The tricks of the trade varies as much as opinions of Sport commentators. There is just no way that two anglers can agree about traces, conditions and bait.
Great was my astonishment in 2007 when I moved to Richards Bay to find condoms in tackle boxes, but balloon fishing is one of the faster growing methods in the channels and of the piers. Almost as wierd as glow stick fishing and putting 100 000's cake mix and silver glitter in your sardine belly bait, called silver bullet.
The newest craze how ever is not using foam to give bait buoyancy, but rigging your Sardine Wrap with a Rattler. Yes something like you give a baby to knock them self on the head while shaking the weapon of mass headache vigorously, but just in a glass tube with two tiny balls inside.
Some how scientist has figured that the metal clanging sound attracts fishes. If it is not bad enough that the Chocka at the local bait shop is just as fresh if not fresher at your local fish monger.
Yes a stanch Rock and Surf Angler will first take his chocka to the beach before sinking his teeth in it the following evening since it is no longer presentable enough for his scaly friends.
Any way now days we have figured out the prawn rises to the surface when the loose their foothold on the ground and hang helplessly just under the water surface before sucked up by predictors like passive feeding Grunters.
That explain the feeding frenzy of Grunters on Top Water Stick Baits, but hardly explains a condom in a tackle box.
Well the Balloon thing is getting drift bait out in the open water where predators will take the bait. Some may say like Kite Fishing. Others will claim its more of a float. What ever your reason please remember to build in a week spot into your trace line for it is a known fact, the bigger the bait the bigger the fish.
You don't want to be tied down with 50lb braid to a 150lb Shark on a Grinder or cheapish multy plier. No use your 50 and 80lb braid on robust sturdy reels that can take the punishment and remember a strong fit angler cannot dead lift 10kg tied to the front of a 10oz rod.
That is why we sell 50lb and 80lb stand up rigs guys .. To anchor your expensive tackle to your body so you can protect your investment with your life.
Tight Lines and Happy Fishing.
By Petrus Viviers