|Date of Report: Thursday, 15th April 2021|
|Name: Martin Smuts
Phone: 078 9620111
This past month I was fortunate enough to join a group of mates on a flyfishing adventure down to a spot on the Wild Coast. It truly is a wild coast, even in this day and age. It is difficult to describe, words such as untouched, pristine, and completely off the beaten track, come to mind.
Our party was made up of seven very eager fly fishermen, four would be fishing from kayaks while the others from a boat. None of us had been there before, so it was a learning experience for the lot of us. From the moment we arrived on the water and the more so the further out we ventured, was it apparent that this place gets very little fishing pressure, especially when compared to the waters that we normally fish. Our “Modis Operandi” was simple, launch a couple of kilometers upriver and spend the day fishing our way down river to the river mouth and surrounding surf. After a couple of full days paddling and flyfishing, some of us opted to rather spend a day or two working the river (and doing less paddling😊). To try and describe the scenery in words on paper would take pages and pages. Drifting along in this wilderness, on a kayak, in solitude, allowed one the opportunity to try and take it all in, impossible, even the photographs do not do it justice. Example, I encountered and saw more sea turtles and jellyfish (not sure what species) everyday than I did other fisherman out on the water. By the end of our expedition, which included (to say the least) quite a few multi-point turns with bakkie and trailer on narrow gravel roads, home-made multi-kayak carrier roof racks, low range four-by-four and all day flyfishing 😊, we had all caught fish. A total of a dozen different species, in a location that definitely deserves another visit, and another, and another….
Closer to home and the fish have been hungry. Reports from around Amanzimtoti and the surrounding river mouths tell of plenty Shad (mostly undersize), small Kingfish, Wave Garrick and a surprising number of Bastard Mullet have been caught on fly recently.
What a pleasure it was to experience and to know of such a beautifully wild estuary just a couple of hours away from our bustling city lives. Mzansi has many of these wild gems tucked away along our coast lines and freshwater systems, it is just a matter of taking a short left and keep exploring.
Some photos from our trip are shown below: