Grumpy's fishing report

26 May 2020 | Fishing

Swakopmund • Outdoor Centre



The Atlantic showed us its phenomenal power, with some big and heavy swells prevailing the last week. This made fishing a bit tougher than usual.

It is recommended to use a sinker that is one ounce heavier to compensate for the side wash. Usually when the seas are rough, the sinker tends to slide along the ground. This in turn increases the chances of getting your sinker or hook stuck in rocks or kelp. Thinner line also has less drag, so it can also be tried out.

On the angling front, Blare was probably the pick of the week, with Canopy coming in a close second place.

Kob in the bigger than average range were pulled ashore with sardines as the preferred bait. Kob right up to 15 kg were caught. However, most fish landed were pan-sized with every second or third fish being decent in the 2-4 kg range.

Mile 72 and Mile 32 also produced fish all week. Galjoen were landed during the heavier seas and kob made an appearance as the Atlantic became calmer.

Reports of smaller sharks close to Mile 6 and Mile 11 readily taking bait with some lesser sandsharks and smooth hounds being caught were also received. Spotted gulley sharks were also landed and gave anglers a tough time before reaching the shoreline.

Paaltjies also produced some good sized steenbras last week. Mossie Mostert and Joerg Walter had a good time, landing some decent galjoen and steenbras. Pieter de Bruyn also joined in the fun and managed to catch a big steenbras of 5 kg at the 3rd pole at Paaltjies.

Conditions for the week look good, with heavier swells expected during the weekend. White mussel should be the bait of choice. Galjoen will most likely be the target fish to go for during the bigger seas.

Until next week. Tight lines!

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