Grumpy’s fishing report

14 January 2020 | Fishing

Another excellent week of fishing for anglers along our coastline it was indeed.

Vierkantklip really surprised everybody with some incredible catches? Monster fish after monster fish were reeled in from the shore and were also landed from the ski boats.

Some anglers on the boats used bait whereas others used artificial baits. Those using bait for the big kob made use of pike and sardines.

This is pretty basic stuff really. All you had to do was to put on a piece of fillet and let it sink to the bottom of the ocean. Once this happened they were on with decent fish between the 4kg and 12kg range pulled in.

The odd big one also came to the party.

The guys using artificial baits used a weighted hook which is known as a jig head. Attached to the jig head is an imitation of a small bait fish, made of a soft rubber with eyes and fins etc.

The jig head gets thrown some distance away from the boat and it then sinks to the bottom from where it will be slowly pulled towards the boat imitating a small fish swimming.

Using lighter tackle on artificial lures is great fun and the more so when the fish hit the lure.

The main colour to use is white in clean water and darker colours in other water.

The bronze whalers were definitely on the prowl. Many anglers lost their catches to these toothy critters while trying to land their prized fish. Mostly only the head section of the fish was landed. Yes the tax man strikes everywhere.

With the colour of the water turning a little bit darker, fishing can be expected to improve substantially.

The fish are also finally back on the northern parts of our coastline. Adri se gat and Doep se gat were among the best spots to try your luck. Don’t throw away the areas surrounding these great fishing spots.

Langstrand is still the best spot to get fresh white mussel should you be targeting the likes of galjoen or blacktail.

Just make sure they are the legal size and keep within the limit to avoid crossing paths with the law.

The Atlantic was calm this past week and this should continue for some time, even with the full moon that just passed.

Good fishing is expected. Steenbras were also caught and will probably continue biting in areas like Mile 32 or the Zeila wreck.

Also give areas like Maketus turn and Canopy a try. Tight lines until next week!

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