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 Posted: Wed Apr 11th, 2018 02:28 pm
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So last weekend we went on a camping trip to Bullshoek dam resort, just past Clanwilliam.

We get there around 3pm to find a empty campsite. Cool I think, we can setup and get our pick of sites. So we get the tent, gazebo, ground sheets etc up, crack a beer and sit back. As the kids go to watch a movie on the iPad around 8 that evening, still no other campers around – this is odd, getting that early “I know what you did last summer” feeling.

I have the papgooi rods in the water. The water level is very low, I have never fished here but hey, who knows. I land a small mouth bass, around 9 – new species for me and on white bread, who would have thought!

After little sleep we’re up and running the next morning. As you can imagine every little sound had me thinking, “sh1t, they coming for us, best get ready”. After a proper camp brekkie I decide to take the laaties R199 Makro setup and through some lures – let’s see what this art lure fishing is all about.

The ROD: Think bright blue, 3.5ft rod with a nasty plastic little real and random cheap line.
The LURES: R99 basic lure set bought at Makro, some leadheads, worms, spinner and popper.

I rig the 3.5ft with the copper’ish looking spinner and start chucking. After 10 minutes nothing. C'est la vie – this artlure business isn’t for me…. I change the lure to a black curly tail with bright green tail on a leadhead. Another 10 minutes past nothing. Change of tactics. Crack a beer (I am camping after all so you cannot judge me) and I rig up this little green/yellow / purple looking surface popper.

At this stage I have move up and down the bank a few times. I can’t say my level of expectation was high either. Third cast with the popper, retrieve, twictch – bang one m0erse explosion as a bass hit that thing so hard the lure goes flying and the bass is also clean out of the water. Holy sh1t, what was that!? I don’t even real in the lure, I take about 15 seconds to take it all in. Yoh, this bass fishing isn’t that bad.

About 20 casts later another hit and this one sticks. My first bass on lure is a pretty small looking specimen, but my first artlure catch. I am pumped.

During the rest of the day I land 4 fish. The biggest one throws the hook as I am trying the unlock my phone to take a video clip. I mean who does that? Make sure you land the fish and then get the photo – who do you think you are, Craig Thomassen?

I now get what bass fishing is all about. I still like pap gooi and will be my go to, but I get it!

.... and I never did get a run on the papgooi stokke.

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evening surprise on white bread!?

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happy days

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 Posted: Wed Apr 11th, 2018 02:31 pm
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biggest of the lot - shows you once again. the fish don't care what tackle you have on the other end.

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 Posted: Wed Apr 11th, 2018 03:42 pm
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Haha you'd cream yourself if you knew of some of the stuff we get up to..;)

Really lekker read man thanks..ja the fish don't care, just gotto throw the right thing in front of them and do the right thing with it..My bassing started with a bright yellow "hula popper" that I had for a decade and it caught hundreds of bass until a big one wrapped me up one day..bassing, always a blast! When I am blanking in the sea and having mombak after mombak, I go slay some bass and get the mojo on again..Seems to work well :)

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Not to take away from the serious anglers …but that is one of the best ways to go bass fishing. A light setup (ninja turtle or barbie setup ) .Just make sure the line is strong enough so that you don’t have a bass swimming around with 50m of line in its mouth.
Great story/report

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 Posted: Thu Apr 12th, 2018 11:54 am
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tadeo wrote:
Not to take away from the serious anglers …but that is one of the best ways to go bass fishing. A light setup (ninja turtle or barbie setup ) .Just make sure the line is strong enough so that you don’t have a bass swimming around with 50m of line in its mouth.
Great story/report


What you saying, I don't take my fishing serious!? ;)

but in all honesty and Blikkiesvis mentioned this, the kids rods are getting all the bites!

Here the pink stick is getting the action!

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 Posted: Thu Apr 12th, 2018 12:03 pm
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:lol:1
And it looks like you had lekker weather

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