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#61
RipRap - What an awesome adventure you have created and what a blessing to your kids to have that opportunity.. It all sounds like such an amazing Pond full of stories to come that i could only dream of...

Baardbek - WOW what story to pass onto others...One day i will be sharing experiences like that with my boy (lets hope i have a boy, otherwise mommy is going to be surprised at what her daughter is doing....hehe) and i hope he/she will remember those moments like u do... THANKS
Live in the Moment...
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#62
You may be surprised, as I am,that my 18 year old daughter is mad about fishing and being on a boat...she loves the trips to Clanwilliam more than anyone I know,and when she catches fish (and she does ),everyone has to know about it....for weeks !But I know that one day,when they have their own family,the tradition of catching a fish will live on.
Life is not about the number of breaths we make,but the moments that take our breath away.
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#63
Smurf, quite right you are boet! My daughter (16yrs) is trying her damnest to dispell the myth that only boys can catch fish and besides she says she enjoys messing up our boys only fishing plans. Me thinks that this habit is good for her so she can really see what the boys get up to on their fishing outings and it will teach her a thing or two about men in the future. better than sitting @ home assuming your hubby is up to no good - GOOD CLEAN HEALTHY FUN, I'm all for it.

Bassninja - you must breed boet, don't just practice!
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#64
Well my youngest son & I decided to take a few platties to the pond and have a few throws whilst we were at it. We caught no fish and life seems to be wanting to get kick-started as spring draws near, so I ventured under the water to see what was going on this time of the year.

As mentioned before, there are two types of water lillies I’ve established in the pond. This one grows much longer stems but in winter they sink to the bottom.
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There are a few small shoots starting to form but the water is still very cold.
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The other type has started forming new leaves and seems to be the more prolific grower and I would imagine attract more pre-spawn fish when they emerge from the dark deep universe!
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Some areas have seen the emergence of fine grasses from the gravel beds,
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And it would appear that the otters have been feeding on crabs which are in berry (eggs).
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Some of the bulrushes have started forming new shoots but for the majority they are still in winter mode and lifeless.
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The Papyrus handled winter extremely well and judging from these roots, they are rearing to go in spring.
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Some other forms of ground cover are making a comeback.
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SO, it is just a matter of time before this pond roars back into life and the cycle starts all over again. The bullfrogs have already serenaded the females and gone back to sleep for another three weeks or so, so we know a change is coming soon. Hopefully the fish will play ball as well – the kids can’t wait anymore!!
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#65
Jigslaaik rip those plants look great that "pond"of yours is going to be a real gem.
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#66
Looking good the RipRap...almost time to test the carp imitation :blue-biggrin:
Regards
Robert Jacobs
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#67
Herewith some anniversary pics for “Spring is in the air”. Similar happenings to last year.

The fuzziness in the pic is from mist, above which was donder & bliksem so I didn’t stick around too long with my feet in the water. Insect larvae and nymphs were full up, most of which had left their moults on the water surface.
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The shallows were full of bluegill and vlei kurper yearlings and after seeing a shoal of “nice” bass with monster bluegill offshore, can quite understand why they were taking cover in the shallows. Never saw any young bass…..hmmmnn!
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Lots of young platties which is a good sign early in the season. Hope they don’t predate too much when fingerling fry are around but it will be hunt AND be hunted.
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With all the noise going on I thought perhaps there was an otter having a heart attack but it turned out to be “Rastus”??
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When time and weather permits, hope to do a decent “night life” inspection.
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#68
Thanks for the update - looking good there Riprap. Hope to come and join in a fish off in your pond one day. Just don't tell Roy about it :blue-biggrin:
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Robert Jacobs
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#69
Looking good riprap
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#70
Hi Riprap
The last week my fish have been feeding again and hopefully this week I will be able to see how much they have grown from last season.
Some awesome pics of you pond, the wives will have to visit and take a few pictures together.
Peterh
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#71
Peter H, talk to me boet!

What I like about the papyrus is that the old thick stalks fall over into the water and the bushy head forms quite a nice shady spot for the fish to sit under. The root system is often above ground which traps sediment and appears to be a crab magnet which also helps. This is definately one plant that I'm going to establish further this season.
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#72
Looks like a Healthy Spot Riprap
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#73
Early Spring is the best time to plant willows from truncheons and branches. Often they take and then die with a dry spell. Here's a tip. Put the cuttings in cold water in a shady place - remove most of the foliage if actively growing already. Once they develop roots as big as your open hand, hoppity skip off to the water you go and plant them carefully.

Best to dig a hole and fill with water. Backfill with the removed soil slowly and leave it, it will settle naturally enclosing the roots with soil only. This is known as puddle planting.

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#74
So, similar to Bergie, I also have to keep the economic wheels turning during the day so my pond management has become a night time hobby. Mat (my eldest son) & I headed to the pond tonight armed with 150kg odd of good matured goat manure from my kraal, a few rooted willow cuttings, a Jack Russell, a spade and one rod with a top water plug.

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The idea was to plant a few cuttings and start fertilizing the pond to get all the phytoplankton going in preparation for the bass spawn and now we know it happens here when the water lillies start flowering and these shoots are still below the water but they are coming. My guess is the next new or full moon however things have cooled off again our side of the world.

The shallows were full of juvenile vlei kurper and bluegill as they know what’s good for them. Another good sign is the amount of juvenile soft shelled crabs also seeking refuge away from hunting bass. I think I mentioned before how I feed the crabs and introduce adults from time to time which results in mating orgy’s and food for my fish!

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Anyway, the water is full of life with different specimens of weird creatures, some of which carry their eggs on their backs but once the fertilization boost gets going, I’m expecting an explosion of life in my pond – need rain though as the level is dropping big time!

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Did we catch any fish? Nope, not in the 10 minutes Mat tried but by then we had scared everything away including the torch batteries……
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#75
Rip,I have been planting those willows around our dams for years,but they seem to die off after a dry spell.I planted when the roots just started to sprout....is that too soon ?And when you plant,do you add anything else like compost to the hole ?
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