Flyfishing report: Saltwater - North Coast

Date of Report: Thursday, 8th February 2024
Name: Jeff Asherwood
Phone: 082 978 1098

It has been incredibly hot and humid in the last few days but fortunately the rains continue and the Umfolozi has come down in flood to the extent that so much fresh water is rushing through the month seawater is prevented from pushing into the estuary and lake on the highs. I do not think this matters and at least Lake St Lucia is being kept brim full so we should get through another winter with the mouth open

for the fourth year in a row. However, the ecologists tell us that it may take at least another 10 years before conditions return to normal providing the mouth does remain open which of course may not happen.

With all the muddy water pouring out of the mouth the sea is very discoloured near St Lucia but the three spot have reappeared and using spinner up at Vidal I got broken up a number of large GTs in the 25 to 30 kg class. I think they are around to feed on the turtle hatchlings which hatch out this month.

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North Coast scene.