Our on-line magazine which is geared towards the outdoorsman, that being the avid angler, hunter and forager

Welcome back to the 9th edition of catchcook.com

In my last editor’s note I explained to you the mechanics of our on-line magazine which is geared towards the outdoorsman, that being the avid angler, hunter and forager and we cross pollinate the read with the latest fishing products to reach the retail stores as well as to give you some mouth- watering recipes.

In the March edition, the focus was on saltwater fishing as well as exotic destinations, and one of the articles harped on the wheelchair angler, however in edition 9 I am following on with another wheelchair article where I chat to Heinrich van der Mescht, who from a young age was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and left him with a disability and wheelchair bound but although being in a wheelchair he has always been passionate about fishing even owning and skippering his own boats at the Breede River and we present his story.

With the tuna gods answering both the commercial and charter operator’s prayers we bring you local news from the Cape waters, as well as an update on the West Coast gangsta – the Cape snoek, which came on the bite off Lamberts Bay. Moving farther afield we turn our attention to Mulloway Charters who have supplied us with amazing footage and literature from the Breede River. From the quaint fishing village of Struisbaai to the scenic town of Knysna we bring you the fisherman’s wife survival guide to the Knysna lagoon – we bring you a woman’s perspective in fishing.

As we bring you the best of angling in all facets, we have put together a powerful read and to captivate the audience in this edition we have articles coming out of Kwazulu Natal – Catching Marlin off a jet ski and from East London going off-shore, but to put a spin on our on-line magazine we will be focusing on fishing guides based in South Africa on a monthly basis giving them the well-deserved exposure they require in these unforeseen times.

To end off this editions read, we bring you a mouthwatering foraging article from the beautiful Elgin valley where we explore the art of harvesting mushrooms between the groves off apple trees, armed with only a pocket knife, toothbrush and a woven basket.

If you are keen to stand a chance in winning a sublimated shirt and having your story published as a headline article, send me your article on fishing, hunting and foraging, compliment it with either Go Pro or cell phone footage to lynton@catchcook.com

If you are a Netflix subscriber, please take the time to watch the documentary called Seaspiracy which takes viewers on a voyage around the world rooting out the many causes of ocean life decimation as well as the indictment of commercial fishing, this whistleblower documentary is stunning, tragic, emotional and difficult to watch.

Always remember, protecting our environment is a key factor in conservation and sustainability, so please practice the ethos of, limiting your catch, don’t catch your limit, save our seas and environment for the generations to follow.

Yours in outdoor life.

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