Grumpy’s fishing report

10 November 2020 | Fishing

The long awaited and much anticipated arrival of the snoek finally materialized with this delicious delicacy being caught by the deck loads.

A deck load is the max capacity a boat or vessel can carry with these fish being caught from ski boats far out (sometimes as far as 50km from the shore) at sea.

These are aggressive feeders once they start and can be caught throw for throw. Imagine how quickly they would demolish a school of horse mackerel or sardines.

This is great news for the fishing industry with a lot of fishermen depending on the snoek season to survive.

The legal limit per person is 25 snoek per day.

In Swakopmund the ski boats launch from the mole rather early weather permitting.

Once the snoek gets caught one needs to break its neck otherwise the blood spoils the flesh of the fish and results in as the anglers call this phenomenon: a pap snoek in Afrikaans. Although still edible but the taste isn’t a delicious as it should be.

Another trick that the anglers use is to salt the snoek for about 20 minutes to give the flesh firmness. They use coarse salt for this purpose which is easier washed off later.

The kob are still plentiful at the Winston wreck with reports of fish up to 18kg being caught.

Adri se gat and Bakleigat as well as Horingbaai and Canopy also produced good catches.

Not to be outdone was Mile 72 with kob and steenbras being reeled in.

Big kolstert and galjoen up to 2,5kg were also caught at the Winston. The majority of fish landed were however kob.

Adriaan Steenkamp from Benguella Angling Club tried his luck at shark fishing with mackerel head at Mile 100 bay.

Conditions were perfect and it wasn’t long until his rod started to bent. After a mammoth fight of 2 hours Adriaan succeeded in landing his personal best Bronze whaler of 191cm. That’s from the head to the beginning of the tail, so the shark is actually much longer. The mentioned measurements are needed to get an estimated weight. Super beast of a fish!!! Roughly 91kg to 95kg.

The conditions for the upcoming week look good with the first part of the week accompanied by strong south westerly winds.

The wave height will also stay favourable for kob fishing.

Until next time. Tight lines!

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