A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR to all our avid readers and may your year be filled with screaming reels and big fish.
To most of you reading this report you’d probably wonder what there is to report on with all this unseasonal wind we’ve been having since December. Our bookings have been full to over-flowing but do you think we could get everyone on the water – no way. If the wind hasn’t been screaming from the South it turns and screams from the North, and snow in December??? We even had to fish in a 25 knot N.Westerly with pelting rain albeit in a t-shirt and shorts. According to the weather guru’s our winds are about 8 weeks late and should have come in October last year. My question is, when do we revert back to a normal weather pattern? Well hopefully we now settle down to the regular summer pattern and can get some serious fishing in again.
And now for the good news…. When the wind has abated the fish have been there, and in decent numbers and size. The Yellowtail have arrived at Seal Island about a month late but they are big and plentiful. As with most of the early shoals to arrive in this area, they are still a little illusive and need some creative angling to catch them. The way we have been catching them recently is to have a look-out, wearing a good pair of blue lens Polarized glasses, scan the surface for the dark patches of fish. When they are right on the surface you can identify individual fish but when they are slightly deeper you will only see a dark mass. Slowly edge your way up to the shoal, and once you are in casting range, switch off the engines and cast spinners and poppers just in front of the shoal. The fish have been averaging between 6 and 12 kg so you are in for some great action.
The water has been cold around Cape Point due to the strong SE winds and the icy cold up-welling they create along the Atlantic seaboard. But these currents move quickly so as soon as the waters warm again the Yellowtail should be plentiful at Rocky Bank and the Point area.
On the bottom fishing front we have done fairly well over the past few weeks with some of those nice sized Kob in the 10 to 20kg class. The best daytime area for these fish has been from Kapteins Klip through to Maccassar. The main reason for this, and something one should always look for when hunting Kob, is the water is warmer than other parts of the Bay and is also discoloured from the strong winds. A fresh Pilchard, Maasbanker, Shad (Elf) or live bait fished on the ground has proved the best method and baits lately. Although winding the bait a meter off the ground can also be very productive at times.
The Cape Salmon (Geelbek) have still been prolific although mainly very late in the afternoon from 4 to sunset. The areas most productive have been the Quarry off Glencairn and Cape Point (when the water is warm). The best baits have been whole Pilchards, fresh Squid and live Maasbankers. Keep the baits about a meter off the ground.
The Tuna have been quiet mainly because we haven’t been able to get out to them so who knows where they are. Hopefully when the weather settles we can get out and look again. Some exciting news from the commercial boats operating way out in the south west, is that there are massive shoals of Yellowfin Tuna heading in the direction of Cape Point so lets hold thumbs that they arrive soon.
The beaches have been producing some fine Kob at night as well as some nice Shad (Elf) during the day. Another very interesting bit of information is that there have been some Garrick (Leerfish) cruising the area between Beespens and Strandfontein so if you are keen to try for one of these excellent fighters get hold of some live Mullet or small Shad and give it a go. These fish feed predominantly during the day and preferably in deeper water close to a shallow bank. They basically only eat live baits fished on a nylon trace. When the fish picks up your bait allow it to run freely. It will stop to turn the bait and then run again. Only strike once it moves off the second time or you will pull the hook out of its mouth. Garrick are not that great to eat so please release them after you’ve had your fun.
That’s all for now and I look forward to seeing you on the water or fishing with you soon.