Known as skipjack in Cape waters and ladyfish or ten pounder overseas, springer are found along the eastern seaboard from Mossel Bay northwards. The species can attain weights of well over 11kg, with the South African angling record standing at 11.8k...
Foto top: A beautiful queenfish caught on a popper. Bucktail jigs are also great queenfish lures. Poppers rigged with single hooks are ideal. Reviving queenfish before releasing them gives them a better chance of survival. Sur...
Springer Acrobats of the estuary   This species is one of the most incredible fish to catch on light tackle The scientific name for this species is Elops machnata, but it has many common names in different places. In South Africa, it ...
  Pomatomus saltatrix   Head and body bluish-green dorsally, silvery below; attains length of 1.2m and weight of 15kg at 10 years of age.     <BODY>  Figure 1: The Natal shad trace   Hooks used for th...
The day  the cracker  came   This competition was always going to be the best opportunity to set a new RASSPL cracker record. It had been broken previously at the Kini Bay, Beachview competition a month previously with a fish ...
Much has been written about fishing in Mozambique it is an awesome destination to target a myriad of game fish and shark species. Here are a few of my favourite species to target.   THE GIANT KINGFISH Without a doubt, the hardest-fight...
Picture this: fishing with heavy tackle, big, bloody baits, wire traces and a lot of determination – for I am targeting the sometimes elusive cowshark!   <BODY> T his species is found predomi-nantly  in a...
Last month we took a look at the more conventional ways to catch snoek. This month we explore the artificial angle. Artificials for snoek This article focuses primarily on bait fishing for snoek – the way the commercials fish, where their...
Top dogs  of the tropics One species that is on the bucket list of any serious jigging and popping enthusiast is the fearsome-looking dogtooth tuna. This tropical gamefish only occurs in specific locations, making it an exotic and sought-afte...
These sharks are usually grey and some may have scattered dark spots. Sometimes attaining a length of 1.7m and weighing up to 25kg, they are found close inshore – up to 350m – feeding over the sandy bottom. Mustelus mustelus is a be...
DUMMIES’ GUIDE TO YELLOWTAIL FISHING In Part 1 we discussed the basic types of fishing methods for yellowtail. In this issue we focus on artificial lure fishing and the execution thereof, including the tackle required and how to go about fis...
The grunter has for a long while been a much sought-after fish. I remember that, back in the beach-driving era, we would make the 600-odd kilometre journey from Johannesburg to Saint Lucia in order to target this awesome fish around the river mouth. ...
Well, winter is coming fast and most fishermen start to tone down their fishing – but not our family and friends! This is kob time in the Eastern Cape rivers and rock and surf areas; we are addicted to catching this magnificent fish on artifici...