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Kosi Bay Jan 2015

My Parents and some of the family went to Kosi Bay during Jan 2015. My mom broke her knee just before they left so she was out of action. My dad has Alpha 1-antitrypsin so he is unable to do any physical work without struggling for air.  But they had a good time.

So I asked my mom to pop me a mail with some feed back on the trip. She has asked me to change the names of some of the people and also some info I am not allowed to add onto the site. It would make for some interesting reporting if the info could be verified. Any way the feed back is below.

There being no fisherman in our camp made it hugely frustrating for me.  I eventually paid a gillie R150, going rate now, to catch us fish.  Charl took him to other side of lake, north of casuarinas, where he long lined from shore.  Our shore has been dead for 2 years running. Not a bite!!!

If it is fish to eat that you are after then best to hire a fisherman, even if only for 1 day. Wiseman was our fisherman. Rough looking guy but it did the trick. He tied, very well, a bit of sardine, prawn and cracker shrimp onto a 2,O hook, small bait. He hooked a rock salmon, which broke off by going into the reeds and caught lovely big bream, 2 and 3.2 kg. On East side, sea side, of hole, just off the deep, casting towards the shallow side and into the deep side is your best bet. This is if you are happy to park and wait.
Early morning, I believe is still the best.
The best spot proved to be all around the hole in the 3rd lake on the north side. North west and north east.
Towards the entrance to the channel north west of hole, you would catch Sea pike. North side of hole would be Kingfish. North and North east of hole would be Rock salmon.
Parked with Pouter as bait, dead or alive, was successful. You keep your eyes peeled for shoals of kingfish swimming past and maybe try your luck with a lure. This worked well January 2014.
The fishfinder can pick up the shoals of Rock salmon or you look for the terns.
When you find the shoal you cast your lures.  Piet( name changed)  caught 8 in 2 hours mid day the one day. That was when he lost his best lure. Scotty’s letter will tell you how not to speed into the shoal when you see them feeding.  I agree!! Patience is the name of the game.
You can also troll around the edge of the hole, just in the deep, to find the Rock salmon.
Rattler lures are cheaper than Halcos and Rapalas.  Rattler Deep Diver was what Piet was using.  The lure that the fishing shop said was the best to use was L25. The one that looks a bit like Piets’s is B24.   I would recommend a red and white and also a purple for overcast days. I suspect that when you hit a shoal of Kings or Rock salmon they will take anything.
Fishing is truly the luck of the fisherman but there has to be an inner passion to go with it!!
That is the end of the feedback. Hope you enjoyed it and are very excited to go on your next fishing trip soon. My sister has some great pictures of Kosi Bay

 

Jack Crevalle

This is not my story but I just love the video of the fish charging after the poppers. I know when it happens to me it is very hard to contain myself with the excitement.

The first big jack Crevalle I ever caught was under the Vaca Cut bridge in Marathon, Florida. At the time I was a lowly intern at Saltwater Sportsman on my first-ever assignment, which was to fish my way through the Keys on a shoe string budget. No guides, no charters, just whatever I could catch from land, junky rental boats, or party boats. From the outset I had it in my head that if I didn’t catch a tarpon, I failed, but having no prior tarpon experience, they were proving harder to hook into than I thought. Someone at a tackle shop told me to fish the Vaca Cut bridge after dark, so there I was all by my lonesome, looking at tarpon in the 30- to 50-pound range hovering in the shadow line of the bridge. I hooked a little one on my first cast with a white bucktail. Mission accomplished, but by the time I was done unhooking and releasing it, a massive school of big jacks had rolled in. Try as I might to score another ‘poon, the jacks beat them to the bucktail every single time. At first I was kind of ticked, but after hooking 2 giant jacks, I suddenly cared less and less about the tarpon. To this day, I will never pass on a chance to throw a popper or fly at Crevalles. This killer video does a beautiful job of explaining exactly why.

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Bass in clean water

My mate took some cool footage of bass in clean water. I have not fished for a while and so badly need to get back onto the water to do some serious bass fishing.

Anyway have a look at the footage.

Tiervis Bonanza (Tiger fish)

Many Many moons ago I went with my Brother in law to the Jozini Tiervis Bonanza. I still have the T Shirt 🙂 it is a little bit worse for wear.  The mission was we drove down from JHB and my Father would come from Eshowe with the boat. We would then camp in the main site where the comp happened.  It all worked out very well, lots of fun was had by all. We had no luck with the big Tiger fish.

I had even caught to tilapia out of my father in laws dam to use as dead bait.  The big Tiger fish where just not interested. So we did lots of drifting around and lure casting. I saw lots of little tiger fish chasing my lures which is still such fun.

Meed to make a mission to go back there with my kids and see if we can catch a big one.

barbel bait rig

This is my barbel bait rig.  I did find the idea on the internet but had to make a plan as I did not have the product they mentioned. I went to dischem and found some gauze that did the job. I am very excited to try this else where.

IMG-20140922-WA0009I did get the bigger one as I was not sure what the final product was like. I cut them in half.

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So you then put a dollop of chicken livers in the gauze.

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Fold up the  corners to make a ball.

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Then you twist the ball closed and tie it up with some cotton.

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Cut off any excess gauze to make it look neat if you want. I did get a bit lazy and did not cut it off. It did making casting the barbel bait rig go like a dart.

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This is the final product cast out and catch a big barbel. The chicken livers work very well.

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I am looking forward to trying this at Emmarentia dam for some barbel.

Roodeplaat Dam fishing and caravaning

I took my 3 kids on a Caravan trip to Roodeplaat dam. It was my first time caravaning and going to Roodeplaat. After a bit of googling I decided to stay at Mar Leo. Very easy to find as the road almost goes straight there. The turn off for Mar Leo is right after the 4 star blades place.

From a caravaning point of view the place is awesome, well to me it was. We had a site right on the waters edge so we could sit in our veranda and have our lines in the water. The other plus was we had power. It was a bit sad that they do not have showers but the kids enjoyed a version of roughing it. There is one trampoline out of 3 working, again the kid where very happy about that. The pool is clean but freezing when we went now in the beginning of september. The kids loved the pole over the pool. It was a great game to get across the pool without falling off.

We took our little blow up boat that we paddle around in. I need to get a battery so that I can rather use the trolling motor and stop the kids paddling us around in circles and fighting about it. I spoke to Andre the current manager for Mar Leo and he said it would not be a problem to use the boat. I had a concern because from the research I had done I was not sure if you could use a boat from Mar Leo. I had my fish finder with me and could see the water temp was only 17.5 degrees. We tried for bass from the boat and barbel from the land. We had no luck with both, but I think it had something to do with the temp of the water, as the structure around the dam looked perfect for bass. In some of the floating weed beds there were big fishing hunting and now and again it would whip up a froth as it was trying to get whatever it was cashing. I am keen to go back during the hotter months and see what we can catch. I also need to get up to speed on the best baits for barbel and maybe a few night time hand lines.

I have a barbel mission near the end of this month so need to get up to speed fast. What is the best bait? In my youth it would be chicken livers. When I fish emmarentia dam I use bread, but that is because that is what the people feed the ducks. I am keen to try viennas at emmarentia like I did at Roodeplaat dam. They do stay on the hooks nicely.

The place is a carp fishing hot spot and the guys around us where very kitted out the the carp fishing equipment. Mar Leo has day picnic sites available.

Best fishing spot at Kosi bay

What is the best fishing spot at Kosi bay? Well I don’t think there is a best spot. There are a few factors that make up the good fishing spots at Kosi.

I have recently acquired a map of the good fishing spots and how to find them. This is from the same people that brought you Kings of Kosi.

 

I am just not sure how I want to share this with the world. If you think this would be of interest to you please leave a comment.

The Map in the picture is a very blurred version and the numbers have been marked off. The original is a scanned pdf version of the original. It is awesome to see it in its glory. I remember my Mom catching her huge Rock Salmom at the one spot. I just could not get over how big the fish was.