A passing cold front accompanying strong winds was going to put a damper on the good fishing we had experienced over the last few weeks. Pierre Wasserman, who had an accident prior to the trip and was badly injured, made the trip in spite of the pain he was experiencing to join his fishing buddies of 15 years on their annual getaway.
The excitement was high even though the tough conditions would require some extra effort and patience to land some tigerfish. The runs were there and catfish were active, but as is the case with frontal systems and strong winds, the tigers were not their normal aggressive self.
Fishing is always high on the agenda but that is not all that there is to do and see in the delta. Pierre Wasserman, who is also an avid photographer managed to snap some great shots of all the different bird species like Fish Eagles, African Skimmers, Malachite Kingfishers and White Fronted Bee eaters, just to name a few. We also had sightings of elephant along with the usual big crocodiles and hippos that make the delta their home.
Despite the tough conditions, but by the end of the week everyone landed some good fish. Pierre Singery was elated when he landed a few 6 pounders on his first tigerfishing trip and Mark Baleta was just happy to be out in the bundus, rediscovering the Wildman inside himself and land a few striped water dogs.
Arthur, Willem and Wim also landed some nice fish but it was Pierre Wasserman who took the trophy by landing a Pink Happy, Thin-faced Largemouth as well as a number of big tigers during the week while he was supposed to be resting in bed.
After 4 weeks of guiding the guides have a few days off for a bit of r&r and to catch up on some lost sleep. We also say farewell to Lionel who has some other commitments, and welcome Steve to the guides team for the 2nd half of the season.
We are looking forward to the next phase of the season starting on the 6th of October.
Cheers for now.
Kyle, Pierre, Lionel and Steve – Guides team.