1860A.W. DraysonSporting Scenes 302The shooting amusement at Natal could be changed sometimes, as the fishing in the bay was excellent...A large number of fish of different kinds were often caught — rock-cod..and a fish there called a kiel-back.
1880‘C.W.’ inCape Monthly Mag.II. Mar. 162I kept a large line overboard baited with half a harder for geelbeck..or indeed anything really big.
1891H.J. DuckittHilda’s ‘Where Is It?’ 79At the Cape the best fish for pickling are ‘Kabeljou,’ [printed Kabeljon] ‘Geelbeck,’ ‘Roman,’ etc.
1902J.D.F. Gilchrist inTrans. of S. Afr. Philological Soc. 216 (Pettman)The name Cape Salmon..is now appropriated almost exclusively by the Geelbek, a fish which, seen fresh from its native element, certainly does call to mind the brilliance and majestic proportions of its European namesake.
1931Times Lit. Suppl. (U.K.) 16 Apr. 301Like so many of the Cape fish,..the geelbek..gets his name from the original Dutch settlers.
1949J.L.B. SmithSea Fishes of Sn Afr. 227Atractoscion aequidens...Salmon. Cape Salmon. Geelbek. Teraglin (Australia)...South coast of Africa and Australia. In our area known from the Cape to Natal.
1955C. HorneFisherman’s Eldorado 34Geelbek have a habit which results in many fish being lost. While waiting for the gaff they resort to violent head shaking.
1964J. BennettMr Fisherman (1967) 104They were going up the coast to the geelbek grounds at dawn and the mackerel were biting well.
1934C.P. Swart Supplement to Pettman. 54Geelbek,..Coloured persons are so called in the Western Province on account of their yellowish colour.
[1943Weekend News & Sunday Mag. 20 Mar.Stompie Geelbek and Pals celebrate Oubaas’s Visit. ‘Tank youse, Misser Geelbek,’ ses Plaatjes. ‘At least jou is gort de instinks ord er yennelman if jou is nort one!’]
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