With the PWC ban still in effect around the Cape Peninsula, I decided to get a couple of the guys from our newly formed fishing group, Cape Jetski Fishing, together and head up the west coast to Yzerfontein for a weekend’s fishing at Dassen Island. I had invited Chris Pike, the new owner of Tuckers Tackle in Diep River, to join me so it was only fitting that we stopped over at his shop to pick up some tackle. Chris and Tuckers have always been very supportive of jetski fishing and have recently partnered with Cape Jetski Fishing as the tackle and jetski fishing accessories store of choice.
One can comfortably drive up to Yzerfontein from Cape Town in just over an hour even if you are towing a boat or a fishing ski; and the nice thing about Yzerfontein is that you can bring the whole family along as well. There is plenty to do to keep the kids and the spouses busy and entertained during the day while the boys fish across at Dassen Island. There are lovely beaches and some really nice coffee shops and restaurants as well as some fantastic B&Bs, if you decide to spend the night. I would recommend staying at Villa Pescatori – you will be well looked after by the owners Niel and Angelique Basson. Make sure to give them a call on (022) 451 2782 and please book well in advance.
We arrived at the slipway in thick fog. Yzerfontein is known to be a difficult slipway for launching at the best of times because of the surge, and adding fog to the mix can really make things interesting. There were six jetskis in total and everyone was raring to get out on the water. After helping one another launch, some advice was dispensed among a few of the less experienced jetski anglers, and we all decided that with our trusted Garmins on board we would be fine to find the island in the fog.