Welcome to Edition 13

Welcome back to the latest edition of our online magazine, its Adios winter and hello spring and in this months magazine we are focusing mainly on saltwater fishing, from catching marlin in Mozambique and bottoms off Durban to rock and surf angling and tagging black mussel cracker (Poensies) off a jet ski.

We also take an in-depth look at one of South Africa’s hidden gems Nqabara Eco River Lodge which is situated on the unspoilt Wild Coast near Dwesa, which caters both for the fisherman and the birders and is spoilt with 10km of unspoilt beaches.

On the international scene Roy Skea from Jigstar Africa chats about catching marlin on slow jig, and moving back home to our local waters, from the East Coast of Durban we look at targeting bottoms on the new Rapid Cat and moving down the coast to Mossel Bay, Shawn Mey brings his expertise into catching and targeting Miss Lucy (Red Stumpnose in the Cape waters) offshore.

Rock and surf fishing starts off in the Western Cape, where Wikus from MMM Cape Town Adventures targets our national fish the Galjoen, Ashley Campher and Denver Tesmer discuss the Blue Marlin rods in separate articles.

An article that is very rarely spoken about is fishing the Strand reefs, here JP Pagel explains more on the how too and where too on reef fishing.

Further up the coast Roarke Hamelton, aka, the Sheriff chats about droning and some of the monsters that he has landed as well as the gear that he uses to subdue these beasts from the abyss. With tag and release being a major talking point in all fishing circles, there are two articles that will definitely be of interest to our readers, as one article focuses on tagging Black Mussel cracker from a jet ski and the other a complete overview of tagging fish, if you are interested in catch and release, contact ORI in Durban and become part of a scientific tag and release project that will only benefit fish species in South Africa.

As we like to focus on homemade products, in this edition we take cognisance to two different artisans in their field, one being The Trace Guy and the other Passion Baits both based in Kwazulu Natal.

Our recipe in this edition is something rather different, here we are taken on a mouth-watering experience as chef Johan Muller makes a creamy garlic prawn dish , and from the Elgin Valley, we bring you the art of foraging.

As they say, “ there is no limit to how many times you can go fishing”, but always remember limit your catch, don’t catch your limit.

Yours in outdoor life.

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