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 Posted: Fri Mar 20th, 2020 06:31 am
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Houtarm
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Hi guys the water has been very cold the past two weekends at Witsand/ Infanta. Anyone close to the coast mind sharing the temp at the moment? I hear it is still on the cold side.

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 Posted: Fri Mar 20th, 2020 09:19 am
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Thats from 2 days back the latest free picture, and there has been reasonable cloud cover so expect some inaccuracy, but as you can see a big upwell occured so its cold most places and warm in others..
http://www.fishtrack.com/fishing-charts/south-africa_58689

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 Posted: Fri Mar 20th, 2020 09:40 am
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Thanks Doc, looks like it is cold as I feared.

Cool site that _seal1_

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 Posted: Tue Mar 24th, 2020 03:16 am
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Water is vrek koud en ek praat van Gourits tot in Hartenbos,ek praat uit eie ondervinding.

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cold at Sedgefield

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Sunday at van stadens in PE was ice cold.

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Cold at Betties/Kleinmond as well, just shows you how these major currents / upwelling affects our fishing.

Thick red tide in False Bay though, don't eat the shellfish!

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Water temps been fluctuating a lot recently. I'm blaming this for my recent struggles to get a fish to bite my lures....

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Look what I caught off the rocks in the chilly water, a week or more back.. ;)
It helps dramatically to throw the lure in front of a fish..this one was textbook, and then land it, I had the right gear, right hooks and right gaffman thank goodness! The day before I got a bigger one..everyone had gone home and given up and at sunset in 4 meter waves and 30knots winds the fish turned on and I was the only one there to enjoy the airborne display of big silver slabs in the foamy chaos! Leeries smashing everywhere, tail among them..My lucky day! 20kg of fillets for lockdown in two throws and leeries released...was a good week in the cold water if you knew where to find the fish. My mate got one of 14kg in 13degree water on tin keel I think.

11/12kg

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In the warm water in feb..4kg

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When the whole sea went ice, I went looking for these guys..got this one of 4.5kg and released him and a whole bunch of his smaller mates and kept one that was gill hooked for battered pan fry fillets which ja was pretty damn fine.. Foul hooked a sole that gave me a kg fillets..oh my luckiest foul hook ever..thought it was a little ray in the fading light, till i got my head torch and pliers and started dancing on the beach like mad man when I saw the slab of sole that was before me..oh my..Warm cold warm cold..its not bad, just use it to your advantage and without a line in the water you catch nothing anyway..

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Dr halibut hoffman wrote:
Look what I caught off the rocks in the chilly water, a week or more back.. ;)
It helps dramatically to throw the lure in front of a fish..this one was textbook, and then land it, I had the right gear, right hooks and right gaffman thank goodness! The day before I got a bigger one..everyone had gone home and given up and at sunset in 4 meter waves and 30knots winds the fish turned on and I was the only one there to enjoy the airborne display of big silver slabs in the foamy chaos! Leeries smashing everywhere, tail among them..My lucky day! 20kg of fillets for lockdown in two throws and leeries released...was a good week in the cold water if you knew where to find the fish. My mate got one of 14kg in 13degree water on tin keel I think.

11/12kg


Awesome fish man,congrats

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 Posted: Mon Mar 30th, 2020 09:12 am
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Thanks bud! Lucky fish I was!

Got this one day before the other one in atrocious conditions that no one else was prepared to fish in, sea and wind was so wild that even if fish wanted to chow they could not see a plug and at about 4 or 5 in the afternoon the leeries turned on, once I figured out they wanted it so slow that they could feel the plug on their lateral line it was game on!
Over the next hour, I had fifty leerie smashes per fish hooked, every cast anywhere I cast was chaos, fish were going airborne a metre out trying to smash the plug, completely missing most of the time, when they hit the plug the wind would lift it up and it would land metres away only for the chaos to ensue once again once more fish heard the splash! There were anything from little 1-2kg rats to 20-30lb'ers launching into the air. I was on my light 20lb mono multiplier outfit trying to throw a big splashy 4oz leerie plug into the wind on a 1-3 oz rod! I had a good one on for a while but it shook the hook out quite close as they do, then got a nice 7-8kg one to stick and let him swim me around clear of the reef in front and after a few runs, carefully landed him in the rocks and waves and wash in a little gulley and set him free, the sea was 3-4m and driven by a 30-40knot onshore and absolute chaos but so were the fish after a day of absolutely nothing..the next cast after landing him I throw into the crazy wind with dry line as fish are surfing in the waves in front of me and have one of those violent overwinds where the plug comes flying back at you and sticks in the redbait in front of me! Fak..
I bust off and grab my heavy stick and put a white 3oz wayne stanley "yellowtail"plug on as the leeries will swallow that thing one time! Wet my line this time and cast it out into mess, first cast at the back of a cast, big stuff comes flying out of nowhere and the propellers are churning the water and four or five fish are trying to eat me but can't quite zero in on the plug in the wash and wind, as I hit the foam line which is wide out and a big white water mess, there is a moerse explosion and fish are just trying their best to kill my plug but can't find it..I slow down through the foam to a crawl, pitter patter pitter patter and the leeries are all over it..nothing sticks and I make another short cast..wind twice and as I'm about to hit the foam line kaboom! Rod bends, line goes tight and as the tight drag starts to run I hit him twice and I'm on! The spot is treacherous but the foam line is out wide and the fish over sand and shale where he is and I really savour the blitz runs of a large leerie so I let him runas he wishes..he takes a good 50m or more on a heavy drag and turns to head out the bay. The sea being so hectic that I am hiding as far in the bay as I can away from the normal spinning spots, out of the wind as much as I can get so I have to scramble a bit to keep a good angle but he is far out by now. He is heading up the drag so I put pressure and it decides to turn to the left and head out to sea,over sand so that suits me I let it run, the drag is tight and the fish will tire...so this goes on..I bring it in closer and think to myself, strange this leerie doesn't want to come up and as I think that the fish spots the one pinnacle that there is right in front of me, out on the sand and makes a beeline and I realize hey, this ain't no leerie!

Too late he gets behind the big ugly pile of rock and redbait that has cost me enough fish before and I feel the line rubbing and hope just hope that no limpets decide to clamp down, I hold him there as the fish is not green anymore and is tiring and with 4 metre swells crashing around him, he decides maybe this is not a great place to hang out anymore and luckily the fish had swallowed the treble nicely so he could not rub the hook out either, so he swam free again as a set approached and I pumped and winded like my life depended apon it and swung him around with a wave in a gulley over the next rocks down and ran over and grabbed my leader and dragged him to dry land! Sick!
I was very lucky to not hook him on my braid outfit or on my light leerie rig, sometimes overwinds work in your favour! LOL
It was almost dark at this stage so I took a quick snap and ran back to where i was fishing from and cast again going vas the next cast a few winds in, had the fish on a while, same class but hooks pulled, then had action throw for throw but difficult to get fish to stick or for them to pick out the plug in the fading light and heaving seas and crazy wind, so threw a few more casts until it was too dark to see, packed my backpack, tied up the rods and headed home to fillet.. 13kg fattie male..water was 17degrees that day and stayed the same.

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Thanks,I enjoyed the read!Felt like I was standing next to you..congrats on the catches and cudos for the releases..!:cool:((goodp_

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Thanks bud, I have no reason to keep breeding stock and no reason to keep leervis or any other fish under unsustainable pressure, I have only once in my life kept a leervis, that my mate caught and was gillhooked and bled out and never kept a jumbo grunt, gallie, steenbras, cracker etc. I'll keep a large pelagic if the stocks are OK shape though. I don't want to take fish out that will help restore stocks that I fish and rely on..
The sea rewards my efforts, I am given more food by the sea within the narrow window of what I do keep, that I can't eat it all..My freezer overflows and people try (do)still give me more fish, and I give away enough too to folks that are less privileged can have a good meal, I don't waste anything either, all frames, heads and vlerkies get eaten by me, the dogs or someone less fortunate..My bushman ancestors would be proud! I am very lucky ;) A few days into lockdown and I'm two fillets down, got another 50 where those came from, then get started on the whole braai fish I was too lazy to fillet, then after that I have frames and after that if I'm starving there is always the bait stockpile! Which I've had to eat before, but if I stick to my guns and put back all the fish I am supposed to, the sea never lets that freezer run out..I'll get to the last chokka or mackerel and almost empty it and then have a binge of catches and next thing its full again!

I try tell people there is a karma in the sea but some don't believe me, old timers cry when I put back big steenies and crackers here, saying they haven't caught a fish like that in years, my reply is generally you should have seen what I put back last week! LOL The spirit of the sea is watching you through your own eyes, remember that the next time when you are allowed on the rocks, clean the spot up, take back rubbish and maybe next time, don't keep fish that is not yours to take and show mercy and care for the sea, and it will do the same for you. The earth is the same but thats for another day. I'm going to go warm up some leftovers for lunch, porchinis that I picked with katonkel in a creamy garlic pasta, its awesome...that fish that people just think is waste is my treasure, I look after the catch, ike jima, bleed, vacuum pack clean fillets that will feed me for 8-10 meals a bonnie or more, and the dogs for almost a week off each frame cooked up till bones are soft and rice and veggies added..Their coats glow and you actually can't tell their age by looking at them. The sea really looks after me and my little furry family, keep me looking and feeling younger than I should, it is only fair that I look after it.

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