|Joined: ||Fri Sep 20th, 2013|
|Location: ||Paarl, South Africa|
|Equipment: ||Rods -Shimano Nexave MH, Exage Surf 100M/ 110H, Psdn HMG ...|
|Best Catch: ||19 kg Henties Westcoast Steenbra on light tackle|
|Favorite Fishing Spot: ||Pearly Beach, Struisbaai, Suiderstrand, Brandfontein, Blombos, Betties, Hangklip|
|Boat: ||Rods -Shimano Nexave MH, Exage Surf 100M/ 110H, Psdn HMG ...None, but I would love a Quintrex alu boat for ...|
|Mana: ||kliphard wrote:
Cuban Cigar wrote:
Hi guys !
After much pressure by a few Sealiners and in particular, my regular Sealine fishing buddy, I gave in and got myself a custom wetsuit from Coral, to join this "rather interesting pasttime" !
So on this past Sunday, I was in for the "roof wetting" (that specific choice of words spelled trouble and was a hint of things to come) of my new farmer john, with Windguru predicting a healthy 3.5 m swell in the Strand - not ideal for "kortgat rookies" but what the hell, I was superkeen !
Early morning we arrived at the Macs reefs, but with more sand picking up from the sandbars, we were not expecting too much - after a hour or so on the reefs, without much action, we decided to go look for water that was more ideal.
Drove in the direction of the Strand and found some good looking water and out we waded again ....
We quickly realised that we should have headed there first thing in the morning, as the particular reef we chose, was not going to provide us with a solid stance for very long with the swell up and the tide pushing.
My buddy very soon had his first take and landed a gallie, while I was starting to figure that the big size difference between us, will work in his favour, as the swell was already threatening to float me off my perch - not very long after that a very big swell came from nowhere and as expexted, carries me off the reef - when I look back, expecting to see him doubled up in laughter on the reef, to my surprise I realise that the reef was empty and that we were swimming in perfectly sincronised side by side fashion !
With my "GROOTSKRIK" , something of the past and figuring that no rods were broken and that we are not bleeding and can actually stand behind the gap between the two reefs in between the swells comingh through (when we had to watertrap), we burst into laughter - this was fun for me as the rookie and not cold at all in the wetsuit !
The laughter had barely stopped when my rod was flattened by a healthy blacktail - my first fish while properly reefhopping (although I wasn't ON the reef anymore) ! After that we got another blacktail and gallie between the two of us and I was solidly hooked on this kind of fishing that I tried for so long to dodge !
Now I quickly figured that the less you carry/pack for this kind of fishing, the better, but you still have to carry your two or three kinds of bait, sinkers and hooks and their traces, some spare leader material and your fishbag.
I was thinking of making up a homemade belt rig with bait bottles etc, but now wonder if that wont make me float even faster and the white bait bottle rigs you buy with the red strapping, also float out of their harnesses when the deeper water is reached ...
It would be great if those Cape reef experts amongst us, could post some pics of your chosen clothing, equipment etc and give us reef rookies some valuable tips to cope with the new challenges please ?
Cheers " daar gaan hy" just got a new meaning to me, as you are floated off the reef !
Dit is regtig nie so ingewukkeld nie, ek sal n paar fotos neem van my kit en dit later vir jou whatsapp dan kan jy n idee kry van wat vir my en my hengel maat werk, elke persoon het sy eie tricks en goed so die basics bly baie dieselfde maar jy pas mos jou gereedskap an volgens jou styl van hengel.
Ons was self ook uit gewees sondag en die swem was nogal leke met daai groot swelle, ons het ook 2 gallies gekry waarvan 1 moes terug gan, net voor ons besluit om die tou in tegooi het n vrats golf ons ook van ons klip afgehaal en met die keer slag toe druk ek my hand so mooi op n see pampoentjie en sukkel nou nog om al die stukkies uit my fingers tekry.
Jis Henri - het jy dalk al kans gehad om vir ons 'n paar fotos van jou kit te neem dat die ander beginners soos ek 'n bietjie kan loer asb ?
Ek sal sommer ook 'n paar fototjies van boots, wader,sakkie ens neem - almal gaan leer en baat hier uit !