|Date of Report: Friday, 10th August 2018|
|Name: Gary Grobler
The newspaper reported last week that the Port Elizabeth area is experiencing the warmest winter in seventy years. That said the mornings are pretty fresh and fewer fly rodders are venturing out, hence fewer fish been taken. Plenty of large white steenbras in the surf are still being caught, with a large percentage being released. So well done guys.
Last month’s report we shared how the Gamtoos River mouth has sanded over. On the various chat groups some interesting points have been shared. So, check them out.
Water is currently sitting at 16 degrees.
Flat rocks – Last Saturday on the Spring low managed to raise 1 small blacktail of about 20 cm. Water was exceptionally clear and the fish very skittish.
Kromme River – No report
Sundays River – The only report received was some small cob taken on live bait but not confirmed.
Swartkops River – Still producing garrick in the 30 – 40 cm range but taking mid water and deeper. Pink and purple seem to be the colours they are interested in. No reports on any grunter.
On a sadder note – there are some pictures circulating on facebook of factories again using the river as a means to dispose waste. These pictures and the story is unconfirmed but if the past is anything to go by then……
A note on our Guild.
Regarding the Guild things have settled down nicely and our membership is growing as well. At last year’s AGM we had 13 paid up members and currently our membership list stands at 21 with another 1 interested to join. So, we must be doing something right. The highlight this year so far is our newest member Leigh – Anne who won the female fly tying category and she has only been sitting behind a vise for 10 odd weeks. I personally think that with the correct push and facilitation she is going achieve much and impart a great deal back. One of the points on our membership application form actually says “ in what way can I contribute and help grow our sport.” In the last 4 years I have watched people not only tie better flies but become part of a “family.” Something I am proud to be a part of.
Gamtoos River courtesy of Roger Gurr