Cold front calls for slow mojos at Albert Falls Classic

2011-09-03 00:00

HOPES are high and aspirations are up for what is set to be a phenomenal Annual Albert Falls Classic which will be underway when you read this.

The two-day tournament will reward the largest bass caught with a fully rigged bass boat valued at nearly R200 000. Not only this, awesome team prizes will also be on the cards.

Anglers are confident to say the least on the back of a major turnaround in the fishing. The spawn routines have finally taken effect in a big way and droves of bass have inhabited the islands and banks. We fished the BETT event here last week and the majority of the anglers revelled in the spoils of what felt like a new dam.

Most boats caught in excess of 20 fish and bag weights were averaging at well over five kilograms. The heaviest fish was a monster of 4,4 kg caught by veteran angler Kelvin Crosby with the heaviest bag of 8,2 kg being weighed in by husband and wife duo, Lionel and Cindy Crow. The weather on this particular day was insipidly miserable and although not a vast amount of big fish were caught, extreme amounts of smaller fish were.

The appalling weather definitely affected the movements of the bigger female fish, but the warming trend we have experienced this week will definitely set things up for the larger fish to move to the shallows by the weekend. One major problem … again!

A severe front is moving in. This should keep the majority of the fish on the banks with the low light conditions, but will be detrimental to the females. That means a concerted effort will be needed on day one and the leaders after day one will be in good stead. The majority of the fish at the moment seem to be falling for crankbaits in the right areas and mojo-rigged plastics fished slowly through spawning areas. I have no doubt that Midmar will start fishing well very soon with spring in the air and I have heard that Inanda has started heating up. Midmar and Inanda are both sitting at 100% water level so good fishing should be had well into summer.

Albert Falls on the other hand is far from full, but the ever present baitfish have kept the bass population well fed over the winter and will continue to do so as we head into summer.

All in all, I think the fishing will only get better for the next few months.

Don’t forget the Pro/Amateur tournament to be held at Albert Falls on October 2. This is your chance to get out on the lake with a professional angler and receive one-on-one tutoring and experience while competing in a full out tournament. Two-man teams paired up with a pro angler. So father and son, husband and wife or just two fishing buddies wanting to learn more about bass and experience the adrenaline of high speed boats and pressure of making each bite count — this is for you. Awesome prizes will be up for grabs so should you do well, you stand the chance to win more than your entry fee back. The tournament is limited to the first 20 paid two-man team entries so think quick, chose a partner and request an entry form from me via e-mail. We will also be hosting yet another, ever popular bass seminar at The Fish Eagle in Victoria Road Pietermaritzburg on September 15.

As usual there will be food and refreshments on hand with loads of tips and tactics to make you a better, more informed bass angler.

To make this seminar even more appealing I have incorporated a handful of KZN’s most accomplished bass anglers such as Eugene Potgieter, Brendan van Zuydam, Julian van Zuydam as well as John Easton to share their top producing tactics with you.

As usual you will need to book by either mailing me or contacting Brandon or Craig at the Fish Eagle on 033 345 4224. The charge will be R60 per person which as you know will include your food and refreshments.

So get out on the lake and catch some bass, and remember to release your catch alive to prolong the sustainability of our resource. Email me with reports, pictures and questions at zorthewitt@hotmail.com

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