Bass fishing on a sup (stand up paddle board)

Cuba and I managed to go bass fishing the other day. I had done some research on some bass dams in the midrand area that I wanted to check out. Research means looking on google earth marking the dams and seeing how to get there. The mission was to go Bass fishing on my sup.

So the day came and I loaded the fishing sup on the car and all the tackle. We had water and food. I had also made a cool thing to attach my camera on to get some footage from a little further away. I had my head strap also. I did manage to get some interesting footage that I need to edit and upload to youtube.

I found a dam and it looked very promising. The other dam was in the midstream estate and the guys on sealine forum said it was very cool. It was when I checked it out but I could not use my fishing sup. So we just walked around and Cuba ran around on the golf course for a bit. The first dam was on private property and the security guard would not let us in. I will be going back to the Midstream dam without all the equipment and just a fly rod.

So in the end I decide to go the the dam below Stoke City. I went my normal route only to find that the road below the dam wall had been washed away and it was impassable. So again I felt like we where being blocked to go Bass fishing on my sup. I decide that I will find the other way round to get to the dam. Nothing like an adventure and I found the other road to get to the dam. So I got the fishing sup offloaded and all the goodies attached. Cuba and I fished the dam from one end to the other but not a single bite. I am blaming the heavy rain for doing something to the bass. So it is back to google earth and l am going to find some new dams to go Bass fishing on a sup.

Fishing rod sleeves for tangle free fishing rods

Fishing rod sleevesI did do a post about rod socks and I was very excited about them so I decided to make my own fishing rod sleeves. I went on a mission to the material shop and after looking around I found some rip stop material. It is the same stuff they use to make dry macs, kites and a few other things I am sure. The rip stop does come in a few colours and next time I am going to get all the colours. The material is very smooth so the fishing rods slide into the sleeves fast and easy. My first few where not that well sewn but after some direction from my wife I have made them awesome and I have a little extra I want to add to the next batch. I recently took them for a test drive. My son and I went bass fishing and the rods where in the back of the car. Normally what happens when the rods are all bunched up they will get tangled with each other. The line will twist around an eye plus you can’t see which way it is twisted and it is just frustrating to untangle a simple mess. With the rod sleeves I had no such issue, the rods when into the car and came out the car untangled. It was great and I am in love. My next mission will be to test them in my fishingski hatch. That one is normally a very scary mess.

I have made them for 6’6” and 7’ fishing rods. If this is something you would be interested in let me know lantz@fishingencounters.co.za or post in the comments below. I am also doing some market research and am very interested to know how much you would be willing to pay for fishing rod sleeves.

If you want to win 3 fishing rod sleeves, either for 6’6” or 7’ fishing rods or a combo. Just subscribe to my blog (top right area) I will then do a random draw on the 28th of Feb 2014 and contact you for your shipping address.

Ball Joint

I decided to make a ball joint. I needed a way to attach my gadgets to the suction mount. I managed to buy the suction mount from http://www.crocsgripsuctioncups.co.za/ I must say I am super impressed with them and they are a lot cheaper than other suction mounts and I can attach whatever I want to them if I make the correct fitting.

So the first video is showing you my uses for the ball joint

The second video explains the process of making the ball joint. I have shared this on the Sealine Forum and got some great suggestions on a correct drill to use to do the counter sink.

A trip to Pomene in Mozambique (Part 2)

Part one here

When we were there at Pomene it had a derelict hotel on the point south from our camp site.  The tide would move in and out great distances due to the very flat beach. The point just off the hotel at high tide was a great fishing spot. We would cast lures with bass tackle and catch some kingfish and other species on lures. The locals had a very interesting setup. They would use hand line, the lure was a slice of green paw paw. It worked I saw them catch many a king fish that way.

Getting the ski boat back on the trailer after fishing was interesting. The tide would go out far but due to it being so flat this would create quick sand and before you know it the Landy would be stuck, lucky we have experience with this kind of thing so managed to get out before the tide came up. Out at sea to the South of the hotel was some great reefs. It would rise from 30m to and 10m if my memory serves me correctly. You could see the current swelling on the surface, I wish I had a gps back then. Unfortunately the water was very cold and we did not have any luck, but I would imagine that would be an awesome fishing spot.

Behind the campsite is a big lagoon and going north you find the mouth to the lagoon. We went there in the ski boat. At the entrance to the mouth we did casting and managed to catch a few wolf herring. It was fun. Going further into the lagoon there was mangroves, which as the tide was rushing out so was the water spilling out. As I look back now we should have casted some lures in that area. I am sure we would have hooked up a rock salmon or 2. I wonder how far you could go into the lagoon as we did go far but I sure there was more. Would love to explore on a kayak now.  We stopped at the mouth again on the north side and did a bit of snorkeling. We would hang on the trees that had fallen in the water and watch all the fish, the tide was rushing out at great speed. It was a real water wonderland.  A shoal of king fish also came through and we casted some lures into them. Standing in knee deep water the kingfish came right up to us chasing our lures, it was a blast!

There was lots of fun and games in camp too with lots of swimming in the sea and lazing about. I had not washed my hair the whole time and when I dived into the water it did not get wet. I remember sitting in camp and next thing there is a dot that comes around the point. It was a dot because it was far. So between the guys the speculations starts as to what it is. It slowly makes its way north. We eventually see that it is a buoy. So out we went to go and fetch it. I spent many years in my pub back in Mtunzini.

All too soon it was time to head home. Way before the crack of dawn we left Pomene. It was still dark by the time we hit the tar road. One thing that sits clearly in my memory was how clean the windscreen was at that time of the day for a moment it looked like there was no windscreen at all. Due to our engine troubles we took it slow. Did not want to break down again. It was a very long trip and it was such a relief to get back to South Africa. I ended up selling the engine and getting a brand new one.

I am sure I have missed out a few things from the trip but you guys that went with please share in the comments.

Here are a few things that spring to mind but can’t remember the details. The hat and tie party. The crab migration, didn’t one crawl on your back Paddy? The hole in the wall at the south side of the hotel.