Grumpy’s fishing report

08 October 2019 | Fishing

Grumpy Gramowski • Outdoor Centre

A Namibian angling record was shattered last weekend by the skilful angler Herman Krauze Jnr.

Herman was fishing between Olie­kol and Bennie se Rooi Lorrie when he reeled in a spectacular shad (elf in Afrikaans). He cast his bait out and what followed was pure pandemonium, with the fast swimming fish giving him a run for his money before eventually being brought ashore.

Everyone, including the veteran anglers­ around the young man, came running to see this potentially new Namibian record fish.

While these fish do get caught in our waters, they are rarely over 2kg, let alone 3 or even 4kg!

Now hear this: Herman's shad measured­ an amazing 81cm which in turn amounts to an astonishing 7.6kg. This is a fish of epic proportions!

As if it's not enough to catch this big fish, Herman unselfishly let the beauty free to swim away. This too deserves a big high five. See it for yourself on the video that is posted on Facebook on the Namibia Rock and Surf community page.

Due to all the Rugby World Cup games, there were fewer anglers along the coast. However, some decent sized fish were still landed, with Mile 68 to Sarah se Gat being the most productive. Kob, mainly in the 2kg to 4kg range, were regularly brought ashore.

Donavin and his wife Claudine, with Clinton Barnard and Lindie Smit, went shark fishing at Records Bay just south of Mile 8's parking lot, about 500 to 700 metres as the crow flies. The name is derived from the amount of big sharks being caught here over the years.

The group landed an amazing seven pick-ups for the day, with six being bronze whalers. Another great feat is that five of the six sharks weighed close to 100kg and above. The sharks bit on mackerel, bonito and yellowtail.

Claudine managed to catch her personal best shark of 105kg. Well done!

Galjoen were also caught along our shores, with most being undersized. Hopefully, with the east wind over, the fishing should improve again.

Until next week, tight lines!

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