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Kickboating the Western Cape report back

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Hey, guys! Back with another report. Sorry if this one doesn't have a lot of pictures - Liam and Luke don't have phones so none of my fish are photographed. On my next report, I'll take pictures of the fish in my hand.


We were going away for the weekend to Wortelgat. Wortelgat is a Christian campsite on the banks of the Klein River lagoon. It's just outside Stanford about 10km's down the gravel road. Liam and Luke Pelser also have a farm close to Stanford and I had my Pisces packed to fish for some fat Largies.

Opportunities to fish in Bellville are few and far between and I was pumped to get on the water. We were planning to fish some private dams that we recieved access to.

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We packed our rods reels and tackle into the Land Rover - watched an episode of the Bassmaster Elite Series and went to bed. At 5 am we woke up, had a cup of coffee and drove to the farm close by. It was going to be a cold day with a lot of rain. Liam and I made a team and we faced off against Luke and our other friend Hugo. We made a R400 pot. Winning team takes it all. 5 fish bag - no size limit. We were on the water early and tried poppers. No success. I took out my pitching rig and pitched a Green Pumpkin Speedcraw into a gap in the reeds. Tick, tick - line moving to the side... BOOM! 800g's! Yes! A few casts later Liam also picked up 2 400g's in a bizarre episode of events. He pitched a fluke at a reed patch, struck, and landed the fish. He unhooked the fish and threw the meter piece of line back into the water with the fluke bundled up on the hook. As he was weighing his first fish his rod almost got pulled off the Pisces. 2 fish one cast!

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As we moved down the bank the rain started falling and we caught a few more average sized fish. I tied on a Red Revenge spinnerbait - an odd colour, but my only Revenge spinnerbait, and boy do they catch fish. I spotted an upcoming laydown. On my 4th cast towards the laydown, my spinnerbait got hit by a brick wall. I struck and it immediately headed to the surface. One almighty jump later I no longer had a fish on. Luke also witnessed it and we estimated the fish at around 1.5kg. I picked up a weightless fluke and cast it towards the laydown. A few seconds later my line was darting to the side and my heart was pumping. I struck him so hard that his little 300g body skipped over the water towards me. Haha. I made a few more casts hunting the elusive bigger fish but we just couldn't break the kilogram mark. Luke was dragging a dropshot whilst fishing his fluke and unfortunately lost about a 1.2 right between his legs.

The rain and cold had now properly kicked in and crept into my bones.
By now I had 6 fish on my Speedcraw and was fishing it rigged the wrong way up. I got a bite from a dink that ripped his one claw off and a few casts later caught a 500g'er on a one clawed Speedcraw. 7 fish one Speedcraw.

I also caught 13 fish on 2 flukes. Rigging it all kinds of ways or biting the head off. As soon as you fish with the Pelsers you learn to use a plastic to its full potential.

If anyone has some old broken plastics lying around that will soon go to the bin. I would greatly appreciate it if it could be donated to a junior like myself. Finances don't always come easy for us juniors and I would love to use it to catch some more of our green friends.

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The wind picked up and my Revenge Spinnerbait started playing a bigger role in my strategy. I started smashing the fish left right and centre. Nothing compares to this thing! I was throwing it on a Falcon Bucoo 7'MH with 15lb Seaguar. Another thing I love about them is that they never break. Too many times I've smashed fish of all sizes without it even bending. It costs a bit more than some other Spinnerbaits but it catches more fish and lasts longer!

All in all, it was a great day on the water and I had great fun on the water. This was our bag weight:

Liam Petrus
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1) 850
2) 810
3) 900
4) 810
5) 850
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4,21

We really needed a kicker fish of a kilo plus and Luke and his partner, unfortunately, won us with a similar bag and 2×1.2kg kickers.

We went home - had some food, watched some Bassmaster and went to bed.

The next day we had an off day and managed to get access to a pearl of a dam close by. Big thank you for allowing us to fish!

We were targeting Smallies in clear water. A few casts in Liam's weightless Senko got picked up. He landed a 1.04kg Smallie and he was all smiles. Soon afterward I got a bite and Liam caught a 900g.

We realized long casts and slooooooow movement was the key. It was a really tough where Liam caught 2, Luke 2 and I blanked. It's a lame day to write a report about so I reckoned it better to rather tell some funny stories.

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My biggest bite of the day almost made me drop my phone. The dam is really low and as I kicked to a new spot I spotted a HUGE laydown. I made cast towards it and googled "How to mark fishing spots on your phone" As I was reading the article I got eaten on a Zoom Junior Fluke weightless. I tried to set the hook with one hand. In the process, I stopped focusing on my phone and almost dropped it. I also missed the fish.

The last story happened on our way to the dam. On our way to the dam, we had a slight misunderstanding about the location. We arrived at where we thought the dam was. We packed out our kickboats, set them up and were almost ready to fish. Once all our kickboats were set up we realized we were at the wrong place. We proceeded to drive another 5km with a Float tube in the car and 4 Pisces on the roof rack. With 2 kids on the roof rack and 2 on the side of the car holding it. I wish we had a photo of this.

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That's just about my weekend summed up. Hope you enjoyed!

I'm not affiliated with any brand or product. All promotion just to help fellow anglers.
All my report backs and fishing stories also available on:
http://bassfishingthewesterncape.blogspot.co.za/
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BWG
#2
Nice report back brotha. Good to see that there are still some dams left with water!
Good Luck Fishin'
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#3
Awesome report back, thanks!

Got to love the ..... "2 fish one cast!" Zoom Flukes rocks :blue-biggrin:
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#4
Awesome report BLY, thanks boet. You are keeping the site active.
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BIG FISH EAT LITTLE FISH....
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#5
Lekka one BLY.

Keep them coming!
Regards
Robert Jacobs
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#6
Thankyou Bly awsome read
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BWG
#7
Lekker lekker Buzz ...
Seems u had an awesome 3 days of water time... great read also..
Live in the Moment...
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#8
Great report back. :eusa_angel: My brother and I really enjoy all your reports. Thanks bud :blue-biggrin:
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#9
enjoying your journey and stories....if ever you want to make a mission to clan or bulshoek in summer give me a shout....its terrible fishing alone
As jy jou wil uitgee as n toffie moet jy bereid wees om gekou te word
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#10
of a kick boat of course
As jy jou wil uitgee as n toffie moet jy bereid wees om gekou te word
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#11
Where are you based nowadays bushpilot2?
Regards
Robert Jacobs
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BWG
#12
live in Porterville but currently doing the winter season in the eastern cape. stutterheim and ugie....but November till mid may im in Porterville.
As jy jou wil uitgee as n toffie moet jy bereid wees om gekou te word
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#13
Hey boet, welcome back. No doubt we will cross paths at a fire somewhere......
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#14
will be in stut in 12 days for two weeks....to green to burn does the fish bite at wiggles in winter ......hint hint
As jy jou wil uitgee as n toffie moet jy bereid wees om gekou te word
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