Editor's December Letter

Here we stand at the end of another year – wow, 2012 has flown by! Although possibly not the best year from an angling perspective, there were still some awesome catches recorded. Lots and lots of rain this spring has shown a change in cycles once again and perhaps next year we will get to see those fish that thrive when the rivers come down. Catching onto and targeting the fish that feed during these cycles allows one to make the most of one’s angling time and get the best results. Looking back at Rock, Surf and Deep

I can truly say that I am pleased with the progress we have made in design and content, and in 2013 we have a few surprises up our sleeve to give you even more value for your money.

We are also joining the ‘enlightened age’, as our interesting and informative website has just been launched – check us out at You can order subscriptions online, check out our selection of the best past articles and join in on our forum to help us better your experience. Thanks to Buddy Web Design  for sponsoring our website design and setting it up –  it really is an awesome interactive site. Visit their website on and see what they can do for you…

December sees a bumper edition; we continue the Transkei theme with the last in our two-part series in this region. For the Cape angler, we showcase the mighty cowshark and those cracker anglers will drool over Jared’s huge fish.

To celebrate the opening of shad season, we take you through a few of the traces used to target this most sought-after holiday fish. As an added bonus, we have a feature on some of my favourite fish to target in Mozambique. For those travelling to this fishy paradise for the December holidays, enjoy – and I hope you get stretched.

Enjoy the read and from all of us at RSD to you and yours – all the best for the season and see you in the new year.

Remember: limit your catch, don’t catch your limit!


Always fishing

Dean Pretorius