Yellowtail fishing in the old days

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Yellowtail fishing in the old days

Post by Seeker » Mon Jan 25, 2016 11:04 am

Took this out of the book Sea-Angling Fishes of the Cape, 11th January 1920.
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Now I'm sure all of us with our modern spinning outfits and boats would have liked to have been there off Kalk Bay on that day in 1920. But if you think about it many of us have experienced similar days in more modern times. And the fish were the same average size then as we catch these days, 3kg to 4kg average with some bigger fish 5kg to 6kg.

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Re: Yellowtail fishing in the old days

Post by Punki » Mon Jan 25, 2016 1:47 pm

Imagine that!

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Re: Yellowtail fishing in the old days

Post by Miles » Mon Jan 25, 2016 2:11 pm

Enjoyed reading that !!

Funnily enough, yellowtail is still called ALFKOORT by todays commercials.........

The selling of the fish seems to be exactly the same as it's today! :lol: :lol: Langaana's offering a mere pittance to the fisherman..........seems like very little has change over the last 100 years regarding this...... :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Yellowtail fishing in the old days

Post by Seeker » Mon Jan 25, 2016 3:47 pm

And what it looked like on the wall that day.
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Re: Yellowtail fishing in the old days

Post by Poenie » Mon Jan 25, 2016 4:10 pm

One thing has changed... not many guys fishing in suits these days!! :lol:

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Re: Yellowtail fishing in the old days

Post by jpet » Mon Jan 25, 2016 6:08 pm

wow , an excellent read Alan !!!

I really enjoyed reading this during my work hours (lol) - I was not even born yet lol :D :D :D :lol: :lol: :lol: ( my dad was not born yet too) :lol: :lol: :lol:

Thanks for posting Alan , much appreciated .

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Re: Yellowtail fishing in the old days

Post by Seeker » Mon Jan 25, 2016 9:46 pm

jpet wrote: I was not even born yet lol :D :D :D :lol: :lol: :lol:
Bit before my time as well ;)

Sea-Angling Fishes of the Cape is a must read for those interested in the history of fishing here in the Cape. First published in 1930, the copy I've been reading is the 3rd edition published in 1954 (at least I was 4 years old then).

Was a whole different time back then Poenie. There is a picture of Mr Terence Ferguson dressed in his suite, complete with bow tie standing on Kalk Bay wall with his cane rod, centre pin reel and his mornings catch of 8 yellowtail. As a matter of fact can remember when I was a apprentice, many of the journey men I worked with including my Oldman came to work in a collar and tie. Going home on the train at night you could not tell who was the accountant and who was the carpenter. These days my daughter (accountant) goes to work in jeans ;)

Will post some more pictures from the book latter in the week. Going fishing tomorrow and hope to catch some of the descendants of Mr Ferguson's yellowtail :)

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Re: Yellowtail fishing in the old days

Post by jpet » Tue Jan 26, 2016 1:09 pm

Hi Alan ,

Where could I purchase this book ? (Name ,title and author)

It would be nice to have or own a copy myself - I enjoyed the extracts you posted

Its nice to reflect and see where we coming from ? and where we are ? and where we heading ? (FISHING-wise that is)

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Re: Yellowtail fishing in the old days

Post by Seeker » Tue Jan 26, 2016 1:44 pm

Long time out of print I know the public libraries did have some copies, don't know if they still do. Only other place would be 2nd hand book shops.

Was written by C L Biden

And we got no tail today :(

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Re: Yellowtail fishing in the old days

Post by Seacat » Tue Jan 26, 2016 6:17 pm

Hi Jerome,

Check out this link. Price in $ nogals!! Hurry up, they only have one copy left................... :shock:

http://www.africanabooks.com/bookdetails.asp?book=24690

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