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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.
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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