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 Posted: Tue Nov 14th, 2006 04:57 pm
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Hi

I would like to know which one  of the two do you prefer and please can we get reasons and explainations, my personal choice is freshwater whenever i went freshwater fishing no matter how big or small i always caught a fish and when you using a fly rod it was such a thrill to fight the fish, so guys lets here your views.

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 Posted: Tue Nov 14th, 2006 05:09 pm
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Hey On dad

I defn prefer Saltwater Angling. So much more of a thrill.:D

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 Posted: Tue Nov 14th, 2006 05:18 pm
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How can that be more of a thrill when you catch a good size fish like once in a lifetime, you wait years before you really get that big one and then with freshwater fishing its about technique and believe me those small fish can fight eg. like tiger fish what a thrill and what a fight with all those jumps i mean man i think that is the most thrilling thing ever and what a sight.

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 Posted: Tue Nov 14th, 2006 05:36 pm
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oN dAD thats the thrill. U never know what is going to come out the water. Were in a dam you fishing for what you know is there. Dont get me wrong, Dam fishing is exciting and very skillfull. But for me Saltwater is something else. Yes i might wait forever for a catch, but it might be a catch of a lifetime.:) 

Believe me if you were to hold a rod with a 100kg+ steamtrain on the end of ur leader you'd know just what a thrill it is.

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 Posted: Tue Nov 14th, 2006 06:14 pm
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i agree with nivi, salt water angling is much better, also, fishing with a fly rod in the sea is quite a thrilling experience.............

 

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 Posted: Tue Nov 21st, 2006 12:19 pm
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Hi Guys,

I have had extensive experience in fresh and salt. Fished for S/Transvaal competetively catching carp, barbel, mudfish and the always elusive largemouth yellowfish. I fished the whole Vaal system both rivers and dams also Koppies, Bloemhof, Hartebeespoort just to mention a few and then flyfished the smaller rivers for small and largemouth yellows. I bass fish fly and lure and have fished most of the dams and Vaal River. AND THEN I MOVED TO NATAL: What a shock when I got stripped up at Winklespruit and when the big stumpies and brusher smashed me into the rocks. It was a bit of an eye opener and the tackle box changed and a 17 foot carp rod changed to a 400/5. My orlando centre pin changed to speedmaster and the hooks and bait changed size.

I am now totaly hooked on salt water fishing, bought a ski boat and a paddle ski. I do still take the kids to the dam where they catch carp and scallies(smallmouth yellowfish) and the occasional barbel.

At the end of the day its in your blood, you are a fisherman or not. The look in the persons eye when he is at a piece of water and does not have a fishing rod or the withdrawal symptoms of spending a week without wetting a line.

If the sea is bad fish the dams just not to keen on eating the dam fish.

Thats my story and I am sticking to it

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 Posted: Tue Nov 21st, 2006 05:16 pm
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Too many people measure their enjoyment of fishing by the number of dead carcases they drag home to their pots and stoves. For others it becomes a money making game, where each shad they poach or take equals R 20....hey nooit, lahnee, I don't walk away from cash, ekse!!

There is a different dimension to fishing that many people just don't get - the simple pleasure of being outdoors, of seeing things the couch potato doesn't see, of seeing whales, sardines, dolphins, sunsets, sunrises. There is the further pleasure of companionship, of shared interests, of camaraderie and helping your buddy land a good fish or occasionally landing one yourself. THere is the bullshit around the braai, the planning and scheming to outwit the fish, and the pleasure of doing things well. All of these things can be enjoyed for their own, you need not necessarily land a fish to make the exercise worthwhile. I can go to North Pier and sit there for hours catching one blacktail after another, mightily pissing off the "subsistence" anglers, and go home without a fish and still feel satisfied, or walk the banks in Durban bay fishing for mullet, releasing them and going home happy, or use a fly rod for springer and kingies without ever feeling I have to justify the cost of my tackle, ot that I have failed when I didn't land a fish.

Even sitting at Inanda dam in the quiet hours of the evening, watching your motionless plicemen on your carp rods brings a very special kind of peace and contentment. If you do manage to land a fish, so much the better.

 

To qoute a famous saying....Men go fishing all their lives, without realising that it isn;t the fish they're after.:D

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 Posted: Thu Nov 23rd, 2006 10:55 am
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Hey Dude

Well said

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 Posted: Thu Nov 23rd, 2006 11:44 am
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Thanks for the kind words, MB. It absolutely kills me to see how some people fish...they come onto the beach or rocks or pier, with their 5 kilo "bait", make a toal bloody mess of the place, cut off their overwinds and leave them on the beach for the seagulls to get entangled in, leave their food stuffs scattered over the sand or rocks, and take every fish they catch home. Tropical speciments, pinkies, five fingers, small blacktail, it doesn't matter, everything goes home to the pan.

Anyone who has been on South pier when the shad are wild will confirm how these barbarians move in, sopend days on the pier, crap everywhere, start fires and basically carry on like animals for a few days, or until the booze or the bait  runs out, then they're off home to sell their ill goitten gain, leaving their f%&*@#ing crap behind. 

These guys justify the success or otherwise of their trips by the number of dead fish they take home....and the rest of us have to live with their mess.:(

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 Posted: Fri Nov 24th, 2006 03:29 am
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So true bout wat u said about rock an surf M.B..u could prob dam fish all your life but when u get bent going rock an surf the bug jus bites an there is no fixin u up!..lol..

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 Posted: Mon Nov 27th, 2006 01:01 pm
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I love fishing - be it surf, dam or lake, as long as I got a rod in my hand I am happy, it doesn't matter whether I catch fish or not.

Most of my fishing is done in the sea only because I live on the coast.

Hey Fish4Fun I totally agree with you, those who you are reffering to are not fisherman they are ignorant, miscreants who give a damn about the ocean, fish,environment or anything else, it's they who give fisherman a bad name.

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 Posted: Thu Apr 12th, 2007 01:35 am
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Any fishing is fun :D.  Nothing beats the sound and the thrill of a screaming reel, it can be in the sea or dam. Being out enjoying nature is what counts.

We in the Cape have a limited sea fishing window (we catch on fly) so when the season gets cold we turn to the rivers and dams

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 Posted: Thu Apr 12th, 2007 12:43 pm
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Hi Guys

I have been fishing the dams and the rivers for the better part of 26 years! It used to be the best pass time in the world. It was the whole experience, being on and one with nature and the thrill of catching and releasing specimen fish. This was the thrill, until i was introduced to Surf fishing about a year ago...regardless i have never looked back to the inland waters since!:)

There is just something about surf fishing that beats inland waters hands down. Maybe its the spirit with which the fish fight in the oceans or just the thrill of not knowing whats going to pick you up next.

I can openly say i have been converted!::H

Surf fishing rules.....

P.S forgot to mention my my inland tackle haven't left the garage since! hee hee

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 Posted: Thu Apr 12th, 2007 01:37 pm
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hey big guns

if i was you i would'nt have hung up my freshwater stuff...your location says johannesburg, i need to fish as much as possible sometimes 3 or 4 times a week,so when i can't get to the surf the other venues help with my addiction:D

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 Posted: Thu Apr 12th, 2007 01:50 pm
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Hi Rols

I dont get to fish as much as i would like, My wife just had a baby recently so when ever i get the chance its to the coast...! Gotta make it count! lol

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 Posted: Fri Apr 13th, 2007 11:22 pm
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totally agree,

who likes fishing with the pong of rotten sards,and boxes and hooks lying around cos they get so pist and tip their boxes over,and i use to be a lifeguard and you get these litties coming to you with hooks in there feet.

 

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 Posted: Wed Apr 18th, 2007 05:29 pm
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Guys

I'm defs a Freshy and not a Salty, for reasons obvious, THE BIG BLUE is just toooooo far to drive for the amount that I need to spend at any piece of water to contain my sanity levels at an opptimum.  Fishing the Big Blue, reminds me sort of "Papgooi" with the diffs that you dunno whats gonna stomp your line and the water is salty.  Freshies, speaking Bass, trout, Tigers and not Carp, you have to HUNT them, I mean really hunt them, almost like spearfishing without the ouch to the Fish.

Anyhow, been papgooi-ing for almost 16-years and since I became a Freshy Hunter I've never looked back.

Maybe if I stayed a lot (a whole lot) closer to the BIG DAM then I'd also perhaps would have liked Salty a tad more.

Happy Hunting those LGF's

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Howzit LGF

I must take my hat off to u freshwater guys .....To make a sport out of one species of fish ...that takes some doing and dedication namely Bassing..Oh sure there are other freshwater but i was reading an article how fast and big bassing has got in this country..WEL DONE>> We saltys can learn from that. I for one only spin ..from the shore not boat and at the moment trying to get better at outhinking kob. I am not saying bait hasnt got its place...There are guys out there who are brilliant at catching kob with bait ...BUT us saltys should take our type of angling to the next level. ANYWAY... Just some thoughts!!!

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bass fishing rocks but sea fishing kills all fishing 10 fold down.

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i grew up on the dams so it holds a special place for me but sea fishing is such a buzz cause u never know whats gonna bite it could be a shark of 200kg or kob 50kg wow what wild selection. on the dams u pretty know what fish are gonna bite as for the bait u use.:fishn:sha

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