One of the great things about the internet is using the search facilities to roam the virtual sea angling world. There are many tricks, tips and techniques out there which can be applied of adapted for use in home waters.
Despite the current financial climate there is a thriving shore and boat and shore scene in South Africa and much can be learned from the anglers active in African waters.
In the first of a bait preparation series Dean Dickinson explains how he prepares a cocktail of bloodworm, a large species of lugworm, and squid.
This is a good option for using those massive bloodworm that are not easily to rig as they are just too big for one bait and you often miss the bite if you try and rig a whole worm on a single hook. For this method of baiting up, I start with a 6/0 Daiichi covered in foam or floatex that is tied on with latex bait elastic.
Blood worm is a fantastic bait for baardman, kob, steenbrass, galjoen, mussel cracker, spotted grunter. I have even hooked smooth hound sharks blue rays, eagle rays, spotted gully sharks and once landed a bronze whaler shark on a bloodworm so it’s safe to say most fish will eat them. This method of rigging the worm will be exceptionally good for kob , steenbrass and baardman.
When using this presentation I was flattened by a good fish at beach view on this very same bait that took me straight into the bricks. It was an adrenalin rush for at least five seconds before I ended up having to break off the sinker and ended up losing the fish giving me total confidence In the bait even though I ended up losing the fish.
Dean is a regular contributor to SA based magazines and is one of the organisers behind the highly rated Rock and Surf Super Pro League.