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My Future in Industrial Contracting

Industrial Contracting
Industrial Contractor for 25 Years

I have worked in the industrial contracting sector for nigh on thirty years, first as an apprentice boiler maker and welder, later for myself as a subcontractor. The job has been good to me: I never expected to get rich, and definitely that is the case… but I have enjoyed the work, the camaraderie of fellow workers in this rough and tough industry…

I have had the opportunity to build a small succesful business, and have a core team of workers who are reliable mostly, some who have been with me a long time, one who has stayed through thick and thin  since I started out for myself.

Times Changing, Time to Change

I work mainly for a few prime contractors, one of whom provides about 80% of my work. It’s been a good arrangement, they procure the work, manage part-time workers, and take care of much work I would otherwise have to do – and spending time negotiating for contracts is time out of earning a living.

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Big Work Provider

Petrosa Plant in Mossel Bay

Petrosa: One of the Largest Work Providers in Mossel Bay

If anyone is wondering why I have not posted recently, the answer is simple: Three weeks of solid work have taken every minute of my time. I haven’t had a line in the water since the beginning of the month. Jen is wondering if she’ll ever get to have a meal with me again…

Such is my working life; days, weeks sometimes even a month or two with no work whatsoever, followed by non-stop 7 day weeks. This time it was one of the spin-off industries that developed from Mosgas/Petrosa. When I first arrived in Mossel Bay, there was not much in the way of large industry. Much of the industrial activity revolved around commercial fishing and the port.

How things have changed. The natural gas industry developed in the mid to late 1970’s becoming one of the largest employers and contributors to the local economy. These days it seems most of the work I do is in some way related to this industry.

Time now to visit the rocks, throw a few baits before picking up the good-lady at 16hoo (And trying to convince her to spend the evening with a rod in her hands!)

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Galjoen – A Rare Catch

Galjoen - A South African Fish

Galjoen - A Rare Catch

Galjoen, a fish we don’t see too often any more. Coracinus capensis is South Africa’s national fish. Found only along our coastline, galjoen are very vulnerable to over exploitation, and are now a restricted catch. Strong fighters, galjoen are great to catch using light tackle.

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Leervis at Cape St Francis

Leervis at Cape St Francis

Leervis (Lichia Amia)

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.

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Great White Shark Poacher in Mossel Bay

Great White Poaching in Mossel Bay

Great white shark

Great White Shark (Wikipedia)

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.

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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. Read the rest of this entry »

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Point Fishing and Kob

The Point, Mossel Bay

Fishing Rocks at The Point

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.

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Fishing and Dolphins

Dolphins

Fishing and Dolphins

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 »

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Morning Fishing near Pinnacle Point

Near Pinnacle Point Mossel Bay

Rock Fishing near Pinnacle Point, Mossel Bay

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 »

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Mossel Bay Weather Photos

Peaceful Evening


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