Slow bait could win fast boat

2011-04-30 00:00

GOOD news. Albert Falls has started showing signs of better fishing, according to the numerous reports I have been receiving. The dam is still loaded with baitfish, but the bass seem to have realised the tilapia are not going to be around for too much longer and where schools of bait were left to their own accord before, they are now being harassed by the bass.

My previous predictions are definitely taking effect with the cooler weather setting in, igniting the bass’ intent to feed profusely before the winter.

We may still receive more rain, but the closer we get to winter the less rain we will receive so hopefully it falls quickly.

Midmar has moved into the 90s as far as the water level goes, which is great news because if Midmar spills, Albert Falls fills.

Inanda has taken on huge amounts of water in the last week, pushing the dam to near full. The fishing at Inanda has been pretty steady but slowed noticeably after the last front that pushed through.

The Inanda Bass Classic is to be held this weekend and will see over 150 boats line up to compete for main prize, a fully rigged Skeeter boat with a 130 HP Yamaha valued at over R300 000. I will be teaming up with local angler Andrew Read for this event and we have put in some pre-fishing time with reasonable results. To win the top prize, my guess is, you will need to weigh in with a fish of at least four kilograms.

This is where the choices come in: do you spend the two days of the tournament fishing for that one lucky bite that could never come but could win the boat, or do you aim to win the team title and in the process still ace that lucky fish?

The comforting factor with this event is that — unlike the Albert Falls Tournament where the biggest fish is normally caught within the first few hours of the first day — Inanda normally produces bigger fish on the second day, which really allows a hunt for a big fish.

We have held the team title for the last three years, so this year may just favour thinking big — hopefully to catch big.

In years past the bigger fish have been caught off the main lake points and deeper banks in the cleaner section of the dam.

Slow-moving plastic baits are normally the option at this event, with anglers effectively targeting fish down to depths of 15 metres.

After much anticipation and numerous requests, Garth Liefeldt, Martin de Kock and I will be holding another seminar at the Fish Eagle on Thursday, May 12.

This seminar will cover the feeding habits of bass and how this most important aspect of their behaviour will affect your approach.

We will be screening and referring to some awesome American underwater footage depicting breathtaking scenes of bass hunting and crushing baits. You definitely do not want to miss this one. Call Brandon or Craig at the Fish Eagle to book your seat at 033 345 4224 or e-mail thefisheagle@telkomsa.net.

There will be a charge of R60 per person to attend, which includes your refreshments and our famous burgers. There will also be great deals available on rod-and-reel combos as well as a newly refreshed range of bass tackle to enhance your choice.

Also note that the boating accessories store, Aqua Academy, has moved to bigger premises and now has a fully stocked retail store, situated at 2B North Park, corner of North and Kings streets (tel. 033-342 4678).

When you get out on the lake and catch some bass, 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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