Grumpy’s Fishing Report
28 January 2019 | Fishing
The good old pump station close to Swakopmund and Witklippe (White Rocks) located slightly north of Mile 8 produced some amazing catches over the past three weeks.
The same scenario played out at Bakleigat, Horingbaai and Canopy just north of Cape cross.
Close to Swakopmund at Mile 5 just south of the new pump station by the salt pans good fish, especially kob, were also delivered.
Kob were landed by anglers fishing 100 metres to the southern side of the pump station. They waded through knee high water and then stood on a rocky embankment a little further out. The kob readily took sardines as bait and the sizes varied from 3 kg to 8 kg.
Most occurred during low tide in this area.
Mile 9, just a few yards from Witklippe, also delivered good size fish. Again the anglers walked through water onto a reef (rock/ledge) to their spots and got stuck into nice fish, with some weighing up to 13 kg.
Bennie se Rooi Lorrie as well as Die Walle also produced some good surprises. Fish measuring a decent 60 - 75 cm and some bigger fish were brought ashore.
Trusty old Mile 72 right up to the fence also deserves a mention. Especially close to the fence (50 - 100 m away) the anglers caught some big kob when the water was rougher in other areas. Sardines, horse mackerel and tjokka on the hooks as bait did the trick.
Further up north Bakleigat produced some fish too, especially at high tide.
It’s advisable to go up north when wave conditions are flatter and the chance of a side wash is less. When these conditions are right the water is usually less then 2 m in height and you have a far better chance of landing good fish.
Reports received from the ski boat anglers are again very good. The kob have, however, been coming in somewhat slower.
Just a reminder that Paaltjies is closed for kob fishing unless you practice catch and release. Anglers should, however, look properly after the catches, should they want to release them.
Here are a few handy tips: When unhooking the fish never pull the fish onto dry sand as this is warm and will burn the protective layer of the fish. Always release the fish as soon as possible. Try not to pick up the fish, as it is weightless in water and gravity is strong on the internal organs once picked up on shore.
Until next time, tight lines!