Wriggleswade…

We tend to try and always avoid public places over public holidays. We prefer having the water and beach to ourselves having been spoilt with this in the past. But with Carlos being stuck in a classroom everyday and limited time off we decided to make the most of the Easter break and get out the house! We thought considering it’s nearing winter most people would make the most of the sunny beaches and so we decided to move in the opposite direction and head inland to Wriggleswade dam.

In true Moran fashion, we packed the car, hitched the boat and headed off, all in the rain. The rain stopped just before we reached Stutterheim and there was a sense of relief in the car when we realised we would not be setting up in the rain (only in the dark). We setup camp, lit the fire, braai-ed and retired to our tent, all excited for the next days fishing.

The fishing

The first day we spent moving around a lot trying to work out a pattern as the dam was at 60% and we had never fished it so low. After a few stops we began to put 2 and 2 together and saw fish were holding just off weed beds in the shallows and the most successful lure to target them was the RattleTrap.

Stella caught her first bass! Probably the highlight of the trip for all of us. She has her own rod on the boat, when she wants to fish, we cast out a lure for her and she reels it in (sometimes with speed, sometimes she gets distracted and stares at the cows for 5minutes before continuing her retrieval – we let her work on it as she wishes). Upon hearing her squeal I looked around to see the bent rod. My first thought – “there goes our lure, stuck on some structure at the bottom of the dam”. Only to then realise she was on – chaos erupted on the boat to make sure the fish was landed. SUCCESS!

The second day was a lot easier as we knew where to target the fish and the fish were obviously feeding before the approaching cold front. We caught a fair amount of fish throughout the day but the sad part was the size and state of the bass. Its sad to see this in a dam where a few years ago all your fish in a comp were 1.5kg plus… now 85% of the fish were not even classed as “keepers”.

The third day, produced a few fish in the morning. However, at about 10:00am we were all standing on the boat when the air suddenly got that chill. We both looked at each other and knew our long weekend of fishing had come to an abrupt end. Its amazing how the fish literally just switched off with the arrival of the cold front. We started slowly working our way back towards base, got hit by a few premature rain drops but avoided being caught out on the dam in the downpour.

The problem? A battle of the aliens?

Bass size and numbers seems to have drastically decreased over the years. One of the first two things that we noticed was the lack of visibility in the dam and the complete lack of blue gills. Upon talking to some of the local fishermen, these observations were confirmed by them too. Third worrying observation (for bass fisherfolk) is that the dam currently seems to be overpopulated by common carp, Cyprinus carpio. At anytime there were at least 4 carp swirls around the boat.

Carp, much like bass, are categorised as alien invasive species primarily distributed due to sport fishing. Carp, especially in large enough numbers, can have severely detrimental effects on the habitat in which they are introduced. Carp are benthivorous fish, meaning that they feed on insects, crustaceans, worms etc found on the bottom. This feeding behaviour is extremely disruptive and often leads to the uprooting of vegetation as well as the increase of turbidity and suspensoids in the water. This results in a multitude of effects on the aquatic environment – (to briefly summarise) murkier water results in a reduction in light penetration subsequently leading to a loss in aquatic vegetation. This in turn leads to a decrease in primary productivity, decreased visibility as well as (but not limited to) a loss of vegetation. As such, ecosystems lose their diversity (both in terms of niches and species).

Could it be that the increase in the Wriggleswade carp population has resulted in a near eradication of suitable prey for bass? Or perhaps the decrease in submerged aquatic vegetation has had detrimental effects on bass spawning and recruitment success? Alternatively, the turbidity of the water could have resulted in a lower prey-capture rate of these visual predators? Could it be that the low dam levels have had a severe effect on the population? We can not be sure of the exact reason for the reduction in both the size and the numbers of largemouth bass in Wriggleswade dam however it is unlikely that the population will recover without some type of human intervention.

IMPORTANT: Please note that you require an Eastern Cape Provincial freshwater angling license if you intend on fishing!

The dam

Wriggleswade Dam is a relatively new dam. Only being completed in 1991. It is built on the Kabusi River and is part of the Amatola water infrastructure. The dam has a full storage capacity round-about 91.2 million cubic metres however it is currently approx. 60% full and as such is relatively low. The dam is well renown for its bass fishing, although this is just one of the few activities that take part within its waters.

The route

We stuck true to our rule of thumb and once again departed and returned via different routes. Heading there via Grahamstown, King Williams Town and Stutterheim and then returning along the coast via East London and Port Alfred. In both directions the roads were well maintained, although they are currently doing roadworks between EL and PE. Time wise, it was much of a muchness although the inland route is a bit more hectic when towing a boat (lots of steep inclines).

The accommodation

We stayed on the dam itself at Wriggleswade Caravan and Campsite. The campsite is super well maintained and there is access to electricity (should you need it) as well as to clean ablution blocks (hot showers and flushing toilets). There is a very basic shop where you can purchase ice and wood etc however Stutterheim is only approx 20km away should you need anything else. We setup camp as close to the water as possible so we could moor our boat right in front of us – not many places left in South Africa where you are still able to safely do this! Should you wish to visit Wriggleswade, get in touch with Amanda on +27 83 313 5551, she will be able to assist you with all your booking requirements and answer all your queries.

Overall we were disappointed in the fishing, the fish were small and not as plentiful as we had expected. However we had an amazing time at a beautiful place and any day out fishing is better than a day stuck indoors!

BUSHBLOK…#FavoredByFishyTales

Nowadays it can be really overwhelming deciding which product is best suited to you, which is good value for money and whether or not its going to last. With marketing being so in our faces and everyone advertising as “simply the best, better than all the rest”, it’s daunting making a decision. Let’s face it, there are few things worse than spending those hard earned buckeroo’s only to feel disappointed, frustrated or blatantly robbed… which is why we have decided to start #FavoredByFishyTales.  We at Fishy Tales are firm believers in giving brands, products, destinations and the people behind them the recognition they deserve. All whilst providing you with an honest, unsponsored, tried & tested review. We would also love to hear your opinion on the products/destinations we review and other ones that you would recommend. 

On our recent trip to Henties Bay we were given a packet of BushBlok‘s to test out, by the Krugers! Initially we were not really convinced. However, after using it we are 100% sold! Not only is this a super product (with loads of pro’s) but the story behind the brand is what makes it even more appealing.

CCF BUSH Pty Ltd was developed through the combined efforts of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in order to restore cheetah habitat in an ecological and economic manner. BushBlok’s are wooden briquettes manufactured by CCF BUSH Pty Ltd using invasive bush. Cheetahs are known to inhabit open grasslands and savannahs. Overgrowth of invasive bush significantly reduces prey and the success of cheetah hunts. BushBlok is doing some amazing work and is approved by both the Forest Stewardship Council and the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network.    

Other than the ecological importance of BushBlok’s, this product has a number of pro’s working in its favour:

  • easy to pack!
  • not at all messy – no splinters or charcoal smudges
  • burns for a lot longer than normal wood 
  • creates coals which are ideal for braai’s
  • makes decent flames (better than charcoal)
  • produces very little smoke
  • good value for money (on par with any good wood or charcoal)

The only con we have is that we haven’t been able to find this product in PE. Does anyone know if BushBlok’s are available in South Africa or know of a similar product available to us locally?  

Fishing at Barkly..

We recently had to go to Barkly East to pick up a canopy for our vehicle. As we do not have lots of time off during the fishing season, we thought of combining the trip there with a spot of fishing. After chatting to young Robbie Millar and local guru Andrew Clarke, the wheels were set in motion.

On our way there we were met with torrential downpours for the last 200km. The rain is a blessing for the local farmers but we knew that it would not be great for our fishing. Never the less we still kept our spirits up!

First stop was visiting Andrew to hear what’s been happening. He just pointed at the sky and shook his head! He suggested we try an area called the weir that afternoon. We rushed off to get our canopy (poor farmer thought we are weird, we refused coffee and rusks and I working like a crazy person to fit the canopy!) Got it half on and rushed back to town. After checking in at our stunning accommodation, we dumped our stuff, grabbed our waterproofs and headed down to the weir. Our worst fears were true – fast flowing, chocolate water fit for catching ragged tooth sharks. We still had a ball throwing a few flies and got put off mushrooms after seeing them grow out of cow poop!

Andrew called again saying that he managed to pull a few strings for us to go fish a dam that has been closed due to the drought and subsequently low levels – a hard concept to grasp when its bucketing down around you. That night we braaied in the rain, like all normal people do. Early the next morning we set off, not used to 8deg temperature, not really boardshort weather. After a very slippery ride we got to the dam. It was very low and full of weed. We walked and looked for any sort of opening in the weeds without luck. As a last attempt we walked out on a shallow point and it looked doable. Unfortunately, for Chenelle, the clearing was just out of reach. I managed a few fish only on a full fly line cast and then only had 10 strips to get a bite.

We really had to manhandle the fish to get them over the weeds, which was not ideal. If it was not for the finest quality hooks, that Robbie ties his flies with, it would all have been a tragic story. What an amazing, world class fishery right on our doorstep. The really is no excuse not to travel locally.

The town

The town is relatively small and has a few basic shops to get odds and ends. If you plan on visiting the area, especially for a longer period of time, we would suggest taking along majority of your groceries etc.

The route

One of our favourite parts of any trip is the driving – we actually really love taking in the scenery and appreciating as many of the local views as we can. As a rule of thumb, we always try to travel there and back via different routes. We made our way from PE early on Friday morning, travelled towards Barkly East passing through Cradock, Hofmeyr, Steynsburg and Aliwal north. Sunday morning we decided to return via Elliot, Queenstown, Whittlesea (a quick stop at Oxkraal dam to have a look-see), Grahamstown and then back home.

The accommodation

We stayed at the lovely Stonehouse B&B. Situated on a Merino Ram farm at the foot of scenic green mountains, approximately 15km out of town. We were hosted by Dassie and her wonderful family, who go out of their way to ensure that you are able to make the most of your stay! Just a warning that signal is non-existant (a great way to force a detox from technology) and the B&B is a typical farm house – rustic and simple but absolutely beautiful and perfect!

If it isn’t already – we would highly recommend adding Barkly East onto your list of local spots to visit! The people are all super friendly and helpful, the scenery stunning and the quality of the fish, even in terrible conditions, was amazing. We cannot wait to get back to see what all those lovely streams have to offer. A special THANK YOU to all that made our trip awesome!

East Coast Custom Burns !

We first came across East Coast Custom Burns, on Facebook, in September 2018 and we instantly fell in love! When it comes to the Moran’s anything fishy and we kind of have to have it!

We got in touch with Paul immediately, however it wasn’t until recently that we ordered and received our burns. If you think they look good on Facebook, we can guarantee that they will look even better on your wall!

We decided to “settle” on the striped marlin and the tarpon – as a constant reminder for both of us of a bucket list species that we need to tick off.

Paul offers you the option to have a customised burn, however he does have a whole range of fish available for you to browse through on his website and his Facebook page. The only problem when it comes to the burns is deciding which one to choose!

Thanks Paul and East Coast Custom Burns for the awesome service and our amazing new additions to our walls! We have a feeling we will be seeing you again!

*** LOCAL IS ALWAYS LEKKER ***

Coral Wetsuits

With winter fast approaching and the increasing chill in the water, its a good reminder of how important it is to stay warm but remain comfortable. It doesn’t matter how good your tackle is, and how great the water looks, if you are cold and miserable, chances are it won’t be a productive session! The best way to remain warm is still a good old wetsuit! A lot of people try a wetsuit once, and immediately say its not for them. That is normally because the right wetsuit is not used for the right application – a wetsuit, as with any rod, has a specific purpose, and this is where Coral has taken things to the next level. Coral Wetsuits have done their market research and are meeting the needs of local fisherfolk. And to top it off you can have it customised to be a perfect fit. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to squeeze into a wetsuit or having one which acts more like a splash pants!

The Coral Fishing Long John is by far the most comfortable wetsuit to fish in. The material is durable but flexible, allowing comfort without compromising on quality. The Fishing Long John comes with abrasion resistant Supratex kneepads, offering protection to your wetsuit when kneeling down in front of your baitbox. It has a front zip which runs two ways which makes a bathroom break for the men a breeze – no longer do you have to strip off jackets and rod buckets! Having the zip in the front also makes it easier to fold down the top half if it starts to warm up or when not wading neck deep the whole day. Not only do they come in a wide range of colours but they also give you the option of having your SA number printed on the back of your wetsuit!

We have always believed in supporting local brands and are happy to say that we would recommend Coral Wetsuits to any fellow fisherfolk or water enthusiast! Coral offers wetsuit for everyone and for every need – from standard to tailored, kiddies to adults from the triathlete to the fisherfolk. To top it off Coral offer a “LIFE TIME GUARANTEE ON ALL STITCHING”, this is just one way of highlighting the quality of their products! Coral has an online shop which makes it even easier to purchase your own custom made wetsuit by providing you with a detailed, online self measurement form to complete!

Coral Wetsuits puts a lot into the sport of fishing and by supporting them we can all do our bit to return the loyalty! For more information on Coral Wetsuits you can head over to their website or alternatively you can follow them on Facebook or Instagram.

Fishing Buddy H-Frame review

Recently moving back from Angola to South Africa has meant no more beach driving for us = a lot more walking and a lot more carrying! After doing some homework on suitable tackle boxes for Rock and Surf fishing, we settled on the Fishing Buddy H-frame. A few minor adaptations and we were good to go!
 
The workmanship on the Fishing Buddy H-Frame gets a 5/5 in our opinion – it is extremely durable! However this doesn’t hinder the weight or the comfort of the frame. The straps are perfectly placed, adjustable and well padded to ensure that it is a perfect fit for anyone! It even gets a seal of approval from Stella!  
The only two (minor) negatives with the Fishing Buddy H-frame that we can comment on are that:
1) if rods are left in the rod holders, the box tends to fall over. This however is not an issue for us as we always carry proper rod stands with us.
2) the cable ties which hold the lid don’t allow the lid much movement and eventually either snap or cause damage to the lid. This is a very easy and quick fix… we used some parachute chord and a drilling machine and it is now good to go!
Carlos has been using his both competitively and socially, for a year, with no complaints at all! I have recently got one, whilst it is mostly used for nappies and bum cream – it gives us an extra surface to easily put on the cooler box and allow us to carry along a few cold ones and spare bait! 
If you are looking for an H-frame, we would highly recommend that you go check out Fishing Buddy on Facebook or on their website!
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*** Please note that we are not sponsored by Fishing Buddy. Our review is nothing but a reflection of our own opinion. ***

Why we are in love with Costa del Mar, and why you should be too…

A lot of time and effort goes into planning that perfect fishing trip to an exotic location or even just a short weekend getaway. Even the smallest of details are planned months in advance – the best lures, lines, rods, and reels often get packed and unpacked a hundred of times before the date of departure eventually arrives! The one thing however that most people often overlook which should probably be considered one of the most important for a good trip is excellent optics. A bad set of sunglasses can cause loads of frustration and missed opportunities. It is important to note that good pair of sunglasses not only protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and glare (as well as flying lures or flies – let’s be honest, we have all seen those disturbing images on the internet) but also play a crucial role in assisting anglers in spotting fish and identifying structure.

When it comes to optics anglers are confronted with the challenge of choosing from a wide variety of products from a number of manufacturers. However, from a personal perspective and years in both the commercial and recreational fishery, there is only one brand which is in a league of it’s own… Costa del Mar! Their mission was “to create the clearest sunglasses on the planet for life’s great adventures” and working along side skippers and fishermen, I think it is safe to say that the mission has been accomplished. However, it is important to note that this brand offers a wide array of products perfectly adapted to suit a variety of conditions so be sure to pick the right tool for the job!

What to consider when building (yes, thats right – you can order glasses to your specifications through the Costa online store – another reason why we love this brand)  or choosing a set of Costa sunglasses suited to your needs:

Lens colour:

Costa de Mar have six different lens colours on offer, each adapted to suit different light intensities ranging from extremely low light conditions to blinding glares. The infographic below, taken from the Costa website) provides a more detailed description of the different lens colours and what they are suited for. However, it is important to note that your eyes may prefer a different lens to another due to varying sensitivity. I have extremely sensitive eyes, and find that my BLUE MIRROR lenses are often my go to pair of glasses. Whilst these are labelled by Costa as being more suited to the offshore fishing environment, I can highly recommend them for shore-based fishing activities and would highly recommend them to anglers looking for an all-round pair of glasses. Living in the desert, often means long overcast days during winter, and this is where the COPPER lenses out perform the BLUE MIRROR. The copper lens is better suited to lower light conditions as they increase contrast and colour on even the dull days. However, I would not classify this lens as suited to an all-round pair of glasses, especially for those of you suffering from sensitive eyes. I often find that during days of partial sun and partial cloud these lenses can become a bit bright during moments of sunshine resulting in squinting.

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Infographic taken from Costa del Mar .

Plastic or glass lenses? 

Once you have selected your lens colour, you will then need to choose whether you will be opting for the glass or plastic lens – each of which has its own advantages and disadvantages. The scratch resistant 580G, Costa’s glass lens, is considered to offer the highest level of clarity. However, if you are opting for something a little cheaper or are just prone to clumsiness the plastic lens will not leave you disappointed. The 580P, Costa’s plastic lens, is considered to be a light, highly impact resistant lens. Their special C-WALL coating prevents water, dirt and oils from sticking to the lens, preventing those irritating marks from spoiling your view. Both the 580G and the 580P are top quality optics and provide 100% UV blockage and 100% polarisation meaning that your Costa’s will always be offering quality protection that your eyes deserve. Personally, nothing ruins a good pair of sunglasses more than a few scratches and this is where the slightly heavier glass lens wins in my opinion.

Frame style and size: 

With over 60 different styles of frame on offer as well as four different size categories, your pair of Costa’s can be selected to suit your style and needs. Having owned a number of different frames there are two things which I can recommend you take into consideration when choosing frames:

  • The rubber lining found on frames such as the BLACKFIN, can often part from the nylon frame, a source of great frustration! Carlos is generally considered to be one of those people which puts a products lifetime to the test however this seems to be a common problem. In order to avoid it I would suggest choosing an alternative frame.
  • The metal Costa decal found on frames such as the SEA FAN can develop green corrosion spots. If you are living close to the ocean, I would suggest investing in a pair which lacks this metal decal to prevent your investment from looking scruffy.

In conclusion, why choose Costa del Mar?

Having tried and tested a number of brands over the years this is one that we would without a doubt recommend to anyone looking to invest in an excellent pair of optics. The lens technology (varying light sensitivity, light-weight lenses) and option to customise (choice of lens, material, frame style and size etc) is what makes this a desirable product to all fishermen and women around the globe. What makes Costa del Mar even more appealing is their ‘backed for life’ policy. Costa del Mar has a lifetime warranty to protect consumers against defective materials and workmanship. Should you feel that your purchase has not lived up to your expectations a claim can be submitted.

Another reason to support the brand is their participation in a wide array of environmental and conservation efforts such as their ‘Kick Plastic’ campaign, Project Guyana and more.

Reel Maintenance

Today we are covering a topic which is so simple but is often neglected by majority of anglers – reel maintenance. Any individual with a basic set of mechanical skills can carry out this task. However, here is a simple guideline to do a basic maintenance and cleaning “service”. Prevention is better (and cheaper) than cure!!

(Please note that full services should still be carried out by a professional – your local tackle shop should be able to point you in the right direction).

What you will need: A screwdriver with multi-bits, a non-abrasive rag (e.g. mutton cloth), cotton buds, fishing tackle protector, TG’s rocket fuel liquid grease and oil, multi-purpose lubricant (preferably WD40), marine grade lubricant (grease).

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Step 1: After giving the reel a spray with some fresh water, allow it to dry. Remove the spool and handle and give each component a light coat of multi-purpose lubricant.

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Step 2: Using the mutton cloth and cotton buds, give the entire reel a proper wipe down – be sure to get into all the nooks and crannies (this is where the ear buds come in handy).

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Step 3: On most new reels there is a screw/cap that allows you access to the bearing in the handle. Add a few drops of liquid grease. The handle knob takes a lot of strain and is often one of the first components to pack up – a few drops of liquid grease will help to prolong the lifespan of your reel handle.

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Step 4: Ensure that all salt residue is removed from working parts, in the handle, by giving it a decent spray of multi-purpose lubricant, wiping it down and then applying a light coat of grease. Be sure to apply some grease to the thread as well.

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Step 5: Remove the handle screw cap and handle and apply some liquid grease to the bearings on both sides of the reel.

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Step 6: Apply a few drops of liquid grease to the main shaft of the reel.

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Step 7: Apply some grease to the thread of the shaft.

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Step 8: Add a few drops of oil to the roller bearing and work it through by rolling it with your fingers or a piece of line. Wipe off the excess when complete.

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Step 9: Give the reel and spool a light coat of tackle guard, wipe it lightly and re-assemble. Your reel is now ready to be stored or fished!

A few extra tips:

– Perform this basic service on your new reel before use, this will prolong your reels life by at least 40% by reducing the risks of corrosion. When the factory assembles any reel, minimal lubrication is used.

– Be sure to always tighten your drag before hosing down your reels. By tightening the drag you compact your drag washers which eliminates the chances of water from entering the drag assembly and later creating a sticky drag. After the hose down, be sure to loosen the drag and spin the spool freely before storage – this prevents the drag washers from sticking together.

– NEVER submerge your reel in a bucket of water, it is the worst thing you can ever do to it!

Mad Mullet

The use of soft plastics in salt water fishing has exploded over the last few years. A wide variety of plastics in differing shapes, sizes and colours is now available in most tackle shops. You then have the option to have a scented plastic, a glowing plastic, a vibrating plastic, something from a tiny sand lice plastic to a behemoth squid like creature – think of it and you pretty much will find it somewhere. But all that means nothing if you don’t have the right jighead to match your plastic.

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Shaun Murphy, from Mad Mullet, with a Cunene kob.

The importance of the jighead is often overlooked. But what makes up a good jighead? Weight is probably the most critical factor. Coupled with that is the need for a thin, sharp, super-strong hook. Luckily for us, Mad Mullet has taken this all into consideration and has created a jighead for every application.

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Frustrated by the lack of jigheads and the costs associated with imported jigheads, Shaun Murphy decided to take matters into his own hand and started to produce jigheads for his own use. It didn’t take long till friends came knocking on his door and over time he realised that the product had the potential to expand. Clyde Hare came in with his technical expertise and together they created a product ranging from 1/4oz up to a 10oz in a variety of styles such as bulletheads, arrowheads, shad heads as well as their own weedless design. Together they created a product range ‘made by fishermen for fishermen‘.

What makes Mad Mullet standout is the increase in 1/4oz increments from 1/4oz to 2oz. There is a big difference between a 1 and 2oz jighead – the 7 different weight options below 2oz, provided by Mad Mullet, allows you to fish as light as possible at all times while maintaining a feel for the bottom. By fishing lighter you get the most movement out of your plastic however sometimes when in strong winds or current you need to up your jighead weight accordingly. Rule of thumb when fishing for kob in an estuary or along a sandy beach – If you are feeling the bottom throughout your retrieve – your jighead is too heavy, if you are not feeling the bottom – its too light.

A common flaw in most jigheads are their hooks. Too thin and they straighten under pressure, too thick and you can’t set the hook. Mad Mullet makes use of only Mustad hooks – providing a super sharp, trustworthy hook allowing you to have the best opportunity you can have at successfully hooking and landing fish.

Every jighead which leaves the Mad Mullet workshop is personally inspected by Clyde – quality control is therefore nothing other than a top priority when it comes to this team.

All in all, Mad Mullet is a world class product… produced in our country to target our fish!

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*** LOCAL IS ALWAYS LEKKER ***

 

Small but vital…

Today we are reviewing something that is so small but is a vital component for anyone throwing lures, which is often overlooked by even some of the most experienced of fishermen – lure clips!

Get a bunch of fishermen together around a fire, with a couple of beers, and soon enough everyone will be debating about what which braid, rod, leader etc is best. No one is wrong, yet no one is right. But the one thing that everyone always seems to agree on is the importance of lure clips!

There are hundreds of shapes and sizes but for us there is only one… this quick release clip is made by Dennis Swannell from the Eastern Cape. Each clip is hand made to suit the high standards of Dennis. From the tiny 0.8mm right up to the 2mm clip, Dennis ensures that there is a clip available to every type of lure fisherman.

Clips have many advantages and come to think of it there is not a single disadvantage to this tiny piece of tackle. Its provides a quick and easy way to change lures. Saves you time and effort on replacing ever-shortening leaders and provides better lure action all whilst protecting your knot! Lets not forget to mention how easy it makes it to stow away lures whilst travelling, saving unnecessary damage to rods and reels. The list of positives is never ending when it comes to lure clips.

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Matching a clip to a lure is critical.. it is senseless to make use of a huge 1.6mm clip, on a small surface lure, whilst fishing for grunter in an estuary or to tackle up with a 1mm clip on 80lb braid whilst popping for GT’s. Make sure that the clip you pick matches the type of fishing, with the wide range available there really are no excuses! That being said, it is important to always try use the smallest (yet most suitable) clip possible – these clips are incredibly strong and are highly unlikely to be the weakest link in your gear. From experience, 0.8mm clips is suitable for braid up to 30lbs, 1mm for braid up to 50lbs, 1.2mm for braid up to 65lbs, and 1.6mm for braid up to 100lbs – this is just our rule of thumb and not cast in concrete at all.

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One last bit of advice, remove split rings on small swimming/bass type lures. There is essentially no need for split rings on the front of the lure when using clips. The addition of split rings inhibits the ultimate advantage of these clips – ease of lure change!

Dennis Swannell provides a wide range of accessories for fishermen, ranging from quick release clips, snaps, corkscrew, slides etc which are available in most decent tackle shops around South Africa.