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My favorite part of any fishing trip (other than being there) is seeking out and buying new fishing  gear!
In this section I am going to give some ideas as to what to buy/take on your trip. Most lodges will supply tackle, some charge,
some don’t but most of our clients take additional “weapons” to tackle the tiger and other species.
     
THE LODGES AND GEAR   CONVENTIONAL FISHING GEAR

Please note some lodges include tackle in our packages, some don’t and hire gear to you at an extra cost. It is important to note that tackle choice for the Zambezi is massive and we cannot expect lodges/houseboats to have a full range of gear due to their proximity. Lodges will supply basic rods/reels and some lures.

We suggest that all clients take their own tackle so as not to be disappointed and to ensure they get a good crack at catching the most amount of fish. Tackle advice is available on our website and we will happily meet our Johannesburg clients at Mias Randburg.

 FLY FISHING GEAR

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FLY RODS:

For fly fishing, a good nine weight fly rod is my personal choice, it can be any nine weight, but we prefer the TFO, these rods does the business. Always try and get a 4 piece fly rod, as today’s technology ensure that they are just as strong as a 2 piece rod, and it makes transporting your rods that much easier.

FLY REELS:
I recommend the following large arbor reels which should never let you down no matter the size fish: Abel, Ross, Galvin or TFO. Bullet proof fish stopping fly reels. It is relevant to know that any 9 weight reel you buy, should qualify for salt water fishing as well i.e. it must be treated against corrosion. If you are going to spend the money, rather get a reel that can be used for multiple conditions. You should take fast sinking, intermediate and floating line spare spools.

TIGER FLIES:

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Come April each year, I invade the numerous fly shops in and around Johannesburg as the Zambezi tigers-on-fly season is just about to begin! But there are so many choices to make - where to start?


Here my golden rule of thumb… Early morning fly fishing sessions; I prefer dark coloured flies: blacks, browns, dark reds etc. Then moving onto mid-day I bring out the exotic bright colours: greens, yellows, bright reds, red/white stripes, chartreuse pinks etc, you name it tigers should nail it.

The afternoon session we switch back to the dark colours again, the same rules apply as per the morning session. Any decent fishing shop will sell flies pre made up with piano wire leader. The leader is a critical part of the fly when targeting our Zambezi toothy critters, however some fishing mates are going naked and wireless…
 
All of the above flies seem to work quite well for predatory bream but casts must be made very close to the river bank and the fly must be allowed to sink before your retrieve. As a rule of thumb, the dirtier, less clear the water, the darker the fly pattern you use, and the faster and deeper the water the heavier the fly you use.

  CONVENTIONAL RODS:
From a spinning and bait fishing point of view I recommend the OKUMA and
SENSATION PRO SERIESTM, simply brilliant!
conventional rods

CONVENTIONAL REELS:
conventional reels

LURES:

There is a HUGE selection of lures on the market. I am a great fan of the SENSATION PRO SERIESTM lures. Mix your collection to include shallow and deep runners with a variety of colours/shapes, you won’t go wrong.

Lures are also used for trolling and this method usually demands a shallow running lure to avoid hooking up on hidden underwater structures. Over the years I have added some lure variation to my tackle box: Copper Spoons, Rubbers (not the ones you are thinking about!), and jigs, are all proving to be irresistible for a hunting tiger.

On a recent fishing trip to Lake Kariba I picked up on a “new” Zimbabwean method. The Zimbo’s put some fresh fish fillet (sourced from local fishermen) on the back hook of a spoon.  I tried it ... devastating!

tiger fishing lures
LINE AND TRACES:

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There is only one "made up" spinning trace that I use and SENSATION PRO SERIESTM, the others are not just worth their salt. Talking of salt, the rule of thumb when using leaders is to use black or dark brown ONLY. Silver salt leaders just don't work on the Zambezi River, period! In terms of line go with either braid or conventional mono line - it’s your choice as either work well; 30lb breaking strain.

 

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 Our suggested gear
FEATURING
OKUMA AND THE SENSATION PRO SERIESTM
 
TIGER BASIC PACKAGE DELUXE TIGER TAMER PACKAGE
Tiger Basic Package Deluxe Tiger Tamer Package
TIGER BASIC PACKAGE INCLUDES:
1 x Okuma Cap Red
1x Rod/Reel/ Braid Combo Okuma Tiger Zambezi
1x Lure PST Tiger 1 SD6 Baby Tiger
1x Lure PST Tiger 1 SD6 Gold Fish
1x Lure PST Tiger 3 SD5 Gold Fish
1x Lure PST Tiger 3 SD5 Red Demon
1x Spoon Tiger Copper 24G
1x Wire Trace Tiger 30lb 30cm 3p/p
DELUXE TIGER TAMER PACKAGE INCLUDES:
1x Reel Okuma B/Feed Ceymar CBXT-640
1x Rod SEN Tiger Tamer Travel 7’4’ Spin 3 Pc
1x Okuma Cap Red Fire
1x Braid Boss Slick 8x300m 30LB 0.19G
1x z1 SD6 Baby Tiger
1x Lure PST Tiger 1 SD6 Gold Fish
1x Lure PST Tiger 3 SD5 Gold Fish
1x Lure PST Tiger 3 SD5 Red Demon
1x Spoon Tiger PST 1 Copper 17G
1x Spoon Tiger PST 2 Copper 24G
1x Tools Braid Pro
1x Tools Longnose Pliers Offset X-Long
2x Wire Traces PST Tiger 30LB 30cm 3p/p
   
ADDITIONAL INFO
Most lodges will supply a good landing net, cooler box for beer and bait plus a guide that knows how to take that
“big knuckled” tiger pic that you have lusted after. I also take a finger shield for fly fishing and a beanie in winter!
additional info
 
RECOMMENDED RETAILS OUTLETS
 
AAAS RETAIL – MIDAS
NATIONAL
DIE BLOU MEUL
ALBERTON
MIAS
RANDBURG
  SPINNER TACKLE
RICHARDS BAY
ALL OUT ANGLING
CENTURION 
DIE SKEPNET
BRITS
MIDAS
WITBANK 
  SPORT FISHER
MAURITIUS
ALL OUT ANGLING 2
MONTANA
DIXON ADVENTURE
MODDERFONTEIN
MIREN SPARES T/A DISCOUNT MIDAS - RUSTENBURG    STIL FISHING
STILBAAI
ANGLING & OUTDOORWORLD
NELSPRUIT
E A TIMOL CC
NIGEL
MOHAMEDS MIDAS
DALEVIEW 
SUBURBAN TACKLE
CAPE TOWN
BASIL MANNING
DURBAN
 ERMELO SPORT
ERMELO
 OPHIRTON TRADING
OPHIRTON
 TARGET LINE
EAST LONDON
BASS WAREHOUSE WWW.BASSWAREHOUSE.CO.ZA  FAR NORTH MIDAS
MOKOPANE
P&P AUCTIONEERS
EMPANGENI
THABA BOOG HENGEL
THABAZIMBI
BEDELIA’S THE BARGAIN MASTERS WELKOM FISH & CAMP
POTCHEFSTROOM
 PAARL PETS & ANGLING
BRACKENFELL
THE TACKLE BOX CC
MIDDLEBURG 
BIG CATCH FISHING TACKLE PTY LTD - PAARDEN EILAND  FISHING PRO SHOP 
PRETORIA EAST
PRETORIA WEST TRADING
PRETORIA WEST  
 TROPICAL DREAM TACKLE
PONGOLA
BILIMORIA FISHING TACKLE BEACON BAY GANIS ANGLING WORLD
WITBANK
QUENETS HUNTING & FISHING
WORCESTER
 TUCKERS FISHING TACKLE
CAPE TOWN
BLAS FISHING
PIET RETIEF
 GO FISH ANGLING
MIDDLEBURG
  R.N.E HOLDINGS
EAST LONDON
TWIN CITY WHOLESALERS
NKOMAZI KZN
BOULEVARD CYCLES
TZANEEN
HOOKIT ANGLING
SECUNDA
 ROCHESTER TACKLE
PIETERMARITZBURG
 VARSITRAX
JEFFREYS BAY
BREEZERS
KNYSNA
ISLAND VIEW LODGE
NAMIBIA
  S I MIA & COMPANY
MARSHALLTOWN
VARSWATER PARADYS
VANDERBIJL PARK
BRILLIANT EFFECTS JARDINS FISHING TACKLE
MEYERTON
SOLLY’S ANGLERS CORNER
FOURWAYS
 VISKAS
BLOEMHOF
BUSHWACKERS  JARDINS FISHING TACKLE 2
THREE RIVERS
 SOLLY’S ANGLERS CORNER
NELSPRUIT
WESTERN ACCESSORIES
JOHANNESBURG
BYLEVELD HANDELAARS CC
RUSTENBURG
JOES HENGELHOEK
BLOEMFONTEIN
  SOLLY’S ANGLERS CORNER
PRETORIA
 WESTERN ACCESSORIES
KRUGERSDORP
CAPRIVI SPARES & BODYPART KATIMA MULILO KLOPPERS
WWW.KLOPPERS.CO.ZA
  SOLLY’S ANGLERS CORNER
RUSTENBURG
WITTUS ANGLING STORE
WHITE RIVER
CREATE IT SOLUTIONS CC LANDMARK T/A WINSOME
GABORONE, BOTSWANA
   SOLLY’S ANGLERS CORNER
VEREENIGING
 X-TREME FISHING SA
PRETORIA
CYCLE CENTRE
LOUIS TRICHARDT
 LEO FIETSE EN SPORT
LEPHALALE
SOLOMONS GIFT SHOP
PRETORIA NORTH
 ZAKS TACKLE
VANDERBIJL PARK 
CYMOT (PTY) LTD.
NAMIBIA
MAHOMED MOOSA & SONS
KOMATIPOORT
  SOMERSET SPORT
SOMERSET