Shad along the South Coast have been scarce of late with only a handful being taken in the Port Edward areas. Poor water and weather conditions have been the major cause to the drop in this sort after fish. A few Kob has been reported to have been landed in the evenings at Splash Rock.
Orange Rocks through to Uvongo pier is still seeing action, with Shad still feeding. The number of catches has dropped from previous weeks but the fish are still around.
Due to recent events that happened at Durbanville, it was decided by Management to change the venue for this league event to Sezela Mill Bay. A venue that proved successful in previous events held by KZN Fishing.
However the weather seemed to prove otherwise as all of us awoke to heavy rains on the morning of the event. This may have proven a deterrent to many anglers, but we still succeeded in having a considerable turnout at the event. Anglers began arriving at Sezela from as early as 4:30am and by 5:50am registrations were completed and the briefing finalised. Anglers began making their way down to their chosen spots, with the majority opting for the rocks at Mill Corner.
Hmg, Hpc, Ex, Fx, Hydra, Hyper, Composite, IM6, IM9! Confused? I don't blame you! We are bombarded with a plethora of terms that mean absolutely nothing to us. We don't want to look like idiots, so we gamely nod our heads and pretend to know what the salesman is talking about. (btw, most of time he doesn't know either, he wants his commission remember) Meanwhile we sneak a look at the price tag, wince inwardly, and decide if we can actually afford it. We assume that the more we pay for the rod, the better the quality. Coupled with this the peer pressure of having the right brand name on the beach, and the constant bombardment of advertising disguised as expert advice in the media, and we are asking to be ripped off. It seems the more letters of the alphabet printed on the rod, the higher the price. But how do you know what you are actually buying?
So how do we stop from being taken for a ride? Well, let's take a few random facts, put it out there, and see how we can use this to our advantage. This might be the boring part for some, but don't skip over it, you are going to need it later on.
Catches of shad are still prolific along the South Coast beaches. Splash Rock and Lucky Dip are still producing Garrick and Kob. Some very decent specimens Kob have been taken at night. Orange Rocks and Potholes had little action with just shad making an appearance. Fair sized Bronze Breams have been taken on the lower South Coast recently. Anglers targeting these fish had the best results on red prawn.
Recently I have been targeting different species. While walking in rock pools I have noticed a stone fish. These are the same pools that my kids play in without knowing of the dangers that are in their surroundings.
If we learn the dangers of certain species, we could save a person’s or your own life.
I will start with a stone fish. This fish is generally found around rocky areas and disguises itself as a stone, hence its name. It can also be found on sandy banks so beware waders. The spines on the dorsal pierces into a person causing their toxic contents to be injected into the victim. Wounds are painful and potentially fatal. Treatment would include immersion of affected area into hot water immediately and taking patient to the closest doctor.
Please share factual information on species that you know to be lethal or may cause harm to fishermen.
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