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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.

Limpopo

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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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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