Meanwhile in Tanzania – the ‘Prawn Walk’ demystified (sort of)

Everyone has heard of the great Wildebeest Migration through Tanzania’s Serengeti and up into Kenya. This spectacular phenomenon is actually more than ‘just’ a wildebeest migration as includes (in far lesser numbers) zebra, as well as Thompson's and Grant's gazelles follow the trek for better grazing and water. As spectacular as it is in sheer [...]

The genius of the jam

I was about 22 when I decided I'd had enough of being skunked by the Spotted Grunter, and began my quest to re-crack the code with my own fly, or at least find a piece of water I considered understood.  Older, and (hopefully) wiser today, I know that I put far too much emphasis on [...]

Right Places, Wrong Time

I had salt on the mind all week, and so early Friday headed out to join Conrad at De Mond.  The flat looked perfect, the water was lukewarm and there was only one thing missing... fish. The two of scoured the channels, grass beds and usual haunts, but save for one or two super spooky [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

The Grunter Paradox

So you have a super spooky fish, considered almost impossible to fool on any artificial.  Not surprisingly it becomes a highly sought after species.  Then you hear some totally outlandish story, about that specie feeding carefree on some ridiculous fly.  Permit on floating crabs, to Spotted Grunter on floating prawns. The floating prawn story isn't [...]