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Carp of Aqua Via - Vaal River  Rating:  Rating
 
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 Posted: Thu Jan 17th, 2013 03:27 am
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Hi unlimited dont really like it but it is nice to fish in the rain and i have not being to the water in the past 3 months so need to wet the lines also going to bleomhof on the on the 1st of March for the weekend.:raine

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 Posted: Thu Jan 17th, 2013 04:21 am
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     Posted: Thu Jan 17th, 2013 04:42 am
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    Thanks unlimited,but i am going to try and see if it pours down then will packup and head home if it is not that bad i will give it a go.

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     Posted: Thu Jan 17th, 2013 04:55 am
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    yeah if only we knew when and how much it will rain... a quick thunderstorm is nice but lingering rain the whole day sucks

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     Posted: Thu Jan 17th, 2013 05:03 am
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    Yep so true but if you dont try we wont know, as now a days it gets cloudy and looks like rain , then no rain at all.

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     Posted: Thu Jan 17th, 2013 05:12 am
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    Equipment: shamano "pen type" n a bakie load more lol!
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    How is bloemhof?? Is it worth the distance? Better than vaal? Its more towards the south right?

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     Posted: Thu Jan 17th, 2013 05:28 am
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    Hi KEVYKEV it is alway worth the distance because you never blank and the fish always bite, i have being going to bleomhof for a long time know.
    Bleomhof is towards Kimberly on the N12.

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     Posted: Thu Jan 17th, 2013 10:23 am
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    hi was at aqua late last year did not have a good session as was my previous trip there, a year to 18mnths ago aqua produced all the time and caught several fair sized carp, but it seems to have changed for me anyway. When it was producing saw guys carting away keepnets full of 3+ kg carp which in my opinion is ridiculous, y take so many if at all. Really hope it produces for you guys going this weekend and eliminating my theory that aqua has been overfished, then again i am just a average conventional angler and may b wrong.

    What used to work well for me is sweet floaties, pink sweets, red banana mallows any red floatie had some reaction

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     Posted: Thu Jan 17th, 2013 10:23 am
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    hi was at aqua late last year did not have a good session as was my previous trip there, a year to 18mnths ago aqua produced all the time and caught several fair sized carp, but it seems to have changed for me anyway. When it was producing saw guys carting away keepnets full of 3+ kg carp which in my opinion is ridiculous, y take so many if at all. Really hope it produces for you guys going this weekend and eliminating my theory that aqua has been overfished, then again i am just a average conventional angler and may b wrong.

    What used to work well for me is sweet floaties, pink sweets, red banana mallows any red floatie had some reaction

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     Posted: Thu Jan 17th, 2013 10:25 am
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    hi was at aqua late last year did not have a good session as was my previous trip there, a year to 18mnths ago aqua produced all the time and caught several fair sized carp, but it seems to have changed for me anyway. When it was producing saw guys carting away keepnets full of 3+ kg carp which in my opinion is ridiculous, y take so many if at all. Really hope it produces for you guys going this weekend and eliminating my theory that aqua has been overfished, then again i am just a average conventional angler and may b wrong.

    What used to work well for me is sweet floaties, pink sweets, red banana mallows any red floatie had some reaction

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     Posted: Thu Jan 17th, 2013 10:26 am
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    hi was at aqua late last year did not have a good session as was my previous trip there, a year to 18mnths ago aqua produced all the time and caught several fair sized carp, but it seems to have changed for me anyway. When it was producing saw guys carting away keepnets full of 3+ kg carp which in my opinion is ridiculous, y take so many if at all. Really hope it produces for you guys going this weekend and eliminating my theory that aqua has been overfished, then again i am just a average conventional angler and may b wrong.

    What used to work well for me is sweet floaties, pink sweets, red banana mallows any red floatie had some reaction

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     Posted: Thu Jan 17th, 2013 10:42 am
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    Thanks Uncle Legs for the info, this will be my first time to Aqua Via so i will be trying all sorts of baits also i will let the sealiners know how it went.:fswim

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     Posted: Fri Jan 18th, 2013 02:15 pm
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    Best Catch: 27 kg barbel, 6.5 kg carp, 4.7kg bass
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    Hi guys.

    I have fished Aqua Via once a week for a couple of months now. I go during the week when it is quiet. The fishing has always been good, particularly when the water level was a bit lower. The river has received some good water and with that the catch rate has declined. I always get 1 or 2 carp of over 4kgs. The best I have managed there was a 6.5kg carp on a day where I caught 22 carp, 1 grass carp and 4 muddies between 6:30am and 14:30pm.

    The only thing that irritates me about the place is the rubbish left behind by some anglers. I have picked up rolls of old line just strewn on the bank. The situation seems to be the same under the water in some places. Floatie bottle seals, bottle caps, mielie bomb bags, fish carcasses etc.

    It is this type on "fisherman" that unfortunately ruin it for the majority of us who appreciate the opportunity to fish on another persons property and who enjoy the nature and scenery.

    The place is definitely worth a visit. The manager's name is Chris and he is a very nice guy.

    Regards to all

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     Posted: Fri Jan 18th, 2013 03:03 pm
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    Equipment: shamano "pen type" n a bakie load more lol!
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    HEAR HEAR ON THE RUBBISH MAN!!! People have no respect!!!!

    Maybe ill go try it sometime... Stuck on tago at the moment tho.... AWESOME PLACE!!! :D

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     Posted: Fri Jan 18th, 2013 03:46 pm
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    Best Catch: 27 kg barbel, 6.5 kg carp, 4.7kg bass
    Favorite Fishing Spot: Bloemhof.
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    Hi Kev.

    Ja, the rubbish will always be an issue at a place which is open to the public. Some people have the idea that because they pay to fish there they can do as they please. Some "fishermen" leave their rubbish in bags at the waters edge. Why not just take it home?

    Anyway, Tago is an awesome spot but line pollution in the water is also a problem in certain places. Zorro, who is the owner of Tago is a gentleman second to none.

    I have always done well there at night. Beautiful large mouth yellows there in the winter months.

    If you have any questions about Aqua Via or about Tago I would be more than happy to answer them since I have fished them a lot.

    Regards

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     Posted: Fri Jan 18th, 2013 04:04 pm
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    Thanx man! Mihghty kind... Yea at tago there's a dump n we normally pop it there. There is an okie that comes past with the tractor n pics up rubbish. Yea Tago has been good to us n zorro is a very nice dude.. Well we just staryted makin hair rigs, bloody pricy thing but lekka. I dunno if it is up in this post but I pop on a pink sweet gummy (8-10mm) and a small x-factor floatie, always have good luck on it. Found that we had plenty runs last time on the hair rigs but not hook them all the time, pronbably the smallish buggers 1kgs. We fish at the competition site but no trees there. But nice n spaced n cows come visit u every now m then. They say the barbel are normally tit there but we've only caught smallish okies... Tried platties, muddy heads, chic hearts, catfish dough. Only smallies... Caught a bigish grassy on a bloody chic heart... Weird huh?? Mmm. Any tips on tago will be highly appreciated man! Thanx a mil!!!

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     Posted: Fri Jan 18th, 2013 04:40 pm
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    Ok. For me, I only fish conventional so Rietvlei trace with a single No 8 bottom hook. If you have a means to do so try and deduce where the water is between 2.5m and 4m deep.

    Single strawberry mielie with Scopex and Strawberry flavour on the bomb. Then a lot of patience.

    For Barbel use Ox heart. It is a tough bait and its size should put the little guys off, but again, patience.

    Also remeber that the greater the line pressure the tougher it will be to fish. Its not to say that you will never get larger fish there. Get your baits out further and away from the busy area within casting distance.

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     Posted: Fri Jan 18th, 2013 05:10 pm
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    Yea we normally cast the babel baits in and row the carp lineS out. Maybe ill try row out the babel lines, some dude tuned day old chics also work. But ox heart, haven't heard that before... Ill give it a shot... So u obviously cut a piece off? Cos an ox hearts 2big?? Will deff givve it a shot.... Thanx 4your advice n all!!! Highly appreciated...

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     Posted: Fri Jan 18th, 2013 05:15 pm
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    Not fully understanding what u mean by this?
    "Also remeber that the greater the line pressure the tougher it will be to fish. Its not to say that you will never get larger fish there. Get your baits out further and away from the busy area within casting distance."

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     Posted: Fri Jan 18th, 2013 09:43 pm
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    I generally use half of the heart with a big circle hook. Big bait usually produces bigger fish in the case of barbel.

    What I mean with the whole line pressure thing is imagine thousands of baits, hooks etc going into a particular piece of water over a month like December at a popular place like Tago. Most anglers will use mielie bomb and a variety of flavours etc. This influx of food will attract the fish into that area, the vast majority of which will be the smaller and less feed selective of the various species which will compete with the bigger fish over the same feed. Basically, the larger fish will be bullied out of the area.

    Now, I think it is accurate to say that most anglers will cast from the side as opposed to taking their lines in deeper with a canoe etc and most of us tend to average between 60m and 110m per cast. So that area between the bank and up to 110m will see alot of "angling pressure", more so than the area from 110m and further.

    So I believe one has to get their bait beyond this area, into water not too deep or too shallow to stand a better chance of picking up some of the bigger boys cruising the outer-edge of the "pressure" area.

    Regards

     

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