RUSTFONTEIN, BRONKHORSTSPRUIT, MPUMALANGA
The ‘African Blessings’ specimen carp fishery is situated on the farm Rustfontein about 8km from Bronkhorstspruit in Mpumalanga, some 50km from Pretoria and Kempton Park. Getting there is easy - off the N4 Witbank toll road take the R513 Bronkhorstspruit turnoff and travel for 8km to the R513 T-junction and turn right to Bronkhorstspruit. Then it is just 3,5km to the African Blessings entrance on the left.
When on the dirt road within the resort take care - “chameleons crossing”! With 24-hour electronic monitoring the venue provides excellent security and safe parking. Report to reception and then you have a choice of four dedicated specimen carp swims in the 4ha bottom lake.
At the main reception building are three smaller dams that are ideal for fly fishers or younger, inexperienced anglers casting for smaller carp, bass and kurper. These dams are surrounded by expansive lawns and shady trees, perfect for picnics or just lazing around the two swimming pools. Fires may be lit in the designated brick braais.
African Blessings is a “gentle” venue - being a working farm it is in synch with the seasons and produces a genteel, country-like atmosphere - no need to hurry at all! It provides easy access to the lake and with good ablution facilities is very popular for both anglers and non-anglers alike.
Last year specimen carper Gys Brits - the “Metro Man” - was requested to assist in the fishery’s development. “There was no need to ask me twice,” he recalls, “and 4 days later I was met at reception by the estate manager Johan Groenewald. What a pleasant person, level minded and with a passion for specimen carp fishing.”
“The dam had never been fished with boilies, but Johan had caught a few stunning carp up to 12kg. Out on the inflatable to do some feature finding I found more snags per cubic inch of water than at any other venue I had fished before, but this has now changed as most of the snags have been removed.
“While 2 portable toilets are at the water, if you want a flush toilet and a hot shower they are available at the main reception building which is open 24 hours a day. Just beware though, if you leave your rods in the water, you are sure to have a run or two while you are away - it’s happened to me a few times!”
African Blessings has adopted a sound fish management programme to ensure a healthy growth rate – fish under 7kg are relocated to a holding dam and fed high protein feed, and when at 10kg are placed back in the specimen dam. Currently a fish-feeding scheme is underway using trout pellets and guests are encouraged to use trout pellets in their baits to help the growth of the fish (available on the farm). The heaviest recent fish caught is a 10,55kg beauty, but Gys says that he has seen much bigger fish in the shallows.
“The aim is to make this one of those premium specimen venues where you can go and relax and stand a chance of smashing your PB. It’s a place where you just don’t want to leave. It’s my little piece of heaven!” Gys says.
African Blessings has just four swims available, so prior booking is essential – without a confirmed booking you won’t even be allowed through the gate! As for your refuse, Gys has this admonishment: “What you bring you must take home with you!” SACS rules apply when it comes to your conduct as well as fish care, “so please adhere to these and help us build an awesome specimen venue!” he adds.
Mpumalanga, Bronkhorstspruit. GPS: 0.0000000, 0.0000000
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