Shimano Curado I


When it comes down to “value for money” the new Curado has to be the leader. It simply offers you so much. It has an unbelievable gearing system and silky smooth drag system. It simply offers the angler so much. It has the X-Ship system, Hagane body and weighs a mere 7.4 oz. These are just a few to mention. I’ve really been impressed with this reel. I’m currently using mine for Cranking and Spinner baiting. It’s a real workhorse.


Written By Darryl Quinton.


Rapala Tournament Scale



After a number of years of searching and trying different options, I can say that I have now used the Rapala Tournament Scale for the past couple of years and it has proved its worth time and again.

We all know how much pressure is on a competitive angler and the one thing that we all can’t get back is time lost in any angling session.


This scale makes it really simple to catch, weigh and load any “bin” tag number you would like with the respective weight. I will normally wait until I have my limit and then take a couple of minutes to weigh and tag them, it is really quick and easy to weigh and determine if the fish on hand will be released immediately or the weight dumped into the “bin” of your choice. Then it is a simple matter of reaching into the live well, removing the tag and swapping the fish around.

The Rapala Tournament Touch Screen Scale features a large digital touch screen, which makes it easy to store up to 8 separate fish weights. It also comes equipped with 8 numerical culling floats to match up with the stored fish weights, allowing for quick and easy identification of your smallest cull fish.

It automatically gives you a running total of your 5 fish weights is also continuously displayed, so you always know at a glance what your total bag weighs. The Rapala Tournament Touch Screen Scale runs up to 400 hours on two AA batteries and if you need to ever change batteries during a tournament, don’t worry, it has a backup memory for these odd occasions.

Tip: Although the scale can weigh in Lb’s and Kg’s, I select Decimal Lb’s, this allows for slightly more accurate culling of tag’s.

So I can confidently say stop searching and get a Rapala Tournament Scale from your local tackle dealer.


Written by Craig Fraser.

Double X Extreme Abrasion


When asked to review Double X extreme abrasion line I immediately thought of the 10 pound line to experiment with as I was going to fish a three day off shore competition off the coast of East London. I loaded a Shimano 6000 bait runner with a full spool of line and the balance I put onto a TR 100 G. Sea conditions proved to be challenging as the current was strong and we had to use large sinkers to get our baits to the bottom. Day two the wind was more challenging as the wind blew at gail force and most of the deep sea boats returned before lunch to the shelter of the harbour.


The Double X extreme abrasion line was defiantly put to the test as we lost no less than 40 traces due to fish taking the traces into the reefs or getting fouled in the reefs with the currents.  I landed a good couple of pyjama sharks of decent size and had a number of good fights before been reefed by fish that were a little large to handle under the difficult conditions. I took first place over all using the Extreme abrasion line in the LTB class.

My father Des Schmidt fought a ragged tooth shark that bit his 100 pound trace off at the boat whilst tiring to bring on board. The fight lasted twenty minutes and we estimate the Raggie to be approximately between 30 and 40 kg’s. The Double X whistled in the wind under pressure but never let go during the tussle, he lost the raggie on my Shimano TR 100G.

It was my father’s day once again as he hooked into what we think was a large diamond ray, he fought it for three quarter of an hour without making much progress in the strong current. Our only option on this one was to pop the line and try again as time was of the essence and sea conditions were getting worse by the minute.

In conclusion Double X extreme abrasion  is delightful to use, it never lost it breaking strength as we tested it on returning home only to find it snapped at 4.4kg’s and 4.2kg’s on the second test after two days at sea. The knot strength is good as we doubled the line when tying knots with the 0.25mm thick line. Another advantage of this line is that it has very low memory and it doesn’t twist or pigtail . The colour of the line which seems to change in different light conditions becomes invisible in the water.

Kyle Schmidt

Sufix 832 Braid.



There are many technological advances that have impacted on our lives over the last decade or two. When it comes to fishing, I believe that the introduction of braided lines has revolutionised the way we fish, particularly with artificial baits. The zero-stretch properties of braid allow for the detection of even the smallest bite and direct contact with a hooked fish during the fight. The thin diameter of braided lines has also greatly improved spool capacity and far better casting abilities, particularly under windy conditions. At the end of the day we now fish with much thinner lines that have far superior breaking strengths compared to nylon monofilament lines with an equivalent diameter.

Due to the increased popularity of braided lines, the market is filled with options often making it difficult to choose a product. Unfortunately, braided lines are considerably more expensive than monofilament lines so not everybody has the opportunity of testing too many products before ultimately settling with what is best for their type of fishing. Consequently, many anglers are reliant on what tackle dealers, social media and fellow anglers recommend. As an avid light tackle saltwater lure fisherman the most important criteria for me are diameter, smooth casting, abrasion resistance, knot strength and durability. Over the years I have listened to the talk on street, read many tackle reports and personally tested various braids and have come to the conclusion that the best braid for my kind of fishing is SUFIX 832. Herewith some of the reasons why I recommend 832.

Most braids make use of Dyneema or Spectra fibres for their strength and durability. SUFIX 832 is the only braid on the market that includes GORE technology (ePTFE fibres) that is used in the textile industry to manufacture many superior outdoor products. The 8 strand SUFIX 832 braid includes 7 strands of Dyneema and one GORE fibre strand making it the most advanced braid on the market. GORE fibre technology increases 832’s resistance to chemical, UV and high thermal exposure. It also has hydrophobic properties (i.e. does not absorb water) and does not suffer from flex fatigue. Most importantly, it is one of the most abrasion resistant fibres available, giving 832 its superior status as a braided fishing line.

Knot strength and impact resistance (i.e. hook-up impact) are crucial attributes of a good quality braid.  Although both of these factors are influenced by the diameter and type of leader used, I have found that the thinner diameter SUFIX 832 braids (i.e. 10-20 pound breaking strain) with 32 weaves per inch of line outperforms all other braids when using an FG knot and monofilament or fluorocarbon leaders with a diameter of 0.4 to 0.5 mm. SUFIX 832 also maintains its roundness throughout the spool and does not fray.

In terms of durability (longevity), I have been extremely impressed with 832. I spooled up my Shimano Sustain 1000 with 10 pound (0.2 mm diameter) SUFIX 832 more than a year ago and the only noticeable difference after many hours of fishing (and thousands of casts) is that is has lost some colour, which is usually impregnated into the fibres as a dye to increase angler visibility.  Besides being slightly faded its strength and abrasion resistance have remained unchanged.

Lastly, there is nothing more frustrating when you spool up with new braid and it requires days of fishing before it becomes limp and smooth enough to fish effectively. Unlike many other braids, SUFIX 832 is free of an external waxy coating, which allows for immediate accurate smooth casting from your very first cast.  This thin, flexible, high abrasion resistant and extremely durable braid is highly recommended.


Text and photos by Paul Cowley

Costa Sunglasses

A 42kg Hellsgate GT caught by Charles Stewart.A pair of quality polarized sunglasses can often be the difference between success and failure.On this occasion conditions weren’t ideal for GT’s with a slack tide and clear,calm water.Through my Costas I spotted a far-off piece of scattered reef running parallel to the shore and a grapnel sinker soon found it’s mark just beyond the ledge as GT’s would often cruise along structure like this in search of a meal.I used a 1kg Wave Garrick on a non-return slide and it was attacked as soon as it reached the structure.After a brutal fight,the king of the reef swam off to fight another day.Costa has been setting the standard since 1983 and their all-day comfort,style and superior lens technology made a result like this possible as it has done on many occasions for anglers across the globe.


Written by Bertus Jansen Van Rensburg.

My SA Under 16/21 record for a Diamond Ray

By Craig Bashford (Age 14)

craigI was invited by Ray Thompson to go fishing at “Doggy Beach”, Mtunzini. When we arrived the sea looked amazing with rip currents, dirty water and an excellent formation.

Without wasting any time I made up a full metal jacket trace using a VMC 7118BN Strike Force No. 10 o hook. The VMC Strike Force is an amazing hook. It is a heavy duty live bait hook. It has a long Shank for better bait presentation and improved hook set. VMC uses premium-quality high carbon steel to allow for a thinner hook with the highest quality point and durability. It has a premium needle sharp point.

It is a really strong hook so you can put an immense amount of pressure on it, without having worry that your hook will open up.

When fishing at “Doggy Beach”, you need to have a longish throw so you want to use the correct braid with the right diameter to help you get the best distance. I was using my Saragosa 20000 reel fitted with about 550 yards of 50 pound Sufix Performance braid backing with, 300 yards of 40 pound Sufix  832 braid on top.

The Sufix 832 is constructed of 8 fibers (7 Dyneema  fibers plus 1 GORE Performance Fiber) and has  32 weaves  per inch. The GORE Performance Fibers improve abrasion resistance, increase casting length/accuracy and reduce line vibration, while the Dyneema fibers provide high strength and sensitivity, hydrophobic water-repellent protection and small diameter.

With this braid I get my maximum casting distance plus have the confidence that when needed I can pull a fish hard without the line parting.

After casting my bait I waited about 2 minutes before getting pulled flat. diamond-65kg
Once I got my main braided leader on my reel I had no choice but to straight stick the fish onto the beach. I was really excited as this was the first Diamond I had caught. Ray helped me take a measurement. The fish measured 191cm, which converts to approximately 65 kg.

In my excitement I did not have time to make a fancy bait so I put a plane mackerel head on. It wasn’t long before I caught another diamond which also weighed about 65 kg.

After landing my second diamond I checked my trace and realised realised that my leader was badly frayed so I changed it as quickly as possible. I was really having fun and it was turning out to be a dream fishing day.

I again put out a mackerel bait and couldn’t believe it when I again felt a diamond sit on my bait.  A few seconds later I was again being pulled flat. After about a 10 minute fight I managed to land another beautiful diamond. It was huge. We measured it at 212cm from wing tip to wing tip. When we looked at the conversion table I was amazed to see it weighed 86 kg. Later on in the week Ray called to tell me that this was both a SA junior under 16 and under 21 record.


The trip on the 15 December 2015 turned out to be a real
ly special one for me. Thank you Ray Thompson for inviting me and to my Saragosa 20000 and Sufix 832 braid for helping land these beautiful fish.

Dames SA Kampioenskappe 2016

Deur Monique Venter


Die opgewondenheid begin in my binneste borrel soveel om te doen wa begin ek?

Sekerlik by die belangrikste, so ek maak ‘n lys van alles wat benodig gaan word. Stroppe is natuurlik heel bo aan my lys. Ek maak gly rietvlei stroppe met #0 en #1½ sinkers wat my gunsteling is. Ek maak my stroppe se skag lyne met extreme abrasion lyn van Double X en die hoeklyne met Hi Abrasion Double X lyn. Die mushroom, P3 en P4 gewigte word verskaf aan my verskaf deur Mojo mutis. Die hoeke op my stroppe is #1 VMC Carp hoek en vir baber stroppe #3 VMC karp hoeke. My katrolle moet ingestuur word vir hulle diens by Shimano. My 10 en 12 voet visstokke word moet deur gegaan word om seker te maak daar is nie gekraakte ogies nie. Skepnette en hounette word geskrop en seker gemaak dis heel. My hengelkas, die staander, hounet staanders asook emmers word alles netjies skoon gemaak.

Daar word genoeg drinkwater aangekoop asook vars voer, dips, floats en vleis ase word bestel. Hoe varser dit is, hoe beter werk dit.

Daar is een dag oor voor ons vertrek na Bloemhof toe. Die vlinders begin pla van opgewondenheid! Die oggend van 5 Februarie 2016, om 4 uur verlaat ek en 3 ander vriendinne Vanderbijlpark. Die opgewondenheid maak almal mal en al wat ons op die brein het is om groot vis te vang en te wen.damessa2

Ons kom omstreeks half agt veilig by Sandveldt in Bloemhof aan.
Sjoe die dam is leeg, is die opmerkings wat gemaak word. Maar tog sis die vriendelike gesigte wat vir ons wag daai gewete. Klaar gegroet en ons begin voer aanmaak en ons hengelgoed word afpak. Son room word gesmeer en die hoede en son-buffs word opgesit. ‘n paar lekker vet karpe word geland tydens die eerste dag wat ‘n groot sukses was.

Gedurende Oefendag 2 word daar ‘n verskeidenheid van aas en dip kombinasies en afstande getoets. Die dag lewer baie kleiner vis en my hart weet sommer klaar wat die regte kombinasies en afstande gaan wees. Maar soos wat daar van ons verwag word hou ons by die span bestuur se reëls. Dit gaan mos oor die span en nie oor my as individu nie. Die dag damessa3word afgesluit en ons vertrek terug kamp toe.

Oefendag 3 breek aan. Daar word besluit om die afstande en aas kombinasies te hengel sooswat saam besluit was in vergadering van die vorige aand. Ons mag eers terug gaan kamp toe sodra ons bestuur tevrede is met ons vangste vir die dag. Die afstande en dip kombinasies is ‘n absolute wenner voor 10 uur die oggend het ek 16 vis in my net kon plaas.Ek en my penmaat mag dus oppak en terug keer kamp toe.

8 Februarie 2016 Dames se eerste dag van die SA’s
Vier uur die oggend is almal uit die vere. Emosies en span gees loop hoog. Vroeg kom ons span bymekaar en begin in die gepaste manier. Ek voel hoe God se rustigheid oor my spoel en ek raak kalm en almal van ons is vol selfvertroue. Die ses dames provinsies kom almal 5h45 by Sandveldt bymekaar. Die SA’s word amptelik geopen deur tannie Elsa. Die loting vind plaas en almal skree hulle spesiale krete. Die dames se gees is fantasties, ‘n absolute belewenis. Almal vertrek van daar na hulle penne vir die dag se hengel.

Eerste word daar voer aangemaak vir my en my penmaat en dan al ons gerei afpak en opslaan. Voerballe word gedruk en voor die toeter blaas is ons reg. Stroppe is vooruit gelaai so die visse kan laat waai. Ek sê vir die hengelaars van die ander spanne aan beide kante van my hulle moet lekker hengel. Die toeter gaan af stiptelik om 7h00. Jy sien net voerballe trek. Ek hengel met my een stok op 90m. Hoek ase: ‘n vampire float onder met ‘n deeg agter en ‘n deeg op die boonste hoek. Albei hoeke het ek in die damessa4
bal gedruk. My kombinasie: Black Magic en Tjop Tjop. Ek land so elke 20 min ‘n karp. My binne stok is op 75men die hoekase: vampire float onder en die steel van hoek in die voerbal gedruk. Bo lekker groot soet wit deeg. Die dip kombinasie: Sweetcorn en BASS+. Die binne stok lewer kleiner vis op. Ek dip so nou en dan my voerbal in SA poeier of vla net om die vis daar te hou. Ek en my penmaat eindig die dag met ‘n tweede plek in ons zone.

Dag 2:
Die dag het minder goed gegaan, ons kon groot vis kry maar te damessa5min. Die dames in ons sone teiken die vis op ‘n kort afstand en kry dus die oorhand. Die hoogtepunt vir die dag was vyf minute voor die toeter blaas toe ek my 5.1kg karp geland het. Ek
het daai groot meneer gevang op 90m met Black Magic en Tjop Tjop. Ons kry ‘n derde plek in ons zone vir die dag.

Dag 3: Daar word besluit deur die bestuur om die vis nader te probeer kry met ons binne stokke. Dis vet pret en daar word hard gewerk. Die gras karpies laat ons omtrent hardloop. Die 90m afstand lewer weer die mooier vis. Laat middag steek daar ‘n weer op wat skrik vir niks. Dis ‘n verskriklike stof storm, reën en wind almal hardloop vir hulle hounette en skepnette. Daar is behoorlik chaos op die oewer. Die toeter blaas om 3 uur en so is dit dan ook die einde van ons dag. Ek en mydamessa6 penmaat vat weer n tweede plek in ons sone.

Alles word vinnig na die inweeg weg gepak want daar moet mooi gemaak word vir vanaand se prysuitdeling funksie.


Prysuitdeling Funksie

Almal se senuwees is klaar en almal wonder watter provinsie het gewen en natuurlik wonder elke vrou of sy goed genoeg was om uitnodiging te kry na die nasionale proewe.

Die wenners word aangekondig: 1ste plek Mpumalanga. 2de plek Vrystaat en 3de plek Gauteng.

Die dames wat uitgenooi word na die Nasionale Proewe word aangekondig en my naam word gelees. Trane rol oor my wang en ek se dankie aan my Abba Vader dat ek dit gemaak het. Daar word 6 dames van ons span uitgenooi.

Die volgende dag vind registrasie plaas en alles word uitgepak en weer skoon gemaak. Die aand met die loting word ons ingelig dat die proewe sal plaas vind in die Sloep en nie by Sandveldt nie. Ek dink dit gee elke dame ‘n regverdige kans. Dadelik verander die hele plan van aksie en nuwe kombinasies word uitgedink asook watter afstande om op te hengel.

Dag een van die proewe: Vroeg is die keurders by my en alles word na gekyk. Kaste word deurgegaan en werp aksie word dop gehou so ook jou tempo asook die skep en plaas van vis in die hounet. Moet sê die vier keurders was baie aangenaam gewees en het baie geleer. Vis is baie stadig en almal sukkel. Ek hengel met my een stok weer op 90m met my staatmaker aas kombinasies. Die ander afstand is 65m en ek dip Tokkelosie en Lodewyk. Ek vang toe 15 vis vir die dag.

Dag twee: Ek besluit om met een 12 voet stok te hengel so ver ek kan. Vir die hoekase is ‘n heuning float en in voerbal gedruk en ‘n soet wit deeg op boonste hoek. My dip Kombinasies is Spitfire, Caramel Plus en Krismis.

My ander stok is ‘n 10 voeter en ek werp hom ook so ver soos ek kan. Die hoekase is dieselfde soos bo en die dip kombinasie is Tokkelossie en Lodewyk. Ek vang toe 22 vis en hulle weeg 28kg. Dit is dan ook die einde van ons Nasionale Proewe. Almal is moeg en is sommer vroeg aand in die bed. Die volgende dag is daar opgepak, telefoon nommers uitgeruil en gegroet. Almal vertrek toe in hulle verskillende rigtings terug na hulle wonings.

Ek wil regtig ‘n beroep doen op die dames om te kom hengel. Dis die lekkerste plek om nuwe vriende te maak. Dis een groot hengel familie. Almal help mekaar en ondersteun mekaar. Dankie Abba Vader vir my talent en dankie Conoflex vir julle fantastiese reeks dips. Ek was verkies tot die SASACC die jaar en beoog om volgende jaar te gaan vir my Groen en Goud.

Storm Arashi Range


Since the inception of the Storm Arashi range I have been fortunate to field test the following samples sent to me by Rapala VMC:

Arashi Rattling Deep (869)
Arashi Rattling Deep (869)
  • Storm Arashi Squirebill – a shallow running fat bodied crank that deflects of structure
  • Storm Arashi Flat – a flat sided crank which I have had tremendous success in fishing during Autumn when the water starts cooling down
  • Storm Arashi Waking Crank – a large bait that wakes on the surface that draws some explosive strikes
  • Storm Arashi Top Walker – walking surface lure that draws the big ones to the surface
  • Storm Arashi Deep – deep diving crankbait that has 3 models that dives from 10 – 25ft

Storm’s Arashi Series Crankbaits boasts a technology trifecta that sets these crankbaits apart from the rest. Technological edge #1: the circuit board lip that starts right away at slow speeds and quickly reaches maximum diving depth. The lip is extremely thin, with superior strength and durability. Technological edge #2: Rotated hook hangers nest the hook close to the body for improved action, preventing hang-ups and allowing larger hooks. And the final component of the trifecta: our patent-pending self-tuning line tie. This is a free moving design that keeps the lure tracking true, ensuring non-stop fishing action.

My latest favourite that has

Storm Arashi Rattling Flat (868)
Storm Arashi Rattling Flat (868)

accounted for a few slabs at Albert Falls Dam is the Top Walker. It features a responsive walking action that delivers a longer glide and powerful wake even in choppy water conditions. Low roll action keeps the hooks below the bait at all times as it walks to increase positive hook-up percentage. Triple rotated hook hangers nest the hooks close to the body for improved action and allow for larger size hooks. Multiple rattles deliver a cadence sound with variable pitch frequency mimicking schooling baitfish and are perfectly placed for long casts. I am heading towards De Hoop Dam this weekend and I know this bait will get a lot of airtime.

Overall the Storm Arashi range offer JDM quality at a more affordable price without compromising quality. Their durability are also superior to other brands and no tuning, hook replacement etc. is required. One can truly fish them straight out of the box and catch fish.