An appeal to all coastal shore fishermen. We are heading for trouble with the filth being left on our beaches. This years successful Shad run has just exacerbated matters further. If we still want to be able to fish our coastline we have all got to behave a whole lot more responsibly, clean up after ourselves and encourage fellow anglers to do the same. Complaints of stinking bait, fishing line, bait boxes etc. left on shore are appearing increasingly in our local press its only a matter of time before further fishing restrictions are imposed.
The Kingfisher heaviest Shad competition is well underway for September with about 2 weeks still left, the current heaviest Shad is 5.930kgs, followed up by 5.066kgs and a smaller Shad of 3.46kgs bringing up third place. So guys and girls there is still time get that big one and claim those fantastic prizes.
With the wind not knowing in which direction to blow, it has made for a really topsy turvy sea and many Anglers not knowing what to do.
Rock and Surf
Kosi Bay Some small Kingfish namely, GTs and Blue Spot Kingfish have been caught in clear water, although with the windy conditions the sea has been a bit rough.
Cape Vidal/St Lucia This area is producing a lot of Shad although not many above the 600g mark. With water being clean the recent Ballies and Babes competition produced a large number of Shad. A few of these fish had definite bite marks yet live baits put out for the predators were left alone?
Mapelane With dirty water and really rough conditions only a few Kob were caught. These fish were either hooked on live bait or chokka baits.
Richards Bay The Bay area is still producing some Garrick although not as plentiful as the past weeks. There are a number of small Spinner Sharks on throw baits and Kob on live bait slides.
Tugela With the river pumping into the sea, dirty water has made for difficult fishing. Very few Kob and a small Grey Shark was all for this area. The Tugela Angling Club is celebrating its centenary year this year and they are trying to get hold of all past and retired members to join in their celebration on the 6th October. Please contact the club secretary, Liezel on 083 417 9333 for more info.
Zinkwazi With dirty water conditions and lots of weed in the water, not many Anglers have fished this area as a result, very few fish have been reported.
Umhlanga A few Grey Sharks off the rocks at the Lighthouse. Shad have been caught off the beaches and while targeting these fish the Black tail have made a pest of themselves.
Virginia A few big Shad have been hooked in the area, mainly on smaller Shad live baits – Cannibalism 101.
Durban Piers The small Red fish have been plaguing the fishermen on the piers. Some small Shad and a few Sole basically sum up all the action.
Beachfront Weather permitting the Shad are still around as well as the odd Stumpnose. Grey Sharks are also infrequent and hopefully the Flatfish will come soon.
Bluff Small Kingfish species, a few Lantern Fish (Cave Bass), the odd Stumpy and Black tail having taken refuge from the big seas have been caught in this area. Small hooks with well-presented baits, and a very proud hook is the best ammo.
Toti Home of the Big Shad! Currently the first and second placed Shad have been caught in this area, slide baits such as Mullet and smaller Shad with no wire have done the trick.
Winkel Lack of lustre has seen fewer Garrick and Shad only being caught in the morning. There are lots of small Black tail and Stone Bream which can be great fun using McCarthy Worm on light Jig heads for Drop shot Buffs.
Umkomaas Not really much to offer, the odd Kob with very few Shad and small Snapper Salmon. We can only hope with better weather the fishing will improve.
Scottburgh Very dirty water with lots of debris and even more seaweed has left this area basically unfishable. Most fish will not swim into dirty water as the sand particles irritate their gills.
Margate There are still a lot of Shad and some Bronze Bream for those prepared to travel. A lovely Stumpnose of 3.4kgs was caught on Sea lice (Mole Crab) on a 2.0 Mustad Kendal Round.
Transkei/PSJ With most of the rivers in the area flooding into the sea, the result is very dirty water and a fair amount of debris. A tree stump does not weigh in any competition. The odd Kob and a few big Raggies sums up the area.
With big winds comes big seas and at the moment with the wind changing on a whim, it has really left Skippers shaking their heads.
From North to South not much fishing has been done. And when there is a respite in the weather, Skippers have been targeting some Coppers and boating a few massive fish, we have heard of a few over the 30kg mark. Please remember that there is a limit of one fish per person and there is closed season coming up. Bottom fish such as Reds, Soldiers and a few nice Rock Cod have been the reward for a testing launch.
Suffering a similar fate to the Ski-boat Skippers, with big and rough seas not many plucky Paddlers have wanted to paddle. For the brave some nice size Shad, an odd Garrick have basically summed up the fishing. Why not use the bad weather days to prepare for Summer time tackle. Double check any hooks that could be rusted on lures and traces and get ready for the good times.
With the Umbilo Canal being served by catchment areas the Bay is dirty with a large number of debris. Very few fish have been caught. Small Grunter, some juvenile Stumpnose have summed up the edibles, with small Sand Gurnitts and small Kingfish being caught on artificials. Give it some time and it could be back to its beautiful best.
Fly-Fishing September is always a good time for Fly-fishing. The mornings are a bit warmer and the fish more active. They seem to take the fly readily, especially when a slightly faster strip/retrieve is used.
Bass Goudetrou Dam is producing some nice fish on Daiwa Jerk baits and Norman Crank baits. Inanda Dam is producing some nice fish on Dead Ringers, especially the watermelon red fleck colour.
The 6th Mnini dam Bass Classic will be held this weekend at the dam which is situated within 15 minutes drive from Amanzimtoti. It is a two-man per boat event and fishing takes place on the 22nd and 23 rd. September 2012.
The total cost for the 2 days is R350 per team. There is thousands of Rands up for grabs for biggest bass overall and biggest 5 fish bags weighed in on each day. Entry forms with rules are available at tackle shops in the Toti/Warners area. Entries will be accepted at the dam as well. For more info phone Ron on 0833007528″
Carp This time of the year there are plenty Barbel about and this makes Carp fishing a little bit more tricky. Try fishing with smaller baits and using very little excess feed on your swim.
Tiger Fishing Jozini Dam and the river inlet area have been producing some fine fish. One lovely 6 kilo specimen left an Angler smiling. The Copper Africa Lures spoons with Red Flash seem deadly at the moment. Live baits are also a good option although in somewhat shorter supply.
When it comes to prizes for imitation the Barreleyed Fish with its transparent head takes the cake. This deep sea dweller has a definite submarine like look with freaky tubular eyes inside a transparent dome. These are used to see in the dark and battle against stinging jellyfish its main source of prey.
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.