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    hi all, i'm thinking of taking my two boys (7 & 9) cross the Magaliesburg this weekend for a spell of fishing at Roodekoppies Dam north of Brits. I've never been there before so am requesting some guidance on directions to a/the launch venue and associated costs etc. GPS coordinates would be great. Any views on what baits I should rig up for the boys would be greatly appreciated. Also - do I need to passop for crocodiles? with two youngsters on the boat I want to know if I need to keep my peepers wide open. Many thanks.

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    Launch at Dennekruin Oord / Gravel slipway / 3 adults + boat R150 gate open 6 am / Do not worry about the crocs !!!!! fish the rocks with junior Flukes slow !!!! The dam is very low so be careful of the submerge rocks .The leg on the opposite side of the launch seem to fish better I was there last weekend the biggest 1.9kg a lot of 500g the dam do not fish good at the moment I think the water is getting to hot 28 c If I can give you one tip !! Fish the rocks only
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    Hi Madfin, thanks for info. just want to check - is Dennekruin Ord on the east or west side of the dam - ie off the R511 road near the inflow of the dam or nearer to the dam wall. When I look at a google image of the dam the only rocks I see are at the dam wall - is that the place to head to? Also, are you referring to the left river channel in terms of the section opposite the launch? It doesn't look like there are many weedbeds in the dam, just some bank-side reeds and drop offs. What sort of depth were you picking the fish up at? I don't want to spend the day going deep if the fish are shallow or visa versa. If there are lots of small fish around that will be fine for me since it will keep the boys occupied. There's nothing worse than a slow day on the water with two small boys in a rubber duck!

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    Denekriun is on the main road close to the inflow I think on the west side !!!!!! The dam is very low so no weed at the moment do not worry about the rocks you will see plenty in the east leg The reeds are all on dry ground I will focus on the east leg as there are more rocks You can also try the trees and if you find rock and tree even better You can also try the rocks at the dam wall that is if the water is clean The fish sits tight on the structure so you have to get it as close as possible !! Do not fish to heavy as there is a lot of slime on the trees and rocks try not to cart on the rock but just next to it. Good luck
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    Here is an image..... Dennekruin marked

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    How was the fishing?

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    Took the boys on Saturday. Got to Dennekruin (thanks for directions Bob) a little later than i'd hoped, but launched through some Hyacinth and headed across to a nice rock outcrop. Water in that section was quite dirty as recent rains have obviously pushed a lot of new water and muck into the dam. After a long while decided to head to dam wall area hoping to find some cleaner water and see if we could spot some fish. All around the dam there were hundreds of large (some very, very large) carp thrashing around in the bank-side vegetation and hyacinth, spawning like crazy. The water nearer the wall was much clearer and we could see the bottom in about 1 to 1.5 metres. Tried all sorts of approaches - slow, fast, cranks, flukes, frogs etc but sadly no joy. We only saw one small bass which was disappointing. Also noteworthy was the complete absence of bream - didn't see one. In fact, other than the carp thrashing the banks, there were no small fish to be seen anywhere. with the boys getting frustrated at the lack of action, we picked up a wizened old madala who was stalking fish in the shallows with a long spear, loaded him onto the boat and took him "hunting". Within 10 minutes he had loaded a 15kg barbel and a 10kg carp into the boat. We must have looked like one of those olden day whaling boats with the harpoon guy standing on the bow!! Anyway, the boys got to see something completely different and we got to help out a really poor old guy with some nice fresh fish - he actually battled to stagger up the bank with the weight of his dinner! By 3:00pm boys were tired and fried and wanted to go home so we packed up. Water was hot +-26-28 degrees so perhaps that's why bass were not active, but surely that isn't an issue in Zim/Botswana dams where temp must always be pretty hot? All in all a rather disappointing day - I don't mind blanking, but I thought we'd have seen more than just 1 small bass the entire day, which would have given me hope to come back for round 2. Methinks the bass (and bream) in this dam are completely dominated by the very large carp and barbel.
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    Sorry to hear about the tough day. With the warm day, warm water, and tough conditions, it is not surprising to not see the bass.

    Cooler water is available a little deeper down. You will need a fairly good sonar unit to help you spot the drop offs, maybe spot the thermocline, and hopefully even spot the fish. That is the easiest way. Another nice system for hot weather is to fish the shadows. Make sure there is deep water nearby and then find a nice overhanging tree or similar object that is creating shadows. You will often get fish pitching these shadows.

    Mark and I have taken loads of bass fishing frogs in this weather too. The fish don't have eyelids so they often crowd into the shade under the matted grass or lily pads. Some of our best bags were taken all day long in bright sunny conditions.

    I like the shade, it gives me a target and a little bit of confidence. Confidence is not easy to find if the going is impossibly tough.
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    Hi GC

    Roodekopjies has a way of dealing you a few klappe now and then , the problem is the amount of structure. We have fished it a few times with huge success but some-days they will just take one bait or only be on certain structure. We have seen the art-lure boys catch many species there ( Droomvanger will be able to assist with the species count ).Give it another go , because once you figured it you will not be disappointed.
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    Thanks for feedback guys. The dam is currently extremely low - about 2 metres below the high water mark on the rock outcrops so there is very little bank-side cover. Of course there's ample hyacinth cover but that would entail making hundreds of pitches - which I think it did!! Did also try positioning boat to cast along length of hyacinth in 2 - 3 m of water, with hope of getting fish to come out from underneath, but is suspect the fish were just holding in much deep water. Am using Garmin 240 finder which is adequate for showing bottom structure and hardness (definitely not good enough to identify actual fish), and did pick up some interesting looking rock structures which looked very fishy so we jigged and deep-cranked and slow fluked and dead-sticked etc to no avail. I know i'm probably still fishing way too fast and it's really challenging trying to get a 7 and 9 year old to just not reel in and wait, and wait and move the rod slooooowly and give it a twitch or two and then turn the reel over just once or twice!! At least my new electric motor is proving to be a major win - so now we can sneak around in silence like you're supposed to! I'll definitely be back, but I think i'll wait to after the dam has risen a bit more and all the carp fry have hatched and are in the shallows (I guess in about a month's time if they're laying now), which should hopefully bring the bass out of the deep water.

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