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 Posted: Wed Oct 10th, 2018 01:00 pm
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HendrikFishing
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Location: Pretoria, South Africa
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Best Catch: 6.5kg Carp
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Hi guys,

I hope you are doing well?

So lately I have been having a blank streak when it comes to fishing. I tried everything I could in the last couple of months and nothing seems to work. Starting to think fish don't eat anymore.

Different baits ranging from floats to corn and feed from hemp seed, boilies and normal SuperCast.

I tried different rigs and made a lot of custom ones ranging in length.

Not even the barbel want my fish heads, day old chicks, chicken hearts and more.

I don't even get a bite for the whole day of fishing.

Is it simply bad luck or are you guys facing the same issues?

Am I doing something wrong or is something drastically wrong with our dams?

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 Posted: Wed Oct 10th, 2018 03:35 pm
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Dr halibut hoffman
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Location: Cape, South Africa
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Equipment: Shimano, daiwa, a finnor and an elbe.. The rest died.
Best Catch: 145cm FL Leervis released (Shore), 80kg+ yellowfin (Boat). 83cm Cracker. ... ...
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Winter fishing? It is because you never visited the transkei..everyone catches a fish there in the winter!

Maybe time to throw a lure for some bass, they are post spawn now and honger! I hear the bass have been off the hook?!

Very little dam fishing these days so maybe someone will help you. :)

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 Posted: Wed Oct 10th, 2018 07:26 pm
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Mic.E
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HendrikFishing wrote:
Hi guys,

I hope you are doing well?

So lately I have been having a blank streak when it comes to fishing. I tried everything I could in the last couple of months and nothing seems to work. Starting to think fish don't eat anymore.

Different baits ranging from floats to corn and feed from hemp seed, boilies and normal SuperCast.

I tried different rigs and made a lot of custom ones ranging in length.

Not even the barbel want my fish heads, day old chicks, chicken hearts and more.

I don't even get a bite for the whole day of fishing.

Is it simply bad luck or are you guys facing the same issues?

Am I doing something wrong or is something drastically wrong with our dams?


That's the beauty of fishing. Some days it feels like your doing everything right, but then you get no bites. Maybe check weather, water temperature, barometric pressure. I heard a pro bass angler sum it as follow: "Fishing is a very scientific thing, but not an exact science". I even quite like the ring of that saying :hyst:

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 Posted: Thu Oct 11th, 2018 06:09 am
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TimJan
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Firstly where were you fishing?

And what were you trying to catch? Meaning you say hemp and boilies were you specimen or conventional or just throwing anything and everything in the water hoping for a bite?

For conventional mostly in winter the fish like to stay in deeper water than summer. So casting deep 100m+ really helps most places.

Secondly and this is very important all year long but in winter even more is your "kol" the more accurately you can cast the same spot every cast the better your chances are of eventually catching a fish.

Winter I will also say go lighter/smaller most of the time so a small .8 hook with a small floatie/deegie or a mielie with the tip cut off works better.

Flavors a bit stronger works better but use just a little so garlic/tcp/gumtree.

Then patience also helps in summer you can get a bite tempo of less than 30 mins on a rod in winter that might go up to 1 to 2 hours.

For a social angler there is only one rig you need and that is a gly rietvlei. use 7 to even 12lb for hook links and make them +- 10cm long. I think its safe to say that all SA anglers use the rig in normal conditions only when extreme distances are required will they use another rig.

Your mieliebom is maybe the most important part of your bait so use the best /freshest you can get.

Then the good news most fish are spawning or are starting to spawn and that means they are again hard to catch but when this is over they are hungry and the water is heating up so your luck will change even if you do everything wrong you should start catching again.

And everybody goes through a dry patch. I am currently in a 2 year blank with my specimen fishing and I am starting to question everything I am doing my bait my rigs where I am fishing everything. But I know I will catch again and I know I am not doing anything wrong just sometimes you just don't catch a fish? But it sucks I know.

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 Posted: Fri Oct 12th, 2018 06:03 am
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HendrikFishing
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Location: Pretoria, South Africa
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Best Catch: 6.5kg Carp
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Thanks for your reply TimJan.

Whenever I go to the dam I always try for both carp and barbel. Sometimes I fish for bass also while I wait for the bigger guys to take the line.

I have been trying to mix up the whole specimen and conventional angling with different methods like adding mieliebom toe a hair rig and also adding feed to my kol (hemp seed, boilies and so on). I don't know if this method is advised?

I also always go 100m or deeper when casting out my rigs. So I don't know what the issue is with the fish not wanting to bite haha.

It sucks having a blank streak and starting to question your whole method. I just keep saying to myself "if it worked before, it will still work". I guess I should just keep on trying?

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