Dam(n) Smoothie

Dam(n) Smoothie

Postby blikkiesvis » Thu Jan 14, 2016 8:10 am

Hi guys, just a quick report on a couple of Smoothies I caught over the holiday. For more pics and other stories visit: http://www.blikkiesvis.wordpress.com

I planned a big fishing holiday. It would start with the December Iron Ore Competition in Saldanha. Then, throughout the holiday I would target Stumpnose in Saldanha from the Peperbaai harbour wall, Elf in Langebaan and Kob and Leeries in the Berg river. Some evenings and early mornings I would even see if I could get stuck into some Kobbies at Jacobsbaai. If I had time left I would drive up to Die Lapa at Dwarskersbos and try to get some of those flat fish on light tackle.

In the end, for the whole holiday I spend a total of 6 hours next to the water fishing. In no particular order, beer, braai, family & friends, krismis lunch, trifle and afternoon naps all seemed to interfere with my plans and I succumbed to all the pressure!

The December Iron Ore Comp was on the first Saturday of my holiday. In December 2014 I took some shots when a fellow angler gave me a proper hiding with live mullet. On that particular day I was throwing all the lures I had but only managed to get big fish following my lures and then turning away at my feet. It was a very frustrating experience. This time however I was prepared and wasn't going to be outdone!

I was awake by 2:00 and at the water by 2:30. With my first throw I had a net full of live mullet and was off to the gate to register. I couldn't wait to get stuck into a Shad or a Leerie and in my mind I was already standing with a bent rod and a screaming reel. We were allowed entrance just before 6:00 and I was off to my favourite spot, the inside of "Die Dam". I hooked a livie through the top lip and flipped him into the water. I took a wide legged stance and prepared myself because the water would explode as a predator hit my bait, any second now...

Two hours later and nothing! It was strange, conditions seemed perfect but no fish was hungry enough to have a nibble, that's fishing for you. I later moved to another spot to see if I couldn't maybe get a Steenbras or a Stumpnose, it was a Stumpnose competition after all. So I changed one rod and baited up with prawn but persisted with a livie on the other rod.

No one was catching fish. Apart from the odd lonesome Stumpnose and Das nothing was going on. I reeled in the prawn just to see it was still untouched. I considered quieting and going home when my livie rod bent over. The fish was strong and gave me a proper pull. He took some line and then swerved back quickly with superior speed. I was convinced that it was a Leerie just because of the speed the fish had. To my surprise it turned out to be a 141cm Smooth Hound. Not my target species but at least I had some action. I re(live)baited and dropped the mullet not more that 10 meters from the side.

As I walked back I heard my reel screaming again. From the moment I picked up the Penn Regiment 10ft I knew this fish was bigger and I was in for a serious tug. He must have ran at least 100m off my Stradic 5000 FK when I decided to start running after him as well. I was afraid I might get spooled. The Regiment & Stradic is my new setup and I couldn't have asked for a better fish to test it to its limit.

I had an idea that this might be another Smoothie so I tightened the drag further and hoped that my leader knot stayed intact. The drag didn't bother this baby one bit and she just ran even harder. There is no better feeling, that feeling when "something" starts running and you think it should be tiring and then it goes into another gear and line starts peeling even faster. All I could do was give a nervous giggle.

It took me at least 15 minutes before I could confirm my suspicions. The fish just showed itself for a brief second before taking line again. She got close and tried to cut me off on the numerous oyster beds that sits right at drop off. I had to go and stand right on top of one of these beds just to have enough height on the fish. I thought I had her won more than a dozen times but every time she just took of again. I don't target sharks at all and I don't have any experience catching them, but this thing was just unbelievable. The fight can probably best be summed up as, majestic brutality. I have read that Smoothies are pound for pound one of the best fighters you get. Well, I can now confirm that it's true!

Probably 20-25 minutes later a fellow fisherman grabbed her and picked her up before passing her on to me. Picking up is one thing but holding on is a total different thing. They spin and try and wriggle their way out of your grip and believe me they are strong. I got Smoothie rash on both arms and legs. I carried her to the bakkie to measure, don't know if I was just tired but wow she felt really heavy. She measured 172cm. What a fantastic fight and fantastic fish! After a quick pic she was tagged and released her back into the lagoon.

(When taking photos I picked up the fish by the tail. I was advised that this could hurt them and that it is better to rather offer some support in the middle so all the weights isn't on one point. Luckily both fish swam away strong.)

Have a good 2016 guys and tight lines!


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Re: Dam(n) Smoothie

Postby GeeTay » Thu Jan 14, 2016 9:36 am

Lekker story Blikkies - well done!

How do you get to fish that dam - I thought it was strictly out of bounds?
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Re: Dam(n) Smoothie

Postby Miles » Thu Jan 14, 2016 9:49 am

GeeTay, i've spent many weekends fishing that dam for steenbras in my younger days! Place was infested with bloodworm and we would often drive down from Cape Town just to pump our bloodworms there. Unfortunately, they closed down access to the Dam a few years back.......

What however does happen, is that the Portnet Angling Club has a few open day competitions during the year. On these days, if you enter the competition, you're allowed access to PORTNET, which in turn gives you access to the DAM.

In the past, there were a few access roads to the Dam itself. One was close to the Gate at Portnet. The other came in via a sandy 4x4 track from Club Mykonos side. Must actually make an effort one day and see whether one can still come in from that side.......
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Re: Dam(n) Smoothie

Postby André » Thu Jan 14, 2016 10:18 am

Miles wrote: The other came in via a sandy 4x4 track from Club Mykonos side. Must actually make an effort one day and see whether one can still come in from that side.......

Ek gaan saam!!! :lol:
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Re: Dam(n) Smoothie

Postby Breads » Thu Jan 14, 2016 10:51 am

lekker report blikkies!
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Re: Dam(n) Smoothie

Postby Johannes van die See » Thu Jan 14, 2016 3:03 pm

Die dam is steeds off limits, jys net gelukkig as sekeriteid jou nie kom weg jaag nie.
Om tot daar te ry is nou onmoontlik, ver stap is maar al wat oor bly.
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Re: Dam(n) Smoothie

Postby theFishin'Magician » Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:13 pm

shot ou...

you seem to know that area quite well.

Where In Saldahna is a there place safe to take my son to go catch Stumpies?

He has progressed from Klipvis, to Carp to Haarders.. so time to take him to get something worth taking home to eat. (ok Yes i admit.. the haarders were lekker eating)

We have a house in Jacobsbaai so don't want to trek to langebaan to get there and then the "i want to go home" whine develops with his older sister.
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Re: Dam(n) Smoothie

Postby Johannes van die See » Thu Jan 14, 2016 5:46 pm

Saldanha has quite a few places to go for Stumpnose, starting from the breakwall towards Marcus Island, find a nice spot anywhere on the bay side towards the mussel floats.
PortNets bay where the white anchor is is also a good stump fishing area, then there is Pedro's restaurant, at the commercial slipway and parking area.
In front of Protea Hotel and Hotjiesbaai Hotel you will also be able to land a few young stump.

As you move along the beach towards the Iron Ore jetty, past Dial Rock there is a very old wreck on the beach, we've caught some nice stump there as well.

Live mud or sand prawn is always the best bait for stump, but black and white mussel works just as well, and if you know where to find some mussel worm you'll be sure the catch something.

Tight lines boet, enjoy the quality father son fishing time.
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