Orange River Fishing

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Posted on 26th February 2012 by admin in Destinations

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Most people know the Orange River for rafting and canoeing, but there’s an abundance of great fishing including the ever popular yellow fish, both the large and smallmouth species. Carp, Barbel and Mudfish also dwell in these waters.

Nymph fishing is the choice of most fisherman, and the recommended flies are caddis larva and beadheads.

Cost: Enquire
Fish: Yellow fish, carp, barbel and mudfish
Tackle: Not limited to fly fishing
Rating: 4/5
Catch and Release: Enquire
Contact: 021 788 7611 or 083 626 0467 (Richtersveld National Park)

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)