Monster on the bite

2012-02-11 00:00

WELL, with the rising water levels and the season’s enervatingly hot days, have come some unbelievable catches among the local bassing community.

This past weekend, the annual Midmar two-man challenge was held at Midmar Dam with a respectable turnout of some 50 teams. With this venue comes a historically tough fishing temperament, but anglers know that although bag weights would be on the smaller side, Midmar can break the mould and throw one or two absolute giants into the mix. Ask local bass fishing legend Zander Potgieter what this statement means if you don’t believe me. On day one, Zander promptly landed a 3,6 kg fish and followed this up a few casts later with its mother, weighing an astounding 5,1 kgs. Fortunately, I was not partaking in the tournament and did not have to try to better this once-in-a-lifetime brace of tournament-winning fish. Zander and his partner, Mac McKenzie, obviously took top honours with an epic two-day total, grounded by the two mammoth fish they weighed.

In keeping up with the Potgieters, Zander’s brother Eugene and nephew Gareth took second place, making this one a family arrangement. Zander and Eugene will argue as to who taught who how to fish, but no arguments are needed, they both know I taught them.

Albert Falls also stars in the show this week in the form of Protea Artlure angler Mark Schmidt. Mark was fishing off the bank, that’s right, the bank, this past week and set the hook on just another bass. But, after the hook set Mark realised that this was no ordinary bass and an epic battle ensued. Mark said the fish pulled like a freight train trying its level best to bury itself in the flooded vegetation. With no lack of experience on the angler’s part, the 4,7 kg fish was landed, photographed and safely released to grace another fortunate angler one day. This is a truly remarkable achievement for any angler, let alone an angler fishing from the bank.

I also made a trip to Albert’s this past week in preparation for the next BETT event and was blown away with the number of baitfish to be found. This is a great sign of things to come for this venue and I predict the fish will only get better as the season changes. I was fortunate to boat some really chunky, well-fed fish up to the 2,5 kg mark among plenty other reasonably sized fish even in the extreme heat on that particular day. The next week seems to be bringing some respite from the relentless heat which should mean active fish, I am just trying to decide where to spend my time — Midmar or Albert’s?

It’s that time of the year again, when New Hanover Prep and surrounding farmers put on a bass fishing extravaganza like never before. The annual New Hanover farm dams bass fishing competition will be held on March 17 with a targeted 1 000 anglers participating this year, this event will break all bass fishing participation records. The event is designed to be fun, yet competitive and is aimed at the discerning angler as well as family fun. Sixteen awesome farm dams will be available to fish so if you or your family are keen to get into the bass fishing groove, just e-mail me for an entry form or visit your local tackle dealer for the entry forms.

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 with reports, pictures and questions at zorthewitt@hotmail. com. Catch em’ up.

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