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21 Mar 2018 @ 19:44:49 pm
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Hello Fellow campers
I was considering camping with my 10 year old son @ cape vidal for a couple of day in April and was wondering what the security is like. Last time we took a trip to the wildcoast all our fishing equipment and shoes were stollen. I have heard that the monkeys can be very difficult is that still the case. We were planning to fish for some edible fish from the shore and gullies, does anybody know which species we should try to target?

Thought and feedback is most welcomed.
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22 Mar 2018 @ 09:32:55 am
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I stayed there with the wife some time back and monkeys were a terrible problem. They probably still are. The only time that they were not was when we discovered a green mamba right above our tent!
Fishing largely depends on the weather and on tides and sea conditions. I hope you are blessed with the right conditions. You can target fish with a spinner or lure depending on how capable you are. A small kingfish, pompano, etc., will give you a lot of excitement. I would try spinners and lures in area behind the surf line if its an achievable cast. Match the spinner or lure to the size of your tackle. Spinners work better for me as they are normally heavier and thus you get more distance when casting but being heavier they must be retrieved quicker. Remember predator fish like to hide in the white water and hunt for food in the channels next to the white water.
Failing that you can try spinners and lures in gulleys. The beauty of spinners and lures is that you do not need to keep bait refrigerated. Failing that you can try bait. Squid, Sardine and prawn are always a safe choice. Squid is easier to work with and last longer. Sardine and prawn will be off in a moment if there are a lot of small fish about. You need to tie the bait on with elastic cotton (even the squid).
You also get rubber like lures they use in drop shots but that is a style you need to practice. If you are in or near Pretoria you are welcome to pop by and have a chat and I can show you some examples.
22 Mar 2018 @ 10:30:31 am
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Thank you Piet for all the info. Looks like its a case of Monkeys Vs Mamba's. I have also looked at a couple of websites and I have not picked up any security issues regarding Cape Vidal so that is certainly good news. I am situated in the West Rand of Jhb and will see if my diary will allow the opportunity to come through.

Once again thank you for the valuable info.

P.s I was not much of a fisherman but my son loves it, its a great way for us to spend good time together in nature. Hence its been a bit of a learning curve but eating fresh fish from the sea is a great privilege which is enjoyed by both of us!
22 Mar 2018 @ 12:22:01 pm
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Yes it sure is a great way to spend some time with your son. Thus the reason I am trying to improve your chances. It makes the trip so much more memorable for them. It is becoming an ever greater challenge to actually catch something these days even for the experienced. We have gone all the way to Namibia with the most experienced fishermen and caught nothing. It depends on a number of factors and if they all weigh up then good for you. You must try and fish an incoming tide for best results. Depending on what fish you are targeting early morning or late afternoon combined with an incoming tide normally gets best results. You must also change tactics if you have no results. We have often gone somewhere targeting a specific fish and had no luck and by changing tactics (bait / lures/ location / hook size / casting distance/ time of day/ tide/ etc) had amazing results with another species. Do not forget to get a fishing license for yourself, your son is for free if I remember correctly (up to 16 I think?). If you do keep any fish make sure they are of the correct size for the specific specie.
The best of luck. I am so jealous.
22 Mar 2018 @ 12:25:55 pm
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With regards to security - do not look "tempting". Leave all the fancy stuff at home if you can. If you have to have any phones or tablets keep them out of site at all times.
22 Mar 2018 @ 12:33:29 pm
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I will also say that the reviews of the facilities on trip advisor are very poor of Cape Vidal. :(
22 Mar 2018 @ 13:04:12 pm
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Have you booked already? Is there a specific reason for Cape Vidal (game/camping/fishing combo?) If have not booked yet and you are looking in season you might have a problem at this time. There is another alternative down south with a better security aspect but it is a tented camp self catering. Drifters Mboytji, Drifters Monteku. Google them. Monteku has a river with canoes, so one can fish the river, river mouth, and the surf. Security is good.
22 Mar 2018 @ 13:41:10 pm
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Hi

Cape Vidal is in a reserve - so the security is good.

Many of my friends from Richards Bay camp there often , and i have never heard anything regarding security issues .

Even the monkeys are not bad - if you keep food locked away and do not tempt them with any food that is visible.

Vidal is really beautiful - im sure you will have a great time.
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22 Mar 2018 @ 19:28:17 pm
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Hi just a friendly reminder to have your fishing licence with and enjoy vidal
26 Mar 2018 @ 14:30:22 pm
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As far as monkeys go. We switch off the electric fence to do some cutting back on the fence line. How the monkeys knew we do not know but the troup decided they must take advantage and they invaded us. They ran through the house and over the roof. Never have I ever seen anything like it. They grabbed what they could and disappeared with it. You can not believe what a mess they made.  

 

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28 Mar 2018 @ 22:03:41 pm
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Cape Vidal is one of our favourite campsites.

The monkeys can be a nuisance but only if you leave food out. If you put everything away when you leave you will not have problems. If you have a caravan with a pop-up roof remember to drop the roof.

Security has never been an issue for us. The camp is in a nature reserve and more than 30 minutes from the closest town so no people close by to steal your stuff.

Snorkeling at low tide is amazing so remember to pack masks and snorkels.

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