FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Saltwater - Kosi

Date of Report: Wednesday, 14th February 2018
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Name: Scotty Kyle
Email: rkyle@iafrica.com

In the last few years there seemed to be a trend of overall declining catches in the lakes and ocean for some species. This year the trend seems to have continued in the ocean with generally very low numbers of mostly kingfish species and scarce wave garrick and even bastard mullet. There have been good days when suddenly, and often for no apparent reason, fish have appeared but generally the fishing in the ocean has not been good. The weather is partly to “blame” as there have been many days of huge surf when most fishing was difficult if not impossible. We keep hearing about climate change and even Donald T. has accepted it at last though he now suggests it may be “good for mankind”. Between very strong surf and severe sand movement it really looks as if something unusual is happening in the ocean and even the turtles were significantly later than usual this year.

Despite overall fishing not being good there have been a few areas where good catches have been made recently. Kosi Mouth has produced some excellent greenspot and even bluefin kingfish as well as occasional GT’s. They have generally been later in the day and even into the night but, as is now usual, they can be very evident one day and then gone the next.

Similarly, along the shore, despite few fish being seen there are usually sudden but limited patches of fish that will feed. With generally few recreational anglers being around most of the time it is possible to “use” large stretches of shore and it really is best to cast almost always on the move to cover lots of ground. Flogging a dead area is usually unproductive and moving on can often result in finding patches of feeding fish.

In the lakes there have been some excellent catches of large and huge GT’s recently as well as some great seapike and good rock salmon. It must be stressed that they are not all over the place and need to be sought out and fished for with patience and stealth. They can be completely absent for days at a time and then appear. Sometimes they can be seen congregating in the shallows while at others they are dispersed along the weed and reed beds.

Several GT’s of over 100 cm have been caught, tagged and released and sadly some of them have already been caught and killed by other fishers. These fish seem to be in all lakes and good Bigeye and greenspot kingfishes have also been caught in all lakes from time to time. It looks like the best approach is simply to fish to the best of your ability almost regardless of the conditions and time and, just occasionally, you will be fortunate.

The bottom line is that there are still excellent fish in the Kosi Bay Lakes but they are super careful about what they will take. They may be caught on one pattern on one day and then the next they will ignore the same pattern or lure. Somehow, they communicate with each other and taggers have learned to keep fish alive on board for as long as is reasonable because as soon as they let a fish go he seems to “tell” the other fish what is going on.

Anyway, the indications are that fishing in the lakes at Kosi Bay should be quite good till the end of this season as the fish build up condition for the colder months.

Tight lines,

Scotty.

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Scotty's daughter with a seapike