Michael's Bass Charters

Settle in for some epic freshwater action as you explore the Rust de Winter Dam with ‘Michael’s Bass Charters’! Located on the Elands River, the Dam is home to some of the best top-water action around. Anglers who prefer light tackle spinning or fly fishing are in for an epic time with Captain Michael Hüsgen, a self-proclaimed fishing junkie.

Hop aboard his 18’ Thunderbird bass boat, ideal for a pair of anglers looking for a productive day on the water. This lightweight vessel gets you where you need to go fast. There’s plenty of storage for your gear and a big platform for you to cast from.

Rust de Winter Dam is known for its Largemouth Bass population and slow rolling spinnerbaits is the best way to catch some. You’ll also go after wildly fun-to-catch Tigerfish! Just remember, Capt. Michael’s trips are strictly catch and release. There’s tons of wildlife to take in too. The Dam is home to a big crocodile and hippo population and over 400 bird species!

Capt. Michael provides all of the gear you need for an effective day of spinning. Fly fishing is only available on the single person trip and you do need to bring your own gear. He’ll provide bottled water, soft drinks, sandwiches, and snacks so you can stay out all day long. Just bring along sun cream and a hat and you’re good to go!

Experience freshwater fishing in a one-of-a-kind setting with Michael’s Bass Charters!

Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 4:20 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    price breakdown
    Put your spinning skills to the test going after Largemouth Bass and Tigerfish! Your best bet here is slow rolling spinnerbait and Capt. Michael is on hand to show you how it's done. He'll provide all of the gear you need for a productive day as well as drinks, snacks, and sandwiches for lunch. Be sure to pack sun cream, a hat, and your camera to capture the abundant wildlife!
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Fly Fishing (1 PAX)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 4:20 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    price breakdown
    Fly fish for Largemouth Bass and Tigerfish in the Rust De Winter Dam, home to some of the best topwater action around! You’ll sight cast from the large fishing platform aboard Capt. Michael’s Thunderbird. Don’t forget to take in the abundant wildlife too! Pack your fly fishing gear and Capt. Michael provides the rest including drinks, snacks, and sandwiches for lunch.
There are 3 people looking at this charter.

About the Captain

Michael Hüsgen
Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Hello everyone, my name is Michael Hüsgen and I’ve been fishing since I was 3 years old. Born in Pretoria East, fishing has always been in my blood and I started competing at age 8, making it onto the Junior Gauteng team from 2006-2016. I used to watch the Bassmaster Elite Series with my father and uncle every Saturday morning and from the first episode, I knew what my calling in life was. Now, I’m a fishing junkie who tries to go fishing as often as I can and catch as many species as I can!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Largemouth) Bass (Largemouth)
Tigerfish Tigerfish

Boat Specs

Thunderbird (Bass boat) originally built in 2000. Powered by a 150HP Evindrude engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

18 ft
2 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Lake Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Fly Fishing


Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
Catch and Release Mandatory


Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Bank Transfer