My cousin, Bernard, and his wife, Madelein, visited the Lowveld for a week of well-deserved leave from work in Boksburg. They left on the 18th of May and headed to Klaserie Caravan Park for the week. The Caravan Park is a very convenient destination for someone who wants to do some specimen angling in luxury. Especially if you stay in one of their safari tents! These tents come equipped with four beds, a fridge, stove, and all the cookware and cutlery you need. The fishing is also excellent, and Bernard managed to bag a 16kg common and an 18.14kg goliath. Madelein also caught a new PB of just over 12kg.
On Friday, 22 May, my fiancé Christine and I, joined them for the rest of the weekend, and we moved to the Bush Camp at Klaserie Dam. Camping at the Bush Camp is an amazing experience. Each swim is completely isolated and private so even if there are other anglers you won't know about them. The dam itself is majestic and very few dams in our country can compare to its sheer beauty.
Angling-wise there are endless possibilities with multiple overhanging trees, long stretches of reeds, sunken trees, and some sneaky little drop-offs. Even though each one of these spots looks extremely promising, the fishing can be quite slow and mentally tough at times. We had one run for the weekend that resulted in a smallish 8kg common. The fish at Klaserie fight like wild beasts and even this feisty little carp made Bernard sweat.
If you haven't been to Klaserie before, be sure to put it on your specimen bucket list. There's just something about falling asleep to the sound of lions roaring and knowing that at any moment one of Klaserie's mystical 40-pound mirrors can fall for your carefully placed trap.