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 South African estuaries mouths. But what really happens to the fish that have been trapped in those closed systems? “Some 70% of South African estuaries [...]

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, [...]

SHARK BAIT AND SILVER KOB

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.

METRO KOB

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 [...]

THE DINNER BELL

An 89 cm dusky kob taken on the Dinner Bell I designed the Dinner Bell fly while guiding Tourette Fishing clients for tigerfishing in Tanzania. It happened after a particularly fussy client insisted on catching the biggest fish yet taken from the Kilombero Valley.  To keep him quiet, I selected the biggest fly he owned, a large, blue [...]

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