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Ruans Limpopo Carp Session

Limpopo carp fishing by Ruan Erasmus

Ruans Limpopo Carp Session

Join the Fishing Pro Shop team in the nature-lovers paradise that is Limpopo. With Ruan Erasmus and colleague as he voyages out into the bush in search of those screamer carp. Carp fishing is really hot right now so you can use this informative and entertaining article for inspiration to get you out into the wild! Over to Ruan…

Limpopo: This time of year is definitely my favorite time to fish for big carp, with carp being close to spawn they are bigger in weight, and much more good looking than they would be in summer months. I am off to a farm dam in Limpopo Province, from past experience I knew that fishing here for big carp is not easy at all. With much excitement I left at 4 AM in the morning to be there as early as I can be, seeing that the fish tend to feed more in the earlier hours of the morning, than later in the day.


As we arrived in Limpopo, we could feel that it’s getting hot very early and first decided to pitch up camp to just to have some shade for the warm day that is upon us. After our feed was prepared it was time to get our lines in the water. As this venue can be really tough to catch decent carp, placing your baits in the right areas was crucial. From previous experience at the venue, this was the most important thing to get right. We spent a couple of hours on the water trying to see were fish was feeding and decided to place 2 rods in the deeper water close to the structure. The other 2 rods will be against the margins in the shallower waters. Our first night went without any fish, but an amazing sunset made us feel a bit more relaxed.

We had no fish during our first night, on 10 AM the morning of day 2, my fishing partner Herman Engelbrecht had a screaming take on his left-hand rod that was placed in the deeper water near the structure. We jumped on the boat to get to the fish before it could get any change of snagging his line, Herman landed a nice healthy 15.2kg Common Carp.

DB Baits

Herman bait of choice was a single DB Baits Tigernut ( Pineapple flavor) with a little piece of foam on top of the bait just to make the bait more buoyant. He used a standard lead core rig with a safety clip, tying a fluorocarbon D-Rig on a size 4 Korda Wide gap hook.
The rest of the day produced no fish for us, only that night at 9 PM, I had a screaming take on my middle rod. Herman quickly gathered the boat and in we went out again, just to make sure the fish don’t snag our line, after about 30mins on the boat I landed a Limpopo Common Carp of 16.95 kg.

My choice of hook bait, a DB Baits Spearmint tigernut, with a standard lead core and safety clip, my hooklink part was a combi blowback rig with a size 4 Fox Wide gap hook. My ground feed consisted out of just plain Tigernuts and Hempseed. This fish made it worth waiting for.

Morning of day 3 I caught another decent Common Carp of 14.0kg, the same presentation was used on which I caught the 16.95kg Carp on. This fish took us straight into the reeds before we could get to it by boat, Herman didn’t hesitate at all, and quickly grabbed the line and started to break of the reeds which the line was tangled on. By this stage Herman body was halfway in under the water trying to get the line loose. After a while, i could just see the fish is still on the line, and it came loose heading back to the deeper water again, you could see the relief on our faces. We landed the fish and headed back to our camp, a great result for us after all that happened.

Locating big carp

With the wind that turned from North to South East these fish were the last one for our session, but still a trip I would remember for a lifetime. One thing I learned over the years of Specimen Carp angling is that location is key. If you can locate the Carp, and target the areas that they are in, your catch rate will definitely improve.
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Ruan Erasmus

Thank you Ruan for that excellent and informative article. Sounds like Kwaggashoek is the place to be if huge carp are your game. Get in touch with Ruan at the Fishing Pro Shop for any advice or guidance you may need! Stand by for the next hot carp fishing destination!

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Fly Fishing Update: September

Charles Stewart of the Fishing Pro Shop in Pretoria with a Natal Midlands Rainbow Trout

Fly Fishing Update: September

During this instalment of Fly Fishing Update – September with Charles Stewart of Fishing Pro Shop in Pretoria we report on trout and yellowfish.

Charles visited Groenvlei Farm situated just outside of Belfast MP at the end of August.  At this time of year, the water temperature should start rising but was still hovering at about 11°.

It is well known that the ideal temperature for trout is between 15-17°, thus the slow fishing came as no surprise.…

The combination of cold and crystal clear water made for difficult fishing… Since then we have experienced some excellent warm days and the temperature should now be close to the ideal range for trout all across the country.

Charles adapted well to these challenging conditions by fishing deep and slow. He managed four fish fishing very deep that averaged out at about 1kg each.

Groenvlei is known for trophy specimens! Here at Fishing Pro Shop, we believe that this venue will be an excellent choice from Mid-September into November.

With the lifting of travel restrictions, these venues are accessible once again and should produce well.

Follow the link to the Groenvlei website.

Following Facebook, it is also clear to see that anglers making the effort to get out to the Vaal has had lots of fun with the smallmouth yellowfish.

At the start of the season, we always suggest nymphing a little bit deeper with the smallest fly that you can get down. Another top tip is to use thin tippet and leader as this cuts down on the drag,

Ideal tackle is 10ft 4wt fly rods, but the standard 9ft 5wt will also get the trick done!

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How to tie a rotary drop shot rig?

How to tie a rotary drop shot rig?

How to tie a rotary drop shot rig? This is a question often asked here at Fishing Pro Shop in Pretoria.

Pro angler Divan Coetzee, our resident bass expert will do his best to answer below.

Starting from the top and working our way down, the first order of business is to slide a gummy stop onto your mainline fluorocarbon leader (8-12lb). The gummy keeps the hook in place and prevents it from sliding up the line. Secondly, the hook is threaded onto the line facing upward, followed by a 3mm soft bead to protect the knot. Tie in a number 10 or 12 power swivel to keep everything in place. Lastly, tie in your sinker line at the bottom end of the swivel and attach your preferred size weight relative to the depth you intend on fishing. Standard mono flyfishing tippet with a low breaking strain is ideal to use as a sacrificial sinker line, this ensures that you don’t lose your entire rig if you get stuck on the bottom. The rotary setup also alleviates line twist and allows for more freedom of movement.

Or…you can watch it all on this well-shot video right from on the water!

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Weekend Session at Klaserie Caravan Park

Common Carp of 15.5kg caught at Klaserie Caravan Park

Weekend Session at Klaserie Caravan Park – by Ruan Erasmus.

Gearing up for my first Weekend Session at Klaserie Caravan Park was a most exciting prospect! The Klaserie venue is well known across the South African specimen fraternity…by Ruan Erasmus

Klaserie Caravan Park Dam photo credit Yvette Wessels
Klaserie Caravan Park Dam photo credit Yvette Wessels

Rumours of big mirror carp have always been around, right from the early days of specimen carp fishing in South Africa. I have fond memories paging through fishing magazines of yesteryear year dreaming of also one day catching one of those massive mirror carps!

Travelling from Fishing Pro Shop in Pretoria, we were blessed with some absolutely stunning views of nature! From fog hanging over the mountain tops, passing the Blyde river, to the abundant wildlife in the Lydenburg area. This is truly an African Adventure!

On our way to Klaserie, we stopped in Hoedspruit, about 30km from our final destination to stock up on some final groceries.

We arrived at Klaserie Caravan Park and quickly settled into the chalets for the weekend. It was time to get our game plan together for the next three nights.

My first priority was to my swim baited with DB Baits monster mix.

For my first hook bait, I rigged two plain DB Beats tiger nuts with a cork using the Korda cork 6mm drill. Carefully inserting a Korda 6mm cork stick.

My idea here was to pick the bait up from the bottom, as I knew there’s a lot of silt in the dam.

The second rod was baited up with DB Baits Pineapple tiger nut bottom bait. We carefully placed this bottom bait on a harder area to my left that we identified while feature finding. I added two hand fulls of freebie tiger nuts on top of this bait.

The third rod was baited up with a nice strong mint flavour tiger nut, with an Enterprise artificial maize in glow blue on top of the tiger nut for a perfect snowman presentation.

By the time our lines were in the water, it was almost dark and we enjoyed the African sunset over the dam.

What a privilege to share these moments with good friends Ben Dorfling and Hannes Wessels. We settled around a hardwood fire enjoying the wildlife that comes out at night, from bushbaby’s passing through the trees on top off us to lions roaring in the background! This is truly wild Africa!

Bushbaby at Klaserie Caravan Park in Hoedspruit, South Africa
Bushbaby at Klaserie Caravan Park in Hoedspruit, South Africa

Our first run came in the early hours of Saturday morning. We all jumped up to make sure we don’t miss any of the action for the first fish of our session. It was Bens turn and he landed a nice solid common carp of 9.6kg.

Common Carp Klaserie Caravan Park 9.6kg
Common Carp Klaserie Caravan Park 9.6kg

Photos were quickly taken followed by a successful release. Ben didn’t waste any time and rebaited his rod.

After that, it was Hannes Wessels’s when he managed to land a nice common carp…

On Saturday morning we decided to rebait our rods and get some more feed into the water. After baiting we settled in for a lovely lunch…

We were immediately interrupted with a  screaming one toner on my right-hand rod that was baited with Db Baits Pineapple tiger nuts(corked).

The placement of this rod was about six meters out from my rod stand on the first drop off that I could find in about 1.5 meters of water.

After all the excitement I finally landed my first fish, a nice mirror carp of 12.6kg!

Mirror Carp Klaserie Caravan Park 12.6kg
Mirror Carp Klaserie Caravan Park 12.6kg

Ten minutes later my 2nd rod when screaming off. This time on the new Minty ice flavour tiger nut topped with the enterprise glow blue artificial maize. This bait produced a nice 15.5kg common carp for me, after having two fish straight after each other my weekend was made!

Common Carp of 15.5kg caught at Klaserie Caravan Park
Common Carp of 15.5kg caught at Klaserie Caravan Park

Saturday night went without any fish, on Sunday morning Hannes landed a nice Klaserie mirror of 13.3kg.

Mirror Carp of 13.3kg caught at Klaserie Caravan Park
Mirror Carp of 13.3kg caught at Klaserie Caravan Park

Later that afternoon Ben Managed a nice Klaserie mirror carp of just under the 12kg mark.

Mirror Carp Klaserie Caravan Park 12kg
Mirror Carp Klaserie Caravan Park 12kg

The following morning we had to pack up again and head back to our reality (work). This is a trip never to be forgotten, an amazing venue, and a big thanks to Loukie from Klaserie Caravan park, always making sure his guests comes first and that everything is clean and taken care of.

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How to catch Trout in Winter

Charles Stewart of the Fishing Pro Shop in Pretoria with a Natal Midlands Rainbow Trout

How to catch Trout in Winter

How to catch Trout in Winter is a question often asked here at Fishing Pro Shop in Pretoria. Below Charles Stewart from Fishing Pro Shop will do his best to assist in a short article. All the staff at Fishing Pro Shop enjoy fishing for trout and will be happy to assist!

Trout prefer cool water with Rainbow Trout being most active between 14 and 17 degrees celsius. Brown Trout will be active at slightly colder temperatures.

Winter temperatures on the high lying areas of South Africa drop well below this level with water temperature below 10 degrees being common.

In these cold conditions, Trout will move to areas where the temperatures remain more stable. It stands to reason that with ambient temperatures below zero that shallow water will cool dramatically, but also heat up slightly during the day.

It is therefore practical to look for fish in deeper, more stable water. Fishing deep and slow at this time of year will be more productive.

As most waters are crystal clear at this time it is advisable not to employ flies with too much flash. Natural colors will work well with brown and black being some of my favorites.

The reason for this might be because the weed beds turn darker during the shorter days of winter?

The saying of, “Match the hatch” comes into play here and by matching the background the angler will be more successful.

The converse of this also applies as winter is spawning time. Even though trout won’t lay eggs in still water, they will still be staging. One will often see a female with two or three males chasing her in the shallows where gravel is present…

They are generally not interested in feeding, but this is where orange and pink comes into play. In a natural environment where laying eggs take place, after covering the eggs, they pick up anything orange that looks like an egg.

This is to prevent the exposed eggs from rotting and infecting the whole batch.

It, therefore, makes sense to tri flies like the Red Setter(Which is Orange), Egg flies, and Blobs. The latter two can be fished on sinking lines on the bottom. Some anglers are successful by suspending a Blob or Egg file from a big Dry Fly or indicator.

Trout may be slightly more difficult to catch in the very cold months, but by employing the right techniques a lot of fun can still be had.

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How to catch Trout this summer

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How to catch Trout this summer

How to catch Trout this summer by Charles Stewart of The Fishing Pro Shop. in Graeme Rd, Pretoria.

”Where the trout are, it’s beautiful.” – Thomas Garrigue Masyryk.

Charles Stewart of the Fishing Pro Shop in Pretoria with a Natal Midlands Rainbow Trout
Charles Stewart Midlands Rainbow Trout

Fly fishing in South Africa will put you into places where your soul needs to be. Especially after this difficult and tardy lockdown, it seems that ALL the answers lie in one place and one place only – deep nature. If you have the means and the time – and the friends or family – load up that car or van – and hit the road – to any of the many trout-infested towns hardly a few hours drive to the east of the Big Smoke.

There is no time like right now! And its smack bang in good trout fishing weather (read freezing cold) and conditions (near frozen streams). However, as we move towards another hot summer…

Spring is on the march and with summer close behind, Charles breaks down the summer rainbow trout fly fishing intricacies you can expect and plan for – in a neat post for us. At the end of the post you can browse into our Trout and Fly fishing section that carries all you will ever need to hunt down your bus rainbow too.

How to catch trout this summer

This is how to catch trout this summer. Trout are cold-water fish and become rather lethargic as water temperature rises. The warmer the water becomes the less oxygen it can hold and this explains the fish’s inactivity.

Optimum temperature for Rainbows is between 14 and 17 degrees Celsius and as temperature rises towards 20 degrees and above, the fish start struggling. Fortunately, trout in large Stillwater have an advantage in that some of the impoundments are fairly deep and the deep water remains colder. In the hot months one will often measure temperature of 21 or 22 degrees on te surface. If one measures the temperature 5 meters down we find that it is 18 or 19 degrees. It stands to reason that this is where the fish will be as this deep water is closer to their comfort zone. In flowing water that is more oxygenated, trout can tolerate slightly higher temperature.

To catch trout in the hot months one has two strategies. The first is to find the deepest sections of a stillwater and fish a fast sinking line employing a slow retrieve. Various flies are effective but it is recommended that smaller flies are used. Using a booby is a very effective method of fishing. The booby has closed cell foam eyes and is therefore buoyant. Using a fast sinking line and just a piece of tippet of about 35cm as the leader, the line is allowed to sink to the bottom. The booby now floats just above the bottom and can be left static or moved slowly with erratic strips.

The second technique required getting up in the dark and getting to the water before first light. The atmospheric temperature drops a lot at night causing the water in the shallows to cool. The fish have now moved into the shallows to hunt and can be taken on Dragons, Damsels and baitfish imitations. They will remain in the shallows till the sun peeps over the horizon when they will move back into deep water.

By Charles Stewart

Thank you ever so much Charles Stewart for penning up yet another informative fly-fishing article which collectively are forming up into an invaluable online resource for both budding and already proficient in stalking and catching trout.

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Juvenile Tropical Yellowtail on Ultra-Light!

Johan Wessels releasing another Tropical Yellowtail

Juvenile Tropical Yellowtail on Ultra-Light!

Juvenile tropical yellowtail on ultra-light tackle by Johan Wessels. Forming part of the Fishing Pro Shop’s How to Catch series of articles and videos. Enjoy the action-packed video of Johan tackling down to these fun baby tropical yellowtail on his trusty 10lb braid. Shimano Stella 3000. A custom Fishing Pro Shop Rod, an the eonderfully weird but wildly successful Gomoku Slow Roller jig.

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Juvenile Tropical Yellowtail on ultra-light: On a recent work trip down to the South Coast, I had an opportunity to stay at the Umzimkulu Marina and what a wonderful place to stay! Hidden away on the southern banks of the Umzimkulu River, this hidden little gem provides lovely self-catering accommodation right on the river.

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On Thursday afternoon, Sean suggested that we head to see for a quick session to see if we can’t find a snoek or two and maybe a Geelbek for dinner. He did not need to ask twice!

I was not geared for serious fishing as this was after all a work trip and only had an ultra-light travel outfit with me!!! But so be it!

Let’s fish!!!

A lot of fuss has been made lately about shore jigging and fortunately, I had a few left from a recent trip to Sodwana Bay.

Digging through my bag I found a Storm Gomoku Rocker in 40 gram, the heaviest lure in my bag…

We were drifting in 40 meters and this simply had to do!

I tied a piece of 30lb leader to my trusted 10lb Sufix 131 braid and tied the tiny jig on and dropped her over the side.

It was immediately clear that this tackle was a bit light for the strong current, but the jig managed to find its way to the bottom… I clicked the bail arm of the little Stella 3000 over and proceeded with a slow retrieve, on the second sweep of the rod everything stopped and line started screaming of the little reel.

What have I managed to get myself into here? First thought turned to a little bottom fish. Maybe a Slinger or Scotsman???

But no, as I started getting line back I was surprised to see deep color and immediately realized that this must be a game fish of sorts… Big was my surprise when we realized that this was in fact a juvenile Tropical Yellowtail.

In a bright afternoon KZN sun, Johan Wessels meets his first of three little tropical yellowtail, taken an released, off Port Shepstone. Fishing with the Umzimkulu Marina’s Brian Lange aboard the Niteshift. Pic by The Sardine News

The fish was quickly released, knots tested and back down!

To my delight, I managed another two feisty little tropicals before losing my one and only “heavy” jig to the bottom. The sun was also setting and it was time to head back to the Umzimkulu Marina for supper and a cold beer!

I definitely plan to head back but will be better prepared to do some serious slow pitched jigging on these South Coast reefs. Might just be in for a few more pleasant surprises…

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How to catch a Shad

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How to catch a Shad?

How to catch a shad: Shad, also known as Elf in the Western Cape is an inshore sporting fish that frequents most of the South Africa coast with the exception of the cold west-coast.

They vary in size from a few centimeters to over 10kg in weight. We have a size limit of 30cm, a bag limit of no more than four shad per person per day, and a closed season from 1 Oct to 30 Nov.

Shad, especially the smaller fish swim in shoals and when they move into bays they can be easy to catch on light tackle.

They are excellent eating fish!

Shad also make excellent bait for other large predators such as Kob, Garrick and Couta and one might be tempted to take more than the four fish limit! However, please don’t! Let’s keep some for our children and grandchildren…

We prefer catching them on lures, flies, and if it has to on drift sardine. That is not to say that fishing with a heavy surf rod and fixed bait won’t be successful.

I would suggest a light, fast action spinning rod between seven and 11ft matched with a 3000 to 5000 sized spinning reel and a good quality braid between 10 and 30lb.

Shad will eat most lures when they are on the bite, but of late we have found Rapala style jerk baits especially effective. I would strongly suggest changing the standard treble hooks to in-line single hooks.

This aids with better hook-ups and makes it easier to release them.

Simply cast the Rapala out and slowly twitch it back as you would for bass. This imitates an injured baitfish that the shad can not resist!

Sometimes you will struggle for distance with these light lures, this will be a good time to consider a spoon like the white metal V-back or Toby style spoon.

Wind the spoon back at different speeds until you feel the spoon working…

We never use steel trace and find that you very seldomly get bitten off!

A top tip: Slow the lure right down as you reach the shore…

This often gets a following shad to commit!

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