Flyfishing report: Saltwater - Gqeberha/Port Elizabeth

Date of Report: Wednesday, 19th June 2024
Name: Ruben Schoeman
Email: rubenmschoeman@gmail.com
Phone: 079 793 8169

Swartkops

As expected, the recent heavy rain flooded the river but as it is a short system it clears quickly and could be fishable with a fly in one to two weeks. Prior to that some good leervis and skipjack were taken on fly and a very large leervis was lost by a youngster using a lure after a one-hour battle. It is surprising that this system continues to fish well despite the overfishing by bait anglers and the wholesale digging up of bait forms.

Sundays River.

This estuary was not badly affected by the floods, and I hear there are plenty of young leervis around. This is not an easy estuary to fish with a fly rod and one really needs a boat. Also, there are often very strong currents at the mouth.

Gamtoos.

As in the case of the Sundays this is also not an easy estuary to flyfish from the bank and it is sometimes difficult to launch a boat. Plenty of young leervis in the system.

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Devan Lagendyk with a skipjack.