New dad lands 3,2 kicker and shares tactics

2012-04-21 00:00

WELL, it has been quite a week. I had agreed with the owners and editors of a bass magazine to do some fishing for the mag at Albert’s and Inanda during the week. All was set until my wife went into labour the night before, and delivered in the early hours of the following morning.

Needless to say, the magazine article had to take a back seat while I tended to my family, which now included a 3,21kg kicker. Normally with a lunker like this I would have won a tournament, but in this case I had won the heart of my second gorgeous little girl.

Fortunately I had fished the weekend before at Inanda where we had another club competition. Rumours had been flying around that Inanda was producing extremely good numbers and sizes of fish. Based on this notion we had switched our venue from Hazelmere to Inanda with decent results.

Most of the anglers weighed in limits but nobody really seemed to crack the code for the bigger fish. Andrew Read took first place with me in the runners-up position.

The biggest fish of 1,55kg was caught by Lemon Saville from Aqua Academy.

Albert Falls has also been the talk of the town lately with some better-sized fish making up the chat with the onset of the cooler water temperatures.

In any of the local dams over the next few weeks, adopt one of my never-fail strategies.

I start my day early and in the shallows with a selection of search baits. Although the air temps have dropped the water temps have only retreated a fraction which means bait and bass will still be patrolling the banks.

I then fish fast in the morning and try and cover as much water as possible, looking for the higher concentrations of fish. As the day progresses you will need to head to the deeper banks as well as the drop-offs.

Crankbaits are a must in the autumn months as you can cover water and elicit reaction bites. Also, the bigger fish will be on the prowl and they just love to eat a crankbait. Fish your crankbaits quick, pausing intermittently to attract bites. As the water cools and the fish look for bigger meals, football jigs come into their own, so cut out the easy -to-fish Carolina rig and challenge yourself a bit!

The Inanda Bass Classic will be happening next weekend. Anglers from all over the country will be competing to win the first prize of a boat and motor for the heaviest fish weighed.

Go 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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