Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 26

Thread: Tails of Frustration

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Sniffing out adventure
    Posts
    256
    Blog Entries
    28

    Default Tails of Frustration

    Chasing grunter has become an obsession for some. They're hard to catch on fly in any conditions but when in skinny, crystal clear water they become damn near impossible. Here are a couple of pics from a few days in the Southern Cape that are guaranteed to get you frothing!

    Fly_fishing_southern_cape-26.jpgFly_fishing_southern_cape-32.jpgFly_fishing_southern_cape-44.jpgFly_fishing_southern_cape-46.jpg

    The rest of the photos are at Tails of Frustrations
    Attached Images Attached Images

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Western Cape
    Posts
    590

    Default

    Tell me about it. I was surrounded on a huge sand bank for 2 days with such a scene. A lot of follows but no takes. Give or take for 15 hours of casting over the 2 days.
    But I am already tying and making plans for when they are back and can only hope that I will have a photo with one this time.
    But the challenge is what makes it so exciting, the hope of a take the anticipation of that pull.
    " Not tonight baby! I gotta fly"

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    cape town
    Posts
    18

    Default

    if it helps

    i met a guy recently who said he caught one on what looked liked a black woolie bugger

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    eastern cape
    Posts
    32

    Default flies that in the eastern cape

    Hi guys I know the sickening feeling your experiencing. These flies have helped me on many accousion to land a grunter I tie them myself and don't know the real names for them the red one I call the wool fly and the other is a gilcrestela imatation.
    Attached Images Attached Images

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Western Cape
    Posts
    590

    Default

    Your top fly has the coloration of a pink/ sand prawn and that's why it worked. I will give it a go.
    Thanks
    " Not tonight baby! I gotta fly"

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Cape Town
    Posts
    160
    Blog Entries
    7

    Default

    Hi, interesting. I have also caught grunter on a small whitish surf candy kinda fly similar to the one above. Tried with a white zonker surf candy yesterday, but no luck. No luck on the pole dancer fly and even on artificiAl top lures! Perhaps I need to switch to a smaller baitfish imitation again - when the rain stops. It has been raining for a week and I am camping at, Swartvlei. Grunter are here thought, but not a single chase (yet) from a leerie! Thinking of trying of the rocks at Gerickes Point? Any ideas?

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    George
    Posts
    41

    Default

    I heard tell that Mr Supfisher managed a 5.2kg grunter in the Southern Cape over December.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Cape Town
    Posts
    3,574
    Blog Entries
    4

    Default

    What about surface flies. Not too long ago, Craig Thommassen was catching grunter on a conventional popper. Wont this approach work, I suppose it will depend on the water depth etc.
    Bubble, Bubble, Bubble and Squeak...I think this mixture is too weak!!!???" (Wrex Tarr)

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Cape Town
    Posts
    298

    Default

    The guys in PE has had good success with the grunter on topwater lures, but it seems the south coast fish are slow. Ive tried at breede with no luck. A while ago we had good success at nyati in the lagoon also with small floating stickbaits. There I caught my 1st and only grunter on fly, but by accident. I was making a double handed retrieve to change flies and picked up a grunter like that!

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Western Cape
    Posts
    590

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by fdavis View Post
    Chasing grunter has become an obsession for some. They're hard to catch on fly in any conditions but when in skinny, crystal clear water they become damn near impossible. Here are a couple of pics from a few days in the Southern Cape that are guaranteed to get you frothing!

    Fly_fishing_southern_cape-26.jpgFly_fishing_southern_cape-32.jpgFly_fishing_southern_cape-44.jpgFly_fishing_southern_cape-46.jpg

    The rest of the photos are at Tails of Frustrations
    I finally landed not one but two Grunter in not even knee deep water, now I can sleep at night.Grunter2 sh.jpg
    " Not tonight baby! I gotta fly"

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •