The Western Cape Province does not only boast Robben Island, Fynbos and Table Mountain, but also the Clanwilliam Yellowfish (Labeobarbus seeberi), the Sawfin or Clanwilliam Sawfin Yellowfish (Pseudobarbus serra) and the Berg-Breede River or Cape Whitefish (Barbus andrewi). Gaurits River also have Smallmouth Yellowfish (Labeobarbus aeneus), but they have been introduced and are considered an alien species in this river. The Breede and Great Berg Rivers are home to the Cape Whitefish (Barbus andrewi) and the Olifants River and its tributaries like the Doring, Biedou, Boskloof, Driehoeks, Groot, Jan Dissels, Kobee, Noordhoeks, Ratels, Rondegat, Thee and lower Twee Rivers in the Cederberg Mountains, boast the Clanwilliam yellowfish (Labeobarbus seeberi) and the Sawfin or Clanwilliam Sawfin Yellowfish (Pseudobarbus serra). Like the Largemouth Yellowfish the Clanwilliam yellowfish is a fighting force of note. This predator prefers faster flowing rivers and pools. They grow to over 8kg’s and are mostly targeted by fly fisherman, but will also take dough type baits and commonly used Carp baits.
It is sad that a common notion exist that their numbers are declining and we have to make every effort to preserve and restore this national asset to South Africa and its fishing community. Practicing proper catch and release tactics will aid in this endeavor as will the preservation of water quality and the management of Smallmouth Bass that was introduced to these rivers.