Angling equipment and specialist fishing gear is essential if you’re looking for the perfect catch. South Africa has some incredible fishing spots where you can spend hours catching bass, carp and trout with the sun on your shoulders and a beer in your hand. The chances of getting those fish on your hooks are directly related to the tackle, rods, reels and lines that you use. The greatest thing is that because the sport is so big in SA and the surrounding countries, there are some wonderful specialist stores that can help you buy the best goodies as well as provide advice on the boats you can use. It’s as simple as asking for help.
If you’re a beginner to the sport, angling equipment and specialist fishing gear can be really intimidating. Many times male bravado has resulted in a man buying a lot of gear that he’s not sure how to use. To avoid this error the best thing that you can do is have an idea of the type of fish you’d like to catch – whether it is trout, carp or bass – and go to the store with that in mind. That way the staff at fishing stores will be able to provide the best advice on tackle, rods, reels, line and hooks. If you are a tourist they may be able to find information for you on boats that you could go out onto the dam with, which will allow you to get tips from the other fishermen on board, and to save some money.
There is nothing better on a warm day than getting onto a boat and heading out to catch some fish. The South African fish braai is really popular in coastal regions and regions with dams so you will be in for a treat if you let the locals give you a helping hand. You don’t have to spend a fortune, but you will need the right angling equipment and specialist fishing gear.