FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Saltwater - Port Elizabeth

Date of Report: Tuesday, 30th May 2017
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Name: Chris Schoultz
Phone: 082 825 9535

Winter has arrived in the Eastern Cape and the average sea and estuary water temperature has dropped a considerable amount in the past month.
With cooler water it opens a lot of doors for us down here and the garrick have already shown a healthy return into the Swartkops system with some decent sized fish in the 60cm to 70cm class visiting the system on most days. The spotted grunter and cob are also in the systems with some good grunter being caught by the bait anglers of up to 9kg with quite a few fish being in the 70cm to 80cm class and they could be targeted using bigger than usual clousers and crazy charlie patterns in natural colours. The surface action from the grunters will gradually slow down now due to falling water temperatures but can still be targeted on those warmer days.

Sundays and Gamtoos rivers are also showing good catches of cob and they can be targeted in the deeper areas of the systems and the shallow structures will also hold fish in low light conditions. The river bream will also start spending more time in the river mouths now before they get ready to spawn so that is also an option during the neap tides when there’s less water flow around the mouth areas. These fish can often be seen swimming around in the shallows so they offer an angler quite exciting fishing if you approach them correctly.

The next few months will produce some good fishing. So if you are prepared to brave the cooler winter mornings this good fishing can be had.


Anthony Kruger with a garrick (leervish)