Beacon Vlei – Howick – Nov 2016 (2)

Our second stop was at Beacon Vlei near Howick.

Beacon Vlei has become our official happy place. We accidentally visited here in May and had such a great time we planned our whole November trip around it. It truly is bass fishing heaven in the beautiful KZN Midlands.  

beautiful Beacon Vlei
Beautiful Beacon Vlei as seen from Boathouse lawn

Once again we had a fantastic visit, catching at least 30 fish daily. Here’s some of the evidence…

decent bass
One of the many decent bass
nice bass
Another healthy bass
lawn bass
Bass caught from the front lawn

This time it was summer and we could actually have a braai outside at night. While sitting there we kept hearing fish so we tried our hand at some night fishing with great success. They were hitting top water poppers and frogs and even slow dark flukes with amazing regularity. So much fun!

night bass fishing
Night fishing was great

Beacon Vlei has quite a few stunning options as accommodation but we stayed in the Boat House. It’s really close to the water with an inlet to easily launch. We also met Cadbury the resident cat (real name is Boysie but we decided on Cadbury before we knew that). He would visit each morning and evening and sometimes waited for us to return from sessions on the boat.

The Boathouse with Cadbury out front waiting for us to return.
cadbury the cat
Close-up of Cadbury the cat

And off course we ventured outside once or twice to frequent the local pub. We found it to be the Bierfassl in Nottingham Road. It’s here that Martin discovered that the local brewery has a range a craft beer. So naturally we stayed a while…

craft beer
Nottingham Road Brewing Company selection


Another fantastic visit to Beacon Vlei, we are already booking our next one, probably in February. Great fishing, great accommodation and great surrounds. Our idea of a perfect getaway.

Previous stop: McFarlane’s – Harrismith

Next stop: Nature Reserve – Sterkfontein

Fish count

bass x6 (big)
bass x100 (small/medium)

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