How to Keep a Freak Happy

2014 has been a slow start for the Fishing Freaks as both Wez and I have made big changes in our work careers and have been finding it tough to fish together and even finding time to fish! And then when we do fish we BLANK so to say that our 2014 Summer has been a bit of a disappointment is an understatement!

However we are determined to get Fishing Freaks back in action and we are making sure we get on the water more and fish together more! So the opportunity arose one Wednesday Afternoon when i had an avid fan and newbie to kayak fishing Alain Tardin from East Coast Radio come into my studio and say “Come Im calling Wez and we going for a paddle!” Alain has just got his new Stealth 525 from Brett so he has been itching to get on the water, I then told my boss that i am ahead of my work so im going for a fish!

An hour later and we were on the water at one of my favorite fishing spots on the Kwa-Zulu Natal coast, Umdloti and it was a cracker of an afternoon with a bit of swell but the water looked amazing with current lines and small bait balls! I wasn’t going to mess around and put couta baits out straight away and headed for the drop off with Wez and Alain in tow! It was quiet we had seen one small snoek jump and also one lonely bonnie and that was it, Wez and Alain tried to find the snoek but i wasn’t wasting my time and stuck to my plan and continued to the drop off.

I got to the drop off checked my macks which were still clean and perfect,so I put them back out and started puzzling what i should do next, just ahead of me was a small bait ball going bananas on the surface so i took a slow paddle up to them to see what they were and as i came close to them i could see these big fish swimming underneath my ski, it took me a few seconds to realize but it was a huge shoal of Kingies!!!! So i drop my Onda down and let it sink to the depth the fish were and jig it back slowly a few came and had a look but none had a go! So i changed over to the Williamson Slick Jig Olive colour knowing that the bait ball was small sprat so im trying to match the hatch, I cast it into the bait and let it sink for about 10 seconds and start a quick retrieve jigging style and within 3 winds BAM!!!! ON and my reel was screaming!!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOO i started screaming calling Wez and Alain over, i get the fish to the kayak and its an awesome little Black tip Kingfish my first on a Kayak and new species for me!

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Wez gets the pic for me and i release the kingy pick up my flick stick and throw again into the bait ball let it sink click over the bail arm 3 winds and BOOOM ON AGAIN!!!! YESSSSS PLEEEEASE!!!!! Woooooooooooooo man it was a JOL!! Now Wez and Alain are trying to find the right lures to put on in a hurry as they can just check me bending and screaming!!! For the size of the fish these kingies have power and just too much fun to catch! Get this fish up next to me pick it up out the water and its a beautiful Threadfin Kingy, another first and new species for me so im grinning from ear to ear.

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Alain then goes on and he starts shouting with excitement, turns to Wez and i and goes this is how you make a fishermen happy!! I release my Threadfin and cast again into the bait ball let it sink click over 3 winds and ZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz on AGAIN!!!! 3 out of 3 I could not believe my luck Wow what a jol , all this time poor Wez is still trying to find the right lure and get a hookup, i then get the fish up after a good 8 minutes and its another Black tip Kingy, I was really blown away at the strength these fish have they really know how to box.
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As the sun went behind the hill they went off the bite and we paddled in, what a great afternoon on the water and some new species to tick off my list. Its amazing how catching a fish can change everything for a fishermen, just having a fish on the line and having it peel line off your reel! This is why we fish and this is how you keep a FREAK happy.

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Salt Rock Kayak Comp

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In 2013 The Fishing Freaks were lucky enough to crack the nod to the 3 biggest kayak fishing events on the east coast of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. The Salt Rock comp is one of the most eagerly anticipated fishing events.

The Salt Rock Kayak Fishing Comp is sponsored by Ballito Toyota amongst many others, and they have put up for grabs a brand new Toyota Hilux! HOWEVER, there is a “catch”… to be in line for that awesome vehicle you have to catch a king mackerel (couta) over 28 kgs (62lbs).

A special thanks to Shaun Reid and Fishing Corner for hosting such a fun and well supported fishing event. The Freaks look forward to the 2014 Salt Rock Fishing Comp.

That Unforgettable Day.

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!

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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 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

 

 

 

Freaky Screen Grabs

The Freaks have been making the most of this awesome weather May has to offer. Calm mornings and afternoons, clean water, no swell (oh really?)…

Well on that swell note… Windguru may have predicted waves of under 2m with long wave periods. BUT, there is a lesson to be learnt by those who get a little too confident when launching and beaching.. Despite the swell looking small there are a few beast waves lurking in the deep.

Here are a few clips of Wez learning a few lessons in the surf.. Talk about an old dog learning new tricks!

Wez in a montage of eating sand!

Wez in a montage of eating sand!