Here’s wishing all a most prosperous 2003, may the weather be kind and the fish swimming where you throw a line.
Well so much for the weekly reports, after spending the day on the water the last thing anyone wants to do is sit in front of a computer, especially when one has to prepare for the next morning. So next time you find the reports have not been updated you will know the fishing is good.
The past month seen some amazing fishing. The SE winds have sometimes played havoc with us but this has only brought more fish into the area. The SE winds are our summer winds which drive the warm currents into False Bay and close to Cape Point, bringing the shoals of Yellowtail, Cape Salmon, Kob and many other species. They also create the upwelling along the Atlantic seaboard making this coast freezing cold and fairly barren except for the Snoek, small Hottentots and the likes.
Tuna have been plentiful but very small though fairly hard to find at times, so we have left them alone to come back next as bigger fish. Here’s hoping other anglers show the same respect for these little fish. We are going into a slow Tuna time now and we’ll have to wait until March when the fish should be back in full force. The deep waters are very warm this time of year with temperatures reaching 24 degrees. However this is now our time when one can expect to find Marlin in our waters. With the large shoals of Skipjacks, small Yellowfin and other ‘marlin food’ species around, the next couple of months will be well worth giving those Billfish a shot.
Yellowtail have been fairly plentiful around Seal Island in False Bay as well as along the coast from Simonstown to Muizenberg. We have had some very nice class of fish up to 13 kg with catches of 25 to 38 fish in a morning. There are also shoals at Cape Point, Bellows Rock and Rocky Bank where the fish average 3 to 5 kg. Our most productive lures have been the Williamson TR 3 Tuna Runners and M 3 Mean Machines in greens and reds. Here we have been testing the upcoming range of colours and they have been working a dream.
There are huge shoals of Cape Salmon (Geelbek) in and around False Bay. They are feeding along the Strandfontein to Macassar area during the day and the Cape Point area at night. These fish average 2 to 10 kg and are feeding on the shoals of Anchovies, Pilchards and Maasbankers. We have had regular catches of 40 to 60 fish in a day.
There are also some very nice Kob around over the sandy stretches from Muizenberg to Swartklip. Some of the commercial boats have reported excellent catches at night off the Strandfontein pavilion. We have concentrated on the bigger fish in the 10 to 20 kg class during the day time and have regularly found a few on each outing. Some of our better trips have seen between 9 and 14 of these big fish for the day.
What would a report be without something for the beach guys. Great evening fishing along the sandy stretches from Muizenberg to Macassar. Some nice Kob with the occasional Steenbras taken on Pilchard and Squid mix, sand prawns, bloodworm or live Mullet. It is still closed season for Galjoen so don’t forget to release them if you hook one – and I believe the Sea Fisheries are out patrolling so it’s just not worth loosing all your possessions.
On the freshwater side, the Seekoevlei is packed with Carp. We had two days last week in which we caught over 60 fish in a morning – now that was Carp fishing. These fish showed a preference for sweeter baits as the water is fairly warm. The Trout streams have been fairly productive this season with the odd day or two of stronger water due to the rains.
That’s it for this week. Should you need a closer update on the fishing, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on channel 71 VHF, I’ll be on Jabulani. See you on the water