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 [...]

ALEX’S GOODIE

For Paulo Hoffmann, getting to grips with GTs for the first time at Cosmo was a baptism of fire. Fortunately, he was in good hands. “Paulo, I’ve got a goodie for you.” That’s what Cosmoledo guide Alex Quatre said when the fish we had been waiting for made an appearance. A well-known figure to most [...]

PACKING FOR POIVRE

Based in Namibia, but just as likely to be found in the jungles of Bolivia, running down roosters in Mexico or stalking the Seychelles atolls, Christiaan Pretorius travels a lot and, as such, has his trip preparation down to a fine art. Here’s what he packs for the plentiful permit flats of Poivre.   "Fly [...]

BEHIND THE COVER: ISSUE 27 – FLOAT TUBE KOB BY SACHA SPECKER

Way back in 2016 Sacha Specker had a rather too-close encounter with a Great White shark while surfing off Noordhoek on the Cape Peninsula. Last month he dangled his feet off Strand for The Mission to shoot the cover with float tube kob maestro Conrad Botes. ‘Spex’ – as he is affectionately known in the [...]

SEVENTY-FOUR OFFSHORE

By Edward Truter Some time ago, some of my friends who I fish offshore with (usually casting and jigging lures on light gear) mentioned that while doing some low-key chumming over a reef off Port Elizabeth, number of seventy-four seabream (Polysteganus undulosus) came in for a snack, together with other bits and bobs. I had [...]

CELLOS AT DAWN

"It's still gloomy outside, but in the predawn darkness I take refuge under a streetlamp next to my car and start gearing up. I follow the usual routine; first inflate my float tube, then rig up my fly-rod and finally I get into my neoprene pants and splash jacket. While I'm busy doing my thing, [...]

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