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Thread: Moerse 'Hatch' at Lakenvlei

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    Default Moerse 'Hatch' at Lakenvlei

    Hi

    Saturday PM saw temps hitting 40 in the shade.
    Then came a mother of a thunderstorm, which in its wake resulted in a mammoth ant and termite hatch. An hour later the wind had dropped and the lake was smooth as a mirror, but hidden under a layer of wings, ants and termites.
    And the fish ignored them.
    It rained most of the night and by the morning there were not so many bugs but the fish were vacuuming them off the surface. There were fins everywhere at first light. Also apparent were rafts of mayfly shucks and spinners that must have hatched in the night.
    Killed a fish that got hooked a bit deep and was bleeding. Its gut was STUFFED full of ants, a few termites and mayflies.
    Pics below





    Underwater view

    Regards
    Craig

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    Thanks for the report Craig
    Rudolph
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    Oh My Sack...

    Great camera work too...
    Mike McKeown

    You're either fishing or waiting...

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    Incredible pics! Thanks, I've seen some termite hatches before but nothing like this lot!
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    Unbelievable!

    I love fishing during flying ant season here in KZN. Normally they hatch on those wet days during October/November. Fish do their nut for them.

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    Wow that is the mother of all hatches, what was the fishing like, slow, or are you still able to catch them in summer?

    PS great pics!
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    those lakies trout are getting good food, the must growing fast. Graig hows the condition of the fish

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    jislaaik -

    imagine trying to match that hatch and get your fly actually taken! might be best to 'drag' something just underneath the flying ant carpet.

    steve

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    Craig

    I really thought you were exaggerating. But now I do believe.

    It is amazing.

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    Fish getting fresh water and lots of food how much more can we ask for. Thanx for the report
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