Fishing Report

September 2002


Well the Tuna have arrived.  Yesterday Jabulani returned with 6 Yellowfin in the 56 to 79 kg range plus 8 Longfin Tuna.  Fishing started at the position 34:38 S and 18:08 E with a fast drift to the north.  The wind looks set to blow for a few days so I wouldn’t get too excited about this weekend.

Over the last 10 days we have had quite a few Yellowtail in the 4 – 6 kg class about a mile outside of the Bellows.  These fish have been very difficult to catch lately but if you persevere you’ll catch them.

There are huge shoals of Snoek around at the moment.   Outside Cape Point there are literally tens of  thousands of fish.   The birds will show you exactly where these fish are.   Just stop under a flock of birds and you will catch as fast as your arms will allow.

There are also plenty of Snoek inside Buffels Bay.   On Sunday we managed almost 60 fish on the fly – that’s a lot of fish in the area.   Buffels Bay is probably going to be your best bet this weekend if the wind gives us a break.   Hout Bay may provide a little shelter if you want to catch Snoek on the Atlantic side, but they have been fairly slow lately.

The beaches are starting to produce a few Kob in the late afternoon and early evening, especially during the SE winds.   Fresh chokka (squid) is the preferred bait.  This weekend should be a good one with the wind forecast.

Trout streams are open again and some nice fish are being caught.   The water is still flowing fairly fast and making for some great trout action.   Dewdale trout farm in Franshoek is a good bet if you have nothing to do this weekend – but book early to avoid disappointment.

Spring is certainly here, although beware of the last few winter storms which will undoubtedly pass through during the month.  The fishing over the past few weeks has been consistently productive on most fronts.

We have just completed the filming of 3 episodes on fishing in the Cape for the American sports channel, ESPN, with Rick Schroeder, Vic Sampson and Shari Bellefonte.  These are due for flighting in September so watch out for some great fishing footage and superb underwater fish action.  Ever wondered how a fish eats your spoon, well you’ll see it happen up close.

The Yellowtail have been, and are still around the Cape Point area in huge shoals and on most days are eating quite well.   Our most productive area recently has been behind (seaward) Bellows Rock and up to about 2 miles to the east.  We have also had fish on the Anvil, Rocky Bank and SW Reefs.  The class of fish is ranging from 3 to 8 kilograms with the majority in the bigger class.  The most productive lures over the past month have been undoubtedly the Williamson Cedar Plugs in the plain wood, green / yellow, and redhead (in that order).   These are followed by the CD 14 Impalas and Rapalas in various colours with a silver belly, and also a new range by Silver Wolf, especially the Pilchard (great value for money).   On the more stubborn days the fish have been eating the spoon from a drifting boat.

The Snoek have been thick and wild in Buffels Bay and also outside Cape Point around the Bellows where you will find them plentiful under the birds.  We have had some great Snoek action on the fly where, on one day we accounted for 58 fish with 3 fly-rods regularly bent at the same time.

The first signs of Tuna are there but they are over 40 miles and certainly not worth the run yet.  I suggest you rather prepare your tackle and only begin to run in October around the first new moon period.   Hopefully we get some good SW winds during the month to drive the warm water towards the Point.

The rivers are calming down now and the Trout are beginning to play ball.  The dams are also fishing relatively well where you can find clean water.   We accounted for 47 nice Rainbows and Browns in the Franshoek area on Wednesday.

The Bass and Carp should start to become more active now the weather is warming up so it’s time to dust off that tackle and try your favorite spots.

The False Bay beaches are producing some nice Galjoen and the occasional Steenbras.  The Steenbras have been eating well along the Hermanus Plaat for a number of weeks now.  It is still worth a trip to the area and along the sandy beaches right down to the Dam.   With a few more good blows of SE wind the Kob should begin to make a worthwhile appearance along the False Bay beaches.

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