Grumpy’s fishing report

Angling

23 April 2020 | Fishing

During the lockdown we became frustrated that other regions were allowed to go fishing, but the extension of the lockdown quickly put an end to that.

On the up side, we now have been provided with ample time to chat about some pointers that we are sometimes too scared to ask the top anglers.

Our topic is choosing the correct type of bait.

Using the ordinary sardine as bait is easy, right? Not quite.

We enter a tackle shop, buy a pack of sardines and open the box to turn the sardines inside out. If there is a lot of frozen blood, it means that it defrosted somewhere along the way and was refrozen. The sardine will then possibly be a bit softer and with that comes the problem of putting it on your hook.

While casting, it will most probably disintegrate and fall apart.

The second thing to look at are the eyes of the bait. When the soft tissue around the eyeball is missing, top anglers refer to it as “the fish eye is pipped”. The means the iris has tuned white, normally due to freezer burn.

Another indicator of old bait is that the top part of the sardine’s head has turned yellow. This is also due to freezer burn.

Sometimes beggars can’t be choosers and we head off with whatever we can get to go fishing.

This means talking to your favourite retail shop and asking for some pointers.

They will gladly tell you which bait is freshest and which isn’t.

Not all cheap bait is best and not all good bait is expensive.

Moving on to white mussels, which are easier to buy at the shop, right?

When you head out to Longbeach (between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund) during the summer months, the white mussels are readily available on the beach at low tide. When you pitch at the same spot in June/July, not a single mussel is left.

Colonies or groups of white mussels migrate. Their large organ is called a foot and these mussels are used to migrate to deeper water. Not to worry, as next season they will reappear and you will be able to harvest some fresh bait once more!

Just remember to have a recreational fishing license to harvest no more than the legal limit of 25 per person per day. You should also not have more than three day’s quota in your possession.
How about black mussels?

The allowable tally jumps to 50 per person per day. Yes, you do need a valid license to harvest them. Although not as good a bait as white mussel, every now and then, black mussel works super well for galjoen.

I hope everyone is hanging in there for the lockdown to end so that we can return to our beautiful Atlantic ocean and do some much needed recreational activities!
Tight lines.

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