Grumpy’s fishing report

07 January 2020 | Fishing

The year is not so new anymore. However, I want to start by wishing all fellow anglers tight lines and good catches for this year.

What a fantastic fishing season it’s been so far. The festive season did indeed produce some hard-fighting fish.

Canopy and Doep se gat as well Baklei and Adri were on fire the last couple of days, with big cob being landed. The odd “dik lip” steenbras also made a welcome appearance and were brought ashore at Canopy and Mile 72.

Blacktail were also caught along the entire shoreline. We had a day or two of loose kelp floating around but that has now subsided with calm conditions for this week being predicted by the weather gurus.

Just a reminder to all anglers that Paaltjies is now closed for cob fishing until the end of March. Other species may however still be caught there.

Mile 14 and Mile 17 produced some really good sized cob in the 3-8kg range. Pilchards were mostly used and these fish were caught during on low tide.

The shark fishermen also had a blast. Spotted gulley sharks were thick and in great condition. Some catches reported, weighed up to 25kg!

I went fishing with Wes and Buzz Joell at Mile 8. Wes got stuck into a big spotty. After a ferocious struggle, we tailed the shark for a quick photo and released the beast unharmed. Great fishing Wes and not bad for your first shark. Your personal best benchmark is set high for the next trip.

Outdoor Centre held a fishing competition at the end of December for the anglers at Torra Bay. The event was a huge success, with a steenbras of 6kg winning on the day. Prizes to the value of N$50 000 were up for grabs.

Things seem to have turned in favour of the ski boat anglers. Whether the boats fished at Vierkantklip or at Mile 8 or Mile 14, the big cob seemed to be present. Even the kayak anglers got stuck into the action.

Year after year January and February have taught us that the bigger cob will be caught along the northern shores in areas like Cape Cross and further north still.

Tight lines until next week.

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