Catching Squid in False Bay

We set out to go and catch some fresh Cape Hope squid as bait for the upcoming season and for a delicious meal.

In my latest Catch Cook video we set out to go and catch some fresh Cape Hope squid as bait for the upcoming season and for a delicious meal. Our day started early and we got to Harbour Island in Gordon’s Bay where we launched at around 6 am and after a short run we got to our fishing spot in front of Strand, we threw an anchor and started fishing. It wasn’t even 5 minutes before I hooked up to the first squid, we had a few double ups and a triple up on squid and also caught 3 octopus and we only fished for about 3 hours before we headed homewards with a good amount of squid. 

Here are some tips if you are planning to target Cape Hope squid:

Areas to target Squid:  Squid could be found almost everywhere in the bay at times but the areas that produce squid most of the time when they are around include; Simonstown Harbour and surrounds, Fishhoek quarry, Kalk Bay harbour, Buffelsbay and the Strand area. Further up the coast you will find them off Hermanus harbour and in Struisbaai at a spot called the Goudmyn.

Lures to use: Squid can be very temperamental and picky about what they want, one day they will want one colour and the next day they will want something else. The best colours in my opinion would be to start off with is a chrome, pink, yellow or blue but all colours work at times. It also depends what type of jig you are using for example a very detailed jig will outfish a plain looking one prawn and little fish patterns work the best. The size of the jig can also play a big role in attracting the squid and in my opinion a smaller jig  of around 6-8 cm work the best but if the bigger chokka/squid are around the normal 10cm jigs works well. Green, orange and white also works well at times.

A tip I have learnt from Jandre Neethling in our comments is to throw the flower and spice mixture into a bag and then add the rings after they have all been dipped in the egg and milk mix and in this way the kitchen remains allot cleaner!!! Thanks Jandre

Juandre Geldenhuys

The limits, size and closed season for Cape Hope squid: 

There are no size limits for the Cape Hope squid but you are only allowed to catch 20 per person per day if you have a valid fishing license. The closed season for Chokka/Cape Hope squid is from 12h noon on the 19th of October to 12h noon on the 30th of November every year.  The Cape Hope squid/chokka are currently on the Sassi green list – if caught by means of jigging.

Recipe

  • The 2 freshly caught Cape Hope squid cleaned and cut into rings
  • One egg broken into a bowl and a little bit of milk added
  • Another bowl with cake wheat flour and Southern Coating spice mixed and I also added some cajun spice for some added flavour
  • You then dip the squid rings into the egg and milk mixture and then into the flour and spice mixture (A tip I have learnt from Jandre Neethling in our comments is to throw the flower and spice mixture into a bag and then add the rings after they have all been dipped in the egg and milk mix and in this way the kitchen remains allot cleaner!!! Thanks Jandre)
  • After all this has been done you put your pan on the stove and put a good amount of canola oil in and put the stove on a medium to high heat to get the oil to the right temperature and then you add the rings and fry them for a minute on each side before taking them out and having a delicious simple meal

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