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« on: August 22, 2015, 11:15:21 PM »


When we talk about wading we mean walking into the water to cast, to reach a pinnacle or rock in the water, or just be at a greater depth while fishing.
The depth that you wade into the water varies from the area that you are going to fish and to what species you are targeting.
Regardless of depth, wading is dangerous and should not be attempted without knowledge or without someone who has experience.
Even experienced waders should not wade alone.

We are all under the impression that how deeper we get our bait into the water the more successful we are going to be.
This is not always true but also not always a lie.
There are areas in the sea that has a very level bottom or floor that fish don't frequent as their food source is in the deeper area behind this flat bottom.
You will have to enter this water, walk (wade) as far as you can and then cast your bait into this deeper area.
The opposite of this is that other species of fish again feed shallow and are found on the area you are going to wade through, here wading wont be necessary.

Sounds simple, not really, there are many dangers lurking here.

We have all heard of side washes, rip currents, gully's, currents, swells and waves.
These are just some of the dangers you might encounter while wading.
Luckily some of these are visible to you while still standing on dry ground.
Waves and swells are visible, so also is side washes and rip currents if you are experienced in what's called reading the sea.
Currents (especially under er bottom currents) are the one which is not always so easily visible.
(Reading the sea is a totally different topic - see video -   http://anglersdigest.co.za/forum/index.php?topic=459.0)(http://anglersdigest.co.za/forum/index.php?topic=458.0)

Equipment you will need when wading.

Shoes or boots:
Definitely the no. 1 requirement when it comes to wading.
Your feet is going to be your eyes when you enter the water. They are also the only part of your body which has contact with the earth while wading.
There might be rocks, barnacles, urchins, shells or whatever that can hurt your feet, you have to protect them.
Together with protecting your feet is the ankles, especially in rocky areas. You will not know where you are placing your foot and if it is between rocks, or climbing onto rocks your ankle is the one going to feel the pain.

Boots for rocky and sandy areas:

Boots for rocks with a lot of algae which makes it extremely slippery.
(Note the spikes under the soles)

Wetsuits and shirts:
Generally the Farmer John (3 mm) type is used. This suit does not have sleeves and allows freedom of the arms when casting.
Wearing a wetsuit without a jacket leaves the arms and upper part of the body exposed to the cold. Compensate for the jacket by wearing a 1 mm surfers shirt. It is light enough not to hinder the casting but thick enough to keep out the cold.

I recommend that you carry a small pair of scissors around your neck with you when wading. Having it around your neck ensures that it is easy accessible and difficult to lose.
Many an angler has been washed off rocks or gets pulled off a rock or even over a sandbank by a large fish. The moment your feet is no longer touching bottom you are at the mercy of what is on the other end of the line. A large fish can easily drag you to deeper water. Trying to break the line will fail as you have not anchoring point.
CUT THE LINE - no fish or rod is worth your life.

Walking into the water to get that extra 20 or 30 m cast.
When entering the water you will feel (on your legs) whether the water wants to pull you deeper or pushes you in a sideways direction.
Already here, you must apply caution, remember you still have your feet firmly on the ground and you are in very shallow water, think what will now happen should your feet not be able to touch the bottom and you become buoyant.
The deeper you go the easier it will become to be swept into a side wash, current or rip as you are just getting lighter (more buoyant).
Once you lose your footing you are at the mercy of the wash or current.

This is why anglers never wade alone.
You might want to reach here.
You have to cross....
This might happen .....
Safety in numbers.

« Last Edit: August 27, 2015, 08:55:25 AM by Simen »

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