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#1
Hi Guys,

Want to find out if anyone fished Lake Josini recently. I might have the opportunity to go there early in December, does anyone how the fishing is there and how safe is it to travel there, I know it is close to Swaziland so a bit worried about safety
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#2
Hi Vlam100, I was there a couple of months ago and it looked perfectly safe to me? we stayed at Shayamoya so I don?t know what the camp sites were like but we didn?t see or hear of any problems. I bumped into a fisherman the other day who was there last week and while the fishing wasn?t that great he didn?t say anything about any problems other than the size of the fish!

Travelling to the spot was not an issue at all! We are planning a trip there in December again? I want to fish in summer for Tigers?
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#3
Thanks Rob, we booked a place that is operated by the Sodwana angling club, we will be there from the 1st to the 4th of December, looking forward to catch some Tigers
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#4
Awesome? are you taking your bass boat or hiring boats locally? I?m not sure I would want to get caught in the main dam on my bass boat when the wind comes up? it gets really hairy out there.
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#5
I was thinking of taking my boat, but you are right I have heard that it can get pretty rough on a windy day, do you have an idea of the cost involved to hire a boat
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#6
We paid R800 a day to hire a kak uncomfortable ex parks board boat piece of shit from Shayamoya? I was not impressed. The okey looked at me funny when on the next day I brought my camping chair with and erected it on the boat.
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#7
Then I will definitely take my own boat, it is an old ski boat that I have converted into a fishing boat, it is not the most expensive or fancy boat around but at least it is comfortable.
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#8
Ash OK then it is probably better suited to the waves than a normal Bass boat? but watch the weather closely and at the first sign of weather head for the river area fast!
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#9
The river area can get pretty hairy too, that is where I was caught out. I thought the main dam area was a no fish zone?
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#10
Not that I know of Pomerob? we fished the entire dam from top to bottom in search of the toothed silver fishies?
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#11
The river is the best fishing ground, but keep in mind if you get caught out there that is where the majority of crocs and hippos hang out. I have seen some mother crocs there 5m+. If you smell a change in weather, run as fast as you can for cover.
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#12
Thanks pomerob, will monitor the weather all the time, don?t want an encounter with a flat dog!!
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#13
It's the hippos that scare the krap out of me. Lost the engine there during a storm and my life flashed in front of me.
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The crocs duck into the water and run away? as Rob says? the hippos are the ones to watch for? the guide we had was scared out of his wits with the hippos? I guess he has seen them in action.
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#15
It's a well known fact that hippos kill mpre people than any other vertebrate. I have had to close encounters with them. Once at Pongola and once at Kariba, luckily both times no calf was involved otherwise I would not be here to tell the story.

My fishing buddy danny was charged by a mother hippo in a 3m sport at Kariba, didnt even have time to lift the anchor, he had to cut the rope and get out of there.
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