, taken by the Executive Committee on Clubs who fished in the iSimangaliso area without the required permits during the round. Thanks to Dave Nisbet the Secretary of the Kwazulu Natal Coast Anglers Union of the info.

On the ski boat side, geelbek are still on the bite, with the tax man taking his cut. Lots of whale actativey around the Durban area, so you guys that fish at night please be on the look- out for them.
As far as fresh water fishing goes with the full moon and warm temperature this past weekend, lots of spawning bass have been landed in most of our dams. The lures that worked best for these spawning fish were brush hogs and jigs in dark colours. The 5th annual bass classic at Mnini dam just outside Amanzimtoti will be held over the weekend of 01st and 2nd October 2011. It will be a two-man team per boat event, with cash prizes each day for the heaviest 5 fish bag, plus an overall largest bass cash prize for the competition. In addition, there will be lucky draw prizes as well. Cost to enter is R350 per boat and covers both days. Entry forms with competition rules thereon are available at all bait and tackle shops in the “Toti, Warners and Winkle areas. Queries may be directed to Ron on 0833007528”

Tiger fishing at Jozini dam has improved dramatically, with good catches been made on fly and artificial lures. The western side of Jozini has been fishing the best as it gets more sun light and is therefore warmer. Due to the water temperature still being low in our rivers, the yellow€™s still have not turned on, but this will start to change over the next month. So get out your fly rod and dust them of, start preparing now for the coming season, it should be a good one. If in any doubt about what to use, pop into The kingfisher and see Guy and the boys, they will put you on the right track.

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. So far the winning fish is a shad of 3.006 kg€™s caught by Paul Wintergreen in the Bluff area and second place, with a 2.418kg€™s shad caught at Bats Centre goes to Yasmin Sheik, third prize is still up for grabs.
 

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.

 

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

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