In January, I made a plan to catch Dorado in Mexico. The plan was solid, the execution flawless. Unfortunately, not all Charter trips go so well. In early March I was in Cape Town, South Africa with my youngest son, Peter. Cape Town is a favorite destination for Chef Pete with its world class wine estates and restaurants. The weather was perfect- low 80’s not a cloud in the sky-after the long Northeast winter. I had fished the warm Indian Ocean waters of South Africa and Mozambique a number of times but I had never fished the colder Atlantic off the Cape. So we decided to add a day of fishing to our salute to Bacchus.
Hermanus was strictly a whale watching scene. Gansbaai was home to the great white shark boats- no guide fleet. I knew little about the Cape guide scene. I suspected most boats were either out of Cape Town’s Victoria & Albert harbor, Hout Bay, or Simon’s Town, home of the South African Navy. A friend had volunteered to set up a day on the water for Pete and I which he turned over to his administrative assistant, Rachel. This leads me to Guide Selection, This leads me to Rule #1: Always make the guide arrangements yourself. That way you have only yourself to blame.