Winter’s here, but things are still hot on the water

2012-05-19 00:00

WELL, it seems the long-lost winter has started making an appearance amid the relaxed and mild climate we have been enjoying. Will this slow down the bite? Maybe so, but for now things are still hot on the water.

Midmar has not been on the reports list of late, but that’s because most anglers have been concentrating on Albert Falls. Truth is, Midmar has been producing some good fish. They’e held up in the thick off-shore vegetation that can be found in most of the main bays. I have had two impressive reports this week with good numbers of fish starring the conversations. Anglers are sight-fishing the bass which are suspended in the openings within the vegetation. Moving up on the fish will allow you to see them, but if you want to catch them you will have to put some distance between you and the fish to give yourself the advantage.

Longer casts with smaller plastics will tempt the bite from these weary fish and when you get the commitment you will have to think quick and act quicker before the fish puts you in the grass.

Albert Falls still continues to produce good fishing with the extended autumn, but has started showing signs of slowing up as the water levels continue to drop and angler pressure takes its toll. Nevertheless, we have had a great run at Alberts this year and cannot complain whichever way it goes from here.

Inanda still has most anglers in a state of confusion. The fish turned on for a month or so, but have now almost shut down completely. Inanda is traditionally a tough venue in the winter, but I guarantee you the anglers will frequent the dam to prove tradition wrong.

Goudetrouw will be the next stop on the BETT circuit at the end of the month. Pre-fishing has proved extremely difficult with higher-than-average water levels and a baitfish explosion. Why is this a problem? The high water floods vast amounts of bushes along the banks which is great for the bait population as well as the bass. The problem comes in with the fact that where the bass tend to feed is so far back in the bushes that targeting them is near impossible.

The amount of cover also thins the bass out along entire banks rather than concentrating them on points and other likely areas. The blooming baitfish also ensure that the bass selectively feed on the predominant food source, which ultimately means that they tend to ignore any offering an angler may make. Therefore the event will be a challenging one but the better anglers will still figure these fish out and get them to bite no matter how testing the fishing will be.

The day after the event I leave for the United States and will be gone for three weeks. I will do my best to bring you your expected prescription of bassing news while I am there, but be ready to read about more than just bass as I will be tackling some of America’s most epic light tackle game fish.

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

Catch em’ up!

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