Grumpy’s fishing report

04 August 2020 | Fishing

The fishing areas are still relatively restricted for anglers from the towns of Swakopmund and Henties Bay.

Kob catches have been somewhat less frequent this past week. The ski boats and jet skis however reeled in a few in the vicinity of the Vierkantklip as well as at Mile 6.

The shore anglers had less luck with kob from the beach, rather landing some galjoen. White as well as black mussels were the preferable bait used to catch galjoen at Mile 6, the salt pan, Witklippe and Mile 11.

The Henties Bay-based anglers had more luck fishing in a much larger area than the anglers from the other two coastal towns. Jakkalsputz produced some pan-sized fish for the pot and so did Popeye and Mile 68.

Fishing in the northern parts were also a bit quieter, with some strong seas creating the dreaded side wash. It is advisable to rather try fishing in areas with reefs, kelp beds or other structures when the water is rough.

This usually helps and once your bait lies quieter, the chance is much better to hook a fish.

However, it was a bumper week for shark anglers. Two of the usual suspects, Clinton Barnard and Donavin Bezuidenhoudt, went fishing at Mile 8 using a variety of baits including mackerel, bonitos, and mackerel.

Clint was luckier during the course of the week. He landed a massive 131kg bronze whaler while Donavin followed suit with an 85 kg shark.

These sharks are super strong with some feisty teeth. One has to use nylon coated 7-strand stainless steel wire due to their jaws being so strong and their teeth so sharp, resulting in your line being bitten through all the time. After a few photos, the beasts are released into the sea again.

The conditions for the upcoming week look great for some galjoen fishing. It will be full moon and the tides will be stronger.

Tight lines until next time.

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