Juvenile Tropical Yellowtail on Ultra-Light!

June 23, 2020 By Johan Wessels 0

Juvenile Tropical Yellowtail on Ultra-Light!

Juvenile tropical yellowtail on ultra-light tackle by Johan Wessels. Forming part of the Fishing Pro Shop’s How to Catch series of articles and videos. Enjoy the action-packed video of Johan tackling down to these fun baby tropical yellowtail on his trusty 10lb braid. Shimano Stella 3000. A custom Fishing Pro Shop Rod, an the eonderfully weird but wildly successful Gomoku Slow Roller jig.

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Juvenile Tropical Yellowtail on ultra-light: On a recent work trip down to the South Coast, I had an opportunity to stay at the Umzimkulu Marina and what a wonderful place to stay! Hidden away on the southern banks of the Umzimkulu River, this hidden little gem provides lovely self-catering accommodation right on the river.

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On Thursday afternoon, Sean suggested that we head to see for a quick session to see if we can’t find a snoek or two and maybe a Geelbek for dinner. He did not need to ask twice!

I was not geared for serious fishing as this was after all a work trip and only had an ultra-light travel outfit with me!!! But so be it!

Let’s fish!!!

A lot of fuss has been made lately about shore jigging and fortunately, I had a few left from a recent trip to Sodwana Bay.

Digging through my bag I found a Storm Gomoku Rocker in 40 gram, the heaviest lure in my bag…

We were drifting in 40 meters and this simply had to do!

I tied a piece of 30lb leader to my trusted 10lb Sufix 131 braid and tied the tiny jig on and dropped her over the side.

It was immediately clear that this tackle was a bit light for the strong current, but the jig managed to find its way to the bottom… I clicked the bail arm of the little Stella 3000 over and proceeded with a slow retrieve, on the second sweep of the rod everything stopped and line started screaming of the little reel.

What have I managed to get myself into here? First thought turned to a little bottom fish. Maybe a Slinger or Scotsman???

But no, as I started getting line back I was surprised to see deep color and immediately realized that this must be a game fish of sorts… Big was my surprise when we realized that this was in fact a juvenile Tropical Yellowtail.

In a bright afternoon KZN sun, Johan Wessels meets his first of three little tropical yellowtail, taken an released, off Port Shepstone. Fishing with the Umzimkulu Marina’s Brian Lange aboard the Niteshift. Pic by The Sardine News

The fish was quickly released, knots tested and back down!

To my delight, I managed another two feisty little tropicals before losing my one and only “heavy” jig to the bottom. The sun was also setting and it was time to head back to the Umzimkulu Marina for supper and a cold beer!

I definitely plan to head back but will be better prepared to do some serious slow pitched jigging on these South Coast reefs. Might just be in for a few more pleasant surprises…

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