Gargantuan fish caught at Midmar

2013-11-02 00:00

THESE past few weeks there have been stories of amazing fishing and record-breaking monsters hitting the chatting circles. I even have a few stories of my own.

Starting with the news of the season, Midmar completely silenced the anglers in the know last week when well-known angler Lolly Niemack boated what is undoubtedly one of the largest officially recorded bass in the country. The fish weighed a staggering 6,31 kg, which is completely off the page and will raise future expectations even further. The female behemoth was in the post-spawn phase of the season, which means the roe she was carrying had already been dropped. The crazy thing is, knowing that a female of this size would have been carrying close to a kilogram of eggs, this fish in prime condition would have been well over the seven-kilogram mark. To know that fish of this size are roaming our waters is a fact that will keep you and me on the water for many years to come.

Niemack caught the fish during a Pietermaritzburg Bassmasters club event on an overcast morning, on a slow-moving plastic bait. As I mentioned, this is one of the largest bass caught in the country and definitely the largest fish caught during an event that I know of in KwaZulu-Natal. Well done Niemack, you can truly be proud of an epic fish that every angler in the country dreams of.

The rain has been relentless and although this can dampen your spirits, it will make our waters a thing of beauty once the fish have spawned and the baitfish take to the grass. My dad, brother and I recently braved the rain and made a freezing cold expedition to Woodstock Dam, after the previous thrashing the fish received there from myself and Andrew Read. Although the plummeting temperatures and high winds had slowed the bite somewhat, we still tempted over 40 chunky fish to the boat — with a handful over the three-kilogram mark.

The highlight of the day went to my brother, Sean, who hooked two hefty fish on one crank-bait. After an oddly weighted fight and much confusion, I slipped the net under a 3,4 kg and a 2,1 kg fish, each sporting one treble hook to their name. I have been fishing for a long time and have achieved this feat a few times, but never with fish of this size. So I guess Sean has beat me here, as much as I hate to admit it.

A few weeks back, my entire family enjoyed an awesome retreat to St Cathryn’s Country Golf Estate in the Greytown area. I lost about 20 balls on the golf course, but caught way more bass on the beautiful piece of water in front of the more-than-comfortable chalets that compliment this amazing destination.

The fish were right up on the banks and in full sight, testing my rusty sight-fishing skills to the max. They lost the battle eventually and we had an epic weekend catching plenty of fish while enjoying some family time.

So get out on the lake and catch some bass. Please also ensure that you do not deep fry your bass, but rather release them for your kids to catch one day. You can e-mail me with reports, pictures and questions at

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