Inanda not so easy this time

2010-05-07 00:00

THE recent Inanda Bass Classic attracted 114 boats and 230 anglers, making for an extremely extremely competitive field.

The first day brought terrible conditions. A front was sweeping through bringing good cloud cover, but bone-chilling wind that was dropping surface temperatures in the shallows. This was not all bad as these conditions normally send the fish into the thicker cover.

The thicker vegetation on the banks was unfortunately inaccessible due to problematic amounts of invasive water hyacinth. This meant waiting for the wind to clear a section of bank and then moving in to fish it before it weeded up again.

The wind also made the off-shore fishing tough as boat positioning became a mess.

And if all of these factors weren’t enough to deal with, the fishing itself was just plain and simply bad!

This tournament is based on individual big fish and even though we know this, Garth and I normally aim for the team title and hope to, in the process, catch a giant. The bag weight race involves weighing two fish per team per day, totalling four for the two-day event.

Day two was equally challenging with clear skies and high winds sending many anglers home early.

When the two days of arduous fishing were over, Mac McKenzie won R40 000 for the heaviest fish weighing 4,436 kg, Mark Allen came second with a fish of 3,012 kg and I took third place with a fish weighing 2,79 kg.

Garth and I were also able to defend our team title for the third year in a row with a bag weight of 8,526 kg, ousting the second-place finishers by 60 grams.

All in all, the tournament will be remembered for its good organisation rather than for its memorable fishing.

I am sure you would have noticed that the weather has started turning and the imminent signs of the approaching winter are evident, including the predicted turnaround in the fishing at Albert falls.

Zayne Kemp reported an explosive morning’s action recently when he located a good school of fish in the shallow vegetation that were not shy to eat his Topwater Frog with a vengeance. This is great news and, according to other reports, anglers were also enjoying some deeper crankbait action to boot.

The fishing in our local dams should only get better for the next month at least as the fish start feeding up before the food gets scarce. The change in season will put them shallow when the conditions are right and unlike in the summer months, when they are in the shallows they will eat. Topwater baits become a favourite now with jerkbaits, lipless baits and spinnerbaits all taking a front seat in my line-up.

Do not forget the bass fishing seminar being held at The Fish Eagle in Victoria Road on Thursday May 27 at 6 pm. Speakers will include me, my partner Garth Liefeldt and the number one ranked bass angler in the country, Martin de Kock. We will be sharing experiences, tips and tactics to make you a better, more conservation-minded angler.

We are hoping to cover every corner of your tackle box and to help you understand the decisions you are faced with on the lake.

Please contact Brandon or Craig at the Fish Eagle on 033 345 4224 or e-mail to reserve your seat. There is no cost to attend and food and drinks will be served. The store will also be open for purchases after the session.

Remember to release your catch alive to prolong the sustainability of our resource. E-mail me with reports, pictures and questions at


Individual results

(Position, Boat No, Indv No, Name, Surname, Cat, Team, Weight)

1. 38 38A McKenzie, Fonnereau M Team 4.436; 2. 5 5A Allen, Mark MARK M Team 3.012; 3. 47 47A Hewitt, Grant M Team 2.79; 4. 97 97A De Jager, George M Team 2.708; 5. 7 7A Brown, Gordon M Team 2.674; 6. 5 5A Allen, Mark M Team 2.588; 7. 10 10A Pearson, Grant M Team 2.4; 8. 68 68A Gordon, Schalk M Team 2.312; 9. 40 40B Sim, Fergus M Team 2.194; 10. 47 47A Hewitt, Grant M Team 2.184

Team results

(Position, Boat No, Indv No, Name, Surname, Cat, Team, Weight)

1. 47 47A Hewitt, Grant M Team and 47 47B Liefeldt, Garth M Team 8.526

2. 5 5A Allen, Mark M Team and 5 5B Du Toit, Brian M Team 8.426

3. 38 38A McKenzie, Fonnereau M Team 7.058

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