Wild weekends away? Don’t believe a word of it!

2012-11-10 00:00

BOYS’ weekends away are not often filled with the sordid details that incline their wives and girlfriends to suspicion. In fact, an angler’s weekend away is almost never cause for concern, though he may sometimes come back with bruises that cause his wife to raise her eyebrows in disbelieving wonder.

The away season has officially started, and many anglers are choosing to explore distant waters as spring tempts the fish into the shallows.

While a wife is out complaining about her husband’s fishing weekend to her friends over a few cocktails, her husband is most likely safely tucked away somewhere unquestionably uncomfortable as he attempts to get a good night’s rest in anticipation of a good day’s fishing.

Movies often portray men’s weekend getaways as alcohol-guzzling, meat-devouring orgies, when in fact a toned-down “bromance” version of Brokeback Mountain is far closer to reality.

The most dubious behaviour typically involves men dressed in silky pyjamas sliding along parquet floors as they attempt to break some self-imposed record to see who can slide the furthest.

Members of the KwaZulu-Natal Artificial Lure Angling Association took part in similar contests two weeks ago as they enjoyed some downtime after fishing their first leagues of the season at Goedetrou.

Goedetrou, or Lake Phobane as it is now known, is renowned for the size of the bass that it often produces and this league did not disappoint.

Post-spawn bass were easily targeted with mojo-rigged hollow hogs and crank baits as they cruised the shallows in search of a meal.

The larger fish tended to stick close to the structure offered by the flooded treelines along the edge of the dam, and with the water level being so high, there was plenty of vegetation to target.

Anglers were sorely disappointed, knowing that they had to move on to the next species once they had hooked and landed yet another whopper.

Fortunately, crime was not allowed to run rampant in KZN as the SA Police Service and the Department of Correctional Services saw fit to test their skills against the laws of nature in their recent trip away.

SAPS hosted the first ever Fresh Water Angling Provincial Inter-departmental Challenge, which was held over three days at Chelmsford, Newcastle, in September.

A total of 357 fish were caught during the three-day event with the SAPS Red team coming out on top.

Warden Officer Barnard weighed in the heaviest bag of the tournament with an impressive 42,435 kg.

Those artificial anglers unable to convince their wives of their angling intentions should try buying flowers in the hope of being more successful with bribery in the guise of a romantic gesture.

Those able to get away, will be pleased to note that the carp have started to spawn along Tipiary Point at Albert Falls.

Anglers wanting to test their skills against the seasoned anglers of the local Artlure Angling Club at their upcoming club day can e-mail me at Kezia.Fitzsimmonds@gmail.com.

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