|Date of Report: Monday, 6th April 2020|
|Name: Martin Smuts
Phone: 078 9620111
I have often thought about it but had no idea how it could possibly be enforced, a complete restriction on all fishing activities at some of our local fishing holes, especially those areas that sustain the heaviest of fishing pressures. Then like an effort working behind the scenes and without much of a warning the enforcement came into effect. That is one way of looking at the nationwide “Lockdown” and the restrictions on our normal activities, not least of all recreational fishing. Now almost as certain as I am that we, as passionate fishermen, are absolutely craving to get down to the water and wet a line, am I as certain that this “break” will do our fisheries a much-needed world of good.
For those of us who managed to squeeze in a session or two, before our activities became restricted, reported some exciting fishing and good catches. Fishing the south coast, boardwalk, Illovo, Roger Gurr enjoyed a frantic morning session, catching shad in the surf zone. In his words “wow, what a ball, probably caught twenty Shad, lost half as many and had a hundred hits” and what remained of his Deceiver pattern was evidence enough of a memorable session.
Fishing Illovo River mouth about a week before that was Marius Groenewald who ended his session with eight Shad, three small Kingies and a Bastard Mullet for his efforts.
From the harbor, reports of small Shad and Springer have been coming out on dropshot, one particularly big Springer that was lost right along-side the kayak is worth a mention. From the easily accessible sandbanks, on an incoming tide, mid-morning, between two of us, a dozen Kingies and one Needle scale Queenfish were landed. All of which fell for a fast retrieved Chartreuse Clouser minnow. The rising tide, waste deep by the time we left, put an end to the session that was still full of action and potential.
So, with things heating up the way they have been on the fishing front and with the “break” in place we can most certainly look forward to exciting and much needed outings ahead of the lockdown. Until next time, keep tying flies.
A young kingfish from Durban harbour