Hefty bass at the ’Falls

2011-09-17 00:00

ALBERT Falls did not disappoint and definitely left the field of anglers at the recent Albert Falls Classic speechless.

A gargantuan fish of 5,5 kg was weighed in just a few hours before the final whistle blew on the second day, ousting the first day’s leading fish of 4,2 kg by a long shot.

Joe Mendes, a Gauteng angler, had teamed up with Albert Falls local Clive Harries for the event and walked away with a fully rigged boat for his once in a lifetime catch.

The fish was taken on a crankbait while Joe was fishing off the main slipway bank, probably the last place anyone would expect the winning fish to reside.

Rob Lauterbach took second place for his first day monster of 4,2 kg and the team honours went to veteran anglers, Zander Potgieter and Mac Mackenzie who loaded up 10 fish weighing 19 kg, smashing the rest of the field’s efforts.

Apart from the gale force winds and mild tsunamis the anglers were subjected to, a successful and well-supported event was had.

The fishing has improved in a somewhat orchestrated fashion across the province with good reports streaming in from most venues. Marc Meyer and Owen Howard both called in with encouraging feedback from Midmar.

With the dam at the high water mark and vegetation galore, the fish have followed the rising spring temperatures into the shallows and have started eating.

The guys caught good numbers and Owen did hook but not land a beast of a fish. I am sure he will be back to redeem himself.

Inanda has also stepped it up a notch in numbers, but seems to be lacking in size; I am sure this will change, but at least anglers can keep themselves busy, a nice change after the difficult late winter fishing at this venue.

We all know that Goudetrouw Dam comes into its own in September and once again has not disappointed. While no excessively huge fish have exposed themselves, good numbers of solid fish have inhabited the banks and spawning areas. After hearing this, Garth and I immediately applied for three days off from life to get in there and take stock as well as scout for the upcoming BETT event there at the end of the month.

We caught dozens of aggressive, healthy and exceptionally strong fish with four kilograms the largest.

Conveniently the full moon allowed us a chance to spend some after dark hours on the lake and that we did. We fished until midnight while we were there and simply loaded up on some brute-sized fish even in the dirty water.

Water temperatures at Goudetrouw are understandably higher due to the climate, but even with this, the fishing should continue to impress for the next month or two.

Only a handful of spots are left for the Fish Eagle Pro/Amateur Tournament at Albert Falls dam on October 2. This is your chance to get out on the lake with a professional angler and receive one on one tutoring and experience while competing in a full out tournament.

The format is two-man teams paired up with a pro angler. So father and son, husband and wife or just two fishing buddies wanting to learn more about bass and experience the adrenaline of high speed boats and pressure of making each bite count — this is for you!

The tournament is limited to the first 20 paid team entries, so think quick, choose a partner and request an entry form from me via email. Trust me, you do not want to miss out on this one.

So get out and catch — and release — some bass. Email me with reports and questions at zorthewitt@hotmail.com.

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