Top Saltwater Lures Review 2019 by Top Local Angler:
Dr. Riekert van Heerden Pr.Sci.Nat.
Majorcraft Jigpara Slow / Slowpitch Jigging Spoons:
These Slowpitch Jigging spoons (15 – 40 g weight) cast extremely well and can be retrieved very slowly with pitch-pause techniques that induce, enticing upward darting and strong downward fluttering actions.
These spoons allow you to fish the outlying (far from shore) structure very slowly, ensuring the Lure stays inside the often narrow strike zones for as long as possible.
The best colors are Zebra Glow, Pink/Gold or Pink/Silver.
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Alcocks, Tiny Jigs, Spro, and Mustad Bucktail Jigs:
Bucktail jigs (1/2 – 1.5 oz) do not cast as far as Slow pitch jigging spoons, but they are my first choice when there is a side-current running because they maintain good action under these conditions. As with slow pitch jigging spoons bucktail jigs can be retrieved slowly with various pitch styles, but also at a faster speed with long sweeps of the rod or even standard steady retrieves. Bucktail jigs allow you to fish deeper structure slowly, ensuring the lure stays inside the often narrow strike zone for as long as possible.
Best colors are White lead heads dressed with White & Olive Green or White & Cream Soda Green or White & Black hair color combinations.
Best colors for Lead heads: Pink & White or Silver or Glow lead heads dressed with White hair.
CID Couta Casting no 1 & 2 Spoons:
These are Deadly spoons (1 – 1.5 oz) for medium to very fast retrieve speeds for purposes of catching Natal snoek, Cape yellowtail, Shad, Kingfish, and many other species. These spoons have a strong swimming action even at a very fast retrieve speed.
The best colors are Pink Glow, Green Glow, and Redhead colors.
GT Icecream Flat-Face Plug:
These are Fantastic surface lures. The flat-face version of Plugs (1.5 – 2 oz) works exceptionally well in windy conditions, maintaining good contact with the water surface thus leading to noisy surface action that attracts fish. Ideal for really big Shad, Garrick, and Kingfish.
The best color is White.
CID Slim Bait:
These are Deadly floating stick baits (30 g) that can be fished over shallow reef without getting stuck. They also work very well from sandy beaches. They work very well in discolored water caused by freshwater inflow from river mouths. This Lure is a Proven lure for catching big Shad and Springer.
The best color is Mackerel or Chartreuse color.
Chase no. 5 Spoons:
These are medium to fast retrieve, white-metal bullet-type spoons (1.5 oz) that work very well in choppy and windy sea conditions. The glow tape on the one side means that the spoon can be used equally well in bright and low light conditions.
Best used with a Cream (Yellow)-colour glow strip on one side or with the glow strip removed altogether to maximize the shine under certain conditions.
5” Z’ Man Soft Plastics (StreakZ Shape):
These are virtually indestructible (Shad-proof) plastics with really good action (due to their buoyancy) and long casting ability for lighter applications in the sea. They are great for Kingfish, Garrick, Large spot Pompano and many other species.
The best colors are New Penny or Pearl-White colors.
7” Berkeley Soft Plastics (Jerkshad Shape):
These are Soft plastics of choice for heavier applications in the sea in order to catch large game fish such as GT-Kingfish and big Shad.
The best color is Pearl-Watermelon color.
Mad Mullet & TT-Lure Jig Heads (3/4 – 1.5 oz):
These are excellently weighted jig heads with superior casting ability and they feature very effective bait holder designs. They have a very strong, wide-gape hook facilitating effective hook sets. These Jig heads work very well with Z’man and Berkeley soft plastics.
They have a Ball-shaped head (Mad Mullet) in 3/4 -1 oz weight and Bullet-shaped head (TT-lure) in 1 – 1.5 oz weight.
South African Outdoor Adventures would like to thank Dr. Riekertvan Heerden Pr.Sci.Nat.
For his review on his Favorite Tried and Tested Lures for 2019.
Some Action-Packed Photos of various fish species caught right here in our local waters, Showing off the Lures that managed to Fool them!
I am absolutely convinced that our readers will benefit from your expertise! And that when they consider purchasing Lures for their Tacklebox, They will embrace their shopping adventure with the confidence of knowing just what to buy in order to hook more fish!
Catch & Release: by Shaun
(Catch & Release) and (Tag & Release) Has become a standard practice among most of our Sport Anglers of late. We encourage this practice as much as possible in order to preserve our rapidly depleting fish stocks! It is unfortunate though that not all fishermen share our concerns.
Above is a photo showing very clearly a Tagged fish about to be released back into the water by Dr. Riekert. Notice the Yellow Tag just below the Dorsal fin.
Tag & Release is a program developed by the ORI – Oceanographic Research Institute who is a division of SAAMBR – South African Association for Marine Biological Research. The purpose of this program is to monitor the behavior, habitat, migration, growth & lifespan of the various species.
The idea is that the Angler Tags the fish and then releases it back into the water after making a note of the Tag number, the fish species, the length of the fish, the width of the fish, the place where it was caught & the date. This information is sent to ORI to be entered into the Research database.
When a fish with a Tag is caught we expect the Angler as a matter of courtesy, to take down the tag information; the Tag number, the fish species, also to measure the length and the width of the fish, note the place where it was caught & the date.
It is unfortunately sad to say that a lot of tagged fish do not get released and the information is not forwarded to the ORI. This is one of the main reasons that we are trying to encourage fishermen via Social media and websites to practice propper cath & Release techniques!
Can you imagine having to tell your Grandchildren,” Sorry Grandpa can’t take you Fishing. There are no more Fish left because everyone was too Greedy?”
“PLEASE remember to practice Catch & Release!” in order to preserve our fish stocks!
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