Be the ultimate Primal Provider: Master the outdoors

This article is the best of what we’ve learnt

The past year, here at Catch Cook, we’ve learned from friends, the best local and international Primal Providers and from some of the most dedicated competitive fishers, foragers, spearfishers and hunters across the country. Put all that knowledge and wisdom together, and we have many ways to do a tackle set up and know the best locations to make a catch. This article is the best of what we’ve learnt from them and this is what all Primal Provider’s should do with such knowledge and wisdom: pass it on.

  • Always keep learning We started Catch Cook because, the truth is you can never know it all, and you’re never as good as you could be. You’ll pick up a new knot from a new fishing buddy, or try a hunting blind building hack you saw on Youtube. You will make mistakes, so take every opportunity to learn a little bit here, a little bit there, to ask questions, to read more guide books and watch the Catch Cook channel. Lastly, share your knowledge, teach others to respect nature, observe catch limits, open and closed seasons and learn about the environment and keep beaches clean.
  • Keep catching I have never caught a springbok with my bow and arrow in its bag or a Kob with my line out of the water. You need to practice until it is second nature, that’s the only one way to truly get better. So take time to practice your knots, baiting technique, traces, to cast your line, target the bull’s eye with your bow and arrow or identify edible and non edible fungi species. As you practice, try first for accuracy until you have mastered it. All that time spent practicing makes it more worth it.
  • Wake Up Earlier Even though I love to hunt, fish and forage, I hate getting up. Over the years, I’ve learned to get up 20 minutes earlier, and I get to stay in the water 20 minutes longer. The missed winks are more than made up for by not having to rush to get to the harbour or to get settled in my blind before a hunt. And that last 20 minutes are equal to 1200 seconds—1200 extra chances for something amazing to happen.

So gear up, go out, enjoy and remember – limit you catch, don't catch your limit!.

  • Take no trip for granted We spent over 60 days in lockdown before we could go out for a catch. Now that we’re back in action, the one thing I learnt in that time away from my rod was – don’t ever forget that it’s a privilege! During my time in lockdown, I realised just how lucky I am to have the privilege to be where I am. To be able to pick which fishing or hunting locations I want to go and how to get there — it’s not an opportunity everyone is afforded. And I don’t take my outdoor privilege for granted: I pick up litter at the beaches I fish at and respect the local wildlife.
  • Limit you catch, don’t catch your limit! The golden rule is to only ever take what you need! Overfishing, over-hunting and over-picking are not sustainable and it’s important to leave plenty behind for wildlife, for others to enjoy and for you to come back to. The conservation of species and their habitats is important in order to maintain healthy wildlife species and to restore, protect and enhance natural ecosystems.
  • Eat it now Don’t save your springbok or fish for later, for a special occasion or for someone else. Braai your springbok steak or fry your kob right now, while everything still has that earthy flavour.
  • When the party’s over Noone likes the drive home after a rewarding and fun fishing, foraging or hunting adventure. You can use that time to wisely plan your next trip, have the next outdoor trip planned out by the time you’re home. Because nothing makes unpacking your gear go down easier than the promise of the next trip to come.

So gear up, go out, enjoy and remember – limit you catch, don’t catch your limit!.

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