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!!
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
Now i am very skeptical when it comes to Plastic Lures and the makes that i buy and i will always buy the more expense lure because i know i am paying for quality and that the lure will swim correctly and most importantly CATCH fish!
The Kingfisher has come out with the Rattler series of trawling lures and we have been lucky enough to test them out!! They come in different sizes, swimming depths and great colors , they all come equipped with VMC Hooks and the best part!!! They catch FISH!!! I have been Trawling the blue 150mm length 3m diver and i have been hooking into the Yellow Fin Tuna.
So I , Dick give these affordable lures the thumbs up ,they have a great swimming action,they catch fish and they don’t put too much of a dent in your wallet. So get down to The KingFisher today and go chose your favorite colors and sizes in the Rattlers Series.
Being out on the ocean on a kayak you come across some Weird and Wonderful Sea Creatures!! So i was out fishing the other day with Wez getting some live bait from one of our favorite spots and i managed to pull up an Octopus in-between all the bait fish!!!! Now i have seen plenty of these guys while diving for Crayfish but to get one while sitting in the middle of the Sea on a Yuzuiri??
Send us Pics or stories of the Weirdest things you have caught on you Yuzuiri while fishing!
This reel has to be hands down The Freak’s favorite multiplier reel from Daiwa,its anodized finish makes it strong, rugged and protects it from corrosion perfect for out on a kayak. The 40 H is the perfect size for using on your Fishing ski and makes it easy to take in and out of your hatch, especially when its full of fish. Its has an ultra smooth drag system which is ideal for tightening up on monster tuna when fishing live bait. All in all this is a great reel to use out on the water and the Black and Gold finish just makes it look amazing. You will remember in Episode 04 Wez landed a nice couta on this reel and raved about the smooth drag. We here at Fishing Freaks love this reel and can’t wait to put it to the REEL test with some Autumn Crocs.