Catching Ballito bass

2013-09-21 00:00

AS the wind changes direction, so do our directions in life and, in this case, my life has done exactly that.

The wind has blown me to Ballito, which is my new home town after accepting a step up in career and a leisurely step back in the form of a more relaxed lifestyle. My girls have eagerly and graciously supported me, and, so far, we are loving the change.

No fish is safe, no matter what town I live in. Based on that, I will still report back on my every fishing adventure and consolidate information from all our waters for you to stay in the loop. I can guarantee that more saltwater stories will find their way into my words, but, either way, I will ensure your continued readership. To get acquainted with my new surroundings, I did what any angler in the know would do — I visited the local tackle shop that, in this case, was Chase Fishing Tackle here in Ballito.

Brenton Sharp, the local bass wizard, was on hand and assured me that there is no shortage of awesome bass dams in the area, as well as unbelievable light tackle spooning and plugging off the rocks for the migratory pelagic fish that frequent this coastline. This will be my new facet of the sport to take on when I am not catching bass. With no further persuasion needed, I am now fully rigged with the ultimate in Daiwa’s long-distance spinning tackle to take on the fish.

Big bass stories are continuing to flood in from every piece of water in the province and that the number of giant fish that have been caught recently is mind-blowing is an understatement. Goudetrouw again this week has been the topic of conversation, as this piece of water just continues to produce big fish and in gracious quantities. It seems the “no go” zone of Albert Falls has been respected well so far, with no reports coming in, which is a great thing. Inanda has also been a top venue in the past few weeks, with some amazing days being had on mostly the overcast days.

So what would I do if I was visiting one of these dams this weekend? I would get out there early and work a large top-water bait for at least the first hour of the day on main and secondary lake points that are close to deeper water. After that, I would fish as many standing timber targets as possible with a 15-centimetre senko on a weightless or split-shot rig. If there is standing vegetation on hand, I would repeat this tactic until backing off and slowly fishing a football jig over main lake areas. Without overlooking the farm dam anglers, my one-two punch for private waters would be to persevere with a horny toad during low light conditions and back this up with a fast moving double willow spinner-bait. The months of September and October are no time for light tackle and finesse tactics, but rather high percentage options that appeal to big fish, which is what should be on your mind right now.

If you live in the North Coast area and have one way or another to get me involved with you on a piece of water, or if you just need some advice or information, give me a shout.

Until then, 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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