Grumpy’s fishing report
16 June 2019 | Fishing
The third edition of the Interclub Angling Competition was held at Black Rock last weekend .
The area targeted for fishing was from the Zeila wreck to the house of former president Sam Nujoma in Henties Bay. This is an estimated 10 km area.
The 130 anglers that participating were greeted by very rough seas. The fishing was really tough with few sharks being landed.
Org van Rensburg tried a different tactic and decided to fish for edibles. He used a small hook with white mussel (targeting galjoen) and subsequently felt a huge tug.
The fight was on and it took Org nearly 15 minutes to subdue the beast at the end of his line. It was a massive steenbras that eventually arrived flapping its fins in the shallows.
The marshals measured the length of the fish and released it to fight another day. There is even a nice video of Org releasing his fish circulating on social media. Well done, Org, and thank you for releasing the fish.
Other fish caught that day included a few elephant fish (or also called St Joseph), galjoen, kob, sand sharks, barbel, shad, spotted gully sharks and cowsharks.
Cowsharks are more often caught in the shallows in winter which is spot on for this time of year. The cowshark has seven gill slits compared to most other sharks that only have five. Watch out for their sharp teeth. Be aware that if you drag a cowshark to shore, they are very capable of biting their own tail with their super razor sharp teeth.
The fishing was quite good for non-competitive anglers targeting galjoen. Long Beach was the place to be with people saying they caught the allowable ten fish per day. Please stick to these numbers as fisheries patrol the beaches and you could face a hefty fine or worse.
The Saltpan area and Mile 11 also produced good catches. Bennie se Rooi Lorrie and Grys Duintjie rendered galjoen with some blacktail again in the mix.
Kob catches have been far less, with sizes caught being quite nice and varying in size up to about 70 cm.
According to weather predictions some hefty sandstorms is heading our way this weekend. Cover your reels in situations like these. A cloth or plastic bag does the trick.
Remember to send photos of your catches via WhatsApp to 081 284 4099.