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 [...]
This is a kob that I won't forget in a hurry. I was doing a sunset session with my crew last year when I got this fish on my surface pattern, a NoseJob. It was already dark, and getting late when MC suggested that it's time for lighting the fire and a glass of red [...]
"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, [...]
The second best thing about fly-fishing off a float tube in False Bay is the looks you get when you gear up in the parking lot. Pull out your Ark inflatable or SUP and no-one will bat an eyelid. Take out a float tube and people will stop and stare. Like you're mad or something. Truth be told, it's a very convenient and effective craft to fly-fish from.
“Which species did you catch on it? Tigers, leeries…?” Came the message from Tudor. Like any editor worth his red pen, he was nit picking at my review of the Horizon 990-4 TSS for an upcoming issue of The Mission. “Grunts?” “It's a bit too much muscle for grunts,” I shot back. Like any writer [...]
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 [...]
What’s the saltwater equivalent of a trout bum? Whatever it is, Henkie Altena of Karoolskraal Fly Fishing Camp, a living, walking legend of the Karoo and Overberg fly fishing scenes fit the description. We caught up with him for our issue 18 Lifer profile. The first fish I can remember catching on fly, was a [...]
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.
Traditionally the closest likely kob water to Cape Town are the estuaries due East, about two and a half hours away. That all changed when Jannie Visser started to catch kob from the reefs on the eastern side of False Bay a season ago, about a 25 minute drive from the Cape Metropol. What struck [...]
A few months ago Jimmy Eagelton introduced me to a pattern that produced quite a few silver kob (Argyrosomus inodorus) for him on the West Coast. He tied the fly specifically to be fished tight against rocky substrate where the kob were holding, without getting snagged. The drop-shot fraternity on the West Coast and their [...]