Don’t forget The Kingfisher is running 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 Daiwa SL50SHK reel, filled with 600m of Kingfisher Giant Abrasion 30lb nylon, valued at R1,500.00, the second heaviest shad will receive a Kingfisher Poseidon Deep Blue 12’6”, three piece rod and a Kingfisher 1m aluminium sand spike, valued at R1,000.00 and third heaviest shad will receive a Daiwa AG6000 Shad spinning reel filled with 300m of Kingfisher 25lb nylon, valued at R550.00.

In the event of a tie, the first fished weighed in will take the prize. Please note that all shad (fresh not frozen) must be weighed in during trading hours at The Kingfisher, 53 Hunter Street, Tackle Centre in Old Fort Road or at The Fishing Tackle Shop in Warner Beach. Please remember there is a bag limit of four and the minimum size is 30cm. Please also remember that the season closes on the 30th of September 2014 and you need to always carry your fishing licence with you when you go fishing.

As expected, the winds of August have taken over, leaving very few fishing days for anglers around KZN and the rest of the country.  Fortunately, we have had a few good catches from die hard anglers particularly in the Transkei area and surroundings. Get your fishing done early in the week because the weekend forecast leaves very few outdoor activities as options.

Rock n Surf

Kosi Bay- The entire coast starting up at Kosi Bay has had some big seas and very strong side wash. Most baits to have been casted have been towed along the sand at a rate of knots. The smaller edibles have been the only real option for most anglers, and even that has been on heavy outfits with small baits on Mustad Big Gun 1/0 and smaller Small Chokka baits have worked well.

St Lucia – The only real talk of the town from Cape Vidal down to St Lucia has been quite a few smaller Shad being landed in the mornings and evenings on bait. Once again the areas which allow anglers to fish in bays have been the most targeted due to the more relaxed conditions and smaller side wash. If the side wash is affecting the drag on your Shad trace, then a good option is to cut your Shad float in half to limit the surface area and thus the drag.

Richards Bay – Richards Bay Harbour has produced some very nice fish recently, probably due to the high concentration of anglers who have given the high seas a break and opted to head down to try out some Harbour fishing. There have been Garrick on the bite, Kob, big Grunter and also some good size Shad. The surf side of things has been a bit slow with the sea being on its head. Worse seas expected in the days to come, so get your Harbour tackle ready.

Tugela – Smaller edibles in the big sea, small Shad on bait and a few Snapper Salmon on small baits in the evenings. No Garrick have been reported, probably due to the lack of anglers in the area.

Ballito – Ballito produced some good Sharks earlier on in the week including a few Raggies on throw baits. The icy cold up dwelling of water along our coast has made for difficult and unpredictable fishing. Smaller baits have worked better in the bigger seas and strong side wash.  Very bloody baits have worked better due to the turbulent surf.  A good general bait will be a size 4/0 Mustad Big Gun,  Glow foam dressed with a nicely beaten Chokka bait packed with Red eye cutlets for extra smell.

Umhlanga – Light House area has produced a decent number of Grey Sharks and also a few Kob. Light House is known for its larger Shad at this time of the year and as soon as the sea has settled down, we could expect an increase in catches from this particular area. Small live baits on top bung have always been a winning bait for the bigger fish.

Blue Lagoon – Bigger seas seen towards the end of the week caused fishing to slow down substantially but the die hards held strong and ended up with a good few Shad and smaller flat fish. Towards the end of the week when seas climbed drastically, waves had been seen washing over the Pier, so be careful.

Durban – Durban area being the most protected from big seas and heavy side wash, has seen more activity than in previous weeks. Small Grunter have been taken in large numbers, on Cracker and Chokka baits.  Small Shad have been landed on most of the days on bait only.

Bluff – Be sure to stock up on sinkers and hooks. Heavy wash has caused many hookups in the rocks but the Bluff has been one of the more productive spots around Durban recently. Bronze Bream are coming out on most ledges, taking Prawn or Chokka baits. Shad have been few and far between but all decent in size. Blacktail, Stumpies and Zebra fish have been on the bite as well.

Toti – Only small fish like Shad and Blacktail in the protection of the bay with the odd Grey Sharks in ones and twos thrown in.

Scottborough – Scottborough Point has been very busy with anglers catching quite a few different species throughout the week. Smooth Hound Sharks, Lessers, Blue Rays and Grey Sharks have been taken regularly. Towards the end of the week things started to cool down as the sea became increasingly more aggressive.

Port Shepstone – Another spot which has fished well throughout the week, with many different species being landed. Bigger Bronze Bream have been landed by many anglers. Zebra fish and some massive Blacktail have been taken on Chokka baits and Crayfish baits. A larger hook such as a Mustad Big Gun 5/0 with Chokka and Crayfish has been deadly for bigger species such as Kob.

Harbour – Again we see as the sea gets big, many anglers flock to the Harbour in a desperate attempt to remain fishing. We have seen plenty charter boats launching to anchor on limestone reef just outside the harbour which gives each angler their four Shad within 10 minutes of fishing. Other species which have been caught around the Limestone reef are Kob, Geelbek, Couta and Tuna. These fish are uncommon but shows us just how close they are willing to venture inshore to feed.

Of course, these fish come as a great surprise to “backline” fisherman and prove their skills on the light tackle that is being used. Inside the Harbour, the water seems to be colder than before. The Grunter are feeding well however few reports of large fish have come through. Good sized Rock Cod have been caught by a group of anglers near the mouth on Cracker baited on Mustad Chinu #4 hooks.  These hooks keep on proving themselves over and over again.

Ski Boat

North – There have been decent catches of a variety of game fish on the North coast stretch between Sodwana and Zinkwazi. Reports indicate that not only were quite a few Sailfish caught, but a decent amount of Dorado as well. We hope that this is the start of a cracker of a Dorry season. Most of the fish being caught have been taking live Shad slow trawled over the marks.

Remember that when the Dorado are in full force a spare rod rigged with a hook and live bait should always be ready for action to cast at a roaming fish which happens to pass the boat. The outfit does not need to be too heavy; one should not look further than the Daiwa Exceler Oceano 4500 matched with a 7ft Daiwa Grandwave Jigging rod, 33lb Triple Fish Gatorbraid with Maxima 0,65mm leader tied to a Mustad size 4 treble hook or alternatively a Big Gun 5/0. This outfit could be used for anything from Snoek to Sailfish due to its massive pulling power and soft action at the tip.

From Maphelane down to Tugela mouth, anglers have had great fun targeting Garrick on the backline with live Shad. Be sure to take a popping rod along in order to raise the fish around your bait. At times the Garrick are one track minded and rarely leave the surf zone to feed, this is when the plug is required to draw them out towards your live baits. If this still does not get the bite, most anglers will venture into the surf zone.

Remember to always have an experienced skipper that knows what they are doing in situations like this. Even if you are not the skipper, keep an eye on the swell rolling in, two sets of eyes are better than one.

Durban – Big seas off Durban have meant very few launches throughout the week. Anglers who did manage to launch had been picking up Tuna, Yellowtail and a variety of bottom fish deeper off Number One and surroundings.

The South coast – South Coast anglers have reported plenty of Tuna around the Bluff through to Toti. These have been caught on H2O feathers and also on shallow diving Rattlers. In the deep we have heard of excellent catches of Geelbek and bigger Rock cod. Further down the coast there have been a good few Cracker and Soldiers landed.

Fresh water

Carp – Fluctuating pressure systems have set the Carp into lock jaw recently. Very few catches of larger fish have been seen throughout the province. The weekends massive cold front should see many anglers either with large bon fires at the dam with a large flask of something hot or at home in bed.

Inanda dam has historically been very productive in the colder weather, which has been evident up till this day. Over the weekend, Inanda was probably the most productive dam in Natal with reports coming in from a few different groups of anglers.

Albert Falls has been slow in the shallower sections but near Kyalami Bay there have been a few fish biting. In the Kyalami Bay section remember to kit yourself out for battle as there is plenty of underwater structure.  Daiwa Sensor 15lb nylon will be a good match for the task.

Bass – Albert Falls Bass anglers will be frothing at the mouth in anticipation for this weekend’s Classic, which should be interesting with the weather predicted. Remember your jackets! Daiwa has a great range of jackets for all needs, whether it is just for wind breaking or extreme bitter cold.  The Ridge at Albert Falls has been very productive over the weekend and has seen some nice fish throughout the week. This is a very popular spot in the tournament so one should scan the entire area with a sonar and GPS to find more secluded spots which will not feel the pressure on the days of the Classic.

Trout – Going into a very productive time of year where the Trout feed aggressively and methods of retrieval are important for those larger fish, so we will talk a bit about stripping methods. There are many different ways to strip a fly, and a general rule of thumb is that one should give their fly as natural an action as the food source which they are trying to imitate. For winter, a woolly bugger can imitate many kinds of insects, like Dragonfly Nymph, Minnows, Leeches, Tadpoles etc.

A Dragonfly Nymph propels itself with a jet of water from its abdomen, from reed to reed. This imitation will require a fast short strip.  They can also remain perfectly still on a reed began dart off at the sign of predators, so do not be scared to “dead stick” your bugger for short periods of time. For this method, a non weighted fly is preferred. Beaded heads require a faster retrieve so to stay off of the structure which can snag your hook.

Dry flies are generally an imitation of an insect that has settled on the water against its will. An erratic twitchy short strip retrieve can work, as well as a switch – pause method. The pause is very important as it gives the fish time to investigate its potential meal.

Check out ASFN on Monday evening, this is a great fishing show that is aired weekly on DSTV. It premiers on Mondays, Super Sport 8, channel 208, 19:30 to 20:00. Please send any info about fishing, fish caught or competitions in your area to or fax 031- 368 4007 and for the latest KZN fishing news presented by O.J., tune into East Coast Radio at 5.40am Monday – Friday.

Check out the new Kingfisher web site: and become a member. Membership is totally free and there are great prizes to be won every month.

The Kingfisher’s trading hours are Monday, Wednesday to Friday 8:00 to 17:00, Tuesday 8:30 to 17:00 and Saturday 8:00 to 13:00 and we are closed on Sundays.


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