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 Posted: Sun Jul 7th, 2019 06:18 pm
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BaberMonster12
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Location: Centurion, South Africa
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Equipment: Okuma pro series 10 ft. Okuma azores 570
Best Catch: 4.1kg barbel
Favorite Fishing Spot: Vaal river ,Kaaimans,Swartvlei
Boat: no boat :(
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Mana: 
Hello everyone,hope ya’ll having a great day.

I read about another post on sealine about fishing for barbel in rivers.What rig would be efficient in the Vaal?I also read about how someone talked about fishing a float and letting the dead dove bounce of the bottom.Will this work?Any tips to where to cast and what tackle to use?

Thx

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 Posted: Mon Jul 8th, 2019 08:37 am
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Slukderm
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Location: Rustenburg, South Africa
Posts: 90
Equipment: Baber goed....alles van hulle.
Best Catch: 27kg Baber 210kg Raggie
Favorite Fishing Spot: Kosi Baai, Oranje rivier
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Hi BaberMonster12.
For me from the bank or the boat I use the Ugly stik 9 feet with Penn Clash 6000 with 40 or 50 pound braid and a 600mm .8mm leaded and a 10/0 mustad hoodlum. Vaal river in my opinion muddie whole or head is best bait.
To fish with a bobber is a lot of work as you cast up river and wait till its down river , retraive and repeat. Good luck.

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 Posted: Tue Jul 9th, 2019 08:14 am
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Alex123
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Location: Boksburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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Equipment: Never enough...
Best Catch: Barbel 16.2kg, Carp 6.6kg
Favorite Fishing Spot: Vaal dam, Vaal river system, Baberspan..
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Good morning,

Babel fishing in the Vaal River can be fun but also very frustrating as I have blanked many a day... Where no matter what you throw into the water they suffer from "lock jaw"...

Tackle: - Normal sliding rig (very effective / easy)
- 50lb+ braid in the Vaalriver (there is a lot of obstruction - weeds, trees, branches etc.)
- Mustad Demon Circle hooks sizes 6/0 - 10/0 (depending on the size of your bait) - personal preference.
- Kingfisher Leader line 0.8 - 1.0 in the river (1m leader)
- Power swivels
- Sliding sinkers (egg / oval shaped)
- Rubber beads (stops the sinker from damaging your knot on the swivel)

Baits: - Barbel hunt mainly via smell..
- Muddie head (No.1) - crushed / gill plates off
- Muddie fillets with belly (No.2) - wrapped with gost cotton
- Plattie (will catch a lot of barbel but smaller in size)
- Day-old chicks / birds (only where there are birds nesting close/above the water)
- Earthworms / Chicken livers (large bunch) on a normal J-Hook
- Crabs (you might catch a nice large mouth yellow as well)

Drifting your bait in the river will be very frustrating as there is to much obstruction - you will get stuck. Babel hunt mainly by smell so if your bait is constantly moving around it will be difficult for them to "zone in" on the bait... If you really want to make use of a float - cast a plattie into the rapids and watch it float into the pool at the bottom of the rapids - you might catch a monster yellow as well.. Rather find a deep hole or visible obstruction (large tree in the water / close to reeds etc.) and place your baits there.. be patient.

Normally I start fishing for barbel at about 10:00 - 14:00.. then I would change or place fresh baits for the next session, from about 16:00 for the night session..

That is my 2c regarding the Vaal River.. if you have any more questions feel free to ask - and don't spend to much time preparing your baits - barbel are practically blind they hunt via smell - the fresher the bait the better.. just keep things simple..

Best regards..

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 Posted: Tue Jul 9th, 2019 08:32 am
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Slukderm
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Location: Rustenburg, South Africa
Posts: 90
Equipment: Baber goed....alles van hulle.
Best Catch: 27kg Baber 210kg Raggie
Favorite Fishing Spot: Kosi Baai, Oranje rivier
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Well said.

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 Posted: Sun Sep 8th, 2019 08:40 am
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BaberMonster12
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Location: Centurion, South Africa
Posts: 2
Equipment: Okuma pro series 10 ft. Okuma azores 570
Best Catch: 4.1kg barbel
Favorite Fishing Spot: Vaal river ,Kaaimans,Swartvlei
Boat: no boat :(
Club: no
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Hello, thank you so much for the reply.I just want to find put where and how do you catch the mudfish?

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 Posted: Mon Sep 9th, 2019 10:53 am
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Slukderm
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Location: Rustenburg, South Africa
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Equipment: Baber goed....alles van hulle.
Best Catch: 27kg Baber 210kg Raggie
Favorite Fishing Spot: Kosi Baai, Oranje rivier
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I go with a garic hard float with creamsoda dough backing. Some times erties works best.

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