|Joined: ||Tue Aug 10th, 2010|
|Location: ||Struisbaai, South Africa|
|Equipment: ||Saltist 50, .45mm KFGH, Kingfisher braid Custom Built Chris Uys ...|
|Best Catch: ||Saltist 50, .45mm KFGH, Kingfisher braid Custom Built Chris Uys ...Galjoen 3.1kg, Musselcracker 16kg, 9.7kg, 9.3kg, Steenbras 12.7kg, 10.9kg, 9kg. ...|
|Favorite Fishing Spot: ||Struisbaai Plaat and Suiderstrand, Kanon and boggomsbaai|
|Boat: ||Do not own a boat.|
|Mana: ||It all started late April with Shawn Mey asking if anybody wants to join for a trip to Angola. Being a dream of mine for a long time I jumped at the opportunity. Visas were sorted through Theresa Sakko, she was a huge help at the embassy and it was finalized in quick time.
Shawn and Lauren picked me up at Swellendam and from there our overnight spot was noordoewer. Next day we drove to Otjivarongo and then we slept at Ruacana the next day. We met up with Spyker, Marina, Judy and Tiaan there, were we decided to drive straight for Flamingo Lodge.
Being able to speak Portuguese is a huge advantage. The border at Calique only took us 3 hours. From the border Spyker told us we have a new tarred road that will cut out a lot of traveling time. Unfortunately a flood washed part of it away and we had to take the normal 120km of prime potholes to get to a tarred road.
We took this in our stride and was soon cruising through the south of Angola. As darkness set in we entered Lubango. Driving bumper to bumper we quickly got through only being stopped once, playing dumb the cops got frustrated and let us go.
As we reached the bottom of the hair raising pass Shawn wondered what the sparks were coming from his front tyres. Luckily Tritons are full up and we could get a new set of brake pads sent to Flamingo for us.
We reached Flamingo Lodge at 23:30. bruised but excited we pitched tents and set our alarms for 5:30 to be ready for a sunrise spin session. We slowly cruized down the beach and started looking for bait balls. Arriving on a huge sandstone cliff we looked down at a few bait balls in the bay below, the next moment all carnage breaks loose as seals, garrick and shad erupt and nail the sardinellos. We bundle back into the cars and speed downhill , grabbing our rods and running into the water.
My new braid fails, and while im changing reels some of the guys hook and land some monster shad. Lauren hooking a huge garrick unfortunately it throws the hook as she brings it onto the bank.
The fish disappear and we drive on looking for the fish. We hear reports of Carlos landing a 27/28kg garrick .
We stop at a few spots landing a few shad each, we find Carlos and a baitball at two plug point. As their car passes the corner the baitball erupts with shad and Shawn lands one and mine spits the hook. As soon as it starts the action disappears. Finding a patch of working water we nail the shad in knee deep water. Shawn with a two tone spoon and me with trusty Paddletail. You catch three per paddletail, they just shorten the tail for you. after landing about 15 each we head back to the lodge.
Within sight of Flamingo Shawn spots a massive Garrick in the waves. We cast and the fish totally inhales his plug, after a hectic fight he lands the biggest garrick of the trip. A 133cm fork beauty.
Spykers group leaves for an afternoon session as we get back to camp. We eat and decide to go back to two plug point at sundown with tjokka. As soon as your bait lands, the blacktail are full up. What started out as nicely prepared and hammered tjokka baits became a long strip threaded on the hook and liberally covered with latex to slow down the blacktail.
The reefs are foul and quickly I stripped the 150m of topshot on the Toruim 30 and started fishing straight 50lb braid. Many more rockcods were landed this way between the blacktail.
I put a tjokka bait into the bay and after lots of small bites the rod gets pulled flat and im on with a better fish, Shawn also screams hes on. With the bites coming thick and fast we never had time to put shoes on, so we wade out onto the slippery rocks to stop the fish from cutting us off. My fish goes right his left, After some tense moments a wave washes my cob onto the rocks behind Shawn and his fish to the left of me. My PB cob 115cm flaps in the torch light. Shawn lands a cobbie of 104cm. We takes some pictures and quickly release the fish. The rest of the evening Shawn gets reefed on live bait by some monsters and Lauren loses a good fish aswell.
Satisfied we drive back to the lodge. Some green faces stare at us as we show some pictures of our catches. We decide to go back to the spot at high tide the following morning, but unfortunately the fish are gone. Blacktail reign supreme.
The following days fly past in a blur, I catch a few cob on bait during the day, the biggest being 82cm. I had cast the tjokka into the sandy shoredump between reefs when it picked me up. These fish are hard fighters, putting up a much better account than our dusky cobs. Spyker lands a 8,7kg cob on spoon between the reefs.
We see huge garrick in the waves and chasing the million of mullet that just hang in the waves, often forcing us to stop and make a few casts, only to realize its shaols of mullet we are casting at.
Fishing a sandy outlet I cast the twotone spoon into the outlet and slowly retrieve it back. A fish hits the lure and takes a hundred meters on a very tight drag. Slowly gaining line I realize its a garrick that ate my lure. After some nervy moments in the shallows Shawn grabs it by the tail and I have my biggest garrick of the trip. 93cm fork .
We fish hard, catching many species . Roughtail rays, giant lesser sandies, rubberlips, mottled grouper, angolan dentex, goatfish and young bronzies. Tiaan catches the fish of the trip, one that I will go back for. A pink musselcracker of 7/8kg.
After a morning session we drive to die doodsakker for two nights. I net 5 mullet that produce a hammer for myself and a garrick for Shawn and Tiaan. Judy loses a monster bronzie after a three hour fight. That night i put a bait out at our tents, as we sit by the fire my rood goes and I land a small 25kg bronzie. I wont say it loudly, but a PB for me. I put another bait out and as I sit down both my and Shawn's rods go. I fight the fish hard and land my new pb bronzie of 50kg. Shawn's fish is slightly smaller. Again we put baits out and not long both of us get pulled flat, my fish swims in and chows my line unfortunately. Shawn lands a 100kg bronzie.
The next morning with nothing happening we decide to drive back to Flamingo.
I land another garrick on a paddletail worked between the rocks and lose a good fish when it throws the pink plug. Shawn lands quite a few on a 2.5oz seal point plug during the trip.
With heavy hearts we pack and begin the long journey back to Struisbaai. We wave goodbye to Spyker and co and we sleep at Kamanjab. The next morning Shawn decides to drive straight through and we reach swellendam the following afternoon.
An epic trip with new friends and an awesome destination.
Pics will follow.