Grumpy’s fishing report

02 June 2020 | Fishing

Bennie se rooi lorrie was definitely the pick of the week, with a lot of galjoen and steenbras on the bite.

Emil Prinsloo, a Namibian rock and surf angler, went there with his 10ft rod and light tackle line in search of galjoen. He used a small size 1 hook with white mussel as bait. A tug of war ensued, with Emil having to shuffle back and forth to win back some line. Twenty minutes into the fight and a few extra grey hairs later, a huge 18kg steenbras was eventually basking on the beach.

This is indeed a fish of a lifetime. Well done Emil!

To add to the already epic day, Emil also managed to catch another 9kg steenbras. Not a bad days’ fishing at all.

Zeila and Die Walle produced good galjoen and steenbras, while decent fish were also landed close to Swakopmund in the areas of Mile 11 and Mile 13.

Jakkalzputz produced some pan-sized kob too.

Further north at Maketus, trophy steenbras were landed with the majority of fish caught with mussel as bait.

Tian Mostert and his brother Mossie visited a spot just south of Maketus called Grys gat. There they were rewarded with ten galjoen each as allowed per day. According to Tian the bite was on curry mussels.

He removed the white mussel from their shell, placed it in a bank bag and added curry powder. The curry is absorbed into the mussel and leaves a flavour the galjoen simply love. It usually works well, so give it a try.

Another trick is to add concentrated aniseed to the mussels.

One can definitely see a change in our weather pattern, with winter truly on its way. This is also why the galjoen and steenbras are biting better. Kob on the other hand, will become a bit scarcer with the bigger fish also being slightly more difficult to catch.

A fair share of rough seas usually accompanies winter. Do not be fooled by this. Galjoen love the rougher water. Areas to target especially when the east wind blows, are at Longbeach when the water roughly hits the 2m to 2,8m swell height.

Until next week, tight lines!

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