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 [...]

Tails of Frustration

Our cat Charlie often stares through our flat window, his eyes compulsively fixed on grey Loeries, feeding just a few grasps ahead. The only way i can understand his consuming frustration, is when i'm watching these spotted mud squirters, tailing a few feet in-front of me. Nervous twitch disorder. - Blonde Elvis. fellow fly fisher [...]

SUPping with a Flyrod

A chance encounter with my old surfboard shaper, Ian Kitching, who happens to be another addict of the long rod, landed me with the loan of his concept SUP FISHER board. Kitted and ready. Ian, having shaped surfboards for over ten years, decided to combine his fishing knowledge with his understanding of surfboards [...]

Grunter Thoughts

I happened upon one of my journals this past weekend. It’s from 2009 mostly and figured it'd make an interesting read. As I was paging through it having a chuckle at odd insights and strange thoughts, I came across the following the entry. Obviously I had had a frustrating morning on the mud flats at [...]

Good Afternoon

I got 3 of these little guys in quick succession this afternoon.  I also missed two that I pricked and lost one when my fly line got stuck between my stripping basket.  The tide just didn't seem to come in this afternoon...so I was left to fish the kiddies area.  Was good fun in 15-30cm [...]