Weather gods plot to deny us a catch

2011-08-06 00:00

INFORMATION Bass is back and with good news. The date has been set and the concept officiated. In partnership with the Fish Eagle tackle store the first ever Pro/Amateur Bass Tournament will be held at Albert Falls dam on Sunday, 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 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 adrenalin of high-speed boats and the pressure of making each bite count — this is for you!

The day will consist of a morning fishing session, then lunch and beverages will be served, followed by the afternoon session and weigh-in. There are prizes on offer, so should you do well you stand the chance to win more than your entry fee back. The tournament is limited to the first 20 paid two-man team entries so think quick, choose a partner and request an entry form from me via e-mail. Trust me, you do not want to miss out on this one.

While we are on the subject of educating the anglers, we will be hosting yet another ever popular bass seminar at the Fish Eagle in Victoria Road, Pietermaritzburg, on September 15. There will be food and refreshments on hand with loads of tips and tactics to make you a better and more informed bass angler.

To make this seminar even more appealing I have incorporated a handful of KZN’s most accomplished bass anglers to share their tactics. It isn’t easy getting these anglers to divulge what has taken them years to learn, so make sure you are there; this is a once-off deal. You will need to book either by e-mailing or calling Brandon or Craig at the Fish Eagle at 033 345 4224. The charge of R60 per person will include your food and refreshments.

On a not-so-fantastic note, we fished the BETT event at Inanda this past weekend. The weather gods conspired, as usual, and we were blasted with the most severe front of the winter thus far — and just a few days before the event. Dropping water temperatures and rising water once again set the tone for a gruelling day’s fishing. Team Goya Ruff Thumb, consisting of Garth and I set our lifelong team record by not boating a single fish. The fishing was difficult for all the contestants, but despite the conditions some anglers still managed some good sacks. Rob and Howie of Team Kistler recorded their first BETT win with a more-than-respectable bag at over six kilograms, surprising the life out of everyone. The overall results have tightened up even more and with only four events to go all the stops will be pulled out to make the top 10. This year’s qualifying final event is to be held at Craigieburn in November.

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

Catch em’ up.

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