GRUNTER GOTTA EAT Part 1

For as long as SA fly fishers have been obsessed with grunter, misconceptions and heresies have spread about fishing for them. Noticeably, and especially in the Western Cape, many grunter hunters have focused almost exclusively on one ubiquitous grunter food, the mud prawn. But has tunnel vision inadvertently done us out of options? Yeah, maybe. [...]

DROP THE MICE

Single nymphs, long leaders, extreme stealth - fly fishing for Bushveld smallscale yellowfish is usually a delicate affair. Until Craig Pappin started lobbing mice patterns designed for taimen.   "It was over a bottle of rum that I got the wild idea of throwing a massive articulated mouse fly fit for taimen at our local [...]

THE TALE OF TUNA

A couple of weeks ago someone WhatsApped me a video that was doing the rounds on social media. It was of a 20-odd kilo tuna caught by the Bartho brothers on the KwaZulu-Natal coast in South Africa. In the video they suggest that the fish is a southern bluefin tuna (SBT) Thunnus maccoyii. Several SBT [...]

CARP ON FRY

Plop.  Greedy eyes swivelled towards the commotion. As they focussed, I swear she licked her fat rubber lips at the fry pattern hovering 1.5m away.  She stroked her whiskers, cruised over and slurped it down. A plan was coming together and this was a welcome change. No hesitation or suspicion.  Since moving to the Netherlands [...]

SCIENCE BRO: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN AN ESTUARY IS BREACHED?

No, the fish don’t all leave en masse! We’ve all seen those distributing social media clips of people cast-netting for kob and garrick as they attempt to exit recently opened estuary mouths. But what really happens to the fish that have been trapped in those closed systems? “Some 70% of South African estuaries are classified [...]

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