Bigger Shad and more of them! Anglers around KZN have had huge success with larger Shad in most Shad hot-spots, and along with the Shad have been Garrick, Sharks and everything in between. Congratulations to the winners of the Kingfisher Shad competition for the month of August. In first place we had Krish Govender with a lovely fish of 4,24kgs, winning him the Daiwa Sl50SHK reel. In at second was Bilal Ramjan with a fish of 4,04kgs and taking home the Poseidon Deep Blue rod. Third place and the winner of the Daiwa AG6000 fishing reel was Kiren Bali with a 1,97kg Shad.
Rock n Surf:
Kosi Bay – Has been relatively quiet and has produced a few edibles and smaller Sharks. Edibles to be expected include Stumpies, Grunter and 3-spot Pompano. The Odd Speckled Snapper has been landed off the rocks on Chokka throw baits and there have been some good catches of Black Tip Sharks around Bangla Neck, on big dead baits and slide baits.
Cape Vidal – Reports suggest that the Cape Vidal area and surroundings have been producing ship loads of Flatfish. Most of these fish have been caught on medium sized throw baits such as Mackerel head or Chokka baits. Remember your length of 80lb Fishmate Carbon coated bite trace and strong hooks such as Mustad’s O’Shaunessy Bait 6/0 or 8/0 as there is always a possibility of a toothy critter picking up your offering. There have been a few Raggies and Diamonds in the area as well so be prepared with an outfit to handle a substantial fish.
Richards Bay – The Hlobane area has been on par with Cape Vidal in terms of the non edibles. These fish have been a lot bigger than previously and seem to be more abundant. Anglers who have been sliding baits have managed a few pulls as well as the anglers using grinder setups. The spinning setups are allowing for an easier cast, more direct hook set and less drag in the current. Thanks to the braid, this allows the angler to cast a small to medium sized bait the same distance if not further than anglers sliding baits.
Zinkwazi – Zinkwazi has had a fair amount of action with the likes of Grey Sharks and Blue Rays. Edibles have been slow to bite but have kept ticking and the Shad have beaten most fish to the bigger fleshy baits and a decent number of larger specimens have been landed.
Ballito – The odd Diamond Skate has been landed on Shad head off the beach section at Ballito and Shad have been plentiful and the size has definitely increased.
Umhlanga – Light House has been fishing extremely well over the last week, and despite the strong winds, has produced plenty of good sized Shad. The edibles have been feeding well and have been taken on Prawn and Chokka baits.
Blue Lagoon – Locals have been stocking up on Shad as the bite steadily increases throughout the month. Garrick have been sighted chasing Shad and a few have also been hooked. Time for those live Shad slide baits again! There have been good catches of Blue Rays and Grey Sharks off the rocks and the beach to the right of the point.
Durban – Grey Sharks have been landed throughout the Durban stretch, off the piers and beaches. These have been targeted with grinder outfits and 50lb braid. When targeting these fish, there is always the possibility of hooking into a much larger fish where the problem is stopping the fish before it swims into the Shark nets and cuts the line. This is why a reel with a strong drag such as the Daiwa Saltist 6500H is used along with 48lb Triple Fish Gatorbraid. This combo has more than enough stopping power and can be used for anything from Shad to Honeycombs. Along with the Grey Sharks off Durban, there have been good catches of Blue Rays, Grunter, Stumpies and also the odd Kob.
Bluff – The odd Shad has been coming out on the high tide on the Bluff, with more success being had on bait than spoon. There have been sightings of smaller Kingies in the shallows, committing only to smaller live baits.
Toti – Shad are on the loose and so are the anglers. Crowded fishing conditions have meant plenty of catches of Shad and a few Garrick too.
Warner Beach – The lack of Shad in the Warner beach area has meant anglers have had to transport their own live bait to the beach in order to fish for Garrick. There have been a number of Garrick around and if there is a bait in the water, it’s likely to be taken.
Umkomaas – Shad, small Yellowfin Kingies and hundreds of juvenile Grunter have been landed in the Umkomaas River mouth section. There have also been a few Snapper Salmon in the evenings for the anglers using light tackle.
Scottborough Point – Blue Rays, Grey Sharks and the odd edible such as Lantern fish have been landed in dribs and drabs off the point. Up and down weather patterns may provide for uneasy fishing in the week to come.
Hibberdene – Better size Bronze Bream and Zebras have been caught along the Hibberdene coast recently. These fish can often be found to swim towards the angler once hooked; it is difficult to set the hook once this happens so and is often advised to use a Mustad Demon Fine Wire circle hook in a 2/0 or 3/0 size.
Port Shepstone – Nice catches of Shad and also some bigger Kob were seen at Port Shepstone over the weekend and throughout the week. First light has been best for the Shad.
Margate – Orange Rocks has produced excellent catches over the last week and particularly on the weekend. Garrick, Shad, Kob and good Stone Bream were landed regularly; an excellent Stumpie of just over 5kgs was landed in the area too.
Port Edward – After the big seas, as soon as the water became fishable again the Shad were back in Port Edward and as the news travelled, the rocks filled up with eager fishermen from all over. Shad have been coming out continuously and are also a bigger size in general. The timing of the Police Nationals Competition was good and a number of good fish including Garrick, Kingfish, Bronze Bream and Ragged Tooth Sharks were on the catch list, one angler losing a big Blackfin Shark on the one day, however, he was not too disappointed after landing a 21kg Kingfish that day. Live Shad are what have been successful and over the past few days, a number of good sized Garrick and Kingfish have been landed on this very popular bait preparation.
Port St John’s – Most of the deep water points have been active with Greys, Raggies and the odd Hammer Head Shark. Plenty of edible fish have been landed around the river mouth section.
Harbour – Durban harbour saw a decent amount of action over the last week and despite the wind blowing as hard as it did, anglers found themselves hooking into some lovely fish. Many spots were baron and nothing but “sample” size fish were landed, the north facing bank produced a nice Kob between 10 and 12kgs on live Mullet. More Stumpies were landed around the banks and in the mangroves. Generally the Grunter bite was slow but a few boaters managed some nice fish particularly off the banks near Round Bush.
North – St Lucia has had some excellent Snoek fishing recently, with fish being in excess of 7kg in some cases. The bite is on fillet strips with Kingfisher pink or live glow dusters. Rough seas have made the sea difficult to fish but as usual, committed anglers have reaped the benefits.
Maphelane has been much the same and has seen most anglers attempting to boat a few Snoek. Black Tip Kingies have been hooked around the Light House area whilst trawling Rattlers for these Snoek.
Anglers around Richards Bay have had some good bottom fishing for bigger Daga and also the ever so plentiful Geelbek. Zinkwazi produced a number of Yellowfin Tuna on Rattlers and Konas as well as live bait.
Central – From Tinley Manor down to Umhloti there have been a few Tuna in the deeper water, 90% of which are being caught on artificials. At this time of the year we generally start fishing lures without steel trace, as there are far less fish that can bite one off. The use of Siglon fluorocarbon will increase your chance of a bite, even more so if it is clean water being trawled in. Durban has been a bit quiet with the exception of the odd Yellowfin Tuna and Tropical Yellowtail. Both of which have been landed off Number One. Geelbek and Daga have been landed in the deep but as usual, Sharks have been an issue so remember to take extra traces.
South – On the South Coast stretch the bottom fishing seems to be the only real productive style of angling. Very few Game fish have been landed apart from the Tuna, Geelbek and Daga have been the main quarry and with no doubt the most productive. In the shallower water there have been excellent catches of Rock Cod, which are taking bigger baits such as whole Mackerel etc.
Bass – With a noticeable change in temperature over the last two weeks or so, we will start to see a wider variety of food sources in and around our dams. Insect and amphibious life forms will start to thrive and by December our waters will be full of large shoals of bait fish and small Bass. It is the preferred time of year for the majority of anglers in KZN and it also becomes the best time of year to take the youngsters down to the dam. The fish become more active and prefer a faster moving bait, allowing our not so patient learners to have more fun.
Albert Falls will fish extremely well around all of the slip ways, river section, the Ridge and also Kyalami Bay. At Inanda the reed lines towards the north and south primary points of each bay will produce any strikes on weightless plastics such as flukes and frogs. It is also a lot easier to wake up in time for sunrise and to fish later due to sunrise and sunset times. Dams such as Inanda have already seen improved fishing in the shallows which is an excellent sign.
Carp – With the temperature increase, things are looking good for most anglers fishing at Inanda, Shongweni and Nagle. Shongweni has produced some big fish in the past week and should be going strong until the end of October where things start to taper off and smaller fish become more predominant. Inanda has been more successful for anglers holding tight to structure, which will slowly start to change over the next month. Be sure to use a Korda sinking line or Daiwa Sensor in order to avoid being cut off by boats as the warmer water brings on much more boating and skiing activity. Albert Falls has already started to produce some smaller fish, but reports of some huge Carp have been heard. These Carp have been landed towards the back of Kyalami Bay from boat.
Trout – The European Fishing Tackle Trade Association (EFTTEX) exhibition held this year in Brussels produced some really interesting ‘best product’ awards; first place went to Snowbee’s revolutionary Thistle Down Line. The ultra-light dry fly and nymph line is rated 2 to 5-wt in one line.
In developing it, Snowbee pioneered a new manufacturing process that allows for an ultra-fine profile and a tip and running line diameter of just 0.55mm, half that of many fly lines on the market. Snowbee claims that unlike other lines that rely on the weight of the head to beat wind resistance, Thistle Down’s slim profile easily cuts through the air when casting. Be sure to head down to your local tackle store to get your hands on this performance enhancing line.
Don’t forget The Kingfisher’s “Biggest Shad Competition”. The heaviest Shad for September 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 at the end of this month and you need to always carry your fishing license with you when you go fishing.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Have a look at the new Kingfisher web site: www.kingfisher.co.za (it’s a lot more interactive) 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.