Herald Fishing: Boet Stewart is bass angler of the day

Boet Stewart with his 1.9kg bass caught in the Oribi Gorge area last Sunday.

THE South Coast Bass Association held its monthly fishoff in the Oribi George area on a private farm dam last Sunday.

Fishing was good and the weather wonderful. Twelve club anglers competed and about a hundred bass were caught. Fish were small and only 23 made it to the weigh station.

Boet Stewart was the angler of the day, with a bass of 1.9kg. Anglers compete for points culminating in the crowning of champions annually.

The SCBA strictly practice catch-and-release so all bass are returned to the water alive and well.

Chairman Anthony Card is hard at work to put in place a system to promote large mouth bass as a species on the South Coast for generations to come.

ROCK AND SURF

Summer is almost upon us and the species that favour the warmer water are starting to show themselves.

We just have September to fish for shad and the season closes. Anglers have also reported catches of decent-sized shad along the coastline.

Bronze bream, sandies and honeycombs are starting to get anglers excited.

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For targeting these fish, remember to make traces with and without floats to see what mood the fish are in on the day.

A size 1/0 has been the hook of choice with a pink or red prawn.

If you can get your hands on some cracker shrimp, you are in with the best chance for a personal best fish.

Fishing for bronzies you can also get hooked up with various rock fish such as brusher, black tail, rock cod and galjoen (South Africa’s national fish). Targeting galjoen, it’s best to use ghost crab.

Remember, catch your limit and release them if you can for another angler to enjoy the tussle.

The Mzimkhulu River mouth has been opened and there will be a lot of action at the Sandspit with garrick and kob.

Anglers fishing deep sea having been getting some decent catches of tuna and mussel cracker.

The 2017 Junior Gamefish Interprovincial will be held at Shelly Beach Ski-boat Club from Thursday, September 28 (briefing) to Sunday, October 1.

Tight lines.

Tide Table

HIGH TIDE

September

14 09.50 23.04

15 —- 12.15

16 00.49 13.29

17 01.48 14.16

18 02.32 14.54

19 03.10 15.28

20 03.44 16.00

21 04.15 16.30

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