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Presenting a proper chokka bait by/deur André Dicks





By André Dicks


When targeting kob in Angola, or any other place for that matter, using squid or chokka, is a must. Our team of twelve anglers managed to land close to 350 kob in only three days. From this experience I learnt quite a lot and can honestly say that the bigger kob are definitely more fussy when it comes to bait presentation. We found that the bigger kob preferred a neatly presented bait which closely resembles the real deal. Dominique taught me this technique and I will probably use it for the rest of my life.

Before we start:

1. Always use fresh chokka. When the meat starts to turn pink, then you know it's time to replace it.
2. Keep handling the bait with your bare hands to a minimum.
3. Do not rinse the bait unecessarily, especially not in fresh water. This will help preserve it's natural flavours.

There are various ways to present chokka baits. In most cases the bait will be determined by the species you are targeting. We were targeting the bigger kob and therefore opted to go for a clean bait with a clear focus on the quality of the presentation.

The art of baiting with squid is worth learning because squid is one of the top baits to use in Southern Africa.
 

STEP 1
Cut a 6 cm x 2,5 cm piece of floatation.
STEP 2
Use scissors to cut the floatation into a cylindrical shape to form the body of the bait.

 
STEP 3
Cut it in the middle, about 3/4 through.
STEP 4
Position your hook into this slot and firmly tie it with ghost cotton to the foam.

 

 
STEP 5
Cut three strips of chokka as indicated. Cut one of the strips (1) down the middle to form two legs.
STEP 6
Use a chokka hammer to soften strip (2). This will help to release more flavour.
Strip (3) will serve as another tentacle of the squid and will also give the bait more body.
STEP 7
Take the 1st piece of chokka (1) and position it on the outside with the legs hanging free. Use ghost cotton to tie it to the floatation.
STEP 8
Take piece 3 and tie it to the side of the bait, leaving three legs dangling from the floatation. Use ghost cotton to tie it to the floatation.
STEP 9
Take the remaining piece & wrap it around the floatation to give the bait more body. Use ghost cotton to properly secure the last piece.
STEP 10
Use a knife to cut away the excess pieces. A clean cut, more natural looking bait always produces more and bigger fish.
STEP 11
The Perfect Chokka Bait

 

STEP 12
Let's go Fishing!


 







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