Category Archives: fishing tackle


This looks like an awesome product.

I see some people are creative and make their own lures and then use the jigskinz instead of painting.

How Fishing Rods Are Made

G. Loomis makes some of the finest fishing rods on the planet. This video shows exactly how they are made right here in the USA in their Woodland, WA factory.

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
UV Orange


How to Tie a Snell Knot for Circle Hooks

Snell Knot for Circle Hooks

The snell knot is the best knot to attach circle hooks to line. The snell knot presents the hook in the best position to hook the fish.

When you look at the image on the right, the difference in presentation is clear.

The snelled circle hook is presented so it will catch easily in the corner of the fishes jaw, while the normal tied circle hook has a good chance of not setting at all.

How do you tie a snell knot, or rather how do you snell a circle hook?

6 Step Guide to Snell a Circle Hook


Use the graphic above and the following 6 steps to tie fishing line to a circle hook using a snell knot. We used an offset-eye circle hook for clarity. Snelling a normal straight-eye circle hook is exactly the same.

Click the image for a larger printable version of the snell knot guide without borders.

Step 1:
Pass one end of bite trace through eye of circle hook and down the hook shank to the same length as the hook shank. Double the line back behind the hook shank, leaving a large loop (the loop must be large enough to make 7 or 8 wraps over the hook). Then pass the end of line back through the eye of the hook.

Important: The line must enter the eye from the bend side of the hook, and exit from the same side.

Step 2:
Hold the hook and line at a point behind the eye between thumb and forefinger. Don’t let go while making the wraps or the snell knot will unravel.

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Step 3:
Start wrapping the line closest to the eye over the shank, the bend and both layers of line.

Step 4:
Wrap the line 7 or 8 times.

Step 5:
Switch hands gripping so you hold all the wraps together from the bend of the hook. Pull the leader (the part that will be the bite trace) gently to close the wraps – guide the wraps to form a neat roll of line like  a barrel.

Step 6:
When snell knot is almost tight, slide the wraps neatly up against the eye of the circle hook. hold the short end left along the hook shank with fishing pliers. Pull the bite trace and this end at the same time to tighten the snell knot completely.

Trim the tag end to finish the snell knot

That’s all there is to snelling a circle hook.


Author: Mike Otgaar Dedicated salt water angler. Rock and surf fisherman, deep sea fisherman, kayak fisherman. Ex commercial Natal line-fish and East Cape chokka fisherman. Shark conservation activist. When not fishing I’m a web developer and small business owner to pay for the fishing.

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Glow in the Dark Lure

glow in the dark paintI now have my own glow in the dark lure. The other day my kids where painting some ceramic unicorns. My wife showed me some paint she got for the. It was glow in the dark paint. It spiked my imagination so off to the tackle box and out with a lure I could paint.  It was fun painting with the kids. Well they did a few coats for me and tested in it a dark room. It was rather hard to take a picture of the glow in the dark lure, but it worked. So once again I hope to get to the water soon to test my new glow in the dark lure.

Circle Hooks or J-Hooks?

I am still very new to the idea of circle hooks. I have used them for barbel fishing and they work very well. I am going to St Lucia Lake soon and want to try the circle hooks for salmon.

Fishing line

This Monday morning my wife and I were walking along the beach at the mouth of the Illovo River in Kwazulu-Natal when we noticed something white lying on the sand. What we found was very sad, as it was a beautiful sea gull that had died as a result of getting fishing line tangles around it’s legs and I suspect that it was therefore unable to take off and either drowned at sea or starved to death.

We often pick up fishing line discarded by fishermen who do not have any regard for the environment, the animals and birds or for other people who use the beaches.
Please Everyone who uses the beaches, pick up any fishing line or other rubbish left behind by these unscrupulous IDIOTS and place these items in the nearest waste bin.

It dose not matter if it’s not your waste, do it for the birds and animals, even for the children as sometimes the line has old rusty hooks in it.

Thank You
Roger and Hester Gurr

Styrofoam Bait Boxes

Styrofoam Bait Boxes for sale. I have managed to get my hands on 30 styrofoam cool boxes. They are just missing the rope handle.

I have put the advert on gumtree so get hold of me if you want some.

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SUP Fishing Crate

I needed something to keep my fishing tackle in on my fishing sup. My father-in-law has a few crates laying around. So I made myself a SUP Fishing Crate. The crate already had a bit of the side removed and this is perfect to get your stuff out without having to lift the lid. I made the seat from a bit of scrap wood and it is really great to have a seat on the fishing sup. Initially I had all the rod holders inside the crate and facing straight up. After a few sessions I found the rods straight up not ideal. So I move them to the outside of the box and put them at a slight angle. The rod holders are made with PVC pipe and attached using cable ties. I use bungie cords to keep the crate attached to the fishing sup.

Here are some pictures of a diy SUP Fishing Crate.