Windy conditions can also blow in anglers’ favour
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