About Jazz Kuschke

Jazzhands plays the Garden Route Flute! An estuary rat disguised as a freelance wordsmith, Jazz began his career at Getaway magazine where he spent four years turning ever assignment into a fishing trip, before joining Men’s Health as features writer. After that he did a stint in the crazy-paced world of Sports Marketing at Red Bull. He went on the freelance trail in 2011 and his current active client base includes brands and titles as diverse as Red Bull, Pernod-Ricard, ASICS, Getaway, The Coffee Mag and Men's Health among others.

STAND AND DELIVER

Seeing what (and where) the likes of Peter Coetzee (on his SUPfisher), Fred Davis (on an inflatable SUP) and Andre Wyk (on his enviable BOTE) fish, I've always been super interested in the possibilities and versatility of a SUP-style craft on our local estuaries. Never a shy of an up-cycle, or DIY 'improvement' project I've [...]

TIGERS VS DRAGONS

Of course I'd heard about surface-feeding vittatus. I'd seen the videos too, like this one of bird-eating tigers. In October 2019 Ewan Naude and I were on the upper Zambezi at Sioma Falls (Ngonye Falls) with Wildman Fishing Co. Early one morning we saw some peculiar surface boils in a quiet bay. Part of our [...]

SCIENCE BRO: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN AN ESTUARY IS BREACHED?

No, the fish don’t all leave en masse! We’ve all seen those distributing social media clips of people cast-netting for kob and garrick as they attempt to exit recently opened South African estuaries mouths. But what really happens to the fish that have been trapped in those closed systems? “Some 70% of South African estuaries [...]

BEHIND THE COVER: ISSUE 27 – FLOAT TUBE KOB BY SACHA SPECKER

Way back in 2016 Sacha Specker had a rather too-close encounter with a Great White shark while surfing off Noordhoek on the Cape Peninsula. Last month Sacha Specker dangled his feet off Strand for The Mission to shoot the cover with float tube kob maestro Conrad Botes. ‘Spex’ – as Sascha Specker is affectionately known [...]

SNAKE BITE 101

What to do if you (or one of your fishing buddies) gets bitten by a snake... The black mamba is pretty high up my shit-your-pants list. Right up there with a croc, bull shark and a grumpy dickhead of an old, lone, buffalo bull. This is only very loosely based on zoological fact, you understand. [...]

SCIENCE BRU: GET AMPED – HOW TO AMPLIFY RATTLES IN YOUR FLIES

How to amplify rattles in your flies. Now, embedding rattles into flies is nothing new. Borrowed from the booming clink-clank of art lures, tyers have been using rattles for years to target a variety of species. In the past decade some of the more hardened local salt fly-fishers turned to making their own from broken [...]

MARGINAL GAINS – 3 WAYS TO STEP UP YOUR LAKE JOZINI TIGERFISH SUCCESS

THE FROTHING RABBIT AND TWO OTHER THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW YOU NEEDED FOR SOUTH AFRICAN TIGERFISH The theory of ‘marginal gains’ centres around the small incremental improvements (in any process) that eventually add up to one significant leap in improvement.  It was popularised in the cycling world by Sir Dave Brailsford, who was the performance [...]

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