Flyfishing report: Saltwater - West Cape

Date of Report: Monday, 30th January 2023
Name: Capt. Louis Day
Email: louis@hermanus.co.za
Phone: 082 555 8317

Breede River.

We recently returned from a 2-month camping stay at Witsand on the Breede River. We had to limit our fishing because of family commitments but generally the fishing was good, and we heard that some big kob had been taken when we arrived. However, during most of our stay the smaller fish predominated, mainly kob rather than grunter and most we released and just kept a couple of the bigger ones for the braai. I expect the bigger kob to appear again in Feb and March. One can ascribe the good fishing to warmer water temperatures and in the river it was 22-23 C which the kob and grunter love and the sea temps have been as high as 18 but are now about 16-17 C.

It was good to hear that there few fish had been lost to sharks and there were very few jelly fish around which are sometimes common in the Breede at this time of year.

De Mond.

I have had no reports from De Mond estuary and it must have become very dirty in December after the heavy unseasonal rain. Good catches of white steenbras on bait were reported from the nearby Struisbaai beach, probably as a result of the favourable sea temperatures.

Hermanus lagoon.

This lagoon like the Bot River lagoon was full over winter but not high enough to breach. Some good leervis (garrick) were taken on live bait but the flyfishers have been few and far between on our coastal waters probably due to the gale force S. Easters we recently experienced.

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Hermanus lagoon at sunrise.