Day 8 – Fishing along the Skeleton Coast. Caught 1 St Joseph Shark. Drive from north of Henties Bay to Swakopmund – 27 Sep 2013

Trip Report:  Day 8
  • Sunrise at 06:47 am and sunset at 7 pm
  • Low tide at 2 am and 15:02 pm
  • High tide at 08:51 am and 21:26 pm
  • Moon at 3rd Quarter, overhead at 06:58 am, Moonset at 12:35 pm, underfoot at 19:22 pm and moonrise at midnight.

The day started off rather cold and gloomy as the sea was reflecting the greyness of the clouds and a fine coastal fog was hanging over the land.  We warmed ourselves up with a hot cuppa coffee and pulled our hoodies over our heads.

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Ian fishing along the skeleton coast

We have an incredibly easy setup depending on the surrounding conditions.  Our dome tent flips up to become a private bathroom or changing room in times of need, especially when the other fishermen think you are ‘on the fish’, and they end up fishing right next to you!

Wind protection is of utmost importance.  Our shade cloth side is quick and easy to erect and dismantle. There is no problem with sand getting in everywhere as it gets packed away in a bag and then into a compartment that is between the rooftop tent and the canopy.  The fishing rods are also packed away in this compartment as they are too long to fit inside the canopy.   It is fantastic that everything is readily available without the fuss of having to unpack much.  The only downside is that we may need to bear the brunt of the weather or make precautionary measures for whatever weather conditions there may be.

Day 8 - Fishing along the Skeleton Coast. Caught 1 St Joseph Shark. Drive from north of Henties Bay to Swakopmund - 27 Sep 2013.002

Day 8 - Fishing along the Skeleton Coast. Caught 1 St Joseph Shark. Drive from north of Henties Bay to Swakopmund - 27 Sep 2013.003

Day 8 - Fishing along the Skeleton Coast. Caught 1 St Joseph Shark. Drive from north of Henties Bay to Swakopmund - 27 Sep 2013.004
Day 8 - Fishing along the Skeleton Coast. Caught 1 St Joseph Shark. Drive from north of Henties Bay to Swakopmund - 27 Sep 2013.005

A few cormorants flew past us in their V formation and within a couple of minutes, there were a few hundred flying towards us.

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They made a full circle before coming in to land on the beach where they stood together for a short while and then in the same orderly fashion in which they had arrived.  They ended up departing by flying off in a straight line, one behind the other to reform their flying V formation.

They are known to migrate in pursuit of the sardine run that occurs on the East Coast of South Africa during a particular time each year.  They catch their prey by diving head first into the sea then use their webbed feet to propel them through the water to find their feast.  They like to hunt together and feed on small fish like pilchard, sardine and anchovies.  The black-backed jackal attacks them when they are roosting on the land and at sea, they have to watch out for the Cape Fur Seals who like to snack on them.

Day 8 - Fishing along the Skeleton Coast. Caught 1 St Joseph Shark. Drive from north of Henties Bay to Swakopmund - 27 Sep 2013.007

Day 8 - Fishing along the Skeleton Coast. Caught 1 St Joseph Shark. Drive from north of Henties Bay to Swakopmund - 27 Sep 2013.008

Day 8 - Fishing along the Skeleton Coast. Caught 1 St Joseph Shark. Drive from north of Henties Bay to Swakopmund - 27 Sep 2013.009

Ian’s neat fishing set up on Gem’s tailgate which has conveniently been parked to stand in the lee of the wind.

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Ian with his last catch in Namibia 2013!  A beautiful St. Joseph shark which is endemic to the waters of South Africa and Namibia.  They look quite futuristic and are quite awkward with pink shining through their body which is covering their cartilaginous skeleton.  They sometimes are referred to as an elephant fish due to their long and pointy snout that bears a small resemblance to an elephant’s trunk.  I think they just have a stiff upper lip due to the saintliness of their name.

They live and breed in the sanctuary of sheltered bays and prefer the shallow water areas.  We released this strange beauty back into the sea.

Day 8 - Fishing along the Skeleton Coast. Caught 1 St Joseph Shark. Drive from north of Henties Bay to Swakopmund - 27 Sep 2013.011

Day 8 - Fishing along the Skeleton Coast. Caught 1 St Joseph Shark. Drive from north of Henties Bay to Swakopmund - 27 Sep 2013.013

The weather was starting to get angrier up North, and we needed to head down South as our destination was to be Swakopmund for the night.  So we packed up and took a cruise down the beach for a while before heading back to the salt road Southwards.  The beach sand was firm to drive on after the bit of rain.

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Day 8 - Fishing along the Skeleton Coast. Caught 1 St Joseph Shark. Drive from north of Henties Bay to Swakopmund - 27 Sep 2013.015

Day 8 - Fishing along the Skeleton Coast. Caught 1 St Joseph Shark. Drive from north of Henties Bay to Swakopmund - 27 Sep 2013.016

Day 8 - Fishing along the Skeleton Coast. Caught 1 St Joseph Shark. Drive from north of Henties Bay to Swakopmund - 27 Sep 2013.017

For any fishing tackle, rods, reels or sound advice.  In the picture below you’ll be able to see our favourite fishing shop in Swakopmund, Leon’s Tackle Shop.

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We arrived in Swakopmund just in time to see the sunset.

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Day 8 - Fishing along the Skeleton Coast. Caught 1 St Joseph Shark. Drive from north of Henties Bay to Swakopmund - 27 Sep 2013.019

Ian booked us into the Beach Hotel in Swakopmund for a night of warmth, comfort, pleasure and style.

Our Comfort Room was clean, cosy and charming with its comfy bed, white walls with early day pictures in wooden frames and an antique desk.   We had a balcony off our room where we could see a little piece of the sea and the cream sand dunes in the distance.  The room also came with free internet usage.

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Beach Hotel, Swakopmund Sep 2013.007

After a refreshing shower, we went to the Anchor Point restaurant which is on the ground floor of the Hotel where we enjoyed a superb meal alongside a fire while a musician gently serenaded us with his fantastic DJ mix.  We had top class service, quality food and thoroughly enjoyed the romantic ambiance.

Breakfast the next morning in the Anchor Point restaurant consisted of an excellent buffet with eggs and bacon on order.

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Beach Hotel, Swakopmund Sep 2013.003

The view from our balcony window from left to right.  In the picture below you can see the entrance to Alte Brücke Resort where we usually camp.  A wonderful grassed, campsite with each campsite having their own private ablution facilities.

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Beach Hotel, Swakopmund Sep 2013.005

Tiger Reef Beach Bar just across the road from the hotel.

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The cost for our room for the one night was N$1790, well worth every dollar spent.

Beach Hotel, Swakopmund information:

The hotel opened in September 2012.

They have 25 air-conditioning rooms of which 4 are standard rooms, 16 comfort rooms and 5 are family rooms.  They also have eight apartments.  The rooms all have a kettle with a few tea and coffee sachet.

The roof terrace gives one a spectacular view of the city, dunes and the sea.

The library in the lobby offers you the option of replacing the book on departure with the same book borrowed or another one if you’d prefer to keep the book you found there.

Beach Hotel Swakopmund Reception Tel:  064 (0)417710, email reception at reservations@beach-hotel-swakopmund.com or you can visit their web page at http://www.beach-hotel-swakopmund.com

 

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