I have never been the greatest saltwater angler, but have always loved it non-the-less. Perhaps if I wasn’t brought up in the land locked city of Johannesburg It would have become my first love. Although my salt water experience is shockingly limited, I did manage to spend some time fishing the beautiful shores of Kenton on Sea and Port Alfred, during the 4 years that I spent studying in the small town of Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape. I never caught half the species I would have liked to in all that time, but got to enjoy some of the most exquisite scenery that I reckon one can find along our coastline. Although my fish catches were hardly anything to write home about for the most part, there was one occasion where I was pleasantly surprised.
I think it was around august, the year was 2007. Myself, and a few friends decided to hit Kenton main beach for the day. There was a beautiful, yet narrow, river mouth that I loved to fish in that area, so I took along a couple of rods. With a simple sliding sinker rig I tied a sardine fillet onto the hook and cast out. Within 10 minutes I was stuck into a fish stronger than anything I had hooked in the ocean before. Too my surprise a few minutes later I had landed what turned out to be the first of about 4 Blue stingrays that we managed to hook throughout the course of the day. It truly was an excellent fight, and something that I had never expected, which of course made it all the sweeter. Here are just a few pics of the blue rays we landed that day.