Grumpy's fishing report

24 November 2020 | Fishing

The clean or clear looking water along the shores contributed to the tough fishing conditions this past week.

There is however a little bit of good news with the arrival of some big kob at Paaltjies just south of Wavis Bay.

This probably means that the big kob will start biting more readily at Paaltjies.

Remember the fishing laws states that no person may have more than two kob of over 70cm in their possession.

The kob at Paaltjies are usually there to breed and will probably stay there to about March next year.

Sandwich Harbour is closed for fishing so one can fish the entire area from the Pelican Point sign, past Donkey Bay right up to the border between Paaltjies and Sandwich.

There was also a fishing competition held from the pump station right up to Mile 14.

Most sharks that were caught were eagle rays and spotted gulley sharks. Due to the flatness and clean water the sharks were rather on the smaller side.

Large numbers were however caught at the Mile 8 Interclub 2020 competition.

Well done to the winners Gelhar Slabbert - heaviest bag 128,1kg and Emil Prinsloo - heaviest shark (spotty) 26,7kg.

Going up north a few fish were landed and anglers had to work for them.

Mile 72 was probably the pick of the lot with some decent steenbras brought ashore there.

Marco Eck went fishing in the area and was rewarded with a nice 4kg kob that he caught on sardines.

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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