McFarlane’s – Harrismith – Nov 2016 (1)

For my birthday we went on an 8-day trip to 3 different fishing destinations:
McFarlane’s – Harrismith
Beacon Vlei – Howick
Nature Reserve – Sterkfontein Dam

Here’s a brief summary of our first stop, McFarlane’s.

We found this hidden gem by chance while looking for accommodation in the Harrismith area. It’s quite a bit south of Harrismith along a dirt road but well worth the trip. We didn’t know what to expect but we were pleasantly surprised with the setting, and the bass were hungry.

nice view
View from the western side of the dam, house on the right just behind point
Fishing

We quickly unpacked and started fishing from the side initially. The water was so clear you could almost do sight fishing. Martin spotted a large fish and after enticing it for a short while with a small fluke it finally lost it’s temper and gobbled it up. Here’s the result…

monster bass
Beauty on a small fluke quite shallow

As usual the photo was quickly taken and the fish was immediately safely released. I also caught a few before we rigged up the supplied boat and headed out. More fish were promptly caught, almost all on flukes.

nice bass
One of the many feisty bass we caught
Accommodation

The house and setting was beautiful. It’s pretty much as secluded as you could hope for, it’s just you and the house and the water, literally nothing else in sight. The house itself is big with everything you need including an outside boma with a view of the hill. 

dam view
Our view of the dam and jetty from porch of house
house view
View of the house from the water

Summary

Great first stop on our trip with some really good bass fishing. Really surpassed anything we expected, we’ll definitely try to go there again in future.

Next stop: Beacon Vlei – Howick

(1 day)

bass x2 (big)
bass x8 (small/medium)

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