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Okavango Music Festival 29th Aug to 1st Sep 2019

The Okavango Music Festival 2019 is gonna run from the 29th of August to the Spring Day, the 1 September this year.

That’s plenty time to start making plans to get to Maun and the Okavango Delta, in Botswana.

There are many ways to travel all that way across Africa. You can fly to Jhb or Gabarone and hop a bus ride. Flying to Maun is super convenient, albeit a little expensive. Driving is a great option. After all, it’s the African landscape you will be cruising through.

The festival is set on Okavango Island. Surrounded by wild life and African scenery. The Okavango Delta system attracts animals in from out of the drought ridden Kalahari. They literally all gravitate here as the outlying waters dry up. Crocodiles abound. Hippos argue with them all day. Elephants come right into camp. Luckily the lions seem to stay further away, but at night, when they roar, it sounds like it’s right outside your tent!

All that said, the Okavango Island will be extremely safe as the noisy and smelly humans dance and party away. The noise will keep the animals at bay. We hope!

But as you can see from this fantastically put together promotional video, people are even jumping in for a refreshing dip. Camping is all over the island and all amenities are catered for as per any festival.

There is a whole lot more information on the website. How the festival has involved the local community from the area. And that the festival benefits them in many ways. You will be able to meet the real locals of the delta at the Okavango Music Festival 2019.

There will definitely be a few elephants at the Okavango Music Festival 2019!
Okavango local shot by Cameron Yates

The Sardine crew are going and we have a few vehicles, and spots in vehicles, available.Numbers affect the prices so just get in touch if you are interested. The more the merrier!

Get in touch with Sean on for more information on options for how to get there.

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First class first cast Tigerfish on the Okavango Delta

Tigerfish caught first cast Mydo Luck Shot #1 doing the good work

First class first cast Tigerfish on the Delta

As early as the cold dawn and breakfast would allow us, we set off on the tigerfish rich waters afore us. On our maximum fun tinny named Tuni. Captained by local guide and skipper – Julius. Staffed by Joy. Powered by Mercury.
Navigator Cameron Yates conferred with Julius as to a route, to lead to Julius’ childhood village – named Jao. There, our crew were going to interview the elders about traditional land management methods of old. But along the way, Julius would stop at one or two of his favourite fishing spots for us to have a throw.
And into the bright and brisk morning, the outboard accelerated away from our lodge, deep in the Okavango Delta.
It is hard to be anything but quiet as you try to process all the wonder and thrilling beauty you experience charging down those papyrus and lily lined waterways. Which are permanently inhabited by crocodiles. Hippopotamus. And…


We had a total of 80kms mapped out for the day. We would only get back to camp late. So fishing time was limited. I was hoping for a few quiet throws whilst the Professor and crew were taking notes in the village.
I had rented two rods earlier. From a vibrant chap named Nine. One was a beautiful outfit that I would have been proud to bring out anywhere. The other was ok, squeaky, and very short. Broken a few eyes down. But Nine also gave me some new line! So hurriedly I tied up some leaders, well double lines had to do, and savaged one of my Mydo couta traces for two short lengths of wire since I have heard all about those teeth.
Then I chose a little Mydo SS Shad 650 spoon for the nice outfit. And a Mydo Luck Shot #1 with 5/0 hook, and an orange Gummy paddletail, for the handicapped outfit. They both looked good though, with their new line and double line, and two very handsome looking lures. I already knew which rod was going to operate.
After an hour of literally flying down these serpentine waterways, the main channel appeared. A few more clicks and the channel split, one way was to Maun, the other to the village Jao, our destination.
Julius stopped the boat, and quietly pointed at the fishing rods.
I surrendered the good outfit and grabbed the underdog. Cameron had the SS Spoon, and I had the Luck Shot. I went to the bow of the good tinny named Tuni. There was a bunch of papyrus that Julius had used to keep us in one place as the water flowed past at a good few knots. So, I perched on one gunwale, found some space behind me, and flicked as best I could.
The lure landed about 8 metres into the middle of the current, so I figured let it sink and go away with the drift, and then close the bail. It all looked good and soon I got a strong bite!

“I got a bite!”, I errupted…

…everyone looked, the tiny rod buckled again and this time I had a first cast fish. Julius mentioned bream casually, and everyone else cheered in absolute disbelief. Thinking bream, I was having so much when the fish started coming closer, and then ducked under the papyrus carpet. Luckily it turned and came out.


It was my first cast tigerfish. And it was not nearly in the same class as my last and only tiger, caught in Jozini on sardine. This fish had some size! The tiny rod also had no power whatsoever but finally he jumped himself dizzy and the current let him go to us.

As I pulled him on top of the papyrus carpet, he snapped and bit a papyrus stem. His teeth went right in and held vas. But he was a metre and a half away and smack bang in crocodile country. Luckily Captain Gallop was quick with a knife and cut the papyrus stem at the boat and pulled in my first cast tigerfish.

If you want some calm, fun times fishing with your family and friends, then come with us to the Okavango. We fished a maximum collective time of an hour, over the next few days exploring and documenting. We caught 6 tigerfish. All on the SS Spoons and that first fish on the Luck Shot. We only used the 650 Shad spoon and the Moby – the tiny one.
It was so much fun! No bream this time though. They will have to wait for us a bit. We are back in September.
We have lined up boats, and we have Captain Julius’ number. Camping options close by and lodges up and down. Executive camping outfit is good to go. Land cruisers are loaded, and always ready for any adventure

Contact Sean on WhatsApp +27 79 326 9671, or better still email as we work in 2G areas mainly. I am on

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Rigging your MYDO Spoon – the traditional way

MYDO SS Lanispoon Three Pack 550. 650 and 900

Rigging your MYDO Spoon – the traditional way

The new MYDO Spoon range is super versatile. The twin blade 316 Stainless Steel lures can be fished many ways, for many fish. In the right conditions, fishing just one of the two blades offers all the advantages of a super light lure for super light tackle in shallow water. Like estuaries or fishing for shad over reef.

All you have to do is change the configuration with the split rings. Split rings are vital pieces of equipment, but come in various qualities.

After a challenging and wild fight along the rocky edge of the Port St. Johns river mouth, the Umzimvubu, I saw a keen chap turn sour when his split ring failed 2 metres in front of us, and a 25kg garrick got away free. A forced release, which I love, but heartbreaking for the guy.

High quality split rings are readily available, but are a mission to deploy, with or without split ring pliers. A necessity for all lure anglers. And often, your lure comes with weaker split rings in the first place.

But when you have the time and vocation, there is a great alternative.

The traditional wire tying method.

Pioneered by the Durban greats back in the days of piano wire.

Ok here goes…

Rigging your MYDO spoon the traditional way...
Rigging your MYDO spoon the traditional way…


Right…btw, if you click on the image you get more resolution. But it’s just a guide, read below…

Grab some wire. Heavier wire can be easier to work with (#7) – less finicky than the soft stuff. 30 cm will do for a start, as you get better you can use less.

Two pliers can really help when yo start out, as when you tighten the loop, it can take some pressure often resulting in painful wire cuts to the fingers. With experience injuries get less – but use pliers for now.

So, it’s a granny knot to start. But this the first challenge and that’s where the pliers really come in. Pull each tag end until you get a neat small loop to work with.

Then you got to keep threading the wire through the loop. Round and round through the inside. Both ends, and they crossover at the mid-point, which takes concentration and serious wire manipulation to get the threads looking good and compact. Use the pliers to gain extra muscle and grip in getting the loops tight.

At the closing stage, you have to also thread one of the tag ends through the swivel/hook eye and through the lure, in order to get three loops down. This is when the knot can blow up, especially if you mistakenly unthread a loop as you force the tag end through all the holes.

Crossover one more time, and close each end with a few really tight barrels, 5mm apart.

Twist off the ends. If you use pliers, you will cut a finger or get more tangles, thanks to the extremely sharp and dangerous millimetre or so stick out of the knot.

And there you have it.

Very reliable and resilient. Can take many knocks on the rocks and not fail. Will not pull out like a split ring. Very strong yet free swinging.

Try it a few times and it won’t be long til you work out your own little tricks and methods to get this know tied in just a few minutes. A few minutes that can last a very long time.

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Kasane Tiger Fishing by Charles Stewart

Kasane Tiger Fishing by Charles Stewart

Kasane Tiger Fishing. On the border of Namibia and Botswana, is the Kasane area. Right near the Caprivi strip, and big tiger fish love the place. Charles Stewart of The Fishing Pro Shop in Pretoria was recently lucky enough to be there and catch an amazing 14lb tiger fish on fly tackle!

Read Charles’ report below and then check out the rest of the website while you are there.