Moz: Series II

ponta-malongane

It has been a while since Season 1 of The Fishing Freaks. The doldrums of winter felt permanent, there are only so many traces one can make to pass the time. But then Dick and I remember where exactly we live on Earth… A mere 6 hour drive from the rustic Ponta Do Oura, Mozambique.

“Dude, you busy next week? You keen to hit Moz up?” To which Dick responded, “HELL YES!”

And that’s all it really took. Well that and convincing our friend Rat (who has a Landy Defender 110) to come with.

The Fishing Freaks were lucky enough to be invited to stay at Tartaruga Maritima in Ponta Molongane, Mozambique. From Durban we took the N2 north till Hluhluwe, then hang a right onto the R22 and follow that road all the way to Kosi Bay. From the Kosi Border, Ponta Do Oura is a 12km drive through soft beach sand roads. Tartaruga in Ponta Molongane is a further 5kms along the same sand road. 4×4 Is essential!

The Moz Series is a two part Series, part II continues with “The Bet” and Dick’s Day Of Redemption.

Enjoy

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Moz: Series I

It has been a while since Season 1 of The Fishing Freaks. The doldrums of winter felt permanent, there are only so many traces one can make to pass the time. But then Dick and I remember where exactly we live on Earth… A mere 6 hour drive from the rustic Ponta Do Oura, Mozambique.

“Dude, you busy next week? You keen to hit Moz up?” To which Dick responded, “HELL YES!”

And that’s all it really took. Well that and convincing our friend Rat (who has a Landy Defender 110) to come with.

The Fishing Freaks were lucky enough to be invited to stay at Tartaruga Maritima in Ponta Molongane, Mozambique. From Durban we took the N2 north till Hluhluwe, then hang a right onto the R22 and follow that road all the way to Kosi Bay. From the Kosi Border, Ponta Do Oura is a 12km drive through soft beach sand roads. Tartaruga in Ponta Molongane is a further 5kms along the same sand road. 4×4 Is essential!

The Moz Series is a two part Series, part II will be out next week.

Enjoy

Open Water Carnage

Cape Vidal

The Fishing Freaks are truly blessed to live in such a beautiful area. The East Coast of South Africa is warm through winter, hot in summer & teaming with pelagic gamefish. Being in Durban puts us just 2 hours south of the breath taking, Cape Vidal situated in the Isimangaliso Wetland Park.

Every year at the start of summer (November) the warm Mozambican current flows strong and close to the launch site bringing with it Mahi Mahi (Dorado), Marlin, Sailfish, King & Queen Mackerel, Yellow Fin Tuna and much more all within paddling distance.

With this constantly in the back of our minds, it’s tough fighting that urge to just jump in the car and take the 2 hour drive north. So we did it!

Cape Vidal does come with a paddlers WARNING! The current is extremely dangerous especially when the North East wind is blowing as this pushes the North to South current even faster and stronger, but this also brings in the fish. Only fit and experienced paddlers should dare launch Vidal. Vidal is best fished in a fresh South Westerly wind after 3 days of North Easterlies.

On that note, the conditions were just that and the fish were on the bite! Wez had two live cigar scads out on a simple steel trace with a single #2 lead hook and a #4 treble in the back with a shiny skirt on. After trying in vain to down rig the one livie with a 4oz sinker and very brittle elastic bands, Wez decided to leave the one (on his right) 6 feet from the back of his ski so his baits didn’t swim together and knot his line… The results? Well watch the video!

The Moz Series

You may have been wondering, “Where are The Freaks?” The truth is, we’ve had a horrid winter on the East Coast of South Africa. All the summer game fish moved deep and north in search of the warm Mozambique current.

With this haunting us, we did what any sane Fishing Freak would do.. We planned a Moz trip! A mere 5 hours north east of Durban, South Africa hides the rustic village of Ponta Molongane. We got up to our usual nonsense, sampling local cuisine (RUM), hunting game fish on local reefs and hanging with the locals.

The Moz Series is a two part series, here is the Official Trailer.

UKFC Comp 2013

The UKFC (Umgeni Kayak Fishing Club) is our local fishing club and every year they host and awesome competition with fantastic prizes and we were lucky enough to be invited to fish and to film the day at Umdloti, so take a look what we got up to and how the day went!!

Quattro King of the Sea @ Pumula Hotel

Last weekend The Fishing Freaks were deep down the south coast of KwaZulu Natal at Pumula Beach Hotel taking part in the 4th annual Quattro King of the Sea hosted by GoFish Magazine.

Leading up to the contest the chatter was mostly revolving around the forecast Windguru was predicting. Howling easterlies, massive seas BUT a few reports of great catches.. Dick and I (Wez) spent the week making traces and changing rusty hooks with great expectations of croc couta screaming off in the early mornings.

The event was a massive success, we had a great time “carboloading” and sharing fishing secrets with our new angling friends. Watch the full video of The Freaks @ Pumula:

 

Special thanks to the Freaks sponsors: Stealth Performance Kayaks, Daiwa & The Kingfisher

The Fishing Freaks S01 E08 “not the end”

It’s finally here!

 

First off our deepest apologies for taking so long to bring you this episode. I won’t give too much away but we do explain why there has been a “drought”. This is the final episode of Season 01 of The Fishing Freaks BUT not the final episode of The Freaks! There will be many many more to come, only in a different format.

 

Looking forward to Season 02, Dick and I (Wez) will be doing Web Series instead of a weekly adventure diary. We will be heading out on tour to find you the best accommodation, awesome fishing destinations, tasty recipes, meet some locals and the usual antics you’ve come to appreciate.

 

While we’re not on tour we have setup this awesome blog to keep you in the loop with all things Freaky & Fishy. Here we will do product reviews, post some recipes, weekly catches (if any), your catches and more! If you’re not on here you should definitely like our Facebook Page or drop us a mail thefishingfreaks@gmail.com

 

Until the next installment, tight lines and keep those comments and messages coming 🙂

Wez & Dick

The Fishing Freaks