Time to ‘winterise’ your boat as seasonal slowdown takes effect

2012-07-14 00:00

WITH the uncertainty of winter taking effect, the fishing seems to have slowed somewhat. We have had a mild winter, to say the least, which has definitely extended the good bite, but with the eventual onset of the depressing months the fishing has tightened up.

Albert Falls has produced some awesome fish in the past few weeks, but reports of late have confirmed the slowdown in the bite.

In a recent event Andrew and I were sent on a high when he landed a beast of 3,6 kg on his second cast of the morning. With victory in our sights we were severely let down when we could not even finish out our limit for the day.

Despite the challenges of winter, the rapidly falling water levels are also increasing the level of difficulty, sending the fish off the edges of the break-lines and channels. Crankbaits are still producing catches against all popular belief at Albert’s, with football jigs and Carolina rigs mopping up their fair share. The good that will come of the lowering water levels is that when the fish do spawn this spring, they will be able to use new areas to carry out their rituals. These areas will come into play as the correct depth will be found, allowing the fish to use locations that were too deep before.

Moreover, when the summer rains do come around, the filling of the dam will breathe new life into the next season, which, after a successful spawn, will be a successful one.

Inanda reports have been quiet, but that should change as anglers will start heading down there over the next few weeks. Having not been there for a while, I would guess the fish are suspended on the deeper rockier banks and huddled up in any main lake vegetation that can be found.

While most anglers fish through the winter, many social anglers use this time to catch up with other commitments or score points with the family. Lemon Saville, owner and operator of Aqua Academy, had some great pointers for putting your equipment to rest for the winter months to reduce unnecessary wear and tear.

“If you aren’t planning on doing much boating or fishing this winter, it is advisable to “winterise” your boat for the next few months. I would suggest removing all your batteries and store them in a dry area, raised off of concrete. Run your motor with Salt Assassin, which will keep your cooling system free of corrosion or clogging up.

Place your boat trailer on stands, easing the pressure from the wheel bearings. Remove all your equipment and store it in an aerated area to stop mildew and rotting. Place your boat motor in the down position to take strain off of the hydraulics and transom, and release tie-downs and turn buckles that will remove the pressure off the boat.

On an unfortunate and depressing note and on behalf of the bass fishing community, our condolences go out to Brian Blignaut from Team Snake Eyes for the tragic loss of his three-year-old son this week. Our thoughts and prayers are with Brian and his family.

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

Catch em’ up.

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