|Date of Report: Thursday, 7th January 2021|
|Name: Jeff Asherwood
Phone: 082 978 1098
The big news is that they have dredged opened the mouth of the estuary at St Lucia and there is at least a 50 metre channel with the water pouring out. The sea is now very discoloured as the estuary itself was full of dirty water. You can view the progress on my Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/fatbikefishing/
There is a spring tide on the 13th and it will be interesting to see how far the saltwater pushes into the system and hopefully this will lead to the recovery of the lake after a period of 18-19 years of being cut off from the sea.
Obviously, it will take some years for the system to recover fully and this will depend on the mouth remaining open. The estuary will have to be dredged out as it has become badly silted and reeds have taken over large areas due to the freshwater.
Regarding the fishing we can no longer reach Mapelane as one cannot cross the mouth and with the discolouration of the sea there will be no fly fishing in the St Lucia area until the water clears. However, if one travels up to the Vidal area it should be perfectly fishable.
The estuary at St Lucia over 20 years ago when the mouth was still open