Paul Grobler

082 831 5642

paul@stywelyne.co.za

www.stywelyne.co.za

Jopie  Basson

082 824 4915

jopiebasson@yahoo.com

 

 

Die Willows Vakansie-oord en Konferensie  

Ons bied selfsorg akkommodasie eenhede, tent- en karavaan staanplekke, sowel as konferensie en funksie fasiliteite.

Die oord is gevestig op die kuslyn met die eenhede net n paar tree vanaf die strand en word omring deur n prentjiemooi omgewing. Die ruwe, rotsagtige area met sy eindelose rotspoele en getypoele is n droom bestemming vir oud en jonk, visserman en verkenner. Of jy nou luilekker dae op die klein private strandjies wil geniet, die asemrowende uitsig vanaf die privaatheid van jou eenheid, karavaan of tent wil beskou, of ure se pret met speletjies en aktiwiteite wil he, Die Willows bied dit als en nog meer.

 

 

OORD NEBO offers their visitors a range of excellent facilities and  " to do's "  to enjoy and use, but OORD NEBO is one of those resorts where you can also just relax, chill out and enjoy nature.

We are situated on the “Transvaal-side"  of the mighty Vaal River system that plays host to beautiful Fauna and Flora. The Vaal River roars past leaving breathtaking views and making "fly fishermen" envious of it's great yellow fish that roams the rippling water! Birds are plentiful and abundant and if you’re lucky you might even see the fish eagles! 

Oord Nebo offers the perfect setting for family reunions. 

We have 14 wonderful self-catering clean chalets that sleep 6 people. All Chalets has everything you need - only bring your own towels. Every Chalet has a Braai and a 6 seat garden table and chairs.

There is a great camping site for tents and caravans. Stands are equipped with electrical points and our ablution  facilities are world class.

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PERFECT!

By: Christiaan van Zyl

The most perfect day started with Dad waking me up at around quarter to 5 in the morning on the 26 December 2012 and the plan was to launch at Shoal Point and to go and dive at Fingers and Thumb, and Allonby Island some 35 km away from our location.

Then we arrived at Shoal Point the sea wasn’t exactly what was forecasted as it was very lumpy on the horizon. We decided that we will go anyway because the same forecast suggested that the sea was going to calm down towards the afternoon.

After we launched I tried to turn on the GPS/Fishfinder Combo, but it didn’t turn on so we checked the connections and someone had forgotten the battery (DAD) so we had a laugh and after all of that we headed on to our destination.

For the first 20km the water was fairly rough and then it started smoothing out. When we almost reached our destination it was smooth, but the only set back was that the water was quite dirty.  

When we arrived at Fingers and Thumb the water was dirty and the current was flowing very strong. Dad decided to go and dive and try and get a Coral Trout or a Blackspot Tuskfish. I was allocated buggy boy due to the strong current. On dads first dive he shot a big Blue Barred Parrotfish but sadly lost it. After one more dive we decided to go over to Allonby Island where we hoped the water to be cleaner.

At Allonby Island the water was much cleaner and there was a little secluded bay where I was able to dive. As I was scouting around looking for fish I found a small shoal of Parrot fish around an extremely big area of Staghorn Coral. I dived down and lined up on the biggest Parrot fish that I have ever seen. I took a perfect shot just behind the pectoral fin, but unfortunately the Parrot fish wrapped the spearline around the coral and cut me off, fortunately the spear fell out and I was able to retrieve it.

When I got to the boat dad had already shot a very nice Blue Parrot fish. After diving for some 30 minutes the water started getting dirty because of the incoming tide so we made another move to the back of Allonby Island, but  the water was alot dirtier there so we couldn’t dive there at all. Fortunately there were a lot of small baitfish around and bigger fish eating them so we got out small metal lures and after three or four casts I managed to hook a fish and it was a little Lesser Queenfish about25 cm long.  There must have been hundreds of them in the water as every cast produced a small Queenfish. To my surprise every now and then you’ll even get a small reefie in shallow water for example a Tusk fish or a small Coral Trout.

We then decided to go to another couple of small islands called Bullion Rocks where my dad speared a nice Coral Trout, but as the water was still dirty we decided to call it a day. Before we headed on home we went back to Allonby Island to go and catch a couple more Queenies. After catching a lot of fish we made the final decision to go home.

While we were busy going home we came across a school of bait fish being hammered by Mackerel Tuna and Northern Blue fin Tuna, so we decided to get the rods out again as we have never been successful in catching Mac Tunas. I was using my Calcutta 400B a Bait caster while my dad was using his 460 Penn Slammer. Both of us took a long cast into the massive bait ball but nothing took the lures. We weren’t really expecting anything because these tuna are so skittish and very rarely take any lures.

We found another school and this one had a lot more fish in it so we got the lures out again and both of us casted. Even before I started winding, a big Tuna took my metal lure and the fish bolted off with my reel screaming. Shortly after that my dad hooked up too and we had a double hook up on big Tuna. After about ten minutes my dad got his up and he put it into the hatch. Thereafter he helped me land my fish. This was my first ever Tuna and it was a big Mackerel Tuna. My dad’s fish was the same size as the one that I caught and as we had finally got Mackerel Tuna we were so happy.

The schools were still very active and we wanted to catch a couple more so we found another big school of fish and dad decided that we should make turns catching fish so that the lines don’t get tangled.  I took the bait caster again and casted into the school and the fish were on the lure in a flash but unfortunately I pulled the hooks on that fish.

We found another school and I casted into the shoal.  As before I didn’t even wind the reel once and there was a massive fish on, but this time it was a lot bigger and it nearly stripped 250 metres off in a couple of seconds.  After some 12 minutes I got it up to the boat and it turned out to be a massive Northern Blue fin Tuna and it was a lot bigger than the Mac Tuna we caught earlier.

Then we got the fish up on the boat I couldn’t believe my eyes that I had caught a big Northern Blue fin Tuna. My dad wanted to see what it feels like to catch a big fish on the new bait caster so we went back to the same school where I got the first big Blue Fin Tuna and my dad had a cast. Same result as before with a big fish taking the slug before we could wind the reel. This fish ran off exactly like the previous fish and it reacted exactly like the other one so we knew it was a Blue fin Tuna (Fighting on the surface).

While dad was fighting the big tuna another school of tuna was going wild behind the boat so I thought I would have some fun with the lightest rod I had a 360 Penn Slammer. I cast a small 10 gram slug into the frenzy and instantly something took it but dropped it and then something bigger took the little lure and again it was a massive Tuna.  After I set the hook it bolted off and by the time I thought I had a chance to land the fish it ran all of the braid off the little reel in 2 or 3 seconds.   I was on the last 50 metres of mono backing when I tried to stop it, but the fish was too strong to be stopped and snapped the braid.  I am not going to try that again.

My dad was still busy fighting his fish for a couple of minutes when we got it up and it was also a Northern Blue fin Tuna, but smaller than the one that I caught.

We also released that one and then tried to get a couple more, but the fish were so skittish we couldn’t get close to them. This was a fantastic experience for me and my dad who got life time memories out of this experience. 

CHRISTIAAN VAN ZYL

   
OORD NEBO offers their visitors a range of excellent facilities and  " to do's "  to enjoy and use, but OORD NEBO is one of those resorts where you can also just relax, chill out and enjoy nature.

We are situated on the “Transvaal-side"  of the mighty Vaal River system that plays host to beautiful Fauna and Flora. The Vaal River roars past leaving breathtaking views and making "fly fishermen" envious of it's great yellow fish that roams the rippling water! Birds are plentiful and abundant and if you’re lucky you might even see the fish eagles! 

Oord Nebo offers the perfect setting for family reunions. 

We have 14 wonderful self-catering clean chalets that sleep 6 people. All Chalets has everything you need - only bring your own towels. Every Chalet has a Braai and a 6 seat garden table and chairs.

There is a great camping site for tents and caravans. Stands are equipped with electrical points and our ablution  facilities are world class.

 

Die Willows Vakansie-oord en Konferensie  

Ons bied selfsorg akkommodasie eenhede, tent- en karavaan staanplekke, sowel as konferensie en funksie fasiliteite.

Die oord is gevestig op die kuslyn met die eenhede net n paar tree vanaf die strand en word omring deur n prentjiemooi omgewing. Die ruwe, rotsagtige area met sy eindelose rotspoele en getypoele is n droom bestemming vir oud en jonk, visserman en verkenner. Of jy nou luilekker dae op die klein private strandjies wil geniet, die asemrowende uitsig vanaf die privaatheid van jou eenheid, karavaan of tent wil beskou, of ure se pret met speletjies en aktiwiteite wil he, Die Willows bied dit als en nog meer.