WI have just got back from a trip to the Transkei, where I was lucky enough to spend some time spinning for kob in the surf. I had just received a new Shimano Blue Romance Powergame 10'10" spinning rod the week before, and was dead keen to give it a test.
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.
Kob occur all around the South African coastline, with peaks in different areas at certain times of year. They prefer cool water and are rarely encountered higher up the coast than Sodwana Bay. Kob are tolerant of low salinities and readily move into rivers to feed. Juvenile fish will often live in estuaries until they grow large enough to move into the sea.
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. Fortunately the rivers in the Eastern Cape, and particularly in the area formerly known as Transkei, still have productive rivers which have not been ruined by industry and agriculture. In KZN our rivers are virtually basket cases and yield very little return to hard working artlure anglers.
While kob are not caught on surface lures that often, it does happen from time to time. This is normally the case when the kob is feeding in fairly shallow water and a surface lure is movingrelatively slowly over the feeding fish. I caught this kob in a Transkei estuary on a Rapala X-Rap Walk in the early morning, just around sunrise. It smashed the lure very aggressively and was a really nice surprise catch.