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    The fishing forums have gone very quiet over the last couple of years so hoping to get some advice from anglers on this forum.In a months' time I will be sitting next to the Sundays River for a couple of days hoping to catch a Kob, Leervis or Grunter. I will be using live bait as far as possible (sand prawn for the Grunter and live mullet for the Kob and Leervis).Anyone who has fished the Sundays have any advice or tips on good spots to try? I will unfortunately not be taking a boat on this trip but am quite happy to walk anywhere within the Pearson Park Resort.I am also keen on throwing a few lures, paddletails, etc. Any advice on what to try in the river/estuary?Hoping for some good advice from the fishing members. Cheers Mike

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    Hi Sundays is one of my favourite rivers to fish in.

    Pearsons park I have always treated as a hit and miss, I assume not the best strategy but it does work. Wherever I camp is where I fish.

    The grunters on the flats and the cobs in the holes and see at low tide where either is and good luck.

    Great great views and and an amazing piece of nature.

    I'm jealous.
    It's only crazy until you do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Hannes View Post
    Hi Sundays is one of my favourite rivers to fish in.

    Pearsons park I have always treated as a hit and miss, I assume not the best strategy but it does work. Wherever I camp is where I fish.

    The grunters on the flats and the cobs in the holes and see at low tide where either is and good luck.

    Great great views and and an amazing piece of nature.

    I'm jealous.
    Sunset from Pearson park over the dunes will give you some of the best photo opportunities.

    Then one of my most vivid memories is a huge Kudu bull at sunrise on top of the dunes with only the Kudu in sun while the dunes are changing colour.

    Please take some photos just for my sake.

    If you can rent a boat for a day or so.
    It's only crazy until you do it.
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    Thanks Hannes, it really is a beautiful place. I have happy memories of fishing there with my dad as a laaitie, but after 40 odd years, I'm not sure where the good spots are.Last year we passed by and stopped to throw a line in the water for a couple of hours near the mouth. My daughter lost a nice Grunter so this year want to spend a bit more time exploring this awesome corner of the Eastern Cape.

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    Yes yes yes most of my sundays river memories is also of my dad but more like 50 years ago.

    My mom tells a story of me at about 2 years old falling off the boat and nearly drowning.

    My dad fished me out with the skepnet.
    Spent a few days in hospital and back onto the Sundays river.

    So Sundays is inside me.
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    Found this cell phone picture of a sundays river sunset while fishing at Pearsons park.
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    I fish Sundays often, targeting Kob on lure in the surf. I never fish the river.

    The structure changes so you need to move and find it, (I use a bicycle to cover more area) there are some spots that tend to be good, but there is no one spot.

    You need to look for a gully or gutter adjacent to the swells rolling over a bank and then cast over or on to the bank, fish slow and deep, on the bottom.

    Also conditions are important, flattish Sea, <2m, colour in the water and temperatures of somewhere between 16 and 20ish degrees.

    After NE is normally best, before the cold front.
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    [QUOTE=Fontuin;4766320]I fish Sundays often, targeting Kob on lure in the surf. I never fish the river.The structure changes so you need to move and find it, (I use a bicycle to cover more area) there are some spots that tend to be good, but there is no one spot.You need to look for a gully or gutter adjacent to the swells rolling over a bank and then cast over or on to the bank, fish slow and deep, on the bottom.Also conditions are important, flattish Sea,

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    Thanks for the advice re surf fishing. I assume the paddle tail is the go to lure for Kob.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikepike View Post
    Thanks for the advice re surf fishing. I assume the paddle tail is the go to lure for Kob.
    Paddletail is very popular and I do use it, but I've caught more fish on a keel spoon, probably because it casts further and I'm reaching the banks with it.

    Another advantage with the keel spoon is that you can speed up your retrieve and target Garrick, even bouncing it along the surface like a popper.

    I tend to start with a keel spoon, if I get nothing and the bank is close in, I'll change to a paddletail.

    Also have some bucktail jigs on me, but I hardly ever use them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fontuin View Post
    Paddletail is very popular and I do use it, but I've caught more fish on a keel spoon, probably because it casts further and I'm reaching the banks with it.

    Another advantage with the keel spoon is that you can speed up your retrieve and target Garrick, even bouncing it along the surface like a popper.

    I tend to start with a keel spoon, if I get nothing and the bank is close in, I'll change to a paddletail.

    Also have some bucktail jigs on me, but I hardly ever use them.
    Thank you for the great advice. I will definitely pack in the 10 foot spinning rod and have a go in the surf.

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    PM me if you wat me to join you for a session. I fish Sundays at least once every two weeks or so..
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    This time next week I will be sitting next to the Sundays River with a cold one in the hand and hopefully a live mullet out in the channel.

    Reels have all been serviced, lures have new hooks and I have even managed to aquire a small duck to get around a little easier.

    Hannes, I won't forget your sunset pics, and hope to add some pics of fish as well.
    Fontuin, thanks for the advice re surf fishing - will definitely give this a go as well, although most of my time will be spent light tackle estuary fishing.

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    I stopped there on Wednesday! For a half an hour.

    I'm jealous.
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    Overnight stop at Gariep Dam on my way to Colchester. Managed a couple of nice bass in the late afternoon.
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    Going down to PE later this month and I'm keen to do a bit of fishing. Not that into salt water fishing but I will give it a go.

    Apparently the Sundays river contains yellow fish, how far does one have to go upstream to find them?

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    There you go Hannes, sunset at Pearson Park today.

    Fishing has been a little slow, but a big thanks to Max and Tiaan for joining me this morning for a surf spinning session - no fish but you taught me a lot. Will have another go in the morning.

    have caught a few fish so far including a nice little grunter and a flathead on dropshot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hennie84 View Post
    Going down to PE later this month and I'm keen to do a bit of fishing. Not that into salt water fishing but I will give it a go.

    Apparently the Sundays river contains yellow fish, how far does one have to go upstream to find them?
    I speak under correction, but I believe the Sundays River gets water from the Orange -Fish River canal system - highly likey that the upper reaches could then contain some Yellowfish. I have no idea how far the river is tidal, but reckon it must be freshwater in the Graaff Reinet area.

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    Managed to catch a PB Grunter of close to 4kg. Ended with 7 Grunter overall, but unfortunately no Kob.

    Sunrise almost as impressive as sunset.
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    It is really a beautiful spot at the mouth there.

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