It was the first weekend of febuary ’09 and I thought it a charming idea to take my girlfriend on a romantic fishing weekend to a new fishing hole, Boskop dam, near Potchefstroom. Well I was definitely wrong about the charming bit. We stayed at the Boskop Nature reserve and to say that there were few luxuries would be a gross understatement. There were no designated campsites, No electricity points, No braai areas, and no running water, besides the taps one could find at the one toilet, one shower (cold water only) long-drop ablutions which dotted the perimeter of part of the dam. When we eventually found a good spot on the dams edge we had to trample the grass in order to prepare a place for our tent.
I didn’t mind at all!! Infact I love this kind of thing. My girlfriend, not so much…. Anyway this is a fishing blog, so lets get to that. The bass angling was simply superb. What a beautiful dam! The water clarity varied from slightly murky green in parts, to crystal clear in others. The best part about it is that besides us, there was probably only one other boat on the water. This is certainly not a pressured dam. For the most part the weather was not too bad for the weekend, although, on the Saturday afternoon we did get caught in a blistering down pour out on the water, which seemingly appeared from nowhere, at the very moment that our electric motor had decided to pack up. Anyway back to the fishing. The end of the weekend saw us with no less than 37 bass caught and released, 35 of which were caught on the Saturday, the biggest of which was caught by my girlfriend…. The aptly dubbed: Kerry “Bass killer” Van der Riet.
Our opening approach was to lob small 4” Senkos against the reeds and let the flutter to the bottom. This did not work. Then I tried hard slash baits. This did no work. I tried every hard and soft lure in my tackle bag, nothing worked. I switched back to old faithful, the Watermelon Red Super Fluke (I ALWAYS have one of these rigged up and waiting). It worked like a bomb, the bass were on instantly. I rigged Kerry up and straight away she was on. We simply lobbed them near the reeds and let them sink, or issued a short jerking action by twitching the rod tip to the side in short, sharp motions. Both methods worked. When I realized that the fluke was working a little TOO well and that we would soon run out, I switched over to a new lure I was trying for the first time: the Yamomoto Stretch 40. It’s basically a short Senko with a light grub tail. To my surprise it was even more effective than the fluke!! The fish hammered it all day, the most effective colour being watermelon black flake.
The largest bass we caught was 1.45kg, perhaps not large but the fish were some of the strongest I’ve ever felt. Kerry landed the 1.4 kg bass (above) but at one stage she had to position both her hands at the base of the rod just above the grip, place one foot on the boats pontoon and lean back to keep it from going too far under the boat. I have never seen largemouth bass that strong. There were times when I shouted “monster!” to bass that turned out no heavier than 400grams. Well since then we have been back to Boskop in pursuit of our fishy friends and I truly foresee this dam becoming our favourite “local” dam, If I may call it that. In fact I CANT WAIT to return in winter to hunt those 4 kilo beasts that I’ve heard call Boskop home.