Just a reminder: The Kingfisher Annual Shad Competition is in full swing and as yet no Shad have been entered. The competition runs during the months of August and September and there are fantastic prizes up for grabs. The heaviest Shad wins so come on guys get fishing. You got to be in it to win it. Remember the Shad need to be weighed at The Kingfisher during normal trading hours and no frozen fish will be accepted.

The weather hasn€™t been that good of late, but some determined Anglers have put the time in and some nice fish have been caught.

Rock and Surf

Kosi Bay €“ A few Sand Sharks were landed in the past week. The Sand Mackeral flap baits with the spine removed seem to work very well as throw baits.

St Lucia / Cape Vidal €“ Shad are still in the bays and Anglers prepared to fish into the evenings can still get a few Kob. Blacktip Sharks caught mainly on live bait slides are there for the non-edible Anglers. 

Richards Bay €“ There are still some Garrick around and Shad are plentiful, the Paddle-tail fundi€™s are still catching Kob in the white water. Sand Mackeral is also being put to good use here, especially whole baits with cutlets cottoned onto the whole bait to target Blacktip Sharks 

Tugela €“ €œHalf Kob€, big Shad and some Milkies have been the main species here. The odd Zambezi on big slide baits has given some stretching exercise for some Anglers.

Salt Rock €“ Has seen a number of Grey Sharks, especially into the late evenings. Mainly heads on throw baits and cutlet baits €“ make sure to use some American Fishing Wire to prevent being bitten off. Good Rock Boots and a good quality torch are a definite must for this area at night. Some Shad and the odd big Kob also came out last week.

Umhloti €“ Mainly Shad in the mornings, either on spoon or bait. For the early risers as the sun comes up, spinning with a spoon can still have you at work on time with some fishy stories. A few Kob have also been caught here on Chokka combo baits.

Umhlanga €“ The odd Grey Shark in the 15 €“ 20 kg range €“ although not plentiful can still give you a good workout. So why not swop Gym for a night and go fishing. A nice Stumpy of 5.5kg€™s was caught on Thursday last week.

Durban €“ Some juvenile Blue Skates and small Honeycombs surprised a number of the Anglers targeting edibles. There are still a number of Shad although the Maasbunkers have made a pest of themselves.

Beachfront €“ Some nice big Shad in the 800g + range have been coming out in the early mornings and late afternoon into the night. Early morning spinning sessions are productive but when the light is much brighter bait is the way to go. A few Grey Sharks have also been caught although very infrequently.

Toti €“ Is still producing a number of Shad in the early mornings. These fish however seem to ignore the spoons and bait is their only preference. Reports received of one or two Garrick only landed during the week.

Winkel €“ Is still producing a large number of Garrick. The problem is with only large Shad around Anglers are battling to get smaller size Shad for live-baits. 

Umkomaas €“ With a stronger side-wash not much fishing was done in this area. A few Shad were caught on spoon and some under-sized Kob on Paddle-tails. 

Scottburgh €“ A lucky Competition Angler who fished during this week-ends competition, hooked a large fish, and although he fought it for a lengthy period €“ he ended up losing the fish. The bay closest to the rocks has produced some Shad during the early morning and in the white water a few Kob were caught on Combo baits.

Margate €“ Lots of Shad throughout the day €“ morning, noon and night. There does not seem to be many Garrick in this area. You can definitely leave the tape measure at home, as the Shad more than make up for the lack of Garrick in these parts.

Transkei €“ There is still some Sardine activity over most of the area, and with that we know what comes€¦. Plenty of large Bronze Whalers and big Grey Sharks in the 30 €“ 50 kilo range have given the non-edible Anglers time to test their knots. For the edible Anglers some lovely Bronze Bream, big Shad and Kob are there for the taking.


Typical for this time of the year the Ski-boat Anglers put in a lot of effort and don€™t really get too much reward. The weather and waves seem to be against them although fortune favours those brave enough to go out.

Vidal €“ The Cape Vidal area is still producing some nice Couta and some Yellow fin Tuna. These fish have all been caught on live-baits like Shad, Maasbunker and Mackeral.

Richards Bay €“ Still producing some Garrick probably due to large amounts of Shad in the area; live-bait is somewhat scarcer than other areas. Reports received of only two Yellow fin Tuna the whole of last week.

Zinkwazi €“ like the weather has blown hot and cold but seems to have gone off the boil, with only an occasional fish being caught – hopefully the fishing in this area will improve over the coming weeks.

Umhloti €“ is probably one of the most consistent over the past week with a few Yellow fin Tuna and the odd Couta. The Couta however have been crocs and definitely worth the effort of launching.

Umhlanga €“ The main species targeted here have been the Yellow fin Tuna and Daga Salmon. Predominately the Daga fished in the deeper water with a standard 2 hook Daga trace. 

Durban €“ As per the norm for this time of year, Skippers have targeted Geelbek and Daga Salmon €“ mainly around the wrecks and where bait is abundant.

Warner Beach/Toti/Winkel €“ With Warnerdoone hosting the local interclub there were a number of nice fish caught during the competition.  Wahoo, Yellow fin Tuna and some beautiful Bonito had a number of Skippers smiling when they beached after the comp.

Umkomaas €“ The odd Yellow fin Tuna and some lovely Wahoo have been the main catches. The rare croc Couta in the 30-40 kilo range has been a welcome surprise for some Skippers.

Pennington €“ With large numbers of bait in the area the fishing has been up and down. A lovely Rock Cod of 11 kilos was boated with the previous Anglers trace still in its mouth. A tale of the one, that didn€™t get away.

Margate €“ has seen a lot of Garrick, plenty of big Shad and the occasional Couta. The Blackfin Sharks seem to have also taken up residence here and you definitely need to get your fish to the boat ASAP.


With winter being somewhat quieter – a helpful tip. After the North-Easter has blown for 2 or 3 days try the Blue Lagoon and Umhloti areas for Snoek and Yellow fin Tuna, these areas seem to be more productive after this wind.

North Coast €“ For some Paddlers a big Couta, some Daga and the odd Geelbek meant that the Rugby final was a Fish Braai affair, although bait is not as plentiful as the Central and South areas €“ Mackeral, Maasbunker and some Redeye are there for the choosing. Plenty of Shad still on the back-line area.

Central €“ Snoek and Yellow fin Tuna have all been reported in the last week.  A large amount of bait fish in the form of Redeye and Maasbunker, means getting live-baits is easy. The Shad however have now become a real pest, especially for strip baits and when trying to catch live-baits.

South Coast €“ Majority Garrick with an odd Yellowfin Tuna and one surprise Wahoo pretty much sums up this area. The Toti/Winkel area seems to have a lot of bait fish – Mackeral, Redeye and even some Natal Sards. 

Durban Bay

With somewhat cleaner water and the bay being protected from big winds and waves €“ a number of Anglers and Skippers have tried their luck. A few bigger sized Grunter between the big skates (still giving Light-tackle Anglers a headache) have been the norm. The Shad have also invaded and Chokka baits have come back hook-less unless wire has been used. With the cold front early this week hopefully the rain will stop soon and everyone can get back to fishing.


Fly-Fishing €“ With somewhat colder conditions and spawning still going on, the reaction bite seems the only way to catch these fish. Egg Patterns fished with orange Woolley Buggers and Red Setters are a good option although fishing is somewhat slow in most of the dams.

Bass €“ June bug colour fished in deep water could possibly be the way to go. Big dead ringers and lures with lots of movement should be added to the tackle box in order to entice the fish up from the deep. Fishing at this time of the year is somewhat slow and in the warmer months to come will definitely improve.

Carp €“ A lovely fish of 10kgs was caught at Albert Falls on Tiger nuts over the weekend. A really nice fish for this time of year. Well worth the wait sitting on the banks of a cold dam

Tiger Fishing €“ With Jozini Dam water being slightly chilled €“ not too many fish have been caught. The fish that had been caught were mainly small and have had to be lured up from the deep in the late afternoon. In and around structure is where they have been hiding and live-baits are the only way to get them interested.


The Wahoo with an elongated body and cylindrical shape topped off with a viscous set of teeth can be targeted from Natal northwards up into Mozambique. This super-fast predator which has a blue-black body with silver along the sides and white belly can grow to 65 kilos although the specimens caught locally range from 7 to 25 kilos with the odd 30 kilo being caught. Preferred baits are fast trolled lures small Tuna and Mullet.

It has been a shad bonanza on the South Coast this year and not even bad weather has kept fishermen off the rocks, reports Terry Nel from Tacklenet in Port Edward. Fish of over 2kg have been common and a full bag is the order of the day for fishermen in pursuit of these tasty table fish. The police nationals fished in the area went well with Kob, Rockcod and Bronze Bream weighed in. Fishing off the points with live baits have produced a Garrick and Blackfin Shark and it would seem that game fishing has not had much results yet this season.


Please remember that ASFN and Free Spool Angling will not broadcast until the 13th of August due to the Olympic Games. 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.

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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