Kite fishing involved a kite, rig, tackle, bait, release clips, garbage bags, clothes pegs, ballast, and a lot of patience. A simple explanation would be to attach the bait to the end of the kite string and allow it to float. The kite should have some ballast so that the bait doesn’t float above the water. The ballast can be a simple plastic bottle with water. This type of ballast will also serve as a flotation device so the rig doesn’t sink.
It is possible to catch a large shark using kite fishing and it gets tricky once the fish starts fighting for freedom. It is not uncommon to lose kites so most extreme anglers buy the cheapest kind possible.
Rock and Surf Fishing
In South Africa, rock and surf fishing requires a tremendous amount of skill. Many South African anglers use powerful rods with multipliers to gain some degree of control over the wild shoreline. Rocky anglers, if they choose the right spot, can also try their hand in spear fishing. One classic example is Britannia Bay where there are rock pools where crustaceans and other fishes can be found.
Unfortunately, shark fishing is a very hot topic since it has been declared as illegal if you happen to catch a great white shark. Last February 2013, the first South African was convicted under the Marine Living Resources Act as being guilty of illegally catching and killing the white shark. He was fined 120,000 rand and a 5 year suspension by the courts. If unable to pay, he would have to serve a one year prison sentence and the 5 year suspension.
Spear fishing in South Africa involves diving into deep waters and approaching the fish near enough to catch it with your spear. It can also be done from land but this is almost impossible to be successful at.
The risks are obvious since you are vulnerable to the open seas, the marine life, underwater currents, and the danger of being underwater for long periods. Although spear fishing is a centuries-old practice, the sport has become popular as an extreme adventure. One must be an experienced diver as well as a hunter with base instincts for safety and finding the natural habitats of the fish.
Extreme angling is dangerous, make no mistake about it. There are so many factors that have to be considered even with calm and seemingly predictable water currents. However, the thrill is absolute and addicting which is why the sport will never be dropped especially in countries like South Africa.