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How to fight a fish?

How to fight a fish?

Would you like to know how to fight a fish?

 

The most important thing when fighting a fish is to keep constant pressure on the fish. I like to work the fish closer with the rod and then wind down as I lower the rod back to fish while keeping a bend in the rod. As the fish moves closer to the boat I loosen the drag slightly to allow the fish to run if it is still a bit feisty.

However, I use my thumb to add pressure on the spool of the reel, by doing this the fish still has to work hard. But with the thumb on the spool it is easy to reduce pressure quickly, thus allowing the fish to move a away with out breaking your line.

Another detail that people miss is how much drag is created by fishing line and as hard as it seem it remains very important to loosen your drag when the fish is far out. Especially when the fish is traveling at speed.

When the line is far out and the fish settles it is advisable to just up the drag to get line back unto the reel and then at the same time to use the boat to work towards the fish, It is always best to not drive directly to the fish as you might cut your own line off. So a small angle is very use full.

Constant communication between the angler and skipper can also great aid in avoiding mishaps. Many skippers prefer that one keeps the ratchet of the reel engaged. This helps them to “follow” the fight audibly while making sure that their is no other obstacles in the way.

Do not get impatient towards the end of the fight. Many fish are lost at this last hurdle when anglers up the drag for that last “pull”!

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How to fight a fish?
How to fight a fish?

St. Lazarus Banks

St Lazarus Banks

Where can one find Dogtooth Tuna, massive GT’s and a abundance of other game fish? Many locations will spring to mind, like the Seychelles, Madagascar, Bassas de India and of course St Lazarus banks.

St Lazarus banks lie off the northern coast of Mozambique, approximately North East off Pemba and East from QUISIVI in the Quirimba’s archipelago. The banks lie in the nutrient rich Mozambique current and rise from a depth off 3000 meter to 10 meters over a very short distance. These conditions form a ideal home for all game fish species. Couple that with the fact that long liners and commercial netters avoid the area and you have what I will call game fish central.

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Planning your fishing trip?

Planning your fishing trip?

Hi to our all new web audience!

Welcome to our new website and content channel. To fire it all up, here is how I plan ahead regards weather and conditions…

Unfortunately going fishing has become quite expensive and their fore it is vital to plan your trips to coincide with the most productive times. Before I start planning I have a look at the long term weather forecasts using the following online programs:

Windguru                            http://www.windguru.cz/int/?sc=91

Windfinder                        https://www.windfinder.com/

Magicseaweed                 http://magicseaweed.com/

Passage Weather             http://passageweather.com/

Yr weather                          https://www.yr.no/place/South_Africa/

Accu Weather                   http://www.accuweather.com/en/za/south-africa-weather

I generally use the top four for my salt water fishing as they indicate wind, wave size and wave frequency and the latter two for my inland fishing. Preferably tri to get two or three of the programs to agree on the weather!!!

Further to this on the Saltwater side I use:

http://www.fishtrack.com/fishing-charts/south-africa-east_62420

this gives me a good indication of ocean temps which can be critical on deciding what to target. Fishtrack also has a very nice feature on the sidebar

Tides/Solunar Table (Solunar theory explained http://myfwc.com/fishing/freshwater/fishing-tips/solunar-theory/)this allows you to drag the cursor anywhere on the map and then get the tides and the best fishing times during the day. Definitely worth becoming a paying member as this will also give you a seven day bouyweather forecast.

If we are fishing in land (fly fishing for yellows) I check the flow rates of the rivers at:

https://www.dwa.gov.za/hydrology/rtmain.aspx

and state of our dams at

https://www.dwa.gov.za/hydrology/weekly/Province.aspx

All of these programs are free and pretty accurate, allowing the angler every opportunity to be at the water when the bite is on!