Wednesday day night I get a message from Marius ‘Are you keen to fish pick you up @ 5am’ now while I was reading the message I was already parked in front of the vice tying a few crafty bunny’s ala Marius and thinking of big large mouth yellows eating my offerings with recless abandonment so a few seconds later I send a message back ‘see you tomorrow’.
This was the start of my largy mission 3.0 and oh was it a interesting experience!
We were on the water by 6am and I must be honest dam it was hard waking up at 4:30am but I managed to drag myself out of bed.
The water was looking good and we saw a few smallies rising in the early morning light.
The vaal river is stunning in the morning and everything looked good for a productive day out fishing. Man o man we weren’t disappointed! After we launched the boat and fished a section of rocky outcrops not to far of Marius was into his first fish an absolute beaut gold yellow large mouth. If you start the day of with a largy within the first 30min of fishing the fishing can only get better. Soon after Marius landed his fish a absolute bus largy boiled behind Marius’s fly just after he lifted it out of the water! Epic fishing if you ask me and it certainly got the hart pumping!
We moved of to a section with some nice structure in the middle of the river but for some reason the fish weren’t on these rocky outcrops. Now this shows you that these fish are consistently one the move from one piece of structure to the next.
After seeing no fish movement, we moved to points with a lot more current and BAM! First point fish number 3 explodes out the water and no joy, marius sigh’s ‘this can not be happening ‘.
Off to point number 2 Marius sits down to retie his tippet and I quickly change to a crufty bunny and shoot of my fist cast, the fly lands with a plop and to strips later I get a hard bump and I see the fish boiling but no take. My second cast fly’s out and the the fly land just left of rock sticking out of the water 5 strips or so Mr largy inhales the fly like it is its last meal and does one of those I’m gonna swim straight to the boat down stream runs and you Mr fisherman will not be able to strip the line quick enough!! Yep that is exactly what he did! I just managed to get things under control and all the the fly line was out and the fish was on the reel and that was when my next worst nightmare happened, in my haste to get everything sorted I disengaged the spool from the reel! Epic fail!! now it was me and the fish fly line in hand and a spool drifting down stream what a balls up!I few tens minutes later Marius grabbed my largy and what a sigh of relief.
This was one of the most intense fishing experiences I had. After a few quick pics we safely released my fish and jeepers was I lucky. I can not get over the fact of how super fast these fish are!! Largy’s are super predators and I understand why guys get addicted to largy fishing.
Our day progressed slowly and Marius managed to land a few barbel, one or two nice small mouth yellows and few smaller large mouths.
We drifted back down stream where we launched the boat for one last shot at that big nunu from the morning and it was not long before it showed its fins! The same thing happened again to Marius just after Marius lifted his fly out of the water Mr largy boiled behind the fly, awesome stuff and one eager largy!, few shots later with no joy Marius picked up a bulletjie baber. That was how we ended our day out fishing.
Big thank you to Marius for inviting me along