With a Bumper Shad season a number of lovely fish have been caught and the current standings in the Kingfisher Competition are: 1st Rajan Govender with a Shad of 0.790kgs, 2nd Collin Geithire 0.694kgs and 3rd Frikkie Morris with a 0.664kgs Shad.
Marlon De Waal caught a beautiful 4.120kg Shad in the Tinley Manor area and unfortunately as the fish was frozen it could not be entered into the competition. The August Competition will close on the last business day of normal trading for the Kingfisher. There is still plenty of time, so make sure to bring your Shad to The Kingfisher for an official weigh-in.
With the sea somewhat dirty in areas and the strong westerly over the weekend, hopefully we can look forward to some better fishing for next week.
Rock and Surf
The results for Common Venue Round 5 have been posted on the
Mapelane With clean water and good water temperature, Shad were prolific with many a novice being able to catch their quota on all facets, be it Dropshot, bait and artificial lures. A few Kob have also been caught in the late afternoon.
Tugela With the recent rains filling the rivers the water here has been somewhat dirty and a lot of weed has made fishing virtually impossible.
Salt Rock A lonely Garrick of 11 kilos was all that was heard from this area this nice fish was caught on a live-Shad thrown off the front of the swimming pool.
Umhloti With discoloured water the best hope is to try and target a Kob either on a Paddle-tail or Chokka bait as these fish are quite happy to swim around in off-coloured water.
Umhlanga Some Shad are being caught on the right hand side of the Lighthouse in the early mornings. A few Grey Sharks off of the front points have also been landed with Sand Mackeral head or cutlet baits. With spring around the corner this area should provide a lot more fish.
Beachfront Like the rest of the coast, this area has seen a prolific amount of Shad being caught – sometimes even throughout the day. The water temperature is slightly colder than normal and this protected area seems to still have good visibility.
Bluff The dirty water due to the canal emptying into the sea after the rain meant that this area was somewhat un-fished early in the week. The water seems to have cleared up and a few Shad and a rare Kob in the late evenings have been rumoured for this area.
Toti Due to the two rivers in close proximity to this area – the water was also discoloured. Although there were a few Shad and 4 Garrick reported for the last week, the water should be a lot clearer so the weekend warriors can definitely have a go.
Winkel The Garrick still seem to be in this area and the Shad are definitely being chased. Both live and dead Shad are readily grabbed by the Garrick, even with the large number of people present.
Scottburgh Likewise with a river right next door to the main fishing rocks only a few Blue Skates were caught off the front rocks and an occasional Shad along the colour line.
Trafalgar Prior to the dirty water this area was somewhat busy with Bronze Bream, Cave Bass and a few Cat-faced Rock Cod dressing the dinner table. The dirtier water should clear shortly and fishing can resume.
Due to the wind Gods playing their normal tricks and lots of dirty water many Skippers feel they are surely cursed. There were however a few boats which launched with mixed reports and mixed successes.
Cape Vidal/Richards Bay The winter species i.e. Garrick have been regularly targeted with live-Shad and Pinkies. A few Snoek still seem to be lurking although not many have been boated. A few reports of some Geelbek and Daga being caught on night-rated boats have also been made.
Umhlanga Until the rains caused the rivers to flow, the fishing had been fairly good with some Snoek, the odd Couta and lots of Garrick being targeted. The river-mouth areas – produced more Garrick, especially on the ever abundant Shad and Mackeral. With the water clearing rapidly Skippers can lift the curse and go back to their favourite fishing spots.
Warner Beach/Toti/Winkel Bait fish seem more plentiful in this area in the form of Mackeral, Red-eye, a few Maasbunker and some Natal Sardines mixed in for good measure. Live Shad have been trolled, cast and drifted to catch the Garrick aka the Gentleman of the sea.
Umkomaas/Scottburgh Like most areas, experienced dirty water and not much fishing was done. Garrick and small amounts of bait fish were that was heard of.
Pennington Some Geelbek have been boated and an occasional Wahoo has kept reels screaming. This area should improve as the water clears up.
At the mercy of the elements, the Paddlers have suffered a similar fate due to dirty water and with their limited range, this can prove somewhat troublesome.
Lots of smaller sized Shad, some Sand Soldiers and smaller Grunter have made up this weeks catches. The water was quite clean with only a small amount of debris after the recent rains. The Bay could probably be a better bet until the sea has returned to its normal colour. With the windy months now upon us, the Bay offers great protection and an ideal place to fish from the side or off of a water craft.
Fly-Fishing The Rivers are producing some Scalys and it seems it is on the rise. The up country run off filled the rivers for a short period and increased the flow rates, with these subsiding; we can expect even more fish to be caught. The dams are producing a few fish although very cold conditions and a warm bed are a tight toss-up.
Bass Fishing has been fairly difficult due to the windy conditions. Inanda Dam is currently closed due to spawning and Albert Falls Dam will be closed for the month of September. The other Dams have not produced many fish. With spring around the corner and better conditions, the trend should improve.
Tiger Fishing The river entrance to the Jozini Dam has constantly produced some nice fish. The Kingfisher Tiger live-bait trace is working really well. The most popular being the nylon coated with the Mustad 4.0 Kendall hook. Fish landed have been between 800g and 1.2 kilos.
The Geelbek (family to the Kob and the Baardman) although not Green listed by SASSI is a popular commercial and recreational fish and hence has a 2 per Angler limit with a minimum size limit of 60cm. This is an excellent table fish and should only be enjoyed on special occasions.
For the latest KZN fishing news presented by O.J., tune into East Coast Radio at 5.40am Monday – Friday.
There are some great fishing TV shows that are back after a break for the Olympics, these are 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 6, Channel 206, 19:00 to 19:30.
On the 1St August, The Kingfisher started their Biggest 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,
Any info about fishing, fish caught or competitions in your area please send to email@example.com 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.