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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

 

Confession and a Regret

This has been plaguing my mind for a while. I went to the St Lucia lakes to do some lure fishing and exploring. I did a small bit of lure fishing but no exploring. We I look back now I did not drift the shallows casting a fly or a drop shot at fish. I did not go and look for the clean water to see if I could do some sight fishing.

This is nobodies fault but my own. I just wanted to get it off my chest and use this as a reminder to myself to not forget the kind of fishing I love.

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.

Action on the Boat

Time Lapse of what goes on in the boat.

Pear core and Fish

We are here a Makakatana doing some fishing.  After eating a pear I threw the core overboard. I noticed that there were some fish around the core.  Lucky this time Theresa had her camera with her and managed to get some very close ups. I think it might be big glassies. Check it out and let me know what you think.

Fishing Lake St Lucia

In my youth we would go on fishing holidays to Lake St Lucia. I was very lucky that my grand parents had a place at the lake. It is called Makakatana bay. In the beginning my Oupa the late Lionel Gunter had a boat and we would go with him fishing, my Goco the late Patty Gunter would also join us . I remember him striking so hard once that he hit me on the head. I was sitting behind him. He was from the colonial days. so we had a gillie on the boat and the gillie would bait up my grandfathers hooks and gaff the fish and do all that sort off stuff. My grandfather would pre make up his traces with bait on them, then freeze them. My grandfather would catch a fish, the gillie would gaff the fish a put it in the sack, unclip the trace and clip on a fresh bait, my grandfather would then cast out again. It was fun and I learnt a lot from my grandfather. I do miss him.

I have not been to Lake St Lucia for may years. It had dried up for a while, but now the water is back. I am going there at the end of June (2014) for a week and I am super excited. I do believe you are not allowed to keep the Salmon you catch. I am keen to try some drop shot and my daughter is rather keen on fly fishing so lets see what happens. My parents, Family members have been and the catch reports have been good. This does bring back memories of my fishing days at Lake St Lucia so I am writing some posts from the old days.