Coast KZN

08 Jun 2021

SARDINE UPDATE: Silver fish head north, netted at Winklespruit

Shona Aylward (South Coast Herald) Picture: Whats app. Sardines netted in Pumula.

The only sardine netting that took place yesterday (Monday) was at Winklespruit, near Amanzimtoti. Greg Thompson from KZN Sharks Board said there were three successful nets of about 20, 70 and 150 crates netted at this beach.

“It was reported that there were a lot of game fish seen feeding on these pockets of sardines in the backline.”

The visibility was still poor in this area but the trained, experienced eyes still managed to spot the shoals in these conditions.

“The remainder of the South Coast was relatively quiet on the sardine front yesterday (Monday) but as we all know, this can change daily,” he said.


Last weekend the netting of sardines took place at Banana Beach on Saturday, where two small nets of about 14 crates and 20 crates were netted. Then on Sunday there were four successful nets at Pumula and one at the Big Fisherman/Aloes beach. These nets were slightly larger hauls  ranging  from 40 to 150 crates. The price of these crates started at R1200 rand, dropping to R900 by the afternoon.

Mr Thompson said there were a lot of sharks seen feeding and breaching in the area between Umtentweni and Scottburgh beach on Sunday, which is an obvious sign that the sardines shoals are fairly concentrated and spread out over a large area.

It’s this time of year on the KZN South Coast!

The poor water visibility and unsettled sea conditions are hampering the spotting of the pockets at the moment, so hopefully an improvement in conditions is seen this week.

Bathing is still banned from Port Edward through to Isipingo as a precaution, due to the sardine related activity