CAPE POINT

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Cape Point Nature Reserve.

Activity card

Buying a fishing activity card at a Cape tourism office will help you save money on entry fees.

Depending on which activity card you get it will allow you access for multiple entries at a much lower cost. Make sure the wildcard has fishing included!Launching takes place off buffels baai slip in the reserve.you will also need to take your normal fishing license in case the parks board asks u for it. (click here for more info about Wildcard)

The most common fish caught inside Buffels  Baai and around Cape Point are yellowtail,  Katonkel, Snoek, Red Roman,Bronze Bream,Chokka and on occasion Geelbeck and Yellowfin. There are others but we are going to focus on what most kayak fisherman are targeting here nowadays.

Area mostly fished  at Cape Point is marked in the picture  below. Buffels Baai slip is located very close to  the same spot as indicated in this pic (red pin drop – Buffels Bay Beach)

Most often fished area seen in white

Yellowtail (kingfish)
Good time of year to catch YT at Cape point is from December through to April.Pound for pound the yellowtail is right up there with the strongest fighting (edible fish) in the Cape. It’s No wonder us kayak fisherman never get tired of catching them.

Yellowtail can be caught either trolling, spinning, jigging or using bait.Everyone has their personal preferences when it comes to tackle so here is an indication of what is needed. You can then select your brand preference to match to your taste and pocket.

All the rods should be able to fit inside your kayak if need be. So between between 5.5-7ft is good. Most use 3-4 rods when kayak fishing. 2 trolling rods and one or 2 Rods for either spinning or jigging. It’s better to use a longer rod for spinning. Helps get more distance when casting.

How to set your traces up is also personal preference.

Take a look  at this link,  everything you need to know is very well explained.(Catching Yellowtail)

Take a look at the Kayakfish video section to see it done live and also how to cast for them.  Casting for Yellowtail

Also consider social media or a kayak chat group and see what and how others are setting their equipment up. See if anyone is maybe selling something suitable.

Launching site at Buffels Baai in the Cape Point reserve

Snoek

Snoek can sometimes be caught all year but best months usually June – September .

Catching Snoek

Like Yellowtail they can be caught either trawling, spinning, jigging or using bait.

Its quite simple just follow this link for everything you need to know on how to catch them.  Catching Snoek

NB! They have very sharp teeth!! Make sure you know more or less how to land one of them and break its neck. Ask a fellow fisherman to help you.

 

Katonkel (Oceanic Tuna)

This has to be the most hungry fish in the sea always.

If these guys are around they cannot leave a lure. Their small razor sharp teeth make light work of most nonmetallic lures.

Catching katonkel

Is probably the easiest fish to catch ” if they are around” Caught by trawling and spinning mostly.

Can use the same tackle as for the Yellowtail. Methods mostly the same too.

Thats it you are armed with some of the best techniques ever used to catch these fish. 💪

 

MOST IMPORTANT!! DONT FORGET!!

  • Make sure u don’t paddle alone. (There are plenty whats app groups to find a paddling buddy) – get hold of us if u would like to added to them.
  • always use  life jacket
  • Double check weather forecast  before u go out. 
  • Make sure someone knows where and when u are going out and time expected back more or less.
  • Know  your paddling fitness and when to call it time-out should weather take a turns for the worse.
  • Make sure you have an anchor long enough to deploy and wait for help if wind picks up unexpectedly.
  • Mobile phone is always good to have but reception at Cape point and further off shore in places is not always guaranteed.
  • Take liquid and snacks.