False Bay Trip.
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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