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 Posted: Thu Jan 19th, 2017 04:13 pm
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I have a few 49's and 49A's, might still have a box or two from them. They were bought by my grandfather, then passed down to my father and now they are mine.

I don't know if I still have the box, but I had one a few years ago. Retail price R73,00 if I remember correctly

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 Posted: Fri Jan 20th, 2017 08:42 am
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 Posted: Sat Nov 25th, 2017 01:25 pm
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Guppigetta wrote:
Apparently the Penn 49 A was made specially for a man named Scott (can't remember his first name) who fished at Cape Point. .

Mike Scott


No Guppigetta, it was Mike Stott, a Springbok big game fisherman.

His wife was the late Eulalie Stott, a Cape Town City councellor and the head of the Black Sash.

I dated their daughter Renee once and met him and and his wife in around 1978...a gentleman and a charming family.

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 Posted: Sun Nov 26th, 2017 06:27 pm
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Eenkeer ou foto van hom gesien met n grooot poensie op blombos....nog swart en wit kiekie....hy was n legende nes die Penn 49.....;)

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Glad to see this post is still going, the good old Penn 49 forever !

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I fished with Mike Stott at various places around Cape Point, saw him catch his last Yellowtail ever when he must have been around 80 years old. Mike Stott also worked at Jack Lemkus and was probably responsible for the Gun section because as a school kid I often stopped off there on my way home from school and asked him about the various handguns, not knowing we would meet up again later in life.
Shooting was another one of his other hobbies.

What Arniston says is correct. Those of you living in Cape Town will know of the shooting range on de Waal Drive (it used to be the Cape Combat Club) That ground became available to the shooting club through the intervention of Mike's wife, and Mike was a life member there. Some lesser known info!

I Spent much more time fishing with Louis Boshof on Louis during the 70s.

Much of what is written here is "sort of" correct but possibly affected somewhat by hear say and the passing of time.

Last edited on Mon Nov 27th, 2017 09:29 am by Polychaete

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Polychaete wrote:
I fished with Mike Stott at various places around Cape Point, saw him catch his last Yellowtail ever when he must have been around 80 years old. Mike Stott also worked at Jack Lemkus and was probably responsible for the Gun section because as a school kid I often stopped off there on my way home from school and asked him about the various handguns, not knowing we would meet up again later in life.
Shooting was another one of his other hobbies.

I Spent much more time fishing with Louis Boshof on Louis during the 70s.

Much of what is written here is "sort of" correct but possibly affected somewhat by hear say and the passing of time.


Wow amazing experience man, now you talking - Jack Lemkus, that use to be in CBD? Confirm? Did they not close down, because I think in 1999 or 2000, I bought lots of stuff there for very very cheap.... Again onto P enn reels, lots of locals still use them in Mozambique, I have given some fixed up 49rs and 6/0s to them...I have also seen them still in good use in Seychelles, BTW: The 6/0s were given to me from a friend on SL, and I fixed 4 out of the 5, then donated them to various locals in Moz

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Polychaete wrote: I fished with Mike Stott at various places around Cape Point, saw him catch his last Yellowtail ever when he must have been around 80 years old. Mike Stott also worked at Jack Lemkus and was probably responsible for the Gun section because as a school kid I often stopped off there on my way home from school and asked him about the various handguns, not knowing we would meet up again later in life.
Shooting was another one of his other hobbies.

What Arniston says is correct. Those of you living in Cape Town will know of the shooting range on de Waal Drive (it used to be the Cape Combat Club) That ground became available to the shooting club through the intervention of Mike's wife, and Mike was a life member there. Some lesser known info!

I Spent much more time fishing with Louis Boshof on Louis during the 70s.

Much of what is written here is "sort of" correct but possibly affected somewhat by hear say and the passing of time.
What a privilege to have been witness to this.

Would be great to hear of your memories of Louis Boshoff fishing from "his" spot aptly named after him. I suspect 90% of the new entrants don't even know where Louis spot is. Only thing I know and you are welcome to correct me is that Louis threw left handed which would be necessary from the spot he used to fish. Next to his spot is still a hole in the rock where a fighting chair used to be placed when needed. Furthermore Louis Boshoff only ever threw in one direction never altering his direction with a tight drag that he used to crank tight with a spanner apparently. The tight drag the reason he was pulled along the rocks when he himself was an old man by a Yellowfin and sustained quite serious injuries to himself. I think that was also his last excursion to the Kranz.
These things told to me by a living veteran called PJ.

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Serra Moz wrote:
Polychaete wrote:
........ Mike Stott also worked at Jack Lemkus and was probably responsible for the Gun section because as a school kid I often stopped off there on my way home from school and asked him about the various handguns, not knowing we would meet up again later in life.
..........


Wow amazing experience man, now you talking - Jack Lemkus, that use to be in CBD? Confirm? Did they not close down, because I think in 1999 or 2000, I bought lots of stuff there for very very cheap.... Again onto P enn reels, lots of locals still use them in Mozambique, I have given some fixed up 49rs and 6/0s to them...I have also seen them still in good use in Seychelles, BTW: The 6/0s were given to me from a friend on SL, and I fixed 4 out of the 5, then donated them to various locals in Moz

Here is a map taken from Google showing Jack Lemkus still in the CBD. I remember it moved a few meters to the left or right of its original location of 1959/60. It was right next door to a well known restourant and occupied the basement.

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Mike Stott was an amazing man...yes as fit as a fiddle...old age didn't deter him...he loved his Penn's....a spinnerman par excellence who used to climb down Pegrams Point near the lighthouse and zap a yellowtail or two even into a very old age.

He was a member of the Cape Piscatorial Society as well and fished for freshwater fish as well...he just loved fishing from smallmouth bass at Voeelvlei to tuna and gamefish from the boats and represented SA in big game contests. He was no snob, a humble man with a great sense of humour. He was similar in fishing choices like the late Charles Norman who fished anywhere where there was fish and was the best you can get.

I have a picture of him and his wife with Tom Sutcliffe (the doyen of trout fishing in SA) at a meeting at the CPS meeting...I could copy and paste it here but am a mampara and don't know how to do this here.

Those old Cape fisherman were a special breed of their own...I think of my late old friend Jock Dichmont...a bit of a" Hemingway" man but also a man for all seasons.

They don't make them like that today, tough as teak gentleman, rather like the makings of the old Penn's like the old 49 and 49A's.


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Arniston, I think the place you are referring to as Peagrams is actually Mc clears or "the ledge" as it's known as these days.
Mike was one of the original guys who climbed down there. They climbed straight down the front which seems near impossible if you look at it now. Those of us who came later climbed a zig zag path down, still tricky but very doable. As you say Mike still fished there when he was pretty old, he had a long rope that he slung down to the gaffing ledge to hold on to when he had to climb down.

Indeed, those old fishermen who developed the sport of Yellowtail fishing at Cape Point were a very tough lot, not scared to tackle long walks, explore new places and always game to try something new. It is no longer like that, people no longer have the drive to do stuff like that. The modern angler wants it all on a plate, or rather on a mobile phonevvphov :blah

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Great...thanks for sharing the updates

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Very interesting.

The old fishermen use to make an effort, to reach the best places.

Friend of mine in Brisbane, send me a video, where they (also fairly old) swing with a rope, from one side of a similar rocky point, to the other part. Where they need to fish.

My friends and me also did some strange things, years ago. If we need to reach some difficult places. Now its just good old memories.

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They are still around, When I was a kid I would get dropped off there while my mother shopped, would spend hours staring at the fishing stuff..interesting they just sponsored an article to say that they are still around..

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Polychaete wrote: Arniston, I think the place you are referring to as Peagrams is actually Mc clears or "the ledge" as it's known as these days.
Mike was one of the original guys who climbed down there. They climbed straight down the front which seems near impossible if you look at it now. Those of us who came later climbed a zig zag path down, still tricky but very doable. As you say Mike still fished there when he was pretty old, he had a long rope that he slung down to the gaffing ledge to hold on to when he had to climb down.

Indeed, those old fishermen who developed the sport of Yellowtail fishing at Cape Point were a very tough lot, not scared to tackle long walks, explore new places and always game to try something new. It is no longer like that, people no longer have the drive to do stuff like that. The modern angler wants it all on a plate, or rather on a mobile phonevvphov :blah

this is incredible. I found a video on youtube as well about the fishing there. It is simply remarkable, Families went down there to fish and they caught a lot of fish. There is even footage of a tuna being caught. It really seems like the place and people deserve a book dedicated to them and the other ledges along the coast that have been fished. the stories in Strike are amazing. I have read similar books on angling adventures along our coast and rivers. my grandfather also used to cycle from Harrismith to the Tugela river to go and catch yellowfish, they floated grasshoppers on greased lines to catch them, he said it was over 100km bicycle ride.

the old guys must really think we have become a lot of limp wrists with our spinning reels, carbon rods and lycra cycling outfits :fbash

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