LARGEMOUTH YELLOWFISH




SIZE: Up to 25 kg
SPECIES: Indigenous
DISTRIBUTION: Vaal-Orange River System, Large Dams, Limpopo
DIET: Piscivorous (This is a predator! Will feed on crabs, small fish, insects, and whatever is on the menu).
TACKLE REQUIREMENTS: RODS: 7wt to 8wt, at least 9 foot in length. Some anglers also prefer a 10 foot rod.
REELS: 7/8wt Reels, with a good drag system especially in stillwaters where the fish can run you into your backing.
BACKING: Reels must be able to take at least 100m of 20lbs backing.
FLY LINE: 80% of your fishing will be done with a floating line, either 7wt or 8wt.
In some deep pools in rivers, and in stillwaters, an intermediate (7wt or 8wt) line can be used if the fish are deep.
LEADERS: At least a 9 foot leader, tapering down to 0X. Leaders with Bimini Twists are an advantage.
TIPPETS: 1X, 2X.
FLIES: STREAMERS: (#4 and smaller) - Wooly Buggers (in Olive, Black and Brown), MSP (black, olive and brown), Zonkers, Crystal Buggers, Dragon and Damselfly nymphs, Baitfish Imitations are tops.
Also recommended: Crab patterns (#8 and smaller), freshwater shrimp patterns.
METHODS: RIVERS: Searching the deeper pools, with structure, a rocky substrate, a little flow and a drop-off will bring results. Fish at various depths and try to get to the "zone" where baitfish are targeted by these fish.
STILLWATERS: Dry fly, Dry-and-Dropper, Nymphing with streamer patterns.
TIPS: Yellowfish are wary...if the water is clear, keep a low profile.
Always de-barb your flies. It's easier to remove them from the fish's mouth and your skin. (in case of a miss-timed cast!)
Try not to handle the fish too much, and do not keep them out of the water for longer than 5 seconds.
Use a soft mesh net, with no knots.
Always wet your hands before handling a fish...your hands can remove their protective mucous on their skins.
Never under-gun your tackle...don't use 4X tippets when 6kg plus fish are around!
Land and release the fish as quickly as possible...to minimise the stress on the fish.
Stay away from spawning fish, and avoid wading in shallow riffles where yellowfish spawn.
Largemouth yellowfish are endangered, please release all fish caught.
Don't be despondent if your search yields no fish...the best fishermen have many blank days! Persevere...these fish are truly magestic and put up an awesome fight.