Did you know?
At Klasserie Dam in Mphumalanga, there have been more than 60 recorded landings of Carp weighing above 20kgs.
Although carp are considered an "invader species" in South Africa, and although they may not be the best tasting fish, they remain a favourite of local fishermen for whom size counts.
Originally from Asia, carp were brought to Europe as food for monks, who were busy inventing nice things like beer and champagne at the time. The monks of Europe were genetic engineers, even breeding a specific carp (the mirror carp) with fewer scales – much easier to dress for the monastic dinner table.
In South African carp fishing circles, practise of catch and release is generally followed, except in areas where carp are having a negative effect on the growth of other species, such as trout and bass.
Every province in the country has its own little ‘secret spots' for the best carp fishing. For instance, there's a little place called Boomhuis (Tree House) outside the Little Karoo town of Montagu in the Western Cape. A comfortable dwelling has been building into a massive old gum tree, complete with braai (barbecue) platforms that overlook the Breede River.
At night, they say, the carp own this section of the river. The big carp, that is. There's fishing all night, lots of action up and down the Breede. And then, come morning, all is quiet again. As if the night of the big carp had never happened.
In KwaZulu-Natal, Midmar Dam, Albert Falls and Inanda Dam are all well-know for the size of the carp that are regularly landed.
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South African Carp Society
+27 (0)82 412 8031