Spotted Grunter at Swartkops

When you enter Swartkops for the first time there is little that tells you it not all about fishing. Pretty much it is what people come here for.

The fish sought here is the spotted grunter and Swartkops estuary is arguably one of the best places in South Africa to fish for them. Although a variety of baits are used to catch spotted grunter, sand prawn and mud prawns are typically used.

Grunter is caught over shallow water. They venture onto the sandbars from where they “blow” the prawns from their burrows using a jet of water ejected from the mouth. Good spots to look for spotted grunter over shallow water are at Modderspruit, Skulpiesspruit and Tipper’s Creek.