A grunter theory

South African spotted grunter has been one of the most praised, loved, frustrating, and hated fish, all at once, by the greater community and even individuals (like me) targeting these fish on fly tackle. It is not a fish that many (if any?) have caught on their first try. The odds have changed slightly with […]

A.W.O.L – A sneaky workday Grunter session

Many people – mostly those in the full-time employ of someone else – think freelancers are always on holiday. Truth is, when you work for yourself you never really have ‘leave’ in the traditional sense. No graft, no pay. Sometimes then, you just have to disappear. This is a story of one of those days. Actually […]

Meanwhile in Tanzania – the ‘Prawn Walk’ demystified (sort of)

The Prawn Walk

Everyone has heard of the great Wildebeest Migration through Tanzania’s Serengeti and up into Kenya. This spectacular phenomenon is actually more than ‘just’ a wildebeest migration as includes (in far lesser numbers) zebra, as well as Thompson’s and Grant’s gazelles follow the trek for better grazing and water. As spectacular as it is in sheer […]

Grunter Season Kick-off

My group of fishing buddies caught our first grunter of the season (post September) while on a trip a few days ago. Mike Gradidge, Jannie Visser and I decided to hit the two estuaries most accessible to Cape Town in search of our spotted quarry. Mike decided to stop at the smaller estuary en route […]

Grunter and a SUP

A while back I took a paddle on Ian Kitching’s SUP Paddlefisher. What an awesome piece of equipment. Below is a short POV of Ian landing a cracking grunter from one of his SUPs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7i-HLiGpGk check Ian’s work out at  http://www.supfisher.co.za/  

Grunter Gyotaku

The art of fish rubbing, and smelly fingers.  Props to Ray Montoya for the tips! I actually preferred the quality of the other final one, but this one was truer to the actual fish so I decided to go with it instead.

The Grunter Paradox

So you have a super spooky fish, considered almost impossible to fool on any artificial.  Not surprisingly it becomes a highly sought after species.  Then you hear some totally outlandish story, about that specie feeding carefree on some ridiculous fly.  Permit on floating crabs, to Spotted Grunter on floating prawns. The floating prawn story isn’t […]

Ian Kitchings Grunter

If you’ve spent some time in the Garden Route over the past year the chances are you would have seen Ian Kitching fishing the lagoons on his awesome stand up fishers -props- http://www.supfisher.co.za/.  Hes also caught some giant Grunter on surface flies.  I would be jealous if i wasn’t so damn impressed.  Quite possibly the […]