Jozini Tiger Fish caught in Shallow Weed Beds – 16-10-09
<p>We launched at Lake Jozini (Pongolapoort Dam) at 05h00 and took the 20Km (1.5Mi) trip to the Gorge, it was sunny already by the slipway, but at the gorge there was a very thick mist that made us wet and we could not even see the Lebombo mountain tops, the water was crystal clear and we could see the bottom at around 5m (16ft). There was a wind blowing down the gorge and the water surface temperature was averaging at around 22 deg. C.
I was hoping for some bigger Tiger fish here, as we often get nice ones in the gorge but it was not to be and we had only around 3 strikes and as we drifted closer to the rocky banks I made an over-cast and my lure landed on a rock next to a 600mm (2ft) Iguana which grabbed the lure and gave me a good fight to the boat, I did not bring him on board as he was thrashing like made, and grabbed the hook with some pliers and removed it, and he instantly swam away from the boat.
I decided to take the long ride back to the river section where we started fishing along the shallow weed beds on the south bank where the river section meets the main dam. It was extremely hot here and there was a moderate NE wind blowing, the water surface temperature averaged around 23 deg. C. It was not long before we started getting fish here and it became obvious that the fish were relating to the weed structure and were feeding in the deeper water near the weed beds. We caught a lot of smaller tiger fish here with the largest around 1.3Kg (2.8lbs). I also saw a school of Nembwe here and put on a small spinner and sight cast for them and landed a lovely specimen on the 2nd cast. We were treated to one of natures beauty's when we got to see two Fish Eagles up close. All our fish were released.
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.