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Pomatomus Saltatrix | The Shad or Elf

The Shad (species: Pomatomus saltatrix – Lineaus), also known in South Africa as Elf, in Australia as Tailor and the USA as Bluefish, is a member of the order Perciformes and family Pomatomidae, and is a popular angling and food fish especially in KwaZulu Natal where people of Indian origin find it extremely desirable…

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Footprints in the Sodwana Sand

photo of of beach at mseni

The Beach Below Mseni - Sodwana, South Africa

We left our footprints in the sand and nothing else. Who would leave trash on this pristine beach? Anyone doing so should be expelled from the reserve without refund. During the night it rained, and heading down to the beach on the Mseni side we found sand showing no sign of human presence. If not for the wooden stairway leading to the beach one could easily believe the we were the only people ever to have set foot on this beach…

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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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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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