Awesome at Inanda

2013-07-27 00:00

A FEW weeks ago I insisted that you should be bashing your way through heavy cover with braided lines and extreme artillery in the form of heavy action pitching rods. Well, I took my own advice for a change and put this theory to the test at last week’s Inanda inter-club event that I fished with Marc Meyer.

The downside was that I had not even seen Inanda for four months.

Due to stories that fishermen were catching big sacks of fish, I went in with the “I am just here to relax” strategy — and that was the truth. However, that was just to play down my involvement and to allow room for error.

I armed my no-nonsense extendable flipping stick with a half-ounce flipping jig, bombarded my boat into the cover and started searching for bass bunkers set deep in the growth. I fired here and fired there before the first thud was identified. In a split second, I had the dazed fish flapping in the boat, which kickstarted my day. A few minutes in and I was on the board with a solid fish.

I swept all other tactics aside and zoned in on the heavy cover deal that now had my dedicated attention. I moved to the next likely looking hideout on a main lake bank and got to work, sliding the jig into any hole in the cover as far back as I could get my rod. It didn’t take long for the next fish to get with the programme and after a savage hook-set, this fish pulled back, enticing me to get physical. I maintained pressure and got the fish to turn and come crashing out of the cover.

With this momentum I lifted the 2,5 kg specimen towards the boat when the hook came unstuck in mid air, hurtling the fish into the boat. It landed with a thud on the front deck. With unspent energy, the crazy fish flapped madly on the deck, ricocheting off the console as Marc and I both lunged for it, but it miraculously slipped through both of our attacks and found the water once again.

As mad as I was, I reminded myself of my original cover — that I was just there to have fun. They say the best way to get over a lost fish is to catch another and, three pitches later, the same dance commenced. This fish was even bigger and after the initial stand-off, it was clear of the cover and this time we summoned the net and safely boated the fish.

We had an awesome day catching fish in spots so deep in the cover that water was not even a certainty. We lost jigs, broke lines and branches and made a complete mess of the boat. But, we had taken stock of some good fish and my seven-kilogram bag was good enough for a third place finish. First and second place were rightly claimed by father and son Mark and Cameron Allen, who both weighed in bags of over eight kilograms.

The tournament was another well run, well supported event with over 70 anglers taking to the stage. Well done to Midlands Bassmasters for putting together such an epic event and for claiming second place in the club standings, beaten only by the reigning club champs, Inanda Bass Club. A friendly rivalry is definitely in the making between the clubs.

So get out on the lake and catch some bass. Remember to release your catch alive. E-mail me with reports, pictures and questions at

Catch ’em up.

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