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 Posted: Mon Jul 18th, 2016 01:55 pm
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Best Catch: 18,6kg Barbel, 40kg blacktip reef shark, 8kg kob 5kg musselcracker ...
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I have been coming to fish in coffee Bay for the last 10 years. I will be trying to write a daily report on my fishing activities while I am here. I will be fishing from the 15th till the 29th. Hope you all enjoy it and I will do my best to keep the updates rolling in.

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 Posted: Mon Jul 18th, 2016 01:56 pm
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15th July 2016 Day 1

We left grahamstown at around 8. Couple of roadworks on the route slowed us down a bit but it was a uneventful trip. For a change I was pleasantly surprised to see that the road from the N2 to coffee Bay has been completely fixed with only one or two potholes certainly a change from other trips! We arrived and setup our tent at coffee shack backpackers. I travel on a budget but there is lots of other accommodation available. Once unpacked the sun was already on the horizon and it was decided to start fishing the following morning. We headed up to papazelas pizza for the best pizza in the transkei as well as an amazing view over coffee Bay. I can highly recommend a visit there. They are closed on Sunday and Monday. Then it was off to bed for a early start.

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16 July 2016 Day 2

Woke up at 6 and headed to my regular morning spot called toi toi if you fish this spot for your first time ask for local advice. Don't fish on the 3 stepped rocks on the right they look great but are very dangerous many fishermen have been swept off those by freak waves. You will see a big Rock in the water fish left of it as it is much safer. You still catch plenty of fish there and it will be easier to land a big fish from there. I will try post a pic of the spot later on.

I hadn't got bait yet so I was dedicating the morning to spinning. I hooked two shad but both came off the hook before I could land them. One of the regular local guys, Stormer caught 3on spoon. And just after sunrise the action was gone. The water was very clear and warm with a berg wind blowing in from the west. At 8:30 headed back for breakfast.

After breakfast I headed to ncwanuba store to get bait. It is a big dealer and can be chaotic at times but normally has good bait and a selection of fishing tackle. It is situated about 20km outside of coffee Bay on the road to the N2.

I prefer to fish sunrise and sunset into the evening as I feel they are the better times to fish.

For my afternoon session I headed towards red Rock which is close to white clay. A very strong south westerly had started blowing bringing with it a big cold front with rain.

I wanted to test a little invention of mine to clip any sinker to my bait. All it involves is a small panel nail a hammer and a pair of pliers. I will attach a pic to show you what I mean. It was a great success allowing for longer casts and less overwinds.

The wind was howling and the big fish where not around. I was getting bites from smaller fish but nothing decent so I decided to experiment a bit and try find out what was nibbling off my bait. So I attached a 20cm piece of thinner diameter line to the eye of my hook and to the other end a size 4 hook. This way I could still cast out a bigger bait but also baited the small hook to see what all the nibbles were from. Eventually I hooked a pufferfish. Not a fish I enjoy catching because it normally means that the bigger are not around.

With the rain starting and the wind still blowing I decided to call it a day early and head home.

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My experimental sinker clips

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Pufferfish first fish of the trip :?

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17 July 2016 Day 3

I once again got up bright and early and armed with my diawa ecxeller 11ft spinning outfit I headed to toi toi. Lost 2shad again on spoon just as the sun was coming over the horizon. I removed the treble hook from my spoon and replaced it with a single when I got them as it allows to to release a fish with less damage to them and it doesn't get caught up in the rocks as easily but I wonder if that is the reason for the fish coming off.

The fish stopped targeting the spoons so I switched to a drift bait. First cast and fish on. Pulled in a shad of 35cm. With the sun coming up and the water still very clear the bites became small from little peckers and not nice shad bites so I headed in for breakfast.

After a relaxed midday walk we decided to get lunch from a take away place that someone recommended to us. It is at the little bridge close to the school close to the pizza place. They served the best steak and chips I have ever tasted and it was massive I only got one to share with my wife and we were both full. And for only R65! Definitely another recommended stop!

The wind had changed to a strong norteasterly and I headed to my afternoon spot red Rock. The sea was working alot better and the water had some color and was looking productive. With the locals having a laugh at my new sinker invention I put in my first cast. The laughter soon stopped as I was reeling in my first fish for the afternoon. Another nice sized shad. The strong wind was causing a huge bow in the line and was making the fishing tough. I landed another shad and decided to wait and see if the wind would die down by sunset. As the sun set I decided to have a few more casts but the wind was still howling. A couple of other fishermen arrived and I decided to pack up as I was not in the mood to fish a crowded rock at night in strong winds. Not in the mood to untangle lines. Headed home for a good night's rest.

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18 July 2016

Once again a early start and off to toi toi. The wind was blowing from the west and the sky's were clear. Started casting spoon but no luck. Changed to a drift bait and didn't get a bite even from the nibblers. So decided to try a few other lure just in case some bigger fish like a leerie or kob was making the fish hide away. Threw a plug for a while then decided to change to dropshot. Got a bite on the drop shot but no hookup. When I reeled it in I discovered I now only had half a jerkbait left meaning that the shad were back. Changed to a spoon but had to stop casting because a school of hundreds of dolphins started swimming past. It took about 10 minutes for them all to pass and close enough to film them with a phone. There was a young one having a great time jumping right out the water! I just stood there taking it all in, that's was fishing is all about the whole experience and the beauty of the places it takes you to, the fish we catch is just a bonus!

Once the dolphins had passed i had a couple more casts with the spoon before changing to drift baits again. Now the shad were biting and I caught 3 all on drift bait. The biggest about 35cm. I released a small one and kept another one to slide for sharks at some point during the trip. After that headed back for breakfast. Looking forward to see what happens with the afternoon session.

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Great sunrise this morning

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Damn and then you stop ! I was just getting into your report:shock: so will have to wait for the rest.... i hope you have more luck - however catching something is better than a blank. Coll little invention you have there - i will also try it out...

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X 2 , nice report man. Hope you get stuck into something big. Tight lines

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Firstly thanks for the great feedback. Glad you are all enjoying it. Hopefully it will be a worthwhile read with some big fish.

In the afternoon I decided to try target some kob in the early evening. So I packed the gear and started the walk to a spot called the slide. This is a very tricky spot to get to and not for the faint hearted. It is situated between bomvu Bay and white clay and involves a climb down a steep Valley. If you loose your footing on the way down you will be in some serious trouble and a world of pain. The good thing about this spot is that it encourages you to release any big fish you catch because it's easier to release them than lug them up the steep climb. Also you will loose lots of sinkers at this spot as it is very rocky. At least the backpack will be lighter on the climb up!

This spot doesn't produce alot of fish but does produce some bigger fish. There was a steady north easterly blowing so I found myself a good looking spot and sheltered from the wind. Reeling in my first cast I saw I had no bait but had not felt any bites. So I shortened my trace tied on a bait and cast in. Soon I felt a tug on the line struck and brought in a small Yellowbelly Rockcod. While trying to get my sinker dislodged my line broke at a weak point that had been rubbing on the rocks. A couple of casts later I was stuck again and started to pull hard to snap the sinker line. It came loose and I could feel a heavy weight on the end. As I got my rig out the water I noticed my snapped off line was attached to it. Pulling it in I found my hook and sinker trace still intact on the end of the line. For a change the sea gave some of my tackle back! Towards sunset a local guy arrived throwing a paddletail. After a while he landed a small 2kg kob. So the kob were around. After a couple of casts I got a decent bite and struck. My sinker was stuck but I could feel there was a fish on. I waited for the fish to pull the sinker free and started reeling it in. As I was getting it through the shore break the line went slack. Reeling in I discovered I had been bitten off by the shad on the end of my line. I prefer to fish with thicker hook line rather than trace as to not spook off other fish 9/10 times you will get a shad out but in this case it had lots of time to wear through the line while the sinker was stuck. It was now 6:15 and the tide was starting to drop and I had dinner arrangements with my wife so I started packing up and headed home. The tides are looking good for this spot for the next couple of evenings so hopefully it will produce something big!

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Another pic of the Yellowbelly Rockcod

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View from the top of the slide

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Walk down to the slide

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My fishing spot at the slide

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The climb back up after a fishing session

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19 July 2016

Another early start this morning and off to toi toi. There was a light northerly blowing. I started off throwing a spoon and then alternating between a spoon, plug and dropshot every 15 minutes to see if there were any predators looking for a early breakfast. I was greeted by another beautiful sunrise but no fish. Once the sun was well up in the sky I switched to a drift bait and caught a shad of 35cm. I missed a couple more bites then with the swell picking up I decided to throw spoon for a while. Nothing on the spoon. The swell was a bit smaller left of the big Rock so I decided to throw a drift bait there and see what happened. I had been watching this dangerous spot for a while as to make sure there wasn't any freak waves breaking over it. Some of the local guys had caught some shad from there but mainly undersize so I didn't have my hopes up. I threw in the drift bait and felt a few bites from smaller fish, probably blacktail and karenteen. I got a slightly bigger bite and struck. Fish on but small. I reeled it in to find a blacktail on the line. Unfortunately it was foul hooked in the gills with a 6/0 hook so I couldn't release it. I added it to my bait collection for a bit of shark fishing. With the water still being crystal clear and the fish going off the bite I decided to head home for some breakfast. I will probably do another evening session at the slide tonight.

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The 35cm shad

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The unfortunate blacktail

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Toi toi also known as du toits. Don't fish were the guys in the pic are fishing as it is a very dangerous spot only to be fished on a flat sea. Better to fish left of the big Rock in the water.

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