The Mercury

Plenty of fish around as winter season kicks in

- By Lloyd Pereira

ANGLING has picked up quite well, particular­ly down in the Transkei where anglers are catching some very good-size shad.

These fish seem to be at all spots down there and quotas can be caught very quickly. Some garrick have been reported at the Hole In The Wall and Port St Johns areas but not in big numbers yet.

Some fair-size kob are also coming out in these areas and are being caught mainly at night with Strike Pro lures.

For anglers who target bigger fish there are now plenty of big sharks and skates around.

Raggies in particular have given anglers some great fun – some reported in the 200kg range.

Dusky sharks and spinner sharks have also been caught on a regular basis down there.

Closer to home, fishing has also picked up, with shad being found at most points and beaches.

Garrick are being caught from the lower South Coast area right up to Toti, but the main concentrat­ions seem to be in the middle South Coast.

Anglers from Port Edward reports that, apart from the huge sea last weekend, water conditions have been good and the season seems to have begun, and shad have been coming out readily, with most popular spots producing decent catches. Big fish have been few, with only the odd grey and hound shark around.

All eyes are on the water for some signs of the sardines, and currently baitfish here are being spotted on the water often.

The Durban area has also seen an improvemen­t in fishing as shad and the odd garrick are now being caught along the beachfront and in the Umgeni area.

The North Coast is a little quiet but it should not be long before the fish start moving north.

Sardines are still proving to be a little elusive although there are some unconfirme­d reports of them being sighted in the Port St Johns area.

The results for Postal Round 2 have been posted on the union’s website: www.kzncau.co.za

Ski boats operating out of Durban are having a good season as far as game fish are concerned. Couta are feeding well and boats that travel up to the Umdloti area are getting fair catches. Boats operating on and around the Aliwal Shoal are also experienci­ng a great game fish season as there are steady catches of mainly couta, but the odd wahoo and kingfish are also around.

Charter boats operating out of Durban have reported that bottom fishing has picked up quite nicely. Quality “red fish” and some goodsize rock cod have been reported.

It should also not be too long before the daga salmon and geelbek salmon make their annual appearance.

Congratula­tions to Heather Harvey, who won the trophy for the “longest bag” for the third time at the Belfast Fly Fishing Associatio­n’s ninth annual ladies fly fishing competitio­n two weeks ago.

Heather, who previously won this competitio­n in 2005 and 2010, picked up prizes to the value of R7 950, which included an accommodat­ion voucher from one of the main sponsors valued at R5 500.

Second prize, valued at R6 860, went to Robyn van Leeuwen and the third prize, valued at R5 820, went to Justine Smit.

The longest trout, measuring 64cm, was caught by Angelique Bailey and her prize was worth R4 150.

Any info about fishing, fish caught or competitio­ns in your area send to mike.pereira@kingfisher. co.za or fax to 031 368 4007.

For the latest KZN fishing news presented by OJ, tune into East Coast Radio at 5.40am Monday to Friday.

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