THE MALIPUTO

Freshwater GTs? Juvis? No, fully grown! This was end of what sounded like a florally ludicrous conversation between two chaps I was fishing with. It was a long time ago, the fishing was good that day so I never again considered the statement. Until recently that is, when a friend sent me a video clip [...]

GT – A FLYFISHER’S GUIDE TO GIANT TREVALLY

“Violent”, “savage”, “incredible strength”, “endearing lisp.” If Mike Tyson were a fish, he’d be a GT. Tackle-shattering, pound-for-pound all in fighting powerhouses of the flats, GTs both fascinate anglers and destroy their wet fishy dreams and gear. Addiction is best dealt with in the open so we caught up with author Peter McLeod of Aardvark [...]

ROSIE’S ROUND-UP

From his home waters in the Seychelles of Alphonse, Cosmoledo, Poivre and Astove to Russia for Atlantic Salmon, Bolivia for Dorado and everywhere in between, Keith Rose Innes has had the pick of the bunch in all the dream destinations. Rearrange your bucket list and start checking the bank balance, here are his top 5 [...]

Gangsters of the Flats 2

When I watched Gangsters of the Flats for the first time, I cried a little. GTs are the most INSANE fish to catch in shallow water and Capt Jack's short film brought back too many emotions. Here is the second instalment, filmed and edited by the Captain himself, be prepared... It may make you cry too! [vimeo [...]

How to stop a MONSTER – by a master.

I never had the privilege of fishing with the late Paul Weingartz. When preparing for our first Farquhar trip - seems so far back now - I picked Paul's brain about hooking, and more importantly, stopping these bruisers. He is, after all, one of the elite few to have landed GTs of over 100cm in the South African [...]

Farquhar – March Upstream Trip

At the end of March, we took a trip to Farquhar with Upstream Fly Fishing. John Yelland and myself were hosting and the crew - consisting of Jeremy Stewart, Andy Killick, Mike Terepolski, Neil Rowe, Rob Stokes, Graeme Kearley, Johan Kuhn and Clive Venning -, while dogged by high SE winds and loads of sun [...]

Quick Knots and Hook Ups!

In a follow up to the first knot post, here's a short video that demonstrates the importance of being able to tie a knot quickly and easily. The scenario was that I had found myself faced with a shoal of angry GTs and after presenting and getting a solid hookup, I got pulled over a [...]

Farquhar day 3

We sat around the dinner table watching the little hermit crabs make lines in the sand chasing our messed scraps around on the sand floor, we were eating Wahoo sashimi, courtesy of Ryan Hammond and Kegan Mattheys day in the deep.  We finished dinner and the guys settled down with a few beers on the [...]

Farquhar Intro – The arrival and warm up

It started with a call from Conrad Botes.  Then another call, then another.  Then Conrad called again.  I have 10 minutes to decide.  My internal dialogue reminded me of my move that I was in the middle of, the house transfer i was awaiting, and the severe work stress I was under, not to mention [...]

Hunting Gods: POV Video

In a follow up to my last GT post, I'll give you all a little bit of visual representation of what fighting one of these special fish is like. The first two casts were too far in front of the fish, that cast where the line tangled around the butt of my spare rod almost [...]