Brusher seem to have entrenched themselves along the South Coast with the upper south coast areas producing numerous good size fish. When targeting these fish your tackle should be stepped up a grade or two to that of shad angling. These fish are found amongst rocky ledges and points and for this reason your tackle should ideally be that of a heavy nature. Your nylon should be around 35lb, Kingfisher Giant Abrasion is a good line and a heavy action rod like the Poseidon Heavy (Gold Class or HMG) is advised. Hooks should range from a 6/0 to a 8/0, Mustard Kendall Round is a particularly popular hook and your trace line should be no less than 30lb, Siglon fluorocarbon 33lb and 40lb does the trick.
Reels are also very important and should be in good condition. Conventional reels, like the Daiwa SL50SHK and the Daiwa Saltist Black/ Gold STT BG50 are ideal as they have the pulling power to get big specimens out and away from rocks. Baits can vary, as these fish are not fussy eaters. The main bait however is a live crab but sea lice, crayfish, whole mussels, chokka and even sardine heads work very well. However it is shad and garrick that are featuring prominently on the entire KZN coastline. Some really good size shad, up to the 3 kg mark have been reported from areas such as the Blue Lagoon and Toti areas. 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 5.600kg’s caught at Blue Lagoon by Shane Govender, tied for second place is a shad of 3.006 kg’s caught by Paul Westergreen in the Bluff area a shad of 3.006 kg’s caught by Les Boucher at Umgababa.
The Durban area itself has for the past few weeks fished very well. When the weather permits garrick and shad are now feeding freely along the Durban North beaches. Anglers fishing with live bait are getting some garrick particularly along the beaches at the Umgeni mouth. On the North Coast, Tugela has produced some nice kob with quite a few been landed.
Further north, the water temperature has increased in the Zululand area and with this lots of bone fish, pompano and stump nose been caught and at Richard’s Bay on Saturday Marcel from The Kingfisher saw an angler land and release three large labotas. On the Ski Boat front the water temperature at Vidal is 24 degrees with a few dorado coming out.
The Durban bay has not been fishing well. This will change as the water temperature increase. Don’t forget about the annual Christmas Classic bay fishing competition which will be held on the 4th December. Get your entry forms from The Kingfisher.
On the Fresh water side, bass of over 3kg have been landed at Albert Falls; this is a great time of the year to try your hand at bass fishing. And don’t forget 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”
Ski boaters are still having a wonderful winter season as daga and geelbek salmon are still feeding freely on both North and South Coasts. General bottom fishing is also producing some very good results of mainly reds and rock cod. A few boats that have ventured out to the deeper grounds off Durban have reported that there are a few dorado around already. It is good to see that the bait fish have now started to return, and for the Paddle Ski guys, lots of quite large snoek have been landed recently in the Umshwathi area.
Photo: Our current first prize winner Shane Govender caught a shad of 5.600kgs at Blue Lagoon.
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