Not many smiles as fish stay away

The Mercury - - SPORT - The King­fisher

IT’S the sec­ond in­stall­ment of the King­fisher Big­gest Shad Com­pe­ti­tion.

The heav­i­est shad for this month will re­ceive a Daiwa BG 5000 Reel filled with Daiwa 8 weave 30lb J Braid, val­ued at R3000, the sec­ond heav­i­est a 13’6” King­fisher Coast­line 5pce (L, M & H tip) Graphite rod, val­ued at R1998, and third heav­i­est will re­ceive a Daiwa La­guna 5000 spin­ning Reel val­ued at R998. All Shad (fresh and not frozen) must be weighed at ei­ther, The King­fisher, 53 Hunter Street or Tackle Cen­tre, Old Fort Road or The Fish­ing Tackle Shop, Warner Beach. There is a bag limit of four and the min­i­mum size is 30cm. The sea­son closes Septem­ber 30 and re-opens De­cem­ber.

A mixed bag of fish in­clud­ing a va­ri­ety of ined­i­bles from our North Coast as well as the Transkei re­gion has kept an­glers smil­ing as we move steadily into the sum­mer months. Shad have been com­ing out ac­com­pa­nied by a num­ber of gar­rick and kob, mostly caught on live mul­let or shad.

Kosi Bay has not been too pro­duc­tive on the spin­ning side with only a few re­ports of small kin­gies on plugs and bul­let spoons, but the sum­mer fish are start­ing to make their way in as a few sandies have been show­ing in the area.

In the Sod­wana Bay area, the spin­ning an­glers have not been to suc­cess­ful ei­ther as only a few small kin­gies and queen fish have been com­ing out on small drop shots or chaos plugs. The bait fish­er­men have had their fair share of suc­cess as a few sandies have been landed on mack­erel baits. There have also been a few small stump­ies caught on sea lice baits.

Fish­ing in Cape Vi­dal has been quite a good with a few re­ports of speckle snap­pers landed on chokka baits. There have also been a few small di­a­mond rays and small 3 spot pom­pano. The di­a­mond rays are com­ing out on sar­dine blob baits and flapped mack­erel baits, and the pom­pano on very small chokka baits.

Richards Bay area, the fish­ing has not been too pro­duc­tive with very few fish. The few fish that have been mak­ing their oc­ca­sional ap­pear­ance have been kin­gies on small live baits and the odd di­a­mond ray on mul­let fil­lets.

Tugela Mouth, there have been re­ports of a few gar­rick in the area through­out the day on live shad that have been in abun­dance along this stretch, the gar­rick have also been caught on pad­dle tails and jerk min­nows in the af­ter­noons. The odd kob has also been landed on chokka baits just north of the mouth in the evenings. Zinkwazi has been rather quiet with only a few re­ports of grey sharks, a few de­cent sized shad and the odd sandy. The grey sharks and shad are tak­ing small live baits and lo­cal sar­dine baits, ei­ther be­ing slid or cast. The sand sharks on the other hand have been com­ing out on shad heads, fil­lets and flapped shad. Land based spin­ning an­glers have been land­ing a few snoek on bul­lets spoons in the Jex area. There have also been a few shad landed in the area on s-bend spoons. There has been a very big sea in the Bal­lito area, mak­ing it very dif­fi­cult to fish for some of our an­glers. The sum­mer fish have, how­ever, started to make their ap­pear­ance in the evenings. The odd bronze bream has also started to come out on prawn baits.

The Mus­tad Chinu size 1 and 1/0 hooks have been the best hooks to use for the bronze bream as they are ex­tremely sharp, with a slightly off­set eye which makes snelling the hook a bet­ter way of ty­ing it on.

At La Mercy not a lot has been hap­pen­ing. There has only a been bronze bream com­ing out on cracker, chokka and of course red prawn baits. There has been a few in-ed­i­ble fish in the area that an­glers have been tar­get­ing with lit­tle suc­cess.

There has been a few small pom­pano, many un­der­sized shad and the odd grunter com­ing out be­tween the piers in the Dur­ban area. The pom­pano have been com­ing out on small sea lice and small chokka baits and the shad have been on spoons and sar­dine baits. The grunter have been more at­tracted to cracker and chokka baits.

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