Lawrence Green, the gem of South African writers who loved the country so deeply, recalls meeting the old fishermen at Saldanha who talked of the days when one man could “haul in 200, even 300 snoek in a great day’s fishing.”
As Green says, “… the fishermen needed enormous catches when a snoek fetched only twopence on the wharf.”
I never caught much above 100 snoek in False Bay and the times that I did break through the hundred mark I could count on one hand.
Already in the mid-1970s commercial fishing was taking its toll on snoek fishing in False Bay. Even the professional fishermen from Kalk Bay did not often catch 100 each a day. Yet there was a legendary skipper nicknamed “Hondered Bedonderd” (Hundred Crazy”) who regularly reached his target. Continue reading “Fishy tales of snoek in False Bay”
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When I was 15 years old I had a boat that I used to row out to the reef just outside my house to catch Red Roman off Kalk Bay.
Unless you knew the exact location of the reef, you were unlikely to catch anything. My father had shown me on earlier occasions going out to sea in his ski boat how to locate the reef. From the sea the marker was a row of three chimneys – the chimneys of houses against the mountain side at different levels that you needed to line up. Continue reading “I wish people didn’t have to make money this way”