Bett tourney: a bad day’s angling at Goedetrouw

2011-06-11 00:00

GOEDETROUW Dam, a name synonymous with awesome fishing, big bass and huge sacks, definitely did not fulfill any of these expectations at the 4th KZN BETT tournament held there last weekend.

An aggressive, severely cold front swept through the day before the event and brought low pressure and high winds. The pre-fishing for most of the anglers was challenging. The water temperatures were obviously down, but more worrying was that the ever-present baitfish and ensuing bass were nowhere to be found.

Many teams did not boat a fish and most others only one or two. Garth and I struggled to stay in the game with only one fish to show for our relentless efforts and only one hour left on the clock.

We decided to run one last bank before weigh-in and were rewarded with a 2,3 kg fish to leave us with a disappointing but relievable two-fish bag. Fortunately this was enough to keep us in the top 10 and even moved us up a position into fourth place overall.

Many teams dropped out of the top 10 after this exceptionally tough event. Local Eshowe team Strike it won the event with team Yamaha SHO/Rapala, taking second place and jumping into second position overall.

Winter has eventually staked its claim — a little late but with little remorse. This will have and unpredictable effect on the fish until the weather trend sets in and the fish can acclimatise. I fished Albert Falls recently for a few days in a row and on the first day absolutely slammed the fish with some brutes thrown in. Some weather moved through that evening and the following two days made for a complete change in results even though the water temperature did not drop.

The fluctuating pressure at this time of the year can have a serious effect on activity levels. My suggestion when taking to the lake during the winter is to try to plan your outing towards the end of a warming trend or a stretch of stable weather. This allows the atmospheric conditions to temper and for the fish to resume their movements.

So be prepared as conditions now play a vital role and even more importantly, know how these conditions are going to change your approach before you get there.

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

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Catch em’ up.


El Grande Lures Team 2 - 22,235

Yamaha SHO / Rapala - 19,965

Blueye - 18,010

Goya Ruff Thumb - 17,345

Sphere - 17,060

Bass Devils - 16,920

Halfstone - 16,500

Honda Marine Crow Tackle - 15,850

Hot Doggy - 15,450

Kenney Brokers 2 - 15,375

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