My sincere apologies to all of you avid readers, for the lack of reports lately but as luck will have it, gremlins crept into the site when I last tried to upload it – and ‘poof !!!!’ like someone waved a magic wand – my whole site crashed. After many nights and a huge phone bill later I’ve finally got it back on track. So here they come …..
February started off quite settled for a few days – flat seas, busy days and lots of fish. And then the winds came back with a vengeance. How’s almost three weeks of solid wind in February? I cannot recall this time of year with so much wind – and the ‘fundies’ say it’s not uncommon – let them come to sea with us and see if its “uncommon”. I had an interesting chat with an Israeli gent the other day and of course the strong winds and unusual weather pattern soon took centre stage. Now according to the Hebrew calendar this weather is exactly on time and it’s our Gregorian calendar that’s out. The Israeli’s celebrate ‘Yom Kippur’ as the beginning of the new year, a date which moves around and is always, in the Northern Hemisphere, the first day of Autumn. Food for thought hey?
Well back to the fishing. Over the past two weeks the fish have been both good and bad. Nice Tuna catches for this time of year, poor Yellowtail catches, patchy Kob and good Cape Salmon. (maybe the Hebrew calendar is correct for the fish as well – I hope so).
Both Yellowfin and Longfin (Albacore) Tuna have been taken regularly 12 to 26 miles, 260 – 270 degrees off Cape Point. Water temperatures are up to 22,5 degrees C once you cross the large current line which has been sitting around 10 miles off the coast. The Yellowfin have averaged 40 to 50 kg with some fish going over the 90 kg mark. The Longfin (Albacore) are all averaging around the 12 to 18 kg mark. Most of our Yellowfin Tuna have been taken on deep diving lures while the Longfin more so on the surface plastics. They are coming up in the chum line on occasion and this is where the bigger fish are being taken. There have also been some nice Dorado (Dolphin fish) for those lucky enough to find a floating object at sea.
My tip for those venturing out for the Tuna is to troll two deep diving lures such as the Williamson Depth Charge, Rapala or Storm along with four surface lures such as the Williamson Tuna Runner (TR3) or Yamashita Lolligo (bulb) squids. Colours: Black and Silver / Black and Gold / Chartreuse and Yellow / plain White / Fluorescent Orange / Red Head / Pink and Brown / Green and Yellow. Have a bucket of chum ready chopped up and as you get the strike throw a handful into the water – thereafter a steady stream of three or four pieces (not too much or the fish will stay down and just eat your chum). Immediately get two spinners into the water and once you have restored order on the boat, get a bait-line or two down. This will not always work but give it at least 15 minutes, you’ll be surprised what will appear.
Yellowtail, now there’s another story. This time of year the big fish in the 6 to 12 kg class should be quite plentiful around Seal Island but no – sure there are a few, but they are hard to find, difficult to catch and as frustrating as all hell. We have been catching a few on the corner between Glencairn and Fish Hoek – and I mean just a few though a nice class. For those of you venturing out this coming weekend I will let you into a little secret. I found some nice Yellowtail at the entrance to Smitswinkel Bay just yesterday, in a howling NW gale – all sane skippers were doing land things.
We caught some nice Kob in the 8 to 16kg class from Strandfontein Pavilion all the way down to Maccassar. These fish, like the Cape Salmon, want whole Pilchards fished about two meters off the ground. Cape Salmon have been plentiful, on occasion, (especially during and just after a strong SE wind) off Roman Rock Light house in Simonstown and towards the Glencairn Quarry. (Ok – also in Buffels Bay)
There have been some very nice shoals of Snoek from Cape Point up to Scarborough with some of the commercial boats catching over 1000 fish a day.
I haven’t been on the beaches lately but I would recommend looking for the Kob from Muizenberg to Maccassar. Preferably on the high tide in the SE wind. Look for discoloured water and try Pilchard and fresh Squid combined.
Rivers and dams are a bit hot for the Trout at the moment but if you try hard enough you may bag one or two – but it’s going to be hard work.
Tight lines everybody and may the big fish bite on the end of your line.