As the temperature drops and the huge numbers of yellows drop out of the river system, the trout arrive. Large in size and numbers. These fish gather in the estuary system, and the river, to gorge themselves on the multitude of yellowfish fry.
We initially explored the Bokong River as we felt that there was huge potential for a world class sight fishery for yellowfish during the warmer summer months. We were completely right about that, but a question that remained was how would the trout fishing fair as the temperatures dropped and the yellows migrated downstream.
Through our initial exploration, and subsequent first summer yellowfish season, we saw a handful of really big browns and rainbows in the river. Unfortunately the magnitude of yellows made targeting these fish difficult. As the temperatures started to dip, and the summer season came to an end, we dedicated two guides and 3 weeks of recce work in order to confirm our suspicions that the river and estuary would produce some world class trout fishing. Once again our predictions were spot on, and the trout arrived in good numbers and in trophy sizes.
Since that time we have consistently landed rainbows in the river and the estuary system up to 15lbs, with fish over 10 not being uncommon. In amongst the rainbows are some really big browns that stack up in the first few pools of the river to gorge themselves on the yellowfish fry.
The bottom line is that the trout fishing produced more than we could have ever hoped. This is probably the finest trout fishing available on the African continent.
The Makhangoa Community Camp is a setup in direct partnership with the local community. This community based initiative ensures the operational integrity in all areas guests fish, cash flow into the community at grass root level, as well as stimulating job creation and skills development within these remote areas.