We covet steenbras at the best of times, but we’ve recently been introduced to their butterball cousins from Namibia (aka Nambia). Instant fish crush. Just add water. Our Wish List Fish from The Mission Issue 08 was the Namibian steenbras. What West Coast steenbras, aka West Coast sea bream, aka Lithognathus aureti (if you live [...]
Dusky kob have dominated Dr JD Filmalter’s work life for the past few years and few in South Africa know the species (and its plight) better than him. “The story of the dusky kob is actually quite sad,” says JD, who has been studying the movement patterns of the species using acoustic tracking technology for [...]
The wildeperd, aka zebra fish (Diplodus curvinus hottentotus) as featured in The Mission Issue 16. What: For the benefit of our non-South African readers, the literal translation of the Afrikaans wildeperd is ‘wild horse’. When it comes to these fish it means “zebra (fish)”. They're rare and more difficult to catch than their greedy little [...]
JD Filmalter is doing invaluable research on one of SA's most iconic fish. The man is a mine of information. Here he shares some insights.
“Violent”, “savage”, “incredible strength”, “endearing lisp.” If Mike Tyson were a fish, he’d be a GT. Tackle-shattering, pound-for-pound all in fighting powerhouses of the flats, GTs both fascinate anglers and destroy their wet fishy dreams and gear. Addiction is best dealt with in the open so we caught up with author Peter McLeod of Aardvark [...]
Think its silly even thinking of approaching a tarpon wiht a 3 weight? Andre van Wyk explains why it's just the thing when fly fishing for juvenile tarpon. To a flyfisherman, the word "tarpon" conjours up great visions of leviathan-size creatures, armour plated beaten silver heavyweights, exploding into the air over a gin clear flat, [...]
The tides where never really going to let us fish properly. But a long weekend was excuse enough to break out the fly rods and a bunch of new ideas to chase some grunter over the mudflats of the Breede. While JD and his old man headed up on Thursday, Mike and I only left [...]