Grumpy’s fishing report

30 June 2020 | Fishing

Angling and anglers are finally back (next to the wide ocean) after a prolonged absence.

Super good surfing swells came through the past weekend and I observed some surfers braving these beasts of the sea even during lockdown.

We are all relieved to be able to go surfing and fishing again after the lifting of the Stage1 lockdown measures.

So, with the Stage 3 introduced lockdown still on for Swakop and Walvis Bay, it means that the fishing areas are very limited.

The Swakopmund roadblock is located between Mile 4 and Mile 11. This means that one can only really go fishing at “Badewanne” (the Swakopmund side of Vierantklip), Vierkantklip, Patrysberg and also at the Long Beach area.

However, there are some with essential services licences who went fishing. One such lucky soul was Taryn Leyland. She went fishing with her husband-to-be, Dries van Zyl, at Popeye and managed to out-fish the guys by landing a nice kob. Well done Taryn! She used her 12ft rod with a pink fishing reel and sardines. According to her, the magnificent catch she made was purely due to her pink fishing reel.

With access to most of the areas restricted, many anglers fished the Mile 4 area. They caught a lot of galjoen in the white water and landed anything from undersized fish right up to the good old botterkop (a slang name for a big galjoen). Some blacktail and the odd pan-sized kob rounded off the catches made on the day.

The Henties Bay guys are having a ball at Maketus and Canopy. These two spots are producing some great galjoen and the numbers landed are also pretty impressive.

The water is getting quite rough as is always the case during the winter months. The conditions for the upcoming week look better for catching some decent steenbras and kob, too.

Long Beach should deliver some galjoen. There are still some white mussels during low tide in the area, but they are definitely located a little deeper already. So, be ready to get down and dirty collecting them during the winter and let’s not forget soaking wet too.

Until next week, tight lines!