|Date of Report: Wednesday, 26th June 2019|
|Name: Jeff Asherwood
Phone: 082 978 1098
We have been catching shad, but of a small size at Mapelane to the south of St Lucia, but nothing to the north at Mission Rocks and Vidal. Up there the water is beautifully clear and ideal for fly and I am hoping we will be seeing kingfish there quite soon. Strangely there is quite a bit of weed in the water which one usually only sees after a big storm. The sea temperature is still at 21°C which does not bode well for the sardines on the South Coast which really need 18°C or below before they come inshore. I hear that at Port Shepstone the shoals are more than 1km out.
If we do get good winter rain it will keep the estuary full which hopefully will result in the lake breaching with the first reasonable summer rains. This will be the first time in over 12 years. The lake is almost entirely fresh water and apart from the Zambezi sharks which appear to have adapted freshwater barbel and bream have colonised the lake in the absence of saltwater species. The change to fresh water has also meant that thick reed beds have developed which of course will die once the mouth eventually opens and the lake reverts to saltwater.