Category Archives: Adventure

Jack Crevalle

This is not my story but I just love the video of the fish charging after the poppers. I know when it happens to me it is very hard to contain myself with the excitement.

The first big jack Crevalle I ever caught was under the Vaca Cut bridge in Marathon, Florida. At the time I was a lowly intern at Saltwater Sportsman on my first-ever assignment, which was to fish my way through the Keys on a shoe string budget. No guides, no charters, just whatever I could catch from land, junky rental boats, or party boats. From the outset I had it in my head that if I didn’t catch a tarpon, I failed, but having no prior tarpon experience, they were proving harder to hook into than I thought. Someone at a tackle shop told me to fish the Vaca Cut bridge after dark, so there I was all by my lonesome, looking at tarpon in the 30- to 50-pound range hovering in the shadow line of the bridge. I hooked a little one on my first cast with a white bucktail. Mission accomplished, but by the time I was done unhooking and releasing it, a massive school of big jacks had rolled in. Try as I might to score another ‘poon, the jacks beat them to the bucktail every single time. At first I was kind of ticked, but after hooking 2 giant jacks, I suddenly cared less and less about the tarpon. To this day, I will never pass on a chance to throw a popper or fly at Crevalles. This killer video does a beautiful job of explaining exactly why.

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Ostrap competition time

I have been given a Ostrap that I would like to give you!

So how does this work?
1.On the right of the site, subscribe to blog via email. Do that. This will give you an entry into the draw. One of my kids will pull your name out of a hat on the 31st of October 2014. If you already have subscribed well you are in the draw.

2. Due to the fact that the post office is having a strike we need to be creative in how I am going to get this Ostrap Paracord bracelet to you. So for now my thinking is that we will need to ask our mates on facebook, email or whatsapp if they are going to your part of the world from the JHB area. I will then make a plan to get the strap to them and they can make a plan to get it to you.
3. So after the draw I will contact you and we can find out where you are and then make the next part of the plan from there.

Tiervis Bonanza (Tiger fish)

Many Many moons ago I went with my Brother in law to the Jozini Tiervis Bonanza. I still have the T Shirt 🙂 it is a little bit worse for wear.  The mission was we drove down from JHB and my Father would come from Eshowe with the boat. We would then camp in the main site where the comp happened.  It all worked out very well, lots of fun was had by all. We had no luck with the big Tiger fish.

I had even caught to tilapia out of my father in laws dam to use as dead bait.  The big Tiger fish where just not interested. So we did lots of drifting around and lure casting. I saw lots of little tiger fish chasing my lures which is still such fun.

Meed to make a mission to go back there with my kids and see if we can catch a big one.

Confession and a Regret

This has been plaguing my mind for a while. I went to the St Lucia lakes to do some lure fishing and exploring. I did a small bit of lure fishing but no exploring. We I look back now I did not drift the shallows casting a fly or a drop shot at fish. I did not go and look for the clean water to see if I could do some sight fishing.

This is nobodies fault but my own. I just wanted to get it off my chest and use this as a reminder to myself to not forget the kind of fishing I love.

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.