Hewitt flies solo on season’s first BETT event

2011-02-05 00:00

HEY Bass addicts, I am back with your dose of bassing information for the week, and again this week there is no shortage. We will be kicking off with feedback from the first BETT event of the season held at Inanda last week.

I was on my own for this one. Garth was adjusting to the new addition to his family, born a few days before the event — I still can’t believe he put his wife and newborn ahead of me and the first event of the season. As expected the fishing was ridiculously tough with many anglers boating only one or two fish and some teams not boating any.

With 70 plus teams pounding the water, someone was destined to find ‘em and some teams did, weighing in bags of up to eight kilograms. The event was won by Team Sphere consisting of Rupert Spence and Fred Walker who took stock of an 8.3 kg bag.

Rumour has it that the duo fished a deepwater point the entire day and picked off the better fish one by one. I fished hard and methodically and was at my wits end with only one fish by midday.

With temperatures soaring I went against all belief and headed back to my shallow water area. I rapidly fished a Horny Toad across the shallow vegetation and forced two decent keepers to bite. With no more takers I went back through the same area pitching a jig and smashed a solid two kg kicker.

I could not close the deal on a fifth fish so only weighed in four fish for a bag of 4,2 kg leaving me in 14th spot. Although not my greatest finish, I was indeed grateful for my late afternoon antics.

My thoughts are currently possessed by the absolute beast of a boat I have just had the good fortune of taking ownership of. I thought it necessary for anglers to know what this world class boat has to offer and how easily within your reach it is.

“The Rogue” — and rightly so as it defies any boundaries — is built by Predator Bass Boats in Vereeniging, headed by the talented marine engineer Allen Fagan.

Its unique design boasts a 100% wood-free construction, meaning no rotting or warping over time. Measuring 5,3 metres in length and 2,3 m in width, this optimum-sized professional bass anglers needs and is accompanied by a horse-power rating of 150-225.

The boat has been engineered for high performance and superior fish-ability, and this is exactly the result. I have opted for maximum power on my rig, teaming up with the Evinrude E-tec 225hp High Output series. The Evinrude E-tec produces the highest horse-power, uses the least fuel, requires the least maintenance and has the lowest emissions when compared to any other brand of outboard motor.

I am still experimenting with height and prop settings, but have already achieved a mind blowing top speed of 132 kph, cementing the high performance characteristics of this rig.

I have no doubt in my mind that this is one of, if not the most, exciting and attractive bass boats ever produced locally.

Allen will build the boat to suit your needs and offers a world of extra features to choose from to ensure that your boat will satisfy every available necessity.

For more information on Predator Bass Boats, contact Allen Fagan at allen@predatorboats.co.za and for great deals on Evinrude outboards contact Gil Fernandez at Gilcraft Marine, Pietermaritzburg, on 033 346 0501.

I visited the Fish Eagle in Victoria Road recently to see what’s new on the market and was pleased to see a comprehensive range of Salmo Lures —a name probably not familiar to most anglers, but a name that I can guarantee soon will be.

I know the Artlure anglers have been taking advantage of these baits which catch more than their fair share of Tilapia species, as well as Barbel and Tigerfish. I can assure you that these lures are going to make a concerted impact on the bass fisherman’s arsenal.

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 zorthewitt@hotmail.com.

Catch em’ up.

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