FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Saltwater - Port Elizabeth

Date of Report: Thursday, 23rd March 2017
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Name: Chris Schoultz
Phone: 082 825 9535

It’s that time of the year in the Eastern Cape where the change of seasons bring a lot of expectation for the build-up to winter and the estuaries are certainly starting to heat up fish-wise. 
Estuaries like the Swartkops have already begun to show good signs of a burst in bait fish activity. The swimming prawns are in abundance and tiny bait fish can be seen rippling on the surface with terns feeding on them and shoals of tiny garrick pushing them into the shallows. 
Water temperature has already started to fall from the upper twenties to the late teens which is more suited for this time of the year.

Already some good catches of skipjack have been made and some huge garrick I have seen are entering the estuaries to feed during the daytime with a lot of fish being around the 20kg mark and they can be seen chasing throughout the falling tide on most days. Although not always easy to hook just the sight of them feeding on massive mullets will inspire one enough to keep persevering for them.

The Gamtoos and the Sundays estuaries have an abundance of cob and although mostly small the odd 80lbs specimen has been landed over the past 2 weeks. Though not easy to target on fly they are all well with in casting distance and if luck is on one’s side it could lead to a hook up on a fish of a life time.

The upcoming month before the cold bite of winter begins to set in is a productive time of the year so best of luck to all anglers prepared to give it a bash.


Garrick being released