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It's cold but perseverence is paying off  Rate Topic 
 Posted: Tue Jun 28th, 2011 08:48 am
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Joined: Thu Feb 25th, 2010
Location: Pretoria, South Africa
Posts: 444
Equipment: Everything Shimano
Best Catch: Yellows & Tigers
Favorite Fishing Spot: Sterkfontein/Kavango/Henties
Boat: Gemini Wave Rider
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.

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 Posted: Tue Jun 28th, 2011 01:31 pm
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Joined: Wed May 19th, 2010
Location: Dunnottar, South Africa
Posts: 130
Equipment: Shimano, Okuma, Daiwa,Loomis & Franklin, Double x Brown cameleon 7 ...
Best Catch: Cuta 19kg
Favorite Fishing Spot: North coast of Natal and all freshwater
Boat: Bosun 70hp Yamaha
@Otto, nice to see there is a few brave men around to tackle the cold head-on! I am in the process of fitting a new prop, replacing impellor on water pump and servicing the wheel bearings for when it gets a bit warmer. Can't wait. Which dams did you target for winter fishing?

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 Posted: Thu Aug 18th, 2011 05:35 pm
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Location: Gamtoos, South Africa
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Best Catch: A lot but nothing massive
Favorite Fishing Spot: Gamtoos pappie!!!
Boat: Interceptor 186, Merc 150 PRO XS 4 stroke
en jy nooi my nie?

haha hoop dit gaan goed man, moet weer uitgan!

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