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This month’s scoop on the best technology and products on the market.


Penn Conflict Spinning Reel

The Conflict’s striking cosmetics, durable design, and silky smooth drag are a few of the reasons why so many anglers fish with this reel. The Conflict’s full-metal body construction allows it to maintain precision gear alignment under severe punishment, while its Techno-Balanced™ rotor ensures a smooth retrieve. From tuna to grunter, the Conflict was designed to perform and engineered to last.

For more information, contact Morné Strydom of Pure Fishing SA on 011 023 5100.



SpanYid Lures at Big Catch

SpanYid Lures, an Australian product, are new to South Africa. Big Catch stocks a range of SpanYid Lures – Raider, Raider HP, Maniac, Blade, Thunder Flash, Bite It and Strike It lures. These lures have a wide range of different actions that can be used at different depths, for different forms of fishing – spinning, trolling and jigging. Each type of lure comes in a variety of colours and sizes to help best match the lure to the bait fish in the area, and either with or without a fly skirt, attached for each angler’s preference.

For more information, contact Nikki Wedermann at Big Catch on 021 511 1914 or reception@bigcatch.co.za.



KingFisher Poseidon telescopic rods

Designed with backbone and a crisp recovery, these rods are suited for lure and bait fishing. They have excellent aluminium guides, a high-quality aluminium reel seat and an extendable butt. There are five models to choose from: 1.8m, 2.1m, 2.5m and – just added – 2.75m and 3.0m. The 1.8m rod collapses to just 360mm and the top of the range – the 3.0m – collapses to 410mm. At under R500.00, these rods represent outstanding value for your money.

Available at The KingFisher, 53 Hunter Street, in Durban or at most leading tackle stores countrywide or.

For more information, contact The KingFisher on 031 368 3903 or kingfish@iafrica.com.



Adrenalin redbait floats

These floats are available in four different shapes and sizes: the round (ball) float is available in 2x2cm and also 1.6x1.6cm, and the egg-shaped floats in the bigger 3x2cm and the smaller 2x1.2cm. The bigger floats are perfect to use on kob, musselcracker or shad traces and the smaller ones on galjoen, bream or other smaller species. Not only will the bright red float attract the fish, it will also keep your empty hook afloat and away from the rocks, which means that you will get stuck less.

For more information, contact Gerhard Terblanche of Adrenalin Outdoors on 021 982 1510.



Halco Terminal Tackle

Halco has updated their terminal tackle range with top quality stainless-steel ball-bearing swivels with tournament snaps. They are available in breaking strains of 70lb, 120lb, 171lb, 262lb and 320lb

In their new range, Halco has also included ball-bearing swivels with a coastlock snap (not made of stainless steel), available in breaking strains of 40lb, 60lb, 90lb, 120lb and180lb.

For more information, contact Cobus Van Biljon or Brandon Zeeman of C1-D2 Tackle Traders (Halco) on 013 744 0196 or info@tackletraders.co.za.



Prins Plugs

Prins Plugs are the newest plugs available in Cape Town and the Eastern Capeand are soon to be available in KwaZulu-Natal.

Usually, white chisel-nosed plugs are used. However, the pink chisel-nosed plug has shown great success – the bright pink colours seem to work much better than the other colours. The current fishing trend is for pink for yellowtail, be it trolled diving lures or squids

For more information, contact Claude Prins of Prins Plugs on 078 201 3812 or prinsplugs@gmail.com.

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High UV Angler Series

As with all UV Buff® products, the UV Angler Buff® Series can be used in more than 12 different ways. The highly breathable Coolmax Extreme™ fabric will keep you cool all day long, while blocking out 95% of the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays. All UV Buff® headwear features Polygiene®, an active odour-control finish to keep you fresh no matter how hot the action gets, so you can fish as well as you look.

For more information, contact Morne Strydom of Adventure Inc on on 021 180 4000 or morne@adventureinc.co.za



Garmin Approach S4

Garmin have added another Golf watch to the current Approach Range, called the Approach S4.


  • high-res sunlight-readable touchscreen display
  • rechargeable lithium-ion battery – lasts up to 10 hours in golf mode
  • preloaded with more than 30 000 international courses (lifetime free course updates)
  • easy access to the GreenView screen – shows the true shape and layout of the green and allows pin touch-and-drag to the day’s location
  • Smart Notification technology when paired with a compatible Apple smartphone – wirelessly receive emails, text messages etc
  • gives precise distances to the front, back and middle of the green
  • incorporates layup, dogleg and shot distances while keeping score and tracking statistics
  • fashionable and functional design 

For more information, contact Michelle Hohls of Garmin Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd on 011 251 9999 or michelle.hohls@garmin.com.



Black Hole rod blanks

Nano-technology is 40% stronger than graphite. If you need parabolic action with enough backbone, then the Nano is recommended (It's also good for anglers with a weak back). This rod blank is designed for the shore-based lure-casting angler who wants a custom rod built to his specific requirements.

Available blanks: the 106N Heavy (Nano) and the Black Hole 106N Light (Nano).

For suggested guide size and placement contact Linda Lillis of Jigstar Africa on 012 991 7300 or info@jigstarafrica.co.za