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Bandit Marine Services (pty) Ltd

Member since July 2016 Cape Town, South Africa
Background
I've been fishing since I can remember. I lived by and worked on the sea all my life. Always been fascinated by fish and fishing and...boats! This is my first deck boat, which I revamped to better than original. It took about 18 months. The boat was launched in January 2016 in Simonstown. I never take chances and am a compulsive checker. I only proceed to sea in good weather so that my clients always have the maximum effect on their experience. Safety is always first on my list and the Time Bandit is well equipped. My favorite species to catch is the seasonal Snoek and Yellowtail Amberjack, these fish put up a good fight and really test the angler's skills.

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Cape Town, South Africa
Background
I've been fishing since I can remember. I lived by and worked on the sea all my life. Always been fascinated by fish and fishing and...boats! This is my first deck boat, which I revamped to better than original. It took about 18 months. The boat was launched in January 2016 in Simonstown. I never take chances and am a compulsive checker. I only proceed to sea in good weather so that my clients always have the maximum effect on their experience. Safety is always first on my list and the Time Bandit is well equipped. My favorite species to catch is the seasonal Snoek and Yellowtail Amberjack, these fish put up a good fight and really test the angler's skills.

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Bandit Marine Services LTD

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Cape Town
trips from $233

Fishing Reports

6 hour fishing trip to seal Eiland, in F
6 hour fishing trip to seal Eiland, in F
Feb 25, 2020 Cape Town
Left Kalk bay harbour at approx.0830 and proceeded to sea towards the East. SW swell of 1m and very light ENE wind.Couldn't have asked for better conditions as the day before the SE wind was at 30 knots. Moved down towards the shore in the 8 fathom and drift fished the outside reefs. At this stage we were between the tanks and the pavilion about 2 miles offshore of the beach. It's a method employed to best get the elusive red roman which is highly prized. It's a waiting game as you drift on and drift off fish as you are slowly moving on the current.Best to keep your gear about 1 fathom off the bottom to prevent getting snagged on the bottom. A few good sizes of bream or known locally as hottie were landed. This is the bread and butter fish of all line fisherman, and if nothing else is biting, then they usually will,They will eventually become a nuisance when you target other species as they are simply everywhere. We finally moved off towards Seal Eiland and made our first anchor as the wind had strengthened slightly and drifting wasn't going to work. The lines went down and the bream came up, as well as a silver type fish known locally as panga.Some very good sizes as well.sometimes two at a time. Some very good sizes were landed by every one onboard. Once everyone had reached their legal bag limit we took a tour of the Eiland to view the Cape Fur Seals and sea birds on the eiland. The wind had by this time turned S and made for a very pleasant return trip back to Kalk bay Harbour.Its basically riding a gentle stern sea and it is much more pleasant than riding into the sea. We got back to harbour and the heat immediately hit us as the temp was 37*C. much cooler on the water. A lot of fun was had by all and we were all back safe and sound by 14:30 in the harbour, with our fish. Did a close inshore drag, strikers on bungee in Fishhoek bay, but no Amberjack today. Trip successfully completed.
Fishing Adventure to Seal Eiland in Fals
Fishing Adventure to Seal Eiland in Fals
Feb 19, 2020 Cape Town
Left Kalk bay harbour at 09.00 and proceeded to seal Eiland.Sea conditions were fine Light wind and good sea.The trip to the Eiland takes about 1 hr.After anchoring in moderate calm water the lines went down and the fish started coming up. water depth we anchored in was 8 fathom.Water temp: 14*C. We had two vessel ahead of us, one on the port bow to the south at about 75 m and the other on the stbd bow towards the west at 150 m.These are cage diving charter vessels and they usually anchor close in to the Eiland. We remain out of their area as not to disrupt their activities and just out of mutual respect. I wont say that it was fireworks but the bream were coming up consistently, some good sizes as well. Air pressure plays a big role in the fishes biting and taking the bait, so when it dropped a few points, the fish went off the bite and became sluggish, this is also a good indication that the wind is coming. By this stage we had already landed enough fish and we retrieved our anchor to leave. The other two charter vessels had left and the Eiland was all ours. I took my guests around the Eiland to get a firsthand closeup view of the many hundreds of Cape fur seals and sea birds on it.A video of this is posted. Very pleasant return trip to the harbour at Kalk bay, at a speed of 7 knots, arriving at about 14.15 Turned out to be a successful day,with fish landed by everyone. The deck hands are mostly commercial fisherman which I mix in with the guests if the space allows.They are there to assist with anchoring and to help guests with any fishing related questions or about the marine life.They also fish in the old traditional way with hand lines which is the norm on commercial vessels and has remained unchanged since the old days of Kalk Bay.
False Bay Trip.
False Bay Trip.
Feb 15, 2020 Cape Town
The Trip was scheduled for the Sunday, but due to windy conditions on the Sunday we chose Saturday, which was the better day.We proceeded to sea from Kalk Bay harbour, Cape town, Western Cape,South Africa.There was a slight SSE breeze at the time but the conditions were fine.We headed out in the direction of Seal Eiland which is about 6 nautical miles from the harbour and the eastern shore.This area is known to have plenty bottom fish or reef fish.It is also a well known area to find the much sort after Red Roman. We anchored in the lee of the eiland out the wind in moderate calm water.The black bream are pretty hardy fish and usually take the bait readily.On the day some good sizes were landed by everyone. As a rule I dont allow small and undersize fish, these are carefully returned to the sea.There is enough good size fish that can be hooked and landed. Returning smaller and undersize fish back to the sea also ensures a good stock for the future.This is also the bread and butter fish of Cape Town commercial line fisherman in days gone by. Time Bandit is a traditional West coast fishing vessel and as such we promote traditional hand line fishing as they did in the old days, to preserve a way of life from a by gone era.We do however supply good rods and reels for anglers who so desire. Added to that, Kalk Bay is the oldest working harbour in Cape Town, with it reaching its peak during the crayfishing months. The forecast was for South wind later on in the day and I was monitoring the conditions very carefully.The South wind forecast is ok if not too strong but can become unpleasant on the return trip as you have it on your port side beam. We decided to leave early and good thing we did as the wind came earlier than predicted. The return trip did get a bit wet, but we managed and get safely back to harbour with our crew and catch. I was impressed as the guys fished very well and got on fabulously.Real tough sailors. Some of the fish landed were bream, locally known as hottie, some shy sharks or dog fish, Cape white stump and and fish known locally as a bloukop steentjie, which is a ferocious biter and very colourful.Predominately blue.

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Stellenbosch, WC
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Half day out of Kalk Bay

VERIFIED   Half Day Bay Trip on January 14, 2021
Captain Carl is an interesting fellow. Old fishing storie abound. Took us for some sight seeing and then fished a few spots....
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Half Day trip fishing to seals Island

VERIFIED   Seal Island Trip on March 6, 2020
Carl and his Crew Arthur and Shawn wer very nice hosts and had good mood and paid a lot attention to our wishes and needs....
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Half day trip that ended up as a full day trip with Captain Carl

VERIFIED   Half Day Bay Trip on August 19, 2019
Had the best fishing trip with my fiance for his birthday, the Captain spoiled us and went out of his way to make it the best...
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February fishing trip

VERIFIED   Special 6 hour trip for Philippe Gailhbaud on February 25, 2020
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Cape Town, Western Cape
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Half day trip captain carl

VERIFIED   Half Day Bay Trip on January 2, 2020
Very good. Extra time given. Pity no big fish caught.
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