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. ***

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.

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. ***