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 Posted: Thu Sep 14th, 2017 06:32 am
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Fishpaste
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So a few weeks ago my cousin sends me a message saying he is coming up to JHB for a couple of days in the week due to work and whether I thought the cats would be active as yet. Needless to say the weather was looking bleak at that moment in time, but it’s always worth a shot and things are bound to change in the weeks to come. Well here we are and boy oh boy did the weather turn out nice!

Tuesday afternoon:
We headed to the venue close to home and saw plenty of cat activity in the shallows. I thought things looked up but we actually struggled with the skittish cats. After numerous casts, I managed to land a decent cat with a solid hookup in the top lip. I was fishing my usual setup: Calcutta 400 with 8ft6 Fenwick Eagle GT armed with a 1/2oz jig and Berkley Havoc 5" paddletail.
Many a cast later we were approached by a couple of young guys asking if we fancied another but “private” venue with a decent head of cats, so we gladly accepted their offer!
At the new venue it was apparent that this is a prime location for the roepstok but unfortunately I did not have it with me. I dipped all along the edges with my paddletail and manage to get a lot of enquiries but none that stuck...

Wednesday afternoon:
We headed back to our first venue we targeted on the Tuesday and managed to land another cat on the paddletail but then it all went dead. Decided to take a chance on phoning the other gents we met the day before to see if we could fish the same venue we were so kindly invited to the previous day. There was one difference though...I packed my roepstok!!! Well needles to say, we were given the go ahead and met the gents at the venue. Arriving at the spot it was evident that the cats are not as active as the previous evening... Long story short I missed 3 or 4 fish where the hook didn't set. Just before we headed home, in the dark, I managed to find a single cruising cat. I dipped the vibolure pumpkin seed (courtesy of Slimy Salamander) in front of the cat and it leaped forth and slammed it but missed... I just kept the lure hanging there and the fish turned back for seconds and slammed it hard!!! It wasn't the biggest fish but it was a welcomed one and a great start to a new season of hunting cats!

Pics are bad as my phone is rubbish!!!

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 Posted: Thu Sep 14th, 2017 06:33 am
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 Posted: Thu Sep 14th, 2017 06:55 am
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Hi Fishpaste,

Great read and well done on your catch.

Glad to hear that the prototype lures are still going strong.

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 Posted: Thu Sep 14th, 2017 11:27 am
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Great lures and still going strong!
I have been nagged and I have been begged for these lures... ;)

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I'll have to send you one of the newer models, you're the only guy that actually gave me feedback. None of the others bothered to get back to me.

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Nice!

I was there last weekend and blanked...

There were hundreds of cats turning, but they didn't seem keen on biting any lure cast their way.

Tried popping, lipless crank, paddletail retrieved slow along bottom and frog on bottom.

Could literally feel my lure dragging over the bunched up catch on the bottom.

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 Posted: Fri Sep 15th, 2017 06:52 am
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Slimy,

I saw a pic of your new vibrating lure on Facebook. Really sweet looking lure.

Did you do the design yourself?

Cheers
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Hi Fishpaste,

Great read and well done on your catch.

Glad to hear that the prototype lures are still going strong.

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 Posted: Mon Sep 18th, 2017 10:17 am
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kaptein delarey wrote:
Did you do the design yourself?

I designed the software and the electronics myself.

The lure's physical appearance was a collaboration between myself and a professional 3D artist. I determined the shape specifications and weight distribution of the body and the 3D artist had some freedom to sculpt it into a fishlike shape with artistic details.


EDIT: The lure as posted above by fishpaste is an early prototype placed into a Sada pumpkin. Not my lure design, but I first wanted to test the concept before I spend a fortune designing my own lure body, because it's shockingly expensive.






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Slimy I saw on facebook some guy from PTA that landed a 22.22kg cat in Bloemhof...his 1st cat for the season! Great great lures!

Kaptein...ek kan vir ons in n baie lekkerder dammetjie inkry daar waar die babers baie meer gewillig is...lyk soos krokodille as jy klop. As jy klop pop die goed sommer op en lê daar en hover met snorre bokant die water...of jy sien net n swart shadow inbeweeg vir ondersoek. Gaan nie se hulle is monster sizes nie maar groot genoeg vir n lekker session! ;)

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 Posted: Wed Sep 20th, 2017 05:03 am
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Thanks.

Sal jou kontak wanneer ek weer 'n naweek oop het.


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Great stuff Pieter, you seem to have a knack for finding all these little urban dams;)

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Ant86 wrote:
Great stuff Pieter, you seem to have a knack for finding all these little urban dams;)
You need to join me one afternoon mate...we have been saying it for a long time but never seem to do it!

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Fishpaste wrote:
Ant86 wrote:
Great stuff Pieter, you seem to have a knack for finding all these little urban dams;)
You need to join me one afternoon mate...we have been saying it for a long time but never seem to do it!


Most definitely, been speaking about it for too long now. October should be good

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kaptein delarey wrote:
Nice!

I was there last weekend and blanked...

There were hundreds of cats turning, but they didn't seem keen on biting any lure cast their way.

Tried popping, lipless crank, paddletail retrieved slow along bottom and frog on bottom.

Could literally feel my lure dragging over the bunched up catch on the bottom.


I Think its because they spawning..!!
I've had the same problem.. ie: faul hooking more fish than getting hookups..!!

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