FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Saltwater - Garden Route

Date of Report: Friday, 10th September 2021
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Name: Brian Sowden
Phone: 076 0525634

Fishing in the Garden Route has been really quiet over the last month to say the least.

Even conventional fishermen had it hard with very few reports coming our way.

One can only hope this is the calm before the storm

Klein Brak river mouth has been opened, Goukamma and Sedgefield are closed, but as far as my knowledge both estuaries water levels are low thus accessible for wading.

Deon Stevens managed a good day in Knysna with niece Danielle and landed a few grunter from the Ashmead Channel banks. He fished a crab pattern for them and that did the business.

Grunter start feeding on the pushing tide when the water covers the sand and mud banks, making them accessible for the fish where they feed on small crabs and blow into prawn holes. This is when you see that tail slapping as they burrow down, a sight that makes your heart stop, the sign that they are there and feeding.

Craig Smith also got into the action – again. Landing a few grunter in the same area as Deon. These guys put in the time on the water, doing calculating fishing for grunter with tried and tested methods to ensure success.

These fish still are a difficult bugger to hook, if not the most difficult in our saltwater, but perseverance will pay off.

Let’s hope the coming months will change in numbers caught as we head into spring and a time that all things come alive and active.


Crag Smith’s grunter


Deon Steven’s grunter