The MYDO Moby Spoon

The Mydo Moby Spoon

Introducing the Mydo Moby Spoon: When the SS Spoon range from Mydo Lures came out, their technological features made quite a literal splash. The lateral line holes and eyes that are cut right into, and right through, the lure cause air cavitation. Resulting in a trail of air bubbles and a plume of spray flying up through the air. Coupled with the concave underneath and the lateral curve (rocker) modelled on Brian Davey’s original spoon profile and design, the SS range has been catching fish.
However, many people started asking for the good old Toby spoon. Which, originally made by Abu Garcia, is the most produced type of lure worldwide, ever. But it is not a patented design – and so we unashamedly made our own high-tech version. And here it is…the Moby.

There are three sizes – 600, 900 and 1200. Check them out in the Tackle Store above.

As you will see, it is a little straighter than the SS range. And it swims exactly as it should, a gentle swaying motion starting at the tip and exaggerating into the tail. It is more predictable than the SS Spoon guys, and wowser, it looks good.
During testing, we caught many shad on them. So much fun on light tackle. However, there are limitations to fishing high-tech like this, which we experienced in the strong east winds of KZN and the Kei. The lures are extremely lightweight. Which really helps when fishing over shallow ledges or shelves. We never lost one lure to the rocks during the test runs. And it gives them their lively action. But, difficult to get any real distance in, when fighting the beasterly easterly. But by repositioning and fishing with the wind, enables us to take advantage of the wind rather than fight it. The lateral line pattern of holes allows air through the lure during the cast, minimising it’s profile and friction through the air.

The easy way is fish light. Very light, especially when playing around with the smallest model, which is a mere 6cm long. But it’s a dream rig. 8 or 10lb Braid, tiny grinder and a little bass or estuary rod. You can keep this rig with you at all times. And it works for everything, everywhere!
Fishing light like this produces so much more, every time. Places like the Richard’s Bay harbour, Durban Bay, estuaries – become a playground as the light tackle opens up a whole new host of target species. And depending on which waters you are fishing, and how you work the spoon, you can choose exactly what to target.

Whilst with clients up in the Okavango in June, we tried the new spoons out for the ferocious tigerfish. We fished the tiny 600 on a real light outfit, and in the idyllic conditions, we were popping that tiny lure a good 20 metres. Which is all you need when fishing the confluences. We had fun with a string of baby tigers. One after the other.

Cameron Yates with the MYDO Moby spoon victim
Cameron Yates with another MYDO Moby spoon victim tigerfish, happily and healthily released. Tough and spectacular fighting little fish!

The MYDO Moby is available at participating tackle shops countrywide, but buying them online works great too. Use the Tackle menu item above. Or click right here. Or get in touch via email – works in 2G areas – umzimkulu@gmail.com or WhatsApp +27793269671.

And a gallery of fish recently caught on Mydo SS and SS Moby Spoons…

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Solar Stories with NuStyle and The Sardine News

Solar Stories with NuStyle and The Sardine News

Since NuStyle Steel in Sebenza near Edenvale in Johannesburg, added new focus on environmentally positive technologies and started applying themselves to solar power and plastic recycling, they have some cool stories to share.

Recently NuStyle were asked to do a specialised installation in Soweto, where a chap living there needed constant power for his oxygen machine. Asbestos mining had gotten him into this dire situation, and now he was in the clutches of Eskom?!

Fortunately for our guy, a pilot program has recently been put in place, for this exact type of situation. And so with NuStyle’s expertise and products, they took on his plight. This project may just be the beginning of many, and Eskom, to their credit, are pushing this type of solution, and encouraging things along just nicely.

And so with great joy, the power was turned on!

NuStyle installed their 3Kva Entry Level Solar System, specially designed for a small household or business. You can read all about the installation and the logistics thereof right here.

3Kva Solar System by NuStyle
3Kva Solar System by NuStyle

However. Very soon after, NuStyle received calls saying that the system had failed. It had made an alarm like noise and was now shut down completely, and the household was back on Eskom. Obviously, the NuStyle technicians knew exactly what had happened – even before they went out there again. It’s simple. As soon as these systems get activated, human nature turns on every appliance in the house. Every light. Hairdryer. Cooker. Every charger for every device. The whole lot!

Fortunately, the systems that NuStyle installs, know all about the fact that no matter how much you tell the newly lit up household to take it easy, they don’t. And so, the system self-guards itself and simply shuts down if or when overloaded.

The special deep cycle batteries used can only go down to about 11.7 volts, before they suffer damage. And so this parameter cannot be ignored. Or your batteries, will all fail you. A huge expense. And completely unnecessary. Luckily for failsafe systems!

And so, in a nutshell…when the sun is belting down, everything can really be on (up to the full 3Kva). Charge ALL the batteries possible at this time. And the oxygen machine can work all through the day as required. In the late afternoon, however, it is lockdown. In order to prioritise the oxygen machine, only the fridge and lights can work at night time. And in cold weather, the fridge is also turned off, to make up for lack of sunlight in these conditions.

TIP: A great way to keep your solar-powered fridge going in rainy weather without draining your batteries, is to freeze bottles of water in the freezer. And then when needed, just place them in the fridge to keep that compartment cool. You can leave the fridge off for days like this.

Basically, we as humans, just need to consider the limitations of solar power and adapt our behaviour to suit. Same with plastic use behaviour. “Public perception leads to understanding. And then to behaviour change”. As this process takes a foothold in both realms, marked behavioural changes can already be observed. Dumps are filled with people collecting, sorting, and cleaning plastic, as they realise the value in Rands. And solar panels are everywhere now. As the cost per Kw plummets with collective innovation and advances from all over the world. Saving real money and getting away from the Eskom clown show.

Getting right off the Grid

Owner of NuStyle Jonny van Biljon has jumped completely off the grid already. And he lives in Jukskei Park! Right in the middle of Gauteng. His borehole is solar powered. Panels heat water on the roof, right next to solar panels that generate his power. His property features a vegetable garden filled with real clever growers sporting lettuce, and all kinds of herbs and spices and garnishes. And his trout tanks, to farm these tasty and hardy fish for consumption – some sunken into the ground, and all interconnected, are about to pump water! The systems all compliment each other and are backed up by Eskom for rainy days or extra demand. But so far his power bill has come down to a quarter. And he just loves feeding his extended family of 7, with fresh fruit and vegetables, that he knows exactly where they came from. And what they were subject to during growing. Fresh fish on the menu soon!

More about NuStyle and Solar

NuStyle was and still is, involved in steel fabrication for heavy industry. But a while back, NuStyle and The Sardine News started collaborating. They took a conscientious decision to focus their extended resources and factory, towards environmentally friendly technologies and products.

Under heavy influence from Dave Hakkens and his Precious Plastic crew in the Netherlands, NuStyle started producing plastic shredding and extruding machinery in their well equipped and rather large factory in Edenvale, Gauteng, South Africa. Soon moulds were also on the menu and NuStyle manufactured plastic recycling machinery has gone all over, including to Mozambique.

ShredderONE with Jonny Van Biljon of Nu-Style Steel and Fabrication
ShredderONE with Jonny Van Biljon of Nu-Style Steel and Fabrication

Parallel to this development was NuStyle’s entry into the solar world. Since the owner of NuStyle, the aforementioned Jonny van Biljon, went off the grid many years ago, learning all the many challenges and pitfalls along the way – this was a natural step for the company.

At current, things are really hotting up as prices per Kw are dropping even more. Not even a few years back, ten years was a good estimate for recovery of the initial investment of a solar installation. Now it’s down to three in some cases, and is improving all the time!

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The whale of Tsodilo Hills – Botswana

The whale of Tsodilo Hills – Botswana

The Tsodilo Hills. Far northern Botswana. Otherwise known as The Mountains of the Gods.

The Tsodilo Hills stairway to Heaven

This is the beginning of our rad hike through the Tsodilo Hills in far northern Botswana

We climbed the steep stairs following Thebe our eloquent local guide for the hike through the hills. Not knowing what to expect, the mountains opened to us with actual, real, ancient rock art paintings. San and Bantu. From different times though. And different inks!

The San paintings were 3000 years old. They depicted all the types of game. Eland were favourites. Rhino. Kudu.

We climbed further and more of Tsodilo revealed itself. Thebe stopped us in an ancient village settlement, and pointed out artifacts and relics from thousands of years back. One of the rocks on the path had polished grooves rubbed into it. Thebe explained that the San people believed that the cattle, now so prolific and destructful, had come down from heaven and hit the earth running on this exact rock.

Thebe then stopped us at a well. A very important well he says, that all creatures could use, without fearing harm from the cats. Lions. Leopards. It was a place of peace, and an indication that wild animals and humans could live together. It was now dried up due to cattle and land degradation. Moving on.

We came to the summit and were greeted with as much Africa as the eye could take in.

Then cave to cave, as we studied more rock art. The immensity of 3000 years slowly setting in. We also found some Bantu art. But they pictured cattle only.

We got down between the two hills, the male and female, and into a beautiful grove of fever and other indigenous trees. A kudu bounced out in surprise.

And then…a humpback whale! And a penguin! Definitely not in proportion. We are thousands of kilometres from the ocean?!

Luckily our well informed Thebe had the story and it goes like this.

The Namibian coastline is directly to the West of the Tsodilo Hills. And the ancient San, with their survival instinct and abilites, were able to make the journey! There and back! And in order to educate their offspring as to what they saw and learned, they drew the whale into the huge rock.

Tsodilo Hills Rock Art

Tsodilo Hills Rock Art

This was one of the ways with which the elders passed their hard earned knowledge down through generations.

The Sardine Team is heading back into Botswana for September. On our way past the Okavango Music Festival 29 August, if anyone needs a ride, get in touch on umzimkulu@gmail.com.

Sailfish in Madagascar and other stories by FishBazaruto.com

Sailfish in Madagascar and other stories by FishBazaruto.com

Captain Duarte Rato has a lot to tell us about the Sailfish in Madagascar. He got 105 releases in 10 days! His full report will be coming soon but in the meantime…

Back in Bazaruto waters the fishing has been really good for the usually slower winter months. Here is a video made recently by the boys at Big Blue, highlighting the sailfishing and the annual Sailfish Competition held each year.

Duarte has compiled his latest report and it is available right here…

The Sailfish in Madagascar are really prolific but luckily we also have a good run or two in Southern African waters. April is a good month, and then May through June. Then again in November and December, in Mozambique waters. This also applies to South African sailfish although you really could be surprised by jumping saily anytime really.

Catching Sailfish

We use the MYDO #1 Baitswimmer to make a really versatile and effective sailfish trace. We put a few metres of 300lb nylon trace through rigged on the Mydo. You might have to work the holes open a bit with a bait needle to get the heavy diameter line through. Just tie a uni knot. Then we have wire droppers to the hooks, making sure the back hook sits right in the tail. Use an elastic band to help keep it in place. Also use an elastic band to hold the bait onto the pin and baitswimmer for high speed trolling. You can fit any skirt over the #1 head. Or a duster. Even a small kona will look and swim super.

Then these are dropped from the inside rigger lines and kept real close like a few metres behind the motors. The baits skip wonderfully with a snake-like swimming action. Then when you get a strike and the boat slows, these baits drop in and become swimbaits. Multiple strikes!

Read all about the MYDO Baitswimmer range and it’s adaptability to many fishing situations – right here – http://thesardine.co.za/mydo/

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Great for Sailfish

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21 July Sardine Report 2019

21 July Sardine Report 2019

It’s been another cracking sardine season for the sardine run operators down in the Transkei and Natal. These guys have encountered bait balls daily and have been getting some spectacular video material, which we will get to see soon enough.

To make sure we are on top of things, we headed south on sardine patrol, and have the following to report.

July Sardine Report 2019

Port St Johns

Arriving in Port St Johns, we could already feel the buzz. The Umzimvubu was looking delightfully clean and there were boats everywhere. Anglers anchored in the channels, we saw one guy boat a 12kg class Garrick and a little Kob. Sardine safari boats moored at the line of jetties, all prepared for the mornings adventures.

We visited Offshore Africa down on the river, who run sardine run trips for two months through the season. Rob Nettleton and Debbie Smith (The Shark Lady), the operators, live in Port St. Johns and are consummate professionals in what they do. They chuck you right in with the sardines and sharks!

Chatting to Richie O’Connell who leads one of the boats, “You don’t even need a baitball to find and swim with sharks. They’re everywhere!”.

Rob showed me some of this year’s footage, the cameras are dressed up with much better and wider lenses making it possible to really capture all that is going on down there. Stay posted for this material when it comes out, it is truly work of underwater art.

Through the three days we spent scouring the views around Port St. Johns, we saw lots birds running south still. Some just sitting on the water too full to fly. And the odd dive bomber as sporadic shoals moved through under the surface. But the sardine spotters travelled north and south and every day out they have jumped in with sardines. Rob was on day 33!

Mpande

Great views and nice swells greeted us here. But again, we never saw any real hot action from the shore. Lots of birds. Oil slicks from previous sorties. Crystal clear water. Very fishy looking.

21 July Sardine Report 2019
21 July Sardine Report 2019

Coffee Bay

We stayed at the pretty Coffee Shack where they installed us in the King’s House. A delightful cottage overlooking the entire bay flanked by the Sugarloaf and the Mbomvu point. Four delicious shad for breakfast.

The action was absolutely wild!

Shoals of sardines were being driven to the surface. Mainly it was dolphins but we also saw sharks breaching and some outsized yellowfin tuna. The gannets were raining down like bombs. And this was just the first shoal. They just kept coming through sporadically throughout the entire day. The huge waves, well ok 2 to 3m, were kind of keeping the action on the backline and only one occasion did they come right into the white water where they were obliterated.

Mdumbi

When we came over the hill, the vista was unexpected. Waves were reeling down the point, the sand was connecting across the entire bay! There were a bunch of guys on it but the waves were plentiful and everyone was mellow.

There were birds diving and some dolphins were hunting but the water never smelled fishy and the surf continued even better the next day. When a fabulous Berg wind kicked mid-morning and painted the prettiest surfing picture I have seen for a while. Then the huge west that is currently blowing a gale at about 40 knots hit hard and so we moved on to the other side of the river to Freedom O’ Clock to catch up a bit.

And we got to throw a little video together quick…

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