October Fishing at Cape St Francis

Windy sea seen from lighthouse at seal point

Fishing near Seal Point Lighthouse at Cape St Francis

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.

An early start as always, up before 4 A.M. and on the rocks near the lighthouse for the first session of the day. Seal Point resort is great; just walk out of the grounds, straight onto the beach, and less than 1km to the lighthouse point. No need to start the bakkie,¬†instead simply walked along the water’s edge to the rocky outcrop.

Fishing this morning brought no success, only a couple of under-size Dassie, and a very small Elf that used as a live bait hoping for a Leervis.

Fishing Seal Point at Cape St Francis is challenging for anyone not totally familiar with the underwater structure (like me). The very rocky bottom is a trap for any line and sinker placed in the sea. The rocks around Mossel Bay are also traps for tackle, but fishing the area regularly, one gets to know where to place baits to find fish and avoid getting snagged.

A good weight of lead ended up staying in the ocean this morning. Eventually, when the sea is calmer, some of the local youngsters will dive and collect the fisherman’s losses, recycling the lead. A surprisingly large amount of the lost sinkers and other tackle gets recovered this way. One of the local kids informed me a while back sometimes it is hard to find a single sinker off these rocks.

Anyway by 9:30 A.M. I returned to the chalet, where Jen had prepared a good breakfast. Then off to Commercial Marine, the fishing tackle shop in St Francis Bay. This shop carries a surprisingly good selection of tackle, for a really small village. But then they do supply the very active squid fishing industry based here at Port St Francis.

I didn’t really need anything, but Jen wanted to go to the local food emporium. (I thought we had brought all the meals needed, the bakkie was so full, evidently not.

I ended up buying a selection of fishing spoons, and a few kg’s of fresh squid. Mossel Bay also has a squid fishing industry, but it can be difficult to get it fresh, as most is already frozen by the time the boats offload, so I intend to try to get a good supply, straight off one of the local boats, before returning home.

I am just about to leave for another windblown session – deciding where to go though. We could go down to Sharks Point 2 to 3 km walk down the beach or a roundabout drive of some 14 km (never taken note of the driving distance), where there is good shelter from the wind, or back to lighthouse rocks… I think the lighthouse at Seals will do for the sunset session. Then I will think about tonight. There’s a good chance of rain, and the wind is likely to continue into tomorrow. I didn’t come all this way to sit in a chalet, so will dig out the foul weather gear.

Ah! Fishing is Living!


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