FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Saltwater - Port Elizabeth

Date of Report: Saturday, 26th May 2018
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Name: Gary Grobler
Email: gtzr@telkomsa.net
Phone: 0823520336

Some large garrick and white steenbras have been caught the last couple of weeks along the Port Elizabeth coastline. The annual migrations are in full swing and despite many of these fish going to table many are returned to live another day. Catch and release awareness seems to be paying off. Although these fish were not taken on fly it is motivation enough hoping that “tomorrow might be my turn,” or the next. Water temperature is currently 18 degrees.

Flat rocks -  Caught several blacktail 2weeks ago in the 20 – 30cm range. Dropped an above average size steenbras in water depth of 50cm. Fly used was the sea biscuit #6.

Swartkops River – Plenty of garrick and skipjack around with good size grunter being taken by the boating fraternity. Young fly rodder Jordan West is really putting in the hours and has been rewarded with some good fun. “His philosophy is if it swims I can catch it.” Some food for thought: Swartkops seems to fish best on an outgoing tide, overcast with the barometer dropping slightly.

 Kromme River – Have not fished this water lately.

Sundays River – No fly rod news but reports of cob in the 10 – 15 lbs range have been received.

Gamtoos River – The occasional garrick and cob have succumbed to bait. Friend and local fly rodder Devan said that they went right up to the top last weekend and eventually were fishing in fresh water but nothing to get excited about. Of concern however is the sand build up at the mouth. Some saying it is normal others saying due to the shallow mouth it has directly altered the movement of the fish. Guess only time will tell.

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Blacktail being released.