Second round of Civic Lake rescue
Early on Saturday 23-10-2010 A team of volunteers from SACS and Sealine met each other at Civic lake, with a few extra guys reporting for duty this time. We also had some very willing guys from one of the local children’s homes in Benoni who put in a hard day’s work, and who deserve special thanks. All the extra hands made for lighter work.
We realized that our job was not going to be easy if we leave all the hyacinth in the water, and try and work around it. So everyone jumped in and we had the piece of water clear within an hour’s time. We did our first pull, and only managed a few small carp, as it was not as easy as we thought it would be initially. We gathered and came up with new strategies, we moved nets in front of the bridge and guys went around and chased the fish through the tunnels into the awaiting nets. This was a winning strategy as we managed to pull 86 carp in one go. This also meant that the containers were full, and we needed to go and relocated the fish already in the containers.
Before we continue with the story I think it is important to mention the guys who really put in some extra and hard work to make this effort another success. To Johann and Hannes who followed up with Nash’s lead for containers, and managed to get us 2 x 1000L containers. Johann and Hannes spent the entire Friday trying to clean these tanks, but to no avail, the chemicals transported in these containers could just not be cleaned, and will need a special treatment for cleaning. To Conrad who bought 4 x 200L containers out of his own pocket, and prepared them for the rescue operation thanks. We also would like to thank Moahmed from Mias Angling and Scuba in Benoni, who sponsored 6 air raters and T-shirts for all of the volunteers who arrived on Saturday. Without these guys the operation would not have been possible.
The team who arrived are as follow : Raymond Pullen, Renaldo Langehoven, Westley Kamffer, Gareth Griffin, Percey Mudzdzvit, Keaton Alberts, Marius du Plooy, Hannes Grobler, Johan nel, Francois Pretorius, Konrad Myburg, Juan Wessels, Deanen Pearce and Clinten Niemand.
When the guys returned from the first drop off, we did another 3 nettings, before calling it a day. It was tough and extremely hard work, and each one can give himself a good tap on the back for another successful day’s rescue operations. In total we saved another 122 carp’s, which now bring the total amount of carp rescued to 302 carps, which should go a long way in preserving our carp stocks for the future generations of big carp anglers.
Thanks to each and everyone who again offered up their personal time to get involved in this operation, it does not go unseen. Until the next time we see each other, go well.