WEEKLY FISHING REPORT 05TH SEPTEMBER 2012 September 5, 2012 by The Kingfisher Our scribe is on holiday for a few days, but the fishing report must be written so here we go. Firstly Congrats to Charllie Pillay on his 5.485kg Shad caught at Isipingo Beach, Charllie wins himself a 14 Kingfisher Poseidon Cold Class 5pc Graphite Surf Rod, valued at R1, 875.00. 2nd was Jafar Azeezudden with a 5.424 kg shad caught at Tongaat River Mouth, he wins himself a Daiwa SL 50SHK Reel, valued at R1, 075.00 and 3rd was Habib Adham who caught his 3.234kg Shad at Blue Lagoon and he wins himself a Daiwa Opus Plus 6000 Spinning Reel valued at R567.00. Congrats Guys Seasonal winds have started and anglers will just have to put up with adverse conditions for a few more weeks. However, this time of the year can be very productive when a window of fair weather presents itself. Winter fish are still around in the form of Garrick, Kob and Shad making up the main target specie but those anglers who target Brusher and Bronze Bream can also expect some good results. These fish can be fished for in almost any conditions as they feed in turbulent white water from mainly rocky ledges and outcrops. With the onset of spring anglers can expect angling to improve as we are entering a period where winter fish are still here and the first of the summer fish start making an appearance. Shad have for the past week or so been rather erratic and anglers have to fish hard for any reward. Garrick are now being caught on both north and south coasts. Some fish have been reported as far north as the Cape Vidal area but the main concentration seems to be on the Zululand beaches with the Amatikulu and Mtinzini areas featuring prominently. Some good catches are also coming from the Richards Bay piers along with the odd big Kob. Locally anglers are mainly targeting Shad especially along the Durban piers and the Beach front area, here too anglers are battling to find any pattern as it is a case of a here today gone tomorrow situation. Anglers fishing the Tongaat Long Beach area have had some good measures of success as there are some Shad around for live bait and quite a few Garrrick and Kob have been taken at this venue recently. The same can be said for Barracuda Rocks a little further up the coast. The South Coast has gone a little quiet with only sporadic catches of Garrick and Kob coming in. Terry Nel reports that the September season has come with a bang and a number of good sized game fish have been landed in the last week, a Kingfish of 21kg and a few Garrick up to 14kg fell prey to live Shad off the point. Skates are also in the area and some good sized fish were landed. Bronze Bream of up to 2kg are being caught in various gullies and some Rockcod as well. The fishing is good and one should make the most of this last month before the shad season closes. The Transkei is still producing some great angling as Garrick and Kob are now being caught quite freely in the Port St Johns, Mezappa Bay and Hole In The Wall areas. Ski boat focus has now changed to mainly bottom fishing and most are experiencing a really good season as far as Kob and Geelbek salmon are concerned. Good catches are coming from the South Coast as well as the Durban area. General bottom fishing is just as good with good reports of Reds and Rock Cod. Anglers with patience should start targeting some of the big Copper Steenbras which come along our coastline this time of the year, but it might still be a bit early. Report sent in from Mike at Blue Water Charters. SATURDAY: This was a trip to look for a big Shark, my guest even brought along his own Tiagra 80 to do battle as on a previous trip on another boat he hurt his hands on a big Shark using a KP Reel. We got going before 06h00 and made our way out to sea in very short and choppy waters with a stiff NE breeze. I put some feathers on to look for some Kawakawa to use as bait for the Shark, and I struggled because all we were getting were Yellow fin Tuna, after landing a few Yellow fin we eventually succeeded in finding a nice size Kawakawa of around 7Kg and then made our way to some Shark waters where we rigged the bait. Surprisingly we waited a long time before we got a Shark and then the fight ensued with my guest doing battle with a very large Black Tip Shark. We eventually got the beast to the boat after about an hour, and I removed the hooks, as we were about to take a pic I lost my footing in the very choppy sea and dropped the beast. I had a trip for that night but had to cancel when a heavy SW buster came through. SUNDAY: This was a family trip, by the time I had got out of port the two little guys were fast asleep leaving Mom and Dad to do all the fishing. The sea was flat and the current slow. I trolled some lines on our way out with no luck, and when we got to the reefs we started bottom fishing. We were rewarded with some good fish, a nice Mussel Cracker, some good Englishmen and some nice size Slinger. MONDAY: This was not a charter, I wanted to go out deep to see the conditions with some mates, we had a look at the canyons in some 2000m of water, and after 13.5hrs and some 320km we were rewarded with 2 Marlin strikes. The first one came at the boat so fast after about 10min I was not able to keep the line tight and we dropped him, the second one was about 4hrs later and the line parted after a few minutes. 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. The Kingfishers Biggest Shad Competition is in full swing The heaviest shad for September 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.