Sardines, Sardines and still more Sardines

2010-09-12 15:22:35
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal - Saltwater Fishing Report
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On Saturday we launched at 07h00 and made our way out to the 45m depth area, there was a SE wind blowing and a light rain, water surface temperature was around 21 deg. C. By 08h00 the rain came pouring down hard and 1 of the guys got so sick he asked me to take him back to the docks which I duly did. On the way in the visibility was so low I could hardly make out the lights in the harbour channel. Once back on dry land he started feeling better and had something to eat and drink and was soon refreshed.

Whilst at the Marina I met Greg from Shag n Release.

I suggested to the guys not to give in to sea sickness and that we go back out and fish in the sheltered bay area with light tackle just outside the harbour area which was totally protected from this wind and was as flat as a small farm dam, and they agreed.

It was awesome her and I prepared the light tackle when we heard what sounded like a waterfall and then we saw shoals of sardines all around us going crazy up and down. I can't believe that we still have sardines around in September never mind Durban.

It is quite amazing to watch them as they jump and flutter going in one direction and then in another and then turning again whilst churning up the water to make it look like it is boiling.

I did not see any sharks or game fish around these shoals.

The fishing was great fun with the light 10lb tackle and the first fish we caught was a size Slinger of all things in the shallows. We also caught several Soldier Bream and a lot of Rockod; Shad was in abundance and everyone soon had their quota but we also hooked up many undersize Shad. The Mackerel were very active amongst the Sardines and we caught many, and many were larger than the size Shad.

Catch of the day was a lovely Blue Stingray which gave an excellent fight on the light tackle.

As the day progressed the weather improved and by afternoon it was warm, the wind had calmed down considerably and the rain had cleared.

Fish Species: Various
Bait Used: Squid
Tackle Used: Penn
Method Used: Bottom
Water Depth: 10m
Water Temperature: 21deg.c
Wind Direction: SE
Wind Speed: Heavy
Blue Stingray
Blue Stingray

Light Tackle working hard
Light Tackle working hard

Mike Laubscher

About The Author: Mike Laubscher

Company: Blue Water Charters - Durban

Area Reporting: Durban. KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Bio: Have been fishing since the age of 7 with more than 30 years experience. Fish in both Saltwater & Freshwater Disciplines. Fly Fishing Specialist, Artificial Lure Specialist, Light Tackle Specialist. Love Fishing, completely addicted to fishing.

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