HP’s Fish­ing 101

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Heavy rig. My heavy rig gen­er­ally con­sists of a 14-foot rod and a size 40 mul­ti­plier reel. With this rig I’m able to cast big­ger bait fur­ther. Light out­fit. My light rig is a 10-foot rod and a size 5 000 fixed­spool reel. Us­ing this, I can fish with ar­ti­fi­cial lures and en­joy the fight of a smaller fish much more than with the heavy rod and reel. Bait. In Namibia they say you can use any bait, as long as it’s sar­dine (or pilchard) – and it’s true. This oily bait at­tracts the fish quickly, es­pe­cially when the wa­ter is murky (as it of­ten is on the Skele­ton Coast) and fish tend to feed us­ing smell in­stead of sight. You can catch most species in Namibia with this bait, ex­cept galjoen (they like white mus­sel). You’ll get the best re­sults us­ing neatly cut bait on a 6/0 hook.

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