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.

Lady luck?

The morning of the 11th of April 2015 began just like any other morning, waking up to the sound of the ocean lapping the shore and the cat meowing for food. Carlos and I were in a bittersweet mood- happy to be heading back to South Africa, for a week or two, to see family and friends but sad to leave our home and our kitten. It was about lunch time, whilst packing our bags, when we heard Rod Haestier shouting frantically for assistance. Carlos poked his head out our door to see what all the commotion was about… only to find Rod with a buckling rod and near empty reel attempting to get his camera out of his room. Carlos then began bellowing. I ran out only to get shouted at and sent back to get my rod. A massive, shimmering bait ball had gathered on our doorstep and was getting smashed by a shoal of leeries.

I raced down to the beach, and started trembling with excitement. My first cast was nothing other than a total disaster, it was as if I had two left hands! I managed to land my plug nowhere near the bait ball that was stretched out for at least 50m in front of me. A little story on the side, whilst learning to cast properly the only way I got my rhythm was by singing to myself (Lana del Rey was the hit!). I knew I had to get my nerves in check so I reeled like crazy, took a deep break and started singing. From here on, everything happened in slow motion… my plug flew perfectly landing just behind the bait ball. Few quick winds and my ‘Flamingo Special’ plug was skipping along happily. The next moment a massive bow wave started coming from behind, then the biggest explosion I had ever seen. This repeated itself over and over as the leerie was so aggressive he couldn’t get the plug in his mouth (or I had stopped singing, lost focus and was winding like a crazy person!!). Just as I thought I was running out of water my plug disappeared into a massive mouth, not even 15m from my feet. My rod jerked, my Stella started screaming and just like that I was on!

Meanwhile, Carlos had managed to land Rod’s fish. After a few quick photos, the leerie of about 20kg was returned to the sea. Now all of a sudden I had a lot of ‘expert advice’. The fight lasted for about 20min. The flat, clear waters and my new set of Costas made it possible for me to see the fish for the entire fight- something thats etched into my brain forever! After a few tense moments, Carlos managed to tail the fish. Only when he picked it up and passed it into my trembling arms did I realise what a beauty I had just landed. Once the moment had been captured, I waded waist deep into the water, held her until she was ready to kick off. Feeling the fish kick out of my hands and seeing her swim off strongly was even more satisfying than catching her!

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As our fisheries are under immense pressure all over the globe (even in a remote area like Angola) it is very important that we all do our part. Every fish released helps the cause, especially those big breeding females.

Quick tip: always have a camera ready before you land your fish as it wastes valuable time fetching it once the fish has hit the beach. Fighting a big fish takes a lot out of it and every second spent out of the water reduces the chance of a successful release!  

Seal Point Lures

Our first review will be quite an easy one… Seal Point Lures!

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Seal Point Lures are made by Wayne Stanley, who resides in the Eastern Cape, and often puts his own tackle to the test on those infamous yellowtail at Cape St. Francis!

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Wayne putting his goods to the test!

Seal Point offers a wide variety of plugs from a tiny half ounce to massive 5 ounce plug, catering from a wave garrick to a giant kingfish. His plugs are sought after all over the world and have caught giant yellowtail in New Zealand, rooster fish in Mexico, kingfish in the Seychelles and are widely used all over the African continent. No angler should ever be without a Seal Point plug in his/her tackle box.

The specific plug which we will review is a 2.5 ounce “Flamingo Special”. This plug was designed specifically to fish the southern region of Angola, which often produces choppy and windy conditions. The slightly narrower profile and alteration in weighting makes casting into the wind a breeze without sacrificing action – something which plays a major role in hooking those elusive 20kg plus leeries. The “Flamingo Special” plug is also the perfect weight to accompany a 10/11ft spinning outfit, which is our preferred tackle for shore fishing in this part of the world. To date, the plug has accounted for 90% of the leeries, over 15kgs, caught at Flamingo in the last two seasons! The proof is in the pudding! It has also caught numerous shad, jack crevalle, bonitos, kawakawa and even an energetic kob.

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What makes Seal Point plugs special is the craftmanship that goes into each plug. Each plug is handmade and Wayne ensures that he is part of every step along the way. Every single plug produced by Wayne is nothing other than perfection, every weight is 100%, all the angles are equal, all wires bent identically, thus there is never a flawed plug! This means that when you attach a Seal Point plug on the end of your line you can have full confidence that your plug will not only swim perfectly but also maximise your distance as they are unlikely to tumble (if they do tumble, have a look at your swinging action, it might be too aggressive or too jerky).

Seal Point Lures are available in all major tackleshops. There are a lot of imitations out there but only one original. With over 20 years in experience, Waynes’ Seal Point Plugs, are un-matched in quality.

*** Please note that we are not sponsored by any of the tackle/brands that we review. Our reviews are nothing but a reflection of our own opinion. ***