|Date of Report: Monday, 11th January 2021|
|Name: Martin Davies
Phone: 082 398 1088 or 046 622 4423
Thrift is probably below 30% now but is crystal clear and providing the weather is cool the fishing continues to be good as the elevation is about 6000 ft. Largest fish taken in the last month has been about 3,3kg. Restocking of Thrift is being delayed until the fingerlings being held in Martin Davies’ hatchery are large enough to reduce predation at stocking by adult fish and platannas.
At Redcliffe on the other side of the Winterberg the water levels are better with Ventnor and Delton down about a metre. The latest reports indicate that fishing at Ventnor has been exceptional with sizes coming out between one and three pounds.
Stormberg (Queenstown area)
QFFC chairman Reg Morgan (082 7033489) says that that they stocked a number of their club managed dams last month with about 20 000 rainbow and 4 000 brown fingerlings. The rainfall this summer, especially on the Indwe side has been good and many of the club dams are full to overflowing so the otlook for the annual Gathering event whch will be held 8 to 10 July is excellent and the club should be able to book at least 50 rods for this festival
The club is investigating the possibility of stocking several more dams in the Molteno area as to date they have only one club managed dam in this district.
All the club waters will be closed from mid-January to end -February during the hottest time of the year.
The link for the club website is www.qffc.co.za
Alan Hobson of the Angler& Antelope reports that although Mountain Dam and the Charlton dams are fishing well there is concern that if good rains do not arrive soon they might lose the trout that have been stocked in the dams on the Cradock side of the region.
Visitors to the area in the hot months of January and February should try the bass fishing in the Groot Dam as it has been stocked with the Florida strain of largemouth and the largest to be recorded to date is 5kg. What makes the fishing interesting in this water is that Alan has also stocked it with smallmouth yellows and they are hooked from time to time when flyfishers are targeting bass. Largest yellow caught to date came in at 3,5kg. Apart the bass and yellows there is also good catfish (barbel) sport to be had in the area.
A cockfish from the Quarry Dam, Birds Valley