Grumpy’s Fishing Report

13 May 2019 | Fishing

Outdoor Centre

Grumpy Gramowksy

The past week was once again a good one for the galjoen fishermen. Long Beach produced good fish on Friday even in the calmer water. We are accustomed to getting better bites at Long Beach if the wave height is above 2.4 m but in fishing nothing is a given. Vierkantklip also gave some fish with the majority being black tail, galjoen and babel. Mile 11 and Bennie se Rooi Lorrie as well as canopy delivered some “botterkoppe” (big galjoen are known as such for their fatty content in them).

Kob has again been a bit scarce but the odd kob was caught. Mile 14 seems to produce the most kob close to Swakopmund with Jakkalzputz and Mile 68 also giving us dinner. Here sardines did the trick. Mile 4 delivered some undersized steenbras which is a good sign that the bigger fish spawned well this season. The biggest kob have however again been caught further north of 108. I must say they weren’t thick but fish up to 8 kgs have been reported.

Breggie Ferreira however reported a strange catch. She went fishing with her husband at Mile 17. She used frigate tuna as bait to catch spotted gulley sharks and bronze whalers. However, she was pleasantly surprised when she landed a massive skate. A skate is similar in shape to a ray but is far less rounded. Skates are also very thornier than rays. You need to watch out for their teeth - tons of razor sharp teeth that could inflict a painful bite. Skates are renowned fighters and are highly sought after for the shark anglers. Bear in mind that this bucket list fish is only sought after for their fighting skills and not to be kept as a trophy. A quick picture and the fish are released unharmed.

As we head into winter you can be assured that the galjoen will be here. Rough and usually windy conditions make for great fishing; just make sure you have a warm thermos flask close at hand as it can get quite chilly along our shores.

The week’s predictions look like we could get some hotter weather with the east wind showing its power over the weekend. Let’s hope it’s just sunny and no sand storms. Tight lines!

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