By: The Managing Director of SACS
Subscriber applications: www.sacarp.co.za/register
We are now in the middle of the winter for the specimen carp angling season and many big carp have been caught by now. Congratulations to those who have already bettered their PB’s!
I wish to welcome all new subscribers who have joined SACS the past few months. Your support towards SACS is much appreciated and I hope that you will enjoy your carp angling activities with us. Please feel welcome to contact / Whatsapp me at 083-789 9082 if you need any assistance.
SACS have been busy with our own Free State venue being established on a farm near Bloemfontein. SACS will manage the venue as a whole and a committee of local anglers have availed themselves to assist at the venue. I have had meetings and applied for permits from Nature Conservation for Carp to be moved from the Bloemfontein Waterfront to this closed system venue. It was already confirmed by Bloem Parks and Nature conservation that the water in the Bloemfontein Waterfront is extremely contaminated with e-coli and plans are being made to rehabilitate this system. Part of the rehabilitation process will be to remove all invasive species like Carp and Bass from the lake to make place for indigenous species only. SACS has the equipment to do fish management properly and will be able to assist the local authorities in this regard; and also provide a safe haven for the Carp and Bass being moved.
A health hazard is currently also unavoidable due to people putting out hand lines at night at the lake and eating the infected fish and we hope to curb this also by removing the fish.
I am pleased to report that the owner of Kwaggahoek Dam has agreed that SACS may use the income generated by the lake to upgrade its facilities. I am currently looking into upgrading the facilities to make it neater. This is a prime big carp venue under SACS management we wish to make it more enjoyable to the specimen anglers visiting.
Edward Venter with some beautiful big Carp caught at Kwaggahoek Dam during a session in May 2017: