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 Posted: Wed May 2nd, 2012 03:19 am
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JFE
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Gone down to the South Coast for the long weekend and was my 1st time to to so with my own boat. Not knowing the waters or anything about this area I've desided to take a chance, come Thursday morning I e-mail a forum member that I saw lived in the area. Not knowing him from a bar of soap I took the chance and RESPECT to the man, he send me a list of way-points in the Shelly area. Thanks a lot again man, I can not stress enough how this like this restore one's faith in our fellow anglers.

Anyhow, staying at Ifafa makes Hibberdine my nearest port 'o call and having been there over Easter I thought the launch was pretty well thought out and not too tricky. Got my launch tickets from the club and set to go. Early Saturday morning and excited as can be, dad, brother and brother in law all eager. Stop at the slip at Hibberdine and disaster!! One of the local guys comes from the beach and tells us that the tractor broke down and no one will be able to launch. What now, this is no way to get going. But we are packed and nothing will stop us, Shelly beach here we come.
May I say that i.m.o Shelly is well organised and everything seems to go like clockwork. I was truly impressed.

So we set off to a mark north from Shelly, trolling all the way up and nothing. Settle down to start on bottoms. Oh my!!! I brought the "kotses" with me. Haven't even fixed the trases when first dad and then the rest started getting sick (and they all took Stugeron at breakfast). Within the next 5 minutes we hear a load bang, I even make the joke of saying a whale swam into us. Look at the plotter and realize we are seriously drifting in the current. Pull the anchor and it broke clean of, the head part separated from the shaft, we only retrieved a short piece of the shaft. Now what else can go wrong today? Spend the next 2 hours on drift with no luck at all and another 2 trolling also to no avail. That was it for day 1, count our losses and went back home.

Sunday we spend with the family (don't want the wife's all pissy). But as an angler you don't go anywhere unprepared, who said just because I took my boat that there is no time for shore angling? Sunder afternoon just before sunset it was just that time, me and dad set of to the beach for a short session.



Not long and I am ON! Nice size cod that resided to taste my bait. Took the pic and returned him to the ocean to the disgust of my little boy and his little cousin. Then came the 20 minute explanation on why we need to return fish we are not going to eat and importance of conservation bla bla bla, trust me 4 year old boy and girl does not care!



Monday brings the next offshore day. Up bright and early to find that brother in law can not make it, his little girl got sick over night and he rather stay than have the raft of my sister upon him (and I fully agree because she becomes a monster). Next thing I know my wife is in the car with us. Now this is someone that gets sick in the harbor in RB, on a good day!! Dad got a different kind of sea sickness tablets and she already took one and this and that and and and. I saw it was not worth while trying to argue and she is coming with, period.
Launch at Hibberdine was actually very nice as expected and off we go. Set off to Mtwalume area, mainly because of the number of ski-boats and paddle ski's I can see working that area from the balcony of our house at Elysium. Sound for a good reef and started drifting all over the area. Next thing - ON - wife get's the scare of her life when whatever it was took the bait.
First time off-shore, first on and fighting like crazy.



10 - 15 minutes later and she lands a nice size hammer head. Not a record by any means but her first and she was pumped with adrenaline. Needless to say my days of going out to get away are now something of the past.



The rest of the morning we hooked into a few nice "pan size" Slingers that we had on the braai that night



All in all it was a great weekend. As we all know a bad day of fishing beats any day at the office. Now that I have tested and tried the launches and areas around the South Coast I will definitely return and maybe get to know more of the area and get into the "spots" sooner than later.

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cheese
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hi guys just wondering if anyone can give some advise,
I'm going down to the south coast in march18 and will stay close to banana beach or something and will be going to shelly beach to try some fishing,

I'm abit new to sea fishing so I'm not sure what to expect and what baits, rigs to try and what ill catch

ill try fish from the beach were they allow fishing

any advise would be great full so that I can prepare and don't hit blanks lol

current setup is a Mitchell surf rod with a big boss 8000 real mono line

thanks gents


:ifishin:fishn

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 Posted: Fri Nov 24th, 2017 07:03 am
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kitefisher
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cheese wrote:
hi guys just wondering if anyone can give some advise,
I'm going down to the south coast in march18 and will stay close to banana beach or something and will be going to shelly beach to try some fishing,

I'm abit new to sea fishing so I'm not sure what to expect and what baits, rigs to try and what ill catch

ill try fish from the beach were they allow fishing

any advise would be great full so that I can prepare and don't hit blanks lol

current setup is a Mitchell surf rod with a big boss 8000 real mono line

thanks gents


:ifishin:fishn


Hiya Cheese,welcome to the site.

Type the search words ''Banana beach'' into the serach block on top of the page. There is a wealth of info there.. Once you've read through all of those,you are welcome to post any additional questions..

Enjoy.

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