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 [...]
Changing your name on a regular basis is not something one would consider a good life choice. But the gentleman of the sea appears not to mind. Through years of tracking we now know that the leervis of the South (including those on the West Coast, False Bay, Southern Cape and southern Eastern Cape) becomes [...]
By JD Filmalter If you fish at sea in South Africa – in the surf, from the rocks or in an estuary – you know what a dusky kob is. They are iconic. They are prized. They are magnificent. They are disappearing… THE FACTS Juvenile dusky kob live in their home estuary for the first [...]
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 [...]
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.
Ah the garrick, aka ‘leerie’. It’s like the starter game fish that gets so many hooked on the light-tackle and fly game. And then, even as other species take preference, somehow keeps giving almost as a default back-up of sorts, year on year, season on season. Or not... Alarming recent reports of kills in the [...]
I don't normally point the finger, but I have grown pissed off with the way I have seen some conventional anglers behave lately. Illegal driving on beaches, the devastating effects of excessive bait collecting in estuaries and not practicing catch and release are just a few of the things I despise. Nothing wrong with keeping [...]