Squid Catching

Seeing that my crew consisted of girls, it was no easy task at convincing them to get out of bed this early in the morning.

On Saturday the 25th January 2020 we had the privilege as a family, to go catch chokka in False Bay launching from Miller’s Point. We ventured out early that morning, leaving home at 4am. Seeing that my crew consisted of girls, it was no easy task at convincing them to get out of bed this early in the morning. It gives me great pleasure to be able to share my passion with my lovely wife and daughters.

The excitement on the boat was uncontainable and it was chaos.

Tyrone KleInjan

Arriving at the launch sight we were the first to launch and it was still dark. There was no wind and it was extremely misty. We drove to the chokka grounds which is just off the quarry in Simons town and made an anchor there. The chokka jigs were in the water within seconds of throwing the anchor as the excitement was just too much. The chokka jigs weren’t even in the water for 2 minutes when my eldest daughter, Tamara (12), caught her first chokka. Of course, she was over the moon and made it very clear that she had indeed caught the first chokka of the day. Next on was my wife Tracey with a nice chokka followed by my youngest daughter, Jessica (8). By this stage dad didn’t even have a line in the water.

The excitement on the boat was uncontainable and it was chaos. Chokka jigs were flying through the air and I was most concerned that chokka wasn’t going to be the only thing that got caught that day. We had a lovely morning all in all and managed to get a quota within the hour. Needless to say, everyone passed out as soon as we left the slipway, except the skipper/driver who happened to be dad. We proceeded to clean the boat and prepare the chokka once we had arrived home. The biggest chokka of the day was caught by dad and was an all-time record of 1.1kgs. We had the privilege of speeding the evening with Searle Derman and his family at our house. We prepared the chokka and cooked it on the braai with a special lemon, garlic and apricot sauce. We had lots of fun preparing the chokka and enjoyed eating it. We can’t wait to venture out and to go do this again as a family, on the new Assassin.

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