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Re: A learning experience
« Reply #880 on: July 04, 2019, 05:41:09 pm »
My 2019 winter garrick campaign opened with a very good fish on a 1.5 oz bucktail jig.

The fish hit the bucktail jig a few times during the retrieve but I just continued to jig the lure until I got pulled flat!

It turned out to be a very hard fight because the fish got foul-hooked in the dorsal fin. It stripped a lot of 20 lb braid off the reel and towed me a good distance down the beach.

I fought the fish very gently, because it felt like a huge garrick (because of the way it was foul-hooked) and I wanted to tire the fish out before bringing it into the treacherous shore-break. That was a good strategy because the hook would certainly have pulled if I tried to pressure the fish too much.

This beauty was released to fight another day.

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Re: A learning experience
« Reply #881 on: July 04, 2019, 05:55:50 pm »
wow,nice Garrick that,well done...bucktails are such simple things but probably one of the most deadly and underrated of all lures... :win: :cgrts: :grk:
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Re: A learning experience
« Reply #882 on: July 05, 2019, 07:59:55 am »
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Re: A learning experience
« Reply #883 on: July 05, 2019, 01:35:03 pm »
Eish Steenie, :cgrts:  beauty.  :envy
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Re: A learning experience
« Reply #884 on: July 05, 2019, 09:40:28 pm »
Some soft plastic bites on the 5 Berkeley jerkshads.

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Re: A learning experience
« Reply #885 on: July 07, 2019, 01:08:30 pm »
Great catches! Stunning Garrick!!  :shk

What weight Jigheads are those, they look quite large?

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Re: A learning experience
« Reply #886 on: July 07, 2019, 01:17:33 pm »
Great catches! Stunning Garrick!!  :shk

What weight Jigheads are those, they look quite large?

Thanks man! The rock cod was on a 3/4 oz Mad Mullet with 5/0 hook. And the two kingies were on a 1 oz TT lure headlock jighead with 7/0 hook.

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Re: A learning experience
« Reply #887 on: July 08, 2019, 03:59:49 pm »
 Nice fish. May I ask where did you source you Headlock jigheads from?

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Re: A learning experience
« Reply #888 on: July 08, 2019, 04:17:09 pm »
Nice fish. May I ask where did you source you Headlock jigheads from?

A tackle shop in Westville used to sell them. But they no longer do. So I bought up all the stock that they had left. It will be great if anyone can let us know who still stocks them!

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Re: A learning experience
« Reply #889 on: July 09, 2019, 11:49:38 am »
Thanks. The only ones I could find was from Aus and US shops. The shipping makes it not viable.

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Re: A learning experience
« Reply #890 on: July 09, 2019, 08:12:27 pm »
Would it not be an option to try out the importer of Z-Man bass tackle nl. Thornveld Angling or Bass Wharehouse in Hillcrest to import some TT headlock jigheads ?

Z-man & TT has some form of partnership & it should not be difficult for Thornveld Angling to assist....

Just an idea.
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Re: A learning experience
« Reply #891 on: July 09, 2019, 08:50:50 pm »
Would it not be an option to try out the importer of Z-Man bass tackle nl. Thornveld Angling or Bass Wharehouse in Hillcrest to import some TT headlock jigheads ?

Z-man & TT has some form of partnership & it should not be difficult for Thornveld Angling to assist....

Just an idea.

Certainly worth the try! I am well stocked with these 1 oz and 1.5 oz jigheads, because I bought up what I could lay my hands on. So I have enough for a few years.

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Re: A learning experience
« Reply #892 on: August 12, 2019, 10:07:41 pm »
Managed to successfully extract this lovely 90 cm cob out of its very foul ambush location in reef.

It ate a 30 g clear blue CID slimbait probably 10 m from my feet. Needless to say, the fight with this very angry fish at short range amongst very foul reef was hectic! Fortunately I used a braid casting leader, which just managed to hold on. The braid leader was in tatters after the fight.

This beauty of a fish was safely released and swam off very strong.

Tackle used: Majorcraft X-ride 10.3 ft 30 - 100 g plugging rod with a BG4000 magsealed reel spooled with PE1.5 Grinder 8-weave braid. At the front end I had a 3.5 m length of 35 lb (PE2.5) JDB 8-weave braid casting leader and a 1.5 m section of 0.68 mm fluorocarbon leader tied to a Swannel quick clip. Both the fluorocarbon and braid leaders joined with FG knots.

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Re: A learning experience
« Reply #893 on: August 12, 2019, 10:09:36 pm »
I have caught a good number of queen mackerel (natal snoek) from the shore on conventional fast retrieve spoons, but this 80 cm fork length specimen is my first one on shore slow pitch jigging! This fish ate a 40 g Majorcraft Jigpara long spoon in zebra glow colour. The duel assist hooks hooked the fish perfectly in the top jaw.

Tackle used: 10.6 ft Majorcraft N-one (30 - 60 g) slow jigging rod, Daiwa BG3000 spinning reel and 20 lb Sufix131 braid.

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Re: A learning experience
« Reply #894 on: August 12, 2019, 10:10:52 pm »
Spoon pic

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Re: A learning experience
« Reply #895 on: August 12, 2019, 10:12:22 pm »
Proper snoek!

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Re: A learning experience
« Reply #896 on: August 12, 2019, 10:14:47 pm »
Nothing beats getting a bite on your first cast of the morning. Third twitch of the lure and it was ON!

This GT kingfish ate a 30 g Chartreuse CID slimbait.

This fish was safely released and swam off very happy.

Tackle used: Majorcraft X-ride 10.3 ft 30 - 100 g plugging rod with a BG4000 magsealed reel spooled with PE1.5 Grinder 8-weave braid. At the front end I had a 3.5 m length of 35 lb (PE2.5) JDB 8-weave braid casting leader and a 1.5 m section of 0.68 mm fluorocarbon leader tied to a Swannel quick clip. Both the fluorocarbon and braid leaders joined with FG knots.

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Re: A learning experience
« Reply #897 on: August 13, 2019, 03:16:51 pm »
Steenie, you do have the magical touch. Well done on the lovely catches. I just spent the long weekend down at the Coast - Umkomaas and fished Greenpoint, and Umdoni point. From before sunrise until the afternoon. No luck spinning. I tired CID's Kingfisher 1 V, Couta as well as a few others and nothing seemed to bite. Fast retrieve and slow retrieve. I know its all about luck and perseverance so I am in no way disheartened. the one question I have, and please don give the exact location, but where do you spend most of your time fishing?  :tkx:

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Re: A learning experience
« Reply #898 on: August 14, 2019, 08:44:18 pm »
Another, smaller, natal snoek (queen mackerel) on shore slow pitch jigging. 40 g Majorcraft jigpara long spoon in zebra glow colour.

Tackle used: 10.6 ft Majorcraft N-one 30 - 60 g slow jigging rod, Daiwa BG3000 reel with 20 lb Sufix131 braid.

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« Reply #899 on: August 14, 2019, 08:45:59 pm »
Another, smaller, natal snoek (queen mackerel) on shore slow pitch jigging. 40 g Majorcraft jigpara long spoon in zebra glow colour.

Tackle used: 10.6 ft Majorcraft N-one 30 - 60 g slow jigging rod, Daiwa BG3000 reel with 20 lb Sufix131 braid.

Most of the time Durban area. And on the odd occasion St Lucia - Cape Vidal.