Ok, this wasn't supposed to be a micros post, but the big fish didn't come to the party - so here goes ...
Visited the Port Shepstone area for my first coastal break in more than 2 years.
As this was a family holiday, I had to squeeze in quick power angling sessions when I where I got the opportunity. The weather was mostly windy so I concentrated my efforts on a couple of close by estuaries, pools and gullies.
Got 11 new species for me (some yet not confidently identified by me) and all of them were caught on lure ... even though I got offered bait on numerous occasions by holidaying youngsters.
Started off with the most common fish a Maned Blenny.
Also caught plenty of these very territorial Spot Damsels.
The Cape Moonies were fun to catch and watch the whole school following the hooked fish to the surface.
This small, but greedy Tank Goby took a whole Berkley Powerbait Micro Wiggler on a #16 hook.
Got this strange-looking goby a couple cast later. Can't find it's exact name yet.
Also had a surprisingly productive short session at the Uvongo lagoon (in between the swimmers and paddlers) quickly hooking 5 different species.
Another unnamed goby.
The strangest looking fish I've caught to date - the aptly named Kappie Blenny.
Found out that it's a biter ...
A Slender Glassy
A small mullet of some kind.
And a small Cape Stumpnose.
Rounded off my 11 species tally with this Thornfish.
All in all great artlure fun at the coast!