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Spring is in the air

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#91
Breede, I'm so sorry to hear that boet! God also needs sincere genuine fisherman but unfortunately he has to take them from us for other needs. :blue-sad:
You have just put this in total perspective for me, thanks for that!
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My fishing mad son is too busy chasing chicks and disco’s so my baby and I went MW evening fishing to get some bluegill for the pond and seeing as most fry in our area are now swimming free and dodging bullets, also some decent bass for the pond’s gene pool and to dilute the Floridas somewhat.

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I cannot believe the life in the pond since fertilization. Just the singing from the frogs was too much after an hour or so and considering that I’m a bit deaf (thanks to the Nats), the high pitch was too much to bear – seriously!

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Bluegill & bass fingerlings were thick in the shallows, young crabs, mosquito larvae, stick insects, frogs, tadpoles, moths and you name it – the place is crawling with life and the fish seem content and have had a bumper spawn. I wouldn’t say that it’s reached a balance yet but I think it’s getting there!
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#93
Thanks for the update RR! Had hours of fun growing up in a farm pond. Got up to a PB of 2.5kg in that little pond!
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Robert Jacobs
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#94
Lessons learnt:

I took my boys this evening to top up the crab restaurant and catch a few fish which we know should be post spawn and fat as pigs!
Well we caught no fish (in the dark) except for a few a misses on topwater so, out with the torches & off with the gumboots and into the water we went. Nothing has changed the last few weeks; warm water, TOO MUCH rain, stable barometer, moon is predictable, etc etc. So where were the fish??

The only thing we have done differently in the last few weeks is bump up the food source with some Blue Kurper. We saw no young bass in the shallows, only plenty of lethargic bluegill fingerlings. Usually active platties, crabs, young bass, water scorpions, mosquito larvae, other weird and wonderful creatures – NON EXISTENT! Something is going on which has put the fish off and resulted in 3 ducks! Only saw one young male bass on a nest and another tucked in its blanket of weed as though it was cuddling up on a rainy Sunday morning.

What is the lesson? Sometimes you cannot explain why fish just switch off and you battle to get a bite. Gives one a whole new perspective on this green/black creature and how it uses up our time and budget. We have rain again for the next few days but I have to go check in daylight what is actually going on!

PS: Smurf, the willows that the rat’s ring barked are now becoming compost! Crabs love rat fodder…….
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#95
As Summer has progressed, the fishing in our pond has got worse. Yes the water gets too hot and with less O2 due to the depth and heat but the fact that some of the fish are Florida X's also worsens the situation. I suspect too that poachers had a go at the pond over the festive season whilst I was away!

Nonetheless, when I catch more adult crabs on tripple tail minnows than bass & see the variety of life that exists, then at least I know that the basics exist for good bass growth and patience and perseverance will be required to reap the benefits of what we've put into this project. There is much more action happening in my managed pond than is happening in our big fish waters which have no management - I thus have to assume that management of a resource is a pre-requisite to good fishing.
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#96
Can you please mail order me some Vlei Kurper Big Grin
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I can do better.......here, you can have some right now, foc!

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Im looking for lots and lots of Vlei Kurper please Tongue
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Well, it might have been the wrong time of the day but my boys were itching to “check out” the condition of our fish in the pond so we went to look.

Mat (who is now known as TIPPER) cos he broke the tip off one of my old Catana rods today and three other rods last year, was first into some fish and the condition confirmed they have enough food.

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Once again we caught a few big crabs whilst dead sticking and that is good news.

Nathan also happened upon a few nice fish using a dead ringer.

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I got wrapped up in the lilies by what I though was a good fish so gave him a bit of slack to see. He took off for open water like a yellowtail with a 10’O stuck in him and it turned out to be a big ol’ bluegill! On a 3 O hook and dead ringer nogal!

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The title of this thread is “Spring is in the air” so herewith a pic of some of my other creatures which also bred over Spring time.

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Eish Rip your fish are healthy, nice blue gill. Any carp ? :blue-badgrin: :blue-biggrin:
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Nice fish in that pond Rip!

I just had to unplug the laptop and ran and show my missus your adorable doggies! :blue-biggrin:
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breedesmallie Wrote:Eish Rip your fish are healthy, nice blue gill. Any carp ? :blue-badgrin: :blue-biggrin:

Ja Breede, stirring the pot again hey! For your benefit herewith what happened to the one and only carp from page 1 of this thread!

About two years ago a group of us were on a bass fishing trip to a farm dam. We then ended up back at one of the guys house and the kids with us were trying for Carp in the dam in front of the house. My son caught a smallish carp and was POLICY in this dam, it was removed and promptly thrown on the grass.

Well we watched rugby, had a braai and a few toots and on leaving we found that this carp was still gilling. My son put some water in the now emty coolbox and chucked the carp in and we took it home. Somehow we STUPIDLY decided to put this miracle fish in my experiment pond - 1 carp cannot breed so what harm can be done!

Well, 18 months down the line I noticed that the bluegill hadn't been breeding as they should and this carp had now grown substantially and was quite a vetgat! I then decided that the carp was probably raiding the bluegill nests and made it my goal to get rid of it. I'm not a papgooier but I do hunt so decided that shooting it would be the most successful way.

Every time I crept to the pond with the rifle it was nowhere to be seen. After about 10 days I got lucky and managed a head shot in 1ft of water. It jumped out and did flip flops like a heart shot Kudu bull and dissapeared. Showing itself again 20 odd minutes later I got a boiler room shot in and it was gone again. Two days later it floated and became crab food.

Since then the bluegill have bred well and I learnt a lesson from this - Carp are more evil than we know. Food for thought!!
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I think I am going to carry my rifle to Clan in future...to shoot those barbel in the shallows ! Great idea there RR.
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smurf Wrote:I think I am going to carry my rifle to Clan in future...to shoot those barbel in the shallows ! Great idea there RR.

In or under the water..............??
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