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Kosi Bay Rock Salmon

I was amped to get a decent rock salmon (river snapper) as Kosi has some real lunkers and is the best place to land them as there is not much structure for them to cut you off on. My chance came one afternoon when we were coming back from fishing first lake and we noticed a shoal of big snapper congregated next to the mouth of one of the channels. I cast a Rapala X-Rap Walk 13cm surface stickbait at them and slowly walked it over the shoal. The water exploded and I was on. I go the fish right next to the boat and the hook pulled. I quickly cast at the shoal again and went vas a second time. This time the hook stayed in and I was very stoked to land a 10lb fish, which Ewan tagged for me.

Read the full Kosi Bay Rock Salmon story, by Craig Thomassen

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Ewan was kind enough to sit back and let me have a full go at these fish, as he could see how amped I was and knows that this is my favourite estuary species. The next one I hooked was an absolute bomber, it pulled line like a steam train and gave me a great fight. It was quite a different colour from the others, they have very variable colours. This one weighed in on the boga at 15lb’s which is a seven kilo fish!

Read the full Kosi Bay Rock Salmon story, by Craig Thomassen

 

Boat Storage

Is your Boat Storage taking up a parking bay at work? Is your boat parked in your yard under a cover filled with mosquito water? Don’t you hate it when you need to take your boat for that holiday or weekend away only to find that you need to service it and so many little things are broken, because it has been in the elements and they have taken their toll on your investment.

Your boat storage is under Cover.

Why not store your boat at our Rent A Store Sandton Branch. Your boat storage is under cover in an open parking bay, so it will not fill up with water and mosquitoes. Keep it covered to stop the dust.  Free up that space at work so you can get your job done without distractions. Free up that space at home for the kids car or whatever else you can use the space for.

We are open from 6am to 6pm 7 days a week. So when you are ready to go on that holiday or spend the weekend at the Vaal. Just come and collect your boat and off you go. You could even come and collect your boat after or before work.

So fill in a few details online and we will contact you to get the ball rolling. We don’t just want you to store your boat with us. We want YOU to use it, your boat that is!

About the author. Lantz Mattinson. He love’s boats in an understatement. He has been either on the water or in the water before he was born. If it floated Lantz was on it. He has been on Ski Boats, rubber ducks, rafts down the Zambezi. Fishing kayaks paddling through the surf. He was even on a ship once, but that was just in the Harbour. Raced yachts at Richards Bay. He paddled out to sea to tie a rope around a boat that had flipped so they could drag it back to the beach. He works for Rent A Store Sandton

5 ways to hook a live bait

We used to fish a lot of holidays at St Lucia lake.  We would hand-line for live bait. The trick was not to let the bait get to the bottom otherwise you would just catch Nondies.  The live bait we where after was was glass nose. I am not sure what the real name is. But it was deadly. You could sometimes catch them at night during full moon. The trick was to catch them and put a hook through the anal fin area and then cast them a bit away from the boat and wait.  You could feel when a fish had picked up the live bait. Salmon and springer was what we would catch with them.

The rig I would use was a fly rod with a small scarborough reel. It was such fun with that light tackle and you could fight the fish almost with your bare hands. You are the one in control of all the push and pull on the line.

Here is a great article on  5 ways to hook a live bait. I know even deep sea live bait is a winner.

The Kraken Kayak by legendkayaks

The Kraken kayak can be used with simple fittings for a quick recreational paddle, or it can be custom fitted for any touring or kayak fishing application. Don’t forget about the family so just take them with you on the Kraken kayak. A flat deck allows for infinite seating positions, storage options and makes a great surface for standing on.

This is an ideal kayak for the person that wants to do all your own DIY. I think I would fit into this group. If you need some ideas check out this facebook group kayakdiy

The other route is to explore the options with Brian from Legend Kayaks and create a water craft that is going to do everything and anything for you. Brian is very creative and fishing is his passion. So he is the right man to speak to.

This is just a few of the available extras: Foot brace systems for all seating positions, Aluminium framed seat, swivel seat, surf launching fish/rod hatch, stabilising pontoon rig, trolling motor, Livewell and all sort of extras and accessories available.

The specs of the Kraken Kayak
4.5 m long
74.5cm wide ( Nice and stable )
Weight 28kg
Capacity – 160kg as a wet deck
– 220kg as a dry deck

Price R5500.00 incl – A bargain to get you out on the water and fishing.

The Kraken Kayak by legendkayaks
The Kraken Kayak by legendkayaks

One last thing if you are looking for a spot to take your kayak check out this group FriendsOfKosiBayKayakFishing

Bronkhorstspruit Dam

Got invited to Bronkhorstspruit Dam for a day. I did take my SUP and did a little fishing. There where a lot of dead fish floating around. I did see some nice carp swimming under the reeds, but I was after bass. We swam in the dam and I did a session of skiing.  That is something that I have not done in a long time. Anyway some pictures of the fun we had.

Fluid’s Range of Fishing Kayaks

Get out there with any one of Fluid’s fishing kayaks!

Fluid has taken three of their bestselling recreational kayaks and made them even more versatile by kitting them out as  Fishing Kayaks. You can now take the Buddy, Chumani and Synergy out onto the water, slot in a couple of rods and go hunt the big one.

For those looking for a pure fishing kayak we have the Bamba. The Bamba is just as versatile as it can be loaded up as a touring kayak too with the large amount of packing space it has. Tracking well on flat water and in the sea, the Bamba has great trawling speed too. Made from durable roto-moulded plastic the Fluid range of fishing kayaks not only get you out there they do so without the need for patching and repairs.

Save money: Fluid sells direct to end users, delivery included. Click to view the complete range of fishing kayaks and find one for you

Kosi Bay Jan 2015

My Parents and some of the family went to Kosi Bay during Jan 2015. My mom broke her knee just before they left so she was out of action. My dad has Alpha 1-antitrypsin so he is unable to do any physical work without struggling for air.  But they had a good time.

So I asked my mom to pop me a mail with some feed back on the trip. She has asked me to change the names of some of the people and also some info I am not allowed to add onto the site. It would make for some interesting reporting if the info could be verified. Any way the feed back is below.

There being no fisherman in our camp made it hugely frustrating for me.  I eventually paid a gillie R150, going rate now, to catch us fish.  Charl took him to other side of lake, north of casuarinas, where he long lined from shore.  Our shore has been dead for 2 years running. Not a bite!!!

If it is fish to eat that you are after then best to hire a fisherman, even if only for 1 day. Wiseman was our fisherman. Rough looking guy but it did the trick. He tied, very well, a bit of sardine, prawn and cracker shrimp onto a 2,O hook, small bait. He hooked a rock salmon, which broke off by going into the reeds and caught lovely big bream, 2 and 3.2 kg. On East side, sea side, of hole, just off the deep, casting towards the shallow side and into the deep side is your best bet. This is if you are happy to park and wait.
Early morning, I believe is still the best.
The best spot proved to be all around the hole in the 3rd lake on the north side. North west and north east.
Towards the entrance to the channel north west of hole, you would catch Sea pike. North side of hole would be Kingfish. North and North east of hole would be Rock salmon.
Parked with Pouter as bait, dead or alive, was successful. You keep your eyes peeled for shoals of kingfish swimming past and maybe try your luck with a lure. This worked well January 2014.
The fishfinder can pick up the shoals of Rock salmon or you look for the terns.
When you find the shoal you cast your lures.  Piet( name changed)  caught 8 in 2 hours mid day the one day. That was when he lost his best lure. Scotty’s letter will tell you how not to speed into the shoal when you see them feeding.  I agree!! Patience is the name of the game.
You can also troll around the edge of the hole, just in the deep, to find the Rock salmon.
Rattler lures are cheaper than Halcos and Rapalas.  Rattler Deep Diver was what Piet was using.  The lure that the fishing shop said was the best to use was L25. The one that looks a bit like Piets’s is B24.   I would recommend a red and white and also a purple for overcast days. I suspect that when you hit a shoal of Kings or Rock salmon they will take anything.
Fishing is truly the luck of the fisherman but there has to be an inner passion to go with it!!
That is the end of the feedback. Hope you enjoyed it and are very excited to go on your next fishing trip soon. My sister has some great pictures of Kosi Bay