When fishing around the Port Elizabeth Harbour wall for garrick, myself, Chris Schoultz and Paul Cowley all used the same set up. We had Shimano Trevala six foot six medium heavy rods, with Shimano Sustain 4000 reels. The reels were all loaded with 15lb Power Pro braid. This outfit was perfect for the job and we landed a number of decent garrick during the afternoon session.
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.
Garrick are one of the most popular gamefish fished for off South African beaches. There have been some articles written about targeting them with live bait. In this article we will focus on fishing for them with artificial lures from the beach or rocks
Fishing in the estuary at Wavecrest hotel, Transkei this week, I caught this lovely garrick on a five centimetre Rapala Skitter Pop. It gave me a great fight as I was using very light tackle. I used a Shimano Crucial 6'8" MH rod with a Shimano Stradic 2500FJ on it. The reel was filled with 10lb Sufix 832 braid. This is my favourite light outfit for fishing estuaries and I have had a lot of fun with it using both jigs and surface lures. The rod, while very light, has a very fast action, enabling me to work my bucktails or dropshots with a crisp flick of the wrist. The reel is an ideal match as it is also light, yet has an exceptionally good drag and can handle anything that I hook in the rivers.