|Date of Report: Tuesday, 14th November 2017|
|Name: Capt. Louis Day
Phone: 082 555 8317
Louis reports that it has been pouring in Hermanus for the last day and a half, but he is unsure whether there has been the same rain over the catchment areas for Cape Town’s storage dams which are further to the west
Hermanus & Bot River lagoons
Although the current heavy rain will result in good inflows it is doubtful whether the mouths will be breached so these two lagoons may remain closed for a second year in a row. There is a possibility that the authorities may consider opening the mouths artificially later on. The fishing has not been good but of course if the mouths do open then the fishing will immediately improve.
The heavy rain will dirty the water for the next 2 or 3 weeks but there is a chance that clean sea water will push in on the coming spring.
Louis fished this estuary a couple of weeks ago but the water was still at 16 to 17°C whereas the Breede is at its best at 20 to 22C°. As the heavy rain is moving up the coast expect the Breede tributaries near Swellendam to be in spate shortly. Currently most of the fish caught in the Breede are smaller grunter and kob. Expect better results on the spring push.
The boats off Cape Point have taken yellowtail and some good catches of yellowfin tuna
A good grunter from the Breede