Man vs Seals

It was one of those fishing days that will go down in the history books for me.

I had a look at the weather to make weekend fishing plans and the Saturday was looking perfect, sunny, no wind, and flat seas with a nice water temperature. The excitement was starting to flow on the kayak fishing whatsapp groups as this was going to be the day where everyone was going to get a fish.

Fishing off Cape Town, 3 Anchor Bay catching Bonito, the conditions were all lined up for an epic session. Friday night everything was packed and ready and Saturday morning saw the early birds getting all the parking which resulted in me having a bit of a late start.  As usual the mist out at sea was a scary factor to some but not for me as I was armed with a GPS fish finder and knew that it would clear as the day went. I decided to paddle in the direction of Robben Island and the birds were diving for bait fish. I was using a Daiwa BG5000 Magseal loaded with 30 pound J braid, and a Daiwa Exceller spinning rod. The trace was a daisy chain rig with 2 x pink Yamasheta skirts and Halco lures. My trusted Kaskazi kayak is super stable and perfect in this type of fishing conditions.

It was one of those fishing days that will go down in the history books for me.

Anand Naicker

We just followed the birds and kept getting fish, at times when I went over the shoal I would hook up 3 fish on the one trace and both my rods would go on. The menacing seals were a surprise and they would come and steal the fish off the hook, they stole 4 of my fish but I still managed to catch my quota. They are so clever as they would only grab the fish far away from the lure and rip it to pieces with a violent thrashing movement thus breaking the fish behind the head, leaving you with just the head. There were a few hair raising moments where the seals almost attacked me but with a little bit of aggression from my side, they were scared off. It was one of those fishing days that will go down in the history books for me. Bonito are pelagic and are not under threat. All in all it was an epic day, going to eat one or two and the rest will be used for bait.

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