Archive for October, 2011
Jen’s latest Desire – a Plot of Land
Standing on Jen’s Desire, a corner plot for sale in Cape St Francis, looking towards the bay. The plot is less than 10 minutes walk to the beach, and on the side of the hill. The hill gives protection from the raging South Westerly winds that storm through the area on what seems like a daily basis. Ah Jen, if only we didn’t have to work!
This is my first post for several days. Busy making a living, and trying to snatch a few hours making living enjoyable – fishing…
The Cape St Francis adventure was enjoyed. Fishing was not outstanding, and the weather, well let’s just say it could have been better. However the extended weekend was a good break from local life, and may be the last time I can do one of these expeditions until next year.
Great White Poaching in Mossel Bay
Responsible fishermen hooking a GW, or indeed any shark, will try very hard not to cause injury, and to ensure a successful release. Yes, anglers do sometimes hook Great White Sharks when fishing for other species – that cannot be helped. It has happened to me.
As a fisherman I know just how hard it can be to land a shark, or any fish of this size when angling from the rocks. The claim the shark was “washed onto the rocks by a wave” is nonsense
Even if circumstances had been as Mr Becker describes, the thing to do would have been to return the shark to the water immediately.
Yes, I’m back home. We got back a few hours ago after a weekend of hard fishing. Jen and I decided to stay over last night “because we could”, and have last day here in Cape St Francis. I would have liked to spend another day or 2, but I have to meet a client tomorrow. The things we have to do so we can fish!
I left home on Friday morning with an intention to update this blog daily. Instead I only churned out a single post on Saturday on the borrowed laptop. Since then I have been fishing almost continuously. I really am fortunate to be partnered to a woman who not only encourages me, she also enjoys joining in, even in the unpleasantly windy conditions these past few days.
Sunday was fair, weather wise. The wind dropped to a mere ‘strong breeze’, rather than the near gale blowing on Saturday, hence the hard hours of non-work. I have a few fishing stories to share over the next days as well as some more general subjects; not the least of which is Jen falling in love with a piece of land.
Right now though I’m thinking about the morning. The weather forecast is for light wind and partly sunny early on. I have quite a stock of fresh squid to try, and a few other things from Commercial Marine in St Francis Bay. My meeting is for late morning, so there will be ample time to ‘wet a line’. So I’m going to say goodnight, finish unpacking the bakkie, and get things sorted out, ready for an early start.
Cape St Francis October 15
We arrived at Cape St Francis on Friday morning just after 9 A.M. and checked into the Seal Point Resort. Quite a strong wind blowing – nothing unusual, every time I fish here the wind is howling.
Today the sun rose on a windswept seascape, around 15 to 18 knots, steadily increasing throughout the day, and now it is really blowing, at least 25 knots, although it seems much harder on at the water’s edge. Read the rest of this entry »
Fishing here is hard. Getting to the spots needs a combination of mountaineering skills and pack-horse stamina. Landing a good size fish off these rocks can be very difficult as well. Many fisherman have injured themselves, or worse, trying to get a large Kob or shark out of the water, or just trying to free line and tackle caught up in the rocks.
At last the evening arrives. No chance to fish today, only finished the daily grind and got home after 7pm.
Spent most of today around large industrial machinery. Filthy, dusty, and in real need of a shower. My crew had to replace a damaged boiler unit with a rebuilt unit. The engineer who inspected the old one decided it needed more work than could be done on site in the time permitted, as the plant wanted it back online as soon as possible. So out with the faulty unit, and the replacement boiler installed. Read the rest of this entry »
Dolphins surfing – what a great sight to start the day with. (Or to end an early morning fishing session). Read the rest of this entry »
Up early today, long before sunrise, and on the road to Pinnacle Point to wet a line off the rocks.
Lugging a pair of rods, tackle bag, bait and refreshments down the trail, then clambering over rocks to find a promising looking spot. Read the rest of this entry »