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Old 09-15-2020, 01:39 PM   #1
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For me here in South Africa it means the end of the hunting season and time to clean the rifles after a season of guiding hunters.

The weather is starting to warm up a bit and it means the Large mouth Bass is spawning or completed spawning and are hungry.

So its time to take the fly rod (7wt TFO TiCR) and go stalk some Bass. I especially like casting surface lures for them.

See what happened yesterday.


https://youtu.be/pVjOFQpOfEU




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Old 09-15-2020, 01:51 PM   #2
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Very nice! I did not know there were largemouth in your part of the world. Are they native or were they imported at some point? I bet they really thrive in those lakes.
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Old 09-15-2020, 07:27 PM   #3
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Nice fish Gerhard. Really nothing like dragging a topwater lure across that mirror flat surface water in your pic, and then having a bass explode on it. Congratulations.

John, I did not know about this either and did a quick search. Found out that fishing for bass is HUGE in South Africa. I recommend you set aside a chunk of time then go to Bass Fishing South Africa on FB. My prediction is you will dig the pics, comments, scenery, people, etc. Some of the posts are in Afrikaans, and I don’t have a clue what the folks are saying, but in the pics they are holding up big bass and have big smiles so I understand that.
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Old 09-15-2020, 08:57 PM   #4
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anything caught on a fly rod is fun especially bass! i like catching catfish on them!
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Old 09-15-2020, 09:28 PM   #5
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Very nice! I did not know there were largemouth in your part of the world. Are they native or were they imported at some point? I bet they really thrive in those lakes.

Thanks,

Large mouth and Small mouth Bass were imported from the USA a long time ago.

Grew up fishing farm ponds for them with my dad.

At this stage I enjoy bass more than trout on the fly rod.


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Old 09-15-2020, 09:39 PM   #6
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How much hunting did y'all get in this year? I know a lot of stuff was closed to travel. I know a guide who came here for SCI and ended up stuck for months
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Old 09-15-2020, 10:53 PM   #7
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Very nice! I did not know there were largemouth in your part of the world. Are they native or were they imported at some point? I bet they really thrive in those lakes.
Me neither. I thought they only had crocodiles and piranhas! Nice work, Gerhard!
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Old 09-15-2020, 11:20 PM   #8
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Hard to beat catching bass on the fly. Cool video and good luck on your next trip.
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Old 09-16-2020, 07:34 AM   #9
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Me neither. I thought they only had crocodiles and piranhas! Nice work, Gerhard!

Hehehe,

We do have Crocodiles and Tigerfish in Southern Africa, luckily the Piranhas are in South America.


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Old 09-16-2020, 07:35 AM   #10
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Hard to beat catching bass on the fly. Cool video and good luck on your next trip.

Thanks,

Already have a new venue or two lined up in the next week or two.

Will share video’s


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Old 09-16-2020, 07:41 AM   #11
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Tied a few sliders last night.

Here is one example




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Old 09-16-2020, 08:14 AM   #12
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I bet that is a great way to unwind after a long hunting season. Looks like a lot of fun.
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Old 09-16-2020, 09:36 AM   #13
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I grew up in north Texas fly fishing 1950s 60s 70s 80s them started workin too much and traveling. I always used a 9' 9wt rod, double taper line, surface lures and streamers. Some of the most fum I have had fly fishing was to float tube off Denison dam on Texoma for striped bass hybrids small mouth and large mouth black bass all in the same location.
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Old 09-16-2020, 09:52 AM   #14
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I bet that is a great way to unwind after a long hunting season. Looks like a lot of fun.

Hunting / Guiding season was tough due to Covid Lockdown.

But privileged to have been able to hunt with local hunters.

Bass fishing is a great way to relax and forget about stuff for a while.

Some trophy photos of the season it I may.











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Old 09-16-2020, 11:43 PM   #15
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Have you fly fished for the tiger fish?
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Old 09-16-2020, 11:47 PM   #16
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Have you fly fished for the tiger fish?

Not yet.

Its on my bucket list however to go chase them in the Zambezi River.

Closest place from me is next to the Kruger Park border in the town of Komatipoort.

Its river fishing and you need to keep eyes out for crocodiles, elephants and buffalo

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