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.
We all have those days that we can think back and remember so vividly like it was yesterday or the days were you say to yourself that that was the day that changed me!
Well for me (Dick) that day was about 4 years ago when i went on my first trip to Mozambique and well actually my first ever reel fishing trip! Wez came up with idea as he had been on a recent fishing trip to Moz and said it was Amazing and that the fish are loose on that side of the border and we have to go, I was still really only starting out at kayak fishing and only had a few launches under my belt but thought what the hell i had never been before.
First morning in Moz and its an absolute cracker, not a cloud in the sky , not a breath of wind , blue blue blue water and probably one of the easiest launches i had had. I get out past backline, pull my rods out , get my lures in the water and start chasing Wez to the closest reef from the launch. Must have paddled a good 3km before reaching the reef and i decided to have my first breather before continuing chasing the energizer bunny that Wez is. I must have stopped for about 20 seconds and had just called out to Wez, when all of a sardine my reel starts screaming!!!
When i say screaming, it was like nothing i have heard before! Now I have caught fish and been out on Ski-boats and what not but i had never heard a reel make that noise! My heart is now pumping and im screaming to Wez like a little school girl while i start reeling the fish in, I can clearly remember having two thoughts in my head, what the hell is on the end of this line and what was i going to do when i got it next to the ski! Good 10 minute fight an i can start seeing this big long silver thing doing big circles under my ski in that beautiful blue Mozambiquen water, while all this is going on Wez cannot contain himself and spots tunny jumping just a couple of meters from where i was and he turns and shouts to me “Sorry Dick i have too” and he was gone in a flash. I had now managed to get the fish under my ski but had no idea how i was getting it in my hatch, i know i have to gaff it but its huge!! So i scream for Wez to come help! With his help i get the fish on my lap and get Wez to take a photo!
This is the day that changed me and the day that i was hooked on kayak fishing, i will never forget this day!Do you have a day that will be permanently imprinted in your mind? Share with us!!
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!!
Being Called The Fishing Freaks is a name we live by and we are absolutely nuts about Fishing. Here is a video of one of the Freaks showing his undying love for the sport and proving just how freaking crazy he is about Kayak Fishing.
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We Freaks thought we would have our own Throw Back Thursday and replay you our very first video we put on Youtube our Fishing Freaks Teaser!
We have come along way since this vid got uploaded and boy it been one hell of a ride! we have been through many high’s and low’s and almost lost a Freak along the way, We have learnt a lot and it has been tough but we have meet some amazing people in the fishing community and picked up some incredible sponsors that have have been like childhood dreams for us and then there is you guys our fellow FREAKS, you guys have been unbelievable and we cannot thank you enough for all the support and feedback, you guys rock and you are keeping the Fishing Freaks dream alive!!
We have some amazing stuff in the pipeline for Fishing Freaks and all we can say is watch this space, cause these Freaks are going places! Season 2 of Fishing Freaks will be out soon and we really cant wait to show you guys! we got some action packed webisodes coming your way, so just hang tight!! In the meantime lets go back to the 22 January 2013 and relive the hype of Fishing Freaks!!
Big thanks to The Kingfisher , Daiwa and Stealth Performance Kayaks
Looks like a Freaky week!
For the second week in a row Windguru posts a forecast to make any angler bunk work! Monday right through to Sunday without a cloud in the ski and winds under 10 knots. One thing I can tell you is the Freaks will spend most of the week on the water… work may take a back seat.
BUT, there is a sad reality to the good weather. Despite the conditions being so good this doesn’t guarantee any fish. Wez is on 6 launches for zero fish! Dick is starting to catch up with Wez too.
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Wez & Dick