Struisbaai... Cape Agulhas to Suiderstrand

Fishing spots and fish to catch from Cape Agulhas to Suiderstrand. Part 2

Spookdraai

Parking at the ‘Welcome to Cape Agulhas” sign you walk back down the road for about 100m to a pathway down to a rocky beach. After a few days of the South Easterly wind the water turns brown and schools of Silver Cob come to hide in the bay. A well presented Sardine and Chokka combo normally does the trick. Other species I have caught here include; Blacktail, Bronze Bream, Zebra, Belman and Shad. Spotted Gully and smaller Shysharks also occur in this area.

During an interclub round, I caught 3 Cob in four casts here, weighing 7.5kg, 2.5kg and 1.5kg. I lost a fourth fish when the hook pulled as I lifted it onto the rocks unfortunately. My fishing partner didn’t get a bite, but a few comps later we ended up at the spot again and this time he landed a 16kg Cob right under my nose.

Geelkransies

To the left of Spookdraai is a shelf of rock about 2m above the water. This spot regularly produces good catches of Cob and Shad during high tide. When the tide drops anglers climb down the shelf and wade out onto the reefs that start to open up. The area is very foul and should be attempted by more than one angler as you could easily twist an ankle while wading these submerged reefs.

Stinkbaai

Before you reach the business centre of Cape Agulhas, you find a small rocky bay with a long reef running to the left. During pushing tide with a strong South Easterly wind color is pushed into the bay and good catches of Cob and Shad are made. Cow Sharks frequent this bay and can become a pest when the angler is looking for an edible. Spotted Gully Sharks as well as Hound Sharks are also caught early morning and late afternoon on well presented Mullet head or Chokka baits.

Brandewyn Bankies

An easily accessible fishing spot for novice or professional anglers alike. Take the first turn off left as you drive into Agulhas and then left onto a gravel road. About 400m further you park at an old water trough and the spot is on your right. Species to target here include Cob and Shad when the water is dirty and for the shark anglers regular catches of Raggies, Cows, Spotties and Hounds are made here. Some unfortunate angler often hooks one of those black rays that take you on a magic carpet ride that ends in tears. Use heavy tackle here in any tide.

This is good spot in strong seas as it’s very protected and sheltered from big waves and strong winds.

Weerstasie

When you follow the coastal road from Brandewynbankies, you will pass a small tidal pool on your left. On the point is a small green building that was used during the Second World War as a Signal Station. The reefs are very foul here but good amounts of Galjoen are caught here every season. White Musselcracker are often hooked between the Galjoen. Make sure you use heavy gear and strong hooks. Best baits are “rotten Redbait” and White Mussel. Red Crab can be used to target the Musselcracker.

Tidal Pools

Situated to the left of the lighthouse, these two pools, perfect for swimming and hold some good reef fish. Best fished in strong seas and at high tide with Red Bait and White Mussel for fish like Galjoen, Blacktail, Zebra and Mussel Cracker. Short casts with light rods and a light ball sinker on a running trace works the best. I once caught two John Brown (37 & 38cm fork length) at this spot. It was my first time to land these amazing looking fish.

Lighthouse Point

Situated right in front of the lighthouse, this point forms a picturesque headland with great fishing on both sides. Hound and Spotted Gully Sharks are frequently caught on the left of the point with big Ragged Tooth Sharks and Bronze Whalers also coming out once in a while. Big Shad and Cob are also caught when the sea turns a brown colour. On the right and front of the point is a great area for catching Galjoen, Hottentot and Mussel Cracker. The area is foul so make sure you use heavy fishing gear and take enough sinkers along.

Lighthouse Point to the Wreck

This very rocky area is well known for Galjoen and every season a few beautiful fish of over 4kg are landed here. Galjoen frequent areas where the water is constantly working. Working water means waves are constantly breaking against or over a submerged reef. Place your matured Redbait, Wonder Worm or White Mussel as close as possible to these foaming areas and be ready for the bite. Make sure you don’t spend too much time on one spot. If you don’t get a bite within 10 – 15 minutes, re-bait and cast in a different area. Don’t be afraid to drop the bait in close as the Galjoen feed in really shallow water. Use strong hooks when targeting Galjoen as your bait is often picked up by White Musselcracker and they will test your gear to the utmost. Hook sizes vary from 1/0 – 3/0 with a strong trace line. Make sure you use a weak sinker trace and for extra security make a knot in the sinker trace to make sure it breaks if it gets stuck with a fish on your hook.

Onderwysersklip

A flat rock situated about 200m to the right of the wreck only accessible during low tide. Many an over eager angler has had to swim back to the beach when the fish are biting and they don’t notice the rising tide. When the water turns an off color grey or pea soup brown the early bird anglers are set upon this spot to catch Silver Cob.

Best baits here are Sardine and Chokka combo baits or Pike. Remember to place a small piece of foam in your bait to lift it off the bottom and give it some movement. Often these Cob anglers hook Spotted Gully Sharks resulting in some good fights.

Die Rasper

Before you reach Suiderstrand there is a parking area to your left with a wooden pathway between the Fynbos to the beach. During low tide the bay has round rocks that lead to a point a few hundred meters into the sea. As the name suggests the rocks are like a grater. Make sure to use heavy leaders and take plenty of sinkers along. When you reach the point, deeper water is found too your left and right. Fish to target here are Cob when the water is dirty or Galjoen, White Musselcracker, Hottentot and other reef fish in the foamy areas.

During winter I was combing these reefs for some Galjoen when I saw a good working piece of water quite far out. Fishing far from my box I had broken off and just tied my sinker to a loop onto the bottom hook of my double hook trace. Redbait on the one and prawn on the other I waded into the water to get close enough to the working reef. It wasn’t even 5 minutes when my rod was pulled flat and braid started screaming off my grinder. Just as I turned the fish the sinker and bottom trace gets stuck. With no other choice I decided to swim the reef and get my sinker loose, as I got to the reef this beautiful silver flash greeted me and I quickly waded over and grabbed it by the tail. My other hand grabbed the bottom trace and with a hard yank I open the hook. Wanting to tag this beautiful cracker I decided to swim back with the fish before I put it back into its watery realm. It was a lovely feeling seeing these beautiful fish swim away.

High tide is perfect for fishing from the beach just as you get off the wooden walkway. A really safe area for kids and elderly alike, light tackle and small hooks will provide hours of fun.

Suiderstrand

Turning off onto a tarred section of road you enter the small settlement called Suiderstrand. This very laid back and relaxed settlement has no shops and leads to a dead end at the Cape Agulhas National Park Gate. There is a large parking area in the centre of the settlement and from there you can walk either to your left or right. The bay is best fished at high tide early in the morning or late afternoon with Prawn, White Mussel, Redbait, Sardine and Chokka. When the water has a milky or brown colour large shoals of Silver Cob and Shad enter the bay. These shoals often consist of young fish – most being undersized. Keeping these fish will lead to a fine as San Parks often patrol this area and fines are often given.

Vlei se bank

Situated about 400m to the right of the parking the rocky reefs are exposed during low tide, forming a deep drop off in front of them. Cob, Shad, Cow- and Ragged Tooth Sharks can be caught here. A short cast with a Sardine and Chokka combo bait often does the trick.

I recall a day fishing between a group of anglers on Vlei se bank. The fishing was slow. I made a small Chokka bait and as I cast, an over wind occurred landing my bait a few meters away from the drop off. Whilst taking out the over wind I was floored by a fish. I struck and started reeling in a small Cob of 48cm. I suddenly realised that we were casting over the fish. I started casting my bait out and  as I walked back to the rocks, I decided to pull it closer. In quick succession I landed two Hound Sharks and a small Short Tail Black Stingray. After the second fish the other anglers crowded around my bait box to see what I was doing differently. Only when another angler made an over wind did they realise what the trick was.

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