Unfortunate ending to a promising start at BETT tournament

2011-10-01 00:00

HEY bass maniacs! I have quite a lot to report back on this week, with Goudetrouw BETT results, stories from Albert’s and upcoming events.

First, the most recent BETT event was held at Goudetrouw Dam last weekend. September being the signature spawning month for KwaZulu-Natal, particularly in this dam, anglers were more than willing to make the journey to stick some pigs.

More than 50 boats lined up for the 6:30 am start. As usual I was unpacking my rod locker and laying my loaded rods out on the deck for the day ahead and in the process lost focus of what I was doing and somehow stuck a needle-sharp treble hook deep into my hand. What a way to start and what kind of misfortune lay ahead for the rest of the day was the question on our minds?

With a start like this, what else could we expect? Anyway, Garth hesitantly grabbed the hook with a pair of pliers and duly ripped it out, much to the disgust of some optimistic onlookers. With a bleeding but hook-free hand, we raced to our starting spot and immediately put two keepers in the boat — good start! A few casts later and my Shaky-Head rig had been eaten again. I reared back hard without moving what was on the other end. The fish reacted with a passion and eagerly stripped line from the reel. Now we were in business.

Focus and concentration took over as I fought the fish with every bit of finesse needed. The fish jumped and jumped again, stretching our emotions on each occasion. She eventually and reluctantly came up at the side of the boat and Garth readily netted the giant. We weighed her at 3,6 kg — the largest fish of the tournament!

Unfortunately we struggled to capitalise on our constructive start and ended up with a mediocre finish. Lloyd and Barry Muirhead of Team Yamaha stole the show with a mammoth five-fish limit of 12,5 kg. Runners-up were Preston Dale and Guilio Nolli of Team Goya with a bag just shy of the 12 kg mark. The overweight bags weighed in this event have shifted the standings on the leaderboard dramatically with only one event to go, which will be held at a new venue, Woodstock Dam.

As mentioned recently, our local dams have really stepped up their productivity. Midmar has given up a few good-sized fish lately, while Albert Falls continues to produce good numbers.

Last week I took my wife and two-year-old daughter out to the dam to enjoy a relaxing day on the water. This we did and in the process caught a bunch of really good-sized fish. Needless to say the seed of bass fishing has been planted in my daughter’s soul and I have no doubt we will share many priceless hours on the water in the coming years.

Tomorrow will also see the inaugural Pro/Amateur tournament taking place at Albert’s. The teams that have entered are pumped at the opportunity and the assigned pros are ready to share their knowledge and put their guests on some fish. So watch this space to find out which teams take the honours.

Now 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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