Grumpy’s fishing report

18 February 2020 | Fishing

Clean and warmer waters in the vicinity of Swakopmund brought about the exciting facet of game fishing.

This type of fishing is usually done with artificial lures, with the legendary Mile 8 angling being the target area. Anglers call this specific area just south of the Mile 8 pole “the sand bank”.

The sand got washed away over the years. One shouldn’t be confused by the name as there are only rocks left today. One wades out as far as one can to still comfortably cast your lure into the deep blue.

The artificial lures, called spoons, jigs or plugs, are pulled at a slow rate. The gamefish then attack the lures that imitate bait fish trying to get away.

Garrick are the target species in this instance. These hard fighting fish are a pleasure to catch as they use speed and strength to test ones skill. They are clean fighters, which means they tend to stay away from any obstruction in the water. This in turn gives the angler a better chance of landing these beautiful fish.

Gieb Lubbe was one avid angler that went fishing at Mile 8 in search of Garrick. He is such an angling fanatic, he even builds his own lures. His perseverance paid off after about many casts as he got stuck into a huge Garrick. He also visited Doep se gat in the north and caught a magnificent steenbras of 14kg.

Anglers enjoyed mixed fortunes this past week. Many pan-sized kob were caught at the Wlotzkasbaken area right up to Mile 30. Black Rock just before Jakkalsputz also produced some fish.

The sharks, especially bronze whalers, have been feeding close to shore with the competitive anglers targeting these beasts.

Fantastic weather made for many exceptional excursions with the fish being hard to land.

The South Wester will be pumping soon and with such conditions decent fish might come along. Areas to target will be Popeye, Tolla and Sarah se gat and Mile 68 right up to Mile 72.

Steenbras and kob can definitely be expected. Try some white mussel, sardine or anchovy as bait and one should be successful.

Tight lines until next time.

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