Windy con­di­tions can also blow in an­glers’ favour

The Herald (South Africa) - - LEISURE - WAYNE RUD­MAN wl­rud­man@mweb.co.za

THE wind is not the an­gler’s friend but nei­ther is it the foe.

And “fished with a plan” re­sults can be favourable – as the wa­ter is aer­ated, which sim­u­lates ac­tiv­ity.

How­ever, wind di­rec­tion does in­flu­ence angling con­di­tions and the west­erly is far bet­ter to fish in than the east­erly.

The east­erly brings cold, clean wa­ter, which takes the fish off the bite.

This sees the boat­ing com­mu­nity re­sort to a lit­tle main­te­nance or other out­stand­ing tasks dur­ing these times (pred­i­cated for the week­end).

Study­ing the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture charts of late, it seems the bay traps the colder wa­ter and the warm wa­ter is pass­ing just south at present (much closer than it has been in the past few months).

This should pro­duce good fish for ski-boat folks as soon as the wind al­lows.

Onto an­other topic, a whale washed up on the rocks at Cape Re­cife. It has been de­cided to let it de­com­pose nat­u­rally, as it is im­prac­ti­cal to re­move it with­out huge costs be­ing in­curred.

On a sandy shore a sim­ple grave is the an­swer. Blow­ing up a car­cass just shifts the prob­lem.

The pres­ence of the whale might im­pact angling con­di­tions in the area and con­cerns have been raised as to an in­crease in preda­tor ac­tiv­ity in the bay as a re­sult.

On the angling scene, the re­ports are nu­mer­ous of good catches be­ing made with many ju­ve­nile fish be­ing caught in the es­tu­ar­ies at present.

The rocky shores have also pro­duced some good shad, along with the nor­mal rock dwellers.

The art-lure scene is most ac­tive now and I have just watched a video clip (lo­cal river), where a fel­low vir­tu­ally caught a garrick with ev­ery cast he made.

The Kromme River is pro­duc­ing some fine kob too. How­ever the in­crease in river traf­fic can change that in a few days.

The Swartkops is most ac­tive at present, with many ju­ve­nile garrick and grunter around.

Dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son, the con­flict of in­ter­ests will al­ways be an is­sue and tol­er­ance is the bet­ter way out.

To­day’s pho­to­graph is of a shad of 5kg caught fur­ther north up the coast by Grant Rat­tray.

These are a sought-af­ter ta­ble fish, com­monly known as blue fish in the north­ern hemi­sphere, and best eaten fresh.

A strong west­erly to­mor­row will mod­er­ate a lit­tle on Sun­day to a southerly wind. The barom­e­ter be­gins to climb from early to­mor­row morn­ing and re­mains high through­out.

High tide is at 7.53am to­mor­row, with the last quar­ter moon phase on Sun­day. The wa­ter is about 19°C in the bay, with tem­per­a­tures warm­ing fur­ther north up the coast.

Can­non Rocks’ wa­ter tem­per­a­ture is about 22°C at present – good for angling.

GOOD FOR DIN­NER: Grant Rat­tray with a 5kg shad

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