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5 Surefire Dirty Water Strategies

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Adapt your Seasonal Patterns

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Bassing in Winter

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Beat the Heat

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Blue Kurper

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Bluegill Sunfish

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Canary Kurper

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Contouring for Bass Pt.1

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Contouring for Bass Pt.2

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December 2015 – Issue 176

Now available in digital format – just click on the image!

 

ON SALE from 8 November 2015

Available at tackle shops, Spar, Pick ‘n Pay, C.N.A., Exclusive Books and Builders Warehouse

 

SA BASS is the leading bass magazine since 2001 for everyone who loves bass fishing. In this issue we focus on catching summer bass in low water levels and using top water lures.

Gordon Brown gives advice on how to fish low water level conditions using Carolina rigs and fishing offshore humps. He also suggests what lures and colours to use.

Catching bass on top water lures has a thrill of its own. In fact, there’s nothing more impressive or exciting than witnessing a bass take a top water lure and this is the time of year when anglers should be soaking up the best of it… In this issue see how it is done.

Bass could even be caught on flies and taking a bass on a popper is for many anglers the ultimate. To see the water explodes in multi-coloured spray as the bass breaks the surface to smash and engulf the lure that grabbed its attention from the moment it landed on the water.

We also share summer bass fishing secrets and discover the value of migrating routes when searching for big bass.

To learn more about the art of bass fishing, read SA BASS...

 

ON THE COVER

“Mzi with his 4,85kg bass”

Image: Mzi Tyhokolo

 

FEATURES

Catching bass in low water level conditions by Gordon Brown

Top water fishing in the heat of summer by Roger Donaldson

Post spawn – keep your foot on the pedal by Reed Eastman

Summer bass fishing secrets by Mark Bilbrey

Using your sonar to see and catch bass by Rowan Timmer

Hengelwenke by Hendrik

Hooked by the Bass Addict

Super shallow fishing by Bennie Wiese

Fly fishing for bass by John Badenhorst

“Die markte val... wat doen ek nou?” deur Gerrit du Toit

 

TOURNAMENT NEWS
SA BASS Cast-for-Cash Champion-of-Champions 2015 report by Hannes Lindeque
Word Champions 2015 report by Hannes Lindeque
Tzaneen Nationals 2015 from Rudi Dreyer’s perspective

MECC annual fishing competition by Janna Strang

The insatiable monster bass by Mzi Tyhokolo

The Albert Falls Classic 2015 by Roche Fourie

 

PRODUCT REVIEW

Panoptix all-seeing sonar from Garmin

BIRDING– “Mountain wagtail” by Joe Dreyer

DESTINATION

Old Willow No.7 Houseboat Charters, Vaal River

We also have our regular departments: tournament and industry news, fishing abroad, new products available and pictures from our readers. Last but not least we have our regular reader’s competitions and monthly give-aways.