winds

Tips for casting in strong winds

Nothing like a strong cross-wind to spoil a bank angling session.  Even experienced anglers will tell you that casting in the wind remains a challenge, not to mention the extra vigilance needed to detect a bite when your line is bobbing up and down in the waves. Even worse is being in a competition situation, where casting accuracy is very important, and the wind keeps pushing your bait into the next anglers zone and leaves a huge loop in the line.

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Much ado about carping

The truth of the matter is I am not really qualified to advise anyone on how to fish but I’m going to anyway.


Have you ever had that day when you sat there on the waters edge and tried everything you could but absolutely nothing was caught – not even a bite. To top it all off the guy next to you was landing the big ones one after the other. The next time it happens, and I hope it never does, try going over to the guy who’s nailing them and spend some time with him. Try to see what he is doing differently and I don’t mean what dip or flavour he is using, I mean try to see how he fishes. Over the years I’ve come to realize that the difference between someone who catches regularly and someone who hits a lot of blanks is something I like to call “finesse.” Don’t let the fancy word confuse you. It’s not something you can learn from book or even from this article but here are some finesse tricks you can incorporate into your fishing style.

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Use the line-clip to get that “kol” going…

Ever looked forward to a fishing trip for weeks, only to be left in an anti-climactic situation? Been at the waters for 2 days with minimal success when a new angler sets up camp 100 meters to your left and he starts catching fish like its going out of fashion?

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Choosing the right rod for you

Whether you’ve been out of the game for a while, or you’re taking up bank angling for the first time, it’s important to note that the landscape and equipment have developed tremendously in recent years. Shorter rods mostly made of carbon fiber or graphite have replaced those lanky fiberglass rods of over 14 foot. You will have to be able to distinguish between the following three options when going rod shopping:

 

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Callers and takers – The basics.

The average bank angler has about 20 dips and 30 balldips in his box. These are probably a good mix of flavours and colours ranging from sweet to strong to very potent. Do you have a specific plan when you get to the dam based on the conditions? Do you take the colour of the water, the weather and the species you are targetting into consideration, or do you whip out the dips at ramdom and hope for the best?

Upper Vaal Yellows

(An article submitted by Mahomed Doola - Thank you)


This summer we once again braved the mud, miggies, mozzies and all that the upper Vaal River could throw our way.

In the eye of the beholder

Here is a really interesting observation that most fisherman don't know about. Nearly all fish look down when they are out of the water.

Shed some light

Here is a good tip on how to take photos when shooting into the sun.

Fishing Holes Map

kaphom fishing holes Here is our old "Kaphom Fishing Holes" map. We put it back up because a lot of guys were asking for it.

Bait Recipes

Paruk had an idea to start some form of bait recipe exchange area on the site. So I decided to add this article with 2 on my tried and tested recipes as a start. If anyone has any other bait recipes or ideas they would like to share they can add to this article by using the "comment" section below. Just click on comments and add your recipe as part of your comment. We should collect some interesting ideas this way.

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