13 Desember, 2012
The southeaster livens up the bay for anglers This is the time of the year our local waters usually warm up but most boating and shore fishing is curtailed by the continuous southeast and south winds. During the weekend there were a number of small boats and kayaks that took the gap and fished inside the Poort and surrounding reefs for a few kob and geelbek. Rod men that fished off Blake’s and Harmony reefs caught a few kob and dassie. Spinner men from Blake’s beach – despite the wind – landed a few small elf and returned one or two undersized garrick (Leervis) after some hard work. These crack spinner men uses the quieter spells to get in some real practice casting. News from Simon’s Town side was that the
wind kept most professionals from going out. The only news was of one professional braving the southeaster to fish for snoek in Buffel’s bay. Only sixty fish were boated. The snoek is very scarce at the moment and it fetches R50 at the wharf. Local anglers and visitors may still experience quite a bit of southeaster the weekend. Rod anglers should concentrate on fishing at Milbay beach during the low and rising tides. Blake’s beach is ideal for two hours before high tide until two hours of drop tide. Spinning in the early morning and afternoon till dark is an excellent option. Blake’s during the evening and after dark is ideal for bait fishing for elf, kob and geelbek and the odd dassie or white stump are always about. Fresh chokka and pilchard often produce
one or two kob and geelbek if the bait is floated 10 cm from the bottom. Spinning with a multiplier reel and normal length rods, a number 10 or 22 spinner with 3/0 treble hooks, are usually successful. The use of tin spinners that are supplied and made by Steve Champion in many shapes and sizes are also excellent. These lures can be bought at Somerset Tackle at Gants Centre who also has a large range of tackle and bait available. Even rod men with an ear to the ground can experience and be surprised with the geelbek “diks” off the reefs. Locals or visi-
tors interested in a fish trip with Earl Fenwick – who is holidaying at Struisbaai where there is a run of geelbek, yellow tail and a few kob on the Agulhas bank – can contact Earl at 082 557 0639 for a fishing trip (weather permitting). It is tragic that our visitors once again have to see the dilapidated condition of our jetty. The debacle is now in its eleventh year! A positive though is the large anti-alcohol sign which seems to be having an effect. For all your reel repairs and services, phone Art on 021 854 3831. Send your fishing news and photos to email@example.com.
Downwind Junkie Jamii paddles in honour of a friend The Strand Downwind Junkies of the Strand Surf Lifesaving Club held the Daniel Conradie Memorial Surfski Race this past Saturday. Instead of the predicted southerly wind, which provides a world-class downwind paddle of 22 km from Rooi Els to Strand, the Junkies Captain Herbert Conradie opted to make use of the prevailing SE winds to set a unique course. With a Gordon’s Bay start heading towards Steenbrass Point a turning point, around the Koei & Kalf Rock, some 3 km along the cliff and then looped back to Gordon’s Bay with another turn around a rock off the Main Beach with an anticipated downwind leg to the Lifesaving Club that allowed flat water and technical wave-assisted paddling totalling 14,85 km. Navigation was tricky for the leading
Jamii Hamlin (left) received the Memo rial Trophy from Herbert Conradie. pack with Gary Cromie, pairings of PW Basson/Mynard Marais and Justin Swart/Marcel Basson in doubles that raced well beyond the turning mark. Having been forced off the lead pack Jamii Hamlin capitalised on their er-
ror to round the mussel covered rock first, pausing briefly with the pursuit bunch in an attempt to call back the AWOL paddlers, but once Daantjie Malan, Stefan du Toit and doubles Greg Schrenier/Johan van Rooyen rounded the rock the race was back on. The backline reefs off Greenways and the Poort provide a great opportunity for paddlers to gain advantage and Jamii unsighted of the others used his wave knowledge to cross the line victorious in 1:13:54 averaging 12 km/h. The prize giving was sponsored by Kyle Mahood of Southern Swells. Jamii said: “I never knew Daniel but if he was anything like Herbert he must be a true champion! I feel honoured to be holding this trophy in his memory and wish to dedicate my paddle today to Taryn Pratt who past away last weekend.
BIELIE UITGETREK: Strandinwoner Jaco Viljoen, ’n 0.16 en 0.21 WPhengelspanlid, het verlede Donderdag omstreeks 20:45 dié gevlekte haai by die Strandjetty gevang. Die haai is gemerk en terug in die see gegooi. Jaco sal in Januarie 2013 die WPspan by die Nasiona le Kampioenskap in KwazuluNatal verteenwoordig. Mense wat sy reis kan borg kan sy pa, Johan Viljoen, by 084 869 1126 bel. FOTO: DONOVAN POOLE
BOLAND GYMNASTS SHINE: The SA Gymnastics Champi onships were held in Gauteng in September, and was repre sented by all the top gymnasts in each province. Rhythmic gymnasts from Schick Rhythmic Gymnastics Club in Gordon’s Bay, representing Boland, once again proved they are top in their league. Thirteen of the gymnasts returned home with a total of 27 medals. Level 4 gymnast, Sune du Plooy, was cho sen to represent the SA Federation Team, to compete at the Zone 6 Competition. Coach, Nikki Van der Westhuizen, was again awarded with a trophy for the best level 7 coach in SA, for the second year in a row (contact her on 079 5091 012). Here are (from back left) Sune du Plooy (level 4 u.11, 3rd overall, 2 bronze medals), Zara Fourie (level 4 u.11, 12th), Danielle de Villiers (level 6 u.13, 4th overall, 1 gold, 1 bronze), Nikki van der Westhuizen, Sharyn van der Walt ( level 7 u.13, 2nd overall, 1 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze), Bianca Habets (level 5 u.11, 9th overall, 1 gold) and Jana Pienaar (level 5 u.11, 10th overall). Front: Jordyn Smit (level 5 u.11, 8th overall, 1 silver), Lauren Bennell (level 4 u.9, 6th overall, 1 silver), Mikaela Eyre ( level 7 u.11, 1st overall, 3 gold, 2 silver), Nadia Habets (level 4 u.9, 1st overall, 2 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze) and Melissa Bennell (level 4 u.11, 28th overall). In set left: Savannah Petersen (level 8 u.15, 12th overall); right: Caitlin Beukes (level 8 u.15, 4th overall, 1 gold, 1 bronze).