Dirty lilí Tiger

2010-11-24 02:03:02
Pongolapoort Dam, KwaZulu-Natal - Freshwater Fishing Report
Swazi
Mike Laubscher

During the days the wind blew although it was mostly calm early morning, the evenings were simply stunning and windless and the clouds cleared giving us starry nights under the full moon, during the day it was overcast.

The water was hot at 27 deg. C and was badly stained from the recent rains, this made for some difficult Tiger Fishing. It was also extremely hot during the day with temperatures exceeding 37 deg. C

We found that very close to the weed beds there was still some semi clear water and so we targeted these areas using top water lures and light 10lb tackle and over the 2 days we managed to land around 20 Tiger Fish all in the 1-2Kg range.

We had some excitement when we hooked into a bus sized Tiger who ran into the weed bed and by the time we got the boat there he had come off.

The 2 days were completely different with day one fishing better in the morning and day 2 fishing better in the afternoon, we also took a long trip down to the gorge and the waves caused by the wind over the main dam area was like going deep sea.

There was a crocodile swimming by the slipway when I arrived, and we also saw some baby crocs along one of the banks, we did not see the herd of Elephants but were treated by some Buffalo, Rhino and Giraffe.

I love this place it just brings a peace over me.

Fish Species: Tiger Fish
Bait Used: Lures
Method Used: Spinning
Water Depth: 1.5m
Water Temperature: 27 deg. C
Wind Direction: NE
Wind Speed: Moderate
A Jozini Tiger
A Jozini Tiger

Mike Laubscher

About The Author: Mike Laubscher

Company: Blue Water Charters - Durban

Area Reporting: Durban. KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Bio: Have been fishing since the age of 7 with more than 30 years experience. Fish in both Saltwater & Freshwater Disciplines. Fly Fishing Specialist, Artificial Lure Specialist, Light Tackle Specialist. Love Fishing, completely addicted to fishing.

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