|Brrrr the winter chill is gaining its momentum up here in Gauteng, its freezing early morning with frost all over the garden. Despite the cold we have been venturing out onto some of the dams and have had some very good fishing days. Leaving the launch area at 7h30 the temp has been as low as -1Deg, we cruise out at idle speed and nothing faster than that.
As Autumn was setting in, one of my missions was to identify areas where the fish were playing on the surface in the late afternoons. This was going to be my winter fishing spot and bingo I found this place where the school of Carp gulp air on the surface and they are in the 6kg - 10kg range. At a guess the school must be 50 but I will conservatively say 30 to sidestep the "fishermans tale story". We have been feeding this area with maize for the last couple of weeks and fishing there on weekends only using the same maize single pip on the hook.
The size and number of fish has increased everytime we have gone out. We finding the fish in the margins, max 2 meters from the edge of the hyacinth. I have had to modify my unhooking mat and cut a piece of plywood to match the size of the mat to safely handle the increased size of the fish once they are netted. The plywood board is placed on top of the seating area with the unhooking mat on top, works like a charm. The biggest caught to date is 8.2kg
Another interesting aspect learned is the role that the water temp is playing. The temp at launch time has been in the region of 10 deg, as soon as the water temp starts to rise even by 1 deg the fish seem to come on the bite.
The camera we have used has a high pixel count and trying to post some pics has been frustrating and unsuccessful but we are chipping away and will succeed soon.
My current PB is 10.7 kg, I am convinced that I will improve on that soon, 2 fishing sessions ago I hooked into a nice fish, it did not put up a big fight in the beginning but once it came close to the boat it would just swim slowly away with the drag ticking away, it eventually had enough of me, swam underneath the boat and off it went at an increased pace that I could not stop. The hookup was obviously not good and it got away, I knew I had missed out on a big fish.