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Caught a nice elf on Sunday. Was just under 60cm.
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Another decent Elf session yesterday morning. Conditions were awesome and if I had more time I would have looked for a Cracker. Next time.
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Wtf

Seriously though gonna look for some more elf this weekend and been meaning to try catch a Cracker using a cockle as bait. Hopefully works out

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Well I did catch some grunter has well lol
 

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Totally blanked yesterday. No fish. SO I went swimming and made me some pickled cockles.

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Care to explain to a fly fisherman what in the hell a picked cockles is? Some horrific kind of bait? Some horrific kind of snack?
 

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Care to explain to a fly fisherman what in the hell a picked cockles is? Some horrific kind of bait? Some horrific kind of snack?
Haha. With pleasure. Another name for a cockle is a Giant Periwinkle. It is also very well known as an Alikreukel. It's a shell fish. Like Mussels. Just better. Many ppl use them as bait for catching Mussel Cracker. Anyways below is a picture of what they look like when you take it off the rocks.

So you boil them for 20 minutes. Cool them in water. Shake them out their shell. Clean out guts etc. Once clean all you left with is the meat. Then put them in a bottle and fill with vinegar add salt pepper chilli etc and leave for a few days. You can eat them immediately but the longer they stand the better they taste.

Best way to describe them? Like tough calamari. Very chewy. But better. IMO they are the bilton of the sea We used to be able to buy bottles of them from our local butcher in the 80s. They never lasted long in a home. Can use them in a wide range of cooking. Google Alikreukel recipes will learn more about them.

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Haha. With pleasure. Another name for a cockle is a Giant Periwinkle. It is also very well known as an Alikreukel. It's a shell fish. Like Mussels. Just better. Many ppl use them as bait for catching Mussel Cracker. Anyways below is a picture of what they look like when you take it off the rocks.

So you boil them for 20 minutes. Cool them in water. Shake them out their shell. Clean out guts etc. Once clean all you left with is the meat. Then put them in a bottle and fill with vinegar add salt pepper chilli etc and leave for a few days. You can eat them immediately but the longer they stand the better they taste.

Best way to describe them? Like tough calamari. Very chewy. But better. IMO they are the bilton of the sea We used to be able to buy bottles of them from our local butcher in the 80s. They never lasted long in a home. Can use them in a wide range of cooking. Google Alikreukel recipes will learn more about them.

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Hi i need you to send a box to me using postnet to postnet

Going to use in to traget white musscel cracker , Brusher here in KZN ! :D
 

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Haha. With pleasure. Another name for a cockle is a Giant Periwinkle. It is also very well known as an Alikreukel. It's a shell fish. Like Mussels. Just better. Many ppl use them as bait for catching Mussel Cracker. Anyways below is a picture of what they look like when you take it off the rocks.

So you boil them for 20 minutes. Cool them in water. Shake them out their shell. Clean out guts etc. Once clean all you left with is the meat. Then put them in a bottle and fill with vinegar add salt pepper chilli etc and leave for a few days. You can eat them immediately but the longer they stand the better they taste.

Best way to describe them? Like tough calamari. Very chewy. But better. IMO they are the bilton of the sea We used to be able to buy bottles of them from our local butcher in the 80s. They never lasted long in a home. Can use them in a wide range of cooking. Google Alikreukel recipes will learn more about them.

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So you eat it, and its bait?
Bait fishing is wierd man, like just put half your lunch on a hook and send it. I'm going to start wearing my flies as earrings, I feel like I'm missing out.

Seriously though, when I'm next in the cape I'll try find some, I dig shellfish.
I'm kind of jealous of you coastal people, i have limited fishing spots here, and all the good ones cost an arm and a dick, but you guys just wonder up and down the big salty pond and you have more rivers and lakes to boot.
 

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So you eat it, and its bait?
Bait fishing is wierd man, like just put half your lunch on a hook and send it. I'm going to start wearing my flies as earrings, I feel like I'm missing out.

Seriously though, when I'm next in the cape I'll try find some, I dig shellfish.
I'm kind of jealous of you coastal people, i have limited fishing spots here, and all the good ones cost an arm and a dick, but you guys just wonder up and down the big salty pond and you have more rivers and lakes to boot.


Yeah it's a bait that you can eat. Just like Calamari.

Yeah we fortunate sometimes. Most of the time actually. Next time you in PE give me a shout.

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Last time i went fishing was a few months ago . I was using a new bait chicken filet breast works very well in the Bay / river for bream and other fish .

Before i could trying using the bait one guy made a joke told me to put masala . After a few minutes i had such big bites . The same guy was then asking for some chicken lol i told him to vaai to nandos

Got the idea from youtube

 

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So I was at my local watering hole again yesterday morning. Lots of elf around. Okes were pulling them out thick. I threw lures for about an hour nothing. No hits. Everything about the conditions was telling me its too late in the day to use the lures but I kept trying and changing retrieve speed & action etc. Eventually I hooked one and it came off right in front of me as I was about to lift it out the water. Then I lost the lure. Switched to different lure. Then line snapped on a cast. Switched to bigger rod bigger plug. line snapped when plug got snagged on rock. By this stage it had been about an hour and a half and still no fish. All plugs lost. Two rods with snapped line and leaders. Made new leader up. FG knot to leader twice the length of rod. Tried an old lure I had lying in bag. Nothing. Again. For about another 30 minutes.

I eventually gave up with the lures. Turned to oke next to me asked if I can have a pilchard. About 30 minutes later I had 4 elf. I have not had had to work that hard in a while for some fish.

To all the fisherman out there or aspiring fisherman out there. Dont give up. If its not working try something different. I knew that it was maybe a bit late in the day to try lures but I was stubborn didnt follow my gut feel. I have caught more elf on lures in a day than what some guys catch on bait in a year. But sometimes you have to change what you are doing to get the fish.

Have a good week chaps!
 

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First time i see the fishing thread :)

Yep also love my salt water fishing, live in Langebaan and we have a beautiful lagoon with loads of different fish species. Was out on Saturday catching some nice Snoek and Yellowtail.

Will post some photos later :)
 

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First time i see the fishing thread :)

Yep also love my salt water fishing, live in Langebaan and we have a beautiful lagoon with loads of different fish species. Was out on Saturday catching some nice Snoek and Yellowtail.

Will post some photos later :)
Catching off a boat I'd imagine? It's my dream to catch a Yellowtail off the rocks or beach. I have only caught them off a boat.

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Catching off a boat I'd imagine? It's my dream to catch a Yellowtail off the rocks or beach. I have only caught them off a boat.

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Hehehehe yes from the boat, yep will be one good fight from the beach.
 

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So I was at my local watering hole again yesterday morning. Lots of elf around. Okes were pulling them out thick. I threw lures for about an hour nothing. No hits. Everything about the conditions was telling me its too late in the day to use the lures but I kept trying and changing retrieve speed & action etc. Eventually I hooked one and it came off right in front of me as I was about to lift it out the water. Then I lost the lure. Switched to different lure. Then line snapped on a cast. Switched to bigger rod bigger plug. line snapped when plug got snagged on rock. By this stage it had been about an hour and a half and still no fish. All plugs lost. Two rods with snapped line and leaders. Made new leader up. FG knot to leader twice the length of rod. Tried an old lure I had lying in bag. Nothing. Again. For about another 30 minutes.

I eventually gave up with the lures. Turned to oke next to me asked if I can have a pilchard. About 30 minutes later I had 4 elf. I have not had had to work that hard in a while for some fish.

To all the fisherman out there or aspiring fisherman out there. Dont give up. If its not working try something different. I knew that it was maybe a bit late in the day to try lures but I was stubborn didnt follow my gut feel. I have caught more elf on lures in a day than what some guys catch on bait in a year. But sometimes you have to change what you are doing to get the fish.

Have a good week chaps!
talk about giving up, I went to 4 different trout farms before I finally landed one of the magical bastards (now I got back to that same farm twice a year XD)
 

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Hehehehe yes from the boat, yep will be one good fight from the beach.
Think I hooked one once at my local spot. I say I think because you cannot say for sure since i didnt see it. Was throwing a rapala type lure. Took it and just ran down the coast. Big spinning rod with big boss 8000 grinder. 50lb braid. Max drag. Was nothing I could do to stop it. Was like a spectator. It eventually stopped on a reef and could feel it moving or running against a rock. Leader snapped from being rubbed against the rock.

I've felt how tail run off a boat and I'm convinced it was a tail. But will never know..

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Sidelined for few weeks due to Covid, but will hit the river in week just to get back into groove.
Quite a few elf came out today between Wreck & Sacramento.
 

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