Soggy spring ignites the bites

2012-09-22 00:00

THE fishing has improved dramatically with the onset of soggy season.

I personally cannot remember having so much rain so early in the spring and I also cannot remember when last dams like Inanda were overflowing in the first week of September.

It seems the early spring rains have ignited the bite and accelerated the seasonal trends of the fish.

My most recent angling adventure was to Inanda dam with Marc Meyer and Brian Blignaut.

We had got together for a day of fun and decided to skip the technical off-shore fishing and target the newly flooded banks with an arsenal of fast moving baits.

The fishing was awesome and we casually caught fish wherever we went and on whatever we threw at them. It was a breath of fresh air to see how easy and pressure-free bass fishing can be sometimes.

The dam is in immaculate condition thanks to the new life the rising water has contributed to. The tilapia species have already started spawning — which is considerably early — and clouds of tilapia and bass fry can be seen on almost every bank. This guarantees a successful season at Inanda.

Midmar has also come into its own with numerous reports of good-sized fish coming through.

There have been a few fish over the three kilogram mark caught in the past two weeks with plenty over the two kilogram mark as well. Predator Bass Club had their monthly outing at Midmar this past week and most anglers located good-sized fish.

While it was mentioned that the water temperature was still a degree or two behind, the fish had started moving shallow to locate their partners and get their groove on. As the weather continues to warm, the fishing will only strengthen at Midmar, which will undoubtedly produce a few giants.

Goedetrouw continues to overwhelm with more waves of fish taking to the banks.

There have been a few huge fish caught there this past week and I am sure that there will be more to come in the next few weeks.

Right on cue and to continue the spate of great fish catches, it seems the bass in farm dams have followed the script and made themselves available for the determined anglers who have put in the time.

I have had a handful of reports from excited anglers who have managed some chunky fish from these smaller waters of late.

So what do you need to cash in on the spring bassing action? Simple. Cover water and target the banks with vegetation.

Use baits that trigger fish into biting because they are looking for easy meals in shallow water. I have had most of my recent success on rapidly fished jerkbaits and fluke style plastic baits.

Spinnerbaits and topwaters have also found their fair share of bites in the vegetation.

If you are fishing a venue that is not sporting any vegetation as yet, then by all means slow your approach down with a plastic bait and target points and bays, but I would still throw a jerkbait.

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. Get out on the lake and catch em’ up.

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