JFFC outing to the Vaal River at Arendsnes on the 18th February 2012
About nine members turned up for our fist outdoor meeting where we intended to put what we had learned at our monthly evening meeting to the test on the Vaal. The weather was a bit overcast, but at least the rain stayed largely away. The river was reasonably shallow and the flow not too fast, providing reasonable fishing conditions. Stuart (one of the members) had kindly pre-prepared a leader for each of us rigged for a day of Czech nymphing for yellowfish.
Two members of the Proteas junior team, Kieran and Alex, started the ball rolling by giving us some useful hints as to how we could up our fish catching percentages and then gave us a brief demonstration on how it is done. After we had all started to fish they hung around and gave additional help to anyone who needed or wanted it. A big thanks to both of them for giving up their free time to pass on their knowledge and assist us in our endeavours.
The fishing went well, I don’t know the exact number, but I would estimate that over 60 fish were caught and returned safely to the waters in the two sessions. The yellows were in the small to medium size, however, a couple of us managed to catch one or two bigger ones in the 1 to 1.3 kilo range. The smaller fish indicated a good spawning season and sound environmental aspects pertaining to water quality.
I would say that a good day was had by all and certainly some of us managed to accomplish the main aim of the day in that we managed to increase the percentage of fish that we caught.
Compiled by Jon Lincoln