Perfect science and a fish on the Wild Side

WE ALL look back in life and view things differently but generally we ask: “If I only did this or I did that.” Hindsight remains the perfect science of life. The future is what we make it and there we will always be at loggerheads.

We see new legislation looming as regards the small scale fishing industry and the eradication of poverty. On paper this looks the way forward but without the correct implementation of compliance we will all end up poorer.

As stocks dwindle poverty will again grasp its threshold on society that was supposed to ultimately be transformed. If there is no game plan for the individual to be elevated from that way of life they will just remain poor fisher folk for generations. I have personally witnessed this at the Swartkops River.

The bait harvesting received a cash injection of R2.4-million seven years back and nothing can be shown for that today.

There is now more misery and despair. Poverty remains and the very people that were to benefit are worse off and only because there was no programme in place to educate and elevate these humble folk. It is easy with other people’s money to implement a programme.

You can get the ball rolling but without future plans nothing will blossom! No programme can be self-sustaining without guidance and future funding.

Abalone ranching has been approved for the Cape Recife Nature Reserve.

Perhaps this is a way forward to help stock numbers to return to the former glory that were once witnessed. Not long ago I dived where illegal harvesting was rife – it looked like the sea had small pox. A pinnacle looked like a building with broken windows, a school where once a fountain of education prevailed.

Education is the secret to man’s existence.

Without it Africa will remain poor and undeveloped.

The Wild Side (the coast west of PE) remains the most productive area at the moment with another sizable cob of 52kg recently caught by Gary Stevens near Paradise Beach west of Jeffreys Bay.

The area of Papiesfontein to the east of Jeffreys is a large sandy beach about 9km long stretching between J-Bay and Gamtoos Mouth to the east.

This shoreline – I am told by Marius Potgieter, the legend of the Kromme – is the most productive piece of coast for shore angling in South Africa.

A long walk is required from either side to gain access and this being for the dedicated angler. This is an unspoilt beach that must be preserved.

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