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Welcome to South Africa’s premier angling magazine. Since Stywe Lyne/Tight Lines cast off its first issue back in February 1960, the magazine has reigned as the champion for showcasing South African angling activities and fishing adventures. We share the fishing tales, fishing spots, tricks, tackle tips and triumphs of fellow anglers and fishermen locally and beyond the country’s borders. Big carp hunting, bank angling, light tackle boat, fly fishing, bass fishing, artlure, shore angling, deep-sea adventures or kayak casting – Stywe Lyne/Tight Lines takes you there …Website: www.stywelynetightlines.co.za
On the freshwater front June provides the perfect opportunity for fathers and their sons (or daughters) to bond beside the fishing waters. In this issue, Rohan van Koegelenberg takes a look at the lasting relationships that are built when dads and their lads spend time together on a fishing trip. Other highlights include the special father-and-son blue kurper adventure of Kobus and Brandon Hermitage, as well as Emile van Druten’s interview with his children Rome and Emile about what makes fishing so special. Rock and surf Manie Combrinck tells us about his kayak fishing adventure at Mapelane on the banks of the Umfolozi River in St Lucia, where he was joined by fellow kayak fishing enthusiasts. Roux Swart also introduces readers to kite fishing as a form of angling. This is an affordable alternative to inshore boat fishing or dropping bait with a bait boat or drone. Both these articles give shore anglers a new take on traditional methods of angling. Competitions This year, the South African Shore Angling Association (SASAA) hosted the SA Ladies’ Shore Angling Championship at Struisbaai. SASAA takes care to rotate the angling area to reduce the impact of catches on marine resources in these areas. The angling conditions were challenging on the first and last days of the competition, but the 49 ladies managed to show what they are made of. A kob of 9.02 kg, a ragged-tooth shark of 96 kg and a duckbill ray were among the most memorable catches. The ladies also caught quite a few diamond rays. During the prize-giving, the Protea Ladies’ Shore Angling Team was announced and individual achievements were recognised. The six best anglers were also announced. All this and much more in this month’s issue of Stywe Lyne / Tight Lines – the angler’s friend.