TARANTULA PRAWN SBS

This is a step-by-step of the Tarantula Prawn fly that I, based on Neil Rowe's experience with tan EP fibre prawn imitations, used very successfully to fool spotted grunter and steenbras (see: Prawns in Tandem) in a Western Cape estuary. The articulated fly is a simple tie; it is made from a tan Enrico Puglisi [...]

Spotted Perseverance

There's something about waking up in dark to head out fishing. Launching the boat with nothing but a dim haze over the eastern horizon. The crisp air as it cuts, even in midsummer, through your layers as the boat plains over a mirror of water. The day is full of potential and all you really [...]

Waiting for the Hatch

  It was at a time that I was scrambling for a formula that worked for Garden Route Grunter, long before I realised there were many formulas, for many situations. Id been up every weekend for a year, walking, wishing & working.  A process that I enjoy far more than any other aspect of the [...]

El Muerto

On a recent trip to the Breede with MC Coetzer, Denton Ingham-Brown and Jannie Visser, we were met by really tough conditions. Lots of fresh water run-off after heavy rains.   We were chasing grunter and it was not going well. At dead low Jannie and I spotted a dead fish. It was a nice [...]

A grunter savant

It started with a rumour.  A call later my mind was blown.  Ian Kitching was his name, and he'd caught close on 20 grunter in two days.  That doesn't happen.  Not in the Garden Route. I had to go and see.  Sure enough, Ian had stumbled across the prawn walk I've written so much about. [...]