The Kingfisher Biggest Shad Competition for the month of August is nearly at a close. Currently to get into third place you would need a Shad weighing 3.3kg€™s or more. The last week has seen the leader boards change at a fast and furious pace with two 5+kilo Shad currently in first and second position. The strange thing is that both of these huge Shad have been caught while targeting Garrick and no wire in the traces.

With the weather starting to warm up the beastly easterly and wicked west – now have to be catered for when planning fishing trips. The sun is up slightly earlier, so the early risers have a bit more time before the work bell sounds.

Terry Nel from Tacklenet in Port Edward reports. €œSea conditions are good and fishing here is also great with shad biting in many areas along our coast. The deeper water points are also productive and a garrick of 14kg and a large thorntail skate were landed at the popular Splash Rock, all on live shad as bait.

Another fish of note was a kob of 35kg landed by a Geoff Badenhorst who realeased the fish live back into the sea. This is an admirable action and is worthy of praise. Geoff has become keen on “catch and release” and is encouraged to take part in the program as have others and just this small activity does huge things for marine conservation in our ocean.

As conditions warm up we look forward to the estuary fishing that becomes very active during the summer months.€

Rock and Surf

Kosi Bay €“ Some more Bone fish and smaller Reef fish were basically all that was reported again for the past week. An unlucky Angler fought an unidentified fish for approximately 2 hours before his line parted.

Cape Vidal/St Lucia €“ The Reefs along this area have started to produce some Speckled Snapper and some nice size Wave Garrick for Dropshot enthusiasts. The Shad are also very prolific and will readily take spoon or bait throughout the day.

Mapelane €“ The Bay area is producing Shad although more plentiful in the morning sessions, the S-bend spoon still their most preferred type of tin.

Richards Bay €“ The Shad in the Bay seem to have now brought in some Game fish with more Garrick and a few small Kingfish being reported last week. This area was somewhat protected during the weekend and some large Kob in the 15 to 20 kilo range were also caught.

Tugela €“ With the water clearing up nicely some more edibles have been caught. The main baits being Chokka and live Shad or Shad flap baits. Targeted species such as Kob and Shad for the edibles and for the non-edible Anglers a few Skates have been caught on Shad head.

Zinkwazi €“ With the large number of Gray Sharks in this area, Novice slide-bait Anglers should perhaps perfect their skills on these smaller size fish before targeting the really big ones. A few Shad although noticeably bigger have also been caught on Slide-baits.

Umhloti €“ Some nice Stumpnose which have been caught on Sealice and Crab weighing in the 3 €“ 5 kilo range have been landed from the Reefs and White water areas. Anglers should be aware that permits are required to be in possession of Mole Crab (Sealice) as well as Crabs used for bait.

Umhlanga €“ The rocks to the right hand side of the Lighthouse have produced some Shad, especially on bigger baits such as whole Sardine or small Redeyes. The Spinner Sharks and Grey Sharks seem to arrive in the late evening just as it is getting dark and can well be targeted with throw baits.

Durban Piers €“ The Durban Piers are producing their fair share of Shad although not as plentiful as off the beach. An occasional Stumpnose and the Sand Soldier pests are also up for grabs.

Beachfront €“ Targeting Shad in the late evening just before dark, seems to be a game of Russian Roulette with the smaller Grey Sharks in the 5 €“ 8 kilo range. Many so-called Shad baits are picked up just before dark and the lighter tackle can often lead to tackle failure or some tired arms. The Shad have been abundant although not interested in any tin at all.

Bluff €“ With the water clearing up quite considerably, some Cave Bass or Lantern Fish, Shad and a few small Kingfish have made an appearance. The occasional Bronze Bream caught on Mustad no.6 Big gun hooks due to their short shank €“ have brightened some Anglers days.

Toti €“ Shad are still coming out on both sides of the pool although quantities it would seem have slacked off in the past weeks. On the low tide when the front reef is accessible a few lucky Anglers have been able to put out a live Shad and caught a Garrick or two.

Winkel €“ This very popular beach (sometimes overcrowded) is producing fish €“ mainly Shad which are then used to target Garrick. There have been a number of lost fish due to lines being tangled or burnt off and patience is definitely required when fishing this beach.

Umkomaas €“ The mouth area has seen a bit more activity with a Kob of 11 kilos caught on a Chokka bait with a Poseidon Medium rod and a Daiwa SL50SH reel. The in-edible Anglers using Chokka and Prawn combos have landed some small Blue Skates and juvenile Honeycombe€™s.

Scottburgh €“ A few Spinner Sharks, some Grey Sharks and Blue Skates have kept the in-edible guys on their toes.  For those targeting the pot, some nice size Shad and an occasional Kob have whet the appetite.

Trafalgar €“ With the sea returning to normal and clearing nicely, the weed is a thing of the past and a lot more success has resulted in this area. More Bronze Bream, some big Shad and a lonesome Garrick were caught last week. Strangely enough all fish were landed in the early morning and the Garrick at 2 o€™clock in the afternoon.

Margate €“ The top of the list in species is still Shad, with various sizes being caught. A few Stumpnose in and around the pier as well as a lovely Kob of 15 kilos have made this spot still in the top 5 of the KZN Coastline.

Transkei €“ Most of the estuaries have been producing small Kingfish and Kob as last week€™s conditions forced Anglers in their pursuit of happiness to go to much lighter tackle. The water and waves have played their part and this beautiful coastline is once again a pearl hidden in an oyster.


With the unpredictable winds as well as large swells and not many fish being caught €“ the petrol price increase had Skippers scratching their head as to whether to launch or not. But with the promise of Daga and Geelbek as well as good bottom fishing, when there was a break in the weather conditions, some Salty Dogs headed out to sea.

To the North an occasional Couta and very very rare Snoek were the only fish caught on trolled baits. Some Yellowfin Tuna caught on popping outfits and a few bottom fish such as Reds and Slinger summed up this area.

The Durban Central area saw a lot of Daga and Geelbek Salmon although many of these fish were lost to Sharks sitting 10 to 15 metres under the boat awaiting their Sushi Surprise. On the bottom side some Rock Cod in the 4 to 5 kilo range and a few Slinger have made the trip out well worthwhile. Some Copper Steenbrass have also been caught although the positions are a close kept secret.

The South Coast has seen more Yellowfin Tuna, some Wahoo and the occasional big Couta in the 30+ kilo range. It seems that as bait fish are more plentiful, so are the varied species in this region.


As the weather starts to warm up, Paddlers need to make sure of accurate weather conditions, especially the wind factor before heading out. There is nothing worse than having to paddle back against a very strong head wind.

Predominantly Shad, a few Garrick and some reef fish can basically sum up what has been available to Paddlers and the odd bonus Daga or Geelbek with virtually no mention of Snoek have been all that is heard of.

With warmer weather and hopefully more bait fish €“ the winter maintenance can be put to good use.

Durban Bay

Over the last week the Bay has seen an increase in activity and a number of different species have been caught. Some Shad have been caught with Sardine fillet as well as small Chokka baits. The Grunter are still happily snacking on Cracker Shrimp and although not many big brutes have been caught on light tackle, the 2 to 4 kilo specimens can really give you a workout. Some small Skates and Sand Gurnitts have happily picked up baits that have been lying on the sandy bottom too long. The light Spinning Enthusiasts and Dropshot Gurus should definitely start preparing their tackle for the better fishing to come.


Fly-Fishing €“ As the weather starts to warm up €“ so has the fishing. The Dams seem to be producing a lot more fish as the water temperature is increasing and the water visibility is a lot clearer.

Bass €“ With Spawning almost upon us and in some Dams already upon us, it is definitely time to go deep, to elicit an aggravated attack. Consistent fishing in a certain area could get you your personal best. Beware when fishing structure that you will probably need heavier leader or main line.

Carp €“ A beautiful fish of 4.8 kilos was landed on a Tigga-nut combo at a secluded spot on the Midmar Dam last week. This fine fish was a result of two days hard fishing as well as a well researched and excellent target plan. With warmer weather and a long weekend in September, perhaps it is time to make a reservation.

Tiger Fishing €“ As things start to heat up the river entrance is still a good spot although those in the know still have their secret spots for this time of year. Some nice fish have also been caught in the dam itself. Traditionally the Kingfisher Big Gun Tiger Trace fished with a small live bait can produce some outstanding results for this time of year, especially on a slow troll well behind the boats wake.


The Black Swallower Fish which can occur up to depths of 1500 metres has the uncanny ability to over extend its stomach to 3 times that of its normal size. Unlike most fish that live at this depth and require the cold and the dark, this fish can be found in warm tropical waters as well. Little is known about this fish and the largest found has been only 25 cm€™s long.

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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