I 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.
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.
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