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 Posted: Mon Aug 18th, 2014 12:05 pm
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So yesterday I headed for my local water to practice casting an old Sealine 30H multiplier attached to my Kingfisher Stimulator...and after around 20 beautiful casts i decided to have a quick cast for barbel.

It was around 15h00 so I decided to try the side of the bank that was getting the last bit of afternoon sun. As I approached the chosen bank from across the dam wall I could see a few cats rising all over the area.

Armed with a rod and reel I was given by my dad, a Shimano Nexave 7ft2 MH and a Shimano Crestfire CR100 loaded with 7kg clear Maxima mono, I made a few casts with my old trusty paddletail and 1/4oz jig. I am use to grinders so I was conscious of overwinds and fiddled around for a bit with the cast settings, and apart from that I was struggling with accuracy and couldn't get right on the rising cats...

Probably casting for around 1/2hour without much luck I noticed that the action has moved away to the other side of a pump house that had a few sunken trees. I was conscious about getting snagged on one of the timbers yet I kept a constant retrieve all along the bottom feeling every rock and what not along the way. Just as I got lekker into the hang of the setup the Mrs. called asking the dreaded question: "When are you coming home?" :shock:Really an ultimatum disguised as a question... ;) Anyway, I got my stuff together and headed back to the corner of the wall where I started and saw a few suspicious bubbles. At this point there were no more sun hitting the bank but I had to do a couple of casts. Literally a couple of casts later a felt a tap tap and striked but nothing except for a lot of bubbles boiling up from the shallow depth. Next cast in I managed to get another tap tap tap and I managed to set the hook in a 3kg cat which did not put up a fight at all... Anyhow chuffed to bits as that opened the account for the new season!

As any man would do after a fish...I had to do a couple of more casts!!! :) I retrieved again at a constant speed along the bottom but this time hugging the bank closer in at about 0.5m depth. BAM!!! Vas! and an explosion as the cat literally jumped clear out of the water and I could see that this was to be my new PB, if I could land it successfully! Decisions raced through my head as to where to land the beast...I am standing on the wall about 0.5m higher than water level and then the corner of the wall had a handful of small dead trees standing in the water...so I decided against an attempt here. Instead, I was going to play the beast carefully to the middle of the dam wall where I could get a little closer to water level to attempt a lip land. The middle of the dam wall was a good 100m away from where the fight started and the whole time me stayed deep, hugging the bottom. I kept the pressure firm as not to give him the upper hand but every so often he reminded me that he deserved respect as he made his short but powerful runs! There were a few tense moments when I reached my chosen "landing spot" as now I was trying to bring him up vertically from his deep murky depths and I could feel him bumping into the stone wall beneath. At last I managed to get him up to gulp air. He made another short dive but I knew I had him in the bag IF I could get down to water level... I got him up for some more air and the fight was almost won. I had to lie on my back with my left arm stretched out all the way and on the second attempt managed to get my thumb in his mouth and secure a good grip! GOT IT!!!

What a feeling! I did not expect to catch anything and definitely not a PB!

Unfortunately I did not have a scale with me but at least a couple of guys on the bank helped take a couple of pics. We all estimated the beast to be between 10 and 12kg. My previous best was around the 9kg mark.


   

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Lekker man!

Was so 2 weke terug by daai dam, maar die katte het serious lockjaw gehad.

Dink die seisoene het nou gedraai, so sal gou weer daar moet uitkom.

Ek speel ook gewoonlik die babers wat ek op die wal vang na die linkerkantse wal toe.

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 Posted: Mon Aug 18th, 2014 12:25 pm
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Yeah I also experienced the lockjaw a couple or so weeks ago. I felt yesterday might have produced something especially after the rain we had, coupled with the sunny afternoon I experienced whilst there. Let me know when you head out again for the afternoon and I will join for a throw!

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nice report and congrats on the catch

not to rain on your parade but that cat is closer to 6kgs than 10. Still a lekker catch on the tackle :)

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Well done. Fun on art lure

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F1%hpa%te wrote: Yeah I also experienced the lockjaw a couple or so weeks ago. I felt yesterday might have produced something especially after the rain we had, coupled with the sunny afternoon I experienced whilst there. Let me know when you head out again for the afternoon and I will join for a throw!
Yes, you will have to show me your paddletail technique. Tried it before for cats at this dam, but without any luck.

A nice big and loud lipless crank is my go-to lure for these swirling cats, but think a slow sinking pumkinseed might also do the trick.

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Thank Aqua.

I think that pictures do not always do justic and we are all entitled to disagree. Hell I might have done so myself if someone else caught it and it is based on a picture alone ;). I have had loats of 6kgs out of this lake and a couple of others over the 8kg mark so I am confident it is at least 10kg. Anyhow, we shall not argue over it, cause we cant...I am however dissapointed  with myself that I did not have a scale :)

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Awesome catch man

F1%hpa%te wrote: 
the Mrs. called asking the dreaded question: "When are you coming home?" :shock:Really an ultimatum disguised as a question... ;)
   
BWAHAHAHH Love it!

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Nice 1 Fishpaste , thanks for sharing . What brand / colour scheme is your paddletail ?

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Antjar wrote: Nice 1 Fishpaste , thanks for sharing . What brand / colour scheme is your paddletail ?
I wondered myself when I typed the post this morning...I will have a look tonight and let you know.

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Looks like a Berkley Grass Pig lure?

I also dread those "Are you on your way yet?" calls from my wife, especially if we'd agreed on a time and the call comes in way before this.


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kaptein delarey wrote:
Looks like a Berkley Grass Pig lure?


had a look on their website , think I found it - Watermelon Candy

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Antjar wrote: kaptein delarey wrote:
Looks like a Berkley Grass Pig lure?


had a look on their website , think I found it - Watermelon Candy

Funny thing is...I purchased them a while ago but dont think it is Berkley. I am sure I purchased the cheaper ones. Figured the cats wont be too label orientated... 

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Got my first cat in my pvt dam. Skinny skinny. But summers coming

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Nice Deisel , what did you get it on ?

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Nice one Deisel! :) I think it is time I dust off the tackle properly and head to the water more often!

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F1%hpa%te wrote:
Thank Aqua.

I think that pictures do not always do justic and we are all entitled to disagree. Hell I might have done so myself if someone else caught it and it is based on a picture alone ;). I have had loats of 6kgs out of this lake and a couple of others over the 8kg mark so I am confident it is at least 10kg. Anyhow, we shall not argue over it, cause we cant...I am however dissapointed  with myself that I did not have a scale :)
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Berkley Havoc Grass Pig

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