barbel bait rig

This is my barbel bait rig.  I did find the idea on the internet but had to make a plan as I did not have the product they mentioned. I went to dischem and found some gauze that did the job. I am very excited to try this else where.

IMG-20140922-WA0009I did get the bigger one as I was not sure what the final product was like. I cut them in half.

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So you then put a dollop of chicken livers in the gauze.

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Fold up the  corners to make a ball.

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Then you twist the ball closed and tie it up with some cotton.

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Cut off any excess gauze to make it look neat if you want. I did get a bit lazy and did not cut it off. It did making casting the barbel bait rig go like a dart.

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This is the final product cast out and catch a big barbel. The chicken livers work very well.

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I am looking forward to trying this at Emmarentia dam for some barbel.

Casting Slimbait 175 – Chartreuse

So a quick question. Which fishing tackle shops in the JHB area have these lures and a good price? If you know of any tackle shops that stock the Casting Slimbait 175 please let me know in the comments below. Thank you in advance. I very much am hooked on the idea of the glow one but I imagine that the one that looks like a needle fish will work very well.

The long-casting Slimbait has a wobbling, rolling action and is best used with a twitching  & jerking retrieve. Perfect for shore or boat angling. They are made by CID Cast in Deep

Length: 175mm Weight: 30g Floating

Available in the following colours

Casting Slimbait 175Sardine
Chartreuse (with Orange underbelly)
Clear Blue
Mackerel
UV Orange
Glow

 

WaveJet – Personal Water Propulsion System

Fishing just got more fun

The WaveJet allows you to navigate waters hands-free. Giving you freedom to do more fishing and less paddling.

So who is the importer in South Africa or who is making something like this here.

Roodeplaat Dam fishing and caravaning

I took my 3 kids on a Caravan trip to Roodeplaat dam. It was my first time caravaning and going to Roodeplaat. After a bit of googling I decided to stay at Mar Leo. Very easy to find as the road almost goes straight there. The turn off for Mar Leo is right after the 4 star blades place.

From a caravaning point of view the place is awesome, well to me it was. We had a site right on the waters edge so we could sit in our veranda and have our lines in the water. The other plus was we had power. It was a bit sad that they do not have showers but the kids enjoyed a version of roughing it. There is one trampoline out of 3 working, again the kid where very happy about that. The pool is clean but freezing when we went now in the beginning of september. The kids loved the pole over the pool. It was a great game to get across the pool without falling off.

We took our little blow up boat that we paddle around in. I need to get a battery so that I can rather use the trolling motor and stop the kids paddling us around in circles and fighting about it. I spoke to Andre the current manager for Mar Leo and he said it would not be a problem to use the boat. I had a concern because from the research I had done I was not sure if you could use a boat from Mar Leo. I had my fish finder with me and could see the water temp was only 17.5 degrees. We tried for bass from the boat and barbel from the land. We had no luck with both, but I think it had something to do with the temp of the water, as the structure around the dam looked perfect for bass. In some of the floating weed beds there were big fishing hunting and now and again it would whip up a froth as it was trying to get whatever it was cashing. I am keen to go back during the hotter months and see what we can catch. I also need to get up to speed on the best baits for barbel and maybe a few night time hand lines.

I have a barbel mission near the end of this month so need to get up to speed fast. What is the best bait? In my youth it would be chicken livers. When I fish emmarentia dam I use bread, but that is because that is what the people feed the ducks. I am keen to try viennas at emmarentia like I did at Roodeplaat dam. They do stay on the hooks nicely.

The place is a carp fishing hot spot and the guys around us where very kitted out the the carp fishing equipment. Mar Leo has day picnic sites available.

This is my Ostrap review

I have not worn things on my wrists for many years. If I need the time I check my phone or look at the computer. Ross got hold of me and suggested I review his para cord straps. Who does not like some goodies to test. My first challenge was getting the stuff in the post. The post office was having a strike, they could still be having one. The next challenge is using the ostrap for something. I can think of a few applications but I have not been hunting and fishing for a long time. I did think I could use it on my fishingski. Well the fishingski currently been fixed and I have not caught any big fish in a long time that I would need to tie down on my deck.

So I have a test that I am going to do when the weather warms up and the fish start biting, I will share it on my blog so sign up if you don’t want to miss out. I have given my word and I am excited to give it the Bear Grills treatment in the future.

I am very impressed with the workmanship of the ostrap and I do like the manly look it gives me. I have no doubt that I will find a moment when I need some extra para cord to do some task and I look forward to using it.

Mounting of fishingski in garage roof

The mounting of the ski uses two double pulleys and a single one. I used “awning pulleys” which maybe a risk as they do not state the load capacity. However the ski should not normally weigh more than about 35 to 40 Kg with some kit left inside. But I suggest using pulleys that are a little bigger than the 25mm dia. ones I used.  The double pulleys I purchased came in a set and cost about R50.00 but the better ones sell single and are about R50:00 each.  I am sure there will be a mechanical advantage as pulling it up on ones own does take some effort.  As you can see from the photos until I decide how I feel about “awning pulleys” I have used two orange “safety ropes” at the ends of the ski for the time being. With Moms new car below the ski is the least of my worries.

The pulley are connected using “D” shackles and again they are cheap ones ( no load specified ) as the ski should not weigh that much. You may need one or two per pulley application depending on the pulley eye. My pulleys have fixed eyes so I had to use two shackles to orientate the pulley for the rope run. However some of the others have a swivel eye so they should only need a single shackle. Shackles cost about R6:00 to R 15:00  for the cheap ones. The expensive ones go for above R 45:00. The shackles are connected to 10mm eye bolts which I ran through the roofing timbers at 75 mm up from the bottom. Also suggest that one goes as high as is possible to just clear the rope runs as this will get the ski hanging higher up.

I have used a flat belt around the ski to spread the weight load across a larger area of the body of the ski as opposed to a rope ( which I tried first ). The current flat belt will change when I can to one that is prepared with a “D” and hook sewn into the belt as opposed to the current huge granny knot. The important thing is to get a “snug” fit to reduce the height at which the ski hangs down.

The most important thing is to get the “correct rope” for the pulleys. Do not use ski rope as that is cheap and nasty and does not keep its round profile and so easily slips into the gap betreen the pulley roller and the roller body. Ask me I did that and ended up with the ski jambed in mid air when the ski rope slipped off the roller and wedged the pulley. Luckly Mark was  there to rescue me as I was stuck at the side wall holding the two ropes and too afraid to leave them and try get to the ski lest it decide at that moment to release.  The rope just loops around the normal double lug rope trap as is often used on flag poles.

The costs were

10 mm eye bolts   X 3 at R 15:00 = R 45:00
Double 25 mm dia. awning pulley set = R50:00
Single awning pulley = R30:00
Safety hooks to clip to belt from rope X 2 = R30:00
Rope trap = R 15:00
Flat belt ( not sure as this I got as scrap )
6 mm polypropylene rope 15 m X R 10:00/m = R150:00

Total for job excluding screws for rope trap = R320:00

I am fortunate that I have the large structural laminated beam across the garage at that point and so can hide a ski on either side if need be.

Cheers  Stan

Thanks very much Stan for this info and allowing me to put this on my website.