Yzerfontein 2

I spent about a week in Yzerfontein and stayed at the caravan park which is situated on the northern side of the village. This was one of the better sites I have stayed at and is also  next to the main beach.

My set-up and some of the local cats.
My set-up and some of the local cats.

Most days I walked across the beach, through the village, and down to the fishing harbour and spent time chatting to and taking photographs of the fishermen and their boats. They were all professional fishermen and from what I saw and heard they live pretty tough lives as there are many days they can not go out or times when the fish are just not biting.

A view across the bay to the harbour.
A view across the bay to the harbour.

The one crew I met up with were camping at the caravan park and  were all from Gaansbaai on the south east coast near Hermanus. They ranged in age from early 20’s to the skipper and owner of their boat, Rosalie, who was 63. They had come through to Yzerfontein as they had heard that the snoek were running big time and the fishing in Gansbaai was poor.

The crew of Rosalie with some of their catch.
The crew of Rosalie with some of their catch.

They went out at about 6 every morning and would would come back at about 2 in the afternoon.

Once back at the harbour it was hitch the boat abd then find a buyer for the catch.
Once back at the harbour it was hitch the boat and then off to find a buyer for the catch.
They were catching upwards of 200 snoek everyday and found a buyer who was also from Gansbaai.
They were catching upwards of 200 snoek everyday and found a buyer who was also from Gansbaai.
They were fortunate in that the buyer would take the full catch everyday.
They were fortunate in that the buyer would take the full catch everyday.
Even after the catch was off loaded they were not finished for the day as the boat had to be cleaned.
Even after the catch was off loaded they were not finished for the day as the boat had to be cleaned.

At the end of the day.

At the end of the day.

One thing I can tell you is that these guys known how to cook snoek on an open fire as they kindly gave me a piece to sample. It was delicious.

Have a close look at the person closest to the camera.

Have a close look at the person nearest to the camera.

Yep that is a woman and one of the very few that go out and catch snoek.

Yep that is a woman and one of very few that go out on the boats and catch snoek.

Nine months ago Alida had been working as a pharmacist in the Gauteng area but was now working full time as a professional fisherman and from what I was told  was darn good and held her own against any of the men on the boat which was named after the TV series.

One that didn't get away.

Alida with one that didn't get away.

As I said in my previous post Yzerfontein it is definitely one of my favourite spots and I am going to go back there to complete my journey down the west coast of South Africa and am hoping that I might be lucky and get some good photographs of whales to share with you.

2 Comments

  1. justBcoz on September 23rd, 2009

    Respect. That’s a tough life!

  2. Hanlie on September 25th, 2009

    I don’t know if I’d sign up for that job!



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