Tiger fishing Tackle

Jozini tiger fishing
is very
varied, with many different types of fishing areas, allowing for the
use of several techniques, so its good to have a nice variety of Tiger
fishing tackle and lures to fish for Tiger fish in Jozini Dam.

There
is so much fancy tiger
fishing tackle out there these days, and most of it is better at
catching fishermen than it is at catching Tiger fish. We have tried it
all and still use the basic tackle below.

Below is a basic list
of tiger fishing tackle
will will need at Jozini Dam.

Line

8
– 12 kg monofilament line
(nylon)
. In open water, Tiger fish can be landed on lighter
lines,
but when tiger fishing in structure at Jozini, higher breaking strength
line is essential.

Use braided
lines only if you
are accustomed to braid.
Braid, even though it has good
strength
qualities, breaks easily when caught around rod tips or when big tiger
fish are struck too hard on the initial run. Knots in braided line are
also very difficult to untangle, and precious fishing time is wasted.

Braid is
also very visible in
clear water
, so a very long clear or fluorocarbon leader is
essential for tiger fishing. Leave the dental floss at home.

Hooks

Remove all
the treble hooks

from all your spoons, spinners and Rapalas and replace them with hard,
sharp, thin gauge single hooks. Tiger fish have a soft membrane in
their mouth which treble hooks tear out of easily. When fishing with
trebles you need to fish with a very light drag and never apply force.

Split
Rings and swivels

When a tiger fish is
hooked, its
initial run is so fast and powerful that the drag created by the bow of
your line in the water is enough to pull open split rings, break weak
swivels and snap light line. Even if your tiger fishing tackle survives
the Tiger fish’s first run, often the line get wrapped around weeds,
common at Jozini, once again placing strain on all your terminal tackle.

Replace all your
split rings and
swivels with high strength hardened steel. When buying spinners and
other lures for tiger fishing, ensure that the lures and their
individual components are built for strength.

Steel Trace

When
fishing for Tiger fish,
steel trace is absolutely essential
! Tiger fish bite through
the
thickest of leader line and even thin steel cable.

One can use either
monofilament
steel wire or nylon coated steel cable with a breaking strain of 25-50
kg. Steel wire tends to kink and break, but it is less visible than
cable. Many people say that tiger fish are not leader shy, but try
putting out a bait or lure directly onto braid and your strike rate
plummets.

I prefer
monofilament wire on
smaller rigs and thick cable for rigs to catch big Tiger fish in Jozini.

Ensure that your
traces are at
least 50cm long because Tiger fish often attack the lure from the
front, pulling the line through their teeth. If you are using a short
leader, the Tiger fish bites it off above the swivel.

Spoons
and spinners for Tiger fish

Tiger
fish eat spoons readily,
and this is one of the best ways to catch them. Shiny silver and copper
spoons can be fished easily around and over weed beds or in deeper
water. Many people will tell you that in Jozini, tiger fishing is
unproductive with artificial lures. I have found the opposite!

My preferred spoons are
Tobies,
Effzetts and S-bend spoons. Spinners of any variety work well for Tiger
fish in Jozini, especially if they have red in the colour pattern.
Ensure that you replace the little red tails on your spoons. I use a
small piece of red ribbon on the hook shank if I run out of red tails.
The tiger fish also don’t mind if you cut a red tail out of a plastic
Coke bottle top, which work better than the commercially sold tails
because the plastic is thick and survives many strikes by the Tiger
fish’s sharp teeth.

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