WORDS: DEAN DICKINSON PICS: XXX Shad or elf is one of the best bait fish I have ever used for raggies, diamonds, honeycomb rays, Natal sandies and kob, and is probably one of the most popular bait fish along our coast for non edible fishing....
Circle hooks have recently become more and more popular amongst the rock and surf anglers over the past few years but have, in fact,  been around for many years. Circles were first designed for use by long-line fishermen where there ...
Sardine is one of the most commonly used baits along the South African coast. Not many fish will pass up a fresh bloody sardine bait, especially the sharks and rays that occur along the South African coastline. I frequently use this bait when fis...
 I first used this bait in the mid-eighties when it became popular amongst the Border anglers.   The Border boys used it extensively for kob, steenbras, eagle, duckbill and blue rays. The ink has loads of smell and attracts the fish on...
My first recollections of slide fishing start back in the mid eighties, fishing for garrick off points like Brazen Head in the Transkei, using mullet and blacktail as slide baits from the cliffs, sliding them down with a snap-on swivel �...
In my opinion squid is the single best all-round bait along the South African coast. It is eaten by all sharks and rays and most edible fish if presented properly.�   Squid ("Loligo vulgaris reynaudii") or chokka,...
 WORDS & PICS: CRAIG NELL   A few years ago, while on a winter holiday to the South Coast, I found myself really frustrated with the lack of sardines and big fish within casting range from the points and beaches.   Every mor...
WORDS & PICS: DEAN DICKINSON   Squid is probably the single best all-round bait in the sea for sharks, rays and edible fish. I never go fishing without one or two squid in my bait box as they can be used as a hard bait, or a soft bait o...
With the banning of the slide and the need to clip and throw baits as far as possible, a few pro-active anglers came up with the dingle dangle - great to use with circle hooks, it not only allows one to clip and throw but also allows for free ...
Since starting writing these bait articles, I have tried to be mindful of not promoting the use of bait types that are under threat or in short supply. I have thought long and hard about doing this article as the octopus is becoming more scarce &n...
Bait Review April Sand mackerel head slice I saw my first sand mackerel when I moved to Durban in the early nineties. We don’t get or even use them in the Eastern Cape but it is one of the best warm-water baits I have ever used for giant ...
Bait Review July Sand mackey Part II A few months back I wrote an article on exactly the same bait, using a different cut in the fish and a single hook to rig the bait. This is a rig I use when fishing double hooks, mostly for raggies...
Bait Review May Raggie bomb Mackerel are very oily and very bloody; combined with fresh sardine, they make the ideal raggie magnet.  Raggie fishing has become one of the main ways to win nationals over the past few years. Due to the siz...
Bait Review February Occy Leg Since starting writing these bait articles, I have tried to be mindful of not promoting the use of bait types that are under threat or in short supply. I have thought long and hard about doing this article as th...
Bait Review March  Dingly-dangly chokka blob Chokka must be the single most diverse bait type on our coast. I could easily write a book on different ways to present a piece of squid on a hook.  For me, the most important points whe...
Bait Review June I used to live in Seaview when growing up in the early eighties, not far from Maitland just outside Port Elizabeth, which was one of the best places to find sand mussels back then. I would walk along the stretch of surf, pushin...
This is probably one of the most common bait types used along the South African coast today. Sardine is available at most tackle stores and still reasonably affordable, compared with the rising cost of squid due to the strong US dollar. It won&r...