The mackerel are biting! Let’s go down to the harbour

English: Kalk Bay harbour and town in Cape Tow...
Kalk Bay harbour and town in Cape Town, South Africa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the summer afternoons I would take my reel of nylon line, penknife and a sardine from my father’s bait deep-freeze and run from our home in Kalk Bay down to the harbour.

The mackerel were biting in the harbour. Huge shoals of mackerel, maasbunkers and chokka (squid) would move into False Bay during the summer months. From October right through to March you could catch bait fish in the harbour.

At the quayside a whole crowd of boys would be sitting with their legs dangling over the edge or the taller boys with their feet touching the big black tractor and truck tyres used as fendors around the concrete harbour walls. Continue reading “The mackerel are biting! Let’s go down to the harbour”