Klein Paradys – Brits – Feb 2016

klien paradys brits paddling
Martin had to paddle in to save a barbel

A camping weekend, not our favourite kind of accommodation. But we were invited by some friends who had all the gear so we decided to pack our little tent and tag along. We were pleasantly surprised, Klein Paradys turned out being more like glamping than a traditional bush mozzie fest. And the fishing was awesome.

big carp
First carp we caught and it was a big one

Arriving late afternoon we decided to target carp and it didn’t take too long for our reels to start running. The fish we caught were big, and even though they didn’t really put up a fight it was still a lot of fun. We were a largish group and almost everyone managed to land at least one nice sized carp (some over 5kgs).

nice carp
Another nice carp
smaller carp
One of the smaller carp we caught

The next day we tried for bass in some of the other dams and caught a few using swimbaits. Our fishing guru friend managed to catch a big kurper after 30mins of painstaking sight-fishing. Martin hooked a 7kg barbel as well, on a caramel floatie of all things, which gave us quite an exciting and lengthy fight.  All in all a great fishing experience.

massive barbel
Massive barbel which kept us busy
A few bass also made appearances

The camping was a bit fancy because it’s all under shady trees and nice green lawns up to the water. Each stand had a paved area where you could set up your tent or kitchen but most conveniently each stand had it’s own locked bathroom. You get the key when you arrive and it’s yours for the weekend, no dodgy smelly shared ablutions, absolute pleasure.

Our free kayak for the weekend

There were also loads of kayaks lying around you can use free of charge and on the other side of the main dam there is a fun park with water slides etc. and a well-stocked shop. So while the families are having buckets of fun on the one side, the anglers can enjoy themselves on the other. Very nice setup.


Great fishing with a host of species to target. In terms of camping this has to be one of the most comfortable places we’ve ever visited. Recommended for fishing families.

(2 days)

carp x6 (big)
bass x4 (medium)
barbel x1 (massive)

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