Larger fish likely to come to shallows and start eating

2013-04-20 00:00

THE bass are on the chew at various locations within your range and with an aggressive front on the cards, the larger fish will start taking to the shallows to do what they do best and that is to eat.

Before we get into the subject of fish catching we still need to explore colour variations and how they account for your fish catches.

In the last issue we discussed how colour density affects the silhouette and profile of a bait. This is how darker colours are more effective in dirtier water and how natural colours do the business in cleaner water. Another overlooked aspect of colour selection is the incorporation of contrast in colour. This means the combination of two or more colours in a particular bait, for example, a black worm with a chartreuse tail. This is an important choice to make and some anglers and even research scientists believe that the most visible lures are baits that emit their attraction through contrast. The light and dark combinations are apparent reasons for better movement detection as well as profile separation in dirtier water.

At the same time, the overlapping colours could also reduce the profile of a bait in cleaner water attracting more bites from suspicious fish. Plastic bait dyes are the perfect example of this theory. Chartreuse, blue and even orange coloured worm dyes are found in most serious angler’s arsenals. This allows us to transform colours and capitalise on the premise of contrast by using any plastic bait and dyeing its tail. This sharp adjustment in colour is obviously more attractive to a fish especially when used on baits that have high action appendages.

The bottom line is when the going gets tough switch up to a bait that sports a sharp contrast in colour and you may just find yourself on the successful side of the battle.

I fished an interclub event at Inanda dam this past weekend thanks to the initiative of a local club — Predator Bass. More than 60 boats entered the event, which was completely overwhelming. A few good-sized fish were brought to the scales, including a four-kilogram monster. I snatched an acceptable third place finish and Inanda Bass Club were the overall victors.

Predator Bass Club admits that without the support of the following sponsors the event would not have been possible: Thornveld Angling (Garth Liefeldt), Hino Trucks PMB (Piet van Romburgh), Aqua Academy (Lemon Saville), The Kingfisher, The Sportfisher, The Fish Eagle, Alpine VW Commercials Pinetown, Pitts Marine and Carpet and Floor Clinic.

I was also lucky enough to get a day of rod bending action at Albert Falls this week, which was crawling with action from baitfish to bass, from shallow to deep. Jozua Ackerman joined me for a morning of effortless action on an insipidly hot day. The heat was overlooked thanks to the fact that on every second or third cast one of us would load up on fish. Fair enough they were no record breakers but after fish 60, there are no complaints to be heard.

Most of the fish we located were on shallow banks that had some form of deeper water close by. The fish were holding tight to both the visible and submerged vegetation and could not resist slow moving plastics or rapidly fished lipless baits.

This cold front will undoubtedly slow down the numbers of fish to be caught but I am confident that the larger fish will start making an appearance on the banks.

Till then, 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@

Catch ’em up.

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