Raoul De Villiers after 28 years in the fishing tackle industry, the last 15 with The Kingfisher, has finally decided to retire at the end of November.
Mike Philip from The Kingfisher had this to say €œThe quality of service Raoul has offered our customers, his total commitment and loyalty to The Kingfisher has been exemplary, Raoul will be irreplaceable€

Up until the bad weather and heavy rains we have experienced, fishing here was pretty good with a number of fish being caught but now is the wait for cleaner sea conditions. Last weekend saw very strong South Westerly winds that brought heavy rain with it most large rivers burst their banks and with this heavy rain came lots of debris, water hyacinth and weeds, making fishing difficult. Fish were still however landed by anglers willing to put in the time. But water like this hosts kob and shark species and expectations are that these fish will be on the bite. Shad season will be open at the time of print this week and fishermen can again legally take home these tasty fish. Reports from divers have been that big shad have been spotted in large numbers moving up and down the shoreline.

Terry Nel from Tackle Net in Port Edward reports that as with the sea, a number of fish including kingfish, sea pike, perch and rock salmon have been taken from the estuaries here until the dirty water arrived from inland. Jet Ski fishermen are eagerly waiting to take part in the huge competition on the 10th and 11th of December here and a record number of entries are expected to take part and be a part of history as the record is broken for the number of entries into such a competition. Not to mention the fabulous prizes up for grabs to. Dorado would be targeted as there is a very distinct colour line out at sea at the moment.

In the North Coast areas, Zinkwazi is still producing grey sharks, Blythedale there has been some nice brown skates and sandy€™s landed and in the Ballito area grey sharks and bonefish made up most of the catches.

Zululand beaches has been producing some nice king fish, stumpies, bonefish and skates.

Well done to Rudolph Scheepers who landed a lovely tiger shark of +/- 150kg this weekend. Rudolph was using the Kingfisher Poseidon Heavy HMG rod, an excellent fish from the beach.

The results of the Postal Annual Meet held at Salt Rock this past weekend have been posted on the Union€™s website: www.kzncau.co.za . Amongst the top teams and anglers, The Kingfisher€™s Ray Thompson from Leviathan AC took top honors with the most weight points over the eight rounds, a great effort Ray, well done.

Ski Boat fishing has also stepped up a notch and a lot of Ski Boaters focus has now changed to game fish as dorado, couta and a variety of other game fish have already been accounted for. The main area at the moment is obviously the €œdeep reefs€ off Durban where there is a lot of dorado and the odd sailfish have been landed. The Aliwal Shoal has over the past few weeks produced some quality fish. Big wahoo and kingfish are now regularly being caught and spear fishermen report sightings of big shoals of couta. Further down the coast the Protea Reef has also yielded some quality fish. Big tunny and the odd couta are now being caught in this area.

The Xmas Classic is taking place next Sunday 4th December in the Durban Bay, a bit more info supplied by Brett Hibbert:

Registration takes place on Saturday 3rd December from 10h00 at Stella Canoe Club, next door to Fynnlands. You register, had your toy in and collect your goody bag and T-shirt. Skippers briefing is at 16h00, at the briefing you will be given the rules and contact numbers for the marshals. Our valued sponsors will be down on the day showing off their products and wanting to get to know you.

There is a flea market, Jumping Castle for kids, live music, DJ, food stalls, a great pub, Red Bull ladies Bar, and plenty of lucky draws taking place all day, bring your wives, kids, girlfriends and girlfriends kids. Just don€™t bring your wife and girlfriend at the same time!

On Sunday, lines in at 05h00 and lines up at 11h00. Marshals will be on the water way before the comp starts so don€™t take a chance. Prize giving is at 14h30 at Stella Canoe Club. Tight Lines and have fun.

The Kingfisher is having their massive annual sale. The items on sale include samples, seconds, demo items, end of range as well as a number of great specials. Don€™t miss out on this one. This sale ends on the 4th December

The trading hours of The Kingfisher over the festive season are as follows:

Mon €“ Fri.  8:00am €“ 5:00pm

Sat.           8:00am €“ 1:00pm

FESTIVE SEASON TRADING HOURS, SUNDAYS & PUBLIC HOLIDAYS:  4th, 11th, 16th, & 18th of December as well as the 2nd January 2012, 8:00am €“ 1:00pm.

There is some great new fishing TV shows that are now being aired on     DSTV.

1) ASFN premiers on Mondays on Super Sport 6, channel 206,

     19:30 to 20:00.

          2) Free Spool Angling premiers on Thursdays on Super Sport 5,

               Channel 205, 19:00 to 19:30. 

          3) Hier Gaan Ons Alweer premiers on Fridays on KykNet, channel                            

               111, 18:00 to 18:30.

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.

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