Bass fishing at Papyrus Lodge in Western Cape

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Posted on 11th January 2011 by admin in Destinations

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Initially I thought that Papyrus Lodge was for fly fishing, but when I arrived it became clearly that it is far more geared up for plastics, spinners, jigs and the likes as the dam is fairly planted and stocked with black bass.

Papyrus Lodge is quite a wonderful setting on the Winery Road in the Helderberg, just 25 minutes from Cape Town. The luxury chalets are positioned on the lake, so you’re sitting on your desk with the water under you. You can fish from your deck whilst having a braai, or you can use one of the small row boats provided to row around the lake and fish. The lake isn’t too big, so it’s easy to try out all the spots, but you probably won’t have to as the fish are very keen on biting, regardless of what you throw them. I was most successful with pumpkinseed worms and lures:

Best colours used were dark or blue, and they loved lures which make noise! I caught about 30 bass in the space of 2 days, 2 which were large and my fiance caught a giant too. Here are some photographs:

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Cost: Accommodation booking required to fish
Fish: Black Bass and Carp
Tackle: Spinners, Lures, Plastics
Rating: 4/5
Catch and Release: Yes
Contact: http://www.capestay.co.za/papyruslodge/

Bulshoek Dam Bass Fishing

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Posted on 20th December 2010 by admin in Destinations

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Bulshoek Dam is the home to many smallmouth and largemouth bass, so not really a fly fishing location, but still great if you’re into mixing things up a little.

The bulshoek dam is narrow, and sometimes a problem for anglers when jetskiers are racing up and down, but this can be overcome by moving further up the dam, which runs for 10km’s, situated alongside the N7. Bulshoek is about 20 kilometers or so past Clanwilliam, so it’s about 2 and a half hours drive into a beautiful lush greenland.

Boats are permitted on the dam and there’s a slipway you can use for a small fee, please note that skippers license and such will be required. There are some nice accommodation spots in the area too if you want to go for more than just a day – Look for Rondeberg Resort and Bulshoek Dam Resort.


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Cost: Most of the dam is surrounded by private property, so it’s ideal to book accommodation
Fish: Large and smallmouth bass, and carp
Tackle: Spinners, Lures, etc.
Rating: Good
Catch and Release: No
Other: Canoe’s can be rented for fishing at R50 per day
Contacts: Rondeberg Resort: 027 482 1487 (Kobus) or Bulshoek Resort: 027 482 2635 (Hilda)

BFSA Money Trail Competition

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Posted on 23rd September 2010 by admin in Competitions |News

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BassFishing.co.za is holding a competition this weekend where you’ll have the chance to test your skills against the other anglers. In there first season, they handed out prize money to the value of R25,000 so if you’re keen, you better read on.

This competition is part of a series of competitions hosted by BassFishing and known as the BFSA Money Trail. The events take place at various venues around the Cape. The 3 main venues will be Kwaggaskloof, Theewaterskloof and Brandvlei although others are also being considered and should include Clanwilliam this season.

More Details:

Friday/Saturday/Sunday. 24/25/26th September 2010.

Venue : Bulshoek

This venue we are going to have a TWO day competition and the fee will be R400.00 per boat. They have secured accommodation at David-Thys’s “Pig farm” where we have both Camping and Housing accommodation. This is on a “first-come-first-served” basis. There are ablutions and electricity where needed. They need you to RSVP as soon as possible!

Prize Money:

  • The BFSA Money Trail money is allocated to the first five heaviest bags on a sliding scale. Should there be a tie for first place, the monies will shared evenly.
  • The BFSA Money Trail is a Heaviest Bag prize per team only.
  • There is NO prize for the heaviest fish; it goes towards your bag weight.

You have to be in attendance to collect your prize money at the end of the day’s event.

Read more by clicking here.

Button Quail Nature Reserve

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Posted on 23rd September 2010 by admin in Destinations

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Luxury tenting has become popular and more and more places are offering it, including Button Quail Nature Reserve, just 75km outside of Cape Town. Buttonquail shares a 5 km common boundary with the United Nations registered Kogelberg Biosphere. The Reserve was approved in 1998 and inaugurated at a ceremony on 16th April 1999.

The venue requires that you book a tent in order to fish, and offers a stream as well as a bigger dam, both of which have an assortment of fish, including rainbow trout. The fish are usually small, but one big ones have been pulled out of the big dam. You can find out more about the accommodation here.

How to get there:

No map available.

Cost: Requires accommodation
Fish: An interesting mix
Tackle: Fly fishing and spinning (Although, it is said that fly fishing is only permitted)
Rating: 3/5
Catch and Release: Yes

Mardouw Country House

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Posted on 23rd September 2010 by admin in Destinations

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Mardouw Country Club is probably one of the most beautiful locations to do some fishing. A well stoked dam makes for great fishing and a number of other activities such as golfing, golf cart ride through the mountains and relaxing at the pool are all on offer. The food is outstanding as well.

The dam is a quick walk away from the rooms and is small enough to ensure that you will catch. Bass roam the waters, ranging from fairly small to some which were incredibly big. The only problem with the location is that there is no day fishing, you have to stay in their accommodation which is very pricey, you can find the rates here.

How to get there:

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Cost: Included in accommodation
Fish: Bass
Tackle: Spinning and Fly Fishing
Rating: 4/5
Catch and Release: Yes