Grumpy's fishing report

07 July 2019 | Fishing

Outdoor Centre • Grumpy Gramowski

The southern shores stretching from Jakkalsputz towards Walvis Bay ruled the roost, although far from spectacular catches were reported with a lot of galjoen been caught.

Draketanne, Mile 6 right up to Mile 14 produced quite a few fish, although one had to keep on trying to land decent sized fish.

Long Beach again produced its fair share of fish pulled ashore. White mussel, black mussel and red bait did the trick for most anglers.

Fishing north of Cape Cross right up to the Winston proved extremely difficult due to a lot of loose kelp and side wash. This made for poor fishing.

The Benguella current is slightly stronger in winter so we will have to wait for the Atlantic Ocean to calm down a bit and I am sure the northern shores will bring some decent fish again. For now I think fishing closer to Swakopmund and Henties Bay is the way to go.

On Wednesday a humpback whale beached itself close to Mile 8. High tide and low tide both played against the helping hands that tried to rescue the stranded behemoth of the deep. Hour after hour helpers from as far as Walvis Bay and Henties were in their wetsuits trying to help the whale back into the deep blue. Unfortunately the superior weight difference between the helpers and the whale was just too great and the seas kept pushing it ashore. It must be said the helpers spent hours trying to save the animal. Thanks everyone for the great effort.

Sean Oberg, a professional angling guide confirmed that fishing was a bit tougher this week. His clients however, managed to catch some (smooth hound - spierhaai in Afrikaans) and some spotties between the galjoen and blacktail.

The odd sand shark also took pilchards as their choice of bait. Angler Donavin Bezuidenhout from Swakopmund was targeting sharks when he caught a beauty of a spotty.

The seas will become calmer in the following week which should bring the fish a bit closer to the shoreline.

The stronger seas often wash out a lot of seaweed and open up new sand bars and reefs. So, fishing could most definitely improve.

Areas to keep an eye on could be Bennie se rooi lorrie, Zeila and Jakkalsputz. Just north of Henties at Mile 68 and Popeye could also produce some fish.

Until next week. Tight lines!

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