Grumpy’s fishing report

11 February 2020 | Fishing

I am starting off with the oddest yet best catch of the week.

The competition was quite tight, with it being a close call between a few contenders and catches.

Daniel Brits (10) went fishing with his dad Conrad at Mile 3. Yes, you read right, Mile 3, right next to the Wreck restaurant. They were targeting spotted gulley shark with mullet and when Daniel’s rod got pulled flat the fight was on.

Daniel managed to subdue the beast and reeled it in. Only when the fish finally laid calm on the beach, they noticed that it wasn’t a shark but a big Garrick.

Coincidently, spotted gulley sharks and Garrick both love to eat mullet. The Garrick however prefer to hunt them on the surface and the spotties do so in between reefs at the bottom. Well done Daniel, great fish!

Kob catches definitely slowed down in the Horingbaai area. I am however optimistic that the clear sea water will turn darker and become more colourful should the South Wester start blowing again. That in turn could get the fish to feed more readily.

Dries van Zyl and his friends visited the Horingbaai area during the week and they were rewarded with two big Kob each. According to Dries, they had to work very hard for their catches. The fish were in the 4-7kg range. The secret to their success? Keep the bait in the water and chances are you will eventually be rewarded.

Frans Jooste and Corne Agenbach went on a trip to the Meob Bay area and were adequately rewarded with a lot of steenbras.

Meob is a special place to visit and it’s advisable to do so in the company of a tour operator. After landing fish after fish, they tried their luck with the bigger fighters of the sea.

Corne got stuck into a beast of a cowshark that weighed about 65kg. Not to be outdone, Frans also threw in big shark bait, and it was only minutes later that he was in a big tug of war with the strongest of all sharks in our waters. The bronzie gave him a good pull for about 40 minutes. A tired Frans took a quick photo and released the big female back into the sea.

Galjoen were also caught in the areas close to Henties with places like Trappies and Grys Duintjie being favorite destinations for anglers.

Popeye also produced some pan-sized Kob.

Very few steenbras made it to the shore at Mile 87.

The ski boats around the Swakopmund area are still catching good sized fish. Catches have however slowed down considerably than that experienced during previous weeks.

The South Wester will blow the fish closer to shore, so keep the hooks sharp.

Until next week tight lines!

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