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One Hook, One Line, One Fish at a Time. Why it matters?

Ryan Nienaber behind the scenes fishing stories our passion western cape

One Hook, One Line, One Fish at a Time.  Why it matters?

Growing up fishing snoek on the west coast, catching with a single hook and hand line was simple all we knew.   It was only as I got older and saw how other fishing companies harvested, that got me thinking. So what is a one by one fishery and why does it matter? Unlike many industrialised fishing techniques that have continually improved their catches, one by one fishing is simple and dates back centuries. The fishing gear is very basic, a simple hook and line, manned actively by the fisherman.   This is fantastic as it reduces the risk of any...

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First Yellowfin Tuna of the 2020 pole season (Starts October)

Ryan Nienaber behind the scenes fishing stories our passion western cape

First Yellowfin Tuna of the 2020 pole season (Starts October)

Traditionally, tuna runs from October to June in Cape town. This year was the never-ending season and we kept catching bits and pieces throughout the winter months.October is the official start of the pole season and we kicked ours off this week at Cape Point with some great yellowfin tuna. The tuna start down South around 40 nautical miles from Cape Point. In the beginning of the season they are often longer and thinner in appearance as they have migrated long distances. As the season progresses they start working North past in an area we call the Canyon, then past...

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My first fish

Ryan Nienaber behind the scenes fishing stories our passion western cape

My first fish

There, in all its glory, was my first fishing rod kit. It was yellow and about double the length I was tall. Immediately I begged to go fishing and, since it was my 5th birthday, we did. I hooked and landed my first fish. 

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