Back to my Roots!

2010-11-27 00:00

WELL unfortunately, as soon as the fishing started showing signs of relief, the inconsistency of the local bass fishing we have learnt to endure once again shone through. A KZN divisional tournament took place at Albert Falls this past weekend and the top anglers in the province struggled to unlock the dam.

This is not to say that things couldn’t inadvertently change without notice, paving the way for more rewarding results. Due to the challenging bass fishing, I took the opportunity to join forces with an Underberg mate of mine, Steve Cuff, this past weekend. He put us right on the money in the Himeville area, where we took stock of some seriously oversized Rainbow Trout, which ate any fly in our box stripped at any speed we felt necessary, it was insane!! Due to my own Information Bass policies, I cannot mention the word trout again, so back to bass for now!!

I have personally not ventured to any of the local dams of late, I have instead chosen to up my percentages and go back to my roots by tackling some farm dam bass. My Dad and I recently took to the banks of an exceptionally productive Richmond dam, catching dozens of unbelievably healthy yet greedy bass. It truly was a spirit lifter to see bass racing each other to their quarry, snacking up our offerings with inconsiderate intent. Although farm pond bass will normally make a meal from anything that moves, there are a few ways of upping your cast to hook-up ratio!!

Keep it light! I have found that the slower a plastic bait sinks in a farm dam the quicker it gets eaten. Not only this, a weightless plastic bait is far more weed-less than any other rig which fits in well as most private dams have no shortage of vegetation. When the sun is high, slow your presentation, or just make sure you fish the late afternoon or evening and you won’t have to slow anything down!! Make long casts at this time of day with a weightless fluke or senko. Hold your rod tip high and work your bait with constant short twitches of the rod tip. This will get your bait riding on the surface, darting from side to side and calling bass from every corner of the dam. When your bait is consumed off the surface, lower your rod and set the hook. Then repeat steps one to four, simple!

You will continue to see a few of my farm dam hints in the following issues, as without a boat for now, I will be spending more time on smaller waters. My new boat should be ready by year’s end, just in time for the 2011 tournament season.

Don’t forget the annual Albert Falls Charity Bass Classic will be held on December 4. Proceeds will go to the Albert Falls Primary School and each contestant is asked to bring a toy to donate as well. There are fantastic cash prizes to be won for bag weights and biggest fish. For tournament queries and entry forms, call Wendy Watson at 083 881 9383.

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


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