It is snoek season. At this time of year, thousands of snoek swim past our shores, and many of them are caught and end up for sale all over the place. You can buy it dried and smoked in supermarkets, or buy a while fish on the side of the road to cook on the braai.They are also incredibly cheap; you can buy a while fish (easily enough for 6 people), for about R20 ($3) on the side of the road. They almost give them away.
The only problem with snoek is that it is full of tiny sharp bones, and no matter how careful you are, you always seem to end up with a bone sticking into your cheek as you eat. So eating snoek is slow process.
On Wednesday I saw something a little strange, About 2-300 snoek were literally being dried on the side of the road. Some enterprising person had strung up some fencing and was drying the fish on it, no doubt for resale later. I am sure that the local health inspector would not be too impressed with this open-air fish drying factory on the side of the road. But at least somebody is being an entrepreneur.
You can find out more about snoek on the I&J website.
(Update – comments closed because this page is not a marketplace for dried snoek).