With the windy conditions and big seas over the weekend the conditions were somewhat difficult for competitive Anglers as well as the social ones. However, a number of Anglers definitely put their best foot forward and the leader board for the Kingfisher Biggest Shad Competition is changing daily. The current 3 positions are held by Jafar Azeezuddeen €“ 5,424 kg, Muzamir Sheik €“ 0,908 kg and Frikkie Morris €“ 0,866 kg. Truly a beast of a fish well done to Jafar, if this weight is not beaten the Poseidon Gold Class 5 Rod valued at over R1800 will be yours. The other prizes are for 2nd Place is Daiwa SH50 Reel valued at over R1000 and for 3rd a Daiwa Opus Plus 6000 Reel valued at over R500. So get cracking.

Rock and Surf

Kosi Bay €“ With adverse weather predicted, not many people headed in this direction. A few Bone fish caught on small Chokka baits and some Shad were the only species reported. With better conditions maybe more fish will be forthcoming.

Cape Vidal/St Lucia €“ Should be renamed to St Shad, there have been large amounts of these fish and they are beautiful eating €“ especially fresh. A few Garrick have also been caught here although somewhat infrequently. Drop shot have been put to use targeting the smaller Kingfish species.

Mapelane €“ Smaller Kob have been caught in the late evening and most of these on bait, especially long thin Chokka and Prawn combos and Shad in the early mornings as per usual for this area.

Richards Bay €“ Those lucky enough to be able to fish the harbour from the side have caught a few Garrick on smaller live baits such as Karanteen, Mullet and Shad. There are a few Shad in the Bay and a number of €œchasers€ have been seen.

Tugela €“ Both sides of the mouth have been producing some very nice sized Shad. Some Kob have also fallen to McArthy Drop shot and Chokka baits and smaller Spinner Sharks have given the non-edible Anglers a light workout.

Zinkwazi €“ With rumours around of Grey Sharks in the area and the weather not being great €“ many competition Anglers zoned in on this area. There were a number of Grey Sharks caught mainly due to this being targeted specifically and not many edible fish were recorded.

Umhloti €“ In and around the rocky gullies some Stump nose and the odd €œBrusher€ have been caught. Thick leader line and a good reel are a must when targeting these species with both a whole Muscle and Mole Crab or Sea lice.

Umhlanga €“ The Lighthouse has been off the boil a bit of late. Some Shad in the early morning caught with the traditional Salt Water Sport Shad trace with Sardine Fillet. A lonely Grey Shark was the only fish caught in the evening on Tuesday night.

Durban Piers €“ The Shad are still around with some Black tail just for good measure. The small red fish are plentiful and these peckers can really strip a bait intended for bigger fish.

Beachfront €“ Shad have been caught almost every day in the morning and evening sessions especially in front of the hospital. The odd small Grey taxman has been sampling Sardine Shad baits which has confused some Anglers into thinking they have just won The Kingfisher Biggest Shad Prize.

Bluff €“ Spinning enthusiasts can make use of the Falcon and Toby spoons for Shad at sun up. The sandy stretches allow for easy walking. For the more adventurous, try targeting Kingfish on live baits such as Shad, Karanteen and small Black tail when the conditions allow.

Toti €“ Shad of all sizes from undersize to well over pan size have been caught. The smaller size Shad being put back to entice Garrick although there have been considerably less than in other spots. Some small Spinner Sharks, just before dawn have tested the eager beavers.

Winkel €“This area is still getting lots of Garrick although the Shad are hit and miss. The Garrick have been spoilt rotten and will only eat live baits. There are rumours of a big Shad that was caught, but this fish was not brought in to the Kingfisher for weighing.

Umkomaas €“ With very few Grunter and the Shad on an off this area has quietened down and hopefully with the warmer weather coming €“ should come back up to its fishing best.

Scottburgh €“ A few Blue Skates on a Chokka pencil baits. Shad have been caught in the Bay on bait for a short period in the early morning.

Trafalgar €“ Some Bronze Bream were the reward for those prepared to face the weather and the big seas. As can be expected there was plenty of weed and large swells which ended up making for very tough conditions indeed.

Margate €“ Still a Shad haven. With the recent SAP Angling Club Annual Competition, a large number of Shad were caught throughout the day. Both S-bend spoon and Sardine were put to good use. Live Mullet are a good option to target the bigger Shad.

Port Edward   Terry Nel from Tacklenet in Port Edward reports that Shad are still on the bite with the odd Kob being caught in amongst them. A number of reef fish are also on the bite and apart from the usual Bronze Bream and Barbel, Lemonfish are also biting. This species is a very tasty table fish but is not a common species so take just what you need should you catch them and return the others back to the water.


Transkei €“ With very big seas and swells of 6 metres plus €“ not many fish were landed. Unusually there was still a large amount of Sardine activity which can create a vacuum for the Rock and Surf Anglers. Some Shad and a few smaller Grey Sharks were all that was reported for this area.



With the sea resembling a washing machine, suffering a severe malfunction and large waves not many Skippers would give up the Rugby and Cricket to launch their boats. August through to October is traditionally the best bottom fishing time as the Couta and Snoek are very few and far between.

In the Richards Bay area, Garrick have been caught in the harbour as well as off-shore, in and around backline. Bait has not been as plentiful as in the past and the odd Snoek have made some Skippers smile.

The Durban and Durban North area has not seen too many fish except for the Daga and Geelbek which have been targeted in the deeper water. A few Garrick off the Umgeni River on Maasbunker or live Shad, all but sums up this area.

On the South Coast there are still lots of Garrick around and some big Shad, with a few Yellow fin Tuna coming in to give a change from the usual suspects.


Like the Ski-boat Skipper the Paddlers were also at the mercy of the wind and waves. A few of the braver guys did put in some sessions.

Daga Salmon off the wrecks, some nice size Shad and Garrick on the backline seem to be the most prolific species. A few ground fish near the reefs in the form of Rock Cod and some Bronze Bream kept the family fed. With Tuna being caught south perhaps it is worth a Paddle in an area that you€™re not familiar with.

Durban Bay

The Bay has been producing more Grunter of late, with the fish weighing from anything from a kilo to 2.5 kilos. Cracker Shrimps with small Mustad hooks and the traditional running trace definitely proving why they are a classic. Due to its protection it still leaves Skippers and Shore Anglers a place to put a line during the adverse conditions.


Fly-Fishing €“ As the spawning season comes to an end the fish should start to feed more regularly. The rivers are still closed until September and the Dams have produced a few fish, with better fishing predicted as the weather turns to spring.

Bass €“ Time to start pre-spawn fishing, sinking lures fished close to the bottom or bounced off the bottom such as Football jigs and creature baits are the best bet for this time period – structure and drop-offs being the key target areas.

Carp €“ The Carp fishing is still very slow with not many catches being reported. Shongweni Dam seems to have been the most active although these fish are somewhat smaller with the average being between 2 and 3 kilos. With spring around the corner, the warmer weather should hopefully heat up their appetites.

Tiger Fishing €“ The river entrance to Jozini Dam is definitely the place to fish with plenty of hook-ups. Small live baits on a slow troll, approximately 20 to 30 metres behind the boat with a good hook set have got the Tiger fish jumping. Remember to check that your hooks are still sharp as the hard mouths can dull the sharpest hook.


The Lizard fish is found in tropical and subtropical marine waters throughout the world. Although, generally small fish, the largest of the species can grow up to 60cm long. They have slender, cylindrical bodies, and heads that resemble that of a lizard €“ their mouths are full of sharp teeth even on their tongues! These teethy tykes will often tackle what resembles food e.g. Spoons fished on a slow retrieve that are double or treble their size. They are bottom dwelling fish, living in shallow coastal waters, even the deepest dwellers live in waters no more than 400 metres deep.

There are some great fishing TV shows 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 €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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