Grumpy’s fishing report
18 February 2019 | Fishing
Steenbras, “jou lekker ding”.
Finally the big steenbras started biting.
Maketu’s Turn and Canopy delivered some big fish, mostly caught on crab and octopus. The calm seas made for terrific days along our shoreline. The fish didn’t just come out up north. Popeye delivered some big steenbras too. The Hentiesbaai guys confirmed good catches of kob and the same for Trappies too. Although no big fish, quite a few pan size fish were caught. Mouthwatering stuff indeed.
I received a report of a super special catch and I didn’t believe it until I saw the photo. The fish was a beautiful diamond ray. Kim Duvenhage went fishing with her hubby Dries at Mile 8. It was also her first ray ever and what a fish it was with an 80 cm wingspan. It gave her a huge fight but after a tug of war she was able to take a beautiful photo and then the ray swam off into the deep blue again. Great catch, Kim.
Closer to Swakopmund, Mile 14 is still delivering good sized kob. Marko Lohmeier caught an awesome 8 kg kob on pilchard. Apparently it was with his last cast but as good luck would have it, his rod got flattened with an amazing bite. Back and forth it went until the shiny body of a magnificent kob finally arrived on the beach.
The ski boat guys are also reporting good catches both at Vierkant Klip and Mile 6. With the flat seas conditions were perfect for garrick (very rare) and the guys got stuck into some of this specie at Mile 7 and Mile 8.
These fish are game fish and are caught mostly on lures. In Afrikaans we call it “leervis” which roughly translated means leather fish (Lichia amia). The sizes that were caught varied between 2,5 to 6 kg although they can grow much bigger.
Calm seas should see some decent kob being caught especially further up north. Canopy should be a favorite destination.
Tight lines, fellow fishermen. Until next week.