Grumpy’s fishing report · Oudoor Centre

25 February 2020 | Fishing

What an eventful week we experienced at the coast.



Sulphur eruptions at the Walvis Bay lagoon made for some spectacular aerial photographs.

Obviously the lowered oxygen in the water discouraged fishing around that area. In fact, the sulphur eruption spread so far that is was one milky green colour from Walvis Bay right up to the Zeila wreck just south of Henties Bay.

The good news is that this phenomenon swiftly subsides and the fishing should improve quickly.

Reports were received of crayfish walking out of the sea due to the lack of oxygen on Thursday. It was quite a sad sight to see crayfish laying side by side for kilometers on end. Be sure not to eat these once they are dead. They can however be used as bait and do not to take more than your allowed seven per person.

The first interclub competition for the year was also held over the weekend of the 22 February at Mile 108. About 200 anglers from 15 different clubs battled it out to see who the king of the seas is.

The results will follow in next the edition.

Calm seas prevailed, so the expectations were high too.

Sharks were mainly targeted with weight determining the winner of the day. The area was decided at the captain’s meeting and stretched over exactly 10km.

The warm water, super good visibility due to the sulphur eruptions and warm current (well, for our cold climate at least), resulted in some decent Garrick catches again.

I can honestly say that this is by far the best year so far when it comes to targeting these gamefish.

Gieb Lubbe and Alan Langenstrassen were brave enough to go and try their luck. After a few casts with their artificial lures they got stuck into some great fish.

The fishing wasn’t too good close to Swakopmund due to the clean water, but Kobus Coetzee defied the odds and went fishing at Mile 4. He got lucky with a big kob just in front of his house. Perseverance paid off for sure.

I also received a report of a huge steenbras caught at Maketus Turn. Unfortunately the photo was very blurry but you can take my word on this, it was a massive steenbras. Definitely a fish of a lifetime!

With the sulphur eruptions prevailing between Henties and Swakopmund, anglers tried their luck further up north and were rewarded with kob from just size to about 6kg. Some nice fish also came out at Canopy and Doep se gat.

The upcoming week’s predictions look good. Maybe it’s time you take some well-deserved time off and try your luck again.

Until next week, tight lines!

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