12 Tips for Better Tackle Care

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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 2016 – Issue 188

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SA BASS has been the leading bass magazine since 2001 for everyone who loves bass fishing. In this issue we focus on catching winter bass.December 2016 – Issue 188

“Sensational Summer Strategies - Part 1”
I’m so excited that we’re slap bang in the middle of summer and I’m hoping you’ve planned at least one trip to a fishing spot this month that has resident bass. – Roger Donaldson 

“String Theory ...”
We have all stood in front of a shelf in retail store looking at all the different options; yellow, green and even invisible ones – Colin Willmer

“How to Retrieve Lures”
Every angler has a favourite jerk- or crankbait that they will retrieve, whatever it takes. Especially if they know there are still bass on the spot they were fishing – Bennie Wiese

“FLW Pro Angler - Cody Meyer”
Image: Garrick Dixon

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“Improvise, Adapt and Overcome”
How do we win tournaments and how should we handle the ones we don’t? In bass angling winning is not optional; you launch your boat to win, but it is not a cage fight – Adrian Robert Luff

“How to Retrieve Lures”
Every angler has a favourite jerk- or crankbait that they will retrieve, whatever it takes. Especially if they know there are still bass on the spot they were fishing – Bennie Wiese

“Take a Kid Fishing”
Most guys are quite vocal about their love for fishing and they share many hours of the joyous time they have had on their last trip.

“Rattles vs. Silent”
Every time we go out and fish we learn something new. Did you ever think of the following? Do the bait fish, or any other bass prey emit sound when they move through the water? – Bennie Wiese

“Baars Lees Nie Boeke Nie”
Na ‘n onlangse besoek deur ‘n paar onwederegtelike “nagridders” in my huis, is ek my ou skootrekenaar kwyt en natuurlik ook meer as vyftig artikels wat ek die afgelope sewe jaar vir die tydskrif geskryf het – Philip Kemp

“Kayaking - The Revolution Is Coming!”
As I sit here writing this article I have to admit I am confused! In recent months South African salt water kayakers have twice broken the magical 40kg mark for couta and only yesterday a kayaker landed two monster GT’s. – Dewald Viljoen

“FLW Matchups”
Comparing and contrasting top FLW anglers; Shane Lehew vs. John Cox – Tyler Brinks

“When the Going Gets Tough”
Our country is stricken by one of the worst droughts ever and the question is: “When will it rain again?” – Hendrik

“D.I.Y. - Homemade Top Water Rat”
Many anglers wonder if it is worthwhile to create their own lures. What do you think? – Luke Eberhardt

“Bundu” Baarshengelaar!”
Meeste swartbaarhengelaars begin as ‘n “bundu”-hengelaar; met ander woorde hulle hengel vanaf die oewer in die hoop om daardie groen vissies te vang! – Louis Bezuidenhout

“Geumho Lake Shoreline Bassin’ (Part 2)”
The immensity of Geumho Lake makes it an extremely diverse lake for shore anglers. Its sheer size complicates matters because most of the productive spots are kilometres apart. – Fishingboy

“O So Close! - Black Bass World Championships Portugal 2016”
The Protea Team selected to represent South Africa at the Black Bass World Championships in Portugal had high aspirations and was willing to put in whatever effort was required in terms of time and money. – Rudi Dreyer


>> SA BASS Cast-for-Cash Champion-of-Champions tournament report – Hannes Lindeque
>> Southern Division Juniors Tournament Report
>> Inter-provinsiale Kampioenskappe

>> “Black-crowned Night Heron” by Joe Dreyer

>> Kroko Skin Products

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