Date: 2nd June 2018
Venue: Rawdah Fishing Vaal dam.
Weather: Min Max temp: -2 to 18
Wind: light to no wind.
We arrived at the gate at 06H30 and getting out my Toyota the grass under foot was frozen solid. Winter is truly upon us as Jack Frost was at work this weekend. After the payment for gate fees and comp fees number are drawn and then the person who had number 1 left first they have first choice in where they want to sit on the venue. I had the highest number so I set the cars off on their way. Being last in the queue has its advantages and disadvantages all depends on how many anglers are on the venue. This one has 1.5km of water so we are spoiled for choice. I chose my spot for the day and started to prepare my feed first then set up the stand.
Filling a bucket with dam water for the feed gave me a good idea of how cold the water in the dam is and how soft to make my feed. Looking at my fishing area i had decided I am going to fish with my 11ft vengeance rods with my 5000 XTA one at 65meters and the other at 75 meters. I set all my equipment up as we are fishing from 08H00 to 16H00 for the day. My start up plan was floats and dough and earth worm and dough.
I loaded my trace with Spitfire float and Almond dough behind my other hook an earth worm and a half garlic white bullet behind it. Dips on the ball was as follows a thin stripe G-Fox next to that a thin stripe of Jinx. My other rod I loaded the same took the Jinx away and changed it to Bass+.
My first pull was 25 minutes and landed a carp the next one followed shortly after. Two fish out in the first half hour and I though this is going to be a very productive day at the water. Then the equalizer came into play those snags that you are not able to see beneath the water. I would get a solid pull strike and be hooked up solid. Some time I would get a fish out but most of the time I would lose the fish and get my trace back minus a hook link or two. With the dam water so high the grass was never cut and the small bushes just add to the snags not to mention some of the tree stumps that litter the bank.
I tried to fish at 95 meters with a long waiting time and still had to contend with snags. I found the best distance for the day was 75 meters and 80 meters respectively. With losing two out of every three fish on the line was a trying day to say the least. However I knew everyone had the same conditions to contend with. The only other change I had made to my hook baits was I swapped to a white garlic float other than that my method stayed the same.
Fishing with a light rod like the vengeance range and being able to put pressure on the fish I tried to get the off the fish off the bottom as quickly as possible thus increasing my chances of landing the fish. We also had a period in the day with little to no wind and the fish went off the bite, as soon as the light breeze showed up again I started to get some action on the line with the fish picking up the bait on offer.
As the winter takes hold the fishing is going to slow down and patience is going to be the order of the day. I ended the day with 19 fish weighing at 8kg of fish for the day. I had an awesome day at the water being able to be out and in nature is a privilege to behold.
Yes it is cold but dress up and have the gear for the cold conditions. Being part of the angling family and spending time at the water has its own rewards. My advice to you is go out spend the day or weekend at the water it is good for the body and the soul.
Conoflex dips and baits work for me and it will work for you.
Enjoy your next trip to the water and have a Conoflex day.
P.S. Some pictures of my day enjoy.
Written by Jeff Eekhout