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Friday 26th October, 2012

Looking through the posts on the forum, it is quite clear that the seasons are changing across the hemispheres. In the southern hemisphere we have almost immediately switched from winter into summer, with a seemingly very short spring. There was probably a similar phenomenon in the northern hemisphere.

For us in South Africa, we are blessed with all year, all season fishing, so the change of seasons marks the excitement of the arrival of our summer gamefish in the salt. The winter inshore and offshore gamefish of Kob/Drum (Argyrosomus hololepidotus) and Garrick (Lichia amia) for example, give way to Kingfish/Jacks/Trevalies, Ladyfish, tuna species, billfish, dorado, King Mackerel and Snoek/Queen Mackerel (Scomberomorus plurilineatus). There are still many other species that are commonly available all year round and provide excellent sport for our light fly rods.

In South Africa, the changing of the seasons is not only characterised by longer hours of daylight and warmer weather, but also changes in wind and weather patterns which are merely symptoms of changes in barometric pressure.

Typical weather patterns during our summer months along the east coast of South Africa are three days of north easterly, followed by two-three days of south westerly winds. The north easterlies also bring with it warm weather, and generally windy days and rough seas as the wind picks up from around 10h00. Typical too are hot and humid days which seem to really turn on some species of fish in the early morning and later afternoons. The south westerlies bring rain and warmer sea temperatures.

With a knowledge of predictable weather patterns and the understanding of sea conditions, fishing can be very exciting. Irrespective of rough seas and strong winds, we are able to find some comfortable fishing spot which usually results in success.

I am sure that as seasons change towards winter in the northern hemisphere, that anglers there have mastered those conditions as well and have adapted to achieve success.

May you have a wonderful fishing summer/winter wherever you are in the world.

Tight lines and screaming reels.

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