Cape Point Nature Reserve.
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.
Predicting where the fish would be is nearly impossible. Best would be to consult the whatsapp groups and local boat clubs to confirm where fish came out. They move around a lot. One day you catch them in front of the slip the next all the way out at the south west reefs (14km out)
With point the most important thing to consider is the weather. If you are inexperienced make sure you go with someone experienced. Going around the point at the lighthouse is a rough section and you need to keep calm and paddle. This section in the wrong weather conditions could be very dangerous. Make sure you ask for someone to join before you tackle this. The bay is typically a lot smoother than outside the point, don’t be fooled to think the water on the other side will be as smooth, it almost never is.
Another important point is distance, if you are going to target fish in some of these areas you need to be aware that you require some fitness as you will be paddling quite the distance. Sometimes 15-25km there and back. Just to the point is about 7km.
Biggest word of caution is wind. If the wind turn on you things could get ugly. Be sure to check and double check predictions. Even these could be wrong so make sure you stay aware, being caught out outside point with a Northern wind will not be fun… you paddle agains the wind back.
Launch Sites, most guys go to Buffels Bay and launch from there. Marked in the map as 1. This is the easiest spot as there is a tidal pool and boat ramp to break any waves should there be a bit of a swell. The second option would be platboom, this is a surf launch so make sure you pick your day wisely. This spot is however very close to South West reefs where a very popular spot.
Right to get to the fishing spots. First… this is where you could get tail to Katonkel. Yes this is almost everywhere but yes that’s why its important to listen to the news.
If you’d like to get some chokka, this is roughly where they are mostly found at point.
If you want to catch hotties they are almost all over. I’ve caught the biggest ones in the circled area
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.
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.
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.
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