Brutes there for the taking

2013-07-13 00:00

NOW I know that what you are looking at is not a bass, but I could not miss the opportunity to share this amazing fish with you. I caught this 30 kg yellowfin tuna off Durban this week on a live bait and 23 kg spinning gear. This brutal fish broke my back for 40 minutes, but eventually found the gaff and hit the deck. This fish is undoubtedly one of the highlights of my fishing career.

And back to bass. This weekend I will be partnering up with Marc Meyer and participating in the Interclub event to be held at Inanda Dam, fishing under the flag of Predator Bass Club. Numerous clubs around the province have entered their finest anglers to fish for the trophy and bragging rights of top club, and in the process winning some much deserved club funds. Fortunately, the dam has been fishing well and has been creating quite a stir on the bassing forums, and back and forth chat. Word is that quantity and quality are on offer in the form of constant action, and for those who persevere, some brutes are there for the taking.

The dam is unusually high for this time of the year and the water temperatures are unseasonably warm, thanks to the mild winter. This combination of factors has kept baitfish activity up and kept the vast majority of the bass in targetable depths. I will definitely be starting my day with a top-water bait, followed by a jerk-bait and then a plastic bait, deep inside the cover. I will report back after the event.

Anglers have also been putting in some time on Albert Falls with moderate success. The dam is reported to be dropping, pulling the fish out of the shallows to the secondary weed edges and deeper weed lines. Deeper points and channels are still definitely working and if you have some isolated timber in deeper off-shore areas, you need to check them out.

If this warm winter keeps on going, the bass will definitely start their spawning migrations earlier than normal, moving from the deep winter areas to the flats and main lake points. If this is the case, by early August these movements may have already begun, unless we have some late fronts roll through to hinder their routines. I will obviously keep you posted on this and share the necessary knowledge with you, to ensure you are on the right track when this happens. In the meantime, I would start scouting areas adjacent to off-shore humps and islands, looking for small transitions and changes in the bottom with cover, so that you know where to look when the fish start staging. The fish will normally start stacking up on small key areas and before they make this shift, start looking for likely areas so you are ready for them when they do.

Aqua Academy will be hosting a boat show at their premises in North Street, Pietermaritzburg on July 20. The aim of the day is for people to come and show off their boats — they can be for sale or just to show. Everyone is welcome and they will also have boating accessories and toys on display. If you would like to put your boat on show or would like more information, please e-mail Clifford at

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