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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!

FAQs about Michael's Bass Charters

Michael's Bass Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • ZAR 2,000 per person - Full Day Trip (9 hours)
  • ZAR 2,000 per group - Full Day Trip – Fly Fishing (1 PAX) (9 hours)

When you book a trip with Michael's Bass Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Michael's Bass Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Abu Garcia, Shimano, G-Lumis)
  • Lures
  • Snacks (Chips, chocolate)
  • Drinks (Bottled water, soft drinks )
  • Lunch (Sandwiches)

Michael's Bass Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Lake Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Michael's Bass Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Fly Fishing (Only on single person trip )

Top targeted fish species with Michael's Bass Charters include:
  • Bass (Largemouth)
  • Tigerfish

Meet 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. 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) Largemouth Bass
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
Only on single person trip


Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Abu Garcia, Shimano, G-Lumis
Chips, chocolate
Bottled water, soft drinks

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 3 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

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
Ages 7 and up, life jackets provided
Catch and Release Mandatory


Book with 20% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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