The Kingfisher Annual Shad competition has started and will be running during the months of August and September. There are fantastic prizes up for grabs. Basically the heaviest Shad will win and all fish must be presented at The Kingfisher to be weighed during normal trading hours. No frozen fish will be accepted.

With Shad and Garrick being prolific we urge all Fisherman/Anglers to respect the environment and ensure that when they leave the beach all rubbish etc. is put in bins. Leave the beach in a better condition than you found it. A reminder to all to make sure that your valid fishing licence is in your possession while fishing.

Rock and Surf

The results for Postal Round 6 have been posted on the Union€™s website, www.kzncau.co.za

Kosi Bay €“ Just like most areas during the winter months this area seems to be on the quiet side. Some Speckled Snapper which are fond of Prawn and Chokka baits can be caught right up till the early evening. Stumpies on Chokka or Sea lice with 2.0 to 4.0 hooks are probably your best bet.

Cape Vidal €“ Lots and lots of Shad. A few Garrick have been caught in the bay and for Anglers happy to fish into the evening some lovely Rock Cod and Lantern fish (Cave Bass) have also been caught.

Tugela €“ A few Milkies and an odd Grey Shark have been there for the non-edible Anglers. For those fishing for the pot some big Shad and Kob in the evenings (caught on Paddle-tail and traditional Shad traces) are up for


Richards Bay €“ Is still seeing lots of Shad and some Garrick in the early mornings. For the artificial enthusiasts the 5-inch McCarthy Minnow in Pearl Olive with a 4.0 Jig head has made some proud Anglers happy to go home after their morning session. 

Umhloti €“ Kob have been caught here although not plentiful. Fleshy Chokka baits with 6.0 hooks have been the most popular. A few live-baits that have been put out in this area have also resulted in Kob.

Umhlanga €“ Some small Grey Sharks caught in the late afternoon and into the early evening have been around. Early morning sessions are still producing some Shad both on Spinning and Traditional tackle. 

Durban €“ Shad, Shad and more Shad €“ it would seem that in the last 2 weeks that the bruisers are out for battle. You can throw your measuring tape away as 99.9% of these fish are well over the size limit. A number of these fish are in the kilo plus range. All facets seem to be working.

Bluff €“ Like the Durban beachfront this area is also inundated with Shad and some guys have been surprised to find smaller Kingfish happily munching their so called Garrick baits which have been put out live. 


Toti €“ Garrick and Shad and lots of them €“ the morning sessions proving the most productive. A few Garrick have also been caught in the late afternoon although live-baits aren€™t always around at this time of the day.

Winkel €“ This hotspot is very crowded especially over weekends. Some big Shad and Garrick are still being caught daily. The Garrick however have been spoilt and prefer a live-bait whether a Shad, Karanteen or Blacktail.

Umkomaas €“ Snapper Salmon and small shoal size Kob are in the area. Smaller Shad than most other areas have been around in the mornings. The Grunter seem to have gone off the bite. 

Scottburgh €“ The bay area has produced an occasional Blue Skate although not many in the last week. The points have produced some Shad and although this is a great live-bait, there aren€™t many Garrick around or they are suffering from lockjaw. 

Trafalgar/Margate €“ Basically Bronze Bream and Shad sums up the fish caught in this area. Both species are plentiful. For the Bronze Bream Prawn and Chokka combinations and the Shad prefer Sardine fillet or whole Sardines.

Transkei €“ There are still a large number of Sardine in the area. Port St John€™s had the competitive Anglers smiling with Bronze Whalers, although not many fish were landed. For the edible Anglers Kob, Bronze Bream and big Shad are in the area. This enables Anglers fishing from extra heavy through to ultra lite tackle and opportunity to strut their stuff.


It would seem that the North is very quiet with very few fish being landed and Skippers putting idle time to good use doing running repairs and servicing motors etc. The Central and lower South Coast which has been experiencing some Sardine activity is a better bet.

Richards Bay/Mapelane/Vidal €“ As previously mentioned not many fish have been reported, an occasional Couta and some Shad were all that were reported for last week. The Snoek seem to have disappeared and we can only hope for better weather and sea conditions that could produce more fish for this area.

Umhlanga €“ With the sea somewhat unsettled, very little action has been experienced. A rare Couta and big Shad on the backline is all that came out.

Durban €“ The brave hearts launching at night have still been targeting the Geelbek and Daga. The ever present Shad are still a major pest and Sabikis are being replaced at a fast and furious rate.

Toti €“ As with the rest of the coastline this area has been somewhat quiet. Garrick and Shad have been the most prolific species.  Small pockets of bait fish, mainly Redeyes have kept the bait freezers full.

Umkomaas/Pennington €“ Although there has been Sardine activity, it would seem that the Game fish are conspicuous by their absence. A few Garrick is all that has been caught despite a number of hours on the water. Some Kob and Geelbek have been caught at night, although there doesn€™t seem to be a lot of fish in this area.

Transkei €“ The rumours have been confirmed, some Coppers have been caught by the local Skippers and these fish have definitely put a smile on their faces.


During the windy months which can produce unpleasant paddling conditions, perhaps it is time to start making up some extra traces, check the rods for any maintenance and give the Ski a good once over. 

North Coast – For the Paddlers not going out as far as the Ski-boat Skippers an occasional nice fish can come along. A rare Couta or Snoek can make the change from the usual Garrick at this time of year. Live-baits are plentiful especially on backline. Mackeral and Shad and a few Redeyes making up the main bait balls.

Central €“ If you are brave enough to take on the morning chill. This area is producing a number of Garrick and big Shad. With the tricky seas and wicked west, it is not the easiest but can definitely be well rewarded.

South Coast €“ Lots of Redeyes and Mackeral for bait. The Shad can become a nuisance although they make excellent live-baits for Garrick. A few Kob and some Geelbek have also been caught in and around shallow pinnacles. 

Durban Bay

The large Skates still seem to be harassing the light tackle Anglers. Some Garrick have also been seen in the bay, perhaps they are chasing the Shad and Maasbunkers. For the Novice and Junior Anglers the Sand Gurnitts are still rampant and can be tackled on Drop shot and bait with equal success. The few Grunter that have been caught are somewhat small and a large amount of effort needs to be put in.


Fly-Fishing €“ During the spawning season an aggressive bite is what can be expected. Well aimed casts and perseverance in a certain area can produce some nice size fish. Zonkers are still working well for reaction bites. Make sure to leave an egg pattern as your insurance policy.

Bass €“ The winter fishing has definitely slowed down. The jigs and deeper water lures near the points seem to be the only methods producing bites. Recently an unofficial 8.1 kilo Bass was landed and this is a pending record. We will keep you informed as to the results.

Carp €“ Like most winter fishing it is still slow although improving. Spiced up feeds and baits are probably your best bet as mentioned last week, less ground feed can enable a greater chance of your baited hook being picked up.

Tiger Fishing €“ The colder weather has produced lockjaw of note. Live-baits only have produced some small fish and that after putting a large amount of time in. Maybe it is time to do some maintenance and get everything in order for the warmer weather in the coming months.

Fishy-Facts (for Humans)

The forerunner to the Ski-boat was known as the €œCrocker Ski€. This surf board type invention was necessitated by Rock and Surf Anglers just after World War 2 in the Port Natal areas that were tired of being teased by splashing fish, just outside of casting range and decided to paddle out on Surfboards to target these fish. The term Ski-boat now refers to all manner of motorised craft used for fishing the deeper waters.


Please remember that ASFN and Free Spool Angling will not broadcast for the next two weeks until the 13th of August due to the Olympic Games starting later this week. Super Sport has dedicated their channels to the Olympic Games to provide full coverage. These episodes will carry on after the Olympic Games prolonging the season with two weeks.

For the latest KZN fishing news presented by O.J., tune into East Coast Radio at 5.40am Monday – Friday.

On the 1St August, The Kingfisher started their €œBiggest Shad Competition€. This year it will be run over a two month period, August and September, with three prizes each month. The heaviest shad for each month will receive a 14€™ Kingfisher Poseidon Cold Class 5pc Graphite Surf Rod, valued at R1, 875.00, the second heaviest shad will receive a Daiwa SL 50SHK Reel, valued at R1, 075.00 and third heaviest shad will receive a Daiwa Opus Plus 6000 Spinning Reel valued at R567.00. Please note that all shad (fresh) must be weighed at The Kingfisher, 53 Hunter Street, Durban, during trading hours and please remember there is a bag limit of four and the minimum size is 30cm.

 Any info about fishing, fish caught or competitions in your area please send to mike.pereira@kingfisher.co.za or fax 031- 368 4007. Check out the new Kingfisher web site: www.kingfisher.co.za. They have updated the tide tables for 2012 and come with a few new added bits of information, like tidal movement, sunrise, sunset ETC.

Please note we will be closed on Thursday the 9th August, for Women€™s Day.

The trading hours of The Kingfisher are as follows:

Mon €“ Fri.  8:00am €“ 5:00pm

Sat.           8:00am €“ 1:00pm

The Kingfisher wishes all Anglers Tight Lines.

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