Big catches abound

2017-02-07 06:02

THERE have been plenty of big bass coming out recently at Inanda Dam on a variety of soft plastics heavily weighted and pulled quickly along the floor. The darker colours such as june bug and the McArthy wazza colour seem to be working well. Anglers using these colours from the side are rigging them with a Texas rig, which uses a standard bullet head sinker free running from the hook and up a short leader stopping at a swivel.

This rig allows the plastic to be thrown very far and also gets to the bottom of the dam quickly. Some anglers are putting a small glass bead between the sinker and the hook, giving a new sound and vibration element to the action of the worm. To get this sound element, a quick jerk every two or three rotations of the handle on your reel will pull the sinker quickly back into the bead, thus creating a “tick” noise.

There are the usual big fish coming out at Albert Falls on deep-diving crank baits in the deepest areas of the dam. There are also reports of anglers catching good fish on using a wacky rig. These anglers are using Chinu style hooks through a ring around the centre of a five-inch dark coloured worm. This is a good method if you are able to fish from a boat.

Nagle is producing a lot of smaller fish at the moment with lots of juveniles around.

Albert Falls is having a good run of carp at the moment for the conventional anglers catching plenty in the area of two to three kilograms. There was a report of a carp in excess of 12 kg picked up in the deeper area of the dam, proving that if you want the bigger fish, you need to fish deeper and further out.

Inanda has been producing brilliant fish over the last week for the specimen guys, catching a lot of fish in the deeper parts of the dam between 11 and 15 kg. If you are worried about your sinker and your hook sitting too close to one another when you cast, use PVA mesh which is the length of your hook link (considering the hook link is not too long) and load it with feed. Include your weight into your mesh, tie a knot above your sinker and hook your hook into the bottom of the mesh. The new Mustad BBS carp hooks will be perfect for this application without the worry of your rig having any ugly snags in the mesh. When handling bigger carp, do not to pick them up for too long out of the water. Your hand under the stomach area puts pressure on the vital organs and often can damage the carp.

Cumulative rainfall for January is over 185 mm in Underberg, while Nottingham Road is sitting just shy of 90 mm. Rivers in Underberg are brimming and the Mooi and Bushman’s are also looking great. The rains in the upper Kamberg valley have given the Mooi some colour, while the Bushman’s is still running clean. On the stillwater front, water levels are also looking good as a result of the rains.

- The Witness

• This report is brought to you by The Fish Eagle, 105 Victoria Road, Pietermaritzburg. Trading hours: Monday to Friday 8 am to 5 pm, Saturday 8 am to 1 pm and closed on Sundays. Please send any info about fishing, fish caught or competitions in your area to mike.pereira@kingfisher.co.za.

We would like to invite our PMB/Midlands readers to stop by The Fish Eagle with fishing news and catch reports, and “what’s biting” in general. Alternatively, e-mail us on info@thefisheagle.co.za with your reports and pictures and we’ll be happy to post them on our Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/THEFISHEAGLE/

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