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Year 2 • Dinsdag 3 Julie 2012 | Tel. 028 312 3717
Look after your tackle and it won’t let you down SO often after fishing from sunrise to sunset an angler returns home tired – and if it was a good day still has to clean the fish. It’s then a real chore to clean and pack away the tackle. Wetsuits must be sprayed down and hung up to drain and dry, the bait box must be cleaned, and the rod and reel also properly washed down and dried. The common practice of spraying the reel down with a pressure hose is not a good idea as it forces the water onto the bearings and inside the reel, even when the drag is tightened. Some anglers prefer to dip the reel into hot water to clean the salt water from it. This is also not advised. In my opinion the best thing to do with the reel after a day of fishing is remove it from the rod and then wipe it down with a clean, damp cloth, then dry it off and spray some lubricant onto it. While doing this it is not a bad idea to gently wash the rod under fresh running water and dry it off to remove the salt residue that can build up on the rod. Before spraying lubricant onto the reel,
loosen the drag and then place the reel somewhere safely to dry. One so often sees rods and reels just hung up on a rack or leaned against the wall after a day of fishing, which causes corrosion and leaves a green deposit on the reel. If left for a long time, this can destroy the reel and even lift the chrome plating off it. Really good practice is, after every second outing, to remove the outer side-plate of the
reel or open the reel up and lubricate all the spool bearings. Even pour a drop of oil into the spindle hole and give the mechanism a few turns, adding a touch of grease to the spool shaft, before replacing the side plate. After doing this the star drag must be loosened completely, the reel turned upside down and the cavity filled with a few drops of oil. Then it must be turned upwards so that the oil in the cavity can run down the shaft onto the outside shaft bearing, which is assisted by a few turns of the handle. The reel can be left on a newspaper to let the excess oil drain; it can be wiped off the next morning before storage. Always store the reel with the drag completely loosened. When buying a new reel, it is a good idea to keep the accompanying brochures and diagrams if you have time to service your own reels. This is not as daunting as it sounds – if the reel is slowly dismantled and the parts carefully placed in small trays so that each can be reassembled in the correct sequence according to the exploded view of the reel on the diagram supplied. If you really get stuck with the reel I will always be prepared to help you, and so will
the staff at the fishing section at Somerset Sport at Somerset Mall. Due the stormy winter weather, there is not much fishing news available locally. Earl Fenwick, who spent a weekend at Struisbaai, mentioned that five of the professional 10-men boats out during the weekend only had three “bakke” of silver fish and red Romans after 10 hours of fishing on Saturday. I received an interesting call from Somerset West resident Lourens Kruger wishing to know if I or anyone else had any sightings of the clawless otter in the Gordon’s Bay area during the past weekend. He told me he had seen a group of clawless otter parents and a pup near Nun’s Pool at Gordon’s Bay on Saturday. One of the angling groups nearby fed the little otter by throwing it a small fish, which it immediately ate. Otters are also often seen in the old harbour in Gordon’s Bay, and at buoy 15. I’ve seen them while fishing in Kogel Bay at sunset, and twice had the fortune of seeing them run past me along the beach. For all your reel repairs and services, contact Art on 0 021 854 3831. Send your fishing news and photos to 2 email@example.com.
Wie skrik nou vir ’n ou Kaapse stormpie? CAROL MOSTERT The forecast predicted “mild northwester with a 60% chance of rain”. Being in the land of the Stormers, we cyclists welcome the challenge of a little rain and wind. So, recently, with the early morning light still fresh in the sky (about 09:00), three lycra clad cyclists left Die Stoor in Kleinmond for a three-day self-supported cycle tour. Carrying their tents, sleeping bags, food, red wine, other stuff and cooking gear. The downwind going on Day 1 to the immaculate Onrus caravan park was easy. “The exhilaration of being outdoors, on a bicycle, in the Overberg is sadly understated,” said Braam. “There is no other way to really experience the smells of nature”. “Pity,” said Roger “that the smells of nature are diluted with obnoxious vehicle fumes”. At the Onrus camp we met Hester, Johan and their children. We all reminisced about our cycling experiences and then shared an early fire as the predicted foul weather started moving in. We had some fine lamb and wors, washed down with some of the Cape’s best. As the cold front was approaching slowly, we could warm ourselves at the fire till late before the heavens opened. Snug in our sleeping bags, we were entertained by the drumming of the rain on our tents. Saterdagoggend word in die reën opgepak. Twee fietsryvriende (wat naamloos sal bly), wat Dag 2 saam sou ry Tesselaarsdal toe, sluit by die drie nat Kleinmonders aan. “Is julle bedot?” wil hulle weet. “Die ligte wind
met 60% reën is opgradeer na stormsterk wind met 100% kans vir reën en julle wil steeds die Hemelen-Aarde-pad ry?” “Kom mense,” sê Braam, “ons gaan hou vergadering in die Coffee Shop hier anderkant en dan bespreek ons strategie.” Die spannetjie besluit hulle het drie opsies – ry verder Tesselaarsdal toe, bly in Onrus vir die dag of ry terug Kleinmond toe. Die warm en geurige koffie toets die fiets- Roger Page, Carol Mostert en Braam le Roux. ryers se vasberadenheid om die toer te voltooi. Ná die voor- en halwe toer was steeds beter as om voor die nadele van die opsies goed in die warm win- TV te lê en rugby kyk. Sal hulle dit weer kel deurtrap is, wen “common sense” en be- doen? “JA beslis!” kom dit uit een mond. sluit die groep om terug te ry Kleinmond toe. The weekend of 4 and 5 August we are do“You know,” says Roger, “it is unbelieva- ing it again (in sunshine, promise!). This ble the way a road can change when you cy- time we are going to camp in the wonderful cle the one way with the breeze at your back biosphere at Kogel Bay camping site on the and then return into a hurricane. Going False Bay coast, between Gordon’s Bay and back we never even noticed the ‘smells of Kleinmond. Friends and family are welcome nature’ – as Braam refers to the smell of wet to join us for a break away. We will provide fynbos – nor were we aware of anything oth- warm showers, a bon fire and braai-grid. er than the damn wind and rain in our faces. For more information please contact CarBut it was still memorable.” ol on 079 314 4368 or email kleinmondfietsTerug in Kleinmond het die drie gaan firstname.lastname@example.org. stort, warm aangetrek en saamgestem die Laat die kettings kraak!
Roger busy with his tent at Onrus.
Kleinmond Gazette 3 July 2012