Monster bass being caught in dramatically improved fishing

2013-08-24 00:00

AS per my previous predictions, the fishing has taken a dramatic turn for the better. Most venues have shaped up and good quantities, as well as good-sized fish, have been making bass fishing headlines.

Nagle Dam, like always, makes up for its failure to impress throughout the year by allowing a few of its resident giant bass to show themselves in August. I have confirmed reports of a fish caught recently that went well over five kilograms, as well as another over four kilograms and a good few in the three kilograms range.

The water level seems to be slightly down, which has made pre-spawn targets rather scarce, but this in turn has made targeting the fish that much easier. The fish that have been caught are in amazing condition and have been caught near the banks. This confirms that they are there to do one thing and that is to spawn.

Fishing a shaky-head rig or football jig up on the banks is often the best way to get results from the bigger spawners. If you are not familiar with these techniques, then go ahead with a simple mojo-rigged creature bait.

Albert Falls has, not surprisingly, been giving up some good fish, with an unconfirmed report of an absolute monster of a fish that weighed 5,7 kg when caught this past week.

While I cannot confirm this, I can confirm that numerous other good quality fish have been caught and in particular during a Predator Bass Club competition. Marc Meyer once again made a pig of himself and wasted no time in winning yet another event with an individual bag of just under nine kilograms.

In my experience, deep-diving crankbaits are normally the bait that I start with in August and, as the attention fades, I will slow down to a Carolina rig or football jig. Break-lines are still the obvious starting points and any form of timber is also key, as this is ultimately where the fish will make a stop at least once throughout their routines.

Not to be left out, Goudetrouw Dam has been the site of some serious bass action, which was the talk of the town at last week’s KwaZulu-Natal divisional event. While the fishing was no free-for- all, the anglers who cracked the code came into contact with numerous bruiser bass and the first day saw at least one bag over the 15 kg mark, which is absolutely remarkable. Over the two days, dozens of chunky fish were weighed, with plenty over the three kilo­grams mark and a good few over the four kilograms mark.

Please take serious note of the following: Inanda Dam is closed to bass fishing for the month of August and Albert Falls will be closed for the month of September to allow the fish to breed without being hampered. Please give this situation the utmost respect and if you call yourself a conservation-minded angler, then you will adhere to these regulations and apply your efforts elsewhere during these months.

So get out on the dam and catch some bass, and remember to release your catch alive to prolong the sustainability of our resource.

E-mail me with reports, pictures and questions at zorthewitt@hotmail.com

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