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HEART OF DARKNESS

Conrad Botes battles chaos, fatigue and demons in his return to Gabon on a quest for the Silver King - tarpon. As featured in The Mission Issue 03. I wake up some time on the morning of day three. Or maybe it’s day four, I can’t remember at this stage. I’m completely exhausted, stretched to [...]

SHARK BAIT AND SILVER KOB

The second best thing about fly-fishing off a float tube in False Bay is the looks you get when you gear up in the parking lot. Pull out your Ark inflatable or SUP and no-one will bat an eyelid. Take out a float tube and people will stop and stare. Like you're mad or something. Truth be told, it's a very convenient and effective craft to fly-fish from.

IMPROVED DMA SBS

Jannie Visser and I had some great fishing for silver kob on the False Bay reefs some time ago (post coming up). We found that natural colours outfished the yellow and orange DMA's that usually works quite well for kob. I've been busy at the vice, filling the gaps and have been tying them a [...]

GABON PREP

Gabon, I just can't help myself from returning to this place time and time again to chase tarpon off the beaches. Sure, the snapper, threadies and jacks are nice to catch too, but if I'm honest it's all about the tarpon. Tarpon off the beach - all I want for Christmas   I've [...]