Luring The Elusive Lichia Amia

Built for speed and power, this is a fish you absolutely have to come and target here in KZN during annual the Sardine Run.

A sunny Saturday Mid-June winter morning, charging down to my local spot with a freshly foiled prototype stickbait that I had made during a Facebook live session earlier in the week, ready for testing. Knowing nothing about catching the species and expecting only one for the season, surprise, lay twitching ahead. Donning a wetsuit underneath my clothing, a Garrick was the goal. I would have never been able to do this without a wetsuit. being cold is the pits!

At first, it was really hard to induce a strike, luckily, I was able to tune it down to having a hookup on nearly every session. The number one most important ingredient is dedication. You are going to blank, swear, lose lures, lose fish, lose sleep, break your spirit and question your sanity and fishing skills. But I promise you. it will all be worth it! From what I’ve gathered, and fishing amongst other anglers using popular plugs and spoons, sometimes the fish want something different.

Make sure you are getting your bait out to those back banks, if it means safely wading out as far as you can, SAFELY, do it. Personally, I was only throwing my stick bait design in a variety of colours and this is what I caught my 10 fish with (started a bit late). I fished the bait hard and aggressively through the water columns. I cranked the bait and ripped it through white water sections. I lost 5 fish, landed and tagged a foul hooked one, had many pickups and a ton of big hits and chases.

The most incredible feeling is watching the fish charging and bounding – behind your bait while you’re cranking it as fast as your reel can handle, before the fish finally lunges forward and annihilates its prey. Powerful fierce predators that are truly awe inspiring and magnificent. from their muscular strong bodies to their dynamic predatory profile. Built for speed and power, this is a fish you absolutely have to come and target here in KZN during annual the Sardine Run.

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