Flyfishing report: Saltwater - Gqeberha/Port Elizabeth

Date of Report: Thursday, 9th November 2023
Name: Ruben Schoeman
Phone: 079 793 8169

The Swartkops is certainly picking up after the heavy rain and floods. We went fishing 2 days ago and can confirm that there are lots of grunter in the river. We used mainly surface lures and not fly as there was still plenty of floating grass in the water and we had very good sport. Water is slightly discoloured but this is mainly a tannin colour caused by strong inflows of fresh water. Below is a massive 80cm grunter caught by my fiancé. We have also heard reports of skipjack being taken and today we are going upstream in the boat to the Perseverance area especially to look for leervis as we have not seen many, but they must be around. Regarding the other estuaries, the Gamtoos, Sundays and Kabeljouws, I have heard that the fishing has been quite difficult and possibly they need to settle a bit after the floods.


My fiancé with a 80cm grunter caught on a lure.