Basket case – the quest for the perfect stripping basket

Too big; too small; too deep; too shallow; too square; too round; too oval; too rectangular. Too punk rock…Not punk rock enough. Hint: It doesn’t exist. “The most useful type of basket is a supermarket shopping basket, held around the waist with a rubber bungie such as which can be acquired at most hardware stores.” […]

When the olive grunter sang

On a balmy summers day Two sons went out to play With fly tackle and a leaking raft They headed to sea to catch a ray. In search of fish with feather craft They dropped anchor in False Bay Where they moved their hinds fore and aft Taking turns to inflate abaft. While sitting in […]

Farquhar Intro – The arrival and warm up

It started with a call from Conrad Botes.  Then another call, then another.  Then Conrad called again.  I have 10 minutes to decide.  My internal dialogue reminded me of my move that I was in the middle of, the house transfer i was awaiting, and the severe work stress I was under, not to mention […]

South African Saltwater Fish of the Year 2012

Ok so there are obviously catches I dont know about… but in my opinion its between these two: Some good grunts came out this year but I want to see a 4kg plus spotty before one gets into the race.  There is a good chance the Ecape crew caught some shtoinkers noone knows of….  

Good Afternoon

I got 3 of these little guys in quick succession this afternoon.  I also missed two that I pricked and lost one when my fly line got stuck between my stripping basket.  The tide just didn’t seem to come in this afternoon…so I was left to fish the kiddies area.  Was good fun in 15-30cm […]

Mole crab / sea lice -version 1

This is my first go at the Mole Crab, which is apparently one of the Pompanos favourite meals.  Locally we call them Sea Lice, but only recently did I find out that’s a misnomer.  “Sea Lice” are actually Amphipods, and they eat fish, not the other way round. My next one will have a darker […]