a fish named Lucky

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I don't think you will believe me (but I'm going to tell you any way)! I'm struggling to grasp how it was even possible myself. It will sound like a tall tale, a big fish story, yet its true... The plan was simple. No shenanigans. Upon arrival in Witsand we would collect bait, set up our … Continue reading a fish named Lucky

The confession

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I didn't know how to do it! I had this feeling of guilt and it was bothering me for a while and I knew the only way to be set free was to tell the truth. The weight on my shoulders was immense and got so heavy that I could't walk up straight. I couldn't … Continue reading The confession

groot VIS stories

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Ek onthou as kind was daar een keer 'n getekende spotprent in die huisgenoot. Twee vissermansvroue sit en gesels in die sitkamer terwyl hul tee drink. Bo die een vrou se kop was 'n bubble met 'n pyltjie na haar mond wat sê: "hier kom hy alweer met een van sy groot vis stories"! Die … Continue reading groot VIS stories

Fishing in mud

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Towards the end of November 2013 we had a trip planned to one of the best places on the planet, Witsand. The magical little town that sits at the mouth of the Breede river. It's not only that it's an awesome fishing destination, its the people, the fresh air, the whole aura the place has. … Continue reading Fishing in mud

Gallie for the Ballie

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"Wa wag... Hier's 'n ding wat wil sak" my dad excitedly stated! He was quite bleak by this time because I had landed two beautiful Galjoen and he had only managed a Spotty and a juvenile Gallie. We used the same bait, fished the same hole, yet I seemed to be the days lucky one. … Continue reading Gallie for the Ballie

Rooi oog gedrog

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Ek was besig om die laaste vis skoon te maak wat ek vroeër die aand gevang het, toe ek 'n ritseling hoor in die bosse bo my. Nou ek is bank vir niks, behalwe vir honderdpote, koringkrieke en ritselings in die bos! Ek was aan die onderkant van 'n sand duin waar ek laat middag … Continue reading Rooi oog gedrog

A Cracking Thought (ACT)

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In an interview with Herchelle Gibbs after he scored that unbelievable 175 from 111 in the 438 game he said he knew he was going to score a hundred that day. He even said he got the same feeling before he scored that hundred in die 99 semi final (lets not go there). I suppose … Continue reading A Cracking Thought (ACT)

Brandfonfokkentein

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A couple of years ago myself and mates, J&D, decided to go visit Brandfontein to target some Galjoen and Steenbras. I kept on confusing the name with Brandvlei, the small little Karoo town where kids learn to swim on a face cloth... Water is scarce in the big Karoo! So it was suggested that I … Continue reading Brandfonfokkentein

Kwaaimans

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Ek was bevoorreg om in George groot te word, ons het eers einde st6 Lambertsbaai toe getrek. Sê altyd ekt geleer praat in die suidkus en geleer vloek op die weskus. Maar die is gelukkig (of ongelukkig) nie 'n vloek storie nie, die is 'n Kaaimans groot vis storie... My naweke as nat-agter-die-ore-snotkop-kind is spandeer … Continue reading Kwaaimans

Last cast 49er

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I don't often catch a Galjoen worth mentioning, so if I do, I show and tell! (Nie dat dit veel vat van my om uit te haal en te wys nie... Vra maar vir vinnige Anna. Ek wys graag!) The wife woke me up at 3:30 on Saturday morning with: "I might have killed the … Continue reading Last cast 49er

a perfect day

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My dad, my uncle and a friend were off at 4:30 towards Struisbaai! The excitement was immense. A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to get stuck into a proper Steamtrain and since my companions wanted one as well I was selected as the designated guide for the day. On our way we … Continue reading a perfect day

On any given Sunday

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Die oumense het mos geglo visvang op 'n Sondag is sonde en dat jy niks anders mag doen as kerk toe gaan, eet en slaap op die Sabbat nie. Toe sê my pa mos een keer hy gaan darem bitter teleurgesteld wees wanneer hy eendag in die Hemel kom en uitvind dat vis vang op … Continue reading On any given Sunday

Diamonds and laughs

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What's that? Ja sorry, I haven't posted for a while, I know. But the truth is there hasn't been anything to post about.  I've been struggling to catch anything decent and its not because of a lack of trying, it just seems that I'm on a bit of a dry spell. In September we started … Continue reading Diamonds and laughs

Releasing the dream

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Next to us surfaced the biggest Kob both of us had ever seen. Of course in magazines and on social media we have seen bigger, but never before have we had one on a rod and reel this close to us (the one I lost last year was bigger but he never came this close). … Continue reading Releasing the dream

A day to remember

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Well I haven’t been to The Sands in months and my whole body is aching with withdrawal symptoms! Work, wife and other commitments are seriously messing with my love for the Breede… Anyhow, I was scrolling through some old photos and came across a couple that I haven’t shared with you guys, yet! It was a … Continue reading A day to remember

The eagle has landed

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A couple of years ago ESA had some sort of presenter search or something. The west coast leg of this thing was held at Die Lapa Dwarskersbos, and I decided that I should go and throw myself into the mix as well, you never know what can happen. When I arrived the morning there was … Continue reading The eagle has landed

Melkbos Ballerina

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The last time I was in Melkbos I was on a date with a ballerina. She was blond and tight and super lekker and I almost spend half my salary to convince her that I was her soulmate. As it turned out I was her sole mate, because she walked right over me. Being a … Continue reading Melkbos Ballerina

Spotted Steamer

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We were talking nonsense while sipping a lemonade or two and munching some very nice Springbok droëwors. Amongst the regular banter was how nice it was that we can at least blank on a new beach. We decided a while ago to fish other spots than the usual places we always go to. And since we have … Continue reading Spotted Steamer

a Bettys sunrise

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When was the last time you experienced a sunrise?   It's not something you just see, its an encounter and each one a privilege. Let me tell you a secret, there is no better place to see the day break than on a Bettys bay beach. It is absolutely magnificent and no words can really give … Continue reading a Bettys sunrise

Theewaterskloof dam duikers

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Een aand ry ons deur Theewaterskloof dam toe om te gaan visvang. Dit was weer een van daai aande wat rustig begin het en toe raak ons aan die visvang praat. Voor ons ons kon kry was die stokke gepak en was ons by die BP besig om "cheese grillers" te koop vir padkos. Dis sommer vinnig … Continue reading Theewaterskloof dam duikers

Good fishing and Great company

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You know you have trouble when you get home after a long day of fishing (or should I say trying to fish), and your three year old greets you with: "Het pappa alweer niks gevang nie... (Did you catch nothing again )!" I had the worst blanking streak in a very long time, eight straight … Continue reading Good fishing and Great company

a bro code to fish by

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What is ethics? The short Wiki answer is "moral principles that govern a person's behavior". Fishing ethics is basically a standard set of rules or do's and dont's that most of us already live by. We all benefit from the privilege of being able to fish and we should't take it for granted. It basically boils … Continue reading a bro code to fish by

Purple spotty and the crows nest

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As we sat back on our sand dune couch we reflected on the very busy morning we just had! I poured us a fresh cup of steaming black coffee from my newly acquired Isosteel flask. The one with two cups, one on top and one on the bottom. I was looking for a flask for … Continue reading Purple spotty and the crows nest

Ballie and Betty’s

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When I was about 6, me and my dad were fishing close to the Kaaimans river mouth, on the Victoria bay side at a place called "die plat bankies". I couldn't cast a multiplier and dad used to reel in, change bait and cast for me. All I had to do was hold the very heavy … Continue reading Ballie and Betty’s

When all comes together on the Breede

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I can hardly type this morning. My fingers are bruised, scratched, stiff and full of pain. To pick up a page from the printer (that's about 10 meters away) took me almost five minutes. My back is aching, my shoulders sore and I can't step onto my left foot because a Breede branch punched a … Continue reading When all comes together on the Breede

Dam(n) Smoothie

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I planned a big fishing holiday. It would start with the December Iron Ore Competition in Saldanha. Then, throughout the holiday I would target Stumpnose in Saldanha from the Peperbaai harbour wall, Elf in Langebaan and Kob and Leeries in the Berg river. Some evenings and early mornings I would even see if I could … Continue reading Dam(n) Smoothie

Die Panty Bar

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Kyk die tuin roete is mooi en al die verskillende wyn roetes in die Boland is lekker, maar nie een van hulle kan bottel vashou by die Weskus Panty Roete nie. Daar is nie offisieel so roete nie, maar daar kan net sowel wees want geen bar aan die weskus het nie 'n panty of … Continue reading Die Panty Bar

Visvang is beter as seks

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31 Redes hoekom... Jy hoef nooit jou oë toe te maak om jouself te verbeel jy vang saam met iemand anders vis nie. Die internet geskiedenis hoef nooit afgevee te word nadat jy 2 minute op ‘n visvang webtuiste was nie. Dis heel aanvaarbaarbaar om van tyd tot tyd iemand te betaal om jou bietjie … Continue reading Visvang is beter as seks

The ABC of fishing – Trip 2

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You might ask what the random "vygies" (flowers) used as the cover picture has to do with fishing. But I specifically used that picture to show that I too have a sensitive and artistic side and this blog is not all about fishing 😉 ! I took the pic on our way back from our … Continue reading The ABC of fishing – Trip 2

The ABC of fishing – Trip 1

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About 2 years ago Jacques Ackhurst organised a fishing clinic for guys that wanted to improve their skills. It involved a couple of bait presentations and we would discuss different fishing spots in the False Bay area and surroundings. At first I was reluctant to go, but me and a friend thought what the hell … Continue reading The ABC of fishing – Trip 1

Seesiek

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Oom Tolla Van Der Merwe het altyd oor seesiek gesê, aan die begin dink jy jy gaan dood, maar aan die einde, wens jy jy gaan dood. Glo my, dit kan nie beter beskryf word nie, net die blote gedagte aan die nare aktiwiteit laat my bêk suur trek. Een oomblik dink jy nog jys "fine" … Continue reading Seesiek

The fight of my life!

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We have all heard the legendary stories of the “Rietbul” (Afrikaans name for a really big Kob). The epic, almost mysterious tales of the monster Breede River Kob is the stuff of legends. Stories of hundred pounders tickles the fancy and is told next to camp fires, braais and in small coastal town bars. Of … Continue reading The fight of my life!

Weskus Woorde

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Ek sê altyd ek het leer praat aan die Suidkus en leer vloek op die Weskus. Die weskus is 'n unieke plek, daar is niks, maar tog is daar alles. Die mense maak dit, hulle lyk anders, doen goed op hul eie manier en hulle praat 'n soort taal wat jy moet hoor om te … Continue reading Weskus Woorde

Struisbaai Night Trip

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I was lying flat on my back with my head resting on a sand pillow. I couldn't sleep, I was jittery as I kept an eye on the tip of my rod. My line in the water should have been taken out hours ago, but being mister optimistic, I was hoping for one more pull. The incredible view … Continue reading Struisbaai Night Trip

Karp vang op Elandsbaai

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Julle ken mos die grap van Jan Van Der Merwe en sy vriend Koos wat gaan hengel het... Terwyl Jan besig is om aas aan te sit vra hy, "Koos het jy al gegooi?" Toe andwoord Koos, "Nee, ek soek nog die glase!" Dis mos 'n hengelaar op sy beste. 'n Visserman vang mos vis … Continue reading Karp vang op Elandsbaai

Catching Witsand Kob

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The early morning silence was broken with the high pitched screams of a Stradic 5000. It’s amazing how quickly you can forget about old rugby injuries and all of a sudden become a Olympic sprinter. I did the fifty meters towards my rod in no time at all, by almost walking on the water. My … Continue reading Catching Witsand Kob

Perdeby

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Ek sê altyd eks bang vir niks, behalwe koringkrieke, honderdpote en perdebye! Die eerste twee is net grillerig. Flippen hel, Bear Grills vreet die ander dag 'n koringkriek op Ultimate Survival. Ek weet nie hoe hy die ding nog kon vashou nie, maar toe hy hom byt, spuit die stront so groen boog. Ook maar … Continue reading Perdeby

Byname

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My matriek senior, Pieter Bok (rammetjie uitnek van Garries), het my na sy kamer toe ontbied. Sy kamermaat, Mark of, Hans Khaki (windgat engelsman van die Kaap) het my net so staan en kyk. As 'n snotkop st7 laaitie was ek maar effe senuweeagtig en het nie geweet wat om te verwag nie. Die taktiek … Continue reading Byname

Seize the moment

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As fishermen we constantly have to deal with disappointment and heartbreak. We’re disappointed when we sometimes plan for weeks on a fishing trip and then after literally counting the seconds, the day before we have to leave, the weather turns on its head. Worst is however when the conditions is perfect, the wind is blowing … Continue reading Seize the moment

Stoomtrein

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  Ek onthou my eerste steenbras soos gister. Ek kon nie veel ouer as ses gewees het nie en ons het by Swartvlei onder die N2 brug gehengel. Dit was nog voor die opgraderings destyds en jy kon sommer net daar teen die pad stop, 'n paar prawns (eks jammer maar ekt nog nooit die … Continue reading Stoomtrein

The Blue Shad

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If I think of catching elf my memory goes way back to when we lived in George. My dad used to target them at a place called “Skuins klip” between Victoria bay and “Leentjies klip”. We used to park in the Victoria bay parking area and then we walked on the railway line until we … Continue reading The Blue Shad

De Mond – Thats why!

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In April me and an old friend, Quintin decided to go down to Brandfontein and see if we can get a Steenbras. The weather was monitored from the Monday and the closer it got to the weekend the better the conditions seem to get for that Sunday. On the Saturday I had a braai with … Continue reading De Mond – Thats why!

The Grunter

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When I eventually got hold of a copy (signed nogal by both authors) of “Fishing yourself single” I couldn’t help but start reading immediately. I was into the book like a kid into a KitKat! The chapter by Craig Thomassen about his honeymoon at Wavecrest, especially, had me in stitches. I was reading it on … Continue reading The Grunter

Fishing rules (for the ladies)

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There is certain things a fisherman doesn’t want to talk about and definitely doesn’t want to hear when fishing. With the below list I’m attempting to give you some do’s and dont's, lay down some rules and generally just help you to better understand the species that is… the fisherman, of course with a humorous … Continue reading Fishing rules (for the ladies)

Steenbras – Never give up!

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We have all had those days… The day when nothing goes right… The day everything goes wrong! If you combine this with a blanking streak then fishing becomes… not so lekka! All the tranquil and out and about in nature talk goes out the window and you become a depressed fisher person. Luckily, mine ended … Continue reading Steenbras – Never give up!