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 Posted: Fri Dec 7th, 2007 02:47 pm
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Fellow Sealine Brothers (and sisters)

 

I could not help but notice that there was a lot of interest (and confusion) about Cape Receife on one of the previous forums initiated by myself.

 

For this reason, I have decided to pass on the little bit of knowledge which I have of this brilliant angling destination. I have been fishing Cape Receife for the past 21 years and what folows is all based on my personal experience.

 

CAPE RECEIFE

*Please refer to map at the bottom
 


“The Beacon”
  • Consists of nice flat rocks which extend northwards all the way to the residential suburb of Summerstrand.
  • Can be fished on both high and low tides.
  • On a scale of 1-10, I give it a danger rating of 3 provided common sense and respect for the sea are maintained.
  • Fish you can expect to catch here include cob, shad, musselcracker, various sharks and flat fish as well as a variety of smaller reef fish. Black musselcracker (poenskop) are also taken here, but very rarely.
 

“The Elbow” to “The Point”
  • Consists of a low outcrop of rocks which run out to sea in a South-Easterly direction terminating at “the point”.
  • Can only be fished safely on the outgoing, low and start of the pushing tide. Be sure to keep an eye on the incoming tide as it can leave you stranded with only the options of having to swim back to the shore or wait the tide out.
  • This spot can be quite treacherous in strong wind and weather conditions which can occur quite unexpectedly at times. For this reason I give it a danger rating of 8 on a scale of 1 – 10.
  •  Fish you can expect to catch here include cob, shad, musselcracker, various sharks as well as a variety of smaller reef fish. Black musselcracker (poenskop) are also taken here, but very rarely.
 

“The Lagoon”
  • Consists of a beautiful bay directly to the West of the point.
  • Can only be fished safely on the outgoing, low and start of the pushing tide. Be sure to keep an eye on the incoming tide as it can leave you stranded with only the options of having to swim back to the shore or wait the tide out.
  • “The lagoon” is best fished in a moderate North-Easterly or East wind from “the point” side of the bay.
  • This spot can be quite treacherous in strong wind and weather conditions which can occur quite unexpectedly at times. For this reason I give it a danger rating of 8 on a scale of 1 – 10.
  • Fish you can expect to catch here include cob, shad, musselcracker, various sharks as well as a variety of smaller reef fish. Black musselcracker (poenskop) are also taken here, but very rarely.
 

 

“Rail Rock”
  • Consists pronounced, high outcrop of rocks directly South of “the lighthouse”, with a low reef of rocks leading from the shore to it.
  • Can only be accessed safely when the water is low enough, but once you are on “rail rock”, it can be fished on both high and low tides.
  • A small swim through a gully ± 3 metres wide is required to access “rail rock”
  • This spot can be fairly treacherous in strong wind and weather conditions which can occur quite unexpectedly at times. For this reason I give it a danger rating of 7 on a scale of 1 – 10.
  • Fish you can expect to catch here include cob, shad, musselcracker, various sharks as well as a variety of smaller reef fish. Black musselcracker (poenskop) are also taken here, but very rarely.
 

“Elf (shad) Gully”
  • Consists of a low reef of rock which runs out to sea in a South-Easterly direction from “pienaars”.
  • Can only be accessed and fished on the last part of the outgoing and low tide. Pay careful attention to the tide when it turns and starts coming in as you can easily be cut off from the shore.
  • On a scale of 1-10, I give it a danger rating of 5 provided common sense and respect for the sea are maintained.
  • Fish you can expect to catch here include cob, shad, musselcracker, various sharks as well as a variety of smaller reef fish. Black musselcracker (poenskop) are also taken here, but very rarely.
 

“Pienaars”
  • Consists of a pronounced fairly high rock off the shore directly South-West of “the lighthouse”.
  • Can only be accessed by means of ± a 25 metre wade over a flattish rock bottom. The depth of the water when wading through can vary from knee deep to neck deep dependent on the prevailing tide and sea conditions.
  • “Pienaars” is best fished on a full tide with very little happening on low tides.
  •  This spot can be moderately treacherous in strong wind and weather conditions which can occur quite unexpectedly at times. For this reason I give it a danger rating of 6 on a scale of 1 – 10.
  • Fish you can expect to catch here include cob, shad, musselcracker, various sharks as well as a variety of smaller reef fish. Black musselcracker (poenskop) are also taken here, but very rarely.
 

“High Rock”
  • Consists of a pronounced high, huge rock off  shore directly West-South-West of “the lighthouse”.
  • Can only be accessed by wading ± 15 metres over a low reef of rock. The depth of the water when wading through can vary from ankle deep to waist deep depending on the prevailing tide and sea conditions. Once on “high rock” it is fairly safe and can be fished on both high and low tides.
  • On a scale of 1-10, I give it a danger rating of 5 provided common sense and respect for the sea are maintained.
  • Fish you can expect to catch here include cob, shad, musselcracker, various sharks as well as a variety of smaller reef fish. Black musselcracker (poenskop) are also taken here, but very rarely.
 

General
  • A permit is required in order to enter the Cape Receife nature conservancy. These permits are obtainable from the Pine Lodge reception office situated at the Cape Receife turn off. These permits are available as weekly and annual permits and need to be produced at the boom which is manned from 7h30 in the morning until 17h00 in the afternoon after which the boom is left open. For this reason, I have never needed a permit as I always go fishing before 07h30 or after 17h00 and they never worry to ask for a permit on leaving when the gate is manned.
  • Baits used generally on this stretch of coast include: pilchard, mackerel, chocka, octopus, armadillo, crab, red bait, sand mussel, prawn and various types of worm.
  • Medium to heavy tackle should be used in this area, dependant on the species being targeted.
  • Weather conditions are known to change at the drop of a hat in the Cape Receife area and it is not uncommon for the see to go from nice and calm to rough and dangerous in no time at all. For this reason it is very important to pay attention to weather and sea conditions at all times when angling here.
  • Never ever fish on your own at Cape Receife . Besides the aforementioned dangers, Cape Receife is the hub of perlemoen (abalone) poaching in Port Elizabeth and is sill frequently dived by these toss’s. I have found that it is best just to ignore them altogether even though there activities make my blood boil. They have been known to assault people and vandalize cars if they are confronted or suspect that you are tipping the police off.
    They operate like pack dogs and you as a individual stand no chance against them.
    It is unfortunate that one has to turn a blind eye to this type of thing but then again if the majority of the police weren’t so lazy, corrupt and unconcerned about the situation, it would not be necessary for us anglers to do so. At the end of the day it is just not worth endangering your life and property over.
    All said, if you just ignore them they tend to leave you and your property alone.

     

    Well, I hope that you guys are going to reap some benefit from my information. However, please remember that this info about Cape Receife is based on how I have experienced and fished it – There is absolutely nothing wrong with you exploring and trying new things in and around this brilliant angling venue.
GONE FISHING.............................................

 

 

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Last edited on Fri Dec 7th, 2007 02:59 pm by duane

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 Posted: Fri Dec 7th, 2007 03:02 pm
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thanks alot duane, it will definately be usefull to alot of people planning on coming to fish here in PE

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 Posted: Fri Dec 7th, 2007 04:56 pm
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Thanks alot It usefull

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Great post dude, here have some mana - Once I have my transport problems sorted out and if your looking for a partner from time to time we must hook up, have a few casts together, swop some info and fish till we drop. As a matter of interest I have fished Recife for the past 15 years and have experienced it exactly the same as you.

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Hi Guys I know this is a little off topic, but do you guys perhaps know of any good fishing charters in the P.E area and possibly some numbers and estimated cost pp?

Going out that way from the 21'st would really like to see what off shore fishing is like.

Thanks a mil :cool:

And maybe if you know where a good spot/bait is for shark around there.

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LOL `I dont know if I am allowed to "advertise" but I do deep sea fishing charters - Contact me on 0735867487

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 Posted: Mon Dec 10th, 2007 06:23 pm
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Howzit Guys

@ FStander - Not a problem boet, I am always looking for angling buddies. PM me,  drop me an e-mail or call me on 0836563174 and we can make a plan. Shot for  the mana. Advertise boet, What is the name of your charter 'cause I may be interested in giving you some business.

@ Frozensoulfly - Fill in your profile properly before trying :

·          Raggy Charters, raggycharter@mweb.co.za). Whale Watching, Penguin Island Cruises and Fishing Charters

·          Three Ways Charters http://www.3waycharters.co.za Fishing Charters and Whale Watching.

·          Pirates Lodge http://www.pirateslodge.co.za  Fishing Charters , Bird Watching, Game viewing and Hiking Trails.

GONE FISHING..................................

 

 

 

Last edited on Mon Dec 10th, 2007 06:25 pm by duane

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We are called offshore marine services - PEDSAC members 9m Mono Hull Bina 2 x 115HP Mercury engines. Equiped for 6 anglers and 2 x Crew, locations include Rij Banks, Cape Recife, Bellbouy, The Islands, Whitesands, The Wrecks, Thunderbolt Reefs. All inclusive packages include tackle, bait, experienced crew (My partner and I combined 150 000 sea hours) and keeping your catch. Botton fishing and trolling available. For further info contact me on 0735867487 - Duane, I shall be in contact shortly.

ps: Raggy Charters is a chap by the name of Lloyd Edwards and as far as I know Lloyd only does sight seeying and whale watching. My partner and I run once sometimes twice weekly.

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Thanks for the info guys.

Fstander thanks again for your info you really seem to know what your talking about.

Tight lines

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Your article brings back memories. I grew up in Summerstrand and from about 10 years old Cape Recife was one of my frequent fishing spots.
Back then the walk from 10th Ave S/strand to the lighthouse didn't seem so far.
My favourite sopot here was Rail Rock. Back then there was still a steel tram rail across the gap. It was always slippery but barefoot and with care I never fell.
Rail Rock was a fun place for a youngster. Fishing the high tide one would get thoroughly soaked and it got hairy out there sometimes...
I caught the only poenskop I've ever landed from the shore at the rail.
Thanks Duane for this journey down memory lane. It's sad that this beautiful fishing location has become a crime zone.

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