MERCURY EDITORIAL 21th OCTOBER 2011

Weather conditions settled nicely and fish came back on the bite during the course of last week. Anglers on the South Coast with the Port Edward area in particular are now getting some good action, this includes a nice garrick captured at Splash Rock on live black tail. Lesser sand sharks are also on the bite and as expected and bronze bream are being found here and there by fishermen trying for them. The sea conditions have improved after strong winds and rain so good fishing is expected as the weekend approaches.

At this time of the year, we find that quite a few hard fighting hammerhead sharks have now been reported. One or two bigger specimens in the 30 kg region have been landed but the average weight seems to be in the 10 kg to 15 kg range. Don€™t forget you need a good strong reel, like the Daiwa Saltiga 50 or the new Saltist BG 50 (with carbontex washers) to land these beasts. The warmer weather and calmer seas have improved fishing conditions and the fish are on the bite again. The ski boat guys report that bait fish are plentiful along the reefs and are being used as live baits and garrick and hammerhead sharks are being hooked with these baits. Most of the river estuaries have opened and news of grunter catches are coming in. Needless to say as the days get longer and warmer more fishermen will be trying around these spots for these excellent table fish. Anglers fishing in the gullies and rocky ledges have had some good bronze bream catches lately.

Further up the coast, brusher are being caught at most known spots as well as grey sharks, the odd bone fish and blue skates. Summer flatfish have also moved in and numerous small diamond skates and bigger brown skates have made their presence known but the anticipated bigger sandies have not made their appearance yet. The Durban area is also fishing well but shad are becoming a nuisance as these fish are feeding on baits intended of other species, on the north bank of Umgeni River a couple of garrick have been landed on live bait, however some nice catches of grunter, kob and some smaller stumpies are being reported.

Fishing in Zululand this week has been tough but there have been quite a few reports of bonefish and stumpies at Vidal / Mission €“ Rocks areas but it is the Blythedale and Zinkwazi areas that is still producing grey sharks.

The Transkei is also fishing well with garrick and kob being the main target specie at the moment. Sharks in the form of hammerhead and bigger grey sharks are now being caught off most deep water points and when the water gets cold enough some very big raggies have been reported from the Hole in the Wall and Mazeppa Bay areas.

Ski Boats are still experiencing a good season of bottom fish with geelbek and daga salmon making up the bulk of the catch as well as a few snoek of Umgeni River and the odd garrick in the Wesbrook area. It should not be long now before the first of the dorado start making their appearance off Durban. A small reminder from Brettt Hibbert the organizer of the Christmas Classic Bay Fishing competition that will be held on 4th December in Durban Bay, no late entries will be accepted after the 7th November €“ so register now. Get your entry forms from The Kingfisher, 53 Hunter Street, Durban.

On the fresh water scene, we€™ve heard very little, but throughout the week bass have been landed at Midmar, Nagel and Inanda Dams and carp fishing at Nagel and Inanda Dam has been good with some nice size ones between 3 to 6kg been caught. Fly fishing for yellow fish at Quantani / Sterkfontien Dam has been on and off depending on the weather.

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