|Date of Report: Friday, 24th May 2019|
|Name: Jeff Asherwood
Phone: 082 978 1098
I have caught a couple of shad on fly already which is early for this species as they usually only appear at the end of June. This was at the bay at Mapelane and I have heard of anglers taking them on bait in the bay near St Lucia. North of Mission Rocks they have been taking some small GT’s but that is about all.
The sea is very flat at the moment which is not the best for fishing and you really need to wade out as far as possible on the low tide to get into the deep water.
I believe that they are forecasting higher sea temperatures than normal with higher rainfall also this winter. Unfortunately, the higher sea temperatures will mean that the sardines will not come inshore on the South Coast.
If we do get good winter rain it will keep the estuary full which hopefully will result in the lake breaching with the first reasonable summer rains. This will be the first time in over 12 years. The lake is almost entirely fresh water and apart from the Zambezi sharks which appear to have adapted freshwater barbel and bream have colonised the lake in the absence of saltwater species. The change to fresh water has also meant that thick reed beds have developed which of course will die once the mouth eventually opens and the lake reverts to saltwater.
St Lucia Lake many years ag when the mouth was open.