Not as easy as predicted

2010-06-12 00:00

THE Fish Eagle Bass Seminar was a hit; just on 100 eager-to-learn bass anglers attended and enjoyed an evening full of good fishing stories, cold beer and great food. Thanks to all who attended and many thanks to the staff of The Fish Eagle for a well-organised event.

The Inanda BETT that followed the weekend after was unfortunately not quite as enjoyable as post-frontal conditions, and brutally tough fishing awaited the competitors. Many teams struggled to fill their five-fish limit and some teams weighed no fish at all.

Dropping water levels had pulled most of the shallow fish off the banks and the chemical spraying of the invasive hyacinth, although needed, definitely had a negative impact on the fishing.

The obvious change in approach in this situation would be to head offshore and target deeper drop-offs and timber, which most anglers did with very mediocre results. By the time the final whistle blew, anglers were more than happy to end the torture and applauded Team Snake Eyes for earning a well deserved win with a limit of just under six kilograms, sneaking them into the top spot overall.

Albert Falls has been extremely inconsistent over the past few weeks. One good report, followed by three not-so-good reports has been the pattern lately, and with water levels dropping I do not foresee this unreliable fishing getting much better.

With the vegetation on the banks being left high and dry, the first place to look for winter baitfish and bass in pursuit would be offshore vegetation. Unfortunately there is not too much of this available, so productive areas will be in short supply soon. My suggestion would be to fish any available cover you can find as early in the day as you can, and then move to deeper areas to target fish that have already assumed the winter routines. With this notion in mind the steepest drop-offs are the place to be as well as river channels and humps adjacent to deep water.

This is basically what Garth and I did this week at Albert’s and enjoyed a relatively enjoyable day.

We fished shallow grassy points in the early morning and notched up a few good fish including two over the two kilogram mark. Reasonable amounts of baitfish were present.

After this the bite slowed until mid morning when we moved to a steep drop-off and boated a further three fish up to two kilograms, including a bruiser of just on three kilograms, caught on a Spro Little John Deep Diver. We caught a few more fish shallow again in the afternoon to finish a not-so-bad day.

The fish are in great condition and are definitely taking advantage of the present baitfish, as they are sporting oversized bellies and fighting with supercharged intent.

Aqua Academy skipper training would like to remind all boaters to check their COF documents to make sure they have not expired. Also please ensure you have your skipper’s ticket, COF and buoyancy certificate on your boat when going to the dam. Please contact them if you have any enquiries.

See www.aquajacks.com, e-mail info@aquajacks.co.za or contact Clifford Saville at 082 488 8413.

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 zorthewitt@hotmail.com with reports, pictures and questions.

Catch ’em up.

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