Popping Stick for KZN

TES70H

Value for money the Talavera TES 70 H is an amazing offshore rod. Paired with my Saragosa 10000, loaded with Suffix 832 65lb, it is a fantastic combination.

The Talavera has a very soft tip but a huge amount of backbone. With the soft tip you are able to target smaller species such as Snoek while the huge amount of back bone,  allows you to target bigger species such as  Yellow fin Tuna,  without worrying about the rod not coping.

The Talervera is a very good popping rod as it absorbs the swing of the rod when casting. It unloads beautifully in the cast which gives you that extra distance you often need.

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I have managed to pull  20kg Yellow fins to the boat  in approximately 3 to 6 minutes with my Talavera.

The Saragosa 10k has a very strong and smooth drag which allows you to put a huge amount of pressure on the reel without your drag sticking.

I have filled my Saragosa with the 65lb Sufux 832. It casts beautifully with Sufix 832 65Lb which has a small diameter for a fairly heavy braid, allowing you to fill 300 m of braid on you reel.

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This combo is not only great value for money but it has never let me down.

 

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Written By Craig Bashford

Shimano Spheros 6000

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It’s taken me some time to find a sutiable universal fishing reel for me to use in many types of fishing application from spinning off the surf using it on the ski boat for tuna and dorado and suitable for slow pitch jigging and high speed vertical jigging.My next bit of excitement will be using the Spheros 6000sw for light tackle fishing in the surf with a 11ft Shimano Surf Exage which will be perfect for targetting kob, stumpies, rockcod  and many other species.I’v got all the conferdence when fishing with my Spheros with the strength and ability to land bigger stronger game fish with the new cross carbon drag system which can be tighened to 10kgs I feel it’s very important to have a smooth drag as one will part there leaders and pull hooks from a good fish because of a sticky and worn drag.As for looks the reel really sticks out with awesome Shimano quality finishes, it is a perfect all round fishing reel tough,smooth when retrieving your lures at higher speeds making your fishing more comfortable with the aluminium and rubber handle.I’v loaded my Spheros with 20lb Sufix advanced 832 braid which the reel takes 275meters with a 10meters of 40lb braided leader and 1.5meter of 50lb Double X floracarbon leader the braid is layered just perfect on the aluminium spool giving me all the conferdence when casting bigger spoons and lures with no wind knots and allowing me to load my rod alot more giving me that massive distance.The Shimano Spheros 6000Sw is for me a very affordable reel on the South African market as for the quality you getting it’s a big winner as long as you keep your daily maintenance up you will never be disappointed with Shimano reels.

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Persistance is Key

The start of 2017 had been a really frustrating one for me on the fishing front. I had fished in 2 league events and a couple social sessions and yet to get a bite. I was feeling rather despondent as there were some awesome fish being landed by others. Although during the week and me being busy at work, I was still green with envy.

Eventually a weekend was about where the weather played along and I called up a mate and said we are going fishing to one of the spots on the upper south coast that had been producing some fish of late. We checked the tides and decided on the perfect time to get there. We would only be able to fish for a couple of hours before we ran out of water on the beach.

Upon arriving at the area I just had that feeling in my bones that today I would get the monkey off my back. The water was perfect. We had some color and a good formation. Didn’t take us long to put the rods together and get a bait in the water. We were expecting fireworks as every angler does when conditions are perfect. Unfortunately things were rather slow and we had to work hard for the fish we eventually landed.

Mike was the first one to get a bite, sticking to his roots and using his trusted Shimano Trinidad 20DC with 0.47 double X he went on with what seemed to be a smaller fish, with a rather tricky shorebreak to negotiate he waited for the perfect moment and we grabbed the juvenile sharpnose brown skate and pulled it up for a quick picture and then released the little guy tIMG-20170211-WA0007o fight another day.

Thinking this could be the change in our luck we quickly put out some fresh baits and it wasn’t long when I got an enquiry. The fish ate very funn
y and eventually pulled me flat and the line started to peel off my Shimano Stella. I was now confident that my VMC 9/0 tournament circle had him properly and I started to apply the brakes. I didn’t pull it too hard, for once I was going to enjoy fighting this fish. After all, it was now middle of February and I’ve just had my first bite of the year. A few minutes later we had the fish in the front and again waited for the right moment and pulled a beautiful female guitarfish out the water. Quick picture and a ORI tag, the fish was released safely.

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We called it quits after that as a rather large storm was rolling in and we had decided a early start the following morning before a South Westerly front hit us would be a good idea. Alarm bells rang at 3:45 and I packed the bait box and headed off to a new spot this time on the middle north coast of KZN. Seems I was late to the party, when I arrived Mike was already on. This wasn’t for long tho as the fish managed to find a rock in the deep and cut him off.

With a big bait in the water and with the sun now starting to peek up on the horizon, I picked up my spinning rod in the hopes of catching a queen mackerel or a Bonnie I could use for bait. Another friend had joined in on this and he had the first bite on the spoon. He unfortunately got bitten off, now we know the queen mackerels AKA snoek are in the area. A couple winds into my next cast I felt the big thump, I was on! Line peeling off my Shimano Stella 5000 and my 10ft shimano speedmaster bending. This was a decent fish. I took my time and waited for the right moment to pull the fish over the ledge. As it came over Craig was there and grabbed it by the tail. First snoek of the season landed! Or maybe not…It managed to wiggle itself loose and fell into a rock pool. Luckily for me the 8117ss VMC hook was firmly in the corner. Second time round we did not let go! Lovely specimen of 83cm which was a treat on the braai that evening!

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While this was happening, the guys fishing with baits were getting smoked. Two proper fish on and both cut off. Seems like the big sea we had the week before scoured out the reef a bit. Landing fish just became a lot harder. While I was getting my big stick ready again, Craig managed to hook a Bonnie on the spoon. I didn’t hesitate one second cutting its head off and letting it go on the Shimano Stella with 40lb power pro. Within minutes I had an enquiry, an extremely slow bite. I knew from word go it was one of 2 species and I locked up on the Stella and started to pull as hard as I could from word go. The fish didn’t take much line, it did however look for every stone it could find  and had me running in all directions to avoid getting cut off. I had pulled the fish to the front and it came to the surface on the back of the ledge. Our suspicions of the species had now been confirmed. It was a beast of a ribbon tail. How this fish hasn’t cut me off up to this point was rather surprising and I’m just hoping that it doesn’t do it. With a lot of pulling and me squealing in pain I managed to get the fish over the front ledge with a bit help from a few waves.

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The fish however still needed a bit of convincing to get into the shallows and it took a fair amount of swimming to help it miss the rocks on the way in. Eventually we had this beautiful fish in an area safe enough for us to handle her with the care she deserves. A couple pictures and an ORI tag she swam off strong to go torment another unsuspecting angler one day.

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Written by Stef Germann