Hungry bass on feeding frenzy at Albert Falls

2011-05-28 00:00

I FINALLY made it out to Albert Falls amidst a hectic practice and tournament schedule and the weakest excuse of all — my job. The stories I had been hearing were definitely true and we very quickly located some fish.

We caught fish from as shallow as three feet to 30 feet deep. They were everywhere and we caught them on anything, it was like fishing a new dam. The fish are well fed and extremely strong, making for some fantastic sport. The baitfish are still rampant, but nowhere near as wild as they were and are now slightly larger, meaning the bass have a slightly tougher time devouring them.

This increases the aggression levels of the bass making them easier to catch. This increase in activity coupled with cooler water temperatures is triggering the fish to feed up before the real effects of winter set in. I vote that we will continue to see lucrative catches for at least the next month. Not only did we catch good numbers of fish, we caught a good amount of larger fish with one going close to 3,5 kg.

I have also had numerous other reports of similar catches. Garth and I also made a stop at Goudetrouw recently to pre-fish the venue ahead of the BETT event we will be fishing in today.

The dam seems to be in a very similar predicament to what Albert Falls was in. Too much bait, slightly warmer water temperatures and in the case of Goudetrouw, way too much cover. The fishing is rather frustrating as we watched huge fish crash through schools of bait without paying the least attention to our offerings. To add to the frustrations, nearly the entire shoreline of the dam is littered with a local type of bush called “pepper bush”, which really makes targeting the fish challenging as they are sometimes so deep in the brush, you cannot even reach them. Nevertheless, I did land a four kilogram class fish among a handful of others which at least gave us as an inclination as to what to do on tournament day. I still feel some huge limits are going to be weighed which will change the entire outcome of the BETT season.

I just hope we are one of the teams to weigh in a big limit.

Our “Feeding Habits” seminar held at the Fish Eagle last week was a great success with just over 60 bass enthusiasts making up the crowd. We are not done for the year and will be holding another seminar later in the year. Apart from seminars, we are planning to host some other interactive and exciting events. We will be holding a Pro/Amateur tournament and fishing clinic later in the season whereby two amateur anglers each will team up with a local pro angler for a fun tournament to be held at Albert Falls. The teams will get to spend the day learning from an extremely knowledgeable angler and compete for some fantastic prizes.

And, I am sure some awesome fish will be caught in the process. Entries are limited, so if you are interested and would like to find out more just let me know. We will be hosting a similar event just for kids at a suitable farm dam with the best anglers in the business on hand, advising and tutoring the young bass maniacs.

Once again, a fun tournament will be held with awesome prizes up for grabs. Also, please take note of the following — your favourite boating accessories store, Aqua Academy, has moved to bigger premises and now has a fully stocked retail store, stocking all your required boating accessories. They are situated at 2B North Park on the corner of North and Kings Street. Phone 033 342 4678.

So get out on the lake and catch some bass, and remember to release your catch alive to prolong the sustainability of our resource! E-mail me at zorthewitt@hotmail.com

Catch ’em up.

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