Grumpy’s fishing report

03 November 2020 | Fishing

The good old full moon brought with its glory some really stormy seas. Yes, spring tide was the culprit and squarely shoulders the blame for some dismal catches.

Conditions were a bit rough but even in these circumstances, the galjoen made their appearance.

Some steenbras were also caught at the Zeila wreck towards “Die Walle” and not to be outdone, Solitude close to Henties Bay provided some decent sized kabeljou too.

So, all in all it was a tough week; even more so closer to the weekend when the sea got rough. The beginning of the week still provided some decent action.

Mile 98 and Adri se gat delivered kob right up to the 8kg range and in some great numbers too. Even the ski boat anglers got stuck into some good fish.

An optimist, Mr Wheal, ventured out to the deep sea and reeled in a nice male smooth hound shark. These sharks are strong fighters for their size and they usually feed on crustaceans and small invertebrates.

Jaco Vilonel decided to go fishing at the Solitude area close to Henties Bay and was adequately rewarded with a 63cm kob.

That brought “Kobtober” to an end and as usual October really didn’t disappoint. Expectations are that the kob should be around for the taking in November too.

There is still no sign of the snoek. I am and will be patiently waiting for these delicious fish to make their appearance.

The conditions for the week look quite optimistic. Sharpen your hooks and head out towards our beautiful coastline.

Angling permits

Remember to pack your fishing permit when you go to the waters. All you need is your identity card (ID) or passport to acquire a permit. Anglers under the age of 18, are required to produce a birth certificate and passport photos to be issued with angling permits.

Recreational fishing permits cost N$14 per month or N$168 per year and can be obtained at the ministry of fisheries inspectorate office (064 201 6111) in 1st Street in Walvis Bay.

Permits are available at the ministry of fisheries NATMIRC/Aquarium (064 410 1000) in Strand Street, Swakopmund and at the Henties Bay Police Station (065 50 201).

Until next time, tight lines!

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