THE KwaZulu-Natal Bass Trail final was held at Woodstock Dam last weekend and although the anglers were faced with changing water levels and hurricane-like winds, they still found good sacks of fish amid the adversity. The champions’ trophy and prize of R15 000 went to Ryan and Ryan of Team Span Africa Strike King who were able to hang on to their day one lead to claim the title. Second place was awarded to Julian and Martin of Team YamahaSHO Rapala and third place went to Carl and Johan of team Evinrude Rapala. Congratulations to the qualifying teams, especially the podium finishers. Shallow crankbaits were the key and accounted for many of the bigger fish caught at the event, with shaky head rigged plastics also doing some damage. The spate of big fish has seemed to continue into the wet summer so far. Albert Falls has been the venue for big fish lately and even though the fishing has been rather challenging, the odd big fish has shown its face. There have been a few club competitions, as well as divisional fish-offs, held at Albert Falls in the past month and at each event at least one or two fish over the four-kilogram mark have been weighed. The social anglers have also had their fix. Local bass addict Justin Bellars set a new personal best with a four-kilogram fish caught in the recent weeks and other similar stories have also been circulating. It seems that most of the better fish have been coming out on medium depth crankbaits and the old faithful Carolina rig never seems to disappoint. The flats and drop-offs seem to be the bass magnets at the moment, but with the baitfish getting ready to make their appearance known along with the convenience of rising water, the shallow vegetation bite should be getting better. Inanda has also continued to impress with some good reports coming in. The vegetation-laden banks seem to be the ticket and if you enjoy fishing top waters, jerkbaits and the likes, then Inanda will get your blood going with its endless clear water shorelines and standing vegetation. Midmar Dam has been less frequented, but equally as productive with some really good-sized fish being caught there recently. The bottom line is the fishing seems to be productive across the province, so enjoy it while you can, and use the opportunity to experiment with patterns and tactics you normally would not use. An awesome event will be happening at the yacht club at Albert Falls Dam today, namely the Aqua Academy Demo Day. There will be family entertainment on hand to keep the family occupied while you test the latest boating equipment and enjoy fishing demonstrations. There will also be boat rides and demos available, and plenty of applicable products for sale. Local bassing professionals will also answer all your questions and demonstrate what tactics have taken them to the top. Take your own boat along or just show up with the family for the day, and enjoy some good food and cold beverages that will be on sale. So 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 email@example.com.