Twinkle, two slams and the legend of the turd burger

Saltwater fly-fishing in the western cape can be a very unforgiving affair. Blank days are very common; in fact, it’s part of the parcel. But we all have those days when the river lifts her skirt and everything seems to fall into place. A while ago my buddies and I experienced this bounty. But nothing […]

Metro Kob

Traditionally the closest likely kob water to Cape Town are the  estuaries due East, about two and a half hours away. That all changed when Jannie Visser started to catch kob from the reefs on the eastern side of False Bay a season ago, about a 25 minute drive from the Cape Metropol. What struck […]


A few months ago Jimmy Eagelton introduced me to a pattern that produced quite a few silver kob (Argyrosomus inodorus) for him on the West Coast. He tied the fly specifically to be fished tight against rocky substrate where the kob were holding, without getting snagged. The drop-shot fraternity on the West Coast and their […]

The Dead of Winter

Winter solstice was on the 21st of June, so technically we’ve passed the bend and are on our way to spring. But for practical reasons, I generally consider the middle of July as the coldest, wettest and most miserable part of winter in the Western Cape. Traditionally it’s also a quiet time on the fishing […]

Eagleton pins a Geelbek on fly

Salwater fly-fishing ace, Jimmy  Eagleton has been sucessfully targeting silver kob (Argyrosomus inodorus) on the west coast of South Africa. Dusky kob (Argyrosomus japonicus) are commonly caught on fly in the Southern and Western Cape, no-one that I know of have had much success catching silver kob on fly until Mr Eagleton started doing so. […]

Tagging Recapture

A dusky kob that I tagged at Struisbaai on the 16th of December 2014 has been recaptured. Sadly the fish was not released for a second time. The fish was free for 112 days, grew from 66 to 74 cm (8cm of growth) and was recaptured 10km due east on Struisbaai plaat. I caught the […]

Tying the Flat Nose Silicone

One of my favourite patterns for dusky kob is the flat nose silicone mullet. This fly has got an absolutely deadly action if tied correctly, and will bounce about erratically on a jerky retrieve. It’s my go-to fly for kob and I have taken more fish on this pattern than any other. Juan Coetzee introduced […]

Rising of De Mond (January 2015)

De Mond is a tiny lagoon that can produce exceptional catches. The most memorable ones are those from the past, such as the 30-odd-kg kob taken in the river just below the hanging bridge. It has always been a sad thought for me that most of the big fish we hear about were caught many […]