With the serious deterioration of many of our coastal rivers and estuaries it is getting harder to find places to enjoy light tackle lure fishing along our coastline.
Last year, on a trip to the Eastern Cape, we spent a couple of days at Kleinemonde, near Port Alfred. There we fished the West Kleinemonde river, which is closed to the sea, and has been for the last five years. The kob and Garrick trapped in this blind river have grown to adult size, but are unable to leave the system until they get enough rain to open the mouth of the river.
My favourite species of fish to target on light tackle in estuaries, using artificials has to be the River Snapper. I have the utmost respect for this fish, he is without doubt the most challenging of our estuary species in Southern Africa, and worthy of the respect given to him by anglers around the country.
Looking for good areas to fish in an estuary can be daunting to the beginner, where to start? Arriving at a new estuary is always exciting, and it often takes a day or two to figure it out.The first thing you need to establish is where the deeper channels run and where the shallow banks are.