Grumpy’s fishing report

Compiled by Otis Daniels
The Rising Stars Christian Academy had their angling bonanza this past weekend with Swakopmund Abattoir being the main sponsor with an amazing N$20 000 prize.

The fishing was somewhat slow but with the huge number of anglers in action, it was inevitable that some great fish were going to be caught. The water was also quite rough and this made conditions somewhat challenging. The anglers however persevered. Only one “single” steenbras was caught which shows us that if the conditions are tough it becomes even tougher to land fish. In rough conditions, galjoen seems to thrive and some monsters were brought to the scales. In slang terms we call a huge galjoen a “botterkop” due to the large quantity of fat present in the fish and these are quite delicious to eat.

Geraldo Loubser caught the biggest edible fish, a kob of 3.860kg. Charity Moody caught the heaviest kob (3.66kg) followed by Cayden Arendse (3.44kg) and Annelien Langenstrassen (3.19kg). Allen Langenstrassen weighed in the heaviest steenbras (1.32kg). Irshane Rhode caught the heaviest galjoen (2.08kg) followed by Santos (2.07kg) and V. Cloete (1.70kg). Pieter van Aarde caught the heaviest blacktail (1.22kg) followed by A. Snyman (1.14kg) and C. Daysas (0.51kg). Martin Gouws landed in the heaviest barbel (1.00kg) followed by Meinolf (0.65kg) and Tiaan Mostert (0.64kg).

Congratulations to all the winners and to Cee Jay Jacobs for a well hosted tournament.

The Kunene mouth angling trips are on the go and it’s this time of year where the monsters come in to feed. Ada de Wit and Marie van Rensburg, both all the way from South Africa, came to search for those monsters of the deep. They caught quite a lot of kob in the 5kg to 13kg range before they each got stuck into 20kg plus fish. All the fish are caught on circle hooks, which sit in the side of the mouth where the least damage can be done, and the fish are released after a quick photo. Well done ladies!

There are still a lot of sharks along the coast and this might be a good indication of either lots of bait fish or the kob that are moving down to Sandwich to spawn.

We have not had the first sign of the kob run starting, but that should be remedied fairly quickly. Keep an ear on the ground as to when Paaltjies gives its first fish. Keeping an eye out for the right conditions is also crucial. You wouldn’t want to go fishing at Paaltjies if the swell height is above 1.8m. One then have too much side current which puts the fish out deeper due to it being more calm there.

The next major fishing tournament is the Penguin Angling Bonanza on 26 December with the prize-giving and entertainment in Henties Bay. Tight lines!