12 Tips for Better Tackle Care

One of the biggest problems facing bass anglers is equipment let downs and failures. We tend to get so caught up in the day-to-day...

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5 Surefire Dirty Water Strategies

Some times we are faced with conditions that we do not like, conditions we cannot call, but

what will make the difference on how...

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Adapt your Seasonal Patterns

As you probably know seasonal patterns are the basic combinations of water depths, locations and feeding...

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Bassing in Winter

We cannot of course write anything about this winter (yet), but by the looks of things it’ll be much the same as the winter of last year...

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Beat the Heat

Often we think that Summer Bass are as difficult to catch as winter fish and at times this can be the case but not because Bass don’t...

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Blue Kurper

The Mozambique Tilapia, commonly referred to as the Blue Kurper or just the “Blue”, is one of South Africa's most common inland...

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Bluegill Sunfish

The Bluegill Sunfish (Lepomis macrochirus) is a freshwater fish specie sometimes referred to by Americans as “bream”. It is a member of...

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Canary Kurper

The Canary Kurper, commonly referred to as the “Kerriebek” among artlure anglers, is a species that bass will eat not only because of...

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Contouring for Bass Pt.1

First of all I would like to make it very clear that you do not have to have a R500 000 boat with R100 000 worth of electronics to...

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Contouring for Bass Pt.2

There will come a time when you are going to want more detail and accuracy from your maps. Unlike the Great Lakes of the United States...

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July 2013 – Issue 147

 

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ON THE COVER

“Magical moment”

Image: Christy van Niekerk

 

DESTINATION

Fish Eagles Lair, Albert Falls Dam, KZN

 

READER’S COMPETITIONS

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E-mail Competition – Pisces Predator pontoon Kick-boats

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FEATURES

The Grant Hewitt Chronicles – “Could have, should have, would have...”

I trolled the boat towards where the high point of the hump was and stopped about 20 metres short to allow enough distance for a solid cast. I had been attracting bigger bites on a slow-rolled spinnerbait so that was exactly what I was going to target the hump with. –Grant Hewitt

 

SA BASS Techniques – “Winter wacky worming”

Winter can be one of the most difficult periods to fish for bass. Cold weather and some anglers don’t fit together because anglers must change their way of fishing to get onto the boat. – Bennie Wiese

 

SA BASS International, USA – “Winter Float-and-Fly”

Conditions during a cold weather front can be among the best time to be on the water. Rain, wind, fog and cold are all part of winter fishing, however Float-and-Fly anglers are doing just that, fishing. This technique can be fished anywhere in the world, when used in water temperatures that are below 10ºC the technique is supreme to other cold water tactics. The success of this tactic is that no other bait resembles a dying bait fish suspended in cold water as realistic.- MarkBilbrey

 

SA BASS Tournament Strategies “Launching your boat efficiently”

When you arrive at the slipway, you can sometimes just be amazed by the skill – or lack of it – amongst the many competitors eager to launch their boats. – Grant Hewitt

 

SA BASS Boating– “How to... anchor your bass boat”

Most anglers do not anchor ever? So what’s the deal about anchoring? – John Bulpitt

 

SA BASS Academy – “So you want to be a pro staffer?”

At least once a week someone will tell me “You have the greatest job in the world!” And while I won't deny the fact that working in a field you really love is great, the fact is that working in the fishing industry in South Africa is by far the hardest and scariest job I ever had. - Dewald Viljoen

 

SA BASS Boating– “Essentials for competitive kick boat angling”

Fishing from a kick boat is one of the most cost friendly and fun ways to begin bass fishing from a watercraft. Starting at just under a thousand rand, those just out of reach fishing spots will always be accessible – Martin Schoonhoven

 

SA BAARS Tegnieke– “Hoe groot is groot?”

“Wat wil jy met daai goed maak? Jy weet mos baars sal nie eers twee keer na daardie aas kyk nie, Seun!” – Philip Kemp

 

SA BAARS Finansies – “Ek word “retrench”... wat  nou?”

Skeidingspakkette of die meer bekende Engelse term “retrenchment” is by baie van ons ‘n al hoe groter realiteit. By Anglo Platinum se mynbedrywighede is die syfer van 14,000 werkverliese steeds op die tafel en sal seker teen druktyd alreeds finaliteit bereik het. – Gerrit du Toit

 

SA BASS International, Europe – “Bass fishing in urban Toulouse, France”

Sometimes, we take for granted the fact that most bass anglers own boats. The truth is, many do not and myself included, but there are plenty of us out there who enjoy fishing from the bank. For bass anglers in the urban areas of South-western Europe where boat ownership and operating costs surpasses that in the States, bank fishing has become such a popular alternative. – Bertrand Ngim

 

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