Fighting for reef fishes
As the sun creeps up over the eastern edge of False Bay, we reach the mouth and anchor in the shadow of a series of arrow-shaped peaks. About 16 other vessels surround us. Jacob Saunders is the most experienced fisherman on the boat. He throws in his line and almost immediately pulls in a large, shiny fish with long, razor-sharp teeth – a snoek Thyrsites atun. He grips the powerful fish under his arm and snaps its neck.
Macabrely captivating as it might be, photographer, Joris van Alphen and I are not here to learn about the fast-growing and migratory snoek. We are after one of the bay’s permanent and grander residents.