Grumpy’s fishing report

26 May 2019 | Fishing

Grumpy Gramowski • Outdoor Centre

What an eventful week of fishing it has been, with many reports of galjoen and blacktail being caught.

Dries van Zyl went fishing at Popeye and was rewarded with a big kob weighing 9 kg. He used yellowtail as bait. This type of bait is mostly used for sharks so it was a pleasant surprise to all when they saw the silver silhouette in the waves approaching the shoreline.

A number of spotted gully sharks were also caught in the same area.

Sean Oberg, a professional tour guide, reported lots of galjoen and spotted gully sharks reeled in.

Reports of huge blacktail landed have also been received. Pieter de Bruyn from Kleinzee in South Africa who went fishing at Mile 25 during low tide and used white mussel as bait, brought ashore a 48 cm sized blacktail weighing close to 3 kg.

Bronzies are also on the bite at the guano platform close to Walvis Bay. Donavin Bezuidenhout and his friends went in search of the fierce fighters. They were rewarded with four big sharks for the day. Good fishing, Donavin.

Bringing a shark of 100 kg to shore is no easy task. One has to keep in mind that the breaking strain of the fishing line used by these anglers is only 20 kilogrammes so it’s a mammoth struggle to haul these huge fish ashore. All sharks were also released after a quick photo.

Reports of good fish catches came in from most fishing spots. Neil van Wielligh confirmed that Vierkantklip was a hotspot. He was lucky enough to catch a blacktail and a galjoen on one cast. This feat is called a “banana” by anglers.

Little Bella went fishing at Mile 17 and managed to catch a 2.2 kg galjoen which was thoroughly enjoyed after it was barbequed. Nice fish indeed.

The swell has picked up so indications are that the galjoen will continue feeding in the shallows.

A size 1 hook will most probably the best suited hook to target them, with white mussel and red bait to do the trick as bait. You can always add a little bit of aniseed concentrate to the mussel which works wonders in drawing the attention and triggering the galjoen to bite.

Until next week, tight lines.

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