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Title: Vaal Dam Report & Pics
Post by: WalkersKiller on January 23, 2012, 11:15:55 am
Hi guys, this past weekend we fished the Vaal Dam close to Tago. It was myself, Mrs Simpson, Stephan his girlfriend, gavin erwin and his Girlfriend.

We arrived on Friday afternoon around 5 45pm. We set up camp, fed the area, and then started fishing. I didnt get anything during the night but Gavin managed 3 beautiful Mirror Carp... Including a nice fish of 3kgs.

(http://i1211.photobucket.com/albums/cc440/WalkersKiller/VaalDam/IMG_0209.jpg)

(http://i1211.photobucket.com/albums/cc440/WalkersKiller/VaalDam/IMG_0215.jpg)

(http://i1211.photobucket.com/albums/cc440/WalkersKiller/VaalDam/IMG_0220.jpg)

Then it was an early start on Saturday morning and I rebaited up and waited from 5am, was suppossed to meet up with Naruto but my phone had no signal and I walked all over to try get just 1 bar, but failed  :-(

I ended up loosing 4 very good fish on this day due to them getting snagged up, was very dissapointing, the last one that got snagged IU swam out to try fetch it, but as I pulled the rig loose, the fish came off  :-( ended up with 5 fish on the day, 4 Common Carp and 1 Mirror Carp, Mrs Simpson got a nice big Mudfish and Stephan did as well, Gavin absolutely cained the fish catching Barbel, Carp and Mudfish of all sizes!

(http://i1211.photobucket.com/albums/cc440/WalkersKiller/VaalDam/IMG_0224.jpg)

(http://i1211.photobucket.com/albums/cc440/WalkersKiller/VaalDam/IMG_0225.jpg)

(http://i1211.photobucket.com/albums/cc440/WalkersKiller/VaalDam/IMG_0232.jpg)

(http://i1211.photobucket.com/albums/cc440/WalkersKiller/VaalDam/IMG_0234.jpg)

(http://i1211.photobucket.com/albums/cc440/WalkersKiller/VaalDam/IMG_0237.jpg)

(http://i1211.photobucket.com/albums/cc440/WalkersKiller/VaalDam/IMG_0238.jpg)

(http://i1211.photobucket.com/albums/cc440/WalkersKiller/VaalDam/IMG_0241.jpg)

(http://i1211.photobucket.com/albums/cc440/WalkersKiller/VaalDam/IMG_0243.jpg)

(http://i1211.photobucket.com/albums/cc440/WalkersKiller/VaalDam/IMG_0247.jpg)

(http://i1211.photobucket.com/albums/cc440/WalkersKiller/VaalDam/IMG_0248.jpg)

(http://i1211.photobucket.com/albums/cc440/WalkersKiller/VaalDam/IMG_0250.jpg)

(http://i1211.photobucket.com/albums/cc440/WalkersKiller/VaalDam/IMG_0260.jpg)

(http://i1211.photobucket.com/albums/cc440/WalkersKiller/VaalDam/IMG_0261.jpg)

(http://i1211.photobucket.com/albums/cc440/WalkersKiller/VaalDam/IMG_0270.jpg)

(http://i1211.photobucket.com/albums/cc440/WalkersKiller/VaalDam/IMG_0273.jpg)

(http://i1211.photobucket.com/albums/cc440/WalkersKiller/VaalDam/IMG_0265.jpg)

(http://i1211.photobucket.com/albums/cc440/WalkersKiller/VaalDam/IMG_0273.jpg)

Sunday came and we were on the fish once more... Gavin got a 5kg Mirror Carp, what an awesome fish and I got my PB Mudfish, 500 grams, my PB Mirror Carp, 1.7 kgs and a 3.1kg Common Carp. In total I got 13 fish, Gavin must of got about 25. It was a great fishing weekend with some nice fish being caught, we used plain sweet dough and banana and vanilla essence on a Vaal Dam rig with 1 hook. Plain Mielie bomb mixed with molasses was used.

(http://i1211.photobucket.com/albums/cc440/WalkersKiller/VaalDam/IMG_0277.jpg)

(http://i1211.photobucket.com/albums/cc440/WalkersKiller/VaalDam/IMG_0279.jpg)

(http://i1211.photobucket.com/albums/cc440/WalkersKiller/VaalDam/IMG_0283.jpg)

(http://i1211.photobucket.com/albums/cc440/WalkersKiller/VaalDam/IMG_0286.jpg)

(http://i1211.photobucket.com/albums/cc440/WalkersKiller/VaalDam/IMG_0290.jpg)

(http://i1211.photobucket.com/albums/cc440/WalkersKiller/VaalDam/IMG_0291.jpg)

WK -  :ult:
Title: Re: Vaal Dam Report & Pics
Post by: SAfish on January 23, 2012, 11:37:06 am
 (clap) Great report! I like the sunrise special.  :hnthnt:
Title: Re: Vaal Dam Report & Pics
Post by: WalkersKiller on January 23, 2012, 11:40:45 am
Thanks bru, the sun rise special was a very nice PB  w;k
Title: Re: Vaal Dam Report & Pics
Post by: Rory on January 23, 2012, 11:43:40 am
Nice Gareth! Those muddies are really pale in colour, were they all like that?
Title: Re: Vaal Dam Report & Pics
Post by: Homie on January 23, 2012, 11:44:47 am
Great report G !

Some nice fish !!!
Title: Re: Vaal Dam Report & Pics
Post by: WalkersKiller on January 23, 2012, 11:45:49 am
Thanks guys!

@ Rory, yes was very strange, all the fish actually in this spot were pale in colour, the muddies and the barbel were all very grey/white  :cnfzd
Title: Re: Vaal Dam Report & Pics
Post by: Lichia amia on January 23, 2012, 11:47:33 am
Well done Walks

Some nice fish landed .
Title: Re: Vaal Dam Report & Pics
Post by: WalkersKiller on January 23, 2012, 11:50:18 am
Thanks Lichia  w;k
Title: Re: Vaal Dam Report & Pics
Post by: REEFMAN on January 23, 2012, 11:55:49 am
Brilliant!  (clap) Deserves to be nominated!!
Title: Re: Vaal Dam Report & Pics
Post by: WalkersKiller on January 23, 2012, 12:00:54 pm
Thanks Reefz  :-)
Title: Re: Vaal Dam Report & Pics
Post by: Weedeater on January 23, 2012, 12:34:37 pm
Sweeet post!  (clap) Glad you guys did well. I haven't fished Tago or the surrounds for a while now (someone mentioned to me that Tago is now closed to anglers?) but it always produced esp. in late spring.
Title: Re: Vaal Dam Report & Pics
Post by: WalkersKiller on January 23, 2012, 12:45:10 pm
Thanks Weedeater... Some parts of Tago are only used for competitions now, but the whole area is full up with fish all year round!
Title: Re: Vaal Dam Report & Pics
Post by: Naruto on January 23, 2012, 06:15:42 pm
Great report Gareth!  Some very nice fish there.

The fish in the Vaal Dam are often so pale. I think its because the water isn't very clear so the rays of the sun don't penetrate deep. Some dams with very clear water have carp that are almost golden yellow sometimes.

Tago isn't closed. Some part are just allocated as Members Only. You can pay a monthly fee to have access to these areas. Its on their website if you want to go have a look. But there is still about 6km of water to fish.
Title: Re: Vaal Dam Report & Pics
Post by: Kumz on January 23, 2012, 06:40:19 pm
Awesome stuff..thanks for sharing....cheers
Title: Re: Vaal Dam Report & Pics
Post by: MIKE PIKE on January 23, 2012, 07:15:56 pm
Nice catches WK and co , some  :clfoto: as well... (clap) .
Title: Re: Vaal Dam Report & Pics
Post by: Half-Pint on January 23, 2012, 07:18:52 pm
Nice report bru! Any ideas why Gavin nailed the fish and you guys didn't get as many? Different baits or casting distance or just good ol fashioned luck?
Title: Re: Vaal Dam Report & Pics
Post by: WalkersKiller on January 24, 2012, 08:12:09 am
Thanks guys, much appreciated!

@ Brad, Stephan didnt fish a lot, and neither did the others, in all honesty I think its because he is a much better fisherman, we were using the same baits and casting in the same spot, same distance, our rods were right next to each other. He landed the bigger fish whereas I lost them, lost 9 large fish the weekend, and he lost one big fish...
Title: Re: Vaal Dam Report & Pics
Post by: Weedeater on January 24, 2012, 08:23:41 am
Thanks Weedeater... Some parts of Tago are only used for competitions now, but the whole area is full up with fish all year round!
Sweet! Thanks WK.
Title: Re: Vaal Dam Report & Pics
Post by: Half-Pint on January 24, 2012, 08:35:07 am
Cool! I'm always interested to find out what the guy who nailed the fish did differently to everyone else. So often its such a small thing like keeping your tip up during the fight to keep the fish out the snags or a thinner leader and it makes all the difference.
Title: Re: Vaal Dam Report & Pics
Post by: Naruto on January 24, 2012, 08:48:44 am
It might be something as small as the size of the hooks....
Title: Re: Vaal Dam Report & Pics
Post by: WalkersKiller on January 24, 2012, 08:50:23 am
We used same hooks, same rigs, same baits. The only difference is I smoke and he doesnt and I lost more fish than he did. We fished the same times in the same areas...
Title: Re: Vaal Dam Report & Pics
Post by: Zetti on January 24, 2012, 08:56:28 am
We used same hooks, same rigs, same baits. The only difference is I smoke and he doesnt and I lost more fish than he did. We fished the same times in the same areas...

So now there is only one explanation -  :vio
Title: Re: Vaal Dam Report & Pics
Post by: WalkersKiller on January 24, 2012, 08:58:50 am
 :hehe: :hehe: duh