Grumpy’s fishing report
17 March 2020 | Fishing
This past week particularly was a slow and low catching one for anglers overall despite some decent fish that were landed.
The fishing was good on Thursday and Friday last week and then quickly slowed down. The best areas to target were just north of Cape Cross where some big steenbras and kob were caught.
Quite a few big steenbras were also caught at Maketus with white mussel, crayfish and crabs used as bait.
A little further up north in the areas of Canopy and Horingbaai the kob took a liking to sardines.
Juan le Roux went fishing at Canopy and was nicely surprised when he landed a rather tricky and hard fighting Garrick. He used sardine as bait.
Abri van Vreden used white mussel while fishing at Maketus and was rewarded with a huge steenbras of 14.4kg.
Reports of Garrick being caught at the Mile 8 sandbank were also received.
The list of extraordinary catches goes on and on.
So, for the rest of March it would be a safe bet for anglers to head to the aforementioned fishing areas.
At the Mile 26 area in the vicinity of Wlotzkas there was a strong presence of sulphur in the water so the barbell were a bit of a nuisance.
Videos also circulated on social media of sardine washing out between Swakopmund and Langstrand.
Mile 14 produced galjoen while areas closer to Swakopmund produced some “botterkoppe”.
The anglers on the boats also enjoyed some decent fishing. However, Kob catches slowed down to a trickle after some good days of fishing were experienced.
The Namibia Shore Angling national championships and 2020 trials is scheduled for 18 to 21 March. Representatives will meet at Skubbe Bar in Henties Bay at 17:00 and choose the three areas to be fished on the first day.
The opening to be hosted next to Pirates Cove, will also accommodate the prize giving of the Interclub Competition 2019 and the awarding of NSAA Record Catch certificates.
Fishing on the third day will take place close to Henties Bay, with the scales closing at 15:30. The prize giving banquet will be hosted in the hall next to Pirates Cove at 18:00 and includes the National Championships prize giving, awarding of honorary colours and the announcement of the national teams.
The water is still warmish. Conditions for the week look favourable, with some strong south wester winds expected to blow in the afternoons.
Those that are coming to the coast for Independence weekend should definitely pack their rods and come hunt for that once in a lifetime catch.