Top Angling Fishes of Southern Africa, by Hennie Crous
This is Hennie Crous' foreword to his book Top Angling Fishes of Southern Africa.
Whenever popular sports are discussed, ball games such as soccer, cricket and tennis are often the ones that come to mind. This may be the case when one takes spectator support into consideration, but to my mind the most popular participant sport is angling. This is certainly true in South Africa, where people not only go to the sea to have fun, but also to put food on the table. When my first book was published and the distribution was being discussed, the argument was put forward that it was not necessary to carry stock in bookshops away from the coast. How far from the truth this was! I tested this hypothesis in many places, and even in the most distant 'dorpies' one would find a set of dusty fishing tackle hanging in the garage, to be taken down at least once a year for that visit to the coast. Whether fishing from the shore or a boat, the thrill of the hunt, finding the fish, and the subsequent hook-up and landing, is a feeling that is difficult to describe and needs to be experienced. Sadly, however, many of our species, especially those occurring close inshore, are under heavy pressure from factors such as over-fishing, habitat degradation and man's destruction of critical nursery areas such as estuaries and lagoons. Keeping this in mind, the objective of this book is not only to provide information to improve catch rates, but also to instil an awareness of these problems and create a culture of taking only what is required. I am aware that landing a fish leaves a special glow and sense of achievement, but I can assure you that - as I often experience when I go rock and surf fishing - tagging and releasing a fish is equally satisfying. That letter you receive from the Oceanographic Research Institute (ORI) in Durban, telling you the fish you tagged in False Bay was recaptured a year later near East London, can be just as pleasing and exciting. There are excellent publications already on the shelves that will give you finer details to help identify a species. In this book the information as to the 'who, where, when and how' for the 60 species I have chosen is there to add pleasure to the fishing experience. In choosing my favourite selection I bet I have left out someone else's favourite! If this is the case, I hope the information on those you do not find so popular helps you add new species to your personal target list. Hennie Crous
This is an excerpt from the book: Top Angling Fishes of Southern Africa, by Hennie Crous.
Title: Top Angling Fishes of Southern Africa
Authors: Hennie Crous
Publisher: Random House Struik
Cape Town, South Africa 2010
ISBN 9781770074033 / ISBN 978-1-77007-403-3
Softcover, 15x21 cm, 144 pages, throughout colour photos
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