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First Mosquito fish caught with Owner Tanago hooks.

by Werner Nell
(Johannesburg, South Africa)

Caught my first Western Mosquito fish (Gambusia affinis) recently during an Artlure Competition held at Roodekoppies Dam, South Africa.

Bait was a 1mm x 1mm speck of white rubber lure, cut from a bigger curly tail grub. I rigged this 'lure' on my micro Owner Tanago hooks.

I only managed 2 species for the day. The winner of the comp caught 7 species - all on artificial lures.

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Mar 22, 2013
by: TanagoBum

Hopefully they had a prize for smallest fish as well as most species.

Mar 24, 2013
by: Werner Nell

The points system used is actually quite interesting.

Small species, like mosquito fish and Pseudocrenilabrus philander gets you 5 points a piece.

The bigger species count 10 points, but there are minimum size requirements for certain species.

Then extra points are rewarded for weight (calculated per kilogram).

Jul 22, 2013
Nice Pic
by: Levi Cain

Wow that is an interesting point system. How much time do they give you to fish? Does it all have to be within that lake or can you fish the creeks and rivers that flow into the lake as well? Oh and how many people entered that event? That is if you remember, I know that could have been a while back. Sounds fun and interesting though.

Jul 23, 2013
Points system
by: Werner Nell

Hi Levi,

Approximately 80 people participated in the event. Similar league events take place right through our spring and summer. We fished from 07:30 to 16:00 when everybody had to be back for the weigh-in. The fishing is generally restricted to just the dam/lake and its inlet/s. At the captain's meeting beforehand, restricted zones are listed. Fishing takes place off bass-type boats, but you can wade at your own risk, as some waters have crocodiles.

This year's SA Nationals was fished in the Vaal River system, and I think that fishing was also allowed in one of its tributaries.

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