19 Aug 2013

It takes absolutely no persuading to get Boating World’s Greg to go fishing, so when Lowrance’s Ricky Moss suggested he come along on a training/fishing expedition, he was there in a flash.

It was a bright, crisp winter’s morning and the party of five, including new Ace Glider 630 owner and skipper Derik Espag, were eager to get going as soon as possible. The gentle five-knot wind was of no concern and the slight 1.8m swell was soon to flatten out for the rest of the day.

The 630 (from Boating International Cape) looked stunning, gleaming in the sunlight on the water and beautifully kitted out with twin 150HP 4-stroke Mercury outboards and a sophisticated Lowrance HDS-12 Touch fishfinder/GPS combo unit setup for action.

Everyone was in high spirits as they set off from the Ace Glider’s permanent moorings in Harbour Island at Gordon Bay and into the rich waters of False Bay where they finally settled at an agreed spot to start the day’s fishing. Armed with hand lines and whole sardines as well as Shimano rods and reels, the group was confident of bringing in a respectable haul.

While fishing, Ricky spent time familiarizing Derik with all the settings on the Touch and teaching him how to interpret screen readings as well as how to take wireless control of his HDS unit on his iPad via GoFree.

While the fish seemed skittish in the early part of the day, forty minutes and many checks on the HDS-Touch later, they suddenly noticed a big showing of fish about 5 – 10m directly under the boat. With hearts pounding, a frenzy of activity took place as lines were brought up towards the surface and straight into the shoal and the delighted anglers watched as the Snoek started to attack and take their bait.

Surprisingly they didn’t catch as many as expected (about 12 in total) and soon after the fish moved off, Derik decided to move to another reef about three miles away. Reds and other bottom fish became the object of their focus and before long they’d caught 5 – 6 Red Romans and a couple of small Steenbrass. Ricky hooked the biggest Red of around 1kg.

After a good couple of hours it was time to bring out the snacks and drinks and once suitably replenished the party made their way back to Gordon’s Bay.  Docking at about 2pm, the tired but happy anglers ‘vlek’d’ their Snoek and cleaned and gutted the rest of the catch which was shared among them.

Greg thoroughly enjoyed the morning and immediately prepared hi s Snoek in a special apricot jam marinade which he put for braaing later. This amazing combination was absolutely delicious, accompanied by a welcome glass of wine to wash it down in the company of a couple of good friends.