Freshwater or Sea Fisherman?

in Silver Bloggers3 days ago

I'm still lyrical about the magnificent Champagne Valley in the Drakensberg, and one hobby hubby and both our sons really enjoy, is fishing.
We were staying in the Drakensberg Sun resort where they have a lake stocked with trout and bass/ Bass one can keep but the trout is on a catch and release basis.

Our oldest son, the calm one, is crazy about trout and bass fishing, hence his choice of holiday destination. Dad and son walking towards the lake surrounded by hills and the mountains on the one side.
I also joined the walk around the lake and could not stop snapping as it was just beautiful as far as we walked, so please bear with me, as I'll share the search for the best fishing spot with images taken by my cell phone.
I was just enjoying the walk and the stunning scenery.







Looks like they found the perfect spot, if there is such a thing, as they kept on moving in search of the part of the lake where the fish would likely be feeding; not so easy to find here!

The gear...






All they could show for all that effort, was a small bass which was returned to the waters, so it could grow into a bigger fish and tell all his underwater friends how he was saved by the friendly humans:)




Portraits and paintings at the Drakensberg Sun Hotel.

The son was luckier when they went trout fishing at the Doornkop Fish & Wildlife resort in Mpumalanga where the dams really are stocked well with trout; here one could keep the fish but had to pay by weight, which he really didn't mind as they enjoyed it afterward, roasted over the coals in foil. He managed to catch a couple and brought me two frozen trout when they came for a visit.



The youngest son enjoys dam or estuary fishing and took a break to the Umtamvuna River Lodge which has its own private estuary 'beach'.



The youngest son got lucky and caught a nice size 1.4kg Perch; he had been using expensive bait but after speaking to one of the locals, he went to the local supermarket, bought a small container of Chicken Livers for next to nothing, and that's when the fish started biting!
He was more than chuffed with his catch which he oven-baked in foil back at home, but we forgot to take pics of the cooked fish.
It had large bones, but the flesh was tender and very tasty.



These pics were taken across the bridge on a holiday last year at the Caribbean Estates where my son and sister-in-law both caught nice-sized snapper salmon. This is a really nice fish for the plate.


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The most gorgeous sunset across the Umtamvuna River with the bridge in the background.

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Dad's a seawater fisherman, loves getting sprayed by the ocean and the excitement of finding the best rock to fish from, watching the seawater tides as well as the phases of the moon which all play a part in when it's the best time to fish.


A nice catch of Shad during the season.


One of the most delicious saltwater fish still is shad.


I could go on and on about fishing as even my parents and brothers were all keen fishermen, but will end it here and would like to know if this is a hobby you are enjoying or could be enjoying during retirement?

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Great post about fishing, which brought back memories of my childhood...

My dad used to wake me up before dawn, at about 4 a.m. I didn't want to get up. But it was made up for when we'd arrive on our bikes or walk to the lake and cast our rods at dawn. It was terribly cold, sleep was not over yet, but everything changed with the sunrise, the bite and the first fish caught) These memories are priceless...

Thank you for your post!

What absolute joy to have your lovely sons enjoy a hobby that your husband loves. It is wonderful to connect and be close to our adult sons, the best of life's gifts and even better you get to dine and eat the fruits of the men's labours.
What kind of fish is shad Silver Blond Lizzie? I have not hear of it in Australia? I certainly looked tasty cooked in batter, yum.

 3 days ago  

Nice post @lizelle, we love fishing. I started fishing when I was 7 years old. I would go with my older brother and fish the river . Then as I got older, I met a new neighbor who liked to fish also. She and I would spend hours lake fishing.
Oh yes, fishing is a great way to enjoy nature and possibly catch dinner.

Well i have never tried fishing in my life but would love to try it someday forsure

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I love your photos and now it made me want to go fishing with friends!

a small container of Chicken Livers for next to nothing, and that's when the fish started biting!

The fish seems to like the chickens 😀

Beautiful pictures! It's so nice to vicariously live through others sometimes, thank you for sharing!

 2 days ago  

The pictures look great but I am not into fishing.

How I love the thoughts of fishing even though I've not had the experience of it.

Nice scenery by the way, the picture quality is so amazing.

I only eat plants, unless in a survival situation... which might actually happen here at some point soon : O
So maybe it's a good idea to learn to fish, and have some equipment.

What a nice publication friend @lizelle. Beautiful photos and good fish. That river has many fish.

 2 days ago (edited) 

What a mouth watering post... especially the trout in between. What was the story about the trouts again? a yeah, that was another place... 😊

Loved all the fishing pictures. Reminds me of fishing nearby Sydney. My favorite fish to catch are bream and whiting. Cheers

Hello @lizelle, I took a delightful walk on this day. It really is a beautiful valley. Fishing is a wonderful experience and even more so if you are lucky enough to catch such trout. In Venezuela we have hatcheries and in the same place, we fish and eat them. Nice family outing. The photos are of very good quality.