ISSUE #31

IN THIS ISSUE

THE SECRET LIVES OF GTs
We chat to three leading fisheries biologists about their work on the world’s biggest Giant Trevally aggregation off Mozambique, why South Africa’s coastal GT fishing has deteriorated so much, and just what the hell GTs do at the fabled Wild Coast estuary of Mtentu. Read about it here.

THE FEATHERS AWARD
From the deltas of Gabon to remote Southern African rivers and beaches, we asked for the best catches from the African continent in 2021 and you did not disappoint. Read about the Feathers Award winner here.

LIFER – GREER LEO-SMITH
One of South Africa’s most successful tennis players ever (Wimbledon and US Open Mixed Doubles Champion and a career-high singles ranking of no. 7 in the world) these days you are more likely to find Greer Leo-Smith (née Stevens) participating in competitive fly fishing events, figuring out yellowfish both in Gabon and at home, or kicking back in the bush. We caught up with her for this issue’s Lifer.

GOING DUTCH
“A is for Asp, Z is for Zander.” Relocating to a new country is never easy, but when Gerald Penkler and his family moved to the Netherlands, he found myriad new species to target and friendly anglers willing to share info (if you abide by the universal rules of secret spot omerta). Check out the surprising species smorgasbord he found here.

HIGH FIVES – LUKE PANNELL
Dr. Seuss may as well have been referring to Luke Pannell in Oh The Places You Will Go, because from working in Guanaja, Honduras with Fish4Change, to heading operations for X-Factor on the African continent (Sudan, Orange River, and beyond), the man is racking up experiences and memories at a rate of knots). Check out his High Fives here.

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