Tougher than expected

2013-09-07 00:00

THE annual Albert Falls Bass Classic was held last weekend and thanks to a sarcastically well- placed cold front the day before, things were tougher than expected.

As tough as it was, a certain few anglers really got on the fish and ironed out the necessary patterns needed to put fish in the boat.

The fully rigged bass boat was won by Durban angler Mark Allen with a monster fish that weighed in at 4,41 kg. Rumour has it that the fish was taken on the outside edge of a notorious spawning bank and was caught on nothing other than a football jig, one of my recent predictions for isolating a bigger bite at Albert’s.

The team prize was duly snatched up by the local father and son duo of Jon and Ryan Swart, who are absolutely no strangers to the podium. After locating a winning pattern the week before, they sat out the trying conditions for the two days and comfortably ousted all other competition with their two-day total of over 18 kg.

Angela Crookes was the women’s champion and Hayden Blunt was the top junior angler for the second year running.

With the spawn and spring in full swing, the fishing should only get better for the next month or so before the fish wane into post-spawn patterns and moods, which will test anglers all over again.

Goudetrouw as per usual in the spring is seeing its fair share of anglers as well as more than its fair share of oversized fish being caught. The crazy part is that many of the fish that are being caught seem to be in post-spawn condition and scenarios already, which is way earlier than anticipated. However, this is definitely understandable after our mild and short winter.

I have also had confirmed reports of sightings of schools of bass fry at Inanda, which is definitely an eyebrow raiser for the end of August.

While it is apparent that many fish have already spawned, it is the second and third wave of fish that are usually the most supported in numbers. So like I said, we should see and hear of bigger fish for the next month or so.

When you do get out on the lake, gravel banks and points are where you need to start. Getting your presentation right up on the bank is vital.

In most cases the fish will spawn close to the banks where the right components can be found. As always, they will be attracted to any form of cover in these areas.

Targeting isolated wood and root systems as well as any shallow break-lines will reduce the time you spend looking, and increase your time spent catching.

Bear in mind that Albert Falls is closed for bass fishing for September to allow for an uninterrupted spawn. Inanda is, however, back on the map after its closure.

To be honest and to throw a curve ball out there, do not overlook Midmar, a venue that will undoubtedly produce some of the biggest fish of the season. She may take a week or two extra to warm up but trust me, those giant residents have already started their movements.

So get out on the lake and catch some bass. Remember to release your catch alive to prolong the sustainability of our resource.

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Catch ’em up.

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