Planning to fish? Catch the cold front this weekend and set up shallow

2012-07-28 00:00

AFTER quite a few months I eventually made it back down to Inanda Dam to compete in a friendly yet competitive club event for Predator Bass Club, which also doubled as a practice session for the upcoming BETT event.

We were fortunate enough to have mild weather and a week of even milder weather preceding the event, so I figured the fish would be on the move. I fished this one with my dad, which was great fun as we got to catch up and catch fish.

We started out in the shallows, targeting some vegetation, which is not what one would think of on a winter’s day. I picked up two solid fish off the bat and my dad added another; we were definitely doing something right at that stage. After that, the bite literally died so I moved deeper and targeted drop-offs and deep timber to no avail.

As the day heated up, we continued to come up short at every stop; this went on until the early afternoon and the weather started to change. Some heavy clouds rolled in and with the air temperature dropping and the wind increasing, I moved back on to the shallow banks and the fish were there and waiting. We quickly limited out and I managed a few good upgrades to finish up with a bag of close to six kilograms, which was enough to take the top spot.

Dave Burton and Owen Howard also cottoned on to the shallow bite and finished second and third respectively. Most of the anglers weighed limits, and word on the water was that the fishing throughout the week was reasonably steady, with some anglers already starting to see some early pre-spawners cruising the banks. This is not surprising as the summer-like winter we have had will definitely have the fish setting up for an early spawn.

We will still get a few cold fronts, which will hold the deal back, with a front destined to hit this weekend already. I think this will only help the fishing for the weekend as with the overcast and cool skies the fish should set up shallow until after the front has passed. The two to three days after the front will be tough days on the water, so if you are planning a trip, make it today or tomorrow, definitely not Monday or Tuesday. Albert Falls is still dropping at a crazy rate, but the fish still seem to be biting, although not furiously.

I have heard that slow-fished plastic rigs are getting bites in the six-metre-plus zones adjacent to the rockier banks. In the next three weeks we will start seeing the first wave of spawners hitting the banks and flats at Albert’s. If you are a farm dam fisherman, you should start removing the cobwebs from your gear and get ready to hit the ponds.

Start out by fishing the midday times and start earlier as the weeks go by. Sight fishing farm dams can be awesome, so make sure you get in on the action early. Look for the harder banks with isolated weed beds and I am sure you will start seeing some big females pretty soon. Don’t forget your polarised glasses. So get out on the lake and catch some bass, and remember to release your catch alive to prolong the sustainability of our resource.

Catch em’ up! E-mail me with reports, pictures and questions at zorthewitt@hotmail.com

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