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Location: Pinetown, Durban, South Africa
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Equipment: Bazooka Medium HMG - Daiwa Ishidai Z40
Best Catch: 5kg Cob, 7kg Yellowfin Tuna, 6kg Dorado
Favorite Fishing Spot: Winstons Wreck, Rondebosch, Mbolompo Point
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March 2014 Newsletter

Rock Surf & Deep Promotion – November 2013 to March 2014

One-Year Rock, Surf & Deep Subscription winners drawn in January and February 2014
  • Tom Mason
  • Nico van Huyssteen
  • Clive Murphy
  • Donald Mckenzie
  • Mons Clark
  • Zaid Razak
Thank you

To all the customers who bought raffle tickets to support the KwaZulu Natal Under 21 shore angling team who went to the national championships in Jeffreys Bay in February – a big thank you from the team.  Your contributions certainly helped towards their costs for the tournament.  The Assassin EVO 14’6 grinder rod was won by Mrs Smithwick.  The tournament was extremely exciting.  Even though they fished in a red tide, there were a number of fish around.  I think the team did themselves proud as they ended up bringing home a silver medal, the 2014 National U21 champion (who also caught the biggest inedible of the tournament) and two anglers in the top six.  A Protea Team was announced which included two KwaZulu Natal anglers.  Again, many thanks for your support.

Orange River trip – spoil yourself J

There are only two spots left for the trip to the Orange River in March 2014.  The dates are 19th March to 23rd March (Wed to Sunday) although may have to travel on the 18th (Tuesday) and overnight depending on where you are coming from.
Cost is R 4950 for the 4 nights.  This is for fishing, accommodation and food.  What is not included in the price is transport there and back, any alcohol (bring your own) or soft drinks (can buy there if necessary) and tackle (they have a small shop for anything that you may have forgotten or extra flies).  Also excluded is a tip - on our last trip we paid 10% of the cost, i.e. R 495 per person.  Closer to the time we’ll sort out transport.  There is not a lot of kit that one needs to take so four or five in a car or SUV is fine.  I would envisage a fuel bill per person of somewhere in the range of R 700 or R 800.
If you are keen to join please e-mail before the end of this week.

Inanda Bass Classic 2014 – Friday 2nd May – Saturday 3rd May

Open/Ladies & Junior categories, with great prizes and many lucky draw prizes.
Captains meeting             :               Thursday 1st May
First day fishing                :               Friday 2nd May from 06h15 to 16h00
Second day fishing           :               Saturday 3rd may from 06h15 to 15h00
Prize Giving                      :               Saturday 3rd May +- 16h30
Visit the Website  on all entry forms and details on the website.
Phone:   Ken Ainslie 031 – 205 3777 or Raymond Horner 031 – 266 9815
Durban Beachfront Shore Fishing Festival – Easter Weekend 19th and 20th April 2014

Many prizes in various categories to be won including R 50,000 in cash for first prize.  Lucky draws, Product Demonstrations, Entertainment
SABC Sports Channel coverage of the event as well as Inside Angling

Fishing Report

Offshore – although there has been some really good fishing with some good quality Couta and Yellowfin Tuna about, the quantities have not been huge with Couta.  Snoek, on the other hand, has been quite plentiful, but the nice thing is, it is only just starting to hot up now.  The next three months are the highlight of the inshore game fish season.  There has been lots of Dorado offshore with some really big Wahoo in amongst them.  Lots of Marlin and the little Bonnies and Frigate Mackeral have arrived in earnest.  This is always a very good sign. 

Shore based anglers have had a really good summer thus far and although it went quiet for a few weeks, there has been an upswing every time the conditions permit.  Lots of Grunter has come out on the Durban beachfront on sea-lice and cracker.  Surprisingly there are still some good Shad around, even at Blue Lagoon.   The big fish anglers country-wide have taken to the “dingle” technique to achieve much better distances when targeting bigger fish.   This technique has evolved in leaps and bounds and is even being used by some small fish anglers looking to maximise their distance casting.  The young Spinner Sharks have made a very early appearance and every one that is used as live bait is being eaten very quickly.  This is the time to start targeting Pompano on our beaches and especially up the North Coast where the Square-Tail Kob and Lebotes will start making an appearance within the next few weeks.

Shore based spinning has started to pick up nicely again with the normal cycle of the small Bonnies and Snoek first making an appearance on the South Coast and then working their way further north.  Snoek are now coming out on most of the points on both the South and North Coast and lots of small Bonnies in amongst them with the odd big Kingie and nice sized Shad.  Hopefully we are going to see some nice Couta caught by shore-based spinner men this season.

New Product

Two new colours in the Shiverstick and Slimbait models of the CID Lures have arrived with a full complement of stock in all the other colours.  The two new colours are Glow and UV Orange.  The Chartreuse colour has had a UV belly added.
A much bigger range of Dingles is now available.  

Revamp your Rod

We are running a special between now and 31st March 2014 in our rod workshop. 
For R 150 we will strip, rebind, put a flash and add a name. 
For R 250 we do the above plus the option of a full colour spray. 
These are extremely good prices.  Take advantage before the end of the month.  Turnaround time will be approximately 7 to 10 working days.
Till we talk again, have some awesome fishing!

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